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.

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 currently studies Education with a focus on Fat Studies as it relates to sociology and culture in classroom spaces. Holly works as Interim Director of The Listening Project, a K-12 intervention program in New York City schools focused on enhancing interpersonal curiosity, perceived common humanity, and literacy in students, and is applying to PhD programs in Education in Fall 2021. 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. Holly began work as a teacher, tutor, and curriculum designer while pursuing her MA in the Department of Experimental Humanities and Social Engagement at NYU. She began as an Associate Editor for Caustic Frolic in Fall 2019, served as Editor in Chief for Spring and Fall of 2020, and has continued as the Senior Poetry Editor since Spring 2021.

Joseph Payne

Senior Editor- Digital

He studied English, Russian, and Linguistics at Kennesaw State University, as well as a degree in Book Publishing from the University of Denver. Currently, he works as the Marketing, Publicity, and Sales Assistant for The Experiment, an independent non-fiction publisher in Gramercy, New York. He has an infatuation with Russian literature.

Em Panetta

Senior Editor- Nonfiction

Em Panetta is a writer, activist, and student currently living in Brooklyn, NY. They earned their BS in Biochemistry and Gender and Sexuality studies from Muhlenberg College, where they also worked as a writing assistant and writing tutor. Now an MA candidate in NYU’s Experimental Humanities and Social Engagement program, Em’s research focuses on leakages among discards, chemical toxicants, and transgender ontologies. When they’re not nerding out about gender and garbage, you can find Em watering their plants, curating the perfect playlist, or exploring NYC with a coffee in hand.

Shaindel Tomasovitch

Senior Editor- Social Media, Assistant 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.

Gabriela D’Addario

Senior Editor- Translation

Gabriela is a researcher, translator and artist with 10 years of experience in international digital media. Prior to joining NYU, Gabriela worked at BuzzFeed, where she oversaw publishing strategy on site and social for BuzzFeed’s eight international editions. More recently, her projects have included translating a book from Italian into English, an excerpt of which was published in the journal of the Columbia Graduate School of the Arts; editing literature in translation professionally; launching an e-commerce business selling hand-dyed apparel honoring iconic New York City institutions; grant-writing for a non-profit tackling online misinformation in the Arab world; and working with an experimental theater in Brooklyn, Lilac Co, as a producer and fundraiser. Gabriela spends a few days a week at Newlab, an innovation space at the Brooklyn Navy Yards, where she is learning fabrication techniques among a community of entrepreneurs and engineers. She graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Classics, and speaks Italian and Portuguese.

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!


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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