is a poet, essayist, editor, arts director, speaker, scholar, actress, & multidisciplinary artist. Among their internationally award-winning & critically-acclaimed creative credits include working as the author of three books (most recently Portrait of My Body as a Crime I’m Still Committing, 2019), writer & star of the short film SUPERNOVA (dir. Ishan Modi, 2017), speaker of the TEDx talk Healing Is a Verb (2017), & creator of the digital art installation Love Lives Bot (est. 2018). Their peer-reviewed research on poetry, identity, & the sociopolitical underpinnings of queerness in Singapore is published in the Journal of Homosexuality. They are the youngest Singaporean ever to be nominated for the Pushcart Prize, the youngest writer ever to be published by Math Paper Press, & the youngest scholar ever to be published in the Journal of Homosexuality. They were born in 1999 & study literature & film at Princeton University. They enjoy chai lattes, classic rock, wildflowers, & the colour of the sky when nothing is dreaming of it.
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.
holds an MFA in Writing from Pacific University in Oregon. Her flash-fiction collection, Mars, was published by Ravenna Press in December 2017. Thea's stories can be found in many journals, including Literary Orphans, Fiction Southeast and Mid-American Review. Thea writes novels while riding the bus and ferry and still thrills that Kirkus described her first book, The Curious Solitude of Anise, as a “powerful life study.” She delights in fiction that slips seamlessly in and out of reality without losing clarity or emotional resonance. She revels at the juncture of precision and risk, of beauty and abnormality.
Hana Widerman, blog correspondent
is a seventeen year old writer from the San Francisco Bay Area. She attends high school in Boston at Milton Academy. Her writing resides where barriers collapse, in womanhood, desire, lost intimacy, foreignness, and disconnect. Her poetry has been published in The Marble Collection, a Massachusetts literary publication for high school writers, and is forthcoming in The Apprentice Writer, from whom she also won Outstanding Poet. She has received a gold key in Poetry from Scholastic as well as honorable mentions in Poetry and Critical Essay.
is a Bangladeshi-American writer from New York. Her work has been published by Winter Tangerine Review, Augur Magazine, The Poetry Annals, and others. She has also self-published a chapbook entitled Incarnate and was a winner of the 2018 Golden Shovel Poetry Prize. You can find her on Twitter @amarinthas, or on Instagram @duskenrose.
Lexi Covalsen, blog correspondent
is a 19 year old student, writer, and music lover. She currently attends Oglethorpe University where she is majoring in English literature with a double minor in history and creative writing. Her work has been recognized by The Young Georgia Author’s Association and has been published by Winter Tangerine Review and Screen Door Review. Lexi lives in Atlanta, Georgia where the sun is hot and the people sing with sweet tea-tinted tongues.
is a writer and editor from the Philippines, with a BA focused on creative and critical writing. She has work published in independently produced anthologies, journals, and media outlets, such as Hypertrophic Literary, Jellyfish Review, The Tempest, and The Poetry Annals; exhibited in Silenced Museum's Intervention Exhibition in Autumn 2018; nominated for the Pushcart Prize; and profiled in places such as Maudlin House and Luna Luna Magazine. She is the Founder of The Brown Orient and an editorial staff of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.
is a 21 year old writer who believes in quiet bravery. A graduate of the University at Buffalo with a BA in English and Creative Writing Certificate, Caitlin is an aspiring poet that has previously been published via Thought Catalog, Bottlecap Press, Germ Magazine, Tongue Tied Mag, and Up The Staircase Quarterly. In September of 2017 she self-published her first chapbook, Cavity, and is currently at work on a longer manuscript. She enjoys plants, the color yellow, crewneck sweatshirts, and working at her local library.
lives in Salt Lake City, Utah and attends Westminster College. They serve as a poetry editor for ellipsis… Literature & Art and Rose Quartz Magazine. Three of their poems were selected for the Academy of American Poets Student Poetry Prize and their work can be found with Pressure Gauge Press, Philosophical Idiot, and Write About Now, among others.