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Founding Editors

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Mary Kate Hynek

Editor in Chief

Mary Kate Hynek is a senior majoring in English with a concentration in writing. When they aren’t busy with school or soccer, Mary Kate loves writing “weird fiction” and spending time with their chickens. In the future, Mary Kate plans to publish a collaborative graphic novel that is currently in the works.


Linli Chen

Poetry Editor, Arts Editor

Linli Chen is a senior majoring in English and concentrating in English literature. Linli likes writing, especially fiction.


Dee Olabi

Poetry Editor, Prose Editor, Arts Editor, Consulting Editor

Dee Olabi is a senior double majoring in psychology and English with a concentration in writing. She hopes to pursue her doctorate in psychology. Dee is the president and founder of St. Francis’ art club, “the Desc[ART]es Club,” and a member of the Duns Scotus honors program. She holds passion for various mediums of art, and is currently working on her own memoir.


Robert Elkins

Prose Editor, Consulting Editor

Robert Elkins is a senior Secondary English Education major at the University of St. Francis. When he isn’t reading and writing, Robert enjoys graphic designing, taking walks, and watching an assortment of videos on YouTube. He has been based in Joliet, IL for about ten years, and plans to teach at one of the local high schools in the area after graduation.


Sara Cahill

Consulting Editor

Sara Cahill is a senior majoring in English with a concentration in Literature Studies and a minor in Writing. Sara has experience writing for the student-lead newsletter at the University of St. Francis, The Encounter. She has been a part of the prototype design and implementation of Bernie’s Paw Prints, the university’s first digital eco-poetry collection. With poetry and journalistic writing, Sara writes creative nonfiction, which is one of her favorite types of writing.


Shayna Griffith

Prose Editor, Layout Editor

Shayna Griffith is a senior at the University of St. Francis, majoring in Communication and Media Arts with a minor in writing. Shayna has experience editing and managing The Encounter, USF’s student-run magazine. She has the most experience writing non-fiction hard and soft local news for the Joliet, Illinois area. She aspires to achieve a career in investigative journalism.

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