Maya wants to help Paper Darts grow in new directions by contributing an otherness influenced by speculative fiction, B-movies, and too much anime and manga. Maya is super interested in cosmopolitanism, world citizenship, and otherwise experiencing and celebrating the diversity of the world. Her central passion is in organizations that unite social justice and the arts and is drawn to Paper Darts for its love of the familiar weird. Maya studied studio art and philosophy and is fighting for a world where a love of bunnies and cat-eared hats is not seen as exclusive to a love of postmodernism and cultural criticism.
Marah is a young grasshopper and a fierce lover of words. Currently studying English as an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota, Marah loves a good nonfiction story and, if at all possible, to read that story while eating a quesadilla. She is committed to the telling and creating of the bizarre and wonderful in a way that is conscious and inclusive to all readers.
Lizzy is a DJ, doula, writer, and avid feminist. She works with Paper Darts to expand "the literary" beyond stodgy old guard book publishing. She spearheads artistic partnerships with organizations from other disciplines and is committed to ensuring that Minneapolis art spaces are accessible and inclusive. And by night she dances to Mazarati.
Jessica is a dazzling mess of bike hair and utter fury. She is a graduate of English and philosophy, making her head a constant maze of voices and weaving theories, which she'll one day turn into dioramas. At night she plays piano and re-watches her favorite horror movies for the hundredth time. If Thao Nguyen were also a narwhal that would be her spirit animal.
Kaitlyn is from Louisville, Kentucky, and now works as a teacher in many different places. When she was younger, she attempted to teach herself French by copying the captions out of her mother’s French art books. That did not work out, but it likely contributed to her love of art and travel. Paper Darts contributes to her joy of life.
Waturi is a recent graduate of Loyola University New Orleans on a constant hunt for inspiration through anything art. She appreciates the identities of the weird and whimsical, and often lives in the imaginary. She believes that through story-telling, multitudes of people can be united in those moments. She can be found writing nonfiction prose, listening to Handel's Messiah on repeat, or with a bowl of ice cream in her hands.
Sofie is an amateur writer, musician, artist, comedienne, and screenwriter, but she says all the words after amateur as mostly jokes. For work, she teaches, and sometimes designs T-shirts for her family, pro bono. Her fiction is found in Paper Darts, The Adirondack Review, and Carve Magazine. Her work can be found at TheWorstMoose, SofieWrites, and on YouTube. Beginning fall 2016, Sofie will be at University of North Carolina-Wilmington's MFA program for a three-year unpaid vacation graciously funded by a combination of Wells Fargo and the U.S. government.
Meghan lives in Colorado, where she makes stories and beer. The stories generally turn out better (or, at least, the stories that explode in the closet while fermenting are metaphoric and easier to clean up). She goes by Meg here at Paper Darts, though like every writer in adolescence, she always hoped to be more of a Jo.
Laura grew up in the mountains of Virginia. Her short fiction appears in SLICE, The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, and Denver Quarterly, among others. She was a MacDowell Colony Fellow, and she is currently hard at work on a novel about a girl who starts a cult. When not writing, she teaches yoga and walks around San Francisco taking pictures.
Jeremy Anderson is a Freelance Illustrator, Teaching Artist, explorer, and human residing in Minneapolis, MN. He is inspired by candid interactions, leafy things, interesting color pallets, cumulonimbus clouds, natural landscapes, and time spent people watching. His friends call him Jerm.
Alex is a cartoonist currently residing in Minneapolis, Minnesota. When not illustrating for Paper Darts, he sometimes publishes comics, drawings and writing on his website, alexfukui.com. His poster work has been featured by the Trylon and his designs are used in educational and promotional materials for queer nonprofits.
Keit Osadchuk is a freelance illustrator in Minneapolis. She likes sketching portraits, style, and lettering using lots of black ink and feels ok about graphic design. Most of her work is influenced by runways of decades past, being in nature, being in the city, and her droll childhood in Russia.
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