A. A. Reinecke is a writer and poet from Westchester, NY. Her work has most recently appeared in the Claremont Review, and Pulchritude Press. She resides in Northern California where she writes every morning at 5 AM, opposite a print of “View of the World from 9th Avenue” and often beside a glass of Thai iced coffee. In adulthood she plans to write books and live in the woods.
Aarshi Joshi is from Delhi, India. She is currently pursuing History Honors from Delhi University and hopes to go on a backpacking trip around the world, along with her camera. Her interests lie in anthropology, tennis, and supporting feminism and children's rights.
Abigail E. is a 17 year old from the Hill Country in Texas. She enjoys making art in her free time and studying the periodic table.
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.
Alexandra Bowman is a young artist and writer, who is currently a junior at Chantilly High School in northern Virginia.
Alina Ying is a senior at Lynbrook High School in San Jose, California. She has always loved the sound of golden-yellow book pages whispering with each page-flip. She serves as Poetry Editor for Lynbrook’s Vertigo Lit Mag and adores working with middle schoolers for the Overture Lit Mag; as the current Editor-in-Chief, Alina guides younger writers and edits, compiles, and uploads online issues. Last summer she contributed to Columbia University’s 11:01 Lit Mag as part of the Advanced Creative Writing Course. Alina is a member of the California Writers Club (South Bay Branch).
Alyssa Mazzoli works or has worked for Crashtest magazine, Fissure magazine, and Polyphony H.S. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Hermeneutic Chaos Journal, Four Chambers, Juked, and The Kenyon Review, among others.
Archita Mittra loves to tell stories with words and images, and has a fondness for the vintage, the imaginary and the fantastical. A first year student of English Literature at Jadavpur University, she is also pursuing a Diploma in Multimedia and Animation from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. She has won several writing contests and her work has appeared in numerous online and print publications including Quail Bell Magazine, eFiction India, Life In 10 Minutes, Teenage Wasteland Review and Tuck Magazine, among others. She’s also an intern at Inklette and a prose reader for Sprout Magazine.
Betsy Jenifer is a seventeen-year-old from India. She loves art, literature and music. She is tall, lanky and obsessive. Her work has been published in Teen Ink magazine, and more of her writing and artwork have been chosen to appear in Polyphony H.S, Creative Kids magazine and Amazing Kids! magazine.
Chelsea Dingman a Canadian citizen who studies poetry and teaches at the University of South Florida in the graduate program. As of 2016, she has poems forthcoming in The Southeast Review (Winner of the Gearhart Poetry Contest), Washington Square, Southern Humanities Review, The Normal School, The Adroit Journal, Sugar House Review, American Literary Review, and Carolina Quarterly, among others.
Christina Im is a Korean-American writer and high school student from Portland, Oregon. Her fiction and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in YARN, Strange Horizons, Fissure Magazine, and The Adroit Journal, among others. In addition, her work has been recognized by Hollins University, the Adroit Prize for Poetry, and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.
Cyn Bermudez came into this world in love with the night sky. Obsessed with stars and galaxies and the eternal existential crisis of why we are here, she went on to study physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. After completing her degree in physics, she found her home in fictional worlds, where she can explore the what-ifs of the universe.
De'Shaun Madkins ia a Junior at the University of Dubuque. He is a double major in Criminal Justice and Sociology with minors in English and Spanish. He is exploring his creative writing abilities, and would like to see where it can take him.
Ethan Chua is a Chinese-Filipino spoken word poet and fiction writer from the Philippines. His work has been published in national newspapers (the Philippine Star and the Philippine Daily Inquirer) and various online publications (The Thing Online, Fan/verses). He's also the co-founder of Ampersand, an organization dedicated to giving the youth avenues for self-expression through the arts. You can read his work on his website, medium.com/@ezlc327.
Farah Ghafoor is a sixteen-year-old poet and a founding editor at Sugar Rascals. Her work is published or forthcoming in Ninth Letter, alien mouth, Big Lucks among other places, and has been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Farah is the recipient of the 2016 Alexandria Quarterly Emerging Artists and Writers Award. She believes that she deserves a cat. Find her online at fghafoor.tumblr.com.
Grace Westlin is a Senior at Crossroads High School in Santa Monica, California. She is passionate about theatre, education, and honest self expression. When off stage and out of the classroom, Grace is either volunteering with special needs groups, enjoying the beach, or growing her non profit, FEM, an organization to bring feminine hygiene products to homeless women. This is Grace’s first time being published and she is very excited to share a bit of herself with you!
Harnidh Kaur is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Policy. Her first collection, The Inability of Words (Writer's Workshop 2016), is now available. Her work is published in journals like EPW, Brown Girl Magazine, The Bombay Review, Cafe Dissensus Daily, and The Sunflower Collective, amongst others. She was chosen as a winner of 25 Under 25 by Campus Diaries under the 'writing' category. She's currently working on her second book under Thought Catalog Press, New York.
Jaclyn Grimm lives in Orlando, FL and is a senior at Lake Highland Preparatory School. Her writing has appeared in The Adroit Journal and decomP, among others.
Jennifer Boyd is a fifteen-year-old from China and the United States. A resident of Boston, Massachusetts, she devours every book she reads and just recently delved into the realm of writing poetry. She enjoys playing piano and singing in her high school's a capella choir. She is also a leader of her school's Teens Acting for Social Change club.
John Davis is the author of Gigs and The Reservist. His work has appeared recently in DMQ Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, One and Rio Grande Review.
Joseph Felkers is a rising junior at Catholic Central High School, in Grand Rapids, Michigan (USA). His poetry is featured or forthcoming in The Daphne Review, Through the Third Eye Poetry, and Tunnel Magazine, among others. He is a mentee alumnus with The Adroit Journal, a second reader at Polyphony H.S., and an ice cream connoisseur at his local parlor.
Julia Pope is a writer from Massachusetts, who is currently a junior in high school. She is on the literary staff for "Pegasus," The Pingree School literary magazine. In addition, Pope has received nine Editor's Choice Awards from Teen Ink, and has been published in their June 2016 magazine.
Kersten Christianson is a raven-watching, moon-gazing, high school English-teaching Alaskan. She will graduate from the University of Alaska Anchorage with her MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry in 2016. Her recent work has appeared in Cirque, Tidal Echoes, The Fredericksburg Literary & Art Review, We’Moon and Pure Slush: Tall...ish and Summer. Kersten co-edits the quarterly journal, Alaska Women Speak. She lives in Sitka, Alaska.
Len Kuntz is a writer from Washington State, an editor at the online magazine Literary Orphans, and the author of I’M NOT SUPPOSED TO BE HERE AND NEITHER ARE YOU out now from Unknown Press. You can also find him atlenkuntz.blogspot.com
Madi Carr is a fifteen-year-old sophomore attending Westfield High School in Indiana. Carr has previously been published in Canvas Literary Magazine and Young American Poetry Digest. She tutors lovely elementary-aged students and is a member of her high school's Gay/Straight Alliance program. She looks forward to joining the Speech Team and being on yearbook staff.
Olivia Hu is a published poet. Her work has been published eight times in literary magazines with many more forthcoming. She is a national winner in prose, and the editor-in-chief of Venus Magazine (venusmag.weebly.com). When she isn’t writing, she is wandering the café-scented streets of downtown dreamy-eyed, or finding solace in her safe haven: a bookstore.
Ray Song is a senior at Harker School in San Jose, California. He was born and raised in Shanghai till the age of 14, when he came to the United States by himself for high school. Since an early age, he has been passionate about the humanities, especially culture and philosophy. He has served every year as an ASB officer of the student council. Outside school, he dedicates himself to reading, thinking, and writing.
Richie Hofmann is the author of a collection of poems, Second Empire. He is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and his poems appear in The New Yorker, The Kenyon Review, the New Republic, Ploughshares, and Poetry. He edits Lightbox, an online educational resource featuring original interviews with poets and materials for classroom use.
Sophie Hammond is a sixteen years old senior in high school. Her writing has been recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, her poetry has been published in the 2016 Navigating the Maze teen poetry anthology, and she has attended the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio. She is currently working on her second novel.
Sydney Crosby is a sophomore at her high school, home to the Center of Fine Arts program. She is on her school’s varsity cheer team. She loves to write poetry and script. She loves to curl up during a thunderstorm and write in her journal pretending its her own, personal blog.
W. Jack Savage is a broadcaster and educator. He is the author of seven books including Imagination: The Art of W. Jack Savage (wjacksavage.com). To date, more than fifty of Jack’s short stories and over four-hundred of his paintings and drawings have been published worldwide. Jack and his wife Kathy live in Monrovia, California.
Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Buzzfeed, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and The Best American Poetry. His first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best of the year by Library Journal, Coldfront, and the Academy of American Poets. He is an associate professor of English and creative writing at Emory University.
Sandra Beasley is the author of Count the Waves (W.W. Norton); I Was the Jukebox (W.W. Norton), winner of the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize; and Theories of Falling (New Issues), winner of the 2007 New Issues Poetry Prize. She is also the author of Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life (Crown), a memoir and cultural history of food allergy. Her prose has appeared in such venues as the New York Times, The Washington Post and The Oxford American. Honors for her work include a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts; the Center for Book Arts Chapbook Prize; distinguished writer residencies at Cornell College, Lenoir-Rhyne University, and the University of Mississippi; two DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowships; the C.P. Cavafy Prize from Poetry International; and the Maureen Egen Exchange Award from Poets & Writers.
Kaveh Akbar founded and edits Divedapper. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, PBS NewsHour, Poetry, Narrative, and elsewhere. His first full-length collection, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, will be published by Alice James Books in November 2017. Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, and currently lives and teaches in Florida.