Masthead (Staff)

Current Founder:
Dena Igusti – (she/they) is an Indonesian Muslim poet, playwright, and journalist based in Queens, New York. She is the co-founder of multidisciplinary arts collective UNCOMMON;YOU and literary press Short Line Review. She is a 2018 NYC Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador and 2017 Urban Word Federal Hall Fellow. She is a 2019 Player’s Theatre Resident Playwright for her co-written Off-Broadway production “Sharum”. She is currently an Ars Nova Emerging Leaders Fellow of Spring 2020. Her work has been featured in BOAAT Press, Peregrine Journal, and several other publications. She has performed at The Brooklyn Museum, The Apollo Theater, the 2018 Teen Vogue Summit, and several universities across the nation. Her forthcoming collection will be published with Game Over Books. You can fine her work at denaigusti.com.

 

Founding Members:
Marwa Adina- Founding co-founder and previous Editor-in-Chief Marwa Adina is a first generation Moroccan/Muslim-American college student studying the health sciences at Rutgers University. Outside of school, Marwa is an active member of her community. She has had the opportunity to travel with the Rutgers Slam Poetry Team twice in her life, once as a team member and then, later, as a co-coach. The oldest of three children, Marwa is a Second Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. Marwa was awarded Young Adult of the Year by the Lions Clubs International in 2017 and celebrated by HerCampus’ 22 Inspirational Women Under the Age of 22 in 2016.