Tuxedo Staff

Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very’; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”
Mark Twain



Monica Barry



Monica Barry is a Senior at Dominican University of California pursuing a dual-degree in English and history. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and moved to San Rafael in August of 2016 to begin her collegiate career. She studied abroad at the University of Oxford in the Fall of 2018, researching World War I and World War II world history. She enjoys hiking, is a full-blown foodie, and loves spending time with her cats and llama.


                                                                                                             Sol Carrasco



Sol Carrasco is a junior English major with Creative Writing Emphasis. She plans on going into screenwriting but hopes to publish a few novels as well. Additionally, she has a strong love for anything mysterious, strange, or unusual. Typically you can find her wandering around cemeteries drawing inspiration from all those who have lived before her.


Rick Ramirez



Rick Ramirez is a second-year student at Dominican University of California pursuing a master’s degree in English with a Creative Writing emphasis. He was born and raised in San Jose, California and is a charming yet dorky guy who loves to read too many comic books and watch too many movies. He enjoys reading and writing stories (both fiction and non-fiction) critical analyses, and poetry; along with spending time with family, friends, his dog: Scooter, and other important figures in his life.



                                                                                                            Erika Johnson



Erika is a transfer student, and excited to be at Dominican University of California! She is even more excited to be roped on to the Tuxedo staff! With a plan to study English with a Creative Writing focus, she is an artist as well as a writer. When she is not doing either of those things, this wild creature can also be found crafting, sewing, and obsessing over mythology.

Lydia Orr


Lydia Orr is currently a sophomore dance major at Dominican University. She was born and raised in Central Pennsylvania and moved to San Rafael in order to earn her BFA degree through DUC. Aside from dance, she loves to write, hang out in nature, and participate in anything that feeds her adrenaline junkie tendencies.

                                                                                                    Emmaline Harris



Emmaline Harris is a senior studio art major with a love for classical fairy tales and storytelling. You can find her in the San Marco studio working on art projects, or outside getting sunburnt.




Jasmine Beyer

image.jpgJasmine is a senior Communication and Media Studies at Dominican University of California. She is planning on pursuing a career in Public Relations once she graduates in May 2020. Jasmine enjoys exploring all different styles of storytelling, whether it’s movies, books, poems, or advertising, and is always stretching her writing muscles by consuming new types of media.



                                                                                                             Priya Ohara

tuxedo picture.JPGPriya Ohara is a junior nursing student at Dominican. English was never her favorite subject, but this year she wanted to push herself out of her comfort zone and become a better writer. That is how she wound up taking Creative Writing and becoming a staff member for the Tuxedo Literary Journal. In her free time, she likes to hang out with her friends, go shopping, and play with her three puppies.



Mateen Hirbod



Mateen Hirbod is a Junior Humanities major. He plays on the Dominican Men’s Basketball Team. His goal is to eventually get his MBA and become CEO of his own company. In his free time, he enjoys watching TV shows such as The Office, Criminal Minds, and Power. His secret passion is to write stories and utilize his creativity.


 Nyah Malone

img-4830-1.jpgNyah Malone is a freshman at Dominican University of California majoring in Dance and English. She is a connoisseur of good books and a writer of average poems. She currently lives in Saint Louis, Missouri. She also likes to knit!




Lauren Persi



Lauren is a senior biochemistry major and pitcher on the Dominican University softball team. She aspires to be a physician in the future and is currently working towards that goal. She enjoys reading science fiction and poetry.




                                                                                                        Sarah Lindquist



A free spirit and an optimistic participant in the human race.  Humanities Major and a hopeful aspirant to an MFA program, I love all things creative.



Bailey Storm

Bailey.jpgBailey is currently a freshman dance major minoring in Creative Writing at Dominican University. She came here all the way from Pennsylvania in search of a new cultural experience based around the arts. She hopes to join her love for dance and writing, as she continues her work in both fields. She pulls a lot of inspiration from nature and enjoys spending time reflecting upon herself within it. Within the next four years, she aims to expand her knowledge of literature and dance here in California.


                                                                                                      Pamela Love

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Since I have been attending Dominican over the past few years, I have found great pleasure in taking many literature and writing courses in connection with my major in Literary Cultural Studies. Being at Dominican gives me a sense of tranquility as I walk through the beautiful campus and enjoy the rural setting.



Patrick Aaron

Patrick Aaron is a commercial property manager. He is majoring in Literature and Intercultural Studies. Patrick loves to travel, politics, history, sports, music, and art. When he isn’t busy with work or school, he enjoys spending time with his family and pets.





                                                                                                            Thomas Burke


Thomas Burke is an Assistant Professor of English and Humanities at Dominican, and the faculty advisor for Tuxedo Arts Journal. He writes fiction and literary nonfiction as well as works on pedagogy. His work with writers at Dominican always makes him look at language in new and productive ways.