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 

jennifer acker


Jennifer Acker is the Editor in Chief of The Common. She has an MFA in fiction and literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She is a visiting lecturer at Amherst College, and in 2012-13 she was a Faculty Fellow at New York University Abu Dhabi. 

Emily Everett 

Emily Everett


Emily Everett is the Managing Editor of The Common. She has an MA in English Literature from Queen Mary, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Smith College. She is especially fond of 20th-century British writers, and particularly E.M. Forster, whose short stories were the basis for her MA dissertation. She enjoys biking, traveling, listening to NPR, and besting the contestants on Jeopardy. Her favorite poet is Frank O'Hara. 

Student Interns

Isabel Meyers '20  

Isabel Meyers


Isabel Meyers ’20 is a sophomore from Brookline, Massachusetts. Her favorite genre to write is creative nonfiction, but she often ends up taking poetry classes, which she also greatly enjoys. Her favorite poets are James Merrill, Yusef Komunyakaa and Richard Siken. When not working for The Common, she can be found listening to podcasts while taking long night walks to UMass and back.

Julia Pike '19

Julia Pike


Julia Pike '19 is a junior English major from Brooklyn, New York. Some of her favorite Amherst classes include "American Extravaganzas" with Professor Sanborn and "Women Writers of Africa and the African Diaspora" with Professor Bailey. When she's not reading, writing, or doing work for The Common, Julia spends her time playing ultimate frisbee and biking. In the fall, she will be studying Swedish Crime Fiction and Travel Writing with the Swedish Program in Stockholm.

Sunna Juhn '18

sunna juhn


Sunna Juhn '18 is from Princeton, New Jersey. Her favorite Amherst class has been "Enchantment and Disenchantment in Children's Literature and the Law," taught by visting professor Linda Meyer. She enjoys hiking and doing crossword puzzles and sneaking into Fayerweather to study. Her favorite poem is "This Is just To Say," by William Carlos Williams. 

Flavia Martinez '18



Flavia Martinez '18 is a senior at Amherst College. She is an undeclared, self-designed comparative literature major, focusing on works in French and Spanish. This past year, Flavia studied abroad in Paris and Barcelona. Flavia's favorite poem is "The Day Lady Died" by Frank O'Hara. 

Nayereh Doosti '18



Nayereh Doosti '18 is from Shiraz, known as Iran’s city of Persian culture, poetry, wine, and gardens. She hasa degree in creative writing from Interlochen Arts Academy and currently studies English and Asian Languages & Civilizations at Amherst College. She enjoys reading and writing fiction. 

Madeline Ruoff '18

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Madeline Ruoff ’18 is an English major from Rochester, NY. She loves 20th century American fiction and is currently writing short stories for her senior thesis. In her free time, she likes to play guitar, paint, and cook. Her favorite poem is “Tonight” by Agha Shahid Ali.