It’s rather late, but we can’t forget the Meet the Editors Series. This week we are introducing Dina Nashed, our new Asst. Poetry & Nonfiction Editor.
Dina is a junior at Lewis who is majoring in Biology on a pre-med track. On campus, she conducts chemistry research, serves as the president for ACS, historian for Beta Beta Beta Biological honor society, and is the student senator for Arts and Sciences. Off-campus she works as a medical scribe and teaches Sunday School at her church as well as volunteers at Almost Home Kids for children with complicated medical needs. She enjoys watching spoken word poetry performances and reading various types of poems. In her free time, you’ll find her at a random coffee shop reading or watching tons of spoken word poetry.
Below is our Q&A with Dina Nashed:
Who are you and what is your role in the Jet Fuel Review?
My name is Dina Nashed. I’m a junior at Lewis studying Biology. I am an assistant poetry and nonfiction editor.
What book might we find on your nightstand right now?
Currently, I’m reading The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion.
If you had the chance to co-write with one author, who would you choose? Why?
If I had a chance to co-write a book with any author, I would choose J. K Rowling because, despite her struggles, she preserved and created amazing work which at times reflects her hardships.
Describe your perfect reading atmosphere.
A warm, cozy morning with the sun shining and a mug of hot tea in hand lying on my comfortable couch only focusing on the book in my hand.
What might your personal library look like?
My personal library would include lots of poetry books, as that is my favorite genre because it is always open to interpretation by the reader. Also, I enjoy reading fiction on the history and beginning of humanity. Fiction books would be included too with a variety of thrillers and romantic novels.
If you could “re-make” a poorly written movie that was based on a book, what movie would it be?
I would remake Me Before You because they did not include the part where Will and Louisa got tattoos which I think is crucial to the plot.
What piece of literature can you reread over and over again?
The Great Gatsby because every time I read it, I see more meaning to the symbolism Scott Fitzgerald includes. I understand the importance of every line on the overall meaning of the book.
Give us a quote from your favorite (or any) book/movie.
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities” from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
If you were invited to have coffee with any fictional character, who would you most like to meet? Why?
If I could have coffee with any fictional character, I would choose Gatsby from The Great Gatsby because I think he’s an interesting character that is naive because he wants to believe in his love for Daisy. He’s very complex far beyond anyone else in that book, so I would talk to him about his life and lifestyle.
Share your top five favorite pieces of writing (anything included, be it movies, books, etc.).
- Night by Elie Wiesel
- Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
- Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
- The Blues, Mary by Sarah Kay
- The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur