Staff Bios

Editor in Chief

Allison Chu is a junior dual degree student in clarinet performance and English at the University of Michigan. She loves listening to music, traveling, writing, and watching the clouds instead of paying attention in class. Originally from New Jersey, she has come to call Michigan a second home. Her favorite things to read include poetry and fiction, specifically things that make her think.

Editing Committee Chair 

Henry Milek is a junior English major planning also to minor in Writing. He grew up in Muskegon, Michigan, and has been involved with Xylem since the 2016-2017 season. Aside from Xylem, Henry is involved in Circle K on the Membership Development Committee, as well as being a brother of Phi Alpha Delta, a Pre-Law focused professional fraternity. Henry has enjoyed working with the editing team for Xylem and hopes to be involved in many more publications to come.

Events Committee Chair

Ashley Zhang is a sophomore studying biomedical engineering with a minor in creative writing. When she’s not photographing every piece of food that enters her mouth, she can be found editing the Opinion section of The Michigan Daily or reading books that challenge her morals or make her feel (i.e. cry). Some of her favorites are The Secret History, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and the Harry Potter series. 

Finance Committee Chair

Manasvini Rao is a junior studying business and international studies who dreams of working in the South of France one day. She adores Enrique Iglesias, Beyoncé, and retro Hindi songs. In her free time, she enjoys baking, biking, and catching up on her never-ending list of Korean dramas. Her favorite author is Gabriel Garcia Marquez and her life’s goals are to become a literary critic and live up to her namesake, a badass Hindu goddess.

Advertising and PR Committee Chair 

Camille Gazoul is a junior majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Creative Writing. She likes to talk ad nauseam about movies, books, music, and the national park service. Her favorite books are Invisible Man and East of Eden. Someday she hopes to keep a plant alive for more than a week.

Layout and Design Committee Chair

Sofia Fall is a senior majoring in English and Program in the Environment. She likes hiking, swimming, laughing, talking about books, and being with her sisters. One day she wants to move to Maine or Montana. Her current favorite authors are George Eliot, Elena Ferrante, Haruki Murkami, and Helen Oyeyemi.

Submissions Committee Chair

 Angela Chen is a sophomore majoring in Pharmaceutical Science. Although she spends most of her time drawing molecules and working in a lab, she is so fervent about writing that even the fatal affliction of Great Books essays has, at times, kindled in her an acute sense of pleasure. When she is not typing her feelings away, Angela can be found ranting for the Michigan Daily, scavenging for free food, and feeding her unhealthy obsession with shoes. She would like to someday publish a functional book, instead of mentally narrating every moment of her life in words too long for her own good.

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