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Sub-Concentration Profiles

Emilia Ferrante (she/her)

I am a senior from Princeton, New Jersey studying English and Anthropology! In addition to creative writing, I am also working on an English Honors thesis about climate change and ecopoetry. I am the Editor-in-Chief of the Residential College's literary magazine, The RC Review, and a Senior Arts Editor at the Michigan Daily. I love horror movies, grapes, my roommate's cat, and crocheting.

Who influenced you to become a writer?

I've always wanted to be a writer, ever since I can remember. My second grade teacher, Ms. Bach, told me I could actually do it — be a writer, if I wanted to. My family and friends have always been incredibly supportive. But if I had to pick the moment that made me want to become a poet specifically, it would be reading Elizabeth Bishop's "One Art" and feeling a poem punch through my chest in the best possible way, articulating emotions I didn't even know I had. I knew I wanted to try to do that, too.

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Francisco Fiori (he/him)

I was born in Dearborn & raised in Ann Arbor by two immigrants from Argentina. I have always been drawn to theater and music, and most recently was in a production of Larry Kramer's "The Normal Heart", produced by Basement Arts. Currently, I am writing my senior thesis on the great "Angels in America" by Tony Kushner and writing the book for a musical adaptation of the Chilean film "Machuca." Short stories are my comfort, and I've received two Hopwoods and a few other prizes for mine. When I'm not working, I love to re-watch "Sex and the City" and "Broad City" or just make Pinterest boards.

Who influenced you to become a writer?

My parents made reading a pillar from as long as I remember, but reading "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison my senior year made me truly fall in love with language and literature. She truly is the pinnacle. I'm also inspired by William Faulkner, James Baldwin, Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, Joni Mitchell, Joan Didion, Louise Erdrich, Pedro Almodovar, and Lorde. Also a lot of drag queens and queer/camp/fabulous culture.

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Jenna Lynn Good

Jenna Lynn Good was born in 2001 and grew up in Plymouth, Michigan. She has won two Hopwood awards for her poetry at the University of Michigan, and her work has been published in the New Croton Review.

Who influenced you to become a writer?

Jenna has been heavily influenced by the poetry of William Shakespeare, John Keats, and Sara Teasdale, as well as the music of the Everly Brothers, the Beatles, the Doors, and the Alice in Chains MTV Unplugged concert.

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Jessica Kwon

Jessica Kwon is an emerging writer from Michigan. She studies English with a sub-concentration in creative writing, and Asian American/Pacific Islander studies at the University of Michigan. She is the recipient of a Michigan Press Association award for Feature Story and three Hopwood awards for fiction, nonfiction, and journalism. She serves as the co-managing editor of Michigan in Color, The Michigan Daily's section by and for students of Color, where she is also the founding editor of Queer in Color. Jessica loves karaoke, mangoes, and the rule of three.

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Steve Liu

Steve Liu is a writer from Southern California. In his free time he enjoys playing piano, walking, and collecting postcards. He studies English and Environmental Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Who influenced you to become a writer?

Ernest Cline, Kurt Vonnegut, and my family.

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Nikki Rossiter (she/him)

In writing, I've learned one thing. Similes are the poor man's metaphor. Please, enjoy. (If I've placed any similes in here feel free to point and laugh at me, it's okay, I set myself up for it)

Who influenced you to become a writer?

I have twenty-two friends I live with; from them, I have learned a lot about what it means to be human. Hopefully in this project you'll get an inkling of the love I have for each and every one of them. Also Gabriel Garcia Márquez, that's my dog right there.

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Jack Welsh (he/they)

Jack Welsh is a writer and poet from the Detroit Metro area. His poems have been published in The Ninth Room (2021), a poetry anthology that featured ten unknown and disparate poets. In their free time, Jack is working hard to learn the art of paying attention.

Who influenced you to become a writer?

Jack draws most inspiration from the friends and family in his own life that have proved far more vivid than fiction.