Contributors

Tracy Fuentes

She/her, Co-editor in chief

Tracy Fuentes is the co-founder and co-chief editor of Kindergarten Mag. Born and raised in Las Vegas, she loves any opportunity to explore somewhere new. When she is not writing or editing for Kindergarten, Tracy is most likely busy studying literature or politics, playing Animal Crossing, or watching anime.

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Kleigh Balugo

She/her, Co-editor in chief

Kleigh is a Journalism + Design major at the New School in NYC. She is interested in all writing mediums including ranting in her diary. Besides writing, you can usually find her watching movies, playing with her dog, making zines, or getting boba with her friends.

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Abbey Steinman

She/her, Music columnist

Abbey Steinman is a Journalism major who was born and raised in Las Vegas. She has an intense passion for writing, watching anime, and listening to music. If you ask Abbey what she is doing right now, she would tell you she is playing her new bass.

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Ash Fuentes

She/her, Movie/fashion columnist

Ash is an aspiring fashion designer and screenwriter from Las Vegas. She is deeply interested in fashion, film, and many types of other arts. She spends most of her time listening to music, writing, watching movies, attempting to learn other languages, and playing Just Dance.

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Francesca Bernardino

She/her, Music columnist

Born in the Philippines but raised in Las Vegas, Francesca is currently at Macalester College in St. Paul. Among her many interests are the social sciences and legal studies. When she isn’t studying, Francesca is always looking for new music, anime, or books to enjoy.

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Vlada Stark

She/her, Fiction/essay columnist

As an aspiring novelist, Vlada loves Kindergarten as a creative space for experimentation. She enjoys writing, painting, and over-analyzing fiction. In the first 3 issues of Kindergarten she was under the pseudonym of “Lyra”, now she’s worked up the courage to let go of anonymity.

Isabel Cruz

She/her, Movie/essay columnist

Isabel is an English and Film major at UCSB. An ideal day for her would be one spent reading, watching movies, and taking a long walk. Isabel’s favorites include Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger and The Before Trilogy directed by Richard Linklater.

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Athena Rajnai

They/she, Poetry/music columnist

Athena is from Stroudsburg, PA and studies Voice & Theatre Arts Management at Ithaca College School of Music in Ithaca, New York. When they aren’t writing poetry or illustrating, they enjoy playing guitar, songwriting, photography, and creating jewelry to sell with their younger sister.

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Alyanna Moralda

She/her, Movie columnist

Alyanna is a film major at Hunter College in New York City. She loves to watch movies, find new music, and skateboard a little during her free time. If given the opportunity, she would definitely ramble about The Bling Ring by Sofia Coppola and Before Sunset by Richard Linklater.

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Vinh Tran

He/him, Opinion columnist

Vinh doesn’t like talking about himself, mainly because even he don’t know how to describe himself. That’s why he hopes his writing fulfills that. Whether it may be about life, philosophies, fashion, photography—he hopes you enjoy his work.

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Adrien Martino

She/her, Essay columnist

Adrien currently resides in New York City, though she is a Californian at heart. She is attending The New School for Literary Studies and has a goal to write a novel after graduating. She is also interested in the ways beauty and art manifest in daily life.

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Sophie Warrick

She/her, Poetry columnist

Sophie finds her home in the Twin Cities Metro, the First City on the Mississippi, and in the strangers she hasn’t met yet. She’s a queer creative activist dedicated to providing social change through the arts by creating and uplifting communities, with an emphasis in storytelling.

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Greta Unetich

She/her, Poetry columnist

Greta grew up in Buffalo, NY and currently goes to school in Ithaca, NY for biology, chemistry, and education. She has been writing poetry since eighth grade and published her first book, “Look Both Ways,” in December 2019. Besides writing poetry, Greta enjoys reading, hiking in the ADK, painting, and making bracelets.

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Cait Thomson

She/her, Poetry columnist

Cait is from Ottawa, Canada where she is a wife, mother, and boring office worker. Writing is something she does just for herself. She dreams of publishing a book of poetry and can usually be found hiking, listening to k-pop, sleeping, or drinking coffee.

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Charlotte Turner

She/her, Movie/music columnist

Charlotte is an artist, writer, and filmmaker based in southern Ontario, Canada. She enjoys making collages, writing about pop culture, and creating art about how happy she is to be alive.

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Ian Watson

He/him, Movie/music columnist

Ian is a Las Vegas native who studies sociology at UNLV. When he isn’t in school or at work, he is experimenting with film photography, listening to The Cure, or watching the latest Bong Joon-Ho movie!

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Stephanie Mamonto

She/her, Poetry/essay columnist

Other than writing and translating, Stephanie Mamonto religiously lives her life as the Spanish proverb says: “The belly rules the mind.”

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Natalia Lee

She/us/we, Poetry columnist

Originally from NYC, Natalia moved to Los Angeles at 19 years old to pursue her pilgrimage of world travel, spiritual inquisition, and artistic expression. Since then, she has dedicated herself to spirituality while releasing multiple works such as poetry collections, e-books, zines, physical art, a podcast, and a personal blog.

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Silvana Smith

She/her, Art/illustration contributor

Silvana Smith is a visual artist and writer born in Sicily and raised in Florida. She recently graduated from The University of North Florida with a degree in fine arts. She pursues sculpture, photography, illustration, printmaking and more. Cats, insects, eggs and tea bring her happiness.

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Natasha Kalsi

She/her, Poetry columnist

Natasha resides in Southern Ontario with her partner and cat. She has a background education in Child and Youth Care. Aside from writing, she enjoys film photography, drawing, and painting. She is a firm believer in simple living and connecting with our roots in nature.

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Molly Zofia

She/her, Poetry columnist

Molly is an aspiring novelist and poet from London. Her literary and musical inspirations include Irvine Welsh, Amy Winehouse, and Roddy Doyle. She enjoys writing, finding new music, and enjoying her own company. She hasn’t got a lot to say about herself, but she hopes you enjoy her work.

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Alex Zavala

He/him, Poetry/essay columnist

Alex is a communication studies major attending UNLV. Growing up in Nevada, Alex has always been passionate about writing and looks forward to sharing his work with others for the first time. He also loves spending time with his friends and family, listening to Taylor Swift, and daydreaming aimlessly.

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Kristen Del Pilar

She/her, Essay columnist

Kristen is a third year undergraduate student at UCLA pursuing a degree in Psychobiology. She was raised in Las Vegas and enjoys reading, creative writing, and spending time outdoors.

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Lianelys Cabrera

She/her/ella, Poetry/essay columnist

Lia was born and raised in Cuba but currently resides in Las Vegas. She’s now studying psychology at UNLV, and when she isn’t stressing about school, you can find her taking naps with her dog. Lia enjoys doing embroidery, eating, and aspires to be a better plant mom.

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Aian Taibor

They/he, Movie/music columnist

Aian was born in the Philippines and immigrated to Wales at the age of three. As a former chef he loves food but now as an aspiring Director and self taught artist, his life revolves around art and creates daily!

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Brigita Przybylski

She/her, Poetry/movie columnist

Brigita lives in New Jersey and has been writing all her life but only recently started sharing her work. Her other passions include television, photography, and yoga. She hopes to spread happiness through everything she creates.

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Alexandra Pelas

She/her, Essay/music columnist

Alex is from Las Vegas and goes to UNLV. She’s a Political Science major but also loves other subjects! In her free time, she listens to Taylor Swift and Twice.

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Hannah Berry D’Alessandro

She/her, Essay/movie columnist

Hannah Berry was raised in Massachusetts but is currently living in New York City. She might be a filmmaker or maybe something else. Right now she is probably somewhere listening to Talking Heads and writing a short play.

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Bianca Bucu

She/her, Art/essay columnist

Bianca is a Public Relations major at SJSU. Her hobbies include drawing, video editing/photography, and writing in her bullet journal. If she isn’t watching anime, you can usually find her starting a random hobby or taking a very long nap.

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Sydney Stoddard

She/her, Poetry/essay columnist

Sydney Stoddard is a fierce writer, passionate storyteller, and avid designer with a penchant for all things Vegas and teal. When not pestering her boyfriend Mikkel, she finds a home as Beyond Thought’s Senior Editor, running her creative business, writing her beloved blog, and being an English major at UNLV.

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Yumedyne

They/them, Art/essay columnist

Yumedyne is a visual artist, writer, and aerospace engineer in Huntsville, AL.

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Jacquelyn Rodriguez

She/her, Poetry/essay columnist

Jacquelyn is a psychology major that was born and raised in Las Vegas. Although she has only written for school in the past, she is interested in finding new ways to express herself. She loves hanging out with friends, playing with her dog, and searching for cute cafés around Vegas.

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