Topaz Winters, founder, creative director, & editor-in-chief
is a poet, essayist, editor, creative director, speaker, actress, & multidisciplinary artist. Among her internationally award-winning & critically-acclaimed creative credits include working as the author of three books (most recently poems for the sound of the sky before thunder, Math Paper Press, 2017), 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). She is the youngest Singaporean ever to be nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her research on poetry, identity, & the sociopolitical underpinnings of queerness in Singapore will be published in the Journal of Homosexuality in 2019. She was born in 1999, resides at topazwinters.com, & studies literature & film at Princeton University. She enjoys chai lattes, classic films, wildflowers, & the colour of the sky when nothing is dreaming of it.
Elizabeth Ruth Deyro, associate editor
is a writer and poet from Laguna, Philippines. A graduate from the University of the Philippines Los Baños, she holds a BA in Communication Arts. She is the Founding Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director of The Brown Orient. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Hypertrophic Literary, The Poetry Annals, Jellyfish Review, and Porridge Magazine, among others, and has been profiled in Luna Luna Magazine, follow the halo, and TERSE. Journal. As a neurodivergent queer atheist from a middle-class background, she is passionate about forwarding the rights of marginalized sects.
Danie Shookohi, press editor
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.
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.
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.
Rebekah Markillie, designer
hails from the rainy city of Portland, Oregon, 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.
Caitlin Conlon, social media manager
is a 21 year old writer that 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. You can find her on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram at @cgcpoems.
Kate Wilson, editing & marketing intern
is from Mammoth Lakes, California. They have found a new home in Salt Lake City, Utah where they are working towards a BA in English and an MA in teaching. Kate is a Virgo with a Gemini rising & a Taurus moon. They love swing sets more than most people who love swing sets. They practice regular necromancy & are attempting to escape orbit. Their poetry & creative non-fiction has previously been published or is forthcoming in TERSE., Write About Now, and Pressure Gauge Press, among others.
Stephanie Chang (張雅雯), editing & marketing intern
is a sixteen-year old Chinese-Canadian writer from Vancouver, BC. Her work has appeared in The Blue Marble Review, Sugar Rascals, The Penn Review, and more. She is a Best New Poets 2018 nominee and National Gold Medalist for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. In her spare time, she enjoys indoor gardening, wandering downtown in search of bubble tea, and visiting the art gallery.