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. 

Gabby Pardo


Gabby Pardo has her B.A from SUNY Stony Brook in Print/Digital Journalism with a minor in Creative Writing. She is a student from Staten Island, N.Y. attending NYU, and works as a Digital Content Intern at TransPerfect. She is currently pursuing her M.A in Interdisciplinary Studies through XE: Experiment Humanities and Social Engagement. Gabby’s research interests include new media, digital humanities, social media studies, content strategy, journalism, and creative writing. Her resume includes being a Managing Editor of Stony Brook University’s newspaper, The Statesman,  News Editor of Shades of Long Island, and interning at WSHU Public Radio, and loeb.nyc. In her free time, she loves cooking up new recipes and writing!

Rachel Bheecham

Senior Editor- Fiction

Rachel hails from South Florida and earned her B.A. in English and Psychology with a minor in Sociology at Boston College. She is now perusing her MA at NYU where her research interests include post-colonialism, self-perception and belonging, diasporic relations, and literary studies/theory. In her free time, she can be found reading, exploring book stores, or exploring the city!

Alessandra Abatte

Senior Editor- Nonfiction

Alessandra Abate was born and raised in Italy. She graduated from the University of Catania with a Master’s Degree in Comparative Literature. In the academic year 2019-2020, she was a Fulbright grantee as a Foreign Language Teaching Assistant for which she taught Italian language and culture classes at the University of Scranton, PA. She is currently studying at NYU pursuing a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies to better understand Italianness through an American perspective. She aims to investigate the hyphenated experiences of Italian-American queer writers through a body of literature in-between Italianness and Americanness, between patriarchal values and open-mindedness, heteronormativity and LGBTQ+ freedom of expression.

Shaindel Tomasovitch

Senior Editor- Poetry

Shaindel Tomasovitch is a writer, dancer, musician, and student from Detroit, MI currently living in Manhattan, NY. She earned her BA in English with minors in Dance and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. After graduation in 2019, she moved to New York to start her MA program at New York University in the Experimental Humanities and Social Engagement department. She studies avant-garde movements in performance art and literary theory; She currently works in music and the nonprofit field as well.

Rachel Rosado

Senior Editor- Art

Rachel Rosado has earned her BA in English from John Jay College of Criminal Justice where she has developed research interests surrounding popular culture, media studies, and racial formations in U.S. history and culture. She is pursuing her MA in Interdisciplinary Studies at the Department of Experimental Humanities and Social Engagement at NYU. In her free time Rachel likes to listen to podcasts, go for walks, and find new places to eat!

Noel Dempsey 

Senior Editor – Social Media

Noel Dempsey earned her B.A. from Rutgers University studying History and English with a concentration in Public History. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from NYU’s XE program. Her avenues of interest surround 20th century history, revolution, popular culture, and their intersections within popular literature. In her free time, Noel can be found walking her dog, reading, and watching rom-coms.

Michael Savio

Senior Editor – Social Media, Assistant Fiction Editor

Michael is a writer and comedian from Chicago, IL, whose passions lie in investigating the ways in which storytelling and humor can criticize accepted norms and institutions while also spurring political and social action. He holds a bachelor of arts in narrative studies from the University of Southern California and is currently pursuing an M.A. in interdisciplinary studies through NYU’s XE: Experimental Humanities and Social Engagement program. You can often find him performing stand-up around the tri-state area, procrastinating working on his debut novel, or devouring an almond croissant in Washington Square Park.


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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