The Common Staff & Student Interns

Every semester, The Common employs Amherst College students to work as editorial assistant interns. Students read submissions, organize events, and help with The Common's website and social media. Scroll down to view pictures and read biographies of The Common's staff and its student interns.


Jennifer Acker '00 

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Jennifer Acker '00 is founder and editor in chief of The Common. She also teaches writing and editing at Amherst, directs The Common's Literary Publishing Internship, and organizes LitFest. She has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and her short stories, essays, translations, and reviews have appeared in the Washington Post, Literary Hub, n+1, Guernica, The Yale Review, and Ploughshares, among other places. Jen is the author of the debut novel The Limits of the World, and her favorite writers include Shirley Hazzard, Alice Munro, and Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie.

Emily Everett 

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Emily Everett is the Managing Editor of The Common. She studied English literature at Queen Mary University of London and Smith College. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, Electric LitTin House Online, Mississippi Review, and other journals. Her favorite poet is Frank O'Hara. 

Thomas E. Wood '61 Fellow

Isabel Meyers '20  

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Isabel Meyers ’20 is a junior from Brookline, Massachusetts. She is a co-Editor in Chief of Amherst’s student literary magazine, Circus, and tries in vain to make time for her own creative writing projects. When not staring blankly at a Word document, you can find her taking long walks or Val-sitting. Her favorite writers are George Saunders, Tracy K. Smith, and Elizabeth Bishop.

Student Interns

Griffin Lessell '20

TC Intern Griffin Lessell


Griffin Lessell '20 is an English and Political Science double major from Arlington, Massachusetts. Among his favorite classes at Amherst are Professor Sanborn's American Extravaganzas, and Professor Corrales's Political Economy of Petro States. Griffin spent last semester in Madrid studying Spanish literature and EU politics. When he isn't working or telling people about how he needs to go work, he enjoys playing ultimate frisbee and watching the Celtics. His favorite book is One Hundred Years of Solitude, his favorite movie is Inception, and his favorite TV show is BoJack Horseman.

Avery Farmer '20  

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Avery Farmer ’20 is from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He loves art and literature that surprises, challenges, and puzzles him. Apart from reading and writing, he treasures music (The Clash, for example), soccer (Tottenham Hotspur), and hours shared with friends and loved ones. Terrance Hayes, Jamaal May, and Ocean Vuong are among his favorite poets. The last book he read was Jesmyn Ward’s novel Sing, Unburied, Sing. “The Ice-Cream Man” by Michael Longley might be his favorite poem.

Whitney Bruno '21

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Whitney Bruno ‘21 is a sophomore prospective English major from Austin, Texas. While she loves Amherst English classes, she additionally likes studying in Film and Media Studies classes whenever possible; her favorite Amherst class so far has been “Film and Writing” with Professor Guilford. She loves any and all types of fiction, and enjoys reading, writing, baking, and going on nature trips with friends when she’s not working with The Common. Her favorite novel is The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.

Elly Hong '21  

Elly Hong


Elly Hong '21 is from Pasadena, California. She is an English major who is also passionate about art, Spanish, and Chinese. When she's not writing, you can find her fencing, drawing, or looking for a dog to pet. She is particularly fond of speculative fiction but enjoys all types of writing. She has never been able to pick a favorite book.

Sofia Belimova '22

Sofia Belimova


Sofia Belimova '22 is an English Major from New York City. Her areas of literary interest are poetry and essay writing. Her favorite authors include Marilynne Robinson, Ocean Vuong, John Ashbery, and Milan Kundera. One of her favorite classes at Amherst was "Amherst Poets" with Professor Worsley because it underscored the wealth of literary tradition that lies at the foundation of Amherst. Sofia's other interests and hobbies include contemporary and folk music, exploring new places, attempting to keep succulents alive, and knitting.