Cindy Tran

Founder + Editor-in-Chief

Cindy Tran is a college junior studying publishing and marketing communications. She is an R2 mentee of The Authors of Tomorrow’s #CoachHunt and a 2020 Young Adult Writer Fellow of GrubStreet. Her pieces have been published in Adolescent, Ashamed Magazine, Overachiever Magazine, Stretch Journal, and more. When she isn’t at her desk writing or editing, you can find her meticulously planning her life out in a worn black Moleskine journal or attempting to cram more books onto her already caving shelf. 

Favorite book: Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong

Aspirations: To finish her Asian-inspired cyberpunk manuscript and find it a home someday!

Leah Prodigalidad

Artistic Director

Leah Prodigalidad is a college freshman in Boston, Massachusetts. She is an aspiring artist who previously worked with Boston’s Mayor Mural Crew and she hopes to one day illustrate her own children’s book. She loves to sing, dance, and make art but when she isn’t doing any of those hobbies, she is probably drinking coffee while adding stuff she won’t buy into her online shopping cart.

Favorite book: Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Aspirations: To hold her own art exhibition and start a cafe that provides a debut space for rookie artists/musicians/etc.

Alena Tran

Publication Editor

Alena is a ninth-grader from Boston who in her free time, enjoys reading anything and everything sci-fi or fantasy. If she’s not having an existential crisis about fictional characters, you can probably find her testing out strange filters on Instagram or struggling with catching bugs in Animal Crossing. 

Favorite book: Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Aspirations: To work in a math-related field and to never stop reading.

Hye-won Yoo

Managing Editor (Issue submissions + THE LAB)

Hye-won currently lives in Michigan. She loves to spend her days re-reading her favorite books (while ignoring the mountain of books on her TBR), writing short stories, and procrastinating by watching random YouTube videos. She is 100% a night owl and will most likely not be fully conscious until at least 12 PM. Hye-won hopes to encourage other writers to go after their dreams and persevere through all the struggles they may encounter.

Favorite book: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Aspirations: To become a psychiatrist in order to help others and break the stigma around mental health.

Isabella Melians

Managing Editor (Staff Submissions) + Newsletter Manager

Isabella Melians (she/her) is a junior attending school in South Florida. She is the vice president of her school’s writing club, “The Writer’s Circle,” and has been published or is forthcoming in Rasa Review, Fever Dreams, K’in Literary Journal, Spillover Magazine, Ice Lolly Review, NonBinary Review, and other reviewers. In her free time, she enjoys playing the cello, painting, and rewatching Netflix Series. 

Favorite book: The Journals of Susanna Moodie by Margaret Atwood 

Aspirations:  To attend college at a Northeast campus and study in the forensic field. 

Editorial Team

Gabriella Troy

Prose Editor + Staff Poet

Gabby is a college freshman based in Boston, Massachusetts. She has a deep interest in STEM fields such as biology and chemistry, and has completed a data science research project on the genetics behind breast cancer. She has a passion for nature and animals, and is dedicated to learning as much as she possibly can. If she’s not outside reading, you can probably find her in the kitchen baking another loaf of bread. 

Favorite book: And I Darken by Kiersten White

Aspirations: To become a veterinarian and to connect biomedical engineering to animals.

Margaret Dalton

Prose Editor

Margaret is a sophomore studying English and creative writing at the University of Iowa. Margaret has had her work featured in Melted Butter Magazine, PLAYSET! Magazine, and other publications. When she isn’t reading or writing fiction as a means of escapism, she is spending an ungodly amount of time online watching overly long video essays on subjects varying from literary analysis to the detailed histories of old amusement park rides.

Favorite Book: In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

Aspirations: To actually finish one of her WIPs and become a published author.

Cyrene Vance

Poetry Editor

Cyrene is a fifteen year old based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. She is very passionate about exploring concepts such as humanity and the importance of emotion through her work. In an effort to create a home for those who need it the most, she founded From You, a digital community project that allows a chance for expression and transparency through anonymity. Aside from writing, Cyrene enjoys capturing the world around her through her camera and watching films.

Favorite Book: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Aspirations: To be a published author and work as a therapist to assist people with the challenges they face in their daily lives.

Benjamin Wesley

Poetry Editor

Benjamin (he/him) is a high school senior from Kentucky. As a lover of stories, he aspires to be an editor and author of great poetry and prose. When not writing, he can be found studying fencing, reading philosophy by the pond, and riding his bike.

Favorite book: Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson 

Aspirations:  To become an editor at a traditional publishing company. 

Sean Wang

Poetry Editor

Sean Wang is a writer and editor from Singapore. You will find him walking art galleries with a tote bag while listening to SZA or Lana del Rey, film camera in hand. He also enjoys films about doomed romances, anime, plants, and retro-futuristic houses. 

Favorite book: Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata

Aspirations: To become a writer or a curator, or some combination thereof. Also, to learn more languages and travel the world! 

Karina Teichert

Personal Essay Editor

Hailing from just outside of Atlanta, Karina (she/they) is a Literature, Media, and Communications student at the Georgia Institute of Technology. When they’re not reading, writing, or pestering their friends about joining student radio, you can probably find them playing roller derby, rehearsing with their band, or curating hyper-specific playlists. Her favorite desserts are red bean cakes and she can’t survive a week without boba. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to edit and help other writers uncover the true texture of their work.

Favorite book: Kafka On The Shore by Haruki Murakami

Aspirations: To move to a little house in Portland and start a cassette label/indie rock band/zine.

Thanisha Chowdhury

Prose Editor

Thanisha is a high school freshman from Northern Virginia. She enjoys writing prose in her free time and articles for her school newspaper, and reading every moment in between. When she’s not asleep face-down in an open book, you can find her drawing trees on her arm during class, browsing forums about linguistics, or trying to get her world map to stay on the wall. Thanisha is an avid believer that there is a story in everything; it’s just a matter of how hard you look.

Favorite book: We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

Aspirations:  To become a college professor of an extremely obscure topic.

Callie Cheng

Poetry Editor

Callie currently lives in Vancouver British Columbia and is completing her final year of high school. She first developed a love of story beneath blankets under dimmed lights at bedtime through the words of her grandparents, and hopes to continue their legacies by one day having her own words published. Outside of writing, Callie plays the bass, and has also competed in numerous robotics competitions- she plans to further this passion by pursuing STEM in her post secondary studies.

Favorite book:  The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Aspirations: To conquer the world and whatever it decides to throw at her, or something like that.

Chloe Lin

Poetry Editor

Chloe (she/her) is a teen writer based in Long Island, New York. She is a finalist in 1455’s 3rd Annual Teen Poetry Contest, and she is currently published in Rattle, Ice Lolly Review, and elsewhere; she is also a submissions reader at the Young Writers Initiative. When Chloe is not selling her soul to a Google Document, she enjoys practicing the clarinet, folding paper cranes, and singing karaoke to herself by herself. 

Favorite book: The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

Aspirations: to be the proud author of a poetry anthology & learn how to not burn her pancakes 

Anne Marie Ward

Personal Essay Editor

Anne Marie (she/her) is a writer from New Jersey. She is a graduate of Fordham University, where she studied Creative Writing and Comparative Literature. She currently lives in KCMO with her partner and their dog. Her friends call her Anne Marie or AM.

Favorite book: In The Dream House by Maria Machado  Bluets by Maggie Nelson

Aspirations: To continue writing, creating, learning, and being alive and well!

Caitlin Andrews

Poetry Editor

Caitlin (Cait) Andrews is an English Literature and Philosophy undergraduate, freelance copy editor, writer of ham-fisted poetry, and serial kitsch enthusiast. Her work can be found in a variety of online journals, including Antipoetry Magazine, Soft Sound Press, Periphery Magazine, Outlander Magazine, or via some light internet stalking at

Favorite book: The Graduate by Charles Webb

Aspirations: To have something to aspire to.

Emily Pedroza

Poetry Editor

Emily is a tenth-grader in the Bay Area. In her free time, she enjoys reading magical realism and listening to R&B. When she’s bored, she bakes desserts and forces everyone to eat them.

Favorite book: Housekeeper and The Professor by Yoko Ogawa

Aspirations: To move into a city apartment with a nice view.

Yusra Usmani

Poetry Editor

Yusra Usmani is a writer of poetry and literary theory. Her work has previously been published in various places including Luphyr, QT Literary Magazine, and Egophobia. She has published a poetry collection with Bottlecap Press and has another coming soon with The Blasted Tree. When she’s not working, she likes playing guitar and spending time in nature.

Favorite book: Demian by Herman Hesse

Aspirations: To study comparative religion and make a unique contribution to its application.


Montez Louria

Staff Personal Essay Writer

Montez Louria is blogger and former English Teacher from Baltimore, MD. She is currently an MFA student at Chapman University, studying Creative Writing. Her work can be found in Wear Your Voice magazine and Ghost Heart Literary Journal and she is the co-creator of Ova West Side Story Magazine. Aside from writing, Montez likes to cook, watch anime and anything superhero related. She loves the beach and finding random pop culture trivia. Catch her misadventures in food and life via Instagram and Twitter @precise_prose.

Favorite book: Blue Is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh

Aspirations: To use her writing to address taboo subject matter in her communities and also to become an author and tenured professor. 

Varrick Kwang

Staff Prose Writer

Varrick Kwang is a twenty-year-old writer from Singapore who recently graduated trade school. He is known among his community for being a diehard crime fiction writer.
When he is not cooking up criminal schemes (it’s only for fiction, he insists), you’ll most likely find him training martial arts, working out, or binge-watching youtube.
Lover of all things art, he wishes to branch out further in film, vlogging and visual art.

Favorite book: Caged Warrior by Alan Lawrence Sitomer 

Aspirations:  To be a well-respected polymath and of course, a published author.

Jessica Liu

Staff Personal Essay Writer

Jessica is a freshman in college, studying economics and creative writing. She is a reporter for her university’s student-run newspaper, the University Times, and her words have been featured in the Los Angeles Times and Reclamation Magazine. In her free time, she likes tending to her (honestly excessive amount of) houseplants, and making really good turkey, fig and brie sandwiches.

Favorite book: The Program by Suzanne Young

Aspiration: to go to grad school in a different country and become a fashion journalist 

Revika Sangamita

Staff Poet

Revika Sangamita (she/they) is a queer poet, artist, and dreamer residing in New Delhi, India. They are currently majoring in social work from the University of Delhi. When not illustrating her characters in the corners of the textbooks, she is usually watching k dramas and finding new music. Their work has been featured in Live Wire India, Graveyard Zine, Evoke & Echo Literary Magazine, and several anthologies.

Favorite Book: The People We Keep by Allison Larkin

Aspirations: To work for mental health and queer individuals. To express themselves. To live.

Niamh Kelly

Staff Poet

Niamh is a BA graduate of English Literature and Sociology. She is currently completing a Master’s in Children’s Literature. She loves reading fantasy and YA novels.

Favorite Book: His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman

Future Aspirations: To hopefully one day work as an editor or publisher.

Caela Magale

Staff Poet

Caela Magale is a Philippine-based writer and author dabbling in both creative and technical
freelance works. She is currently in university taking up psychology. She is the author of Tenants of Melancholy Hotel, a poetry collection. Her pieces have been published in Silakbo PH and are also included on NOVICE’s upcoming issue. You can find her reading, or thinking of which color to dye her hair next when she’s not busy writing.

Favorite Book: The Secret History by Donna Tartt, Time is a Mother by Ocean Vuong, and Alice Oseman’s books.

Future Aspirations: To live abroad, publish more books, and write until I cease.

Ari Chattoo

Staff Poet

Ari Chattoo is an English Literature and Linguistics major from the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago. She can usually be found searching for poetry in every living thing with caffeine in one hand and
her phone in the other. In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach, curating playlists for long drives, trying (and failing) to convince her friends to read her current favorite books and learning new languages.

Favorite Book: The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin and I Am Becoming My Mother by Lorna Goodison

Future Aspirations: To create art that can bring someone comfort on a hard day, to keep writing until her last breath, and to be published!

Keri Stewart

Staff Poet

Keri Stewart, a psychology student at UNH, is a poet of four self-published collections, including her most recent collection My Butterfly Effect. Her works focus on using metaphor to emphasize vulnerability and authenticity. Keri recently founded a digital art and literature magazine called Meadow Mouse Zine. However, in her time away from writing she enjoys fashion, reading self-growth books, and horror movies.

Favorite Book: The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

Future Aspirations: To become a full-time poet, explore other creative fields, and finally get my passport so I can travel

Michelle Rochniak

Staff Poet

Michelle Rochniak (she/they) is a junior professional writing major and women’s studies minor at Western Connecticut State University. She is also a 2022 CT Collegiate Poet with the Connecticut Poetry Circuit (and a Greek mythology aficionado!). Current pubs include Gleam, Celestite Poetry, and Aothen Magazine. Follow them on Instagram @shell.songs and Twitter @shellroch!

Favorite Book: One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston (prose) and If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho, trans. Anne Carson (poetry)

Future Aspirations: To share my love of writing with others professionally and personally and to be a role model for future generations of queer writers!

Aida Safiyah

Staff Personal Essay Writer

Aida Safiyah is a writer and student from Seremban, Malaysia. Majoring in genetics but having a penchant for literature, her personal mission is increasing education access and mitigating the schism between STEM disciplines and the arts. When she’s not in a staring competition with a blank Word document, you can find her competing in regional debate tournaments with her friends or defending mint chocolate ice cream. She loves doing community-driven work and revising her feminist praxis from those experiences.

Favorite Book: I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong

Future Aspirations: To earn, save up, and bring her six younger siblings on a trip overseas!

Anna Conway

Staff Poet

Anna Frances Conway is a writer from Belfast, graduating from Queen’s with an undergraduate in English and Drama and a Master’s in Creative writing. She has had work published in The Moth Magazine, Abridged Magazine and the Penny Dreadful. She’s a huge fan of Seamus Heaney and J.D Salinger, and loves acting and writing for theatre in her spare time. She’s not naturally ginger but likes to believe she is.

Favorite Book: The Catcher in The Rye by J. D. Salinger

Future Aspirations: To be a full time writer 

Natalie Haywood

Staff Poet

Natalie is originally from the north of England, but now lives and works in the south of the country. She has a degree in photography, and a Master’s degree in creative writing. When she’s not writing for her job as a content writer, she can be found writing poetry, taking photos, or looking after her (50 plus) plants. 

Favorite Book: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Future Aspirations: To further my career as a content writer, and hopefully get published one day.

Luke Valmadrid

Staff Poet

Luke enjoys cooking tofu, qualitative research, IU’s prolific body of work, and playing video games with faraway friends. He is also an M1 at UCSD. Hopes to make some music soon. One time.

Favorite Book:  The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle and The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Future Aspirations: To collaborate with my inspirations

Caycey Pound

Staff Poet

Caycey Pound (@briefcayc on Twitter and pretty much everywhere else) is a poet/artist from South Carolina, US. She has a B.A. in English from College of Charleston and is currently working as a tutor. She spends her free time watching Lifetime movies and reality TV with her super-wonderful pug, surrounded by her plants. 🙂

Favorite Book: The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury 

Future Aspirations: To publish a book of poetry

Jules Descoteaux

Staff Poet

Short bio: Jules Descoteaux (they/she) is a writer with undergraduate degrees in English Writing, Literature, and Gender Studies. Living art and imitating life’s darkest moments, she finds solace in writing in any genre, making unprecedented and unpracticed visual art, and attempting to be funny online. When those fall short, they can be found playing fetch with their cat, Cleopatra, or blasting music loud enough to drown out their ringing eardrums.

Favorite Book: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Future Aspirations: To explore my creativity and sense of self while attending as many concerts as humanly possible!

Fatima Makama

Staff Prose Writer

Fatima Makama is a full-time undergraduate student and part-time writer with far too many book ideas and too little time to write them. She is passionate about global healthcare and the intersections between medicine and creative writing through the medical humanities. A book lover with a soft spot for sad stories, you can often find her reading novels that will (probably) make her cry, writing sad stories of her own, watching anime and buying far too many books as per booktube’s recommendations.

Favorite Book: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Future Aspirations: To help mitigate health disparities prominent within underserved communities and to publish novels that feature black, Muslim main characters.

Winona Wardwell

Staff Personal Essay Writer

Winona Wardwell is a highschool junior in Boston. In her free time she likes to read or dive into a new crochet project. You can often find her in the library hunched over her laptop or in her kitchen trying to perfect her sourdough brownie recipe.

Favorite Book: You Exist Too Much by Zaina Arafat

Future Aspirations: To become an environmental lawyer and fight for more fossil fuel regulations.

Gabrielle Roessler

Staff Prose Writer

Gabrielle is a creative sprinter – she writes short stories, poetry, and creative nonfiction that prove she made great returns on her therapy investments. Her work has been featured in Storyteller, Headcannon Magazine, The Midnight Mass Anthology, Warning Lines, Orange Blush Zine, and elsewhere. She’s a 10, but constantly forgets to finish her mug of tea.

Favorite Book: It varies, but she will always throw Ian McEwan’s Atonement at a wall.

Future Aspirations: To be a positive role model for other writers that also find themselves on nontraditional experiential learning paths.

Dia VanGunten

Staff Personal Essay Writer

Dia VanGunten focuses on intimate, character centered prose. Sometimes that character is herself. Her current WIP is an experiment in microscopic storytelling. Pink Zombie Rose is an existential love story set at societal and psychic tipping points.

Favorite Book: Trickster Makes This World by Lewis Hyde 

Future Aspirations: to find PZR’s audience (fellow weirdos who want to get up-close and cozy with flawed characters as they go through their changes.)

Terra Ungson

Staff Prose Writer

Terra Ungson is a Filipina scribbler of poems and small stories. She is currently studying Comparative Literature at the University of the Philippines Diliman, and is known for her warm hugs and crocheting during meetings. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in Ampersand, Girl Up Philippines, Southchild Lit, and Northern Otter Press.

Favorite Book: Dwellers by Eliza Victoria

Future Aspirations: To run a cafe with her partner (she makes the pastries, they make the coffee), to write and crochet and live comfortably, to love and write fiercely, to be stable enough to have all of these things

L.A. Kim

Staff Prose Writer

L.A. is a college freshman from California. Their work has been featured in multiple magazines and websites. When not writing, they love going out in nature or crocheting.

Favorite Book: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Future Aspirations: To try and enjoy life, no matter how fast it goes by.

Nicole Mousicos

Staff Prose Writer

Nicole Mousicos is heading into her final year of studying English Literature and Creative Writing at university. She is a fiction editor at Chariot Press and volunteers with an online charity dedicated to helping primary school children with their reading. When she isn’t writing or reading, she is most likely playing football or discovering new music with her friends. Her writing has been published in Cobalt, her university magazine. 

Favorite Book: changes all the time, but at the moment, Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion.

Future Aspirations: To become a published writer and editor, and hopefully, move from the UK. 

Kalli Azad

Staff Prose Writer

Kathryn “Kalli” Azad is a high school student in New York City. She is a graduate of the Adroit Mentorship Program and the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop. She firmly believes that Latin should return from the dead, and thinks cats will one day rule the earth. 

Favorite Books: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Toole and Feed by Tommy Pico

Future Aspirations: To publish more short fiction and one day own a bookstore! 

Erica de Belen

Staff Poet

Erica is a senior home-schooling-high-school student based in Manila, Philippines. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in online journals such as Free The Verse and The Creative Zine. She enjoys reading classics, writing messily, and learning whenever she can. She will also not hesitate to correct you if you misname the little rat chef from Ratatouille.

Favorite Books: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Future Aspirations: To live a life where I am able to continue giving to the people around me. Also, to finally finish renovating my Animal Crossing island!

Visuals & Social Media Team

Dimitri Gallagher

Graphic Designer

Dimitri Gallagher is a student, artist, and writer from Connecticut. Dimitri’s works seek to take others to a place both completely unfamiliar and somewhat recognizable, featuring normal people in outlandish realities who have relatable struggles in spite of (and perhaps because of) their peculiar circumstances.

Favorite Book: On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden

Aspirations:  To turn writing and art into a sustainable career, to make young people like herself feel seen and represented, to learn about the world, and to read as many books as possible.

Aub Calapp

Layout Editor

Aub Calapp (she/her) is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Salt Lake City UT. This is her third year focusing on editorial design, and Outlander is the fourth zine she has worked on. When she isn’t designing, Aub is reading, hanging out with her girlfriend, her cat, and taking care of her many plants. 

Favorite Book: The Miseducation Of Cameron Post by Emily M Danforth

Aspirations: To one day create a successful type foundry, become the creative director for a company she loves, and finish a zine series of her own. 

Sophie Hao

Layout Editor

Sophie is an avid art and literature fan. Her background in the fine arts has fostered her love for design and absorbing different narratives—whether it be through reading or listening to music. In her free time, she also enjoys playing the violin and goes hiking on local trails. 

Favorite book: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Aspirations: Working as a designer and getting over a cat allergy

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