2019-2020 Contributors:

Nadia Misir

Citizen Queens

Nadia Misir was raised near the elevated tracks of the A train in a neighborhood that is often columbused by The New York Times. She writes about intimacy, grief and the way histories of oppression reveal themselves in unexpected, mundane and intimate moments. A marigold thief, her hope is to write from the intersection of Audre Lorde’s “Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power” and her experience growing up in Richmond Hill as a Guyanese poet of Indian descent. She is a former Asian American Writers' Workshop Open City fellow. Her writing has been published in Open City Magazine, No, Dear Mag, and Kweli Journal. Follow her on Instagram for basic insomnia poetry about bad break ups and barista crushes @nuancednadia.

Jordan Foresta

All Things Nerd

Jordan Foresta is an English major in his final year at Queens. He has spent this time trying
to convince students and faculty alike that playing hours and hours of video games totally
counts as academic research. Jordan is passionate about the application of literary criticism and theory to new media, and believes emphatically that video games deserve a place in the literary canon. His blog, All Things Nerd, is his place to sound off on the various aspects of the culture he's so deeply rooted in — from the tabletop gaming renaissance to why everyone should play Majora’s Mask at least once.

Alyssa Perez

Environmentally Woke

Alyssa is a Bronx native who loves the natural world. Currently a senior at Queens College, she is wrapping up her BA in Environmental Studies. A mom and an activist, she's enthusiastic about motivating others to think green, connect with nature, and live sustainably. She spends much of her time in the outdoors, meditating, with loved ones, reading, or learning something new. Her written work focuses on environmental awareness and humanity's role in sustainability.

Rhea Tepp

Our Digital Selves

Rhea is a second year researcher in the QC MA Media Studies program, a self-published zine creator, musician and co-organizer of L.A. Zine Fest. Rhea’s focus on media studies is personal, political and intersectional.  The messages of the bands she performs in (Sister Mantos & San Cha) are anti-colonialist queer stories, fighting against white supremacy through imagined post-capitalist utopias.  She is grateful to be participating as a writer for QC Voices and hopes to utilize this platform to explore the complexities of our developing digital identities.

Hadassah Schneider

2020 Vision

Hadassah is a writer and spoken word poet from NYC. She is a passionate and strong-minded individual who enjoys advocating for social justice. She is a junior at Queens College, majoring in media studies. She loves debating politics and law, and hopes to become a lawyer. Her poetry can be found in The Jewish Literary Journal, Mizmor Anthology, and on the JOFA blog. Hadassah can usually be found hiding in her room- writing, listening to music, or binge watching Supernatural.

Amanda Long

The Acts of Idleness

Though it is Amanda’s last year as an undergraduate at Queens College, she anticipates that it will not be her last year as an English Major. She has an infatuation with sentence fragments and aims to be a prose writer. When in doubt, she finds herself participating in idle acts, that
sometimes borderlines couch potato behavior. Regardless, she treats idleness as a cure, as it is
Virginia Woolf who recommends idleness as the harbinger of truth. In whatever form idleness
may take, Amanda roughly equates it with the extracurricular activities one may not necessarily include on a resume.

Najet Miah

Let's Talk Prisons

The U.S. incarcerates more people than any other country in the world, and with thousands of inmates being released into society each year, it’s important for us to care about prison politics.

Najet recently finished serving seven of an eight-year prison sentence during which time she made major life changes. Her time in a maximum-security prison exposed her to the obstacles inmates face in corrections and upon release. Naturally, she’s a firm believer in redemption and the human capacity to ascend any circumstance. She is currently majoring in psychology and minoring in Arabic. Also an aspiring surgeon, she is a current board member for Future Healers of America at QC.

Jude Binda

We, the Millennials 

Jude Binda, being the youngest student to complete Queens College’s Honors English Program, will graduate in 2020 as an English major and a double minor in Sociology and Psychology. As a participant in the Accelerated Master’s Program, he is currently taking MA level classes and will graduate with his Master’s degree by 2021. In tandem with drawing from personal experiences about transitioning into adulthood in 2019, Jude offers a unique look at millennial culture by thinking about current events and phenomena in relation to history and social science. 

Vallaire Wallace

Mental Health & Blackness

Vallaire is a senior English major at QC. Throughout her time at Queens, she's accomplished a lot: Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, Editor-in-Chief of The Knight News, soon to be published writer. She’s done so while dealing with the tricky illness called anxiety, and often being the only black woman in the room. Between understanding herself and adding more to her list of accomplishments, she writes everything down, forever wondering how to navigate the inherent worries that come with being both black and a woman. She hopes writing for QCVoices will bring attention to these worries, and start an open conversation.

7 thoughts on “2019-2020 Contributors:

  1. Dear Sir or Madame,

    I have developed the QC Voices blog, “Notes of a Queens College Naturalist,” over the years. I started as a student and I am now a faculty member. As a faculty member, my email has changed and I cannot access wordpress to update and edit my QC Voices blog.

    Would you please be able to help me with this?

    In addition, I would be pleased to write additional articles for QC Voices if there is any stipend available.

    Thank you!

    • Hi David. Sorry for the delay. I just came across your comment. I’m sure we can find a solution. Get in touch with me by email, and I’ll put you in touch with the right person.

  2. Hi! I’ve been looking around the website to find a way to apply as a blogger for QC Voices. Is there a specific link or an email address where I can send my application? Hoping for your response.

  3. Hi,

    I’m a rising junior in the Macaulay Honors program at Queens College and am wondering about opportunities to join the QC Voices team for the 2016-17 academic year?

    Thank you,

  4. Hello. My name is Muhammad T. Vali. I am a lower junior in Queens College. I am interested in joining QC Voices to write articles on certain topics. I saw your flier in school but I swear it slipped out of my mind so I hope its not too late to join the team! Just to be a give background on myself, I am a Computer Science major with a minor in computational linguistics and psychology. I could write about many things but my focus would be on self-success and the future. I can already see a lot of ways I can add value to this initiative and have it grow.

  5. To whoever is in charged of QC Voices:
    I am a transfer student highly interested in writing for the blog. What are the details on the blogger position so that I may apply?
    Thank you.

  6. Much like many others before me, I am curious as how to become involved with QC Voices. I am a sophomore at Queens studying English. I would be very interested in potentially writing for the 2016-2017 academic year. Some guidance pertaining to applying would be great appreciated

    Thank you,

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