10 Literary Icons Worthy of Halloween Costume Replication

Need a last minute Halloween costume? Check out Hothouse’s literary suggestions!

image1. Hunter S. Thompson

If you’re looking for a literary style icon to imitate this Halloween whose fashion is undeniably American and revels in giving two middle fingers up to the powers that be, look no further than Hunter S. Thompson. Seen to the left, Thompson’s flight jacket and aviator sunglasses point to his brief service in the United States Air Force, while the golf ball in hand, cigarette hanging from his mouth, and straw-woven visor betray his infamous reputation as a man of leisure.

~Asa Johnson, Poetry Board 

arthur2. Arthur Dent

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams is one of the most well-known book series around. Even the average person might recognize the names of iconic characters such as Marvin the Paranoid Android or Ford Prefect. The name Arthur Dent is probably the most likely to ring a bell, however, and that’s why he’s on this year’s costume replication list. Not to mention the pure comfortability of his outfit; Arthur spends a large portion of the series dressed in his pajamas and a bathrobe.

If you’re looking for something easy but recognizable to wear for this Halloween (or if you’re just in the mood), throw on a pair of sweatpants and the warmest bathrobe you own. Now you’re perfect! And if you’re planning on leaving the house in your new Arthur Dent outfit, you might want to bring a towel while you’re at it. It is, after all, “the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.”

~Morgan Southworth, Nonfiction Board

inigo-montoya3. Inigo Montoya

We all love the Spanish fencer, Inigo Montoya, whose sole purpose in life is to avenge his father in William Goldman’s The Princess Bride. Inigo makes a wonderful Halloween costume, as you can parade around in a pirate outfit thrusting a sword, hopefully plastic, at people. To complete the outfit, you must shout at people in a fun accent “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” But, if you are too lazy to find a costume and sword, don’t worry. There is a lazy man’s version of the costume. You can buy a “Hello, my name is…” name tag and write Inigo Montoya on it. Of course, you must finish the phrase to get the full effect. But there’s nothing more exciting than strolling through the street pretending to be an invincible Spanish fencer, nor is there a better Halloween costume.

~Tracy Yager, Nonfiction Board

rainbow-fish4. Rainbow Fish

Halloween is the purr-fect time to repli-cat your favorite literary figures while si-meow-taneously showing who you are as a purr-son. If you haven’t guessed yet, my recommendation is the literary icon Rainbow Fish from Marcus Pfister’s The Rainbow Fish! Relive your childhood and wow your friends with an easily DIY-able literary character. And because politics are in, tell all your friends about the book’s underlying message of spreading Socialism and see how they react! Spill that tea!

The Rainbow Fish has gone the way of Sarah Jessica Parker: we recognized their influence but don’t talk about them anymore. So take out your colorful scales, pop on your S/S 2016 Moschino lipstick, and start a conversation about this vintage icon.

~Dan Kolinko, Fiction Board 

5. Isidlucasore-Lucien Ducasse as Comte de Lautréamont

Dressing up as a coherent character is so drab. Why not dress up as an author’s self-crafted persona and don their pseudonym for a night of Halloween debauchery? Oh, the delicious layers of identity. Will your pseudonym successfully assimilate into French society, or will he struggle to shed his Uruguayan past? We’re talking about the man that influenced surrealists, so feel free to get a little wacky and incomprehensible with this costume, but remember, it’s mainly about personality here.

For this costume, find yourself a white dress shirt, a vest, a buttoned overcoat, and a nice plaid bowtie. None too polished though; you’ve got a little scruff in ya, but that cleanly shaved baby face is hard to ignore. One of the most important elements of this costume is your expression, so get ready to maintain a brooding but glazed look in your eyes for most of the night. You’re still writing Les Chants de Maldoror and your mind is a kaleidoscope of abstractness and fragmentation—act the part. And remember, you’re a poète maudit, you’re an outcast, you’ve got depths no one can even fathom. Now let’s see that brooding young artist face.

Additional touches: you love Edgar Allan Poe and the second generation Romantics, so quote them often. Make sure your use of adjectives is highly self-indulgent, and don’t be afraid to express any macabre thoughts on death to that guy you see walking to the fridge to get another beer.

Now you’re good to go. Saunter forth on Halloween with the knowledge that your character—characters?—created a piece of literature meant to embody evil in its purest phenomenological form. You’re basically going to own Halloween.

~Delia Davis, Fiction Board

havisham6. Miss Havisham

Picture this, you’re walking around campus after getting dropped off by a friend or whatever ride-share is left in Austin after an intense Halloween night of debauchery and fun. By now, your makeup has smeared a bit, your costume isn’t how it was when you first tried it on, the night is wearing you well. As you’re approaching the door to your dorm, or apartment, and the key’s been turned and your hand is about ready to twist the knob, the light to your left is disturbed and from the corner of your eye, you see the figure of a woman in a slightly tattered and faded white wedding gown. Initial thought: this is just another La Llorona or zombie bride. But there is something slightly different, something older, perhaps Victorian to the trained eye. She’s standing just outside the glow of light on the ground, enhancing that yellow/moldy tinge of her gown, her face veiled by a thin white sheet, but porous enough to see her makeup stale and dry in uneven blotches to hide her noticeably cracked skin.  Another thing that’s a bit off: her missing heel. If you’re a fan of Dickens, you may recognize the iconic figure, Miss Havisham, the cold and disturbed old woman from Great Expectations. To the untrained eye, it’s a crazy woman in a wedding gown set to ruin someone’s night. She slowly walks forward, carefully avoiding complete illumination. This causes you to rush inside and lock your door behind you. If you can, you look outside the window one last time, curious why the footsteps stopped. Just outside your window, the thin veil sits on the floor.

~Joe Lozano, Fiction Board

blob7. Victor Frankenstein  

Dressing up as a mad scientist for Halloween is always a blast, and very easy to do! All you need is a white lab coat, maybe some latex gloves, some crazy hair, and bloodshot eyes (optional). Victor Frankenstein from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is one of our quintessential mad scientists and certainly deserves to inspire more Halloween costumes. Unfortunately, his creation has reached greater levels of fame than he has. Frankenstein’s monster has been a classic grotesque, scary costume choice for years, and many people mistakenly refer to the monster as Frankenstein himself. Celebrate Shelley’s spooky horror novel by dressing up as its protagonist, the man who is arguably the true villain of the story – the real Frankenstein.
~Hillary Sames, Fiction Board


dd651ce39f547429e8c87830e45bf36b-18. Effie Trinket

Here’s the situation: It’s 8 PM on October 31st and your friends are going to be over in an hour to drag you to a costume party where a costume is mandatory for entry, and you have nothing to wear, and no idea what to do with your makeup. What do you do? At this point I think it’s time to follow in the footsteps of Effie Trinket, the ineffable escort of Katniss and Peeta in the Hunger Games trilogy. Known for her out-there outfits, Effie is the model of eccentricity and originality that everyone strives for in developing a costume of any kind. The best part? You don’t even have to coordinate anything carefully; the entire aesthetic is built upon zany and spontaneous fashion choices. Plus, if you’re a little too heavy-handed with the eye shadow, just pass it off as intentional and call it couture. Effie Trinket is unafraid and you should be too. So grab the wildest piece of clothing from your closet and wear it with pride, and may the odds be ever in your favor!

~Jennifer Velazquez, Nonfiction Board 

edgar9. Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe is perfect for costume replication because of his haunting poems and short stories! Since his work is often read in classrooms and referenced in popular TV shows like Witches of East End and The Following, even your non-literary friends will recognize your costume. You can complete this look with a lot of items you already have in your closet. To start off, you need black pants. Next, you need a white button up long sleeve shirt that is collarless or has a banded collar. Because Poe’s clothes were in the formal Victorian style that gentleman usually wore in the 1840s, you will also need a black vest. This is probably the most important piece of the costume. To complete the look you can get a black stuffed raven or raven puppet  to make it obvious that you are replicating the author and not just any Victorian male. Some accessories you can get to complement the look: a black regency ascot cravat, a book of Poe’s work, and a gold pocket watch. Don’t forget to draw on the facial hair! I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.” –Edgar Allan Poe

~Jillian Dyess, Nonfiction Board 

RD 1.png10. Mr. and Mrs. Twit from Roald Dahl’s The Twits

I have chosen a character pair- you can choose one of the two or grab someone else and make a couples costume.  The Twits is one of Roald Dahl’s less well known stories but one I always loved as a kid, along with Fantastic Mr Fox, The Witches and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  As costumes, the Twits have masses of potential; with Roald Dahl’s description and Quentin Blake’s illustrations you have plenty of inspiration and space to make yourself bird pie or upside down monkey props- which I can guarantee no one else will have.

RD 2.pngThe Twits is a story about a married couple who is nasty to everyone including each other. They spend their time thinking of cruel tricks to play on one another such as Mrs. Twit putting worms in Mr. Twit’s food, or Mr. Twit attaching his wife to balloons and letting her float away (hopefully forever). They hate children and animals, putting superglue on trees in order to catch birds for bird pie, and keeping a family of monkeys captive and forcing them to stand on their heads. The birds and monkeys eventually get a very satisfying revenge (spoilers).

Mr. Twit is covered with bristly hair full of food that he never washes; Mrs. Twit has one glass eye, a mean sneer and walking stick (which Mr. Twit made longer to make her think she was shrinking). Props and accessories can include: a family of upside down monkeys, a roly-poly bird, bird pie, balloons, worm spaghetti, an eyeball in a cup, frogs, a pot of glue, and an upside down house.

The Twits is a great story with great characters and has one of the best descriptions of what makes someone ‘ugly.’ You can be sure your costume is both awesome and hideous. 

Get your Roald Dahl on and have a happy Halloween!

RD 3.pngP.S Here is a picture of my sister and me (ages 7 and 6ish) on a school Book Day. My sister is dressed as the princess from The Princess and the Golden Ball, and I am a cat in a hat from, you guessed it, The Cat in the Hat– enjoy!

~Eliza Day, Fiction Board 

Five Essential Editorial Skills You Learn in College

So you think you might want to work as an editor in publishing? Hothouse is a great first step towards building up your resume and gaining some pretty awesome experience. But did you know that some of the basic skills you learn in your other classes at UT can be just as valuable to the editing world? Here are five classroom skills that you can take with you in your career as a professional editor.




Although you might not be asked to cite 10 sources and hand in an annotated bibliography, being able to research is an essential skill for any editor. Your boss is always on the lookout for what the next Harry Potter or Hunger Games phenomenon will be, and they will be expecting you to find it by searching every corner of the internet for the next big hit.



What do editors do? They read! But while you might think you’ll be spending most of your time reading amazing new books that you’ll be publishing, you’re more likely to end up reading comp titles and manuscripts from the slush pile. Some days all you might do is read, but you’re expected to get through books fast and efficiently. You thought getting through Vanity Fair was hard? Try reading someones re-worked Twilight fanfiction.

Write Reports


Book reports aren’t just for school. As an editor you’re likely going to be required to write reports on all those lovely fanfictions from the slush pile that you managed to get through. Don’t be discouraged! For every 50 crappy drafts there is always one treasure to be found. It is your job to convince your co-workers to take on those gems and get them on shelves!

PowerPoint Presentations


Thought you’d be done with PowerPoint after college? Think again! Now that you have found your gem of a novel, it’s time to prove it to everyone else in the company. PowerPoint presentations are key for showing all the potential your beloved manuscript has and why that book needs to be picked up by your publishing house. You are a book’s biggest cheerleader, so think of the PowerPoint as your winning routine!

Group Projects


The dreaded group project. The editorial world is just one giant group project. For each book there is a team of people behind its design. You’ll have managing editors, designers, artists, copy editors, and other editors working on the same title. As an editor, you’re often acting as team leader, and it is often your responsibility to tell your designers and artists how you want the book to look from the front cover to the very last page. So stop groaning when you hear your teacher say you’ll be doing a group project! Those teamwork skills might just come in handy.

~Holly Rice, Managing Editor

(All images courtesy of Giphy)

Hothouse’s Mix for Summoning the Muse


Many of us lead hectic lives—and inevitably must brave the ups and downs of our professional and/or personal lives while toiling away on a short story, book or chapbook, et cetera. For the most part, I’m incapable of weaving beautiful words the moment I plop down on my hard desk-chair. First and foremost I need to prune my scattering thoughts and focus on my story, my characters and their conflicts—and in order to do so, sometimes I take pensive walks (but only when the Texas heat is bearable) or better yet, listen to music.

It’s difficult not to be a tad persnickety about music—not to mention music that’s meant for whirling the creative wheels in your brain. Whereas some writers are keen on listening to smoother varieties of music, like Chopin’s Nocturnes or Henry Mancini’s jazz soundtracks, for example—others may prefer the jarring sort, like rock or metal. (Stephen King comes to mind.)

Needless to say, these are only the most obvious examples—there’s a myriad of musical genres out there, many of which I probably haven’t even heard of—that other writers may appreciate when inspiration-hungry.

As of now, I’m working on a short story with a bleak, wintry backdrop, so I’ve had to persuade myself against listening to smooth jazz (while writing), which played a tremendous role for my summer ’16 novel—but doesn’t mesh well with the minimalist prose style I’m currently dabbling in. So for the time being, I’m substituting Bill Evans with the atmospheric, haunting soundtracks of Her (2013) and The Revenant (2015)—give them a listen!

Lastly, I thought I’d ask the Hothouse staff about their own preferences. Each of us seems to harbor unique tastes, so the playlist I put together has a fascinating, quilt-like aesthetic that we hope you’ll appreciate.

Elizabeth Dubois

Most of my writing/musical choices depend on what I’m working on. Lately, “Lovely You” by Monster Rally has been putting me in the right headspace. Most of Monster Rally’s stuff is an uncanny blend of whimsy and melancholy. 

Meredith Furgerson

I often find that writing in a darker setting sparks my creativity. I’ve been getting back into ’80s goth, new wave music now that it’s October with bands like Bauhaus and Joy Division. If I had to pick one song it would be “This Night Has Opened My Eyes” by The Smiths.

Olivia Arredondo

Bloom by Beach House is an amazing album to listen to while writing. All the songs flow together perfectly, and their sound is so whimsical–it’s like being in one long, dream sequence that, for me, really facilitates the creative process. It just gets me in the right head space, just super relaxed and ready to let my mind wander freely. I could listen to them forever.

Holly Rice

My music choices tend to change depending on what I am writing. However, my go-to song tends to be “The Call” by Regina Spektor. I love the way the song builds as the artist describes a single person’s idea growing into a group of people’s actions. It’s a soothing song, and the lyrics remind me of the writing process.

Olivia Zisman

Because I write a lot of fantasy fiction, which (for me) requires world-building and fast-paced, action-packed but character-driven plots, I have two playlists I listen to exhaustively on Pandora: one, a Heart of courage station, and two, a Lord of the Rings station. The first gives me the feeling that I am about to walk into battle, and the second makes me think I am stepping into some eco-friendly hobbit hole, meeting the faun Mr. Tumnus outside of a wardrobe, entering through the Room of Requirement, or falling down a rabbit hole with a very Luna Lovegood-esque Alice. Definitely recommend!


~Mika Jang, Fiction Editor 

A Weekend at the Texas Teen Book Festival

On Friday, I got the opportunity to volunteer for the Texas Teen Book Festival at St. Edward’s University. My friend and fellow “book person” Madison and I helped BookPeople unload boxes of Young Adult novels, set up the store and panels, and organize the novels by author.


On Saturday, we attended a panel with authors Laini Taylor (Daughter of Smoke and Bone) and Renée Ahdieh (The Wrath and the Dawn). When asked about their thoughts on “Beauty and the Beast” and the upcoming live-action remake of the animated classic (new stills were released the other day, y’all, and I was happy-dancing like Snoopy around my room), both authors critiqued Belle giving up her dreams of having adventure outside of her quiet village to, instead, be with her captor.


While I appreciated their critique, I may as well have had cotton in my ears because that is my all-time favorite Disney movie! (The book, however, is a different story for another day, ha!)

We also listened to the closing keynote given by Leigh Bardugo, author of the Grisha trilogy, who talked about the ways in which we can defeat the stereotype that comes with reading Young Adult fiction.



I would definitely recommend people of all ages to go to next year’s TX Teen Book Fest, but keep in mind how jam-packed the event will be! Expect to have your books signed by two authors, not five. Know that, although the book stacks in the store look like they could be stairways to Heaven, the books go quickly. And the t-shirts? Don’t get me started. Those will be completely sold out within the first few hours of this ALL-DAY event (clearly, still a little bitter about it).

As for next year, I think I’m not going to bring any books at all (*collective gasp* sacrilegious, I know) and instead just enjoy hearing the authors talk. That means no rushing to the signings, no balancing half my height in books within my arms—NO stress! Simply sitting at the panels and absorbing their advice like a sponge (-bob, pre Mrs. Puff’s Boating School).


With that said, some of the signings were totally worth the wait—like, for instance, when I got to see the look on Laini Taylor’s face after I told her my absolute favorite page in her whole series was pg. 134 of Dreams of Gods and Monsters. The main character Karou and her friend Zuzuna are playing a game of Three Wishes, and Karou responds with: “World peace,” to which Zuzana rolls her eyes and says, “If it doesn’t include food, it’s a lie.” True girl, true.



(*raises proverbial glass*) To food! Er, I mean, to ending the YA stigma!

~Olivia Zisman, Poetry Editor

Hothouse’s Hottest Fall Semester Reads


Have you ever judged someone solely by their taste in music, clothes, or even (gasp) literature?

You’re probably thinking “of course not, that would be judgmental and insensitive!”

Well, you sit on a throne of lies.

Because we all do it! This month I asked each member of the editorial team for their most recent “ohmygosh-this-book-is-so-good-I-couldn’t-put-it-down” moment, and they happily obliged. Unbeknownst to this group of wonderful ladies, what their answers give us is not just a list of fantastic literature, but also a short glimpse into their personalities and values. This special edition of Hothouse’s Hottest Reads outlines this month’s fictional favorites and what these books say about their readers.


1. Duplex by Kathryn Davis

Recommended by: Elizabeth Dubois, Editor-in-Chief

A bewildering and fun read, Duplex is a fantastical story, crossing multiple genres such as: sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and magical realism. Davis’s suburban setting is far from boring; filled with robots, sorcerers, and multiple worlds, this work of beautiful prose will encapsulate you. Sometimes you may not know what is happening, who is speaking, or if they even exist, but this disorienting narrative will make you think. In the words of Elizabeth: “Duplex is impossible to describe; is the whole novel a metaphor or not? You decide.” Wow. This suggestion tells us that Elizabeth is complex, deep, and quite frankly, a little strange. (in a good way!)

41zk-s6lel-_sx317_bo1204203200_2. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

Recommended by: Mika Jang, Fiction Editor

An instant New York Times Bestseller, Colorless was published in 2013 in Japan and sold one million copies in a month. This heart-wrenching bildungsroman follows the past and present life of Tsukuru Tazaki, an alienated and disenchanted soul. Tazaki is forced to face the people who have rejected him in his past, one by one, as he journeys in search of fulfillment, identity, and truth. With his unique style (merging realism with mysticism) Murakami presents another must-read. Mika shares her connection with the story by saying: “Colorless is equal parts mystery and melancholy; Tsukuru’s dreams became mine- as did his nightmares and loves and losses and revelations- in his last-ditch pursuit of happiness.” What an awesome recommendation; this tells us that Mika is an inspired, creative, and empathetic soul!

images3. Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland by Dave Barry

Recommended by: Olivia Arredondo, Marketing Chair

In this fun and humorous exploration of Florida’s most bizarre attractions, Dave Berry reveals the secret gems of his home state. Through hilarious commentary, this best-selling author defends some of Florida’s odd and eccentric characteristics from clothing- optional bars to skunk-ape sightings. A new favorite of Olivia’s, she says: “I have told every single person I know about this book that explores Florida’s wackiest, silliest, and most wonderful roadside attractions; I will talk to anyone at length about the Skunk-Ape Research Headquarters.” Not sure what that is? I guess you’ll have to read to find out! This recommendation tells us that Olivia is quirky, fun, and has an appreciation for the odder things in life.

images-14. The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

Recommended by: Holly Rice, Managing Editor

This heartbreaking and inspiring young adult novel follows the journey of Suzy Swanson, whose former best friend has recently drowned; everyone says that ‘things just happen,’ but Suzy knows that it must have been a rare jellyfish sting. On a path to self-discovery and closure, Suzy travels the globe in order to prove her theory, and the reader learns fascinating facts about the sea along the way. Our managing editor, Holly Rice, says: “Whether or not you are a fan of middle grade, this National Book Award Finalist is a wonderful story about what it is like to deal with grief; the writing is lyrical and poignant, and it is sure to remind you to treasure every moment you have with those you love.” Holly, Now we know that you are an introspective and loving individual who enjoys learning. Great suggestion!

images5. The Rose Society (a Young Elites Novel) by Marie Lu

Recommended by Olivia Zisman, Poetry Editor

The Young Elites series is a perfect pick for this Halloween season; set in a Renaissance-like world, the protagonist, Adelina, is rejected by her family and turns into a fierce leader who sparks a war between three societies that must fight for power. But in the most recent book of the series, The Rose Society, Adelina’s powers become solely fueled by revenge and hatred, and she could become more of a hazard than a heroine. Our poetry editor, Olivia Zisman, exclaims: “Think X-Men’s Magneto meets Lord of the Flies’ Jack meets Star Wars Darth Vader. Because she is so dark and twisted, the main character is more of a villain-protagonist than an antihero. Read it before the series finale comes out on the 11th of this month!” Thanks for your suggestion Olivia; now we know that you are an imaginative and animated soul, but also possibly a little dark and misunderstood. I might watch out for this one.

That concludes this month’s hottest reads! (And my subsequent, pseudo-intellectual judgements about their readers). From Murakami to YA, we truly had an eclectic list of fantastic literature this time around, and we hope you feel inspired to go out and read one, or more, of our suggestions. Thanks for reading!

~Meredith Furgerson, Nonfiction Board Editor

Welcome our 2016-2017 Editorial Staff

Get to know the 2016-2017 Hothouse Editorial Staff below and look out tomorrow (the 18th) for details on how to apply to be on General Staff.

photo-on-5-3-16-at-4-45-pmElizabeth Dubois, Editor-in-Chief

Elizabeth is responsible for management, production, and final editorial decisions. When she’s not running Hothouse, she writes creatively, and her short fiction piece, “I Guess That This Must Be the Place” was awarded a Glimmer Train Honorable Mention in 2016. Her literary and aesthetic interests include Renata Adler’s Speedboat, Kathryn Davis, Carole King, and Maya Deren’s Meshes of the Afternoon. 

img_4162Holly Rice, Managing Editor 

Holly is responsible for assisting the Editor-in-Chief with management, production, and overall administration. She spent her summer working as the Editorial Intern for Disney Publishing Worldwide, and is currently researching representation in Young Adult Fiction for the English Honors Program. Her favorite stories and poems are the ones that scare her, and authors like Margaret Atwood, Edgar Allen Poe, and Markus Zusak influence her own creative writing.

Olivia Arredondo, Marketing Chair 11038115_963374690339897_7785021662511871927_n
Olivia  leads all marketing and design projects and initiatives. In addition to her duties at Hothouse, she is a marketing associate at Austin-based non-profit Unizin, Ltd. and a freelance writer. Her favorite books are Euphoria by Lily King and Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam, and her favorite author is Karen Russell.

Mika Jang, Fiction Editor 

Mika oversees editorial decisions for the Fiction board. Having been ‘born with a reading list she will never finish,’ she reads eagerly and omnivorously; an index of her current muses wouldn’t dare exclude works by Haruki Murakami, Kazuo Ishiguro, Donna Tartt and Janet Fitch. Presently she is editing her National Novel Writing Month manuscript, but in her spare time she dabbles in translating Korean short stories, practices her calligraphy, or embarks on hiking adventures with her 3-year-old dog, Poong.


Meredith Furgerson, Nonfiction Editor 

Meredith is responsible for Nonfiction editorial decisions. You will probably find her in the library studying English and French, or in the Writing Center where she works as a consultant. In her free time she is most likely crafting, working on her honors thesis, or playing with cat, Viola. Her literary interests include speculative fiction and contemporary women’s literature. Her favorite authors include Toni Morrison, Margaret Atwood, Marge Piercy, and Anne Sexton.

OliviaHeadshot.jpgOlivia Zisman, Poetry Editor

Olivia is returning for her second year at Hothouse, where she previously contributed as fiction board member and will now be contributing as poetry editor. Currently in her third year at UT, she has served as a TA for k-12 students at Rice’s Creative Writing Camp and continues to serve as a freelance content writer for an e-commerce fashion startup. Passionate for pit bull rights, her Hufflepuff heart wishes she could break Fluffy out of Hogwarts. In her spare time, she is protecting (or fighting off) other fantastical creatures—in a book, that is.