Clara Arai - Social Media Designer
Clara Arai is an international student from Thuringia, Germany. She has a double-major in visual studies and ministry and leadership. Besides being the social Media designer for Inkwell, Clara has also served as the German representative for the University Language Association. You may also see her around campus as a barista at Cuppa Jones. Clara has been creating visual art for as long as she can remember, and uploads some of her work to her instagram account @molchy.clarayoko. Being half Japanese, she enjoys anime by Studio Ghibli and gets inspiration from manga artist Hayao Miyazaki, the studio’s co-founder. She dreams of working for a Christian book publisher as an illustrator after graduation.
Autumn Buchanan - Secretary
Autumn Buchanan, a senior in the school of business, has been a voracious reader since the age of three. Her repertoire of books includes anything from Dr. Seuss’s whimsical tales to Malcolm Gladwell’s psychological insight on success. She has recently dipped her toes into writing poetry; abstract, blank, and free verse poems are her favorite to compose. She believes strongly that words can both be beautiful and convey important truth. Autumn’s other pastimes include playing piano, singing in choir, and organizing both her internal self and her surroundings. Her favorite way to spend her limited free time is discussing theology and life in general over coffee with friends and family. In whatever she does, she wishes that God will be glorified.
Miranda Chapman - Creative Nonfiction Editor
Miranda Chapman, a junior composite social studies education major, overflows with a passion for storytelling. If there is a way to tell a story, she has probably tried it. She loves creating art, making music, writing, and filmmaking. She believes the world is a wild and beautiful place with countless tales to be told, and she hopes she can begin to scratch the surface. She knows that language is a gift from God and seeks to use that gift to point others to Christ. In her free time, Miranda can often be found cuddled in a blanket with her cat and her journal. If not there, she is probably playing guitar or making cookies. As a future high school history teacher, she cannot wait to spend her days telling students the stories that formed the world in which they live.
Melinda Dersch - Photography Coordinator
Melinda (Millie) Dersch is a senior nursing major with a love for the arts. She is a book nerd—and proud hobbit—who loves painting, photography, and music. She herself is a musician who sings and plays piano and violin. When she's not working hard in her studies to become a registered nurse, she can be found spending time with friends, volunteering at her local church, or growing her love of photography through her personal business, Melinda Dersch Photography. She is excited to work with the Inkwell design team as photographer and social media designer.
AnnaRose Enjaian - Staff Writer
AnnaRose is a junior interdisciplinary studies major with one foot in the art department and the other in creative writing studies. Her desire to find new ways to say things is fueled by years of enjoying books, whether through listening to her parents read picture books or exploring classics on her own. She has been strongly influenced by books such as Norton Juster’s The Phantom Tollbooth, Elizabeth Enright’s Gone-Away Lake, and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ The Yearling. AnnaRose’s greatest ambitions are to depend on Jesus and enjoy life one day at a time. She finds pleasure in gardening, learning to sing harmony, fine-tuning her culinary skills, and visiting her far-away siblings and niece in Maine.
Trenton Goldsmith - Staff Writer
Trenton Goldsmith is a sophomore journalism and mass communication major at BJU wanting a career as a political or sports journalist, but he also loves writing poetry. He fell in love with words and poetry through his mom, an English teacher for over twenty years who was his own teacher when he was in high school. Trenton is from Detroit, Michigan, where he gets a lot of his inspiration by walking around the city’s beautiful and revitalized downtown. He follows all sports and is a fan of all Boston sports teams, especially the Red Sox. In his free time, Trenton likes to be with friends, write, read, or workout. Emily Dickinson and Langston Hughes are his favorite poets because of the impact they had through their personal styles and poem topics. His pet beagle is named Langston after the famed Harlem Renaissance poet.
Haleigh Henegan - Designer
Haleigh Henegan is a junior studying graphic design. She has loved art ever since she began drawing in kindergarten. She loves baking, painting, and going on adventures, including many other hobbies that inspire her to create. A native Floridian moved to South Carolina, she is excited for her future in the world of design. Her dream is to create the next biblically-based kids' show to inspire the next generation of Believers. She is excited to serve on the Inkwell team and use her skills to make an impact for God’s glory.
Maria Izzi - Photographer
Maria Izzi is a sophomore from Albany, New York majoring in graphic design. Maria’s goal in studying graphic design is to learn how to effectively help others communicate and to help others understand what is being communicated through design and photography for God’s glory. Many in her life have inspired her to pursue a career in the world of design. She enjoys doing many other things, such as traveling, volunteering, journaling, being with family, friends, and animals, ice-skating, playing volleyball, and playing the piano. One of her favorite places that she was able to visit was Israel and being in absolute awe of all the astonishing scenes she was able to see and experience alongside other Christians. She is currently preparing to study abroad in Italy in the summer of 2022. She finds joy in the process of learning and going through the challenges put before her that are meant to teach and grow her. She is excited to serve on the Inkwell team and where the Lord will place her in the future to shine His light to others.
Renee Kalagayan - Poetry Editor
Renee is a junior studying communication and creative writing. She believes writing is her God-given gift and wants to pursue her talent in communicating stories. Though Renee enjoys all genres of writing, her favorite is poetry. Drawing most of her inspiration from the outdoors, Renee believes poems give depth to human experience that is unattainable through other media. She hopes to publish several of her own collections in the near future. When she’s not writing poetry or studying for school, Renee enjoys singing, reading, taking care of her plants, and exploring new places around her hometown. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, Renee aspires to obtain her TESOL certification and teach English in Japan. However, if the Lord closes that door, she would be perfectly happy in the States employed in SpaceX communications.
Katie Lilly - Copy Editor
Katie Lilly is a sophomore English major from Greenville, South Carolina. Like many of her fellow staff members, Katie’s love of reading began practically as soon as she learned to read. As a child her favorite authors included Beverly Cleary and Mildred Wirt Benson. Currently she is attempting to understand the exceedingly eccentric Leo Tolstoy, her favorite author, by reading (and rereading) both his fiction and nonfiction works. Much to the annoyance of her family and friends, Katie also enjoys correcting others’ grammar, a hobby she hopes to one day turn into a profession. If she is not reading, she is probably playing her piano or walking her dog.
Macy McArthur - Treasurer
Macy McArthur is a senior Spanish education major. She loves learning about other cultures and languages and hopes to travel to Europe. She has already been to many places in Latin America, but she hopes to return someday. She is a people person and a huge Disney nerd. Her extroverted nature makes her very excited to invest in the lives of high school students in her future career as a teacher. She hopes to teach abroad in the future but is content to stay in the States as a teacher as well if that is what the Lord has planned for her life.
Emily McCullough - Staff Writer
Emily McCullough is a junior English major focusing in creative writing. She has always been a bookworm, having learned to read at age three and loving it from the start. Emily was homeschooled all but her sophomore year of high school when she attended Calvary Baptist Academy in Clymer, PA. She has attempted "writing" stories and poetry since she was six by writing and illustrating tales in her old school notebooks and even having amateur poetry published. During the year she attended Calvary, she was a student writer for the local newspaper. Her favorite genre to read is historical Christian Fiction, classic novels, and Sunday comics and webcomics. Emily plans on writing her own Christian fiction series one day or becoming either an editor or proofreader.
Peyton McGinnis - Web Editor
Peyton McGinnis, a sophomore computer science student, specializes in creating user-friendly digital experiences. Growing up, Peyton quickly found interest in programming and graphic design that originated in web development, which led to pursuing a career in website design and development with a focus on accessible and clear interface design. He has built multiple websites and web-based apps specially suited for client organizations such as small businesses and churches. In his free time, Peyton also loves studying the Bible and philosophy, writing, volunteering in student-led events, and hanging out with his friends. He also particularly spends time researching and learning about abstract areas of mathematics such as graph theory, topology, and calculus. Athletically, Peyton also enjoys playing soccer for his society, the Sigma Alpha Chi Spartans, and watching Formula One racing events on the weekends. He can be found through his website at www.sergix.dev or contacted at email@example.com.
Kenzie McGregor - Staff Writer
Kenzie McGregor is a senior South Carolina native. In her free time, she loves to read historical fiction and enjoys hanging out with her friends. Ruta Sepetys’s novels stand out to her because of their unique perspectives and captivating storylines told in a thought-provoking style. She also loves ice cream, Jeopardy!, and soccer, and wants to travel to Europe one day. Drawing from life as an early reader, she hopes to recreate the same connection and wonder of words with her readers that she experienced as a child.
Lindsey Mohnacky - Staff Writer
Lindsey Mohnacky is a freshman English education major from South Bend, Indiana, who loves literature and photography. She grew up attending a Christian school and is excited for her studies at Bob Jones University. She loves reading Shakespeare and Agatha Christie, and if she is not reading, then she is probably watching Doctor Who or a Disney movie with her twin. She loves listening to The Piano Guys and playing soccer in her free time. Poetry has always been an enjoyable outlet for Lindsey, and she is excited to write for Inkwell.
Mackenzie Mohnacky - Staff Writer
Mackenzie Mohnacky, a freshman early childhood education major, has had a love for writing since the third grade. She also loves to read all genres and is constantly thinking about new plots to her stories. Her mission statement is to glorify God and point her readers to Him through her works. When she forces herself to walk away from her notebook, Mackenzie loves to spend time outdoors, enjoying God’s marvelous creation. She eventually wants to become a published novelist and preschool teacher, but she recognizes that her path is up to the Lord’s leading.
Catherine Reynolds - Staff Writer
Catherine (Cat) Reynolds is a senior English Education major who loves strong coffee, sunny days, and deep conversation. She began writing for Inkwell because she desired to stretch her capabilities as a writer. Growing up in the North Carolina foothills of Appalachia, Cat values her southern roots, which are expressed not only through her accent but through her writing as well. Cat draws inspiration for her work from her own life and background, focusing specifically on themes such as religion, femininity, tradition vs change, and the importance of family and community within southern culture. She greatly enjoys world literature, especially the works of Cisneros, Rushdie, and Danticat. Her interest in poetry is relatively new. Cat hopes that by working with Inkwell, she will be better equipped to teach her future students.
Joanna Scoggins - Editor-in-Chief
Joanna Scoggins, a senior English/journalism and mass communication double major, has been a storyteller since childhood, but it took reading The Lord of the Rings and watching Star Wars for the first time for her to truly commit to writing stories that made other people feel the same way her favorite stories did. While science fiction and fantasy are her specialties, she has branched out into poetry, short fiction, and journalistic writing. She is currently working on her first full-length novel, Elemental, the first of a fantasy trilogy. Writing is her passion and something she feels God has called her to do. She can’t wait to see how God will use her writing today, in the future, and especially while working with the Inkwell team. Joanna is also published under the name M.J. Scoggins.
Isabella Skellenger - Staff Writer
Isabella Skellenger is a senior music major who adamantly believes that language is magical and that stories are the best kind of spells. As a child, she sat entranced under fairy tales and folklore, and when she grew, she fell in love with such authors as Charles Dickens and C.S. Lewis. Though she had been writing for years, it was in the depths of her first National Novel Writing Month that she discovered she could be a writer as long as she sat down and wrote. Since then, she has written five novels, a smattering of short stories, and a dash of poetry, with no end in sight. When she is not reading books or writing books or thinking about reading and writing books, Isabella enjoys creating music (another type of magic), drinking tea, and planning trips to faraway places.
Jessica Skrade - Short Story Editor
Jessi Skrade is a senior who enjoys many hobbies including music, fiber arts, studying plants and animals, reading, and writing. Influenced by several favorite authors throughout her childhood, she loves writing both fantastical and realistic fiction. Jessi enjoys writing because it is a creative outlet with a unique beauty; it forces visual images into one’s mind with language. The sound of words together in a well-written sentence creates a special rhythm that opens up the imagination God has given us. Jessi aspires to become a librarian in order to organize information and make it easily accessible for both those who wish to feed their curiosity and professionals dealing with research and discovery.
Zachary Smith - Staff Writer
Zachary Smith is a sophomore English major. A Greenville native, he currently lives in Gwinnett County, Georgia. He has a personal relationship with the God who saves and loves to share about Him with others. Zachary has a debater’s mind and a poet’s heart. His interests include genealogy, history, missions, and communication. He is currently working on his first full-length novel, a story of the American South in the 21st century. He has made over 25,000 phone calls to individual Georgians and has knocked on thousands of doors in his local community. He is an alumnus of TeenPact and Generation Joshua and has also participated in fifteen Stoa tournaments.
Emma Galloway Stephens - Faculty Sponsor & Advisor
Emma Galloway Stephens is an instructor of English and creative writing at Bob Jones University. She lives in Greenville with her spouse, Sam, their two cats, and their lizard. Emma writes poetry and short stories and is currently working on her MFA at Converse University. Her fictional focus is speculative fiction; she creates dark tales but makes sure they don’t become so serious as to lose their sense of humor. She writes poetry on any subject that tangles in her brain and demands unknotting. When not writing, grading papers, and herding cats, she reads, and when she does not read, she runs.
Maleah Stouffer - Designer
Maleah Stouffer is a sophomore from Berwick, Pennsylvania majoring in graphic design. She loves basketball and has played the sport for seven years. She also enjoys coffee and tea and has an ever-growing pen collection. One day, she would want to perhaps live in England and maybe own a tiny home as well. At the age of 13, she discovered a love of typography and hand-lettering. She hopes that one day she will be a freelance graphic designer. Maleah is excited to serve on the Inkwell team and use her skills to help create something both visually and literarily beautiful.
Anna Thompson - Staff Writer
Anna Thompson is a junior English major. She fell in love with reading and books at an early age. Stories brought her comfort that lulled her sleep when she was a child and provided a nice escape from reality as she grew older. The desire to write her own stories was born out of her love for reading. In her spare time, Anna likes to listen to other storytellers via multiple mediums like books, podcasts, or video platforms. A few of her favorite things are dark chocolate, iced chai lattes, and her dog, Daisy.
Zane Trively - Design Editor
Zane is a senior graphic design major from southwest Georgia, a land of peanut and cotton farms. He loves exploring the great outdoors and is more than ready to go on a hike through the mountains, go camping, or even play golf, a sport he grew up playing since he was six. He also has a love for art and design and has been creative from a young age. This drawing and creating turned into a love for digital design and graphics, of which he especially enjoys minimalistic design with modern and classical touches. He created the logo for Inkwell, which reflects his artistic inclination. Zane is excited to be part of the team doing what he loves and believes that design has a major impact on the user experience and identity of the website and the literature publications.
Vivian Waite - Staff Writer
Vivian Waite, a freshman English major, has always had a passion for writing stories. As a child she would spend hours creating stories using her toys, stuffed animals, and imaginary creatures. Her favorite genre is fantasy, which she views as a way to teach her readers timeless truths in a fun way. She uses her imagination to tell others of the true God of the Bible. Vivian also loves poetry. From contemplations to prayers and praises, she strives to use her poetry in a way that glorifies God. Vivian is attending BJU with the goal of improving her writing skills for the purpose of one day becoming a professional writer. She believes that God gave her an imagination for a reason, and she desires to use it to the best of her ability for Him. During her free time, Vivian also enjoys playing the piano and harp, drawing, reading, and spoiling her dog—a brown Labrador named Major.
Damaris Ziemski - Staff Writer
Damaris is a junior English literature major from Apex, North Carolina. In her free time, she writes free-form poetry and creative nonfiction. She writes primarily creative nonfiction for Inkwell. Five years ago, she fell in love with words and she now writes to share her testimony of how God is working in her life and to give voice to emotions she feels others can relate to. Just last year, she published her first book, Blue, and she hopes to have her next book, Yellow, out by next month. When she's not writing, she's either learning something new, hiking, reading, journaling, or hanging out with friends!