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 John W. Draper Program in Humanities and Social Thought. We publish on a semiannual basis, collecting submission 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 of the Center for Experimental Humanities, Graduate School for 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.

Mariana Dávila

Senior Editor – Fiction

Writer with a Degree in Media Studies. Reader. Dog lover. Winter enthusiast. Professional hamburger eater. Currently trying to write her first novel while completing her Master’s in the Center for Experimental Humanities. From Mexico City.

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.

Alex Sullivan

Senior Editor – Poetry

Alexandra Sullivan is a student at NYU at the Center for Experimental Humanities. She’s using her place in the interdisciplinary program to study how religion and culture interact with one another. She loves music, finding a way to visit every old church in town, dancing, and comic books. Her favorite book right now is We Were Eight Years In Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates, and she can’t wait to graduate so she can work in the interfaith community. 

Fiona Haborak

Social Media Coordinator

A Connecticut native, Fiona Haborak recently entered NYU’s Center for Experimental Humanities with a soft, nihilistic approach. Her work focuses on an art known as cosplay. Fond of prose, she toys with the idea of language. As Caustic Frolic’s Social Media editor, she tirelessly prowls the Internet’s colorful wasteland. Her hobbies include finding new diners to haunt and enjoying the quietude of museums.