Judy Leserman is a senior majoring in Speech-Language Pathology/ Audiology and minoring in English. She very much enjoys words and funny noises, which kind of explains her course of study and also means she’s super excited to edit your poetry! In her free time, Judy enjoys walking up down escalators, playing cello sonatas on viola, and plotting to sneak onto Belmont Island… it’s kind of hard to get to and her presence might disrupt some small migrating bird colonies, but she has a good feeling about the possibility of incorporating drones. Anyone who can grant her access to the island will have their poems published, no questions asked.
Avi Hirsch grew up Teaneck, NJ, where he attended Torah Academy of Bergen County. After graduating in 2014, he spent two years learning in Israel at Yeshivat Har Etzion (Gush). Avi is now in his second year studying Computer Science in Yeshiva College.
Estee Lichtenstein is the editor of the Creative non fiction section. She is a senior at SCW studying English literature. Although she has no clue what she wants to do with her life, she will tell you she is perusing the intersection of psychology and technology, just so she looks like she has her life together. Estee currently lives in a dorm with her 3 roommates who she wishes were all dogs.
Hey, I’m Matthew Haller, and I’m going to be co-editing the nonfiction section this year. Since I’m a boring Chemistry major, I’m excited to read some writing done by people with actually interesting lives. I was really impressed with the output in the Journal last year, and there was one nonfiction piece in particular that blew me away- I couldn’t help but want to be a part of it this time around.
Ari Hoffman is a second year student at YU, and is pursuing a degree in Biology. His artwork was published in the Yeshiva University Journal of Fine Arts last year, and has had several other drawings published and on exhibit in galleries in Houston. Ari enjoys pencil drawing, typically western art or wildlife scenes, and is also an amateur woodcarver.