Topaz Winters, founder, creative director, & editor-in-chief
is 18 years old. She is the author of three books, most recently poems for the sound of the sky before thunder (Math Paper Press, 2017), as well as the writer/star of the award-winning short film SUPERNOVA (dir. Ishan Modi, 2017). She is the youngest Singaporean ever to be nominated for the Pushcart Prize. If you know where to look, she can be found at her website; if not, she is nestled between the lines of the song you could have sworn you've heard echoes of before, if only you could remember where.
favourite songs: Promise by Ben Howard; The Scientist by Coldplay; Featherstone by The Paper Kites; Holocene by Bon Iver; Waltz of the Flowers by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Jasmine Cui, writing editor & blog correspondent
is 18 years old and is majoring in Political Science, Economics, and Violin Performance at SUNY Geneseo. She aspires to be like her parents, who are first-generation Americans that fought an extraordinary battle for their place in this country. Jasmine found the courage to pursue writing when she was 17. She is not a mentee, not a Foyle Young Poet, not a Presidential Scholar (and this is not to say you can't be those things), but she is still every bit a writer. And you are too.
favourite songs: I Will Follow You by Toulouse; Be Yourself by Frank Ocean; The Pool by Slow Hollows; 梁祝小提琴協奏曲 by Ji-Won Song & Beilin Han; Speak by Brianna Riggio
Danie Shookohi, writing editor & blog correspondent
is 23, Iranian American, and based out of Boston. She completed her undergraduate at the University of Iowa in May 2016, armed with a degree in Political Science and a lasting fear of debating politics with relatives. Her work can be found in Ink Lit Mag, Plain China Press, and Clash. She attended the 2012 Iowa Young Writer's Studio and the 2014 Irish Writing Program. She speaks four languages (English, Farsi, French, and Arabic). Her favorite activities - other than writing, of course - include going on long rants about how much she loves Oscar Wilde, playing piano, cooking excessively elaborate meals complete with plating, and mock trial.
favourite songs: Conversation 16 by the National; Mazurka in B-Minor, Opus 33 No.4 by Frédéric François Chopin; Landfill by Daughter
Lydia Eileen, blog correspondent
is a 17 year old lesbian from Detroit, Michigan. On her off days she enjoys researching international politics, eating warm lunches, attending art shows, and watching the world grow. Her poetry has been featured in Half Mystic Journal, Hypertrophic Literary, and Fig Root Press. You can find more of her on Twitter @lydbidness.
favourite songs: Human by the Killers; Sunday Candy by Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment; Michicant by Bon Iver; Youth by Glass Animals; American Dreamlife by Marc E. Bassy
Christina Im, interview correspondent
is 17 years old and, more than anything else, still learning. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in Words Dance, YARN: Young Adult Review Network, Rose Red Review, and The Adroit Journal, among others. In addition, her work has been recognized in the Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest, the Adroit Prize for Poetry, and the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
favourite songs: Youth by Daughter; King and Lionheart by Of Monsters and Men; Buzzcut Season by Lorde
Rebekah Markille, designer
hails from the rainy city of Portland, Ore. where she currently studies communications and biology at the University of Portland. She expects to graduate in May 2017 and hopes to begin a post-bac graphic design degree with Portland State University in 2017. She loves literary fiction, Dungeons & Dragons, and taking mid-afternoon naps. She takes her coffee with a dash of cream and enjoys sending book-themed postcards to her friends. She is the editor of Ephemera Magazine, a zine for the artistic and activist-minded.
favourite songs: Welcome Home, Son by Radical Face; Sedona by Houndmouth; Nuvole Bianche by Ludovico Eiaundi
Zara Munro, social media manager
is an autistic poet and storyteller, currently studying English Literature and History of Art at the University of Edinburgh. Striving to make a space for herself in the artistic community, she is currently working towards her very first chapbook. She was a recipient of the Scottish Book Trust’s Young Writers Award – a national award for young people aged 13-17 – in 2013 at the age of 15. Her poetry has been published in the Young Writers Award 2013 e-book and has also appeared on Monstering Magazine's blog, and in The Dinner Table Review. Zara is the director of social media at Monstering, a magazine for disabled women and nonbinary people. Zara can be reached via her blog.
favourite songs: Feel It Coming by Iwan Rhion; In A Week by Hozier, ft. Karen Cowley; May It Be by Enya; The Destruction of Laputa by Joe Hisaishi