The Ivory Tower Team

Who we are
What we do
Why we’re here:

Andrew Rimby (Executive Director, pronouns: he/him/his)
 is a Ph.D. Candidate and queer activist at Stony Brook University researching nineteenth-century literature from a queer transatlantic perspective. He is the 2019 inaugural recipient of the Guiliano Global Fellowship, a 2019-2020 Public Humanities Fellow, and a 2019 Stony Brook Graduate Fellow in the Arts, Humanities, and Lettered Social Sciences. With Adam Katz, he co-anchors The Ivory Tower Boiler Room, a podcast about navigating academia during the pandemic. He also is the Associate Editor for the Watchung Review and a Board Member of the Walt Whitman Initiative. 
Mary DiPipi (Chief Contributor, pronouns: she/her/hers) is a writer from Blackwood, NJ. She is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University with a Master’s degree in Creative Writing and a certification in Professional Writing . In addition to writing Mary has a background in the performing arts including 17 years of dance training, 8 years of musical theatre study, and 5 years combined teaching dance and musical theatre. DiPipi is currently working on a children’s novel and a speculative fiction novel. She resides at home with her parents and pup Houston.


Ceren Usta (Marketing Director, pronouns she/her/hers) is a PhD candidate and instructor at Stony Brook university studying notions of identity, belonging and diaspora with a specific focus on Armenian Literature in modern Turkey. My background is in Comparative Literature, History and Cultural Studies. Originally from Istanbul, I now call Brooklyn my home. 

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