About UsMeet the Women Subverting Non-Fiction Norms
Sophia DuRose is a twenty year old writer from Orlando, FL now studying in Philadelphia. She is a member of the Florida States Poets Association and her work has appeared in literary magazines such as “Rainy Day Magazine,” “Revelry,” “Contemporary American Voices,” “National Poetry Magazine,” and others. Currently, she is working towards her English degree at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Chelsey Zhu is a freshman studying English at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2016, she earned a National Silver Medal in Novel Writing from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. She is currently an Ego writer for 34th Street Magazine and works in the Wexler Studio of the Kelly Writers House. Her reporting can be found on www.34st.com/staff/chelsey_zhu and www.murfreesboropost.com.
Cece is a sophomore from Cincinnati, Ohio (i.e a HUGE fan of Graeter’s ice-cream and Skyline Chili). She is currently studying at the University of Pennsylvania with a double major in biochemistry and chemistry. She is interested in biology research and in global health issues. She also works at a lab that investigates epigenetics effects on plant growth. She writes mostly nonfiction, with her most recent piece focusing on fetal surgery.
Juliette Palermo is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying English with a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in Neuroscience. She spends her free time working in an anesthesia laboratory at the Perelman School of Medicine and building her website: https://umyikesquestionmark.com. She has two co-authorships on papers accepted by the International Anesthesia Research Association, but can not correctly pronounce bagel or banana.
Sydney Gelman is a junior at Penn studying English and Creative Writing. She writes nonfiction that distorts your view of the world so that you can experience it how she sees it—from her 4’11 vantage point. She loves cats, Dante, and is rarely seen without a blazer and a book in tow.
Claire Huffman is a 22 year old writer from Portland, Oregon currently studying English at the University of Pennsylvania. She studied painting, Greek literature, and creative writing at the Aegean Center for the Fine Arts, but then she gave up on her dreams. She loves theatre, the immensity of existence, and Seamus Heaney, and she doesn’t know how to parallel park.
Beatrize Stephen-Pons was born in Chicago. She currently resides in Philadelphia where she majors in Economics and English at the University of Pennsylvania. In her free time, she enjoys reading and writing hypertext literature, magic realism, and creative nonfiction.
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Zoe is a freshman studying English at the University of Pennsylvania from San Francisco, California. Writing became an influential part of her life after completing an experiential semester away program in New York City during her junior fall semester of high school, where she furthered her passion for reflective, exploratory, and creative writing. Upon coming back to San Francisco, she published her own magazine, Free the Zine, in 2017. Zoe is currently a Staff Writer for UPenn’s 34th Street Magazine.