Our academically and culturally diverse staff members are graduate students at the department of Experimental Humanities and Social Engagement, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, New York University. 

Holly Van Hare


Senior Editor- Poetry

Holly Van Hare is a writer, educator, and student from Boca Raton, FL currently living in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in English and BS in Math from Northeastern University in Boston. After graduation, she moved to New York and worked as a health journalist for Tribune from 2017 through 2019. Now, she works as a teacher, tutor, and curriculum designer while pursuing her MA in the Department of Experimental Humanities and Social Engagement at NYU. Here, she studies subjects in literature, education, and fat studies. Her interests include reading, writing, exploring the city, and meeting new people.  She can be reached at editor@causticfrolic.org and poetry@causticfrolic.org.

Sarah Jane Weill


Sarah Jane Weill is an MA candidate in the department of Experimental Humanities & Social Engagement at NYU. She earned her BA in English from Bowdoin College. At NYU, she focuses on creative writing among other academic interests including trauma theory and memory studies. She loves thinking about genre and different forms of storytelling. When she is not busy with Caustic Frolic, she can be found writing in a coffee shop, reading in Washington Square Park, or running along the West Side Highway. She can be reached at editor@causticfrolic.org.

Gracie Marotta

Senior Editor- Digital

Social Media Coordinator

Gracie Marotta earned her bachelor’s degrees (BS in Human Biology and BA in Cognitive Science) from the University of Southern California. Her unwillingness to stay in the familiar led her from South Africa, to Australia, to Turkey in order to gain a deeper understanding of the primate mind. Her primatological and archeological research influenced her current investigation into inter-species relationships and the minimization of anthropocentrism in the museum space as an MA candidate at the Experimental Humanities and Social Engagement at NYU. A true Nashville native, she likes eating biscuits, playing in the dirt, and being a bit too polite on a busy NYC sidewalk. (No, after you, she insists!). Her phone is always in hand in order to take a picture of an extra fluffy cloud or to research the next ramen place to visit, so y’all can always reach her at digital@causticfrolic.org.

Sebastian Romero

Senior Editor- Fiction

Sebastian Romero is a Mexican writer born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. He began his undergraduate studies at the Universidad de Monterrey, but after two years he transferred to the University of Iowa, where he double majored in Philosophy and English & Creative Writing, with Honors in English. He started his MA in Experimental Humanities and Social Engagement at New York University in the fall of 2019. He has attended the Iowa Young Writer’s Workshop, the Yale Writer’s Workshop and the Tin House Workshop. He was also accepted for three semesters into the University of Iowa’s Undergraduate Writer’s Workshop for Fiction (the first taught by the author Ethan Canin, and the second and third by Iowa Writer’s Workshop alumni, Dawnie Walton and Afabwaje Kurian respectively). His areas of interest are 20th century American Literature, Contemporary Fiction, Queer Theory, Queer Literature, Feminist Studies, Latinx Studies. He can be reached at fiction@causticfrolic.org.


Caustic Frolic is an interdisciplinary journal that publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, and digital and mixed media. We seek work that pushes the limits of genre, that dwells in the unexpected. We encourage all forms of creative and intellectual experimentation. 

Caustic Frolic publishes on a semiannual basis, collecting submissions from contributors around the globe. Our issues are published both online and in print. We value the potential of each form of publication; how we utilize both the digital and physical to publish work is just as important as what we publish. Each issue has a specific theme tied greater societal and cultural questions. Of course, we welcome broad interpretations of all our themes.

Caustic Frolic is a student-run, non-profit organization. We are funded and supported by New York University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences’ XE: Experimental Humanities & Social Engagement Program, formerly known as the John W. Draper Program. Caustic Frolic was predated by the interdisciplinary publication known as Anamesa, which ran from 2003 to 2016.

Our mission is to promote and publish a range of creative and intellectual work that goes beyond the limitations of genre. We seek to elevate the work of creators and thinkers who have a natural instinct for experimentation. We hope to incite conversations about social change by providing the space for our contributors to play with form, mix ideas, and dissect certain truths.

Contact Us:

19 University Pl. New York City, NY


(949) 701 – 1109