AJ Nicoloff is a Poetry Editor for Apprehension, an online literary magazine for writers aged 14-21, and an Assistant Poetry Editor for Crashtest, an online literary magazine for high school aged writers. He currently attends the Creative Writing program at the Fine Arts Center, a magnet arts high school. He has received a Gold Key and a Silver Key from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
Alina Zeng has fallen in love with the arts: photography, painting, music, dance, and poetry. She has written poems for four years because she enjoys expressing important ideas about life in a creative way; she became serious about it when admitted as just an eighth grader into the Poetry Power workshop in Campbell, which had never before enrolled anyone in middle school. Since then, she has achieved publication nationwide and earned a number of awards including a Gold Key in Poetry for Scholastic Regional Art and Writing Awards 2017.
Ashley Tan hails from a small sunny island proudly known as the Little Red Dot and holds an uncanny penchant for all-things pink. One day, she hopes to dominate the world in a princess dress and sparkly tiara, because who ever forbade warriors from dressing in style too?
Audrey Lee is an 18-year-old senior at the Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania and will be attending Franklin and Marshall College this coming fall. She is a 30-time regional winner of the Scholastic Art and Writing awards and the winner of the 2016 DeSales University Poetry Contest. She edits her school literary magazine, The Epolitan, and has attended the University of Virginia Young Writers Workshop and Ithaca College Writers Institute. You can read her writing in The Claremont Review, Rookie Magazine, and to be forthcoming in YARN: The Young Adult Review Network and Canvas Literary Journal.
Brianna Boulay is a teenage novelist from Connecticut.
Cindy Song is a high school junior living in Rockville, Maryland. Her writing has been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, National Poetry Quarterly, and The Rising Phoenix Review. When she's not writing, Cindy can be found baking cookies or watching her favorite TV shows.
Caroline Goldenberg is a high school freshman at Horace Mann School. Caroline debates in the category of Public Forum with her school’s team and also enjoys traveling, learning languages, and of course, reading and writing. She believes that words have the power to carry incredible significance in the lives of all who embrace them.
Danie Knopf-Weinstein is a 16-year-old Jewish writer originally from Long Island, New York who now lives in Greer, South Carolina. They have attended the Fine Arts Center’s Creative Writing program for two years, and they are the prose editor for Apprehension Magazine, an online publication for 14 to 21-year-olds and an Assistant Poetry Editor for Crashtest, an experimental online magazine for high school students. They have been published in Red Fez and the Eunoia Review, and have won A Gold and Two Silver Awards in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
David Rodriguez is a writer and teacher based in New Orleans with an MFA from Florida State University. He has previously
been published in the New Orleans Review, The Southeast Review, Nixes Mate Review, Poetry Pacific, and The Double Dealer Redux, among other places.
Ellie Black studies Creative Writing at Hendrix College, where she serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Aonian literary magazine. Several of her works have been included in the Aonian through an anonymous peer-review process.
Emily Boyer is a 13-year-old living in New York. She actively reads all types of books. Some of her favorite authors are John Green, J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, and Nicholas Sparks. When she is not writing and reading, Emily loves playing soccer and swimming.
Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at Shorter University. Author of novels and poetry, his work has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and dozens of other magazines. His photography has been published in The Front Porch Review, the San Pedro River Review, and more than 170 other publications.
Helli Fang is a current freshman at Bard College. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Adroit Journal, Souvenir Lit, Wildness, Alexandria Quarterly, and more, and has been recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Columbia College of Chicago, and Bennington College. She has also attended the Iowa Young Writer’s Workshop. When Helli is not writing, she enjoys playing the violin and climbing trees.
Kara Knickerbocker is a poet and writer from Saegertown, Pennsylvania She received her B.A. in English from Westminster College in 2012. Her poetry and essays have been published or are forthcoming in print and online publications including: Construction, Longridge Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, One Sentence Poems, and the anthology Voices from the Attic Vol XXII, among others. Her poetry collection “From This Side of the Sun” won first place at Sigma Tau Delta’s 2016 International Convention. She lives in Pittsburgh where she works at Carnegie Mellon University and writes with Carlow University’s Madwomen in the Attic workshops. Find her at www.karaknickerbocker.com
Karissa Dong is a fourth year student with Poetry Power in Campbell, CA and has been published in literary journals nationwide, including Arkansas' 'The Storyteller' and California's 'Song of the San Joaquin.' Additionally, she has won a Gold Key from the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards and several other awards from organizations like the National League of Pen Women.
Maribel C. Pagan has appeared or is forthcoming in Every Day Fiction, The Stray Branch, The Voices Project, and others. She has received the Junior Reading Giants Award, has made the President's List in Mohawk Valley Community College, and others. Additionally, she is the host of The Maddie Show on WLMU Radio, a Prose Editor for Apprehension, and a singer and musician for The Angelic Family Choir. You can find out more about Maribel at http://therollinghills.wordpress.com/.
Maya Rabinowitz is a sixteen year old lover of music and avid reader of anything poetic. She lives in Philadelphia with her two moms and her dog Ollie. She spends most of her free time reading or writing and she is currently an editorial board member of jGirls magazine. Her work has been recognized by Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and has been published by Blue Marble Review.
Michael Meyerhofer’s fourth book, What To Do If You're Buried Alive, was published by Split Lip Press. He is also the author of a fantasy series and the Poetry Editor of Atticus Review. His work has appeared in Hayden's Ferry, Rattle, Brevity, Tupelo Quarterly, Ploughshares, and many other journals. For more information and an embarrassing childhood photo, visit www.troublewithhammers.com.
Nikhila Kulukuru is a seventeen-year-old from Bangalore. She’s the vice-captain of her house at school, and actively participates in inter-school fests. She enjoys singing, dancing, and reading books in her free time. Her passion for photography started a few years ago, when she held her first fancy-looking DSLR at a store; 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’s recently started a Facebook page called Pixotica, and hopes to make a career out of photography one day.
Olivia D’Agostini is a 17-year- old writer from Canada. She has been recognized by Scholastic Arts and Writing regionally and published in other magazines. Olivia is an avid reader and enjoys spending her time looking for new books to read and adding them to her ever growing wish list.
Riley Grace is passionate teen writer from Washington State who owns too many pairs of glasses, and cares deeply about mental health issues. She reads for Polyphony H.S., runs her own blog, and her work has been published by Teen Ink, Sprout Magazine, and The Mercer Island Reporter.
Rohan Garg is a high school student who lives in Cleveland, Ohio. From the time that he first picked up a camera, he has extensively pursued landscape, still-life, and fine art photography. His photography has earned him two Scholastic Gold Keys, exhibitions at the Reinberger Gallery in Cleveland, and publications in more than 10 international literary journals. He sees photography as a means to appreciate natural beauty and to see the world from unique angles.
Sarah Feng is a high school student who lives in California. Her novels Beneath and Chiaroscuro were respectively published in 2014 and 2017, and she has received regional recognition for her fictional writing. She likes minimalism, the Oxford comma, and dogs.
Sharon Xiao (Guest Designer) enjoys creating dynamic and thought-provoking work, specializing in song writing and digital artwork while maintaining her unique style. Her artwork has been exhibited and bought in Leland’s Art Show, and her lyrics have been sung at the high school club she co-founded, Club Allegro. She enjoys drawing and writing poetry while sipping tea and snuggling with her stuffed panda. Sharon was the Guest Designer for Issue 5, and provided the lovely image for the cover page; she also helped us with the posters.
Sreya Sreedhar is an IB diploma student who can usually be observed hibernating, shaking a leg to Bollywood music or lip syncing Kendrick Lamar verses. She strongly believes in the power of art and voices her strong opinions on society through her blog posts and artwork. Excelling in the GCSE art exams with an A*, her current archenemies are known to be Math HL and the Extended Essay.
Vidhima Shetty is a sophomore in high school. Poetry has been a longtime passion of hers since she was young and continues to influence her everyday. Vidhima has been published in Eloquence, Creative Communications, and Red Queen Literary Magazine for her poetry. When she isn't writing, she is busy eavesdropping on conversations for inspiration in future pieces. She hopes to publish a book of poems some day.
Gillian Cummings is the author of My Dim Aviary, which was chosen as the winner of the 2015 Hudson Prize (Black Lawrence Press, 2016). She has also written three chapbooks. Her poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Boulevard, the Colorado Review, the Crab Orchard Review, Denver Quarterly, The Laurel Review, Linebreak, Quarterly West, and in other journals. In 2008, she was awarded a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Fund Poetry Prize. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College’s MFA program, Gillian lives in Westchester County, New York.
Jeanann Verlee is a 2017 NEA Poetry Fellow and author of two books, Said the Manic to the Muse andRacing Hummingbirds, which earned a silver medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards. Her third book, prey, was first runner-up for the 2016 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award and will be published by Black Lawrence Press in 2018. She has been awarded the Third Coast Poetry Prize and the Sandy Crimmins National Prize, and her work appears in Adroit, The Journal, Yemassee, and BuzzFeed Reader, among others. Verlee has worked as poetry editor for various publications, including Union Station Magazine and Winter Tangerine Review: Fragments of Persephone, in addition to a number of individual collections. Former director of the Urbana Poetry Slam reading series, she performs and facilitates workshops at schools, theatres, libraries, bookstores, and dive bars across North America. She wears polka dots, kisses Rottweilers, and believes in you. Find her at jeanannverlee.com.
Meggie Royer is a writer and photographer from the Midwest who is currently majoring in Psychology at Macalester College. Her poems have previously appeared in Words Dance Magazine, The Harpoon Review, Melancholy Hyperbole, and more. She has won national medals for her poetry and a writing portfolio in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and was the Macalester Honorable Mention recipient of the 2015 Academy of American Poets Student Poetry Prize.
Toni Bowers, Ph.D., is Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches poetry and prose written during the 17th and 18th centuries. She is particularly happy to publish "Five Messages for a Dead Artist" in Moledro because the word "moledro" evokes an experience central to the poem: a deep attachment to a dead stranger that leads to revised thinking about the power of art and what it means to be present in the world. Readers are challenged to identify the poem's addressee, someone virtually everyone has heard of.