12.1 Masthead

Rachel Hall | Faculty Advisor

Rachel Hall is the author of Heirlooms (BkMk Press, 2016) which was selected by Marge Piercy for the G.S. Sharat Chandra Book Prize. Her stories and essays have been published in numerous journals and anthologies, including Crab Orchard Review, Gettysburg Review, New Letters, Guernica Daily, and LitHub. She teaches creative writing and literature at Geneseo where she holds two Chancellor’s Award for Excellence–one for teaching and one for creative work.

Allison Brown | Production Advisor

Allison Brown, Production Advisor to Gandy Dancer, is the Digital Publishing Services Manager at Milne Library. She was on the staff for her college literary magazine, so she loves helping out with Gandy Dancer. Now she works on all types of open access publications and free online textbooks.

Lili Gourley | Managing Editor

Lili Gourley is an English (creative writing) major with a focus in poetry. She originally comes from Palmyra, New York, where there’s not much to do but be creative. She has had poems published in Gandy Dancer, ANGLES, and Iris Magazine. She’s a new member of Sigma Tau Delta and aspires to work in publishing. Her most treasured possession is the ever-growing pile of books that is beginning to engulf the entirety of the bookshelf under her lizard, Winny.

Jess Marinaro | Managing Editor

Jess Marinaro (She/They) is a senior English Creative Writing and Sustainability Studies double major. She has had work published in previous editions of Gandy Dancer as well as Iris Magazine. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta and Senior Editor for Geneseo’s chapter of Her Campus. When she is not hunched over her computer, you can find Jess with the Geneseo Outdoors Club goofing around in nature or chatting with her residents in the Erie Hall service desk.

Nikolete Michalkow | Fiction Editor

Nikolete Michalkow is a sophomore at SUNY Geneseo with a major in English and a minor in Political Science. She is from Syracuse, NY, and in her free time she loves to read, write stories, travel, and bake. Nikolete’s main goals after graduating are getting a job in traveling and reporting on the sights she sees.

Ella Pearcy | Poetry Editor

Ella Pearcy (she/they) is a senior English and creative writing major with a minor in art history. They are the managing editor for both the school newspaper, The Lamron, and SUNY Geneseo first and only queer literary magazine, Iris Magazine. Ella has a passion for poetry as well as fiction, and hopes to go into editing.

Juslannie Rosso | Creative Nonfiction Editor

Juslannie Rosso is a senior English (creative writing) major with a minor in communication. This past summer Juslannie found a new love for traveling after she had left the Americas for her first time. She has studied abroad in Prague and Vienna, and now hopes to visit a few more countries before pursuing a masters degree in higher education. Juslannie dances between poetry and creative nonfiction to capture her experiences as an Afro-Latina, first-generation college student, and tales of youth. Her work has appeared in Iris Magazine, Recess Magazine, and The Lamron Arts & Entertainment section. As she prepares to say farewell to SUNY Geneseo, you can find her working as a Student Association Technical Director, proudly serving as the President of the dance group Original Xpressions, or playing Monopoly with friends.

Samantha McGinnis | Creative Nonfiction Reader

Samantha McGinnis is a sophomore adolescent education major with a concentration in English and creative writing from Potsdam, New York. After college, she hopes to become a high school teacher that can inspire her students to enjoy reading, writing, and learning. She is the Student Association Representative for KASA, and works part time off-campus. In her free time, Samantha enjoys reading, writing, journalling, making playlists and buying K-pop albums.

Nate D’Amato | Poetry Reader

Nate D’Amato is a sophomore English (Creative Writing Track) Major with a double minor in Film and Sustainability Studies at SUNY Geneseo. Aside from writing poetry and fiction, he is The Lamron Arts & Entertainment Editor, in addition to the President of Creative Writing Club. In his free time, you can find Nate stuck in his dorm writing or watching YouTube, or venturing around campus.

Hannah Myers | Fiction Reader

Hannah Myers is a senior English major at SUNY Geneseo. She is originally from Hannibal, NY.  She is the News Editor for The Lamron. She has aspirations to continue in the field of editing and publishing post-grad. When she is not working or at school she enjoys reading and talking with her nephews.

Sara Wilkins | Production Assistant

Sara Wilkins (She/They) is a senior English major with a concentration in creative writing from Eden, NY. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta and Sisters Making A Change on campus. In her free time, Sara loves reading fiction, writing poetry and creative nonfiction, and watching What We Do in the Shadows.

Jake Elvers | Poetry Reader

Jake Elvers is a junior English major with a concentration in creative writing. He is from Eden, New York, where he was a member of their musical productions for his entire high school career. On campus, he loves hanging out with his friends, and his fraternity brothers in Men of Action and Change. In his free time, Jake likes reading, writing, and playing video/board games.

Brian Malgieri | Fiction Reader

Brian Malgieri is a senior English creative major from Rochester New York. After receiving an associate’s degree in Cinema and Screen Studies from Monroe Community College, Brian found his passion for writing, and transferred majors and schools to hone his craft. When he’s not at home watching movies, Brian can be found collecting hiking trails and thrifting for next season’s look.

Greta Flanagan | Fiction Reader

Greta Flanagan is a junior English Creative Writing Major from Oyster Bay, New York. In the future, she is aiming to work in publishing. Her favorite authors are Anthony Doerr, N.K Jemisin, and Leigh Bardugo. When not writing, she is going on long walks and saying ‘hello’ to all the neighborhood cats.

Betsy Harris | Creative Nonfiction Reader

Betsy Harris is the Social Media Manager for SUNY Geneseo. She is originally from and currently lives in Le Roy, NY. Although primarily a creative non fiction writer, Betsy has been known to dabble in fiction.

Hannah Mower | Poetry Reader

Hannah Mower is a senior English major with a literature concentration that transferred to Geneseo in her junior year. She is part of Geneseo’s America Reads and Counts program and enjoys working with children. In her free time, she is most likely watching a film, wrangling her naughty cat, or learning to draw.

Jordyn Stinar | Creative Nonfiction Reader

Jordyn Stinar is a junior English Literature major with a minor in Business Studies. She has always enjoyed the adventures that come when reading and wishes to travel one day herself. She hopes to work in publishing and is excited to start that journey at the Gandy Dancer. In her free time she enjoys reading, concerts, and time with friends and family.