With submissions in and juries poring over pieces, the Dialogue staff would like to take a minute to introduce ourselves. Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of Dialogue? Ask us! In the meantime, check out these snapshots of our lives outside the storage closet.
Molly Vander Werp is this year's Dialogue editor. She's a junior studying biochemistry + writing, and this is her third year on staff. Outside of Dialogue, she’s a member of the Artist Collaborative and the Student Activities Board. She loves poetry + music, especially, and is currently obsessing over the sestina and Clairo's latest album. She really loves cilantro, her dog, Willis, and the 2002 film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. It’s probably her favorite. She bets it’s yours, too.
Avery Gill is a junior majoring in psychology and writing. On staff, she helps out where she can, designing posters and working on layout. She is passionate about all forms of art, especially black and white ink drawings and Edward Hopper paintings. In her free time, she simultaneously watches and roasts Riverdale and dreams about having time to read for pleasure. We are all creative beings and thus creating is essential to our being. Dialogue showcases these creations, and she is so grateful to be part of that. Avery is spending fall semester in Budapest, Hungary, but will return to staff in January.
Annake VandeBrake is a junior film and graphic design double major, as well as layout editor this year. She enjoys eating tacos and mourns daily for the loss of vine. Some say she talks a lot. She enjoys art in all forms, but really, Bob Ross is the only artist who earns her respect.
Elyse Rhoades is a senior studying strategic communications, marketing, and art. This is her third year being on staff for Dialogue, and she helps with graphics and communication for the journal. She's from the Indianapolis area but hopes to never have to move back to Indiana. Being an artist has always been her favorite thing about herself, and she is passionate about creating. Aside from art, she loves make-up, running, and could eat Noodles & Co for every meal.
Hajin Yoo is a senior studying strategic communications and French. She's always had a passion for art but did not join Dialogue until her Junior year because she thought it was elitist. Turns out it wasn't! That's growth. Aside from art, Hajin likes to watch Vox videos and keep disco alive.
Emma Crevier is a senior studying graphic design and German at Calvin. On staff, she helps with layout and design, making a few posters here and there. Collaging and letter-pressing are her current favorite outlets for creative expression. In her free time, you can probably find her baking banana bread, listening to a podcast, or making bad jokes on the improv team.
Izzy Nunez is a big classic car fan and sophomore at Calvin studying graphic design with a double minor in journalism and sociology. She loves good soup and is kinda gluten free. She is from Chicago (like downtown, not a suburb), but now lives in Ann Arbor when not at Calvin. There are times when she is not studying or working...then, you can find her in oversized sweaters on the hunt for the world’s best cup of coffee. She believes the best way to listen to music is either live or at an ear-shattering volume. She collects rocks, patches, and bumper-stickers. On staff she likes to be a part of everything if she can: Dialogue is a part of the reason she came to Calvin and she loves being a part of the process.
Clara Visser is a sophomore majoring in graphic design and writing who’s excited to be back on staff for Dialogue another year. She loves spending time outside, and is still trying to adjust to Michigan’s lack of sunlight and mountains. She won’t complain about the extra snow, though. She enjoys art in many forms including drawing, calligraphy, creative writing, and music. When she’s not on campus, she’s probably at a concert. If anyone would like to give her advice about how to stop spending money on concert tickets, she would greatly appreciate it.
Mayva Elizabeth Anyango and is a sophomore from Nairobi, Kenya pursuing a major in International Development Studies with minors in Public Health and French. She enjoys painting, drawing and making all sorts of crafts. She just recently started calling herself an artist. She enjoys traveling, videography, public speaking and meeting people from different countries. Currently, her favorite thing is listening to world news, especially from the BBC World Service. She hopes to become a world traveler and development worker someday. Also, she says, nothing beats Kenyan food.
Ezra Craker is your average Dialogue staff member (you know, super down to earth). He is a freshman studying political science and film & media, which means he doesn’t know what he wants. He loves all kinds of movies, but if confessing to a priest, he would say Sky High (about the high school for superheroes) is his absolute favorite.
Sam Fraser is a first-year student at Calvin and is incredibly excited to be a part of Dialogue. She is a secondary English education major and a studio art minor. Sam loves all forms of art, especially visual art and music, and spends her free time drawing people and plants, listening to the same Spotify playlists on repeat, and playing her cello in the basement of the CFAC. She's also a huge fan of Marvel movies and will do just about anything for a matcha latte.
Sydney Klimek is a freshman from Iowa, though it makes her cringe to say that and she's super excited to call Michigan her new home. She's a film major, but loves and appreciates all forms of art—"I just wasn’t gifted in any of the other ones," she says. She says it's ironic how hard it is for her to write an introduction like this considering how much she talks, though she loves listening even more. If you ever want to talk about anything (specifically animal related) she's your girl. Say hi!
Nuri Lee is a freshman majoring in digital communications and this is his first year on Dialogue. Although he is Korean, he's an MK from Chad/Kenya (RVA class of 2019). He might seem like a cheeky guy but he enjoys a random deep conversation with random folks. You will probably find him in the library talking with people or around campus riding his longboard, drinking a latte.
Lucia Skuldt is in her first year at Calvin. She really would like someone to tell her what to study because she’s interested in a lot of things and is the most indecisive person on the face of the planet. She’s always been interested in art, especially 2-dimensional and ceramics, but still isn’t entirely sure what art itself is (and is working on exploring that further!). Nevertheless, she’s really excited to be a part of Dialogue. She has a lot of emotions about Laika, the Soviet space dog, that should probably be unpacked at some point, but in the meantime, she likes to dye her hair pink occasionally, make too much origami, and look at the sky.