Current Members

c/o 2020

Sidney Saint-Hilaire

Hometown: Elmont, NY

College: Benjamin Franklin

Sidney is from Elmont, Long Island but he tells everyone it’s JUST like Queens. His love language is playlist making and he firmly believes that the fate of music history weighs on Lil Uzi’s rolling shoulders.

Prisca Dognon

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

College: Silliman

Prisca’s only ambition is to be on Love Island so that she can tell them all that love is a construct. Her three main food groups are mangoes, smoothies, and mango smoothies. Ask her about being tired at Yale.

Arya Sundaram

Hometown: Raleigh, NC

College: Davenport

Arya’s favorite quote is from Andrea Gibson: ‘fear is only a verb if you let it be.’

Kamau Walker

Hometown: Saint Louis, MO

College: Silliman

Truth be told, if you and Kamau’s snake were drowning at the same time, there’s a 60% chance he’d save the snake. But he’d also write a poem about the existential crisis that making that decision cost him, so you’d still be getting something out of it.

c/o 2021

Lizzie Dolan

Hometown: Safety Harbor, FL

College: Timothy Dwight

Lizzie one time thought an olive was a grape and has been traumatized ever since.

Irene Vazquez

Hometown: Houston, TX

College: Berkeley

Irene is abroad right now. She wanted to have a vacation inbox response, but she thought that’d be a little extra. Consider this her vacation response. She’s still co-president though. Please put some respect on her name accordingly.

Kiran Baucom

Hometown: Charlottesville, VA

College: Benjamin Franklin

Kiran is only a member of WORD because BROCKHAMPTON told her she wasn’t ‘boyband material.’ Whatever that means. The thing she’s most looking forward to in life is being a senior citizen, mostly for the discounts. She’s not as excited about all the stuff before that.

c/o 2022

Christina Hijiya

Hometown: Chicago, IL

College: Davenport

Christina loves calling inanimate objects ‘she,’ funny pics of dogs, and jazz quartets. Remember when Cardi B said ‘I’m just a regula shmegula degula girl from the Bronx’? Christina really felt that. Except she’s from Chicago. Christina can be found in her suite drinking obscene amounts of coffee & then taking scientifically superior naps.

Oscar Lopez

Hometown: McAllen, TX

College: Timothy Dwight

Oscar was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley. His writing is inspired by his hometown, the changing seasons, and his Mexican heritage. He doesn’t believe in sleep, but he does believe in the healing power of a cup of coffee and a plate of Marias cookies.

Kinsale Hueston

Hometown: Corona del Mar, CA

College: Timothy Dwight

Kinsale is from SoCal and if her skater boy vibes weren’t enough to prove that to you, her favorite genre is 90s alt rap & she has middle part bangs. When she’s not scootering around campus, she loves writing about her family, Indigenous feminisms, and Twilight, probably.

Caitlyn Clark

Hometown: San Francisco Bay Area, CA

College: Pierson

Caitlyn became the youngest person to hold the title of Teen Poetry Slam Grand Champion at age 14. She went on to represent the Bay Area at Brave New Voices. Her work has been published in the Bay Area Youth Anthology and Straight Up: an Intergenerational LBTQ+ Anthology. She likes to aerial pole dance in her free time.

Logan Klutse

Hometown: Lakewood, CO

College: Silliman

Logan wears lots of below-average button-down, sometimes unironically. Buying him food will also buy his friendship. He loves the Nicki Minaj quote ‘Don’t accept the pickle juice,’ because he thinks it’s important not to settle, and also because it’s good that an icon like her dislikes pickles. They’re disgusting. That’s way too much sodium.

c/o 2023

Forrest LaPrade

Hometown: Des Moines, IA

College: Branford

Forrest is from the gem city of the Midwest, insurance capital of the nation. In his free time he enjoys listening to Pitbull, wearing his Pitbull sweatshirt, and listening to Pitbull while wearing his Pitbull sweatshirt.

Cassidy Arrington

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

College: Silliman

Cassidy focused on slam for much of her youth. She enjoys quality belly laughs, checking out the stars, and inserting ‘jawn’ into places you never knew it could fit. If you catch some of her poetry, who knows? You might that that jawn go hard.

Elena Castro

Hometown: Greenville, SC

College: Branford

Elena cannot stop thinking about Kusama mirrors. Or small birds. Or papayas. Really, her mind is filled at all times with things that are terracotta-colored, filled with light, and able to be scooped with a soup spoon.

Amma Otchere

Hometown: Menomonee Falls, WI

College: Davenport

Amma is passionate about family, Ghanaian-Nigerian jollof rice discourse, and taking naps in moving vehicles. She is from the best state in the Midwest (sorry Forrest!). If you see her on campus, don’t ask her how she’s doing because she doesn’t know the answer, either.

Baylina Pu

Hometown: Charlottesville, VA

College: Grace Hopper

Baylina likes secret libraries and making dad jokes. The reason for her complicated relationship with squirrels is her self-proclaimed ‘bird energy.’ Some other interests include taking inordinate amounts of pics of the sky, saying, ‘that’s rough buddy,’ and simply vibing.