The Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journal

A Premier Humanities Research Journal at the University of California, Berkeley

Author Biographies

Author Biographies

Charles Hess is a recent graduate of Ithaca College, where he majored in Writing and minored in Art History, Philosophy, and English Literature. He currently is pursuing a career in publishing and editing. Aside from this, most of his time is spent arduously researching, outlining, and writing books for his prospective fantasy and science fiction series, The Triume Cycle. His inspirations for the series range from Gene Wolfe to Terry Pratchett; the books also draw heavily from various works of world literature, such as the writings of Einhard and the Tao te Ching.

Naima Karczmar recently earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English at Reed College in Portland, where she focused in literary theory, critical race theory, and creative writing. Her undergraduate thesis was a creative investigation of the relationship between fictionality and stereotypical discourse, with particular attention to Harshaw’s Frames and Fields of Reference, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and Barthes’ Mythologies. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and was the recipient of the David R. Eddings grant. Her creative work has appeared in Drunk MonkeysGramma Poetry, and other people’s living rooms, and is forthcoming from The Iowa Review. She was recently a finalist for the Corporeal Voices grant for Oregon writers.

Karlin Andersen earned her B.A. in English in 2017 from Whitworth University and is currently working at Penn State. She is preparing to apply for media studies graduate programs. Karlin was previously published in the Journal of Undergraduate Research at Colorado State. While at Whitworth, Karlin served as editor-in-chief for the University’s student newspaper, The Whitworthian. She also worked as a fiction reader for Rock & Sling one of the nation’s only literary magazines staffed by undergraduates.