Editor in Chief

Mikaela Wilkins
Major: Editing and Publishing with a Creative Writing minor
Year in School: Junior
The difference I want to make in the world: I want to learn how to be ok making mistakes and learn how to allow other people that same safe space. I believe that people grow best when they’re loved right where they’re at.
Favorite social-distancing activity: Reading and Picnics
Favorite author: Brian Jacques
Why I joined Schwa: I love linguistics and I wanted editing experience!

Managing Editors

Brooke James
Major: Editing & publishing
Year in School: Junior
The difference I want to make in the world: To bring small joys to others’ lives via brownies, dogs, and excellently edited literature.
Favorite social-distancing activity: Doing Just Dance with my roommates!
Favorite author: Depends on my mood, but Mary Ann Evans (George Eliot) and Neil Gaiman are coming to mind right now
Why I joined Schwa: I joined during my freshman year to get some early editing experience in a field I love, and I’ve stayed with Schwa ever since because I love our Schwa’s holistic approach, the experience it gives in everything from acquisitions to editing to design. And, the staff members are always great to work with!

 

Emma Franklin
Major: Editing and Publishing; French Studies
Year in School: Senior
The difference I want to make in the world: I want to help people elevate their writing so they can clearly convey their ideas to the world.
Favorite social-distancing activity:
Favorite author: Jane Austen
Why I joined Schwa: I wanted editing experience!

Design Director

Amanda LaFrance
Major: Editing and Publishing
Year in School: Senior
The difference I want to make in the world: I want to always be kind and make people feel loved
Favorite social-distancing activity: Trying out new recipes
Favorite author: Markus Zusak
Why I joined Schwa: I love reading what other people have written; want more editing experience

Senior Editors

Meghan Wilson
Major: Editing and Publishing
Year in School: Senior
The difference I want to make in the world: Overnight shipping of freshly baked European bread to America
Favorite social-distancing activity: Hiking with my husband
Favorite author: Brandon Sanderson
Why I joined Schwa: Noble reason: Help others improve their writing
Ignoble reason: Looks good on a résumé

Rebecca Brown
Major: Editing and Publishing
Year in School: Senior
The difference I want to make in the world: I want to help writers produce the type of literature and writing that uplifts, brings hope, and encourages joy!
Favorite social-distancing activity: Pickleball, all day long.
Favorite author: Gerald N. Lund
Why I joined Schwa: I love editing and working with authors, and the best part is that these authors are my fellow classmates!

Kyla Hill
Major: Editing and Publishing; Minor: Theatre Arts Studies
Year in School: Junior
The difference I want to make in the world: I want to use language to invoke emotions in others that move them to want to do and be good.
Favorite social-distancing activity: Movie nights
Favorite author: Shakespeare
Why I joined Schwa: I joined to get out-of-class experience with the process of editing and publishing a work.

Olivia Kitterman
Major: Publishing and Editing
Year in School: Freshman
The difference I want to make in the world: I want to teach all creative writers that their voice matters and that they should never stop writing.
Favorite social-distancing activity: I love having outdoor picnics in the canyon.
Favorite author: Lisa Mangum
Why I joined Schwa: I have wanted to be an editor for a long time, and I believe that Schwa is the perfect place for me to learn how to work with language in an official setting. I also love talking about linguistics and all things language. I’m so excited to read what my peers have to say!

Lydia Mercado

Emma Stephens
Major: Editing and Publishing
Year in School: Sophomore
The difference I want to make in the world: Help people achieve their dreams and create social change through literature!!!!
Favorite social-distancing activity: Eating Crumbl cookies in any way shape or form
Favorite author: John Steinbeck
Why I joined Schwa: To gain editing experience and really learn how it all works while reading papers about topics that interest me.

Staff Editors

Alie Carter

Alohilani Jacob
Major: Editing and Publishing
Year in School: Sophomore
The difference I want to make in the world: I want to be able to help books get published and make sure they are flawless!
Favorite social-distancing activity: Playing board games
Favorite author: Erin Morgenstern
Why I joined Schwa: I’ve loved editing my whole life and I know that Schwa will give me the perfect opportunity to learn the entire publishing process!

Cassandra Thomson
Major: Editing and Publishing
Year in School: Freshman
The difference I want to make in the world: I want to help people as much as I can and show compassion to all those I come in contact with.
Favorite social-distancing activity: rewatching tv shows and reading
Favorite author: Brandon Sanderson
Why I joined Schwa: I liked the environment and that I knew I could make a mark and not fade into the background here.

Emma Valentine

Meg McCoy
Major: English Language
Year in School: Senior
The difference I want to make in the world: I want to share the Light of Christ through my actions and choices. I understand that isn’t related to anything in Linguistics or Editing, but it’s the honest truth.
Favorite social-distancing activity: Super Smash Bros nights with my friends (through Discord, of course).
Favorite author: Obert Skye
Why I joined Schwa: Since I’m going to graduate soon, I’d like to have some first-hand experience in a related field.

Annika Johnson
Major: Editing and Publishing
Year in School: Freshman
The difference I want to make in the world: I want to help people do the things they’ve always wanted to do and achieve their writing goals!
Favorite social-distancing activity: Calling my mom :)
Favorite author: Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, Gary D. Schmidt
Why I joined Schwa: I joined Schwa so I could gain experience in a field I am interested in and meet people who have the same interests I do!

Mikki Brunson
Major: Editing/Publishing
Year in School: Sophomore
The difference I want to make in the world: Tbh I just want to live a normal life and die peacefully in my sleep lol
Favorite social-distancing activity: Watching scary movies
Favorite author: Marissa Meyer
Why I joined Schwa: I need editing experience :)