Marisa Caddick, Poetry Editor

Marisa Caddick, born and raised in Las Vegas, graduated as Valedictorian from the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts in the summer of 2016 as a theatre major. There she directed and wrote numerous plays, one of which won a Silver Key in the Scholastic Awards for Art and Writing. However, she also has a great affinity for poetry and has allowed many of her favorite authors such as Anne Sexton, Shel Silverstein, and many other eclectic writers to influence all of her creative endeavors. She now studies at USC in the School of Dramatic Arts as a theatre major once again and the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences as a Narrative Studies major. She is set to graduate in the spring of 2020 with a BA in both of these departments.


Danielle Collins, Fiction Editor

Danielle Collins is a sophomore at USC double majoring in English Literature and Spanish. Literature is her biggest passion, and she is excited to provide Palaver readers with new reading material. She plans to go into publishing, specifically works of fiction, to continue sharing new stories. Danielle hopes readers of Palaver Arts can enjoy both an escape from reality and a new perspective of the real world through Palaver’s fiction pieces.


Bowen Du, Poetry Editor

Bowen is a sophomore majoring in Narrative Studies and Mathematics. He enjoys rereading T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats to no end, and when inspiration strikes, often on rainy days, he writes poetry of his own.


Matthew Fresolone, Media Editor

Matthew Fresolone embraced film from an early age, making movies on home camcorders all throughout public school. Despite growing up as an outsider to the filmmaking world, he became familiar with the work through DVD commentaries, special features, and the wonderful gift of the internet—until he began studying as a member of USC’s Film Production program in Fall 2015. In an industry that develops tunnel vision from romanticizing the past, Matthew embraces the work of young artists, welcoming the fresh, newer perspectives. He looks forward to the arts’ future as the next generation of filmmakers rounds the bend.


Shirley (Yumeng) He, Art Editor

Shirley He is an active art lover. She is a self-taught painter in collage, watercolor, oil painting and mixed media. She’s also enthusiastic about researching art history, especially in contemporary Chinese and western art. Shirley is a sophomore member of Thematic Option, and is majoring in Visual Anthropology and minoring in Cinematic Arts, and Comparative Literature.


Jordan Tyler Kessler, Media Editor

Jordan Tyler is an undergrad studying Theatre and American Pop Culture, trained at South Coast Repertory for acting and Upright Citizens Brigade for improv comedy. She was a member of Mater Dei’s Honors Chamber Choir and is currently a DJ at USC’s KXSC, the independent student radio station. She has also produced and recorded podcast episodes for The LadyGang.


Rennie Svirnovskiy, Fiction Editor

Rennie Svirnovskiy is a sophomore studying journalism and international relations, and harbors a sprawling, disappointing history in fiction writing. Outside of Palaver, she's involved with Annenberg Radio News, the Delta Phi Epsilon foreign service fraternity, USC Shoah Foundation, USC Special Olympics, KXSC and a series of lesser evils. She comes from St. Louis, but that doesn't make Mark Twain her no.1 guy—in fact, her favorite authors are Donna Tartt, Lydia Davis and Junot Diaz.


Ellie Dassow, Poetry Editor

Ellie Dassow is a sophomore double majoring in Law, History, and Culture and Art History at USC. She was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she taught creative writing and was the editor of her high school’s magazine. She fell in lovewith writing poetry her freshman year and later began exploring other forms of creative writing. You can always find her reading Frank O’ Hara and lecturing her friends excitedly about art history.


Joanna Velez, Digital Editor

Joanna Velez is a junior majoring in Narrative Studies and minoring in Web Technology and Applications at the University of Southern California. She is passionate about education, technology, and storytelling, and her goal is to combine those passions into a career. She loves reading, attempts writing, and appreciates art.


Amy Cannon, Faculty Managing Editor

Amy Cannon is a Lecturer in Writing for Thematic Option. She received her MFA from UC Irvine, where she was the recipient of the Gerard Creative Writing Endowment. She is the author of the mini-chapbook 'to make a desert' (Platypus Press, 2016). Her work can be found in BOAAT, BODY, Juked, and LIT, among other places. She is delighted to oversee this stellar group of editors.

Past Editors


Brooke Schneider, Art Editor

Brooke Elena Schneider is arts editor of Palaver Arts Magazine. She is an artist and student currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Art at the University of Southern California. Schneider is a photographic artist and printmaker whose work investigates memory, sense of place, and the landscape of the American South.