Ziya Smallens

Ziya Smallens


A lifelong musician, Ziya’s passion for persuasive writing is drawn from his instinct for rhythm and melody.

Before joining West Wing Writers, Ziya worked in the press shops of outgoing House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joseph Crowley (D-NY), U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Secretary Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign. He’s also earned his stripes as a private sector communications professional, with stints at SKDKnickerbocker, the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC), and the news and media outlet GlobalGrind.

Ziya graduated with High Honors from Oberlin College, where he studied politics and creative writing. During his time at Oberlin, he published a 160-page thesis on labor relations in the “gig economy,” wrote two full screenplays, released several EPs with his garbage Punk band, and was somehow elected to Student Senate.

When not at work, Ziya can be found rupturing his ear drums at a rehearsal space deep in Brooklyn, reading political biographies on the subway, or flying off his skateboard somewhere in lower Manhattan.

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