Archita Mittra loves to tell stories with words and images, and has a fondness for the vintage and the darkly fantastical. A 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. You can find out more about her at her website https://thepolyphonicphoenix.wordpress.com/.
Note: Archita's image was previously featured at Quail Bell Magazine
Betsy Jenifer is a seventeen-year-old artist and writer from Vellore, South India. Her works have been published or are forthcoming in Polyphony H.S, Élan, Canvas literary journal, The Claremont Review and The Rush, among others. She is also the first place winner of The Daphne Review's inaugural Web art competition.
Bruce McRae, a Canadian musician currently residing on Salt Spring Island BC, is a Pushcart nominee with over a thousand poems published internationally in magazines such as Poetry, Rattle, and the North American Review. His books are The So-Called Sonnets (Silenced Press), An Unbecoming Fit Of Frenzy (Cawing Crow Press) and Like As If (Pskis Porch), all available via Amazon.
Courtney Felle just graduated from Nichols School in Buffalo, NY, and she’s still in shock. She plans to attend Kenyon College next fall, studying creative writing and political science. Her work has been recognized by the University of Buffalo, Brain Mill Press, Jet Fuel Review, Blue Marble Review, and Chautauqua Literary Magazine, among others.
Emily Tian was born in 2001 and is a high school sophomore in Rockville, Maryland. Her poems have been recognized by the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and the Reflections program, among others. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Cadaverine Magazine, The Claremont Review, and National Poetry Quarterly.
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.
Faith Potts is a seventeen-year-old writer from Boston, Massachusetts. She now lives in Holden, Massachusetts, where she writes short stories and novellas in all of her spare time. Although she has not attended college yet, she plans to, and hopes to learn more and more about writing.
Hannah Reigle is a high school sophomore, 16 years old, out of northeast Texas. She is a Creative Writing student and long-time poetry fanatic. She likes to focus her poems, essays, and short stories on things that are strange, insightful, and abstract.
Isabella Li is a high school student from North Carolina. She is a prose reader for For the Sonorous and Glass Kite Anthology, and is a three-time national medalist in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. She has been published in TRACK//FOUR, Canvas, and Teen Ink (Print and Editor’s Choice). When not writing, she enjoys biochemistry research, Game of Thrones, and Harry Potter.
Jim Zola has worked in a warehouse, as a security guard, in a bookstore, as a teacher for Deaf children, as a toy designer for Fisher Price, and currently as a children's librarian. Published in many journals through the years, his publications include a chapbook -- The One Hundred Bones of Weather (Blue Pitcher Press) -- and a full length poetry collection -- What Glorious Possibilities (Aldrich Press). He currently lives in Greensboro, NC
Katarina Boudreaux is a New Orleans writer, musician, composer, tango dancer, and teacher. Her novel Still Tides was a semi-finalist in the 2016 Faulkner-Wisdom competition. Her first novel Platform: Dwellers is forthcoming from Owl Hollow Press.
Kathleen Walker is a 16-year-old high school student from Clemson, SC. She hopes to study journalism and political science in college and become a political journalist. When she isn't writing, she enjoys spending time with her horses, reading any book she can get her hands on, and learning to drive her mother's rusty Mazda RX-7.
Leah Gaush writes from a forested suburb in Northern Virginia. She dreams in black and white but lives her life in color. Her poetry has been published in several anthologies including Susquehanna University’s The Apprentice Writer and Northern Virginia Writing Project’s Falling for the Story. She plans to continue writing as she attends Brigham Young University as a freshman.
Leah Trachtenberg is a senior at Methuen High School in Massachusetts. She began writing prose and poetry in her creative writing class. Leah will be attending Brandeis University and will be majoring in Judaic Studies with the hopes of becoming a rabbi in the future.
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 a Pushcart Prize nominee and 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.
M. A. Istvan Jr. PhD, although a university professor, actually makes most of his money now as a method translator of AAVE. In light of his extreme efforts to ensure sincere and emotionally expressive translation, Jet Magazine has in fact dubbed him the Daniel-Day-Lewis of his craft. For instance, he might sip Tempranillo from a Burgundy glass when translating to Standard English and swig Boone’s Farms from a brown-bagged bottle when translating the other way. Visit his page at https://txstate.academia.edu/MichaelIstvanJr.
Maribel C. Pagan has appeared in Zaum, Persephone’s Daughters, Every Day Fiction, and others. She has received the Junior Reading Giants Award, has made the President's List in Mohawk Valley Community College and has received a number of other awards and scholarships. Additionally, she is a Prose Reader for Apprehension Magazine, and a singer and musician for The Angelic Family Choir. Visit Maribel at http://therollinghills.wordpress.com/.
Morgan Almasy is a sophomore creative writing major at Red Bank Regional High School. She has been a recipient of a gold key, four silver keys, and an honorable mention in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Her poetry will appear in Blue Marble Review in late May.
Nikhila Kulukuru is an eighteen-year-old from Bangalore. 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.
Noelle Hendrickson is a fifteen-year-old American, currently studying abroad in Melbourne, Australia. Pieces of hers have been published in literary magazines such as The Claremont Review and Blue Marble Review. Her journalism work can be found on Affinity Magazine, The Open Mormon Blog, Medium, Bob Jones Patriot Pages, and the Invincible Movement.
R. E Hengsterman is a Pushcart-nominated writer, film photographer and flawed human who deconstructs the human experience through images and words. He writes under the Carolina blue sky. You can see more of his work at www. ReHengsterman.com and find him on Twitter at @rehengsterman.
Rachael Bindas lives and writes in the Pittsburgh area, where she is currently editing a novel. She focuses mainly on fiction and journalism, but still harbors a deep love for poetry. Her work has been featured in The Tab, The Holiday Café, and Aeons, and she placed in the 2014 Twin Lakes Arts and Heritage Festival.
Rachna Shah is an incoming freshman at Dartmouth University. She has broadened her perspective through engaging in the initiatives of civic organizations, as co-founder of her school's DECA chapter and Midwest representative for the Young Jains of America. Rachna is also a writer and editor for several literary and political magazines, including Polyphony HS, Young Minds, The Weekly Buzz, and Her Campus, and enjoys learning about healthcare reform. She is dedicated to examining international and domestic politics through an economic lens. As President of Bridge the Divide, she uses her words as a platform for change and responsibility, encouraging and enabling youth to stay informed and active in the political arena. Her work has been published in Odyssey, The Telling Room, TeenInk, Amazing Kids! Magazine, among other literary journals.
Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL, USA with his wife, Vickie and daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart, Best of the Net and Best of the Web nominee whose work has appeared in more than a thousand publications.
Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, Forge, Poetry, Osiris, The New Yorker and elsewhere. His most recent collection is The B Poems published by Poets Wear Prada, 2016. For more information, including free e-books, his essay titled “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities” please visit his website at www.simonperchik.com.
Sofiul Azam has three poetry collections Impasse (2003), In Love with a Gorgon (2010), Safe under Water (2014) and edited Short Stories of Selim Morshed (2009). His poems are published in Prairie Schooner, Poetry Salzburg Review, The Journal, Orbis, The Cannon’s Mouth, Postcolonial Text, etc. and anthologized in Journeys, Caught in the Net, Poets Against War, Poetry for Charity Volume 2. He is now working on Earth and Windows: New and Selected Poems. He teaches English at Victoria University of Bangladesh, having taught it before at Independent University Bangladesh, Southeast University and Royal University of Dhaka.
Story Frantzen is currently a Junior at Episcopal School of Acadiana in Broussard, LA. His poem, "A Madman Named Matt," placed 1st in the Writes of Spring Contest in 2015-2016.
Taylor Fang is a high school student living in Utah. Her works have previously been published in Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Sprout Magazine, and others. Besides poetry, she is a captain on her high school's speech and debate team, plays piano and tennis, and volunteers at several local organizations.
W. Jack Savage is a retired 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.
Zoe Smith-Holladay is a 13-year-old creative writing major at the Denver School of the Arts in Denver, Colorado. She is founder & author of kidsanimalstation.com, an animal blog she started when she was eight. In Spring 2016, Smith-Holladay’s first fictional piece of prose “No Man’s Land” was published in literary magazine Calling Upon Calliope. She was published again in Calling Upon Calliope in Spring 2017 for photography. In the Summer of 2016, she presented her “Ode to James Baldwin” at the American University in Paris, France, which was published in African Voices, http://africanvoices.com/avblog/ode-to-james-baldwin/.