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Inkport began with six people who all had one thing in common: we were creators. We came together to form a cross-sectional site where we provide stories that hold meaning for us—and hopefully for you too. We are communicators and story-tellers, but rather than allow the outside world to dictate what we are writing about, we choose the stories that are most important to us, and convey them to our readers in the ways we know best. Through photo, video, and written pieces, we aim to explain our experiences with, and our interpretations of, the world and everything that occurs within it.

Our goal is to provide you with stories that get you thinking. We want to educate and to inspire, rather than relay condensed news out of obligation. Each piece on Inkport represents a topic that we are passionate about; some stories are current, some are not, but all stories will ignite thought. As you explore our site, we would like to invite you to exercise your brains alongside us while we traverse our own curiosities and questions. When you visit Inkport, you will be welcomed as a fellow Thinker, and we hope that our interests will allow you to discover a new one of yours.

A port is a meeting place of ideas and perspectives from across the globe. Our Inkport team is spread across the country, and we all have different intellectual interests, lifestyles, and backgrounds. We have come together to provide you with a place to explore a never-ending variety of topics with us. By visiting Inkport, you will leave with greater knowledge to take with you to your next destination.

 

Alex Heldman

Alex Heldman

Editor-In-Chief

Alex is a writer and poet living in Napa, California. His poetry has been featured in the Marr's Field Journal. When he's not writing, he enjoys missing penalty kicks, buying too many books, and pushing extraordinarily hard on bicycle pedals.

Jessie Blaeser

Jessie Blaeser

Staff Writer

Jessie is a writer and an artist originally from Marietta, GA. Jessie graduated proudly from the University of Georgia in 2016 with degrees in English and Public Relations. In her spare time, you may find Jessie running the local basketball court, cheering on the Dawgs, and memorizing equal doses of rap song and broadway musical lyrics.

Sina Iranikhah

Sina Iranikhah

Staff Writer

Sina is a photographer and writer living in Atlanta, Georgia. His work has been featured extensively in text message conversations with his mother. When his sports teams haven't crushed his soul, Sina can be found yelling at the TV while playing video games, reading, or taking GoPro selfies with Mother Nature.

Miranda Feneberger

Miranda Feneberger

Staff Writer

Miranda is a writer & video creator based in New York. Her work is regularly featured in NYLON Magazine, though her writings can also be found at Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, Paste Magazine and on her own site mirandafen.com. She can usually be found on the floor in the midst of an existential crisis.

Francis Ittenbach

Francis Ittenbach

Staff Writer

Francis is a writer and poet based in Cincinnati, Ohio. A recent alum of the University of Alabama, his work has been featured in The New College Review as well as the rejection boxes of multiple esteemed literary journals. In his free time, Francis enjoys reading, writing music and relishing the inevitable disappointment that supporting Arsenal FC continuously brings.

Maija Roses

Maija Roses

Staff Writer

Maija is our social media coordinator and a video producer based in Berkeley, California. Current student-athlete at the University of California Berkeley. Has previously worked video production for The Daily Californian and is currently for the UC Berkeley athletics site, calbears.com. Most likely playing with LEGOs.

Kyle Simpson

Kyle Simpson

Contributing Writer

Kyle is a writer originally from Mobile, Alabama. He currently attends The University of Alabama, where he slaves away in the stuffy, humid aquatic center daily and has been the author of a weekly opinion column for the student newspaper, The Crimson White. He has a lot of political opinions, which he quite unsuccessfully keeps to himself in social situations.

Amaan Charaniya

Amaan Charaniya

Contributing Writer

Amaan is a writer living in Athens, GA. He currently attends the University of Georgia where he studies International Affairs and Economics. You can usually find Amaan somewhere on campus dodging responsibilities and instead opting to debate some theoretical political philosophy. Most of his beliefs are developed from the political ideology of our nation’s greatest leader, Abraham Lincoln.

Hanz Wien

Hanz Wien

Contributing Writer

Hanz is a writer from Johns Creek, Georgia. He will be attending graduate school for his Doctor of Physical Therapy starting Summer of 2017. When he is not locked up in the library studying, Hanz enjoys pretending not to care about politics, exploring the great outdoors, and just hanging out.