Meet the Team

Iris Editor

Mary Esselman Iris Editor

Mary Esselman

mdesselman@gmail.com

Assistant Editor

Laura Hinnenkamp

Laura is a fourth year studying English and Women, Gender & Sexuality with a minor in Psychology. She believes in the value of art as a tool for social change and the power of the written word to connect us all. In her free time, Laura enjoys watching romantic comedies and laughing at astrology memes. 

Authors

Kirsten Hemrich

Kristen Hemrich is Iris' Digital Media Contributor for this year! She is an artist living in Richmond, VA. Her work has been exhibited in multiple galleries around town. Her work can be found on her blog: https://www.instagram.com/kirsten_hemrich/.

photo of Elizabeth Bangura

Elizabeth Bangura

Lizz is currently a fourth year majoring in the Area Program in Literary Prose and double majoring in Media Studies. She enjoys using art to create social commentaries and promote social justice. In her free time she enjoys sleeping, vibing to music, sleeping, eating and cooking, sleeping, hanging out with friends and sleeping. She looks forward to the day she resides in her Fenty house, sitting in her Fenty clothes, on her Fenty couch, watching her Fenty TV, with her Fenty water in hand.

Marwah Shuaib

Marwah Shuaib

Marwah is a fourth year studying Prose Writing and Global Development. Her interests include very bad TV, very good books and vice versa. She is, of course, from Northern Virginia. You can read more of her work at marwahshuaib.contently.com.

Cady Rombach

Cady Rombach

Cady is a second year majoring in Media Studies and English. Her free time is usually spent singing (very badly) her favorite songs, trying to motivate herself to study, and enjoying quality time with friends. Solving crossword puzzles and smelling flowers are some of the little joys she finds in life.

Mackenzie Williams

Mackenzie Williams

Mackenzie Williams is a third year from Seattle studying Political & Social Thought and English. She collaborated with Jia Tolentino on her essay "We Come from Old Virginia" for the New York Times bestselling book Trick Mirror. Mackenzie pretends to be Kathleen Kelly in her spare time. 

Lexi Toufas

Lexi Toufas

Lexi is a second-year English major. She enjoys bird-watching, crocheting, and has recently started sewing. Her favorite bird is toss between the Carolina Chickadee and the American Goldfinch.

Caroline Bohra

Caroline Bohra

Caroline Bohra is a fourth year English major and Sociology minor. She enjoys long walks through the aisle of Trader Joes and is a self-proclaimed rom-communist. She’s a big fan of seltzer and gummy vitamins.

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