Meet the Editors

Staff Writer: John Van Duyn
29 Sept. 2016

Loose Canons is an online publication dedicated to representing the Emory English Department - whether that be holding contests, sharing the work of our talented student body, or highlighting poetry and prose written by our own faculty. As a relatively new organization, we would like to extend an opportunity for our readers to get to know the editors at the helm of Loose Canons. Here are a few fun facts about our staff - be sure to keep an eye open this year for news on our Facebook page!



Christell Roach

What is your major?
Creative Writing

What sparked your love of literature?
I was a very bored child. Often I found myself with large chunks of time that I didn't know what to do with, and I didn't like watching television too much because it was the same. My dad brought home books all the time, and for a while I didn't read them out of protest, I told him school ended when I came home. But when I had more and more time and ran out of ideas to fill them with, literature became my personal labyrinth. I could play in books for hours and they would pass as minutes. It's the same to this day.

What excites you about Loose Canons?
I really appreciate and love the idea of promoting literature as a lifestyle as opposed to being just a class, a requirement, an hour, an assignment... etc. I like the space Loose Canons gives to promote that.

If you could have dinner with one famous person, living or dead, who would it be?
Michelle Obama

What book are you reading right now?
Sister Citizen by Melissa V. Harris-Perry



Stefanie Ebo

What is your major?
English

What sparked your love of literature?
I love a book that can whisk you away to different world. I don't have a favorite genre or author but anything that I can relate to life makes it fun to read.

What excites you about Loose Canons?
Loose Canons is a place where anything and everything writing and poetry can find a home. To be able to see what different English majors are up to, current students’ work, and different events to go throughout Atlanta is a great way to build the community.

If you could have dinner with one famous person, living or dead, who would it be?
I'd want to have dinner with Steve Irwin. I've always had a passion for animals but his determination for environmental conservation is inspiring. I would love to know what he had as a goal or what he wished he could have discovered.

What book are you reading right now?
I'm currently reading The Brothers Karamazov for my English class.



John Van Duyn

What is your major?
Creative Writing

What sparked your love of literature?
I grew up in a family of readers, and I believe it was probably something I inherited genetically. Or maybe I just read a lot of books growing up. It could honestly be either one.

What excites you about Loose Canons?
Because I’m an editor, I have the power to tell people whether their writing is good enough to be published or not. I enjoy wielding that kind of power. I also think it is a great idea to have an official publication for the English Department, as I believe it will be a fantastic outlet for writers on campus.

If you could have dinner with one famous person, living or dead, who would it be?
Norm Macdonald. I think he’s the funniest man that has ever lived, and I would love for him to share his vast knowledge of Russian literature with me over a plate of chicken parmesan.

What book are you reading right now?
East of Eden by John Steinbeck



Monet Timmons

What is your major?
English and African American Studies

What sparked your love of literature?
Ever since I was younger, I enjoyed reading and writing. I've been blessed with amazing teachers and professors who have encouraged me to read as a way to escape the world we live in or get a better idea of the world we live in.

What excites you about Loose Canons?
The community outreach excites me about Loose Cannons.

If you could have dinner with one person, living or dead, who would it be?
I would want to have dinner with Maya Angelou because she is my favorite poet and I'd want her to spend the dinner reading poetry to me.

What book are you reading right now?
"Flight to Canada"- Ishmael Reed