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Editor-in-Chief Chaos Bebault is a senior transfer student studying Arts, Media, and Culture. They are excited to assist the fine editorial staff of Tahoma West in each of their endeavors, and they look forward to the opportunity to breathe new life into the journal after a challenging year in quarantine. In their free time, Chaos consumes what many would rightfully consider "too much media" and regurgitates it as online poetry, forgotten storyboards, and endless chapters of inscrutable follies in their novel. Previously an actor for over a decade and current aimless wanderer of the earth, Chaos has spent time in equal measures learning from academic institutions and laboring in factories, gaining an appreciation from both for the rights of the oppressed. They will take advantage of their meager influence as a student leader to acknowledge and fight oppression wherever it exists in their community, doing their part to keep students at UWT and Tahoma West safe, happy, and secure.
Visual Arts Editor
Adora Keser is a senior finishing up her studies in Psychology, and Teaching, Learning, and Justice. Her visual arts education spans 13 years, encompassing knowledge in photography, film, graphic novels, and fine arts. Adora's personal focus is on portrait and botanical photography. As a future school psychologist, she hopes to better integrate art into school curriculum and psychological assessment to enhance students' social and emotional skills. Her photography has previously appeared in volumes 24 and 25 of Tahoma West.
Koko Woods is the fiction editor of Tahoma West. As a child, Koko couldn’t wait to read and write, to the point she taught herself from various sources and went into kindergarten already able to read and write. She was often getting in trouble for writing stories in her school books, as well as anything else she could get her hands on. Any free space was to be filled with work, in her eyes. Now that she’s able to purchase her own notebooks, she has bookcases filled with stories and various books. Michael Crichton is a huge inspiration to her and her writing idol.
Creative Nonfiction Editor
Destiny Valencia is attending her first year at the University of Washington where she is a Junior studying Communications. She has previously worked with Tacoma Community College on their arts magazine Trillium which includes her published work. Destiny enjoys writing in her spare time, listening to podcasts, crocheting, and cuddling with her two cats Mr. Mistoffelees and Gizmo. Once she graduates, Destiny aspires to work for NPR and become an investigative news journalist.
Ell Hobbs is the Poetry Editor at Tahoma West. They are a first-year junior at UW Tacoma majoring in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics with a focus in politics. Ell is an avid reader and published author of poetry, with a tendency towards work that blends genres and challenges creative boundaries. Their arts experience also spans to visual media, for which they have won multiple awards and had work displayed in both gallery and museum settings. Ell is pursuing a career in higher education where they intend to combine traditional academics with the arts.