In the summer of 2002, three graduate students from New York University’s John W. Draper Program in Humanities and Social Thought and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies entertained the idea of creating a publication by and for the graduate community at NYU. Reflecting on their experiences as interdisciplinary students, they envisioned an intelligent, literary space in which to converge upon, examine, and debate the broad themes that ground the work of the graduate community. The result of these early efforts was Anamesa, NYU’s provocative semiannual interdisciplinary journal. Soon after its inception, we began to imagine the possibility of engaging in conversation with graduate students beyond NYU, and since then, Anamesa accepted submissions from students at universities and colleges across America. Each issue was tied together by a specific theme, such as democracy, culture, violence, and subversion. Embracing as many forms of expression as we can print, Anamesa published essays, photography, artwork, fiction, criticism, and poetry. We released a call for submissions at the start of each semester that details the upcoming theme and invites submissions from current and recent graduate  students. The new issues of Anamesa were available to the graduate community in print and online versions by the end of each semester.

We underwent a revamping in January, 2017 and was relaunched as Caustic Frolic as an endeavor to come closer to the public. While maintaining some of the ideological goals and formats of Anamesa, Caustic Frolic attempts to broaden its exchange and impact to beyond the graduate community and reach the general public. We are still a student-run, non-profit organization funded and supported by New York University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences’ Center for Experimental Humanities, formerly known as the John W. Draper Program in Humanities and Social Thought. We publish on a semiannual basis, collecting submissions from both academics and non-academics around the globe.

Contact Us:

19 University Pl. New York City, NY


(949) 701 – 1109


Our mission is to promote a pluralistic intellectual exchange powered by purposeful observation and poignant questioning amongst both academics and non-academics. We are looking for collisions of ideas and opinions; not a unified discourse with a specific political or social agenda. We aim to provide a collection of honest, sometimes sarcastic, critique of our actions and the directions in which our society is heading.


Our staff members are graduate students at the Center for Experimental Humanities, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, New York University. Our academically and culturally diverse staff will do their utmost to assemble a medium for intellectual exchange in this dappled world.  

Alice Riddell


Originally from the UK, Alice Riddell received her BA from King’s College London in Philosophy and her MSc in Social and Cultural Anthropology from University College London (UCL). A second-year student at NYU’s Center for Experimental Humanities, Alice’s research interests include memory studies and the relationship between religion and modernity. Outside of school she enjoys guitar hero, table tennis and cheese. Alice can be reached at asr576@nyu.edu

Emily Davis

Editorial Director

Emily is a fiction writer and second-year student at the Center for Experimental Humanities. After studying creative writing and social and political history at Carnegie Mellon University, she came to New York to eat, think, and stare at impressionist paintings, all things she enjoys doing when she should be writing. Emily can be reached at ead415@nyu.edu

Alexis López Paleo

Digital & Communications Director

Alexis is a Puerto Rican writer and second-year M.A. student at the Center for Experimental Humanities. After earning his undergraduate degree in Business from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, he went on to work as a strategic management consultant learning about everything and becoming an expert in nothing (except making friends with clients). Always moving between DC and NYC to be with his wife and their dog, Sherlock, he loves ballgames, breakfast food at any time of the day, road trips, and old bookstores. Reach him at alp587@nyu.edu

Bryan Bove

Senior Editor – Art

Bryan Bove received his undergraduate degree in English literature with a minor in theatre arts from Linfield College. While working as a teacher in South Korea, he completed his first master’s degree in English literature and creative writing from Southern New Hampshire University’s online program, in which he received the Outstanding Student Award in April of 2015. He is also the recipient of the 2005 Award for Excellence in Poetry from Adelphi University and the 2004 Long Island Catholic Outstanding Student Journalist Award. Bryan currently teaches at The Gillen Brewer School and serves as a Member-at-Large for the Graduate Student Caucus of the Comics Studies Society. He lives in Queens with his corgi, Boki.

Jacob Anthony Moniz

Senior Editor – Fiction

Jacob Anthony Moniz is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he studied Creative Writing and Pre-Law. He previously worked as an editorial assistant with Catamaran Literary Reader and is currently studying at New York University for an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Jason Lobell

Senior Editor – NonFiction

Jason Lobell is a second year Master’s candidate at the Center for Experimental Humanities. His research interests include Early Modern fantasy literature and he has published fiction in Redivider-A Journal of New Literature and Art.

Nathan Savoy

Senior Editor – Poetry

Nathan Savoy is a first-year M.A. Student with N.Y.U’s Center for Experimental Humanities, where he studies creative writing, anthropology, and game design. In 2015, Nathan completed his undergraduate thesis on the interplay between stand-up comedy, poetry, and storytelling as performance mediums at Hampshire College. From there, Nathan moved to Manhattan to share an apartment with his childhood friends. He hasn’t left yet.
Nathan is excited to be a member of the senior editorial team for Caustic Frolic, and he can always be reached at: nds395@nyu.edu

Candace Peterson

Social Media Coordinator

Hailing from Milwaukee, WI by way of Chicago, IL, Candace Peterson is a 1st year Experimental Humanities graduate student at NYU. She earned her BA from Oakwood University and has been working in social media for almost 8 years now. She has a passion for harnessing the power of social media for positive change. She is a closet gothic fantasy writer, a sommelier of cheap wines, a burner of fine foods, and a fan girl of all things geeky.  She lives in an apartment in Queens where her dog, Chloe, forces her to get at least 10 minutes of vitamin D and exercise a day.

Candace can be reached at clp390@nyu.edu.