Meet The Editors



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Editor-in-Chief – Meeghan Kane

Meeghan Kane teaches history and mostly writes about history.

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Associate Editor – Roxy Lenzo

Environmentalist by trade, artist by birth: Roxy can lift a horse above her head, beat up bullies, and build a hot air balloon. She has a post-Masters big kid government job but is still waiting for her slayer abilities to awaken.


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Editor – Graham Duncan

At night Graham does dad stuff, cooks, and reads too many fantasy novels. During the day he makes a living reading dead people’s mail.


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Editor – Jenni Brennison

In her spare time, Jenni enjoys attending the occasional local rock concert, hiking with her dog, Gigi, and completing all of the reading, paper writing, and general whatnot required to earn a Masters of Arts in Teaching Special Education from the University of South Carolina. Also, she’s actually from Columbia and has never been qualified to teach English.


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Editor – Melanie Dubard

By day, Melanie is a mild-mannered law librarian, but by night she works diligently under cover of night with four dedicated female comrades to decipher Germany military codes for the British military. She has never seen or heard of Bletchley Park and doesn’t know what you’re talking about. If pressed, she may deny she even knows you. Her husband and 8 year-old-son still think she’s at book club. Her cat, Coco, hates spies and has vowed loyalty to the Kremlin.

When not code-breaking, she also enjoys pottery and scanning old city directories.

nathaniel naomi (2)Editor – Nathaniel Naomi Simmons-Thorne

Nathaniel Naomi Simmons-Thorne is a student, activist, and award-nominated writer. Naomi has written for small media publications in both digital and print and has served as a staff writer at the university press level. Their repertoire spans from academic writing, to buzz content, and essaying. Nathaniel particularly enjoys writing on social theory, social and political movements—their histories and philosophies—Black feminist and queer studies, and music of the African diaspora.



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photo credit: Taryn Cooksey

Editor – Taryn Cooksey

Taryn hails from Atlanta, Georgia; but in the tritest of storylines relocated to Columbia for a guy and a more rewarding job. She has a bachelor’s degree from Oglethorpe University and a master’s from UNC Wilmington, both in history. Now she pays the bills by sorting through old letters under the guise of historical research at the South Caroliniana Library. On her best days, she’d describe herself as a Marxist and intellectual historian, with a deep fascination of rhetoric and how it shifts over time. Most days, she’ll tell you she’s just happy to occasionally write things people might find worth reading.

Taryn stumbled into a snarky feminist phase in high school and never grew out of it. She can usually be found watching cheesy horror movies, knitting, or pestering her cats. She also has a love of red pandas that borders on unhealthy. She’d love to tell you that she’s not as dorky as this description suggests, but the truth is she’s probably even dorkier.



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Editor – Heather Green

Heather enjoys reading, long walks at the beach, and naps. However, she never actually gets to to any of those because she a librarian by day (night and weekend), mom of 2, and an avid Loretta Lynn fan. She is also a Girls Rock Columbia Board Member and Organizer, freelance writer (when she’s lucky enough), and contributor to Unsweetened. She’ll be your best concert buddy, if she can stay awake.


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Contributing Editor – Holly Genovese

Holly Genovese is a Ph.D student at Temple University. Holly’s regional origins have always been contested (does being born in Virginia make you a Virginian? Is Baltimore the South? Questions that still keep her up at night). She spent two years studying at the University of South Carolina, which was just enough time to fall in love with pimento cheese and the urban south. She is writing her dissertation on prisoner rights activism in New Orleans but spends her free time (ha!) running, watching CW dramas, painting birds and reading ghosty YA novels. follow her on twitter @hollyevanmarie

Photo provided Kathryn Silva

Photo provided by Kathryn Silva

Contributing Editor – Kathryn Silva

Kathryn is an Assistant Professor of History at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. She is currently working on her book project, “At Times We May Seem Bold:” African American Women in the Southern Textile Industry, 1895-1954. Dr. Silva holds a Bachelors of Arts in History and African Studies from the University of Massachusetts and a Master’s and Doctorate Degree in History from the University of South Carolina, Columbia.




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Contributing Editor – Isabella Gomez

Isabella Gomez is a third-year Journalism student at Georgia State University. She is also pursuing a double minor in Film & Video and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. A native of Venezuela, she will probably speak faster than you can understand in either English or Spanish, but will happily oblige if you ask her to slow down. Apart from going to school, Isabella enjoys fighting the stigmas surrounding menstruation, binge-watching movies and TV shows, awkwardly dancing at concerts, and hula-hooping. Follow her on twitter @isabellephant


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