who we are


Mikayla Connolly is a junior at Raritan High School. She adores reading, writing, and binge-watching The Office. When she’s not in school, she interns with Project Write Now. She is an editor for Affinity Magazine’s Mental Health section, as well as for We The Ppl, a podcast dedicated to making politics accessible for youth. She is also a staff writer for BOLD Magazine and GLUE Magazine. She hopes to one day write a book, and for that book to be someone’s favorite book.


Vivian Parkin DeRosa is a Communications High School student with an intense love for books, which inevitably led to a passion for writing. She enjoys scribbling down both prose and poetry, particularly spoken word, and believes that the true key to writing is a thick black pen. She finds a happy mix of both expanding her own knowledge and teaching others at Project Write Now. Currently, she’s revising a full draft her first novel and performs poetry when she can find the chance.

Nathalia Garcia is a Brookdale Community College student majoring in Creative Writing. She loves reading and writing poetry and prose. She recently read Jane: A Murder and fell in love with the brutality of words. She is spiritual and adores nature, keeping her bookcase cluttered with plants. Yoga and art are a daily part of her life. Through a personal project titled “Blurryface,” Nathalia sketches the human figure featuring various emotions. Blurryface has inspired much of her writing, and through her words, she has become her own person. Aside from this paramour of hers, Nathalia also writes about connection, feeling like a foreigner in the country she was born in, and her experiences in her own skin.

EILEEN HUANG || intern

Eileen Huang is a senior at High Technology High School. She was named the 2015 Northeast National Student Poet, and has been published in The Best Teen Writing of 2015. As a National Student Poet, Eileen acts as a literary ambassador for her region, hosting workshops and readings in her community as part of a year-long community service effort. In addition, she was given the opportunity to read her poetry to First Lady Michelle Obama at a private ceremony in the White House. Eileen works as a prose editor at TRACK//FOUR Magazine and a blog correspondent for The Adroit Journal.
AIDAN KANE || intern

Aidan Kane is a freshman at M.A.S.T. When he’s not busy studying fish, he likes to spend his time in the Project Write Now studio. What started as taking a class about horror writing flourished into a love for the all of the programs PWN has to offer. When Aidan isn’t in the studio or studying, he plays lacrosse for Middletown High School South. Some of his favorite hobbies include photography and surfing, though his true passion is writing. He hopes to go to Syracuse for journalism or UCLA for marine biology. His dream job would be to write and photograph for National Geographic.


Madelyn Monaghan is an actress and writer with a passion for stories in all forms. She is a graduate of The American Musical & Dramatic Academy’s two-year conservatory program in NYC and attends the Riggio Writing and Democracy Honors program at The New School. She won a Scholastic Art & Writing National Gold Medal for her play and is a two-time National YoungArts winner for both theater and writing. Madelyn is currently writing weekly articles for The Odyssey Online magazine and working on a novel.