Meet the Staff

Ink Lit Mag boasts a crew of talented poets, playwrights, nonfiction and fiction creators, and artistic masters.

Daniel Khalastchi

Publisher

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Mikey Waller

Assistant Publisher

Mikey Waller, (she/her), is the Assistant Publisher for Ink Lit. She is currently a third year English and creative writing major on the publishing track with a minor in art at the University of Iowa. She is an art editor for earthwords: the undergraduate literary review and a senior editor for Zenith Lit Mag. She spends her free time drinking Monster and petting her friends’ cats.

Email me: michelle-waller@uiowa.edu

Lauren Sanyal

Alumni Curator

Lauren Sanyal is a second-year student at the University of Iowa studying creative writing and screenwriting. She’s from San Diego, California, and she’s loved experiencing real weather in Iowa City. She loves coffee, reading, writing, the MCU, and sushi. She’s absolutely loved being a part of Ink’s staff for the past couple of years and can’t wait to see what it continues to do in the future.

Email me: lauren-sanyal@uiowa.edu

Elana Walters

Editor-in-Chief

Elana is a first-year student studying English and Creative Writing on the Publishing Track. She’s originally from New York, has a fantastic fashion style, and apparently says coffee with an accent. In her free time, she loves to do tarot reads for strangers, eat ice cream, and obsess over the Bachelor franchise.

Email me: elana-walters@uiowa.edu

Morgan Webb

Managing Editor

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Abby Feldmann

Website Editor

Part of the Iowa Writer’s Living Learning Community, Abby’s majoring in English and Creative Writing on the publishing track, with certificates in Event Management and Critical Cultural Competence. Her three favorite things are pirates, J. R. R. Tolkien’s Legendarium, and cats. Her three least favorite things are cicadas, waterproof mascara, and the color purple.

Email me: abby-feldmann@uiowa.edu

Jenna Mather

Social Media Editor

Jenna is an English and Creative Writing major from Florida. She loves writing short stories and novels about powerful girls in strange worlds, reading YA fantasy books, and drinking coffee in downtown Iowa City. A Gold Key award-winner from the 2021 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, her dream is to be a bestselling author one day.

Email me: jenna-e-mather@uiowa.edu

Elizabeth J. Clark

Creative Director

Elizabeth Clark is an Ethics and Public Policy major and Spanish minor who enjoys the intrigue of being a realistic writer, distorting illustrator, air force ROTC cadet, avid designer, and hopeful intelligence officer. As the creative director, she’s been set on pushing the limits of herself and the magazine to present art and literature enveloped in thoughtful design.

Email me: elizabeth-j-clark@uiowa.edu

Fareeha Ahmad

Addendum Editor

Fareeha is a psychology major on the premed track and is also pursuing a writing certificate at the University of Iowa. She loves grabbing coffee with new people and loves stories and the literature world. Her three favorite things (excluding books) are snow, sweaters, and stuffed animals. 🙂

Email me: fbahmad@uiowa.edu

Emma Vande Krol

Poetry Editor

Emma is a first year student majoring in English and Creative Writing and hoping to minor in German and the Classics. They like writing and reading poetry and fantasy, watching detective shows, and listening to One Direction and Taylor Swift. If they could be reincarnated as anything in the next life, it would be a desert rain frog.

Email me: carryon484@gmail.com

Jasmyn Jordan

Poetry Editor

Jasmyn is a freshman honors student from Normal, Illinois, double majoring in Psychology and Criminology. She aspires to become a child/forensic psychologist or juvenile justice attorney. Jasmyn loves caring for animals, watching anime, reading, writing (especially poetry), playing the kalimba, video games, and spending time with God and the people who matter the most in her life.

Email me: jasmyn-jordan@uiowa.edu

Abby Stoecker

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Elle Murphy

Drama Editor

As a first year, Elle focuses greatly on writing as she majors in creative writing with an interest in double majoring in either Political Science or Communications. She has a great interest in fantasy that shines in her stories as well as in her love for D&D. This is her first time as an editor, and the experience has been amazing!

Charice Salazar

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Eva Brooks

Fiction Editor

Eva is an English and Creative Writing major from Lombard, Illinois. She loves to read, write, and edit, which comes in handy when working on a literary magazine! She also loves to doodle, play video games, listen to/make music, and struggle as a single-plant mom. She says hi! 😀

Email me: ekbrooks@uiowa.edu

Jami Martin-Trainor

Nonfiction Editor

A freshman that is double majoring in Journalism and Political Science, Jami keeps herself busy in the writing community at the University of Iowa. Her favorite things are cats, watching a good TV show, and playing video games with her friends and family. She also loves music, constantly listening to Phoebe Bridgers, Ricky Montgomery, and Taylor Swift.

Email me: jmartintrainor@uiowa.edu

Samm Yu

Art and Photography Editor

Samm is a first-year student majoring in psychology and enjoys slam poetry, portrait photography, and skateboarding.

Email me: emptysamm@gmail.com

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