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Iris Editor

mary esselmanMary Esselman 

Mary works with the Student Editor and Iris interns to develop, write, and edit material for the magazine. She earned a B.A. and M.A. in English from Georgetown University, and has taught at Georgetown, American University, and the University of Virginia. A freelance writer and editor, Mary has co-edited several anthologies of “literary therapy,” including The Hell with Love: Poems to Mend a Broken Heart, and the forthcoming How Did This Happen?: Poems for the Not So Young Anymore.


Iris Assistant Editor

Kimia Nikseresht
Kimia Nikseresht

Kimia is a fourth year, majoring in Sociology and Spanish. In addition to writing for Iris, she is involved with the Persian Cultural Society, the Middle Eastern Mentoring Program, and Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. She also works with recruiting and marketing at the UVA Football Office (Go Hoos!), and loves to spend her free time out in the sun!

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