Meet the Team

Every story begins when a creative decides to sit down, pour their heart out, and dream.

Here at Verge of Verse, we’re all creatives. Most of us are writers, some of us are editors, some are photographers, and some are illustrators. Others dabble in a variety of other art forms and mediums. Deep down, we’re all dreamers. We have ideas that we want to express, untold stories that we want to tell, and artistic designs and creations that we want to share with the world through curated articles and other forms of multimedia published in our digital magazine.

Our team is on a mission: to craft a welcoming space where fellow creatives can exchange experiences, learn from each other about their fields and their crafts, grow their knowledge, discover new inspiring outlets, cultivate their creativity, and become more connected with each other and with new audiences.


Meet the Editorial Team

Julianne Day Ignacio
Founder & Editor-In-Chief

Julianne founded Verge of Verse in 2014 as a blog and since then has turned it into a growing digital magazine where creatives can cultivate their talents in writing, photography, and a variety of multimedia. She is a New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn. A few years ago, she once fancied the idea of becoming a psychologist, but soon realized that her real passions are in storytelling, publishing, design, and helping people reach their potential. Julianne loves indulging in a good story and has a passion for helping others develop their writing and media skills.

With a Master of Arts degree in Media Studies and a Certificate in Media Management from the The New School, Julianne tackles each challenge head-on to develop meaningful content. In her downtime, she loves to wander into independent bookstores and stationery shops. Julianne also loves to explore different neighborhoods, take photos, research new cultural venues, visit exhibits around the city, write poetry and essays, and maintain her fitness regimen (so that she can eat brunch, dinner, and desserts with no regrets).

You can find Julianne crafting new content and updating the social media outlets for Verge of Verse, snapping photos on Snapchat (@jdayignacio) and on Instagram (@vergeofverse), or chilling out at a cafe or park as she writes down her discoveries and chronicles her adventures. Check out her projects on her portfolio site and let her know if you want to grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and work together.

Jus Tri
Managing Editor

Justine Tri joined Verge of Verse in mid-2016, and since then her aspirations have become tangible.

With her Bachelor’s degree in education, she intends to help make others’ aspirations tangible. Justine loves learning alongside others because that usually means adventures with good conversation and food.

She geeks out about everything from deep sea giant squid to space-dust particles hanging in the atmosphere. Like most creatives, she collects used books, draws on her arms and t-shirts, and struggles to keep her succulents and goldfish alive.


Amy Pastrana
Social Media Editor & Marketing Manager

Amy teamed up with Verge of Verse when she met Julianne in the graduate program of Media Studies at The New School. Shortly afterward, she met the amazing Justine and the three of them decided to be the editorial boss ladies of the digital magazine. Amy has a passion for content creation, tech, design, digital marketing, and outreach.

As the social media editor for Verge of Verse she gets to do what she loves: have an excuse to take road trips and visit new places, make VOV pretty and interactive, create and design strategies with her colleagues over coffee, and partner up with local artists, photographers, storytellers and organizations who we help bring to light. You can catch Amy in the NYC and NJ area. She’s all about people, super iced coffee and updating her shopping cart. When she’s offline, she spends time with family and friends, samples food and essential oils, Netflix and sleeps, and is glued to a notebook in case she forgets, well, anything. Y si, hablo español!


Meet the Contributors


Karessa Abe
Marketing Assistant

Karessa was born and raised in Sunnyside, Queens and graduated with her BA in Communications Research at the University at Albany (SUNY). Her areas of expertise include business management, creative & strategic marketing, and communication rhetorical & public advocacy.

Karessa is an avid admirer of art, music, aesthetic, minimalism, feminism, humanitarian work, and culture. Her journey is a long one, which includes plans to pursue a Master’s Degree. Karessa is a strong advocate in combatting domestic violence and many social injustices.

She loves anything crime and horror: from Henning Mankell books to The Conjuring Movies. Her all-time favorite shows to repeat are Big Bang Theory, Law & Order: SVU, and The Office. To escape from reality, she also plays the piano and violin. Karessa draws from her own perspectives on life and contemporaneous experiences to enlighten & inspire readers to discover their inner creative passions.


Milly Pinkos
Dear Courage Columnist

With a dynamic background in theatre and acting from Drew University, Milly Pinkos is also a passionate writer who crafts poetry, essays, and plays.

In her own words: “I’m a lil Jew from the country’s tiniest state, Rhode Island; I love small birds, Arrested Development, mozzarella sticks, the guy who plays Captain Hook on Once Upon a Time, The Little Prince, and the moon. I know a weird amount of useless pop culture trivia facts. Like, a really weird amount. I’m obsessed with my dog, Sassafras. But most of all, I love to connect with people through writing. My style of writing (and of dress) is casual. I like to have a sort of chill conversation with whoever reads my work. We’re all pals here, no need for any rigid formality. Happy to be here, and happy you’re here too.”


Jasmine Kabera
Film & Television Critic

Jasmine Kabera immigrated with her family to the United States when she was six years old. She was primarily raised in Denver, Colorado but has also lived in Boston, Massachusetts and Denton, Texas.

After graduating with Bachelors of Arts in Journalism from Colorado State University, she decided to expand her understanding of writing and creating media by pursuing her master’s degree at The New School in New York City.

Jasmine loves desserts, nerdy things, and art in all mediums. During her downtime, she works on various media projects, writes short stories, reads satirical mythology books, and watches Adventure Time.

Katalina Gamarra
Fiction & Poetry Contributor

Katalina is a California native currently living in Boston, MA. She graduated from Drew University with honors in English and an unofficial Performing Arts minor. In addition to writing, her passions include reading, music, theatre, sewing, knitting, and baking.

Currently working as a bookseller, Katalina’s goal is to be a published author within the next five years. With two novels in the works and many ideas backlogged, Katalina hopes to write stories that will validate those who feel their voices unheard. An avid fan of writers from James Joyce to Stephen Sondheim, Katalina strongly believes that art saves lives, and her goal is to help people help themselves through the power of creativity.

Fun fact: Katalina met Westley from The Princess Bride (Cary Elwes) when he wandered into her bookshop!


Alex Shi

Alex Shi is a multimedia producer, writer and subway warrior who’s currently conquering the Beijing subway system.

All that she sees may and will possibly be used in her stories, in forms of film, essay, or minimum two-hour long rant sessions. 

Alex would like the world to know that you can find her @alexshiphotography on Instagram because she really does post some interesting, or interestingly boring visuals about things you may have missed in life. 

Rowana Abbensetts

Rowana Abbensetts is a writer and a mental health advocate from Queens, NY. 

She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Spoken Black Girl Magazine, an online publication that promotes mental health and wellness for women of color. 

In addition to building and running her online media company, Rowana also writes short stories in her spare time.

She is currently working on her first novel, The New American Girl.

Clarissa Lee


Clarissa Lee is a born-and-bred New Yorker. She has a BA in Public Policy and Management from SUNY Albany and currently works as a 9-to-5er in Midtown, at the heart of New York City.

Clarissa has passionate opinions, but she is a great devil’s advocate on a variety of issues. To escape the frequent depressing messages of today, she seeks positive vibes through lunchtime walks, nature sceneries in Pinterest, and cleaning. 

In her free time, Clarissa likes to watch documentaries, read several books at the same time, and trying out new wellness fads and beauty products.


Now it’s your turn.

You have a dream: to craft, create, and publish your ideas.

So do we: to help you get the word out.

What’s your story?

Check out our Submissions page for more details on how to become a contributor. 

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