Our Writers

Want to know a little bit more about the people you’re reading on Truthnicity? Here are some of our contributors:

Abby D., 17, Madison, Wisconsin, writer for Truthnicity since 2014

abby pic I am a senior in high school, living in the wonderful city of Madison, WI. I love reading, politics, acting, cooking, and anything historical. I’m one of four children, being raised by two fantastic parents, and I couldn’t ask for anything better.

Anne-Sophie van W., 17, London, England, writer for Truthnicity since 2015anne-sophie

I was born in New York and grew up in Amsterdam, Paris, and London. I graduated from high school in July 2014 and spent the 2014-15 school year doing a gap year in China. I lived with a host family in Beijing and attended a Chinese high school as a senior with the program School Year Abroad. My hobbies include playing cello and piano, rowing, reading, and playing football/soccer depending on where you’re from.

August Franzen, 19, Seattle, Washington, writer for Truthnicity since 2015

I spent most of the first seventeen years of my life in Pittsburgh but now live in Seattle, where I am studying Environmental Science and English at the University of Washington. When I am not studying, I can be found cooking, riding my bike, building theater sets, or desperately trying not to be a music snob.

Caroline T., 18, Fort Wayne, Indiana, writer for Truthnicity since 2014

carolineI was born in Boston, grew up in Indiana. I’m currently a senior in high school. As a sophomore, I received five regional Scholastic Writing Awards, three of which received national recognition. I write for my school newspaper and am the Editor-in-Chief of the school literary magazine. Some of my interests include speech team, economics, feminism, Model United Nations, poetry, and Broadway musicals. I enjoy reading, listening to NPR, and traveling the world.

Gavin Arnold, 21, Massachusetts, writer for Truthnicity since 2015

I graduated from high school in the spring of 2013, just finished up spending the year in Norway and am a part of the class of 2018 at Skidmore College. I really enjoy the outdoors, reading, and napping.

hafsa musa, 20, writer for Truthnicity since 2016

my writing name is hafsa musa. i am a black, queer, nonbinary college student devoted to pro-black, pro-queer and pro-trans activism, social justice, writing, blogging, politics, and literature as an art form. i write all of my articles in the lower case as a reminder that my content purposefully flouts white convention. i run a writing and poetry blog at mythae.tumblr.com and run a professional blog at merqueerial.com.

Laura Springman, 22, Madison, Wisconsin, writer for Truthnicity since 2014

I’m from Madison, WI, but am currently living in Chicago attending DePaul University as a history major, and a double minor in international politics and German studies. I’m a very passionate activist, focusing on feminism, racism, body image, and LGBTQA issues. When I’m not spending time in class or doing homework, I work as an Undergrad Assistant at my university’s Women’s Center, helping to run the club Feminist Front and serving as a Queer Peer mentor for freshman and transfer students.

Mason, 22, Los Angeles, California, writer for Truthnicity since 2014mason picture

I’m a UCLA student, the President of Enigma: The Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Gaming Club at UCLA, and a lifeguard. I suppose my interests are best summarized by the descriptor of the club: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Gaming.

Nadya O., 18, Portland, Oregon, writer for Truthnicity since 2014

nadyaI’m Nadya Okamoto, a high school senior from Portland, Oregon, eldest sister of three girls, dancer, artist, passionate advocate of human rights, and believer in equality for all. As a sixteen year old, I aspire towards a career in public service in which I can act as a catalyst for change for the international community. I believe in embracing obstacles with motivation and optimism and that hurdles are essential for learning and growing. I believe in giving thanks and cherishing family, friends, local community, and education. I hope that through my words, I will be able to share my experience and lessons, help raise awareness about significant current events, and spread strength, love, and passion regarding issues worth fighting for.

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Nell Schwartz, 15, Connecticut, writer for Truthnicity since 2015

I was born in Connecticut and have always lived here. I graduated middle school in 2014 and I am going into 9th grade.

Olivia R, 18, Madison, Wisconsin, writer for Truthnicity since 2015

olivia photoI’m a senior at Memorial High School in Madison, WI. I enjoy drama, forensics, and art. I’m a feminist and a Unitarian.

 

 

 

Rosamond van W., 17, London, England, writer for Truthnicity since 2015

I’m originally from New York, but grew up in the Netherlands and France and now live in London, England. I graduated from high school in July 2014. I’m now spending a double gap year as a cathedral chorister in England. I go to the cathedral boarding school, have rehearsal most days, and sing services in the cathedral a few times a week. My hobbies, besides singing, include viola, piano, writing, reading and rowing.

Sam sam_diprima_DSC0529C., 17, Madison, Wisconsin, writer for Truthnicity since 2015

I’m a few days younger than the Lewinsky scandal and a few weeks older than Google. Don’t tell anyone, but I was actually born into a loving middle-class family in Madison, Wisconsin, a few years before the new millennium and not a harsh working class community in turn-of-the-century New York.

Sasha B., 17, Berkeley, California, writer for Truthnicity since 201510959918_10153077289398828_8055360733273732013_o

I grew up in Berkeley, California, where I’m currently in my last year of high school. My interests include creative writing, books, ancient languages, journalism, and playing the clarinet. I hope to advocate through my writing about transgender and LGB issues, the inequalities of society, the anxiety-provoking nature of American teenage life, and other things.

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