2021-2022 Staff

Cecelia Poehlman — Editor-in-chief

Cecelia Poehlman is a senior Creative Writing and English double major with minors in Graphic Design and German. When she’s not coordinating her amazing staff, she’s busy leading the Mercer Fencing Club or playing DND. She dabbles in all things creative, from most art mediums, to writing all lengths of poetry and prose, to singing at the top of her lungs in German. She is committed to making sure her staff can all realize their dreams, and she knows this year’s literary magazine is going to be great!

Samantha Homcy — Social Media Manager

Sam is a third-year Journalism and Criminal Justice major and she is thrilled to serve as The Dulcimer’s Social Media Editor this year. She has been a part of the literary committee since her freshman year. She has been published in the Johns Creek Herald, the Dunwoody Crier, and The Dulcimer, and she is an editor of The Cluster. She loves spending time with her friends and family. She is so happy to be a part of The Dulcimer’s team and  is looking forward to everything this year will bring.

Allison Whitehead — Literary Submissions Editor

Allison Whitehead is a junior double-majoring in Economics and Law & Public Policy. Her literary work has been published in plain china, Laurel Moon Magazine, Deep South Magazine, and Cumberland River Review, as well as the last two editions of The Dulcimer. A native of Tennessee, she enjoys reading and writing Southern stories. In her second year as verbal submissions editor of The Dulcimer, she’s excited to help other Mercer students cultivate their passions for writing.

Sarah Cunningham Literary Submissions Editor

Sarah Cunningham is a sophomore at Mercer University studying for her double major in Marketing and Graphic Design. She has worked on her high school’s yearbook team as editor-in-chief where she realized her passion for journalism and graphic design. This is her second year on The Dulcimer’s staff and she is excited to be a part of a creative team as well as a literary submissions editor.

Savannah Gratino — Lead Designer

Savannah is a junior at Mercer, majoring in Art History with minors in Business Administration and Marketing. Not only has she had both literary and visual pieces published, but is also a Docent at the Booth Western Art Museum. Her favorite mediums are painting and poetry, where you will often find her spending most of her free time between semesters. This is her third year working at The Dulcimer, and she is very excited for her role as the Lead Designer and the opportunity to work with the talented staff of The Dulcimer.

Faith Reagin — Art Submissions Editor

Faith Reagin is a very cool Fine Arts major in her senior year at Mercer! This is her third year working on The Dulcimer, and this year she is the magazine’s Art Submissions Editor. Faith has always been a creative person, and she loves making any kind of art–especially drawings and paintings filled with color. She has worked at the McEachern Art Center in downtown Macon for three years and aspires to become a famous working artist and one day run her own gallery. In her free time, Faith enjoys sketching people, being outside, writing (amateur) poems, and eating tacos.

Rachel-Kate Bowdler

Rachel-Kate Bowdler is majoring in Political Science & Global Development. Designing is like going to sleep; it’s not easy. 

Eliza Moore

Eliza Moore is a sophomore at Mercer double-majoring in English and Journalism with a minor in Creative Writing. She has a passion for words and telling stories, and her work has been published in multiple publications. She loves Octobers, taking photos of her friends, finding small coffee shops and thrift stores to explore, and being by the ocean.

Thomas Neely

Thomas Neely is a second-year student who is starting to figure his life out (really that he has no idea what to do with it). He is a double major in Marketing and Creative Writing. He loves writing and storytelling regardless of the medium. Any story that can completely absorb him and make him experience another person’s life and challenges is a national treasure. He has recently finished Yakuza 7 Like a Dragon and fallen in love with the narrative of Ichiban Kasuga. He has always loved the story of the Doctor and heroes such as Spawn and the Flash (Wally West). He looks forward to being on The Dulcimer and having the opportunity to read student works.

Keith Holmes Jr.

Keith is a senior at Mercer double-majoring in Journalism and Creative Writing with a minor in English. He joined the Dulcimer’s staff in Fall 2021. Keith’s passion lies with prose fiction, especially adrenaline-filled action-adventures. Keith is also the Sports Editor for the Mercer University Cluster and does freelance work as a writer and video producer. When Keith isn’t reading or writing, he’s playing video games and creating tabletop RPGs with friends.

Oneeka Kohli

Oneeka Kohli is a second year student at Mercer University where she is triple-majoring in Spanish, Biochemistr,y and Molecular Biology on the Pre-Med track. When she is not doing schoolwork, she is found in some corner of her room curled up and reading a book, watching television or helping around campus in some way! She also loves spending time with her friends and family! Oneeka is super excited to work for The Dulcimer again and hopes to grow and learn so much more! 

Jacob Mack

Jacob Mack is a junior majoring in Secondary Education in English and minoring in Creative Writing and Religion. This is his first year as a member of The Dulcimer staff. His main hobbies include writing both fiction and poetry. He is also a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity and the America Reads, America Counts tutoring program.

Drew Robertson

Drew Robertson is a junior at Mercer University majoring in Journalism and Creative Writing and minoring in Entrepreneurship and English. When she’s not doing schoolwork, she can be found giving tours of campus, having movie nights with friends, or curled up reading a book. Her plan after college (for now) is to pursue a career in book publishing in the Young Adult genre. She firmly believes that non-readers just haven’t found the right books to love, and she is always looking for something new to read.

Ivy Clarke

Ivy is a fourth-year student at Mercer double-majoring in English Literature and Creative Writing and double minoring in Women & Gender Studies and Art. Her passion lies in poetry, which often features motifs of fruit, and has won the 2019 Dan Veach Prize for Younger Writers and the 2021 Agnes Scott Writers’ Festival Contest poetry division. In addition to serving as general literary staff for The Dulcimer, Ivy edits for Macon Magazine and The Cluster, interns with Mercer University Press, is a writing tutor with the ARC, and works as a gallery attendant at the McEachern Art Center. When Ivy isn’t writing, she’s reading a book in the sunshine, hunting for vintage cameras, and café hopping to find the best London Fog. 

Mandi DeLong

Mandi DeLong is a senior at Mercer University majoring in English Literature and minoring in Journalism and Film Studies. This is her fourth year working on The Dulcimer, and she’s excited to be back on the literary committee once again. Outside of The Dulcimer, she currently writes for The Cluster and interns with Macon Magazine, along with her journalism practicum of the semester. Mandi is passionate about writing and photography, and loves getting to utilize that passion for The Dulcimer. After graduation, she plans on pursuing a career in publishing and writing.

Rhea Smith

Rhea Smith is a second-year Psychology and Spanish major from Peachtree City, Georgia, and a lover of poetry, literature, and art. In her free time, she loves to tend to her many plants, experiment with coffees, and write poems of her own. This is Rhea’s first year on The Dulcimer staff, and she is excited to be part of the literary and design teams!

Ethan Widener

Ethan Widener is a third-year student at Mercer University majoring in computer science and minoring in mathematics. He is The Dulcimer’s new Digital Archivist, handling the technical side of the magazine and ensuring that each edition is preserved for posterity. When he is not spending his time programming, he can often be found with a book in hand. He looks forward to using his skill set to expand the capabilities of The Dulcimer and help it reach a wider audience than ever before.

Morgan Dykes

Morgan Dykes is a third-year student at Mercer University majoring in Neuroscience with minors in Chemistry and Women & Gender Studies. While she is also on the Pre-Medical track with hopes of becoming a physician, her passion for science and medicine is easily matched by her love of art. Painting, sculpting, and writing creatively since she was very young, Morgan’s work has been recognized both locally and nationally. When she is not writing or obsessing over getting her homework done, she can be found traveling or pouring over one of her many plants and begging them not to die. This is her third year on staff for The Dulcimer, and she is excited to be a part of such a talented team.

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