Kylie Warkentin


Kylie is a senior English Honors student, a Liberal Arts Honors Distinguished Scholar, and a Jefferson Scholar. She is currently pursuing her 7-12 ELAR teaching certificate through the UTeach-Liberal Arts Program. When not exploring sound studies or reflecting on her Medea archetype, Kylie can be found complaining about her beloved Toronto Maple Leafs and stress baking. Kylie also feels vindicated that after three years of ardent wishes, Macklemore finally dropped a Christmas song.

Christie Basson

Managing Editor

Christie is a senior English and Humanities double major. She has completed a fiction collection for her thesis in the Creative Writing Department and is in the process of writing an academic thesis on fertility in Africa for the Humanities Department. As a Mellon ESI Scholar she is also completing community-engaged research around women’s rights in Texas. In her free time, she likes to read books with flowery prose, take long walks through West Campus, and tend to her many plants.

Vanessa Simerskey

Marketing Director & Design Editor

Vanessa is a senior English major with a rhetoric minor. She’s pursuing a career in publishing and hopes to become an editor or a literary agent after graduating. Her current favorite authors are empowering women and just as powerful writers like Carmen Maria Machado and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. She enjoys spending time surrounded by inspiring art at museums and collecting dried flowers and plants to add to her pressed flower collection.

Sloane Smith

Co-Prose Editor

Sloane is a third year English Honors and Creative Writing student who has recently added the Conflict Resolution BDP certificate into the mix. Her fiction has been published in various literary journals and was a finalist for the 2019 Fania Kruger Fellowship. When she’s not reading or writing, she is usually listening to Joni Mitchell, embroidering, cheering on the Dallas Mavericks, or having movie nights with her friends. This is her second year in Hothouse and first year as Prose Editor.

Josephine Yi

Co-Prose Editor

Josephine is in her fifth year as an English and Elementary Education dual degree candidate. She is currently working on independent research regarding anti-racism and advocacy in the classrooms of elementary school teachers of color. This year, her literary goals are to read seasonally and to find as many of her favorite books translated into Korean as possible, so that her mother can share in her joy of reading.

Savannah Mahan

Poetry Editor

Savannah is a senior in the English Honors Program. She mainly spends her time thinking about words and how she feels about them. Her greatest achievement by far is learning how to let her friends borrow her books— even if she never receives them back. After graduation, Savannah plans on running away to France to test the French she thinks she has learned. You’ll see her again when she returns for law school, realizing the person inside her that yearns to kick butt and take names.

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