Richa Gupta (Founder, Editor-in-chief)
Richa is an eighteen-year-old poet and blogger from Bangalore, India. An avid writer, Richa has been published in several literary journals, such as New Plains Review, Yellow Chair Review, The Daphne Review, Poetry Quarterly, Literary Orphans, The Missing Slate, and Alexandria Quarterly. She is also a blog contributor with The Huffington Post.
Kaajal Gupta is a high school student from India, who enjoys exploring the nexus between writing and computer programming. Also a passionate photographer, Kaajal finds joy in clicking nature photographs and adding a personal twist on them. She can generally be seen working furiously on a laptop, while Modern Family plays in the background.
Priya Saraff thinks her love for stories started because of her mom's habit of reading to her brother and her every night. One night, when she was six, she wrote her first poem on her then obsession, the Solar System. That was a start to whole new phase of her life, where she started rhyming about all sorts of things. After moving to India in 2009, her new school brought out her interest in poetry even more. As of late, she'd been trying out short stories and free verse poems as well. Apart from writing, she also considers herself a full-time fan-girl. She believes characters, whether from books or TV shows, will always be her passion.
Devanshi Agarwal is a senior at The International School Bangalore, with a skill for scrolling through Tumblr for hours and an uncanny love for everything ZAYN. Her ambition of becoming a Medical Lawyer has been driven by her interest in biology and debate. Other than reading and writing poetry, Devanshi enjoys playing the piano, traveling, acting, cooking and scuba diving.
Ria Ranadive is a perplexed 17 year old, as most 17 year olds are. Intrigued by aestheticism, and seasoned at speaking with spoonerisms, she enjoys the unintentional usage of literary devices. If she’s not running or swimming, she’s most probably trying to understand Indian politics (she's from Singapore).
Photography and Visual Art Editors
Aaditi Pradeep is a twelfth grader with a passion for writing. She has been writing poetry from the age of ten and has published many of her writings in newspapers. She currently heads the literary department in her school, a responsibility she has been entrusted with for the second time in two years. She believes you can truly express what you feel when you put pen to paper; that’s when you’re really you. She is also the second place winner in the American Protégé competition, and performed at Carnegie Hall in December 2016.
Arnav Garg is a senior at The International School Bangalore (TISB), Bangalore, India. Currently pursuing computer science and data analytics, he loves to write poetry in his free time. As a music enthusiast and self-learnt guitarist, Arnav can be heard jamming to Pink Floyd and Porcupine Tree late at night, even on school days. He has also been a part of numerous bands that have performed at various charity concerts and competitions locally and nationally. Possessing a degree in Tabla and currently pursuing Hindustani Vocals, Arnav can usually be found writing originals in the music room of his school, which he considers his second home.
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.
Archita Mittra loves to tell stories with words and images, and has a fondness for the vintage and the darkly 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. You can find out more about her at her website
Michael Cheng is a high school junior from Pennsylvania. He has earned Gold and Silver Keys in the Scholastic Writing Awards and he has been or will be published in the Blue Marble Review, Imagine Magazine, and Skipping Stones. He was the recipient of a 2016 NSLI-Y scholarship from the US Department of State, which allowed him to explore language, culture, and identity in a global setting. In his poetry, he seeks to highlight the hopes and sorrows of the world. He dreams of a better and more sustainable future. Outside of writing, Michael captains his school's Science Olympiad team and loves learning about International Affairs.
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.
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.
Nilesh Mondal, 22, is an undergraduate in engineering by choice and a poet and writer by chance. His works have been published or are forthcoming in magazines and journals like Inklette, The Bombay Review, Muse India, Coldnoon Travel Poetics, Cafe Dissensus, and Kitaab, among others. His first book of poetry titled ‘Degrees of Separation’ (Writers Workshop), is slated for a 2017 release. He is also a writer and curator at Terrribly Tiny Tales.
Trivarna Hariharan (Prose Editor)
Devanshi Khetarpal (Poetry Editor)
Oliver Yong (Prose Editor)
Srishti Dutta Chowdhury is the Charles Wallace Scholar for Creative Writing in the University of Edinburgh (2016) and a student of Comparative Literature at Jadavpur University. She has been just finished editing a chapbook that will be sent for publication shortly. She has been published at TFQM, Visual Verse, Coldnoon Travel Poetics, Bangalore Review, Muse India, the Norwich Radical, Kindle, etc. Besides poetry, she is also an avid translator and food photographer (instagram handle: whatkatyatenext_).
Chris Bedell's previous publishing credits include essays on the online magazine Thought Catalog, short stories on Crab Fat Literary Magazine, Pidgeonholes Magazine, Abbreviate Journal, Quail Bell Magazine, and Short-Story.me, creative nonfiction personal essays on Inklette Magazine, Entropy Magazine, and Sprout Magazine. The writing podcast - The Drunken Odyssey featured one of his hybrid creative nonfiction personal essays/book reviews this past April. He graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at William Paterson University.
Masfi Khan is a high school student in New York. She is a current prose reader for Glass Kite Anthology. When not writing, she enjoys baking and admiring nature.
Nikila Chhetri (20) is a student involuntarily sucked into the all-consuming abyss of engineering, who absolutely despises all arts students because she’s not one of them. She is a co-founder of the Bhubaneswar Poetry Club, which holds monthly poetry meets for enthusiasts across her city, and encourages people to pursue literature with more passion and conviction. She was also a finalist in the National Youth Poetry Slam organised by Airplane Poetry Movement in September 2016, and has worked on the Editorial Board of her university magazine for two years. As a person whose work primarily dies inside her diary, she doesn’t have many accolades to adorn walls, but she is finally trying to be a little less uptight and grow her roots in the literary world.
Victoria Hou is a high school senior living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a published poet; her work appears in Glass Kite Anthology, Textploit, and Phosphene, among others. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of Sprout Magazine. Victoria has been a traditional visual artist from the age of six, but she finds that digital media allows her to be more creative in how she expresses herself. Victoria refuses to switch from GIMP to Photoshop because she's a stubborn freeware loyalist. When she's not designing or writing, you can find her local boba shop, complaining about politics with a few friends.
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.
Tanya Singh is the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of The Cerurove. Their work has appeared, or is forthcoming in Literary Orphans, Black Napkin Press, 82 Star Review, Polyphony H.S, and elsewhere. Their work has been recognised by the Times of India Student Edition, The Great Indian Literary Festival, among other places. They think of poetry as a souvenir, and they are glad to take some back home.
Katha Sikka lives in Ithaca, NY, where she is a student at Cornell University.
Alexandra A. Reinecke is a writer and journalist who uses writing as a tool to encourage empathy and affect positive change.
Sulagna Mustafi is a freelance writer and editor. Though her formal academic training has been in social sciences, literature is what she describes as the confidante of her soul. If she could she would spend her life traveling and reading. Her written work can be read on online forums such as Women's Web.
Fatemeh Mirjalili is a student from Mumbai. She's loves playing the guitar, writing poetry and reading books that range from crime fiction to satire. She enjoys watching movies and trying new cuisines.
Social Media Managers
Shunmel Syau is a seventeen-year-old writer from California. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Just Poetry and Star 82 Review, and has been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. When not faithfully chasing after her elusive muse, you can find her playing volleyball, crying over AP chemistry, or wandering downtown with her friends and drinking milk tea.
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.