Politics Are Personal
Sunmbul is a passionate and strong minded individual who is not afraid to speak up. She enjoys advocating for basic human rights and promoting equality and learning of new cultures and identities—all while being a homebody! She is a Muslim American and first generation immigrant major in accounting and economics. She loves writing and painting, and basically anything that let's creativity peak through. Her ultimate dream is to be a published author and work in an organization that serves the community.
Paul DeFilippo hates talking about himself, but continues to do so for reasons unknown. Paul is a double major in Drama/Theatre and English, and is the current Treasurer of the Queens College Theatre Guild. As an actor, he has appeared in a number of Queens College productions, including Twelfth Night, Damn Yankees!, and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. He previously blogged for QC Voices 16-17 under the topic "Hip Hop & Media" and still retains his affection for hip hop music, although he has since developed an appreciation for musical theatre cast recordings and, strangely enough, heartland rock.
Zeli is a first year playwriting student in the QC MFA in Creative Writing & Literary Translation program. Recent works have appeared as readings at LaMaMa in the East Village, as well as a production at SoHo Playhouse as part of the 2016 NYCFringe Festival. Zeli owes everything to the multiplicitous depth of queerness. Despite attaining an undergraduate degree from The New School, real learning has always taken place in the subterranean, but not hidden, crevices of life where queerness shines. Zeli is excited to write about this continuous learning and experience for QC Voices.
Santino is always aiming to add his own spin to everything he writes. For as long as he can remember, he has appreciated the details that turn a typical piece of writing into something worth remembering. Now a sophomore at Queens College, he is delighted to have the opportunity to editorialize and to put his skills to the test outside of the classroom. He is majoring in Psychology and is apart of the BALA minor program. During his high school years, he had the privilege of being a member of Thespian Troupe #132, and in early 2016 he published a well-received editorial about "Powerball Mania."
Law and Justice
Kaitlin McDermott is a junior at Queens College majoring in History, English and American Studies. As a student of legal history, she is passionate about criminal justice, civil rights, and above all, the Constitution. In her free time, Kaitlin enjoys spirited debates about American privacy rights, reading Gothic literature, and exploring the expanse of New York City. When she isn’t in class or walking her dog, Kaitlin can be found utilizing her First Amendment rights to write about—among other things—the First Amendment. It’s meta.
M. A. Pindling
Contemporary Black Literature
M.A.Pindling was born and raised four miles from Queens College. She is suspicious of words like "literary" and "genre" and is probably, more than likely, daydreaming at this very moment. She writes poems that aren’t very poetic, literary criticism that is a little too poetic and is currently working on a collection of fairy-tale slave narratives. This blog is a response to the dearth of diverse fiction written for young people and a deconstruction of the fiction that has emerged from the perilous and often homogenous process that is book publishing and the surrounding discourse.
Miriam is a senior majoring in History and English, leading many cynics to conclude that her eventual goal is unemployment. They would be incorrect—it's her dream that one day her book about King Arthur will find a publisher (she’s a writer, by the way; that’s how she ended up here). Without the sustaining power of memes, it’s unclear that Miriam would now be the powerhouse of wit that she is. But fortunately for the world, she has a healthy supply of memes stored on her phone, ready to go whenever the need arises.