Meet Our Writing Contest Winners!

Headshots of three women, writing contest winners
From Left: Kai Lewis (Popular Culture), Sarah Goethe-Jones (Fashion), Angie Fryer (Social Change)

We’re delighted to introduce you to the winners of our very first writing contest. I know people always say that this was a difficult decision, and there were too many good entries, blah blah blah — but it’s really true. We were honored to review so many sharp, creative, and interesting essays. Luckily, editors Elise and Sara had help from an amazing panel of guest judges: Cathy Hannabach, PhD of Ideas on Fire and the Imagine Otherwise podcast, Terry Park, PhD, Lecturer in Asian American Studies at University of Maryland, and fashion scholar Jen Ayres, Visiting Fellow at Drexel University.

Without further ado, here are the winners in each category. We’ll be featuring their fabulous articles in February!

Sarah Goethe-Jones: Fashion

Writing Contest Winner Sarah Goethe Jones in a black dress

Sarah Goethe-Jones is a fashion historian from Massachusetts. She holds a degree from Parsons New School of Design in New York and is currently a student at UMass Amherst. She was a fashion illustration history Research Fellow at Norman Rockwell Museum’s Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies in 2018 and published on

Kai Lewis: Popular Culture

Black and white headshot of Kai Lewis Writing Contest Winner

Kai Lewis is an undergraduate of the Pacific Northwest College of Art currently creating work surrounding ideas of identity, place, and paradigm. Through a focus in film and writing, Lewis articulates commentaries she hopes will enlighten and present a positive alternate reality.

Angie Fryer: Social Change

Headshot of writing contest winner Angie Fryer

Angie Fryer lives in Oakland, California with her husband and three Chihuahuas (Tucker, Bowie and Autumn). She can often be found hiking the Oakland hills’ trails, geeking out on sci-fi movies and TV, or obsessively tidying her closet.

Honorable Mentions

Fashion: Oskar Radon-Kimball and Jean Reyes

Popular Culture: Ashley Volion and Alessandra Viegas

Social Change: Shannen Torres and Maggie Levantovskaya

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