Our Team

Meet The Editors!

Rainer Lee (He/Him) | Editor-in-Chief

Rainer Lee (he/him) is the Editor-in-Chief and a writer at OutWrite. He is a fourth year English major and an avid believer in the power of story. He’s passionate about queer media, good noodles, and fun fashion.

Min Kim (they/them) | Managing Editor

Min Kim (they/them) is a fourth year Computer Science and Linguistics undergraduate working as the Managing Editor and a copy editor at OutWrite. They are minoring in Film and Television and like to fantasize about the tattoos they swear they’ll get one day in their spare time.

Bellze (They/Xey) | Developmental Editor

Bellze (they/xey) is a Developmental Editor and copy editor at OutWrite. They are a second year transfer student and English major. They are absolutely enamored with video games, their dog named Puddles, and their frog tattoos.

Brenna Connell (She/They) | Developmental Editor, Graphics Head

Brenna Connell (she/they) is a fourth year English major, a Developmental Editor, the Graphics Head, and a writer at OutWrite. Given the opportunity, she will talk or write about sci-fi/fantasy, videogames, gender, and existential nonsense until hunger and/or exhaustion win out.

Jericho Tran-Faypon (They/Them) | Developmental Editor

Jericho Tran-Faypon (they/them) is a Developmental Editor for OutWrite. They are a second-year Psychology and Sociology double major who enjoys critical thinking, people-watching, and listening to other people’s stories. As a part of OutWrite, they hope to contribute to the coming together of the queer community and the dismantling of the cisheteropatriarchy!

Bella (She/Her) | Copy Chief

Bella (she/her) is the co-Copy Chief at OutWrite. She’s a fourth year MCDB major and in her free time, she enjoys gaming, napping and writing/reading queer stories.

Emma Blakely (They/She/He) | Copy Chief

Emma Blakely (they/she/he) is a Copy Chief and writer at OutWrite. They are a fourth year MIMG and Communications double major and are in the UCLA Marching Band and researching with the Kohn Lab. They love good stories, dance, and listening to music and podcasts.

Jackson Harris (He/Him) | Social Media Head

Jackson Harris (he/him) is the Social Media of OutWrite. He is a fourth year Psychology major and Professional Writing and Music Industry minor. He loves designing concept photoshoots, stanning C-list singers everyone has heard of but no one takes seriously, and framing making TikToks as professional development.

Giulianna Vicente (She/Her) | Layout Head

Giulianna Vicente (she/her) is a fourth year Gender Studies major on the Pre-Medicine track. She is interested in holistic reproductive health practices, menstrual health accessibility, and advocacy for diverse and inclusive sexual education, including menstrual and breast health. Additionally, she is interested in the inclusion of queer individuals in healthcare and the medical field at large. She is currently the Co-President of Lavender Health Alliance, a queer medical organization, amongst other organizations she’s a part of.

JQ Shearin (She/Her) | Podcast Head

JQ Shearin (she/her) is the Podcast Editor at OutWrite. She is a second-year double major in History and Economics with a passion for local activism and transformative queer readings of art.

Meet The Staff!

Augustine (They/Them) | Outreach

Augustine (they/them) is part of the Outreach team at OutWrite. They are a fourth year Sociology and Gender Studies double major, also minoring in LGBTQ Studies. They have an affinity for pastel-hued colored pencils and is most likely finding good stationery.

Ava Rosenberg (She/They) | Copy Editor

Ava Rosenberg (she/they) is a copy editor and secondary writer at OutWrite. She is a third year sociology major and loves writing about queer news in professional and college sports. They are a huge LA Rams fan, casual D&D player and fine cheese critic.

Cole Lopez (They/Them) | Writer, Artist

Cole Lopez (they/them) is a writer and illustrator for OutWrite. They are a second year Graduate student in the gender studies department as well as a single parent to two young kids.

Ellie Chun (She/They) | Layout

Ellie Chun (she/they) is on layout staff at Outwrite. She is a second-year Psychology major who enjoys crochet, cozy games, theatre, and dance.

Emerie Avila (She/Her) | Writer

Emerie Avila (she/her) is a writer at Outwrite and a second year English major. In her free time, she likes watching zombie movies, reading books, and eating just about anything with chocolate.

Gwendolyn Hill (She/Her) | Copy Editor

Gwendolyn Hill (she/her) is a fourth year Psychobiology major and copy editor at OutWrite. Her passions include disability justice, accessibility, music, and self-expression through sustainable fashion. She also enjoys reading, photography, video games, and trying new recipes.

Harper Dunn (She/Her) | Web Developer

Harper Dunn (she/her) is a web developer at OutWrite. She is a second-year Computational and Systems Biology major. She enjoys cooking, reading, and skateboarding.

Laila Alderson (She/Her) | Writer

Laila Alderson (she/her) is a writer at OutWrite. She is a third year Comparative Literature major, and she loves making and drinking cute little drinks (coffee, Arizona Arnold Palmer, sparkling mint limeade, etc.)

Layla Knowles (She/They) | Writer

Layla Knowles (she/they) is a writer at OutWrite. She is a fourth year English major pursuing a Creative Writing minor. When she isn’t writing, she’s thinking about writing, playing guitar, or doodling on her lecture notes.

Maddie McEwen (She/They) | Photographer

Maddie McEwen (she/they) is a third year Environmental Science major and Conservation Biology minor. She’s a photographer for OutWrite with a passion for native biodiversity, social activism and sustainability. They love hanging out with their cats and running a flourishing Stardew Valley farm in their spare time.

Maya Parra (She/Her) | Writer

Maya Parra (she/her) is a writer at OutWrite. She is a third year English and Communication double major. She loves listening to music, reading classics and thrillers, and watching movies (especially Studio Ghibli ones).

M R (She/Her) | Writer

M R (she/her) is a writer with OutWrite and is going into her fourth year of school. She is a Philosophy and History double major who loves cartoons and horror video games.

Michel W (He/Him) | Copy Editor

Michel W (he/him) is a copy editor for OutWrite. He is third year Classics major and double minoring in Music Industry and Musicology. In his free time he likes to sing, song-write, and spend time with his cats.

Sarah Belew (She/They) | Layout

Sarah Belew (she/they) is on layout staff at OutWrite, and a senior applied linguistics major at UCLA. She is passionate about design and writing, and loves her two cats, Pesto and Anomaly, in their free time.

Steph Liu (She/Her) | Artist, Writer

Steph Liu (she/her) is an illustrator and writer for OutWrite. She is a fourth year Communication major. She’s also the music director of Pitch, Please! a cappella and likes watching historical fashion YouTube videos.

Taylor Kunin-Ur (She/Her) | Writer

Taylor Kunin-Ur (she/her) is a writer at Outwrite. She is a second year Psychology major with a passion for social change and justice. She loves books, the Warriors (NBA all day), and writing short stories.

Zora Lam (She/Her) | Copy Editor

Zora Lam (she/her) is a copy editor at OutWrite. She is a fourth year double-majoring in Anthropology and Spanish and minoring in LGBTQ Studies. She is passionate about uplifting queer and mixed-race voices and enjoys spending her free time hiking and listening to Kendrick Lamar.

Meet The Interns!

Alyssa Avila (She/Her) | Podcast Intern

Alyssa Avila (she/her) is a third year World Arts and Cultures major and a Podcast Intern at Outwrite Magazine. In her free time, she enjoys thrifting, journaling, and taking photos.

Catherine Zhang (She/Her) | Illustrations Intern

Catherine Zhang (she/her) is an illustrations intern at OutWrite. She is a first year Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics major who enjoys drawing digitally in her free time. The Owl House is her comfort show.

Claude Chung (He/They) | Writing Intern

Claude Chung (he/they) is a Korean-American writing intern at OutWrite and a second year Psychobiology student hoping to earn their PhD in psychology after graduation. He spends his leisure time researching psychology and taking part in the goth scene.

Ember Ireland (They/She) | Writing Intern

Ember Ireland (they/she) is a first-year pre-public affair major joining OutWrite as a writing intern. They are passionate about advocacy for social justice through writing, and consuming queer media to share with others. Aside from writing, they love playing piano, playing with their cats, dancing, and chilling in the LGBTQ+ CRC.

Emily Kim (She/Her) | Podcast Intern

Emily Kim (she/her) is a podcast intern at OutWrite and third year Math of Computation major. Emily loves theatre, fiction, and staring pensively at the ocean. She is an aspiring social critic and a committed flosser.

Gracie Bitting (She/Her) | Copy Intern

Gracie Bitting (she/her) is excited to be a copy intern at OutWrite! She is a second year Biophysics major and enjoys musical theatre, cats, and spending time with friends and family.

Jessica Rose (She/Her) | Writing Intern

Jessica Rose (she/her) is a writing intern and a first-year English major at UCLA. She loves writing, having published her debut novel “The World Above the Waves” in August of 2022. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading sapphic literature, playing d&d, or wherever her girlfriend is.

Jocelyn Diaz (She/They) | Writing Intern

Jocelyn Diaz (she/they) is a Writing Intern at OutWrite. She is a fourth-year English Major and Education Studies Minor. She is passionate about finding good deals at thrift stores, boba, and, of course, reading and writing!

Juliet Clark (She/Her) | Writing Intern

Juliet Clark (she/her) is a writing intern at OutWrite. She is a third year English major. She believes that we exist to create art, and also in aliens.

Kaden (He/Him) | Illustrations Intern

Kaden (he/him) is an illustrations intern at OutWrite. He is a first year Psychology major. His interests include cats, digital illustration, typology (He’s an INFJ 3w2!), alternative rock, and K-pop.

Kel Yu (She/Her) | Illustrations Intern

Kel Yu (she/her) is an illustrations intern at OutWrite. She is a first year Civil Engineering major and avid animator and storyteller. She loves building with Legos, collecting stickers, and generally obsessing over various forms of animated media.

Len Park (They/Them) | Illustrations Intern

Len Park (they/them) is an illustrations intern at OutWrite. They are a first year sociology major and loves all forms of storytelling. In their art, they display their dry humor, odd symbolism, and depictions a possible reality if we asked ourselves “why not?”

Marc Cabilangan (He/Him) | Writing Intern

Marc Cabilangan (he/him) is a writing intern at OutWrite and a first-year Political Science major. He loves animals, gummy candy, history, and cheesy YA romance novels. When he isn’t studying or reading, he’s probably crying over another pug post on Instagram.

Mary Nassar (She/Her) | Writing Intern

Mary Nassar (she/her) is a Writing Intern at OutWrite. She is a second year English major planning to minor in LGBTQ Studies and a lover of the written word. She loves to rave about queer media, write short stories and poetic prose, unwind at the gym, and listen to Julia Michaels!

Maya Balakrishnan (She/They) | Illustrations Intern

Maya Balakrishnan (she/they) is an illustrations intern at OutWrite. She is a third year Computer Science major who is passionate about using tech to make the world a better place. She also loves decorating cakes, watching video essays, and listening to all kinds of music.

Melissa Vera (She/They) | Writing Intern

Melissa Vera (she/they) is a writing intern at OutWrite. She is a first year History major and believes in the power of using written word to invoke change. They love poetry, music, and spending time with their dogs.

Mia D (She/Her) | Layout Intern

Mia D (she/her) is a layout intern at OutWrite. She’s a first year English major with hopes to pursue a second major in Communications. She can be found writing poetry or reflecting on how Succession changed her brain chemistry.

Niki Senthil (She/Her) | Copy Intern

Niki Senthil (she/her) is a copy intern at OutWrite. She is a first year Computer Science and Engineering major. In her free time, Niki enjoys singing, working out, listening to r&b, writing bad poetry, and reading good poetry (and prose).

Ruth Torrence (She/Her) | Layout Intern

Ruth Torrence (she/her) is a Layout Intern for OutWrite and a third-year Materials Science and Engineering major. As a Makerspace Technician, artist, and engineer, she is passionate believer in the importance of creating.

Siri Suvvari (She/They) | Illustrations Intern

Siri Suvvari (she/they) is an illustrations intern at OutWrite. She is a first year public affairs major with a passion for reading, visual arts, and crochet.

Soren Kaur (They/Them) | Illustrations Intern

Soren Kaur (they/them) is a first year Psychology major and an illustrations intern at OutWrite. They love cats, art, seals, music, tv shows, and trinkets.

Vân anh (They/She) | Writing Intern

Vân anh (they/she) is a writing intern at OutWrite. They are a first year transfer/third year majoring in Education and Social Transformation, with a minor in Asian American studies. She loves music and art, and hates the dairy industry.

Wynne Brill (They/Them) | Writing Intern

Wynne Brill (they/them) is a writer at OutWrite. They are a third year Anthropology major with a focus in Archaeology and also a habitual opinion-haver. They are interested in all things occult and arcane, and their favorite two things in the whole world would have to be a creepy book and a cozy place to read it in. They love to explore history, queer literature, and mechanisms of beauty and horror.

Yixin Hu (She/Her) | Web Development Intern

Yixin Hu (she/her) is a web development intern at OutWrite. She is a third year Linguistics and Computer Science major and an education minor. She’s passionate about EdTech and baking.

Want to join us?

OutWrite accepts applications every Fall and Winter quarter! Keep an eye on our Instagram and monthly newsletter for when applications open next.