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. 

Gabriele Hickman


Gabriele Hickman graduated from Jacksonville University with a B.A. in Communication and Print Journalism. After graduating, she worked with a nonprofit and fell in love with brand strategy, content creation, and listening to undergraduate’s stories over tea. Now an MA candidate in NYU’s Experimental Humanities and Social Engagement program, Gabriele’s research focuses on creative writing, storytelling, and neurodiversity. She spends her free time talking on the phone, listening to podcasts, and staring at the ceiling wondering if it’s the right time to start the inevitable rewatch of Anne with an E.  She can be reached at editor@causticfrolic.org.

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 poetry@causticfrolic.org.

Gracie Marotta

Senior Editor- Digital

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 queer, Latinx emerging writer from Monterrey, México. He currently lives in New York (in a lovely brownstone next to Prospect Park), where he is pursuing an MA in Humanities at NYU. His fiction often focuses on themes such as identity formation, performance, and dislocation.  He can be reached at fiction@causticfrolic.org.

Emily Huber

Senior Editor- Nonfiction

Emily is a recent graduate of the Experimental Humanities and Social Engagement Program (XE). In XE, her studies included arts programming, linguistics, the politics of literature, and creative writing, culminating in a feminist novel entitled What’s Left of Andi. Some of Emily’s short stories have been published in journals including The FoundationalistFragmented Voices, and CommuterLit.  She can be reached at nonfiction@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.



The EICs’ main responsibility is overseeing both the internal and external Caustic Frolic communications and operations. The EICs manage the staff of editors and ensure the processes involved in creating and promoting each journal issue run smoothly. The EICs should be in consistent communication with both Senior Editors and Assistant Editors throughout the submission period, reading period, editing period, proofreading period, and layout design process. The EICs are the main points of contact for the journal’s faculty advisor and XE staff. The EICs are also responsible for all communication with outside individuals including but not limited to: past & current contributors, submitters, the printing facility, and NYU resources (for grant purposes, etc.). As all external communication should go through them, the EICs are responsible for sending acceptance/rejection letters, promoting the call for submissions outside of NYU, and finding/applying to grants.

A list of some of the EICs’ specific responsibilities follows: 

  • Plan each semester schedule and organize events including staff meetings, readings, etc.
  • Draft and present budget proposal to XE faculty
  • Make creative decisions regarding issue themes, social media campaigns
  • Oversee submission period, reading period, and editing period
  • Read all submissions and attend all genre decision meetings
  • Assist with editing pieces (if necessary)
  • Conduct final proofread of all pieces
  • Oversee design and layout process
  • Oversee website maintenance 
  • Conduct outreach on social media and to other programs/universities to promote submission period 
  • Manage Caustic Frolic email account 
    • Circulate call for submissions to past submitters and XE students/alumni/faculty
    • Collect incoming submissions
    • Reply to outside inquiries
    • Communicate with contributors regarding deadlines and release dates
    • Communicate announcements to XE administrator to distribute to all XE students and faculty
  • Manage Google Drive
    • Keep spreadsheets of contacts up-to-date
    • Keep record of submissions and acceptances/rejections
    • Organize Google Drive folders containing submissions
  • Send out acceptance/rejection letters to submitters 
  • Keep workflow and other administrative documents up-to-date
  • Keep archive up-to-date with library staff
  • Manage Posthaste* 

Senior Editors 

Senior Editors’ main responsibility is overseeing the communication and operations within each genre group. The Senior Editors are the main point of contact for the Assistant Editors. They should keep the EICs up-to-date regarding information such as: the editing process (who is editing which pieces, etc.), the dates/times of genre-specific meetings, and any problems as they arise. As the Senior Editors are in charge of managing their genres’ internal matters, all major communication with contributors and submitters should be run through the EICs.

A list of the Senior Editors’ specific responsibilities follows:

  • Read all pieces submitted to individual genre 
  • Schedule and coordinate meetings with genre editing staff
  • Run decision meetings
  • Assign who edits what pieces
  • Follow up consistently with assistant editors to make sure they are meeting reading, editing, and proofreading deadlines
  • Send edited pieces from assistant editors to EICs by designated date
  • Compile list of accepted pieces and take notes on specific edits needed for each piece at decision meetings
    • Send list to EICs 
  • Communicate with assistant editors regarding attendance and schedule for all Caustic Frolic meetings and events 
  • Participate in promoting call for submission period 
    • Social media posts
    • Emailing personal and professional contacts 

Assistant Editors

The Assistant Editors for each genre are responsible for helping curate and edit the content of each Caustic Frolic issue. The Assistant Editors work closely with individual contributors to edit accepted pieces. The Assistant Editors may help with layout process and website maintenance if they are interested.

A list of Assistant Editors’ responsibilities follows:

    • Read all submitted pieces for genre 
    • Attend decision meeting
    • Edit accepted pieces (to be discussed and assigned at decision meeting) 
    • Communicate with contributors throughout editing process
    • Send final drafts of edited pieces to senior editor by the designated date
    • Attend proofreading meetings
    • Assist with proofreading all finalized pieces
  • One assistant editor from each genre will assist with layout design for either print or digital 

Website Manager

The Website Manager is in charge of uploading new content (the new issue and Posthaste posts) as well as conducting any and all website maintenance. The Website Manager should be familiar with WordPress. While the bulk of the Website Manager’s work comes once the new issue is finished, if any bugs arise throughout the semester the Website Manager should be prepared to fix the problem as soon as possible. The Website Manager should prioritize making sure the website layout is clean and uniform across the current issue and archived pages. The Website Manager is encouraged to refine website design, with approval from the EICs, to make sure the website evolves as the journal will in the years to come. 

Social Media Editor

The Social Media Editor is responsible for managing all Caustic Frolic social media pages (Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn). The Social Media Editor should create a social media schedule for the semester that involves creating biweekly posts (especially on Instagram). Social media posts should: advertise the call for submissions, promote past published pieces, share information for public Caustic Frolic events etc. The Social Media Editor is encouraged to work with the EICs to develop ongoing campaigns to strengthen the Caustic Frolic brand and increase outreach, such as a scheduled segment featuring contributors and editors. 

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