Aditi Chandra is a high school teen from Bhopal, India. She is a photographer and her works have been published in Textploit, Teen Ink, Inklette and are upcoming in ArtRefurbish, Cargo Literary and Alexandria Journal, among others. She is also the art editor of Inklette and Phosphene Literary Journal.
Amaris Janel Henderson is an El Paso native. Her work has been featured in Amazing Kids! online magazine. Constantly working at her craft as a writer, at age six she began composing songs. By the age of eleven, Henderson began writing poetry and developed an interest in screenwriting. At just seventeen years old, Amaris understands that words are power.
Anushima Tiwari is a high school student from Bhopal, India. Though she isn't a professional photographer, she knows how to admire things and make them click. She tries to bring the extra ordinary out of ordinary.
Arnav Garg is a junior from India, who plans to pursue chemistry and economics in the future. He has a blog, with several drafted poems, that he loves to add to in his free time. A self-learnt guitarist, Arnav can be heard singing and jamming along to Pink Floyd late at night, even on school days. He has also been a part of numerous bands like The StratoCasters, Coalescence and The Happy Caps that have performed at various charity concerts around the city of Bangalore. Arnav can usually be found writing originals in the music room of his school, which he considers his second home.
C.A. Tebo is a 16-year-old lesbian, who mainly writes work dealing with religion, sexual identity, mental illness, coping, and occasionally talking animals. She was born in the U.S., and currently resides there. She is still new to the prospects of being published and whatnot, but hopes to soon change that.
Carrie Zhang is a high school sophomore in Warren, New Jersey. Influenced greatly by modernist writers such as T.S. Eliot, in addition to Sylvia Plath, Pablo Neruda and abstract expressionist artists like Mark Rothko (yeah, she's been into an eclectic bunch), Carrie has a rich interest in all things artsy, and how they define and shape our world. Going into the arts is her aspiration, and she hopes that she will delve into more fertile terrain in the future.
Elissa Blake is a senior at University Laboratory High School in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, where she has earned 180% of the required English credits. She has published several pieces in the school's literary magazine, Unique. She has also become an expert at justifying "solitary writing" as an extracurricular on college applications, and next year, she will be attending Washington University in St. Louis.
Emily Yin lives in the small town of Acton, Massachusetts. Her work has been nationally recognized by the Alliance For Young Artists & Writers and published in The Eunoia Review, Wu-Wei Fashion Mag, and Polyphony H.S., among others.
Emily Zhang is a high school student. Her writing has been recognized by the Adroit Journal and the Kenyon Review.
John S. Osler III is currently a senior at Edina High School, where he writes for both the school's underground, satirical newspaper (The Southern View) and their legitimate newspaper (Zephyrus). He has attended the Iowa Young Writer's Studio. He is currently a prose editor on the literary magazine Inklette, where his short story ―Farrand Pride‖ was
published. Another short story of his, entitled Howard Houghton, has been published by The Phosphene Journal.
Keerthi Kumar is a sixteen-year-old poet from India, who studies science and yet wants to become a criminal lawyer. She has never been published before. Keerthi is passionate about sports, namely athletics and tennis; she loves watching chick flicks, and hates dystopian-centred novels. Keerthi is a believer—she believes in love, hopes and miracles, in destiny and fate—which is where her writing comes from.
Keya Trivedi, a sixteen-year-old from Gujarat, loves playing tennis, cycling, reading, travelling and eating. She has a crazy passion for history, and seems to have an affinity for getting lost in big European cities. She is not a professional photographer, but still likes taking pictures because they serve as a reminder of the wonderful places she‘s visited, the happy memories, and the enriching experiences she's had.
Lindsay Emi is seventeen years old and a senior at Viewpoint School, CA. She has been recognized for her writing by the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts Program, the National YoungArts Foundation, Sierra Nevada College, and the National Council of Teachers of English, among other organizations. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Sierra Nevada Review, Winter Tangerine Review, National Poetry Quarterly, and elsewhere. When not writing, she enjoys playing piano and studying classics.
Lisa Zou lives in Arizona. Her work has previously been recognised by the National YoungArts Foundation and Sierra Nevada College. Lisa was a Foyle Young Poet in 2015.
Nikhila Kulukuru is a sixteen-year-old from Bangalore, India. Her passion for photography started 2-3 years ago, and since then she hasn't been able to let go of her camera— since photography helps her understand and see the world in a different way. She has started a page on Facebook called “Pixotica”, and hopes to make a career out of photography one day.
Rajat Chowdhury is a high school junior born in Saudi Arabia, and brought up in a variety of countries—Belgium, India, and now Bahrain. His life has been a constant cycle of meeting new people and cherishing a variety of experiences; naturally, such a life should play an instrumental role in shaping the nature of his musical and artistic career. His ultimate dream is to aid in the creation of a new musical movement, one that pushes the mainstream back towards valuing expression over commercialization.
Rashika Desai is an eighteen-year-old from Vadodara, Gujarat. She is fond of writing andreading. She has a quiet demeanor but loud mind, and has an inclination towards learning different languages and travelling.
Rishika Gundi is a sixteen-year-old poet from India. She has published a collection of her poetry, called Wings of Imagination. Also an avid dramatist, Rishika is frequently involved in drama productions and clubs in her school.
Rona Wang is a seventeen-year-old high school senior from Portland, OR. She has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and the Sierra Nevada Review. Currently, she serves as a poetry reader for The Blueshift Journal, youth poet ambassador for her city, and editor for her school magazine. Her writing can be found in The Best Teen Writing of 2014, The Sierra Nevada Review, Textploit, Eunoia Review, Canvas Literary Magazine, and other publications. When not writing, she‘s working out a math problem or getting lost in downtown. She blogs about the college application process
Sakshi Das Gupta, a sixteen-year-old from Dubai who was born in Malaysia, credits her Bengali roots for her appreciation of all art forms, including her incredible passion for writing and music. Despite leaving India when she was just 6 months old and moving eventually to Dubai, her paternal grandparents were the ones who encouraged her to take up writing, and it is only through their support that she truly developed a passion for the art.
Smriti Verma grew up in Delhi, India. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in Word Riot, Open Road Review, Alexandria Quarterly, Inklette and Yellow Chair Review. Further work is forthcoming in Cleaver Magazine and B O D Y. She is the recipient of the Save The Earth Poetry Prize 2015 and enjoys working as a Poetry Reader for Inklette and Editorial Intern at The Blueshift Journal.
Srividya Yeleswarapu is a 12th grade student from India. She has a genuine passion for all forms of art and expression. She began writing at the age of 8, but her works had no real meaning. When she reached 14, she read her first Rudyard Kipling poem ―"IF". It embodied everything a work of art should possess—meaning, emotion, and beauty. Since that time, she has written numerous poems and stories, trying to get better and better with each one.
Peter LaBerge is the author of the chapbook Hook (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2015), selected for the American Library Association's 2016 Over the Rainbow List. His work appears in Beloit Poetry Journal, Iowa Review, Sixth Finch, Colorado Review, Best New Poets 2014, and Indiana Review, among others. He is the recipient of a fellowship from the Bucknell University Stadler Center for Poetry, and the founder and editor-in-chief of The Adroit Journal. He lives in Philadelphia, where he is an undergraduate student at the University of Pennsylvania. Find him online at www.peterlaberge.com.
Yuan Changming, 9-time Pushcart nominee and author of six chapbooks, grew up in rural China, began to learn English at 19, and published monographs on translation before moving to Canada. With a PhD in English, Yuan currently edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver, and has poetry appearing in Best Canadian Poetry (2009,12,14), BestNewPoemsOnline, Threepenny Review and 1119 others across 37 countries.