Forbes and Fifth

About Forbes & Fifth

Forbes & Fifth, a journal created by University of Pittsburgh undergraduates and sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity, unites works of research, creative writing, scholarly articles, and visual art under the banner of interdisciplinary collaboration.

A group of undergraduates founded Forbes & Fifth in the spring of 2012.

Editors & Designers

Erica Barnes, Editor-in-Chief
Urban Studies Major

I am a fourth-year student from Akron, Ohio and this is my third year as an editor for Forbes & Fifth. I am majoring in Urban Studies, with an Urban Planning concentration, and minoring in Public Service and Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies. I am so grateful to be able to use my passion for reading and writing to contribute to the journal and interact with contributors from all over the world. I am a member of Gamma Sigma Sigma National Service Sorority Inc. and enjoy exploring art and culture in Pittsburgh, as well as dancing and cooking.

Emma Porter, Assistant Editor-in-Chief
Biological Sciences and Psychology Majors

I am a third year student at the University of Pittsburgh as a biology and psychology double major. This is my second year working for Forbes and Fifth. I love science, animals, and half baked Ben and Jerry’s. I joined Forbes and Fifth because I enjoy hearing other people’s stories and writing. I think writing is therapeutic as well as a great outlet to express yourself and I want to help people do that. I was intrigued by Forbes and Fifth because of my love for writing, but inability to find room in my schedule to do it myself. I hope to help writers polish their pieces and introduce people who did not consider themselves writers to a new passion.



Rachel Bachy, Editor

I am a fourth-year student at Pitt studying Public and Professional Writing and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. I’ve combined my passion for writing and LGBTQ+ activism in my blog, “The Queer Corner,” at the Pitt News. This is my first year at Forbes & Fifth, and I am excited to dive into these creative, interdisciplinary waters. On the off chance I’m away from my laptop, I enjoy visiting local coffee shops, spending time with my family, and rigorously debating themes in young adult fiction.

Renee Cantor, Editor
English Literature and English Writing Majors

I am a fourth-year student at Pitt, majoring in English literature and fiction writing, and minoring in Spanish. I love how Forbes and Fifth’s interdisciplinary nature helps me engage in topics outside of my field of study. As an editor, I’m excited to help share the voices and work of fellow students. When not reading or writing, you can find me hiking or baking.

Paras Chand, Editor
Biological Sciences and Sociology Majors

I am a third-year student from Bethlehem, PA and this is my second year as an editor at Forbes & Fifth. I am majoring in the Biological Sciences and Sociology, and minoring in Chemistry. I hope to be exposed to unique pieces of writing and art throughout my time here, and I am excited to be part of a diverse and creative team. I am interested in both the sciences and humanities, and through Forbes & Fifth I aspire to combine my passion in both fields to give me a holistic perspective. In my free time, I like to play tennis, swim and hang out with my brothers.

Sofia Gurgel, Editor
Neuroscience Major

I am a first-year student from Brazil majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Chemistry and Creative Writing. I am happy to use my passion for writing while contributing to the journal and meeting students from all over the world. I also love that Forbes & Fifth allows me to go beyond my field of study and helps me engage with my creative side. I hope to help other students share their ideas while learning with each and every one of them. Outside F&F, I love working on research and environmental activism.

Abigail Lucas, Editor
Prospective Film and Media Studies Major

I’m a second-year student at Pitt as a prospective Film and Media Studies major, pursuing a certificate in Public and Professional Writing. The diversity and passion in the pieces published at Forbes and Fifth really inspired me in this trying year to get involved, and I am so grateful to be able to use my enthusiasm for reading and writing to participate on this wonderful team of editors - I can’t wait to see what this year will bring! In my free time, you can find me reading, expanding my music taste, or rewatching my favorite TV shows.' I’ve also attached a picture for the website.

Alyssa Machi, Editor
Communication Rhetoric, Public and Professional Writing Majors

I am a second-year student from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, double majoring in Communication Rhetoric and Public and Professional Writing, minoring in Theater. This is my first year working at Forbes and Fifth, but I have been reading Forbes & Fifth volumes since my first year at the University of Pittsburgh – seeing the diverse selection of work in each volume has always been so interesting and I’m excited to be involved with the journal in this capacity. I enjoy exploring the city of Pittsburgh, finding and trying new coffee shops in the neighborhoods, and staying involved on campus.

Anthony Machi, Editor
Biological Sciences Major

I am a fourth-year student from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I am majoring in the Biological Sciences with a certificate in Children’s Literature. This is my second year as an editor for Forbes & Fifth, but I was introduced to Forbes & Fifth my freshman year and I am consistently astounded by the variety of interdisciplinary work that goes into each edition. The creativity I have seen in Forbes & Fifth helps inspire me to be as creative as I can be. In my spare time, I like discovering new places to eat and listening to as much good music as possible.

Amarachi Onwuka, Editor
Molecular Biology Major

I’m a third-year student from the Poconos region in Pennsylvania, majoring in Molecular Biology with minors in Chemistry and Studio Arts. I’m very excited to join the team at Forbes & Fifth because this journal gives individuals, including myself, the opportunity to explore their creative passions and abilities. It is incredibly special that students all over the world trust us with their personal experiences, unique ideas, and thoughts represented through academic and artistic work. I hope that as an editor at Forbes & Fifth, I will grow as an artist, and help other students gain confidence in how they share their creations with others.

Caroline Roberts, Editor
Nursing Major

I am a third-year nursing student at the University of Pittsburgh and this is my first year with Forbes & Fifth. Being in a science-oriented field, I wanted to join Forbes & Fifth to step outside of my comfort zone and engage more deeply with the creative sides of reading and writing, which I have always loved to do. I’m excited to work with different styles and modes of expression and to learn new perspectives.

Anna Sedlak, Editor
Psychology Major

I am a first-year student from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania majoring in Psychology and minoring in Legal Studies. I joined Forbes and Fifth due to my interest in creative writing and hearing others’ unique stories. I believe that the interdisciplinary nature of Forbes and Fifth allows me to not only nurture my own writing abilities but expand my horizons of interest beyond my fields of study. When I’m not reading or writing, you can find me listening to music, doodling, or getting coffee somewhere in the city.




Megan Ye, Designer

I am a fourth-year student from Pittsburgh, PA, who joined Forbes & Fifth over the summer, my first piece being the Spring 2021 issue. I am currently majoring in Psychology, minoring in Neuroscience, and pursuing a Global Studies certificate. As the designer, I am excited to further hone my artistic abilities and bring my creative visions to life; doing so allows me to reconnect with a side of myself that I have long suppressed. I aim to create eye-catching, beautiful works that complement the writing within. I can usually be found working on something, planning something, or staring into space. When I need a reason to smile, memes, YouTube, and cats are my go-tos.