My name is Katia Savelyeva, and I’m a second-year English major and digital studies minor at the University of Mary Washington. I write creatively in my spare time, contribute to the UMW student newspaper, and work as a consultant at the UMW Writing Center. On the weekends, I volunteer with the Salem Church Branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.

Writing means the world to me, and as someone who’s had a long and complicated relationship with language, I look forward to applying my skills with it. Whatever form that may take, I’m excited for what the future brings.

I care about many things, but here are a few: Student journalism. The UMW Fencing club. My many hometowns. Getting citations exactly right. Grammar rules, and knowing when to break them. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Modernism. Expanding the scope of my understanding and experience of any given topic. Trying to see the world in ever-new, ever-nuanced ways. Learning new things, always.

My tagline comes from the Ursula K. Le Guin passage “A Few Words to a Young Writer,” where she argues, “A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it. Writers know words are their way towards truth and freedom, and so they use them with care, with thought, with fear, with delight.”