Staff

The staff for the 2020-2021 school year are listed below in alphabetical order. 

RASA BRASWELL

Rasa is a current senior in the Creative Writing Department. She may be known for goofing off and stupidity (her words!), but she’s a leader that can be trusted give an honest and well informed opinion. 

EDWARD CARLSON

Edward Carlson is a creative writer at the Chicago High School for the Arts with a focus in poetry. He lives in Chicago with his mother and dog. He enjoys spending his free time collecting landscape paintings and building with Legos. He can also crack his elbows.

LUCA FAVIS

Luca Favis is a senior creative writer at ChiArts whose focus is poetry. Most of his work is on reflection, nostalgia, and the people in the city. In his spare time, he bakes a lot of sweets and works on putting his poetry from paper to film.

DANIELA MORALES

Daniela Morales is a senior creative writer at ChiArts. She came to the US from Colombia five years ago. She loves writing fiction, and in the past years has taken a liking for filmmaking. When she doesn’t have homework, she likes going on walks with her dog and editing videos.

SAM NELSON

Sam Nelson is a Senior creative writer specializing in the fiction major at ChiArts, focusing on visually rich and intense stories.

TRINITY SIMMONS-BROOKS

Trinity is a senior creative writer whose major is creative nonfiction. In her spare time she trains her dog new tricks and watches apple product unboxing videos. Right now she is focusing on writing articles for the journalism company she works for, while still preparing for the 2020-2021 school year.

ISRAEL SOLIS JR

Israel is a seventeen-year0old Latino male from Chicago who is an aspiring journalist and poet. Currently in his senior year at the Chicago High School for the Arts and majoring in poetry, he likes to focus his writing on meditations of life and religion and sticks to free verse.

AIYANA THOMAS

Aiyana Thomas is a senior creative writer at ChiArts with a focus on poetry. She is currently working on a series of prose poems that experiment with the use and lack of different forms. In her spare time she likes to play video games and explore her skills in other forms of art, like drawing and painting.

JOCELYN VERTIZ

Jocelyn Vertiz is currently a senior at ChiArts. She majored in theater the first two years of high school but decided to switch to nonfiction creative writing. She was born and raised in Chicago and is an older sister to two younger brothers. She is a Mexican American and her favorite food is ceviche. In her free time she writes poetry, shops with her friends, goes to the movies with her dad, attends mass every Sunday, and watches many many TikToks. She has an unhealthy obsession with Starbucks’ Pink Drink, and adores Christmas music.

JONAH WEBER

Jonah Weber is a senior creative writer at ChiArts. He majors in nonfiction and he writes about coffee, relationships, food, humor, and people he often notices on the CTA. He is inspired most often by people and their deep connections to themselves, others, and things around them. In his free time he makes coffee, cooks, and spends time with people he loves.

JULIAN ZIMIANITIS

Julian Zimianitis is a senior creative writer at ChiArts, whose focus is on fantasy, sci-fi, and everything in between (with a bit of humor thrown in for good measure). He is currently writing an interactive story about time travel. In his spare time he plays video games and is trying to get through the writings of Brandon Sanderson.