Who We Are

Southsider is a collaborative project between Lehigh University and the greater South Side community, involving a number of people in both staff and volunteer positions. If you’re interested in joining the Southsider team or learning more about how to write for us drop us a line at [email protected].

Mary Foltz

Mary Foltz

Mary Catherine Foltz teaches in the English Department, American Studies program, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at Lehigh University. She is a scholar of contemporary U.S. literature with a particular focus on fictional representations of environmental crises and LGBTQ fiction and non-fiction. As the current Co-Director of the South Side Initiative (SSI), Foltz continues SSI’s long-term commitment to fostering democratic discussion of civic life by creating spaces to engage with the strengths and struggles of our communities. Southsider emerged from her desire to create a site that would celebrate local arts events and artists who work to create a unique identity for the South Side.
Mary Foltz

Adam Heidebrink-Bruno

Adam is a current MA student in Lehigh University's Literature and Social Justice program. He studies contemporary American literature and cultural productions, researching their relationship to the political economy. He also teaches first-year writing at Lehigh. As an advocate for the public and digital humanities, Adam works with the rest of the Southsider staff to make conversations of art and culture accessible to the broader Bethlehem community.

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    Sam Sorensen

    Sam Sorensen

    Sam is a current Ph.D. student in the English department at Lehigh University, where she researches 20th century American literature and public humanities. She also teaches first-year writing at Lehigh. South Bethlehem's vibrant character reminds her of home. Transplanted to Bethlehem from another Pennsylvanian steel city, Sam understands the importance of public art and supports the initiatives designed to uplift the community.
    Sam Sorensen
    Sam Randall

    Sam Randall

    Sam Randall is an undergraduate senior at Lehigh University studying for a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Political Science with minors in Film and Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies. Sam works on Southsider as a writer and the Music Editor and previously held the Visual Arts Editor position. Additionally, she creates promotional materials for Southsider such as social media cover photos, business cards, and flyers. Sam is a Bethlehem native and has been attending arts and cultural events in South Bethlehem for nearly her entire life. She is drawn to Southsider because of the opportunity it provides her to share her love for Bethlehem.
    Sam Randall

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    Ava Bertone

    Ava Bertone

    Ava is an undergraduate senior at Lehigh University, where she is an English major with a concentration in Creative Writing. Originally from northern New Jersey, she is intrigued by Bethlehem's rich history and its cultural significance. Ava is the editor for both Literary Arts and Theater & Film.
    Ava Bertone

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    Lauren Fosbenner

    Lauren Fosbenner

    Lauren is an undergraduate junior at Lehigh University in the IDEAS (Integrated Degree in Engineering, Arts and Sciences) program, where she studies environmental engineering, psychology, and sociology. She works as the Visual Arts editor and is excited to explore South Bethlehem's lively artistic community alongside Southsider's readers.
    Lauren Fosbenner