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 media 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 readers.
Meet the 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 other 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, and design. Julianne loves indulging in a good story and has a passion for helping others cultivate their writing and storytelling skills. Currently, Julianne is a graduate student at The New School pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Media Studies and a Certificate in Media Management. With each new project, Julianne tackles each challenge head-on to develop meaningful content. In her downtime, she loves to wander into independent bookstores and stationary shops. Julianne also loves to explore different neighborhoods, take photos, research new venues and 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.
Justine Allread, Senior Editor
Justine Allread joined Verge of Verse 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
Hey, guys. I’m Amy and I’m the Social Media Editor and a creator here on Verge of Verse! My background is in Theatre Arts and Arts Administration and I’m currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Media Studies with a Certificate in Media Management at The New School here in NYC.
My mission in life is to create and spread art and voice all around. I want to hear from all over, learn from each creative individual, and collaborate on all kinds of projects from writers to photographers, theatre artists, filmmakers, designers, literally everyone who shares passionate interests in what they put into their work. This is how I got to be a part of the growing team here. So if you want to work on something and add to the originality and essence of Verge of Verse, I, as well as my fellow teammates, are all eyes and ears!
You can catch me in NYC and the New Jersey area. I’m forever about good food, good drinks, and good times. Human Rights and Equal Rights are my beliefs. Latina is (part of) my identity. I travel as much as I can to places far and near. I work to pay for those monthly metro cards. I’m still figuring myself out but I know where I’m going. And this is just the beginning, hope you’ll join me!
Positive Vibes Only. Stay Lit.
–Con mucho amor, Amy.
Milly Pinkos, Contributor
Hi, everyone! I’m Milly, a contributing creator on the site. My background is primarily theatre and acting, but I’ve always been a writer. I work with poetry, essays, and plays.
I love this website because it’s full of collaboration: the entire thing is comprised of people who all love to create, throwing their ideas together to make up one artistic platform.
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, Contributor
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 masters degree at The New School in New York City. She loves dessert foods, 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.
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.