Meet the Editorial Team
Sophie Smith - Editor
Sophie is currently a third-year PhD student studying English Literature at Exeter. Her PhD thesis is looking at the legacy of the fin de siècle and degeneration theory in the early twentieth century, specifically through presentations of pathological criminality and eugenics in Golden Age crime fiction. Her research interests include deviance, the Gothic, and social history. She is also the Editor of the Postgraduate Journal for Medical Humanities and has published on deviance, medicine and social history, including a forthcoming chapter on pathologizing crime for Edinburgh University Press.
Amelia Groves - Assistant Editor
Amelia is currently completing an MA in Creative Writing at Exeter and holds a BA in Philosophy and History from the University of East Anglia. Whilst working as a content manager and also being a contributing editor for an online philosophy zine, Amelia has joined Exclamat!on this year as an English Editor. Her current research interests include the history of sexuality and poetry exploring the theme of grief.
Chloe Chandler - Assistant Editor
Chloe is an MA student in English Literary Studies at the University of Exeter. In 2019, she received her BA with honours in English from the University of Exeter. With a primary focus on the writing of the long nineteenth century, her research pertains to Gothic and Romantic literature. Specific areas of interest include medical history, altered states of consciousness (especially mental disorders and drug experiences), and occultism in literature. She currently plans to explore the Gothic works of Thomas Lovell Beddoes for her MA dissertation. Chloe hopes to further pursue academic work in the form of a PhD following the completion of her MA.
Chloë Edwards - Assistant Editor
Chloë is a first-year PhD English student from Cardiff and recently joined Exclamat!on as an Assistant English Editor. Her thesis examines the role of British pop music during the Thatcher era in confronting existing attitudes towards male homosexuality and masculinity during an unprecedented period of socio-political challenges and tensions.
Her research interests include depictions of post-war Britain in literature and film, cultural studies, and she is particularly interested in contemporary gender and sexuality studies, specifically queer studies. Chloë holds a BA in English and German from the University of Exeter and more recently completed her MA English Literature (Gender and Sexuality) at Cardiff University.
Olivia Diomedes - Assistant Editor
Olivia is currently studying for the MA in Publishing at the University of Exeter, where she also completed her undergraduate studies in English Literature and French in 2021. Her undergraduate dissertation involved looking at the paradox of choice and freedom in third-wave feminist chick lit. In the future, Olivia would like to work as an editor in the publishing industry, focusing on publishing works in translation and/or romance fiction.
Iris Gioti - Assistant Editor
Iris is a third year PhD researcher in the English Literature and Film department at the University of Exeter. Her research focuses on the literature and film produced by the Hellenic diaspora in the UK and the US during the long 20th century, with an emphasis on affective labour theories, the Medical Humanities, feminist theory, and on postcolonial and diaspora studies. Iris also has a background in publishing, as former president of the interdisciplinary journal The Undergraduate and as a digital production sub editor for a London-based law publisher.
Jaxon Smith - Assistant Editor
Jaxon is studying the MA in English Literary Studies at Exeter, focusing on Criticism and Theory. His areas of interest include affect theory, queer theory, ecology, and objects. Having written on intimacy and hyperobjects for his undergraduate dissertation, he hopes to write his MA thesis on how we might more radically accept, internally and externally, stupidity, failure, and disability, read through the lenses of communities of care and queer utopianism.
Rinat Harel - Assistant Editor
Rinat holds bachelor's and master’s degrees in fine art and studied creative writing at Emerson College in Boston USA, where she received the 2015 Nonfiction Award. Her writing has been shortlisted in the 2017 OWT Short Fiction Competition and published in a host of literary magazines. She was the translation editor of Women’s Voices from Kurdistan: A selection of contemporary Kurdish poetry, published by Transnational Press London in 2021. A Ph.D. candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Exeter, Rinat is working on a collection of interlinked stories that entwine the autobiographical and the fictional, the real and the surreal, the historical and the speculative. The stories touch upon themes such as life in Israel, home/homeland, war, The Holocaust, and intergenerational memory.
Goergia Woodroffe - Assistant Editor
Georgia is currently in the final year of her PhD in American literature and cultural history at the University of Exeter. Previously, she completed her Bachelor’s in English and related literature at the University of York, and her Master’s in contemporary literature, culture and theory at King’s College London. Alongside her studies, she is an English teacher, and an editor and writer for the online publication Voices for Biodiversity. Her research interests are 19th to 21st century American literature, cultural history, commodity culture, and diaspora studies.
Beverley Thornton - Assistant Editor
Beverley is currently an MA student studying Publishing at Exeter, after receiving a BA in English with first-class honours at the University of Exeter last year. She has previously researched postcolonial Caribbean literature and modernist studies, while also holding interests in Native American literature and diaspora. Her current research focuses on the representation of people with disabilities within the publishing industry, with a particular interest in children’s literature.
Nora Martinez - Assistant Editor
Nora Martinez is an MA Publishing student and a Global Excellence Scholar at the University of Exeter. She graduated as a Dean's Medalist from Arizona State University in spring 2021 with bachelors in Anthropology and English Literature. Her research addresses questions of publishing and power, in particular the potential for healing narratives in children's literature to transform the lives of marginalized readers as well as entire communities through radical publishing initiatives.