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 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

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.

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 F.C.), 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.

Isabel Meyers '20  

Isabel Meyers


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. 

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.

Nayereh Doosti '18



Nayereh Doosti '18 is from Shiraz, known as Iran’s city of Persian culture, poetry, wine, and gardens. She has a 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.