Meet the girls (and boy!) behind GirlSense & NonSense!
From Pam: Chief Editor
My nightly routine usually involves nail painting and watching Charlie Rose on PBS. Does that tell you enough? I can’t seem to shake Idaho off my clothes. Its desert landscape clings to my brain fuzzies and shows up in my work way too often. If you ever meet me, you’ll notice my nervous side glances and thick, frizzy hair immediately. I guarantee it. For now, I’m preparing for grad school and working on not making this magazine a big failure. See? I’m worried already.
From Sarah: Chief Editor
My name is Sarah “KK” Johnson, I’m 23, and I live on a quasi-farm just outside of Boise, Idaho with my family, two goats, eight chickens, and three cats. One of the things I most look forward to every day is waking up to that famous Idaho sunrise and wide open sky. While I love to travel and am often dreaming of overseas adventures, I know that wherever life leads me, Idaho will always be the home of my heart, and I will always return.
What drew me to Girl Sense and Nonsense is the fact that it felt like a safe haven for girls and women to use their available means to speak, to create, to imagine, to thrive. I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of something that is so near to my heart, and it is my sincere hope that women and girls in Idaho and beyond will come to know Girl Sense and Nonsense as a refuge, a platform, a second home.
From Josh: Digital Content & Media Strategist
Hi, my name is Josh, and I recently returned to Idaho after finishing a master’s program in Politics and Communication at the London School of Economics. Prior to that, I competed in speech and debate for Boise State University, and am currently developing a communication-based consulting firm. When I’m not helping coach local debate teams or running GirlSense & Nonsense’s social media accounts, you can find me seeking out hidden benches on the Green Belt, telling stories, and desperately trying to be the male equivalent of Kristen Wiig.
I suppose the question will be asked (and recently, has been) is: Why as a male are you involved in a magazine focusing solely on female writers? My response is simple: Isn’t that question part of the problem? Art should never be evaluated or enjoyed based on the creator’s gender, but until such institutional discrepancies are fixed, having forums to highlight these young women’s work are not just culturally significant, but necessary.
Unf, I sound like I’m a blooming politician. Don’t worry, I’m working on it.
From Kelsey: Contributing Editor
I’m 16 and I live in Boise. I love participating in sports and activities, and working together with my teammates! I like to spend my time working out in the gym or on the track. I feel most complete on the beach looking at the ocean and listening to the waves crash on the shore. Home is on the softball field where I show my full capabilities to my friends, family, and cheering crowds. I hope this venture will make me a better artist and person, and the same is achieved for every girl who courageously participates in GirlSense & NonSense.
From Brittany: Contributing Editor
I’m 16 and I grew up in Boise and plan to stay until I graduate high school. I go to Cole Valley Christian High School and have since I was in Kindergarten. I enjoy working out and being outdoors. Summer is when I thrive! My friends and family are big influences in my life and I hope this magazine can be one in yours!
From Kaylie: Contributing Editor
Hi, my name is Kaylie. I’m 13 and I go to North Junior High. My hobbies include archery, photography, writing books and poems, drawing, and art. There’s nothing I love more than friends and socializing. I hope you take advantage of this awesome magazine and submit your work! Have fun!
All of us are so excited for the opportunity to share the talents and voices of girls in our community. We are very grateful for the place we live in and the immense support we’ve already received in the one week since launching GirlSense & NonSense. So whether you’ve liked our Facebook page or filled out a subscription form, thank you!
Keep in touch.
GS & NS Team