Established in 2004, The Bridge is an award-winning annual literary and arts journal published with support from the English and Art departments at Bridgewater State University Publishing fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art from university undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumni, The Bridge amplifies the voices of emerging artists. Our staff, composed of undergraduate students, is dedicated to making space for diverse stories and art forms, celebrating student writing and art, and helping creators gain wider audiences in the pages of The Bridge and on our website.

Visit our submissions guidelines for information on our next open reading period, and be sure to pick up a copy of our latest issue at Maxwell Library, The Bridge Office in 24A Tillinghast, and various book stands at Bridgewater State University. Find us on Facebook and Twitter and please contact thebridgejournal@bridgew.edu with any questions.

Meet Our Staff

Jenn Berard

My name is Jennifer Bérard, I am from Norton, MA and I am a senior this year. I am an English major with a Communications minor. In my free time, I like to travel, go skiing, read any chance I get, watch The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and playing with my Black Lab, Haven. The last thing you should know about me is that I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends since they are the most important people in my life.

Sam Cave is a sometimes writer but is more widely known for being a Rock, Paper, Scissors champion & freer of bugs that find their way indoors. She has one of those first/last name combos that can’t help but morph into one—so yes, her mom also calls her Sam Cave. She loves challenging norms & shifting perspectives, loves all that does the same—especially when it comes to writing—so she is never sure how to answer the question: what do you write? Whatever it is, there are usually weird nature facts and quite a lot of em dashes.

Gabi D'Amelio

Hi I am Gabi D’Amelio. I am a senior here at BSU and I think that my years here have gone by way too fast. I’m studying graphic design and photography with the hopes of being able to combine both mediums to start my own business in the future. I love being able to express my creativity. One pretty interesting fact about me is that I have my own YouTube channel that I use as another form of expression. I upload videos that make me happy, show my interests and also document memories so I can have them forever.

Rilee Granger

Rilee Granger is a sort of senior majoring in English with a writing concentration. They read fantasy the most, but when they have to be rooted in the real world they enjoy queer studies and annoying their friends with philosophical questions that no one knows the answer to. 

Kiana Govoni

Kiana Govoni is a senior English major with minors in Asian studies and anthropology. She enjoys reading, writing, and studying languages in her spare time. She is currently working on a children’s book series. She hopes to work as a writer and English teacher after graduation.

Kelsey Long

Kelsey Long is a senior double majoring in Graphic Design and Accounting. Kelsey loves art and expressing herself through illustration. She is passionate about the environment and many of her works portray the ideas of reducing waste to help fight climate change.  When she is not hitting the books, she is doodling throughout the day and spending time in nature. You can catch her in the art building trying to be as creative as possible.

Ian Mello

Ian Mello is a communications major entering his final semester at Bridgewater State University and is the program director at 91.5 WBIM-FM, as well as co-hosting his own show. In addition to doing a podcast and radio show, in his free time Ian enjoys to read and write poetry. He is a second year editor at The Bridge.

Chris Overy

I left the Air Force Security Forces after deploying all over the world to places like New Orleans, Iraq, Darfur, and Qatar. Whether it was disaster response days after Hurricane Katrina or serving in theatres of war and humanitarian crisis, my ultimate goal was always to help others. A few years ago, I realized that while I’ll always have a desire for public service and a personal love for acting and the theatre, writing has been the passion I’d ultimately love to pursue. Now that I’m a senior and possess skills and experience I hope to become an excellent writer and perhaps someday a talented and dedicated editor. Uplifting and helping young writers amplify their voices as well.

Syllina Ramalho

Syllina Ramalho is a 22-year-old student and mother to one son. She currently studies Graphic Design at Bridgewater State University and minors in Art History. Syllina also freelances and manages a small graphic design business from home. She currently works as a full-time daycare teacher at a hometown daycare where she is an Assistant Director and Head School Age Coordinator while also teaching a classroom of 31 school-aged children. Future goals and aspirations for Syllina include running her own freelance design business and traveling the world with her family.

Mary Redman

Hello! My name is Mary Redman. I am a Graphic Design major with a second concentration in Photography. I will be graduating in Spring 2020. I’ve always been interested in my creative side. Anything from doodling to finding interesting recipes to try out in the kitchen! I’m excited to be working on The Bridge this year and look forward to learning new things.

Erin Ryan

Erin Ryan is from Gloucester, Ma and is a senior English major with a concentration in writing and a public relations minor. She is a devoted cat mom and loves to travel in her free time. In the future, she hopes to edit fiction novels. 

Students interested in joining The Bridge staff should email thebridgejournal@bridgew.edu for more information.