Meet the Team

Get to know the staff behind The Howl



Ciara Santiago-Gamble (She/Her): Ciara Santiago-Gamble is a junior at WCSU, majoring in Journalism. Most know her for her love of Harry Styles or always taking a nap when not in class or at work. She looks forward to the future of The Howl and being able to publish the work of many!


Matthew Sterk (He/They): Matthew is an English Literature Major as well as the Editor for WCSU’s Student Newspaper, The Echo. Regardless of his choice of major, Matthew is a staunch creative writer and does not appreciate when creativity is limited by small word counts. Matthew looks forward to looking over what is submitted and exploring the creativity presented to him.




Shardai Pryce (She/Her): Shardai is a senior majoring in Professional Writing at Western Connecticut State University. She enjoys learning about all types of writing, but she mainly focuses on poetry and short stories. When she is not writing she’s spending time with her family and friends, watching TV series, or learning how to cook (send a chef to help her, please). 


Alivia Stonier (She/Her): Alivia is a Professional Writing—concentration in Creative Writing—and Media Production Major. She also Minors in Broadcast Journalism. From Naugatuck CT, she hopes to pursue screenwriting and writing in the music industry, along with publishing fictional works, prose, & poetry. She serves as President of Student Publications, News Director of WXCI 91.7 and is known as DJ Ink Drop on the air.  


Alexis Coschignano (She/Her): Alexis is a Junior Professional Writing Major at WCSU with a concentration in Business & Technical Writing. She hopes to one day possibly be an editor while simultaneously working in the automotive industry. She loves to write both poetry and fiction, draw, and take her dogs on walks. When she is not in school, she can be found at local car meets, working, sleeping, and spending time with her friends and family. 


Danielle Simms (She/Her): Danielle is a Sophomore Professional Writing Major at WCSU with a concentration in Creative Writing. From the Bronx, NY, she hopes to pursue a career in multimedia and in the music industry. She loves to write poetry and short stories, along with immersing herself in all things pop culture. When she is not in school, she can be found fangirling over Beyoncé, eating ice cream, and spending time with her loved ones.


Layout & Design


Jack Sheehan (He/Him): Jack is a Professional Writing major with a focus on Creative Writing at Western Connecticut State University. He loves writing and artwork that explores the psychedelic side of life and brings about a change of perspective. Jack loves blasting Childish Gambino, the New York Mets, and exploring the great outdoors.


Kaspar Renken (He/Him): Kaspar is a professional writing major with a concentration in journalism. He hopes to cover automotive news as well as motorsport coverage. In his free time he can be found writing creative fiction or at the track driving or in the sky flying. 


Ana Bourque (They/Them): Ana is a senior professional writing major concentrating in creative writing. They are from a very small town in Connecticut and enjoy long walks in the woods and plenty of time to themself. When they aren’t being cliche, they also enjoy a good thunderstorm and plenty of time to read the weirdest science-fiction and fantasy books they can get their hands on.

 Media & Promotion


Meaghan Canavan (She/They): Meaghan is an avid enjoyer of all things creative such as music, art, and writing. She is a big fan of cozy games and indie content. Meaghan has worked on multiple campus publications and hopes to pursue publishing in the future, so they look forward to helping young creatives take some of their first steps towards sharing their work! 


Alison Bodyk (She/Her): Alison is a Professional Writing major with a minor in Political Science. She always loves being creative whether it is writing, drawing, or photography. Over the summer, she worked at the most magical place on earth a.k.a Walt Disney World. While at Magic Kingdom, she was a custodian. It may not seem that interesting but once you ask her, she’ll change your mind.


Brenda Sanchez: Brenda is a Professional Writing major with a minor in journalism. She likes to write journalism and poetry. One of her short stories Ratatouille was published in the 2022 Black and Orange publication. She has further planned on submitting her poems so that they may get published one day. 


Timothy Froessel (He/Him): Timothy is a Professional Writing major concentrating on Creative Writing at WCSU. When not talking to himself about the New York Islanders, he can be found listening to Beach House or looking at cute pictures of bears on the internet. 

Faculty Advisors

Dr. Brian Clements 

Professor Bonnie Denmark 

Professor Deatra Anderson


To learn more about the faculty advisors, click here!