Rachel Berggren is a Masters of Science candidate in Sustainability Science with a concentration in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. With an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and French, she has a deep understanding of human behavior and culture and how we shape the world in which we live. Through her passion for research, writing, and blogging, she joined the Paperbark team to help create non-traditional spaces for individuals to publish their ideas and engage people from all walks of life in conversations about how we impact the world around us. She believes that through these intentional spaces of community building, we can come together to change the world.
Erin has worked in healthcare for the past 13 years, focused on everything from grassroots advocacy, to strategy consulting, to disruptive health technology. In this phase of her career, Erin is pursuing a Master of Science in Sustainability Science with a concentration in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. Her goal is to work at the intersection of climate change and health by creating local, sustainable, and secure food systems. All of Erin’s money goes to food, travel, and live music. She’s always up for karaoke or an impromptu dance party. Erin is thrilled to bring her leadership and operations experience to the Paperbark team.
Sarena Brown is a Master in Fine Arts candidate in Poetry at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Kalamazoo College in English. Through her role with Paperbark, she works to explicitly consider narratives of underrepresented communities through a lens of sustainability justice. Her poetic research navigates relationships forged within and without digital platforms like Instagram and Snapchat alongside larger notions of belonging and desire. When not writing, she can be found slinging drinks and making sandwiches at Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters.
Allyson is a second-year Masters of Landscape Architecture graduate student and Digital Media TA at UMass Amherst. She discovered her passion for design during her undergraduate studies in Interior Design and Sustainability. She chose to study Landscape Architecture as an opportunity to expand her prior research from interior to exterior space. When she is not in the studio, Allyson enjoys rock climbing, watercolor painting, travel, and organizing workshops for the UMass Sketch Club. She is looking forward to starting her position as Visual Media Coordinator and connecting with the Paperbark community!
Serving as Visual Media Coordinator for Paperbark Literary Magazine, Allyson uses her design background to provide design content for the magazine’s visual identity. She works closely with the Creative Director and Communications Team to execute all visual aspects of the magazine and its promotion.
Caroline Heafey is a PhD student in English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She holds a Masters of Arts from New York University in Irish and Irish-American Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in English and French Language and Literature from Fordham University. Her research focuses primarily on 20th century Irish women writers, transnational modernism, and trauma studies. Her MA research specialized in the prison writings of Dorothy Macardle and she is currently editing a critical edition of these fiction and non-fiction works. Heafey is also editing and providing an introduction to a new edition of Macardle’s 1953 novel Dark Enchantment due out from Tramp Press next year. She lives between Brooklyn and western Massachusetts.
As the Marketing Director, Caroline works with the Outreach and Engagement Coordinator to ensure Paperbark's brand and voice are shared with the community. Caroline is the primary steward of Paperbark's website and social media accounts. Please contact Caroline with any questions about Paperbark's marketing.
Tara is a student of Comparative Literature and English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she lives to discover unexpected connections between concepts, cultures, and disciplines. Her work has been featured in The Millions and Rebel Lifestyle Magazine. When she isn’t haunting her favorite used bookstores in the Pioneer Valley, she’s hunting for new music to fuel those rainy day brainstorms (and is always open to suggestions). As Submissions Editor, she looks forward to furthering the multidisciplinary mission of Paperbark.
Please contact Tara with any inquiries regarding submissions to Paperbark Literary Magazine.
Charlie Misenti recently graduated from UMass with a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science and is now a first-year Master’s student in the Sustainability Science program at UMass Amherst. As a Massachusetts native, Charlie is a passionate environmentalist with a focus on community growth and sustainability. He has taken on the role of Special Projects Coordinator and will be helping with various projects helping to grow the magazine. Charlie is also a zealous photographer who can almost always be found with his camera.
Feel free to contact Charlie with any general questions about the magazine or special events that might involve Paperbark.
Luke Canavan was raised in Holliston, Massachusetts, where he spent the majority of his younger years playing baseball and basketball. It wasn’t until high school that he discovered his passion for storytelling. He first started writing screenplays, then quickly branched out to prose and poetry. He is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he studies English, Communications, and Psychology. As Outreach and Engagement Coordinator of Paperbark, Luke oversees distribution and constantly works to find new ways to connect with local businesses and organizations to grow the popularity of the magazine.
Please contact Luke for any inquiries regarding Paperbark’s distribution.