Caroline Warrick-Schkolnik

Caroline is a doctoral student at the University of Rochester focusing on 20th- and 21st- century American literature and media and their relationships to mass social panics and anxieties. She received her MA in literature from the University of Rochester in 2023. She is excited to join the Writers & Books team as Special Projects Intern for the summer of 2024!

Ren Tyler


Ren is a reader and creative writer with a passion for exploring stories from diverse cultures and backgrounds. They studied linguistics and translation at Dartmouth College before moving to Rochester, where they are excited to share their love of language by aspiring to make the world of literature more accessible. In addition to working at Writers & Books, they collaborate with the Yards Collective as a visual artist and hope to become involved with Rochester’s Deaf community as an American Sign Language interpreter.

Rebecca Rafferty

Rebecca is an artist and mother based in Rochester, where she writes about aesthetics and ethics. She joined CITY (City Magazine) as an arts reporter in 2008 and served as a staff writer and section editor at the publication, 2017 – February 2024. She was co-producer and host of CITY’s art/WORK arts conversation television series produced in collaboration with local NPR-affiliate WXXI, and has written and voiced arts and culture stories heard on Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, and All Things Considered. Her bylines have appeared in Afterimage, Ceramics: Art & PerceptionArtvoices Magazine, POST, 12oz. ProphetCornelia, and elsewhere. Previously, she served as Assistant to the Director/Program Coordinator at the Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership, University of Rochester, where she organized events, managed databases, and advanced cultivation activities.

Sakshi Kumar


Sakshi is a writer and poet who earned her Masters in English from The University of Rochester and her Bachelors in English from SUNY Geneseo. She interned with Writers & Books in summer 2022, and is overjoyed to return full time as Adult Programs Coordinator as of September 2023. Outside of her work at Writers & Books, she serves as a poetry reader for the literary magazine Bodega.

Lily Brunner


After participating in SummerWrite camps as a child, volunteering at Writers & Books, and serving as a SummerWrite intern, Lily was thrilled to begin working at Ampersand Books as Bookstore & Visitor Services Associate in 2022. With a degree in Communication from Houghton College (2017), she is most passionate about making reading accessible for everyone and helping them find a story they will love.