Aditi Uniyal is a high school student and budding writer from Mumbai, India. Her work has been published by The Bombay Literary Magazine. She is passionate about poetry, history and cinema. She believes that close observation almost always results in good poetry.
Alice Xu hails from a small town in New Jersey. She reads for The Blueshift Journal, has served as a co-editor-in-chief for her high school’s literary magazine, and is a Genre Editor for Polyphony H.S.
Amisha Victoria Das is a sixteen-year-old, high school student from India. She wants to dedicate her life to the study of the sky, and aspires to be a radio astronomer. Her other passions include travel, the literary arts, photography, film, and basically anything new. This is her first publication.
Anika Prakash is a sophomore in high school and the editor-in-chief of Red Queen Literary Magazine. She currently serves as a co-news editor for Two Views Magazine, a poetry editor at Parallel Ink, and a prose editor at TRACK//FOUR. Her work has appeared in Venus Magazine and L'Ephemere Review, and is forthcoming in Halo Lit Mag, deLuge, and Hobart.
B. Wolfson is a high school junior in Potomac, MD. Her work has previously been published in The Washington Post, Bethesda Magazine, and has been recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Wolfson enjoys creative writing and is also an active member of her school's newspaper.
Betsy Jenifer is a seventeen-year-old from India. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in The Missing Slate, Skipping Stones, Polyphony H.S, Quail Bell Magazine, and After The Pause, among others. She is obsessive and likes to believe that she is cool.
Dana Chiueh is a current sophomore at a bilingual school in Hsinchu, Taiwan. In her free time, Dana enjoys reading, writing poetry, and taking photographs. Her work has been previously published or is forthcoming in amazingKids, Creative Kids magazine, Scribe Base Magazine, and Moledro Magazine. She can be found on her Tumblr @tragicfruit or Twitter @goodnightxmoonx.
Daniel Blokh is a 15-year-old writer and author of In Migration (BAM! Publishing, 2016), available now on booksamillion.com. His work has been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, Foyle Young Poets, Cicada Magazine, Thin Air magazine, and more. He is an editor at Parallel Ink and reads for The Adroit Journal.
Ebrahim Ahmed Ansari is a youngster from the UAE, currently studying at GEMS Winchester School.
Emma Camp is a junior in the Alabama School of Fine Arts Creative Writing department. Her work has been featured in Canvas, Blue Marble Review, The Interlochen Review, Sugar Rascals, Rookie, Girlspring, Cicada, Aura, and Polyphony H.S., and is forthcoming in Venus and The Orange Island Review. Her work has also been honored by both Hollins University and Gannon University, and has been awarded two gold medals by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
Erin Jin Mei O'Malley is a poet who lives in Germany. She has previously served as a Genre Editor for Polyphony H.S. and is the Co-Founder of Sooth Swarm Journal. Erin has attended workshops run by the University of Virginia and the Kenyon Review. Her work been recognized by Hollins University, Columbia College Chicago, the National YoungArts Foundation, and others. She blogs at www.explorationsoferin.com.
Ezra Lebovitz is a writer and student who is passionate about literature, history, music, and human rights. He attended the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio this past summer, has received awards from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and the New Jersey Council of English Teachers, and works as an editorial intern for The Blueshift Journal. In his spare time, he enjoys making bad puns and trying too hard.
Hena Sarkar is pursuing her Bachelor's in English Literature from Jadavpur University. She has resumed writing after 10 years, and her first poem "of incapabilities, and poetry" is published in Valley Haggard's Life in 10 Minutes. She is obsessed with Emily Dickinson. When she is not reading or writing, she is busy fixing broken things.
Jacqueline He is a writer from San Jose, California. She has won several regional local awards and is part of the masthead for Parallel Ink. She enjoys reading feminist literature, US history textbooks, and critiques on Hamlet.
Joey Reisberg lives near Baltimore, MD, where he studies Literary Arts at Carver Center for Arts and Technology. He is currently representing the northeast as a 2016 National Student Poet. In haphazard bits of free time, Joey forages for mushrooms and watches old horror movies. Catch his work appearing or forthcoming in Red Queen, Fissure, and Sugar Rascals.
John Osler III is a freshman at Grinnell College in Iowa majoring in English and Psychology. He has written over two hundred satirical articles for his underground newspaper The Southern View, and a few for his high school’s legitimate newspaper, Zephyrus, on the side. He has published short stories in Sprout Magazine, The Phosphene Journal, and Random Sample Review.
Joyce Ker is a fifteen-year-old, emerging poet attending the California State Summer School of the Arts, majoring in the creative writing department. She is a California Arts Scholar, and writes for her school's award-winning literary magazine, Lynbrook High School's Vertigo. Joyce resides in San Jose, California.
Juliana Castillo is a 13-year-old emerging writer who resides in Wilmington, Delaware, USA. She finds inspiration for her writing in the convergence of words, people, and metaphors. She was awarded first prize in the Willamette Writers Kay Snow Writing Competition, and her work is forthcoming in both Canvas Literary Journal and Chautauqua Literary Journal.
Kevin McLellan is the author of: Tributary (Barrow Street); the chapbook Round Trip (Seven Kitchens), a collaborative series with numerous women poets; and the book arts project, [box] (Letter [r] Press). McLellan won the 2015 Third Coast Poetry Prize and Gival Press’ 2016 Oscar Wilde Award, and his poems have appeared in journals including: American Letters & Commentary, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Kenyon Review, West Branch, Western Humanities Review, Witness, and several others. Kevin lives in Cambridge, MA.
Laura Ingram is a tiny teen with large glasses. Her poetry and prose have been published in thirty literary magazines, among them Juked Literary Journal, Canvas Lit, Assonance, Hidden Lives, Forrest for the Trees, Allegro Poetry, and Gravel Magazine. She loves Harry Styles and Harry Potter.
Lily Zhou is a high school junior from the San Francisco Bay Area. Her writing has been recognized by the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the Poetry Society of the United Kingdom, the National YoungArts Foundation, Gannon University, and Columbia College Chicago, and has been nominated for Best of the Net. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Winter Tangerine Review, The Blueshift Journal, SOFTBLOW, and Verse Daily. She edits for Polyphony H.S.
Lisa Stice is a poet/mother/military spouse who received a BA in English literature from Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University) and an MFA in creative writing and literary arts from the University of Alaska Anchorage. While it is difficult to say where home is, she currently lives in North Carolina with her husband, daughter and dog. She is the author of a poetry collection, Uniform (Aldrich Press, 2016). You can find out more about her and her publications at lisastice.wordpress.com and facebook.com/LisaSticePoet.
Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello is the author of Hour of the Ox, which won the 2015 AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry (Pittsburgh, 2016), and has received poetry fellowships from Kundiman and the Knight Foundation, among others. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Adroit Journal, Best New Poets 2015, Columbia: A Journal of Literature & Art, december magazine, Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly, Narrative Magazine, and more. She serves as cofounding editor for Print-Oriented Bastards and producer for The Working Poet Radio Show. Visit her online at www.marcicalabretta.com.
Margot Armbruster is a high school junior from Wisconsin. Her work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in Glass Kite Anthology, Polyphony H.S., Canvas Literary Journal, and Best Teen Writing of 2016, among others. She received a national medal in the 2016 Scholastic Art and Writing Award, as well a commendation from the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, and she participated in The Adroit Journal's Summer Mentorship Program this past summer. Her writing deals with themes of femininity and adolescence, and it helps her to better understand her relationships and to learn how to express her viewpoint on the world.
Marie Ungar is a writer from Charlottesville, Virginia, where she is Co-Founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Sooth Swarm Journal. Marie's writing has been published in Eunoia Review and Words Dance, among other journals.
Mark Jackley's new book of poems, On the Edge of a Very Small Town, is available free at email@example.com. His work has appeared in Sugar House Review, Fifth Wednesday, Talking River and other journals.
Meg Boyles is a senior at Hendrix College, where she studies creative writing and religious studies. Recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and The Eudora Welty Foundation, Meg has attended the New York State Summer Writers Institute and the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. Her poetry has most recently appeared in B O D Y, Verse Daily, and The Rising Phoenix Review. She is also a poetry reader for The Adroit Journal.
Megan Guo is a senior at Hangzhou No.2 High School in China. She was born in the United States and moved to China with her family at a young age. As Director of the Digital Video Club and a class reporter for the student body, she is passionate about using photography and videography to record memories for the future. Whether at her school's annual sports competition or travelling around China, it is rare to find her without a camera in hand.
Nina Berggren is a 14-year-old writer. She attends the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, for Creative Writing. In her free time she drinks too much coffee, sings in the shower, takes photos, and wanders aimlessly through San Francisco, the city that she loves and lives in.
Rachana Hegde collects words and other oddities. Her work is a study in chaos and blurred memories, and she is dissonant in the company of strangers. Her poetry has been published in Alexandria Quarterly, Moonsick Magazine, and Hypertrophic Literary. You can find her reading, drowsy-eyed, or at www.rachanahegde.weebly.com.
Richa Shivangi Gupta is a Literature student at University of Delhi. She often pens down her thoughts in the form of poetry and is a voracious reader. Richa is a Project Coordinator at Becoming I Foundation, the International Editor at EAGLE Network, Africa and a Senior Associate at Youth For Peace International. She is a teacher and spends most of her time conducting and developing workshops for school and refugee children. Richa has been published in various magazines, like Urban Mélange, and is involved in social activism. Her vision is for the world to attain peace through excellent primary education.
Ujwal Rajaputhra is a writer, artist, and rising senior from Montgomery, NJ. He's written more poetry than fiction—despite preferring the latter—and isn't sure why; this ambiguity of identity is usually drowned under the tides of poor music taste and stormy midnight moviethons. One day, Elon Musk will shuttle him to Mars, and Ujwal will gaze at the Earth—wondering why he ever worried.
Valerie Wu is an up-and-coming poet attending Presentation High School in North California, where she currently serves as an Admissions Representative, a Social Media and Public Relations Liaison, and a production member of her school's Broadcast Journalism program. While she writes mainly nonfiction—including both journalism and personal essays—she has recently taken to experimenting with various forms. Her poetry very much embodies "free verse" in that they don't follow a specific format, offering the freedom to experiment.
Victoria Hou's poetry has been honored by Scholastic Art & Writing for two consecutive years, and has been published in Textploit, Phosphene Literary Journal, and Glass Kite Anthology. She also serves as the founder and editor-in-chief of Sprout Magazine. Passionate about politics and law, Victoria spends her free time reading up on current events and prosecuting on her Mock Trial team. She also loves jazz, Taiwanese bubble tea, and obscure manga.
Javier Zamora was born in El Salvador and migrated to the US when he was nine. He is a 2016-2018 Wallace Stegner Fellow, 2016 Ruth Lilly/Dorothy Sargent Fellow, and holds fellowships from CantoMundo, Colgate University, MacDowell, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Yaddo. His first book is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press Fall 2017.
Leila Chatti is a Tunisian-American poet. The recipient of a fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, a scholarship from the Tin House Writers’ Workshop, and prizes from Ploughshares' Emerging Writer's Contest, Narrative Magazine’s 30 Below Contest and 8th Annual Poetry Contest, the Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize, and the Academy of American Poets, her poems appear in Best New Poets, Ploughshares, Tin House, Narrative, The Missouri Review, TriQuarterly, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. She is originally from East Lansing, Michigan, and received her MFA in poetry from North Carolina State University.
Paige Lewis is the 2016 recipient of The Florida Review Editors’ Award in Poetry. Their poems are forthcoming in Ploughshares, The Massachusetts Review, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. Paige lives and teaches in Tallahassee, Florida.