Charlie is a professional advisor with the Honors College at Kent State. Charlie takes over advising from the Aaron Hanlin who served as the advisor since 2013. Charlie served as an Assistant Editor at the Colorado Review and Poetry Editor for Matter Journal and helped found a community-based journalistic endeavor at Wolverine Farm Publishing. He edited the anthology A Poetic Inventory or Rocky Mountain National Park and continues to publish his own writing.
Editor in Chief
Nina enjoys writing because it allows her to cultivate a greater understanding of the world around her and the people and experiences within it. This is her second year as editor in chief of Brainchild and her third year on staff. While she most often writes fiction and poetry, she also enjoys the challenge of research-based writing and will defend her senior honors thesis this year. In addition to Brainchild, she is an editorial intern for New American Press, copy desk chief for The Burr, and the writing intern for the Kent State University Honors College. Her poetry and prose have appeared in literary journals such as Luna Negra and Scribendi. She intends to be a writer for the rest of her life.
Abigail is a creator, problem solver, activist, and coffee enthusiast. She is passionate about visual communication, inclusion, and learning. She has a particular fondness for typography, the color yellow, and classic novels. She has loved working with creative people at Luna Negra, Recovery Resources, and Signum Design, and she looks forward to collaborating with more interesting people in the future to make more incredible things. Abigail hopes to someday use her skills to help facilitate communication and bring visual beauty to the places around her, wherever they may be.
Taylor is an artist and a scientist; while she loves to create ink drawings, digital works, and pastel pieces, her academic career is geared towards environmental conservation. She assists in research in two labs at Kent State and has presented her own research on the water quality of green roof runoff at the Ecological Society of America conference in 2019. As she continues on with Brainchild for a third year, Taylor aims to disseminate art and literature into society to encourage individual interpretation and self-discovery. She believes art is a universal language that everyone and anyone can speak.
Rachel has been a member of Brainchild’s design team for three years. Her love of drawing and writing stem from her love of storytelling. Before she could hold a pen, she was listening to stories and reading books. She hopes to work as an illustrator, and to forever be able to explore how pens, markers, paper (and other such tools) can be used to communicate with people and evoke emotion.
This is Brittany’s second year as a designer for Brainchild. Brittany believes in utilizing design as a way to communicate and to make the world a bit more beautiful. She is the leader of VCD Points of View: Film Club and is one of two hosts of a new radio show on Black Squirrel Radio. She has a strong love for film, literature, music, and the typography that weaves its way in and out of all those mediums of art. She loves utilizing visually interesting typefaces with digital illustrations and collages as a way to combine fine arts and design. When she isn’t sketching in her room with a film as ambience, you can find her in local coffee shops admiring local art amidst doodles on her coffee-stained napkin.
Jessica is passionate about using design for inclusion, sustainability, activism, and accessibility. She is excited to start her first year at Brainchild. She is an avid writer, illustrator, photographer, and public speaker, having been published in Inferno, Luna Negra, Brainchild, and being a speaker at TEDx Dayton 2018. In addition to Brainchild, she spends her time working on disability activism for DREAM, singing with Kent Chorus, and working on design innovation projects. In her down time, she frequents coffee shops to write letters, doodle, or read. She also enjoys traveling, most notably studying abroad in Florence, Italy and volunteering at GMHC in New York City. She is thankful to all those in her life that taught her valuable lessons and allowed her to continue working in her craft.
This is Mia’s first year as a designer for Brainchild. Mia enjoys design because it is a creative way to solve problems, allows her to utilize her artistic skills to help others, and lets her visually express herself where words fail. She has gained experience working with Minds On in Columbus and has had her poster for Traveling Stanzas featured in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Apart from Brainchild, Mia is looking forward to being a new radio show host on Black Squirrel Radio. In her free time you can find her laughing with friends, listening to music recommendations, picking up the latest craft trend, and abstractly doodling in her sketchbook.
Samantha is a motivated individual with a passion for literature, analysis, horseback riding and working with others to improve their skills in writing, especially children. She is a Manager at the university’s Writing Commons and specifically enjoys helping writers compose rhetorical analysis and research essays. While she enjoys writing poetry and fiction, she has been published in the magazine Full Throttle, a publication for motorcycle enthusiasts in the southeastern United States. She hopes to bring her diverse experience with written works into her second year at Brainchild. Samantha is eagerly looking forward to a career as a Language Arts teacher, a career which will be defined by her belief that exposure to literature is key in developing empathy for others.
Megan is a writer and English major with a minor in Women’s Studies and Professional and Technical Writing. She aspires to attend graduate school to study Rhetoric and Composition, learning how the written word functions in and impacts today’s society. This is her first year on the Brainchild staff, and she is excited to be a part of such an amazing creation process. When she is not completing school work, you can find her indulging in the genius of Ernest Hemingway, writing poetry, and attempting to be a photographer.
Chloe loves inventive poetry and prose and is particularly fond of the science fiction, fantasy, and dystopian genres. This is her second year as an editor for Brainchild. She seeks new inspirations for writing from different experiences including traveling abroad and interacting with people from other cultures. She has studied abroad multiple times by participating in the Freshmen in Florence program her first semester and plans to study abroad for a semester in Japan. She aspires to combine her love for language and teaching and intends to work as an English teacher, both domestically and abroad. Chloe combines her passion for the written word with her love for theater, previously performing in The Laramie Project and debuting in Carrie: the Musical. She is eager to continue writing and editing with Brainchild!
This is Samantha’s third year as an editor on the Brainchild staff. Along with working at the magazine, she conducts research in the field of bioinorganic chemistry in the lab of Dr. Scott Bunge, under whose direction she plans to defend her senior honors thesis this spring. Despite her work as a chemist, she has always considered the fields of science and literature to be intimately linked. Proof lies in the undeniable poetry that exists within a crystal lattice, as well as in the way that it’s always more enjoyable to read a well-written but poorly carried out scientific proposal than it is to read beautiful science, written disastrously. She one day hopes to be able to tie together her love of language with the joy of scientific discovery, planning to eventually work as an editor for a scientific journal after many years at the lab bench.
Elena is fiercely passionate about words. She is living her dream as the Vice President of Brainchild, content writer of the Division of Information Technology at Kent State University, travel blogger for ISEP Study Abroad and premium proofreader at Proofreaders United. She savors the scent of new books, binge-listens to podcasts and dabbles in songwriting. Being trilingual sparked her love for languages as she taught English to students in South Korea and Italy. A journalistic achievement that still feels unreal to her was an interview with the runners up of the Voice for Australian music website, Livewireau. Find her scribbling away at https://elenaneoh.wixsite.com/elenaeiou.
Sarah is a published novelist and painter. She enjoys anything creative, from painting, writing, and even embroidery art. When she doesn’t have her nose buried in a book, she enjoys going for hikes, being out in nature, and traveling. Sarah is currently studying to become an Art Therapist with the hopes of spreading the therapeutic elements of creativity that have so touched her own life.