Adriana Barker

Hi! I’m Adriana. I am a senior creative writing and communication double major. My hometown is Fort Worth, Texas, so yes, I throw around the words “y’all” and “howdy” like nobody else in the Midwest. I love photography and poetry, and have published both in Opus. Particular interests include photographing horses, thinking about horses, wearing horse-related clothing, talking about horses, volunteering with horses, and riding horses. 

Eileen Ellis

Hello! I’m Eileen. I’m a senior creative writing major from Holland, Michigan. I love poetry and since that’s my specialty, I expect to work as a waitress for the rest of my earthly time. Unlike Adriana, I am not a horse-girl (although my sister was). Instead, I just watch Bob’s Burgers incessantly and with passion. I will pay anyone who can guess which of my teeth is fake $10. 

Prose Editor

Emma Gail Compton

I have incredibly brown eyes, I’m a Capricorn, and I enjoy long walks on the beach at sunset. 

Poetry Editor

Kallen Mohr

Hi, my name is Kallen and I am a junior studying Sociology and English with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. I have always had a passion for storytelling and exploring what makes us human. From this passion, I have found that the true power of art is most profoundly felt when both the writer and the reader are willing to be vulnerable. I have deep admiration for anyone who strives to create and I am more than excited to read everyone’s work at Opus! If you see me on campus, movie and book recommendations are my favorite form of introduction. 🙂 

Art Editor

Sophie Mae

Sophie Mae is a senior studio art major, one of the DePree basement gremlins, an avid consumer of My Hero Academia fanfiction #thetraumabereal, and is obsessed with her seven cats. Her studio practice consists of mainly sculptural work with an emphasis on sculptural installations. She recommends listening to the group Citizen Soldier, in particular their song “Found.” If you see her and she is humming or talking to herself,  don’t worry, she’s just like that.  

Katelynn Paluch

Abi Vanderwall

Issy Gaetjens-Oleson

Poetry Editor

Art Editor

Social Media Manager

Katelynn Paluch is an aspiring physician-poet majoring in Biochemistry. This creature’s varied interests include mitochondria, jazz music, a K-pop idol known as Kang Taehyun, collecting lavender stationary with cute bear stickers, and trying to survive on a gluten and dairy-free diet. You can find this endangered species on the 3rd floor of Schaap with multiple textbooks, crumpled pieces of paper, and a calculator, or, rarely, walking around their habitat of Holland at sunset. 

Hi! I’m Abi Vanderwall, and I’m a freshman double majoring in English and Communications with a leadership minor! I am from Byron Center, Michigan but I am super excited to be a Phelps Scholar and call Hope College home! Art has always been a huge factor in my life, and has been a touch point for me as I transition into a new place! There’s a special place in my heart for multimedia and ceramics, but I love a good poem too. If you ever hear Mac DeMarco blaring through the walls, it’s probably me, so feel free to come jam out with me and my vinyls! 🙂

Issy’s bio is coming soon! 

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