Our 2020-2021 Staff

We are a team of like-minded and dedicated individuals, driven by a passion to help other writers hone their craft and connect writers from around the world under an annual unifying theme.

In the beginning of the new semester AIO will meet and officially announce the new editor-in-chiefs and managing editor and officially begin interviews for new genre editors, copy editors, and slush reader positions.

Cassie Ruch


Cassie Ruch is currently a senior double-majoring in English and Gender Studies at Indiana University. She loves starting poems on scraps of napkins but never seems to finish them. She is influenced most by Audre Lorde, Marilyn Hacker, and Ta-Nehisi Coates. Cassie co-founded AIO with her best friends turned co-editors to help other writers turn their napkin scraps into print.

Email me: cassruch@iu.edu

Emilyann Long


Emilyann Long is a senior at IU double majoring in Creative Writing–Fiction and Folklore and Ethnomusicology. Emily considers herself a shitty English major as she hasn’t read many classics, but her favorite book is Riding in Cars with Boys. She also loves her two cats and 30+ plants. Emily co-founded IU’s first undergraduate literary journal, An Inkslinger’s Observance, with her friends and co-editors. Upon graduation she hopes to pursue her MFA in Creative Writing.

Email me: longeh@iu.edu

Harrison Sutton

Managing Editor

Harrison Sutton was born in Greenwood, Indiana and is a senior studying Creative Writing.

Kiley Gardner

Managing Editor

Poetry Editors

Adam Shurtleff is a senior at Indiana University with a major in English and concentration in Creative Writing. While he is on track to obtain a PhD in Literature, he carries his inner poet with him wherever he can and treats all his research like creative writing projects. He adores Cabaret, Adrienne Rich, and any poet who dares to blend Cabaret with Adrienne Rich.

Marissa Hubbard: Marissa Hubbard is a junior at Indiana University majoring in English with a concentration in Public and Professional Writing and a minor in Marketing. As much as she loves all varieties of literature, Jane Austen remains the most occurring name on her shelf and inspires her to focus not only the story but the characters that embody it; both in life and in print. And If you can quote Mr. Darcy you just might have her heart.

Fiction Editors

Elise Suarez: Elise Suarez is a junior triple majoring in English, History, and Folklore & Ethnomusicology. She is a collector of crystals and an enthusiast of all things Halloween. She loves classics like Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, and Frankenstein, but she also won’t hesitate to pick up anything written by John Green. If you use the Oxford comma and collect literary mugs, she might fall in love with you.

Grace Cutshaw: Grace Cutshaw is a junior at IU majoring in Comparative Literature and minoring in Creative Writing. She could not possibly pick a favorite book as she has loved so many, but she loves YA authors Tahereh Mafi, Roshani Chokshi, and Marie Lu (this is as specific as she is willing to go). She is obsessed with her dogs and well-crafted sentences. 

Creative Nonfiction Editors

Allyson McBride: Allyson McBride is a junior majoring in English and Political Science. She is vice president of the College Democrats at Indiana University, an opinion editor for the Indiana Daily Student, and a congressional representative for IU Student Government.

Emily Putman: Emily is a senior English major at IU Bloomington. She loves the simple things in life: her cats, good music, and good friends. Emily is hoping to enter the publishing world after her time at IU.

Copy Editors



Creative Nonfiction

Slush Readers



Creative Nonfiction


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