Fools Magazine



Meet the Editors


Fools Magazine is an arts and culture magazine based in Iowa City. Started in the fall of 2016 by a group of hungry creatives, Fools Mag has given a home to a myriad of different works by journalists, creative writers, and visual artists.

Fools Mag publishes regularly online, but also publishes two volumes of a print magazine a year. No matter how it’s done, Fools’ mission has remained the same: to curate an honest narrative of the experiences of this exact time, in this little sector of the universe.

Scroll to meet the 2019/2020 executive and editorial boards of Fools Mag.




Ellie studies English & creative writing on a publishing track, and ethics & public policy on a philosophy track. She is, in theory, a poet, but in practice, a fool (which might just mean the same thing?), and she had to check her Tinder bio to get ideas for what to tell you here. When Ellie isn’t writing poetry, she can be found playing clarinet in the University of Iowa’s Symphony Band, walking aimlessly around Iowa City before she inevitably ends up at Prairie Lights, and painting portraits strictly of herself as she has the vanity only poets do.



Managing Editor

Grace studies English on a publishing track with a history minor, which means she really likes books. She has written for Fools Magazine in the past, and is always excited to collaborate on new and upcoming projects. Grace works as an Operations Intern for Rescue Press, which is an independent publishing company working out of Iowa, Ohio, and Chicago. Grace also loves her job at the library, and has many obsessions including tea, knitting, and Scotland.



Creative Director

Vivian Le is a fourth year studying arts management and photography.  In 4th grade, she bought her first camera and began obsessively photographing everything in sight—head-over-heels for the magic of visual arts. Ever since, her desire to create art has been insatiable. Her interests span every direction; in addition to Fools, she is the marketing director of the Fine Arts Council and a graphic designer for SCOPE Productions. Her main goal is to make the arts as accessible as possible in her communities.




Meet Seth Moffitt! Seth is a junior studying communications and museum studies. He’s currently serving as the treasurer for Fools Magazine. In addition to his work on the magazine, Seth is a tour guide and docent for the University of Iowa Pentacrest Museums. Behind the scenes, Seth loves kayaking and camping (the fake kind, in a camper). While museum work is his true passion, his love for spreadsheets makes him a great money-man



Writing Editor

Skyler, a native of Kansas City, is currently majoring in English and creative writing at the University of Iowa. When she's not devouring various art forms or aggressively liking tweets, she's a Writing Editor for Fools Magazine. And, believe it or not, writing bios is not her forte.



Writing Editor

Hannah Gulick is one of three Fools Mag Writing Editors. She spent the 2018/19 school year as a Fools writing assistant before being selected as a 2019/20 full-time writing editor. Hannah studies English & creative writing and astronomy & physics, and was recently named a 2019 Goldwater Scholar. Her work in astrophysics has great bearing on her work in writing, and you can find her poetry featured in a number of Fools volumes.



Photo Editor

Hayley is currently a junior studying marketing and art. This is her fourth semester with Fools Magazine and her first semester as Photo Editor. Her favorite part of her position is being able to help others bring their visual ideas to life and working with so many talented artists and writers. Outside of school and Fools, you can find her attending shows and festivals, going on runs, thrifting, and aimlessly scrolling through Twitter.



Web Editor

Gabbie Meis is a fourth-year studying English and creative writing on the publishing track with minors in psychology and Spanish. Her favorite part of being an editor is getting to be involved in such a vibrant community of creatives. Outside of the magazine, Gabbie is an Honors Writing Fellow, a peer mentor for the Honors Program, and a research assistant in the Lutgendorf Psychoneuroimmunology Lab. In her free time, you can find Gabbie binging whatever’s new on Netflix and catching up on her Goodreads lists. 



Senior Design Editor

Katie is a fifth-year studio art major and biology minor, avid podcast-listener, New Girl superfan, and caffeine junkie. She’s the former Creative Director for UI Dance Marathon, volunteers at Stead, and is currently training to run the Chicago Marathon for a second time (even though she hates running). This is her second semester in Fools, and her first as Junior Design Editor!



Writing Editor

Nicole is one of Fools Mag’s Writing Editors. She studies English and creative writing in an attempt to make use of of the endless string of babbling that comes from her mouth. When she’s not writing, she can be found attempting to leisurely jog, telling uninteresting stories about her dog, and pretending mac n’ cheese doesn’t hurt her stomach. She loves Fools because of the inclusive and inspiring community it creates between creators, and she always looks forward to being a part of each writer’s creative process.

Previous Editor-in-Chiefs of Fools Magazine include:

Mary Mathis (founder, 2016-2017)

Maddie Smith (2017-2018)

Jenna Larson (2018-2019)

Ellie Zupancic (2019-present)