Meet ICOA intern Mae McDermott

The ICOA board is delighted to introduce Spring 2021 intern Mae McDermott. Mae has already been of great assistance creating graphics for the “Odysseys” series, helping us make sense of our mailing lists, and looking into potential funders. We asked her to say a few words about herself.

I’m a writing major and English minor at Ithaca College, where I serve as co-editor in chief of Stillwater Magazine, layout editor of Buzzsaw Magazine, and peer tutor at the Ithaca College Writing Center. I’ve also worked as a marketing intern at Cornell University Press. My poems have been performed on the podcast Newcomers, and my essays have appeared in Oakland Arts ReviewBorrowed SolaceLoose Tooth, Off the Page, Passion Project,and Buzzsaw Magazine.

My grandfather escaped from Communist-occupied Czechoslovakia to escape danger and commit himself to a free press. Shaped by this journalistic family tradition, I have always believed in writing as a medium of human connection and peaceful self-expression.

You can learn more about Mae and read some of her work at her personal website. Welcome, Mae!

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