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

Shaelyn Albrecht is a junior studying User Experience Design in the School of Information and minoring in Computer Science. She’s also a baton twirler with the Michigan Marching Band- catch her twirling in the Big House every game day! When Shaelyn’s not twirling or coding, she’s scribbling away in one of her many notebooks. A few of the things she’s passionate about are writing (obviously) (but specifically, with glittery gel pens), listening to music, and cats.

Co – 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.

Co – Finance Committee Chair

Meghan Chou lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in English and Film with concentrations, respectively, in Creative Writing and Screenwriting. She has worked at Midwestern Gothic, Salamander Magazine, The Michigan Daily, and The Michigan Review of Prisoner Creative Writing. In her free time, she enjoys composing music, boxing, running cross-country, watching movies/TV, making playlists, and, of course, writing.

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

Stephanie Sim is a senior majoring in Art & Design and minoring in Creative Writing. She enjoys scribbling illegibly in various notebooks, and she hopes to publish a poetry collection sometime in the future. In the meantime, you’ll find her adventuring in a Dungeons & Dragons party or singing showtunes in the shower. Her favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip.

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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