Riley Dankovitch, Co-Editor

My name is Riley Dankovich, and I am a senior double majoring in English and Russian. My hometown is Royal Oak, Michigan, and while I’ve lived in Michigan my whole life, I’m a little bitter that I’ve yet to see a moose. I was an RA for two years in Warren and Moore, and currently I am a member of the Vanderbilt University Concert Choir and an Assistant Fiction Editor for the Nashville Review, which is a truly wonderful publication to work on. I am also writing an Honors Thesis on memoirs of chronic illness, which is exciting and frustrating by turns, but has catapulted me into the world of nonfiction with a new intensity. I’m excited to work on Vanderbilt Lives, and can’t wait to see what this new project looks like!

Christopher St. Clair, Co-Editor

I’ve been a writer since the ripe old age of eight, when I penned (and illustrated!) a short story entitled “Super Fruits” about a justice league of anthropomorphic, crime-fighting fruits. Since then, I’ve made writing both my passion and my career: when I’m not writing short fiction for class or for fun, I’m radio stories for our local NPR affiliate, Nashville Public Radio. I’m a sucker for stories about growing up, going abroad, and finding friends in unusual places. Most of all, I love learning about the triumphs and tragedies that make us who we are.

Elizabeth Covington, Ph.D., Faculty Advisor

Senior Lecturer in English and Women’s and Gender Studies