Sydni is 22 years old and a graduate of Mountain Ridge High School in Frostburg, MD. She is currently in her senior year at Frostburg State University studying for a degree in English with a concentration of creative writing. Sydni plans to pursue the publishing & editing business and hopefully become an author after her time at Frostburg State.
Sydni is a beautiful and outgoing soul who dedicated many hours to the creation of this magazine.
Sydni is a proud hedgehog owner and is published in the 2022 Bittersweet Student Arts Magazine for her work in poetry.
Sydney Kerns Staff & Author
Sydney is 22 years old and the first in her family to graduate high school and soon, college. She is graduate of Mountain Ridge High School and is currently pursuing her Bachelor's of English at Frostburg State University.
Sydney has been accepted into the Masters of Arts in Teaching program at FSU. Following the completion of her Master's degree, Sydney intends to pursue a PhD and ultimately achieve her dream of becoming a college English professor.
Sydney is a proud owner of one dog, three cats, & one rabbit, and one lizard. Sydney is published in the 2022 Bittersweet Student Arts Magazine for her work as a short story author.
Gina Franciosi Staff & Poet
Gina is a graduate of Fort Hill High School in Cumberland, MD. She is currently an English major at Frostburg State with a concentration in professional writing and a minor in creative writing.
Gina admires the author Sabaa Tahir and owns two pet ferrets: Ms. Cocoa Beans and Benito.
Sydney Sackett Staff & Poet
Sydney is 21 years old and was homeschooled before enrolling at Frostburg State as a English major with a concentration in creative writing.
Sydney has been published in Etherea, Short Circuit, Menacing Hedge, and Not One of Us.
Sydney is published in the 2022 Bittersweet Student Arts Magazine for her work in poetry.
Nori Dawson Staff & Poet
Nori is a current sophomore at Frostburg State. She attended Tuscarora High School in Frederick, MD and is currently an English major with a minor in Philosophy.
Nori is published in the 2022 Bittersweet Student Arts Magazine for her work in poetry.
Alexis Opel Staff, Photographer, & Poet
Alexis graduated from Northern Garrett High School and is currently studying English with a concentration in creative writing. Following College, Alexis plans to work in publication.
Alexis is published in the 2022 Bittersweet Student Arts Magazine for her work in poetry and photography under the pen name Al Erin.
Darius Sampson Staff & Artist
Darius is published in the 2022 Bittersweet Student Arts Magazine for his artwork.
Gabby Rosas Staff
Gabby is 20 years old and a graduate of Vestal High School in New York. She is currently an English major at FSU with a minor in journalism.
Alexis Layton Staff
Gerry LaFemina Faculty Advisor
Gerry is a graduate of Sara Lawrence College and holds a MFA in Poetry from Western Michigan University as well as an MA in Literature with an emphasis on Twentieth-Century Literature from WMU.
Gerry has taught at Kirtland Community College, West Virginia University, Wheeling Jesuit University, Sara Lawrence College, as well as Frostburg State University.
Gerry is known for his work in poetry, fiction, and music.
Rachel Gordon Staff
Note from editors
Welcome to the online edition of Frostburg State University's Bittersweet Arts Magazine. Every day our students, faculty, and staff strive to make the world a little brighter through music, writing, painting, performing, and a myriad of other forms of expression. It is our hope that this edition captures the beauty that lives on Frostburg State University's campus.
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