5.2 Masthead

Rachel Hall | Faculty Advisorrachel-1

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

Oliver Diaz | Managing EditorOliver Diaz

Oliver Diaz is a senior English (creative writing) major at SUNY Geneseo. He plans to travel and teach after graduation. If all goes well, he will continue to pursue acting and Improv comedy across the States.



Evan Goldstein | Managing EditorPhoto by Keith Walters

Evan Goldstein is a senior English (creative writing) major and history minor at SUNY Geneseo. He writes poetry. In his spare time Evan takes pictures, plays guitar, tries to manage his music collection, and drives around aimlessly. Once he drove 12,000 miles across the U.S. just to see what it’s like out there: it could be better; hopefully this journal does its part.


Heather Molzon | Public Relations & Fiction Reader

Heather Molzon is a junior English (creative writing) major and communications minor from Long Island. After graduating, she hopes to pursue a career in marketing and move to New York City. In her free time, Heather can be found flipping through the pages of a magazine with a cup of coffee close by.


Jacqueline Shost | Fiction Editor

Jackie is a senior English major and Political Science minor at SUNY Geneseo. She is made of contradictions and enjoys travelling, hiking, and (obviously) reading. Jackie hopes to get a job in a publishing company and move to New York City after graduation, but failing that can always keep working retail.


Kallie Swyer | Poetry Editor

Kallie Swyer is a senior creative writing major and sociology minor from a suburb of Albany, New York. Her hobbies include making road trip playlists, and talking about the moon. Usually she can be found in her apartment surrounded by scented candles, attempting to watch a forty-minute episode of a TV show in less than twenty minutes. Kallie is still trying to figure out what she wants to do after graduation; she’s open to suggestions.

Meghan Fellows | CNF Editor

Meghan is a Junior Creative Writing major at SUNY Geneseo. She enjoys old library books, writing pieces that can never be finished, and drinking copious amounts of coffee in cups that are far too big. She aspires to be the cool English teacher on campus that has a huge comfy couch in her office.


Joshua DeJoy | CNF EditorjoshuaDejoy

Josh is a senior history major and philosophy minor from New Paltz, NY. He knows a historical fun fact for every time and place and is obsessed with Belgian beer and fries. He also has an ever-expanding library of books he hasn’t read but plans to at some point, he promises.


Kelsey Kwandrans | Fiction Reader

Kelsey Kwandrans is a sophomore in the Edgar Fellow Program at SUNY Geneseo where she studies English and Adolescent Education. Her favorite author is James Thurber, and she tells everyone she meets to read “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” She is from Niagara Falls, NY, where she enjoys taking pictures with her three-legged dog and seeing movies with her friends every Tuesday.


Hannah McSorley | Fiction Reader

Hannah McSorley is a sophomore English (literature) major at SUNY Geneseo. She enjoys reading, writing, hiking, throwing a frisbee and dogs. She is a staff writer for The Lamron and is also involved with Geneseo’s literary magazine MiNT. She is hoping to publish her first book in the next few years and plans to continue writing and publishing as many of her stories as she can.


Isabel Keane | Fiction Reader

Isabel Keane is a sophomore English (creative writing) major at SUNY Geneseo where she edits for The Lamron. Isabel often thinks about how Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote “In The Heights” his sophomore year of college, and how all she really ever wants to do is sleep.


Mallika Shah | Fiction Reader

Mallika is a senior English major at SUNY Geneseo. She plans to become an actor in India in the near or distant future, and knows all the countries and capitals of the world (something she brags about to everyone).



Jeanna Foti | Fiction Reader

Jeanna Foti is a senior English literature major at SUNY Geneseo. When she isn’t reading, she likes to sing in Geneseo’s all-female acapella group, Hips ‘N Harmony. While she’s in denial about graduating in May, Jeanna continues to dream about all the dogs she’ll adopt and all the places she’ll see once she’s a real adult.


Nicole Santoni | Fiction Reader

Nicole is an sophomore English Adolescent Education major at SUNY Geneseo. She is a member of the Geneseo Crew Team and plays flute and piano.



Catherine Henry | Fiction Reader

Catherine is a senior at SUNY Geneseo and is majoring in English with an interest in Creative Writing and aspires to be a fiction writer. She changed her major after graduating from FLCC, where she had majored in American Sign Language, when her long dormant love for writing was awakened by a random explosion of inspiration in the form of some unfinished short stories. She lives in Bloomfield NY where she developed a love for movies, TV and books, mainly mysteries, science fiction and fantasy stories.

Megan Grant | Poetry Reader

If you really want to hear about it, Megan thinks that quoting angsty novels will make her sound edgy and well read. She’s a Psych Major/English Minor who knows some things. You can rely on Megan if you need someone to either indirectly make fun of Vineyard Vines wearers or run writing workshops for Geneseo’s Creative Writing Club. Yes, she’s plugging Creative Writing Club. No, she does not have shame. And yes, she hopes you have a great day.

Maria Smith | Poetry Reader

Maria is a junior English and communication double major at SUNY Geneseo. She loves reading, writing, and traveling. Maria recently returned to the United States after a semester abroad in Florence, Italy, and plans to return to Europe at the soonest possible date. In the mean time, she is thrilled to be working on the latest edition of Gandy Dancer as a poetry reader.


Sérgio Santos | Poetry Reader

Sérgio Santos was born in Caldas da Rainha, Portugal, but currently resides in the Orange County region of New York. An English major and Museum Studies minor with a concentration in English Literature at SUNY Geneseo he plans to pursue graduate work afterwards. Sérgio wouldn’t mind working in publishing or advertising, but still harbors dreams of being a professional wrestler or performance artist.

Lily Codera | Poetry Reader

Lily Codera is a junior English (creative writing) major at SUNY Geneseo, with minors in philosophy and geological science. Some of her aspirations include world travel, learning to kick-flip, and keeping her plants alive for more than a year.



Emily Sterns | Poetry Reader

Emily is a junior English Literature major and a Sociology minor. She just came back from studying abroad in Bath, England. Her favorite hobby is reading and her favorite book series is the The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.



Jack Kitzen | Poetry Reader

Jack Kitzen is a sophomore English major at SUNY Geneseo. Aside from writing and reading works, he loves traveling to new cities (Vienna is his favorite) and spending time with his two siblings. Jack is obsessed with water, stars and the Kardashians (his guilty pleasure). He is very excited to be working on the new issue of Gandy Dancer with all the other editors and readers this semester.


Noah Mazer | Poetry Reader

Noah Mazer is a sophomore English (Creative Writing) major at SUNY Geneseo. He’s just run off a cliff and will continue to do so in midair until he realizes he is no longer on land, at which point he will plummet to the earth.



cassidybrightonCassidy Brighton | CNF Reader

Cassidy Brighton is a senior at SUNY Geneseo completing her degree as a communication major and English minor. She has always had a love for writing and all things creative, including playing guitar, dancing, and even cooking. She lives in Orange County, New York with her parents, her twin brother, and her older brother. When she graduates she wants to work for a local newspaper or somewhere in the publishing field: anything with writing.

Grace Ventura | CNF Reader
Grace Ventura

Grace Ventura is a senior English literature major at SUNY Geneseo with the goal of working in the publishing field after graduating. She lives with her husband in the small town of Honeoye Falls, NY where she volunteers writing book reviews for the Mendon Public Library. Other than reading, Grace is passionate about health and fitness and recently won her first Figure Competition. She hopes to someday earn enough credibility in the fitness industry to be able to contribute to bodybuilding magazines and websites.

Katherine Jerabeck| CNF Reader

Katherine is a senior English major with a concentration in Adolescent Education. She was a fiction reader for Gandy Dancer 4.2 and is excited to explore the world of creative nonfiction with this Gandy Dancer community. She enjoys reading, traveling, and coffee.


Anthony Bettina | CNF Reader

Anthony has felt passionate about English literature for as long as he can remember. There are few places where one may find solace like they do when they have their nose in a great book. Considering such, he finds the preservation of reading and writing to be so important because it can provide catharsis for a generally stressed, and anxious society.


Grace Rowan | CNF Reader

Grace Rowan is a junior English Literature and Childhood with Special Education double major from Long Island, New York. Upon graduation, she hopes to enter a Reading Specialist graduate program in New York City to one day become a Reading Specialist at the elementary level. For now, you can probably find her in Starbucks.


Tyler Herman | CNF Reader

Tyler Herman is a senior English Lit and Psychology double major at SUNY Geneseo. He plans to move to the Washington, D.C. area after graduation to get his masters in education and become a high school English teacher. He enjoys reading spy novels, writing creative non-fiction, and going hiking in his spare time.


Emily McClemont | CNF Reader

Emily McClemont is a junior English literature and Childhood/Special Education major at SUNY Geneseo. She lives in Lewiston, NY, where she is a camp counselor and ice cream scooper extraordinaire. She aspires to become a special education teacher and hopes to dabble in the art of photojournalism. She enjoys photography, Mumford & Sons, and crime documentaries.