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Historically, the creative work of women individuals has been underrepresented and under-appreciated. Oftentimes, women couldn't even be credited for their art as it was thought to be unacceptable. As such, in the words of Virginia Woolf, "For most of history, Anonymous was a woman." The Rational Creature seeks to change that.

Started in 2016 at New York University through a grant intended to build community spaces, we are a team of women and nonbinary individuals who are excited by artistic work that explores issues of gender, promotes intersectionality, and strives toward equality for all voices. 


We publish biannual print journals of written and visual work with the mission to highlight women, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming creatives. Our goal is to provide a safe space for marginalized artists to create work that traverses various subject matter through social, cultural, and biological lenses. In addition to our publications, we have held a number of other events at venues in New York City and have worked with organizations such as Planned Parenthood, New Sanctuary Coalition, and Campaign Zero to advocate for social, racial, and gender equality.


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Rachel A.G. Gilman


Rachel's work has been published online and in print throughout the US, UK, and Australia. In addition to The Rational Creature, she is a columnist for No Contact and was Editor-in-Chief for Columbia Journal, Issue 58. She holds a BA in Individualized Study from NYU, an MFA in Writing, Nonfiction from Columbia University, and an MSt in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford. She works in publishing in New York with a flock of festively dressed stuffed pigeons and is writing a nonfiction story collection that explores the Internet's impact on unrequited love. More at

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Emma Ragusa

 Managing Poetry Editor 

Emma Ragusa is a recent graduate

of NYU. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and American literature. This coming fall, she will

be attending Boston College in pursuance of her master’s degree in social work. She loves

romance novels, park picnics, and making playlists.

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Cían Ford

 Managing Prose Editor 

Cían graduated from New York University this spring with a dual degree in linguistics and journalism. They hope to bring visibility to queer narratives through their writing, recently finishing an honors thesis that explores the anarchist organizing strategies of marginalized transgender communities. This coming fall, they are pursuing a career in teaching English abroad. Along with writing, they enjoy cooking, hiking, playing guitar, and keeping their Animal Crossing villagers happy.

Emma Ragusa

 Managing Poetry Editor 

Emma is a recent graduate of NYU with a B.A. in English and American Literature. She is currently having a pandemic-appropriate gap semester that consists of doing absolutely nothing while she awaits her Master of Social Work program at Boston College to start in the fall. Her interests include poetry, mental health advocacy, dog Instagrams, and regency-era period pieces. 

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Hannah Calistri

 Poetry Editor 

Hannah is a recent NYU grad who majored in Anthropology and minored in Creative Writing and Archaeology. She currently lives and works in Jackson, Wyoming.

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Mary Arroyo Oliver

 Prose Editor 

Mary Isabella’s poetry has been published in The Rational Creature and MOODZine Magazine. Her translations appear in the anthologies Staten Island, mi historia/Staten Island; My Story published in 2020; and And a Woman Walked and Walked and Walked, set for publication in 2021. In addition to The Rational Creature, she serves as Co-Editor for Esferas, the graduate and undergraduate journal of NYU’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and is currently writing a Senior Honors Thesis to complete a BA in Spanish from New York University with minors in Creative Writing and Producing. Mary Isabella works as a private tutor at NextLevel NYC Tutors.

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Maria Santa Poggi

 Assistant Poetry Editor 

Maria Santa Poggi lives in Detroit, Michigan. Her poetry has been published in The Carson ReviewTrnsfr Sip CupMaudlin HouseYes Poetry, and OxMag. She is set to be featured in Vol. 2 of Aurora’s poetry anthology in 2021 as well as Vol. 2 of Cobra Milk. Her essays have been published in Bridge Eight Press and The Roadrunner Review. Her fiction has been published in Maudlin House. She has interned at A Public Space.

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Ria Mittal

 Assistant Poetry Editor 

Ria is a recent graduate of NYU, where she studied Psychology and Creative Writing. She is currently based in New York City contemplating grad schools and reading anything she can get her hands on. Her interests include sad short stories, corgis on Instagram and fictional men written by women.

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Kara Bilello

 Reader and Social Media Director 

Kara Bilello is a nonfiction writer based in upstate NY. A Korean-American adoptee, she is passionate about languages and speaks Spanish fluently. Her most recent work has appeared in the inaugural issue of The Year, an anthology by Crack the Spine. She holds a dual B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing and Spanish from Binghamton University.  Connect with her at

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