dept photoAnna Hill is a Ph.D. student in English at Yale University. She studies contemporary postcolonial/decolonial aesthetics, with a particular interest in the confluence of visual and literary arts.



brandon menke photoBrandon Menke is a poet, designer, and Ph.D. candidate in English at Yale University. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from New York University. His dissertation examines queer identities, lyric form, and regionalist aesthetics in 20th-century American literature and visual art. Currently, he’s at work on a book project with artists Kyle Goldbach and Martin Bek entitled Waste Plates that interleaves poetry and risographic prints.


Managing Editor

Victoria Baena is a third-year Ph.D. student in Comparative Literature, with particular interests in the novel between realism and modernism, intellectual history, and visual and material culture.




Architecture Editors

Zachariah Michielli is a second-year Ph.D. student at the Yale School of Architecture specializing in the digital turn and questions of the shifting paradigm in the contemporary field. Zachariah has worked as an architectural designer in both Washington, DC, and Los Angeles and as a particle physics research assistant at the KamLAND facility in Mozumi, Japan. He holds degrees in mathematics, physics, education, and architecture.


Julie Turgeon is a designer, writer, and editor pursuing her M.Arch at the Yale School of Architecture. Prior to joining Palimpsest, she served as Coordinating Editor for the SoA’s student-run broadsheet, Paprika!.




Art Editor

Alexandra Ralevski is a postdoctoral associate at the Yale School of Medicine engaged in translational research in the fields of neuroscience and plant biology. She is interested in the application of biological design to other fields, including art, architecture, engineering, and systems design.



Fiction Editors

Phoenix Alexander is a PhD candidate in the English and African American Studies departments at Yale. A scholar and writer of science fiction, his work has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and is forthcoming in Beneath Ceaseless Skies.



Lily Zhao is a second-year PhD student in the Astronomy Department with a focus on exoplanets. She graduated from the University of Chicago in 2016 with majors in biology, physics, and mathematics. Don’t worry, she reads, too, and has been on the staff of various literary magazines since 2008. In the spare time she sometimes has, Lily enjoys triathlons, house plants, and scavenger hunts.


Music Editor

Raj Basak is a PhD student in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University. He studies branching morphogenesis and signaling properties in neurons. He is a member of several musical ensembles on campus, including the 157th Yale Glee Club, Yale Camerata, and The Yale Citations. Previously, he founded and directed The Macaulay Triplets, a NYC-based a cappella group and was a featured performer at the International Fringe Theater Festival in Scotland.


Nonfiction Editors

Lizzie Mundell Perkins is a Ph.D student in English at Yale. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at St John’s College, Oxford, graduating in 2015, after which she worked in the Academic Editorial division of Oxford University Press. She hopes to pursue research on the intersections of realism and formalism in the early twentieth century British novel, and is interested in Russian influences in this period.


Poetry Editors

Tobi Kassim is a first-year Ph.D. student in English at Yale University studying contemporary African American poetry. He studied creative writing as an undergraduate at George Mason University and attended the Seminar for Undergraduate Poets at Bucknell University in 2016.



Brandon Menke has served as the Poetry Editor since Volume VI and is also an Editor-in-Chief.