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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. 

Caitlin Andrews

Social Media Manager

Caitlin (she/her) is a writer, editor, social media peruser, and undergraduate student who lives in Scotland, but doesn’t really have the perks of a fun accent. She has been previously published in a variety of independent and corporate publications, including Soft Sound Press, Unpublished Magazine, MovieWeb, and most recently Periphery Magazine, where she holds the position of Senior & Managing Editor. 

Favorite book: Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman, or really anything by Cynthia Heimel

Aspirations:  To finally develop a nice blend of serious and humorous writing.

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.

Corianna Jackson

Prose Editor + Personal Essay Editor

Corianna Jackson is a full-time university student and can’t-find-the-time writer who thinks too much, stays up too late, and finds strong sentence structure sexy. When she’s not writing about love, emotions, and other deadly things, she’s inhaling new books, old TV, anime, and manga—all at the same time. She lives for amazing end-results and enjoys helping others reach the final product of their dreams too.

Favorite book:  Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Aspirations: To publish a novel and start a publishing company that uplifts BIPOC writers.

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 + Staff Poet

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!

Writers

Atticus Payne

Staff Prose Writer

Atticus is a teen writer, editor, and self dubbed professional daydreamer. She (yes, the name’s a long story) has loved stories ever since her first at bedtime, and spends most of her free time chasing them. Sometimes that’s through books, sometimes performing, and sometimes even RPGs, but it’s always her favourite thing in the world.

Favorite Book: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Aspirations: To inspire someone, and have a novel traditionally published.

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. 

Suchita Senthil Kumar

Staff Prose Writer

Suchita Senthil Kumar is a writer creating chaos. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Live Wire India, Jaden Magazine, and Hooligan Magazine among others. She was a student of UNICEF’s Voices of Youth Mediathon ’21. She makes life decisions asking herself one question: Will Sirius Black be proud?

Favorite Book: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Aspirations: To have a heart full of courage and a life full of love.

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.

Miriam Fernandez

Staff Prose Writer

Miriam Fernandez is a student, writer, an avid reader, a multi-instrumentalist, and a singer-songwriter from California. She’s passionate about education, giving back to the community, and strives to express herself through creative outlets like writing or music. She’s a fan of Marvel movies and Taylor Swift songs, especially watching WandaVision and has lately been listening to Folklore and Evermore. If she’s not playing music or procrastinating for exams, you can probably find her reading books from young authors or writing lyrical stories and marvelous adventures. 

Favorite book:  All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Aspirations: To study business, become an entrepreneur or a freelance writer, and to truly live.

Solar Lin

Staff Prose Writer

Solar Lin is a writer and book enthusiast who has always been fascinated by the world of fiction—especially ones with found family and heartfelt friendships. She started reading at the age of 3, writing at the age of 7, and her love for words has been growing more and more ever since. Solar can be found curling up with a good book or hanging around her four cats when she’s not writing.

Favorite book:  Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Aspirations: To work for a publishing house and own a cat/book cafe.

Cassidy Bull

Staff Prose Writer

Cassidy Bull is a writer from Tampa, Florida. Recently, she graduated from Johns Hopkins University with degrees in Earth and Planetary Sciences and Political Science. Most of her time is dedicated to unsuccessfully trying to finish too many WIPs. Beyond that, she likes coffee, chess, and Hozier. 

Favorite book:  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Aspirations: To write a book about space, ideally autobiographically. 

Cam Khalid

Staff Personal Essay Writer

Cam Khalid is a twenty-something Singapore-born, London-based writer and editor with a penchant for curating Spotify playlists – and writing about music too. She has also covered various beats including film, fashion and food, but her main schtick is amplifying the voices of the underrepresented. Her byline has appeared in Time Out, Gal-Dem, Seasonings and more, and her poem was recently featured on billboards across the UK. She also has an affinity for black cats and has completed a course in Magic in the Middle Ages. 

Favorite book:  The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Aspirations: To get her first novel published (hopefully soon)!

Emma Flynn

Staff Poet

Emma Flynn is a poet and writer from South Florida. She is currently a high school senior who can’t survive without two cups of coffee a day. Besides writing, Emma adores all things outdoors and longs for an adventure more than anything else. She can almost always be found with her nose in a book, gushing over said book, or rocking over Rilo Kiley and Hozier. Above all, Emma loves stories, no matter what shape or form they come in.

Favorite book:  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 

Aspirations: To be happy and to make others happy.

Rigby Celeste

Staff Personal Essay Writer

Rigby Celeste is a Long Beach based writer and illustrator. With a foundation in visual art and poetry, their written work is filled with imagery and symbolism that closely mirrors their illustrated portfolio. When they’re not making art or writing, they enjoy playing nostalgic games at home with friends and drinking iced coffee. 

Favorite book: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Aspirations: To publish a cohesive collection of essays and poetry and eventually tour to read my work across the world!

Allison Riechman-Bennett

Staff Poet

Alli is a senior English Literature Studies major and a freelance writer. Her recent debut chapbook, Of You and For Me, released in early January and her debut cookbook releases Spring 2022. When Alli isn’t huddled over her computer, you can find her hiking in the woods, obsessively rewatching HBO’s Angels in America, and making soup. 

Favorite book: Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Aspirations: To meet Eric Kim/continue to have a literary career. 

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 

Kate Meyer

Staff Poet

Kate Meyer lives in Devon, UK, and volunteers in a vintage clothes shop (sometimes get to model them)! She’s a big fan of ‘Drag Race’ and Project Runway. A recent DNA test revealed she is 90% more Viking than the test population but only 1.2% Neanderthal!

Favorite Book: A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin

Aspirations: To proper birthday party this year and also to get a poetry collection accepted with UK publisher Bloodaxe.

Revika Sangamita

Staff Poet

Revika Sangamita (she/her) is a queer poet, dreamer, and student residing in New Delhi, India. When not illustrating her characters in the corners of the textbooks, she is connecting meanings and feeding her curiosity about anything & everything. She usually dances to the rhythm of her own beats and rarely cleans her chaos. 

Favorite Book: Dead Poets Society by Nancy H. Kleinbaum

Aspirations: To express herself and contribute to the world of art and literature. 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.

Visuals & Social Media Team

Sophia Bartlett

Graphic Designer

Sophia is a college freshman as well as a student at Boston Ballet School. She is constantly listening to music (ask her about Harry Styles, she’s in his top 0.01% of listeners in 2020). She hopes to study journalism in college while keeping her passion for the arts alive.

Favorite Book: Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger or The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Aspirations: To spread kindness every day.

Jade Bolton

Layout Editor

Jade is a graphic design student based in toronto. Aside from reading, she writes, draws, and dances in her free time. In the future, she wants to experiment with photography, and currently she has a cat who can be found basking in the sunlight or chilling by the air ducts when the heat is on.

Favorite Book: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton 

Aspirations:  To work with other creatives who share a love of art, food and anime.  

Abbey Perley

Layout Editor

Abbey is a high school student living in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is aspiring to find a way to connect her love of writing, art, and technological design, while managing to consume an unhealthy amount of Six of Crows memes on a daily basis. She loves to find a stories wherever she can, whether it’s in gaming lore or how a raindrop hurries down a humid window, and dreams up animations or cinematics in her spare time. 

Favorite Book:  I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson 

Aspirations:  To publish a novel, get a dog (or a bird), and create things as much as possible. 

Kayleigh Gallagher

Graphic Designer

Kayleigh Gallagher is a student, artist, and writer from Connecticut. Kayleigh’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.

Meghan Flood

Layout Editor

Meghan is a recent English Literature and History graduate from Trinity College Dublin, where she focuses on gaming and popular culture in adaptation. Whether it’s magazine layout, social media graphics, or little doodles, Meghan does it all. She also has a love for journalism and creative writing. Meghan is always looking for room to develop her design skills and is forever searching for the intersections of her interests.

Favorite Book: Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe (specifically the one with Harry Clarke illustrations)

Aspirations:  To successfully juggle a career as an academic as well as an artist!


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