Editors

Our editors invite pitches and submissions on everything from the latest film releases to current affairs; from short research articles to dance reviews. Scroll down to see their profiles and specialisms.

Usha Akella is the Poetry editor of the Lucy Writers. She earned an MSt. in Creative Writing from Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, in 2018. She has authored four books of poetry, one chapbook and scripted/ produced one musical drama. Her most recent poetry collection is due for publication from Sahitya Akademi, India’s highest literary authority. Usha’s work has been included in the Harper Collins Anthology of Indian English Poets; she was selected as a Cultural Ambassador for the City of Austin in 2015, and has read with a group of eminent South Asian Diaspora poets at the House of Lords in 2016. Usha’s work is published widely and she is often invited to international poetry festivals in Trois Riviere, Slovakia, Nicaragua, Macedonia, Colombia, Slovenia, India etc. She is the founder of ‘Matwaala’, the first South Asian Diaspora Poets Festival in the US. She has won literary prizes and enjoys writing quixotic prose articles and interviewing poets and artists. She is the founder of the Poetry Caravan in New York and Austin which has offered several hundreds of poetry readings to those in women’s shelters, senior homes and hospitals. In response the City of Austin proclaimed January 7th as Poetry Caravan Day. To contact Usha and find out about the Matwaala Festival, contact her via this address: reachmatwaala@gmail.com

Usha Akella, Poetry Editor

Tilda Bowden is the Creative Writing editor of the Lucy Writers. She is currently running a creative writing workshop in Kenya at a maximum-security women’s prison in Nairobi, as well as working on a historical fictional novel based on the life of British sculptor Kathleen Scott. Her work has been shortlisted for the Louis de Bernières Fiction Prize and the Lucy Cavendish Chronicle Fiction Prize. She writes poetry and short-stories and, like many writers, edits for a number of upcoming fiction writers. Tilda is always involved in numerous creative projects and collaborating with artists from diverse backgrounds. Contact: tilda.bowden@gmail.com

Tilda Bowden, Creative Writing Editor

Laura Carman is the Politics editor of Lucy Writers. A recent masters graduate from Lucy Cavendish College, Laura is currently based in her home country of Australia. She has a background in feminist theory, digital media and gender inequality. During her time as a Lucian she was the inaugural Digital Editor at the Cavendish Chronicle, the college’s own student-led magazine. Laura is dedicated to social justice and aims to work towards principles such as gender equality and environmental sustainability throughout all aspects of her life. Laura speaks her mind and pushes boundaries. Her pronouns are she/her. Laura was thoroughly engaged with life at Lucy, holding the elected position of LGBTQ+ Officer with the Student Union. She is an unapologetic intersectional feminist and her primary research focused on women and non-binary folks’ experiences online. Although a professional with a Master of Philosophy in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies, and undergraduate training in anthropology and archaeology, Laura enjoys writing for leisure and follows local and global politics avidly. She is very interested in interviewing women about their experiences in politics, participation in activism, and their personal life experiences. Find Laura on Twitter @LauraCarman or email her with unsolicited cat pics, political pitches for Lucy Writers, and job offers at: lauracarman@cantab.net

Laura Carman, Politics Editor

Serena Chana first learnt about STEM during her Psychology and Education degree, when she chose to research how to improve to the number of women entering STEM fields for her final project. Since graduating, she’s built a career in non- for profits and socially driven companies that are driving change and has also worked abroad in Bangladesh promoting women’s rights. Currently, she works for 23 Code Street, a women’s coding school. You can contact Serena via twitter @serenachana29

Serena Chana, STEM editor

Ruth Cocksedge is the Health & Well-being editor of the Lucy Writers. A chartered psychologist, she has worked extensively in mental health services and higher education, and now works independently as a psychologist. She is about to graduate with an MSt in Creative Writing from Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, and is proud to be a member of the College. Her dissertation was a play about psychological therapy. Writing is a relatively new venture, but Ruth enjoyed being involved in the Cavendish Chronicle, doing interviews and writing short articles for students about wellbeing and health issues, as well as submitting some poetry and a short memoir. One of her next ventures is a creative writing forum supporting expressive writing as both a therapeutic and creative method. She is still getting used to the idea of being some sort of writer, and is interested in health, mental health, and talking therapy. If you’d like to be interviewed about work you are doing in the broad fields of health and mental health, or experiences of receiving or providing health care, she’d be pleased to hear from you at ruth.cocksedge@icloud.com

Ruth Cocksedge, Health & Wellbeing Editor

Florence Hazrat is the Environment and Postgrad Corner editor, and co-edits the Books section for the Lucy Writers. She has a BA and MPhil in English Literature from Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, and a PhD from St Andrews. Her doctoral thesis was on the role of refrains in music and poetry of the sixteenth century. Florence was a postdoctoral research assistant at the University of Geneva, translating and editing a German version of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew from 1672, which will be published with Arden Bloomsbury in 2020. She will start a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship on brackets in Renaissance romance at the University of Sheffield in spring 2019. She has published various chapters and articles on early modern literature, and is currently working on several creative writing projects. For more information on her academic and creative work, see florencehazrat.com. Florence is interested in all things form in literature. When she isn’t writing or reading on the Renaissance, she likes discovering ways of a more sustainable and ethical life. She can be contacted at florence.hazrat@gmail.com, or via twitter @FlorenceHazrat

Florence Hazrat, Postgraduate & Environment Editor, Co-editor of Books

Hannah Hutchings-Georgiou is the founding editor-in-chief of the Lucy Writers’ Platform and edits their Art & Design, Books and Dance sections. She completed her BA in English Literature at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, and has an MA in Eighteenth-Century Studies from King’s College London. She is currently studying for a PhD in English Literature at UCL and teaches undergraduate English students in the department. Her doctoral thesis explores the use and representation of the human body in the work of Mary Wollstonecraft and her circle. Hannah was Dance, Art and Books editor for London Student from 2017-2018. She regularly writes for online magazines and blogs, such as London Student, The Cusp, The British Society for Literature and Science, the British Association of Modernism’s Modernist Review and the Lucy Cavendish College blog. She has upcoming reviews in The London Journal, the Journal of Eighteenth-Century Studies and Women: A Cultural Review. She was recently shortlisted and highly commended in the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme Student Journalist of the Year Award 2018 (for criticism). She is passionate about using art and literature to encourage young women and marginalized groups to find their creative voice. Hannah has co-run a creative writing workshop for women for several years, as well as a feminist reading group. She writes about contemporary art & culture, in particular visual art, dance, fiction and feminism. For more information, please contact: hannah.hutchings-georgiou.16@ucl.ac.uk or tweet to @hhgsparkles

Hannah Hutchings-Georgiou, Founding Editor-in-chief of Lucy Writers and Editor of Art & Design, Dance & Books.

Sauleha Kamal is the Film & Media Editor of the Lucy Writers. She is currently teaching at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). She holds an MPhil in English Studies: Criticism & Culture from the University of Cambridge and a BA in Economic History and English from Barnard College, Columbia University, where she won the 2015 Axinn Foundation/ Anna Quindlen Prize for excellence in writing. Sauleha is a fiction writer and essayist with work published in The Atlantic, Catapult and various other magazines and anthologies (her detailed portfolio is available here). She loves living in what they call the Golden Age of Television. She welcomes broad cultural criticism, interviews and reviews on anything television, film or media. Please contact at Sauleha.kamal@gmail.com or tweet @Sauliloquy1

Sauleha Kamal, Film & Media Editor

Kitty Wenham is the Opinion and Book Editor at the Lucy Writers. Kitty is a freelance writer and the former features editor at London Student. She is currently working as a marketing executive covering the health and legal sector. Kitty also writes for several female-led publications, and regularly produces essays on women’s literary history, domestic abuse and the Gothic. Her interests include the arts, culture, and literature, especially Eastern-European surrealism, magic realism and the Harlem Renaissance. Kitty’s writing has featured on Femsplain, Aurelia Magazine and on Medium‘s front-page. She also has upcoming work in The Quarterly Conversation and the LA Review of Books. You can follow Kitty on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or keep up to date with her writing by signing up to her TinyLetter. Contact Kitty at kittymichellewenham@gmail.com.

Kitty Wenham, Opinion & Books Editor