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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.