Pooja Prabakaran (California)
Pooja Prabakaran is a writer from the Bay Area and a 2022 California Arts Scholar. Her poetry has been recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. She enjoys reading and writing everything uncanny and sublime. When she’s not writing, she’s listening to K-pop and baking cookies!
Julia Choi (California)
Julia Choi is a Junior from Southern California. She enjoys writing and reading romance novels. She is part of her school's Academic Decathlon Team.
Ann Merlynn Heard (United Kingdom)
Merlynn is a curious student, enjoying learning as it happens whether it's independent or guided. One of their core values is that they want to help others and also develop skills along the way. After all, even if nothing material has come out of a project, there is always something to learn from it! Merlynn also has a strong passion for making any kind of graphic and writing their own novel. Other than that, Merlynn also loves just relaxing and playing basketball with family.
Delphine Truong (United Arab Emirates)
Delphine is a student passionate about the arts, reading and social issues. Feminism and equality are incredibly important to her.
Alma Ariaz (Canada)
Alma Ariaz is originally from Boston, and now resides in Canada with her cat and dog. She has known she wanted to write professionally since she was nine years old, and wrote her first novel at the age of sixteen.
She has since been published in literary journals such as Writers Resist, Fifty Word Stories, and Potato Soup Journal. Her work is mostly based in fiction, as well as involving her own personal life and familial battles.
Natalie Dempsey (California)
Natalie Dempsey is a 16-year-old student who loves to dance, write, and learn about history in her free time. During the school year, she competes in the speech and debate team with over a dozen placings in the past two years and she competed at state last year. In college, Natalie wants to pursue something in the political science and government field as she cares deeply for social justice and advocacy when a problem occurs.
SK Meenakshi (India)
SK Meenakshi (She/He/They) is an undergraduate student pursuing her degree in BA English Honours at Kristu Jayanti College, Bangalore, India. She has published a poetry collection titled, "Shades of Solitude." They are an avid reader and an aspiring writer.
Sophia Lang (England)
Sophia Lang is a teen writer from the UK. She is passionate about ancient Greek literature, and poetry of all kinds. In her spare time, she can be found discussing these interests with her long-suffering friends and family. She has work upcoming in The Afterpast Review, and is committed to uplifting diverse voices and underrepresented writers.
Jeannie Lam (Hong Kong)
Jeannie Lam (she/her) is a Christian writer that started her writing career at age 8 typing in size 24 font and neon pink. When not writing, she reads painful books and obsesses over her favourite character's death. Literary devices, especially alliteration and pathetic fallacies, intrigue her to no end. She also collects special edition books and would enjoy a random conversation about any book.
Jigeesha Mukhopadhyay (Canada)
Jigeesha is a microbiology student in Canada, working on fungal genetics. She is active in the slam poetry and improv/playback theatre scene and seeks escape from the academic world and lab experiments through written and oral poetry performed to self-composed music. Jigeesha is also the co-founder of science magazines/blogs like InquiScitive and loves to integrate scientific jargon in her literary writings.
Arthur DeHart (Tennessee)
Arthur DeHart is a trans man from Eastern Tennessee. He has written and published many poems and stories. He is EIC of Naked Cat Lit Mag with his husband Ryan.
Tiffany Tan (California)
Tiffany Tan is a Chinese American from the Bay Area currently attending an art school as a junior majoring in theatre. In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano, journaling/crafting, and watching c-dramas!
Yenna Lee (California)
Yenna Lee is a student and writer from Orange County, California. She was recognized as a California Art Scholar in 2022. She has also won awards at the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. In her free time, Yenna likes to play cello, dance, and read books of all genres.
Venus Fung (Hong Kong)
Venus Fung is a sixteen-year-old appreciator of literary art based in Hong Kong. Complex literature, well-written lyrical masterpieces and deep conversations make up the bulk of her personality; under her pen, anything could be her muse. She believes that there is a meaning to all that exists if it is read and looked at enough times. Writing is her preferred medium of conversation with herself, and with those who appreciate the arts within life the way she does. She hopes to inspire, but even more so she hopes to simply be there and support those who are struggling through her own words.
Kylie Marie (Utah)
Kylie Marie has the ability to put into words what a person has been trying to say their whole life! During her professional career she has published two poems, won an Emily Dickinson award and continues to excel in finding the key details that make a piece of writing come to life.
Bella Majam (Philippines)
Bella Majam is a creative writing student from the Philippine High School for the Arts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Iris Youth Magazine, Ice Lolly Review, Gantala Press, Nebulous, and others. She is also currently a prose editor for HaluHalo Journal. Besides writing, she loves Mitski, Sylvia Plath, and her cat, Salmon. You can find more of her work at bellamajam.carrd.co
Rose McCoy (West Virginia)
Rose McCoy is a lesbian writer, editor, and activist from the mountains of West Virginia. She likes to write works that bite and make people reevaluate things they thought they knew. She believes strongly in animal/environmental activism, feminism, and justice for people of color and disabled folks. With everything she does, she aims to improve the world a little bit; she's been told this is implausible, but she genuinely believes that one person can make a difference if they try hard enough, and this is one of her life goals.
Jaime Lam (Illinois)
Jaime Lam is a biracial, queer tea fanatic. Graduated from Knox College, she majored in English and Creative Writing. She tends to lean towards poetry, essays, and the wilder card of urban fantasy. Jaime is from the corn part of Illinois, and still resides there despite deep efforts to not live in Illinois. As a person, she has a habit of laughing ridiculously hard at her own jokes, makes too big of a deal of someone’s birthday, and wants to personally remind you to drink water. Her work can be found in Viewless Wings, Breakbread Lit, Papers Publishing, Pile Press, and Sandhills Literary. Insta: rainjmerain
Kate Delany (New Jersey)
Kate Delany is the author of two books of poetry--Reading Darwin (Poets Corner Press) and Ditching (Aldridge Press). As a freelance writer with a focus on health and wellness, parenting, and social justice, her work has appeared in publications such as Parents, Romper, Dismantle and The Salve. She is a columnist for CF News Today. Her poetry has been featured in such literary magazines as Barrelhouse, Jabberwock Review, Poetry Quarterly, Room, Sky Island Journal and more. She lives in Southern New Jersey with her husband Seth, two kids--Samara and Felix--and two cats--Potato Chip and Mischief. When she isn’t busy writing, she is usually reading, gardening or sewing. Read more of her work at https://kdelany.journoportfolio.com/ or https://katemdelany.medium.com/