It was during a brief period of university life in Bologna, Italy that Raisa and Cassidy met on a train to the beach. Raisa loved Cassidy's flared jeans. Cassidy loved Raisa's fig tattoos. SIREN was born two years later, through letters and phone calls across opposite US coasts.
When Cassidy Villeneuve is not busy collecting shells, craft supplies, and sound effects — she is making music, sculpting, cold-ocean swimming, or silly dancing. She graduated from Scripps College in 2017, where she studied Italian and all things humanities. She misses the hot desert wind.
Cassidy is founding editor-in-chief of SIREN and currently lives in Berkeley, California.
Raisa Imogen was born in Portland, OR and grew up in Chicago. She earned a BA from Bowdoin College, where she was the recipient of the American Academy of Poets Prize. In 2016, she studied Italian literature with a concentration on Dante’s Inferno at the University of Bologna. Her poetry and essays can be found at Muzzle Magazine, The Kenyon Review, and at www.raisaimogen.net. In 2018, she was a resident at Gullkistan artist residency in Laugarvatn, Iceland. When Raisa is not editing or writing, she’s herbal-crafting at the Brooklyn Herborium, boxing, and dancing like a weirdo on her roof. The founding editor-in-chief of SIREN, Raisa currently lives in Charlottesville, VA. She’s a candidate for an MFA in poetry at the University of Virginia.