Meet Your 2017-2018 CW Interns

These are your Creative Writing Interns for the 2016-2017 school year! They all come from different writing, perspectives, and life experiences. They would love to help you develop your writing, recommend authors to you, or just talk about anything.  Here are their biographies and pictures below:

    Sarah Ali

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    Contact: sagali@ucsc.edu

    Positions: Kresge Writers Society Coordinator, Living Writers Series Driver, Liaison to Publications and Student Media

    Sarah grew up in Massachusetts, but now calls San Ramon, CA home. She’s a fourth year majoring in both Politics and Literature (with an emphasis in creative writing: poetry) and enjoys melding the two in her writing. She loves heavy rain, heavy books, and even heavier poems! Find her in a corner at Java Junction or parked by the ocean, searching for inspiration at the bottom of cup and sea.


  • Carolina Ixta Navarro-GutiĆ©rrez

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    Contact: cinavarr@ucsc.edu

    Positions: Liaison to the Kresge Writers House, Videographer for the Living Writers Series

    Carolina is a fourth year student from Oakland, California. She’s an Intensive Literature Major with a concentration in Creative Writing: Fiction, a double major in Spanish Studies with a concentration in Literature and Culture, and has a minor in Education. She loves and perhaps is in love with her cat Luna, and spends a lot of time researching grad school programs and obsessing about the education system. She writes fiction about the struggles of being a Latinx person in the United States, works at the Disability Resource Center, and aspires to be a teacher and a writer in the future.


  • Satveer Kler

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    Contact: skler@ucsc.edu

    Positions: Newsletter and Social Media Coordinator, Cowell College Outreach and Event Coordinator (EP Smith Gallery/Cowell Press), Grant Writer

    Satveer is a fourth year double majoring in Psychology and Creative Writing with a concentration in poetry. Lately, they have mainly been working with erasure techniques and found text. Their other work centers around belonging and exile. Some of their favorite writers include Ocean Vuong, Hanya Yanagihara, Safia Elhillo, Gloria Anzaldua, and James Baldwin.

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  • Elli Levin

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    Contact: erlevin@ucsc.edu 

    Positions: Poster and Website Design, Local Community Publicity and Ad Campaign Coordinator (Hitchcock Funds), Photographer and Videographer 

    Elli Levin is a third-year majoring in Literature with an emphasis in fiction writing. They enjoy working with the absurd and the ancient, and often blend the two in an exploration of identity and otherness. Their preferred genres include humor, absurdism, and fantasy, but Elli will rarely miss an opportunity to read a good Italian Renaissance classic. On rainy days, come find Elli at the Stevenson Cafe, drinking hot chocolate and scouring for images inside their favorite songs. 


  • Jordan Penland

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    Contact: jpenland@ucsc.edu

    Positions: Host of Living Writers Series and Liaison to KZSC

    Jordan Penland is a fourth year creative writing major. He enjoys stories in all their forms and is constantly searching for some sort of narrative satisfaction from life. One day he will be a successful author so that no form of authority will make him wake up before 11 A.M. He also believes The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?) is a genuinely good song and not just a by product of meme culture.


  • Leslie Reyes

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    Contact: lelreyes@ucsc.edu

    Positions: Host of the Living Writers Reading Series, Living Writers Series Driver, and Social Media/ Website Coordinator

    Leslie is a senior who transferred from Pasadena City College. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she uses her experiences in an urban environment as the basis for her art as well as her writing. Leslie enjoys working closely with students and exploring the west coast. She is an Intensive Literature major with an emphasis in Creative Writing for Fiction and an Education minor.


  • Chloe Tsolakoglou

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    Contact: catsolak@ucsc.edu

    Positions: Liaison to Publications and Student Media, Kresge Writers Society Coordinator

    Chloe Tsolakoglou is a Greek-American poet who grew up in Athens, Greece. Her writing mainly focuses on the economic changes that her home country has undergone, as well as familial relations and trauma. You will usually spot her at the Pottery Coop at odd hours, or squatting in unreserved library rooms. Come by to discuss your writing with her, or learn how to make zines!