Serena Lin is seventeen years old and lives in New Jersey. She has been recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Foyle Young Poets, and The New York Times. She has attended the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio and the New Jersey Scholars Program. You can typically find her with an iced drink in hand.
Vivian Lu is a high school student at Cherry Hill High School East and a New Jersey Youth Poet Laureate. Her poetry and prose have been recognized by the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Hollins University, American High School Poets, the Hippocrates Initiative for Poetry and Medicine, among others. Beyond writing, she is the founder of The Axon Project, a nonprofit journal that explores the interface of neuroscience and writing.
Max Hunt is a high school senior who lives in Mississippi. They are the recipient of multiple Scholastic Art and Writing awards. They are also the first place winner of the Eudora Welty creative writing contest and the One Teen Story short story contest. In their spare time, they may be found drawing, playing guitar or lute, and/or fangirling obsessively over obscure historical figures.
Daniya Baiguzhayeva is actually three frightened children stacked on top of each other in a trench coat. She likes to dismantle things, particularly herself, and baby goats. She is currently a mentee in Glass Kite Anthology’s Writing Studio and her work is forthcoming in Glass Kite Anthology’s next issue.
Bianca Zhou is currently studying at Emory University and wandering the city of Atlanta, though she is truly a California girl at heart. She is a winner of the National YoungArts Contest, US Presidential Scholar of the Arts Semifinalist, Grand Champion Poet of the Walt Whitman National Poetry Contest, and recognized California Arts Scholar. Her photography, poetry, and prose have all been recognized by the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards, and her work can be found in the Miami Rail, TRACK//FOUR Journal, and more.
Yasmeen Khan is a high school student living in Texas. She has been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and has prose forthcoming in L'Éphémerè Review and in Bitter Melon Magazine. She can typically be found daydreaming while eating something sweet. She wishes you all the best of luck.
Andrea Salvador lives somewhere in Asia, specifically a country with thousands of islands and constantly humid weather. She is a self-proclaimed writer with a liking towards creating lists, watching sci-fi movies, and rearranging her bookshelf.
Madeleine Song is a 17 year-old student, sister, and writer. Her work has been honored by the 2016 and 2017 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, Teen Ink, and The Same literary magazine. She is the poetry editor of her school's literary magazine, Runes, and the 2018 Gold Medalist in the poetry category of the NJCTE writing competition. She is also the 2018 recipient of a New Jersey Governor’s Award in Poetry, as well as a 2018 Kenyon Young Writers Summer Program attendee. She can be found running in the woods near her home, or, more practically, at https://madeleinesinging.wordpress.com/.
Serena Yang is irrationally afraid of pigeons and being asked to DJ, not necessarily in order. She is a high school senior from New York, a city she wasn't born in but loves. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Parallax, a literary magazine for young Asian American voices. She was an Urban Word NYC Grand Slam 2018 finalist, and her work is forthcoming in For the Sonorous magazine.
Isabelle Jia is a writer from the San Francisco Bay Area, CA. Her whose work has appeared, or is forthcoming in Alexandria Quarterly, Rising Phoenix Review, The Blueshift Journal, and many more. Jia has attended the Iowa Young Writers Studio and the California State Summer School of Arts. She has also been recognized as a California Arts Scholar, by the Walt Whitman National Poetry Foundation, and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Currently, she works for The Speakeasy Project and The Ellis Review. For more on her work, go to http://isabellejia.weebly.com/
Cindy Kuang is a 17-year-old writer who loves corgis, kids and apple cider. She is currently spending her last year at Hunter College High School, a fact she is both excited and terrified by. She is the editor-in-chief of Argus, Hunter's literary magazine, as well as poetry editor and reader for The Parallax and H.S. Polyphony. Her work has been commended by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and Foyle Young Poets of the Year. When she isn't staring down a blank page, she can be found baking cute Asian pastries or reading Stephen King.
Eugene Lee is a rising senior at Skyline High School. Eugene began to write as a form of catharsis as well as a way to explore the things she could not find the words for otherwise. She hopes to continue to read and write poetry so that she can be able to see the world through many different perspectives and realities of her own experience. Eugene has been recognized by Scholastic Art & Writing, Chicago College Columbia, and Albion College. Currently, she is interested in exploring the complexity of adolescence, her Korean-American heritage, as well as the overlapping spaces between culture, emotion, and trauma. When not writing, she can be seen on tumblr or with her dog Toto.
Claire Shang is a rising junior at Hunter College High School in New York. Her work has been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards nationally and the City College of New York, and can be seen in Blue Marble Review and the forthcoming issue of Moledro Magazine. She studied poetry at the 2018 Sewanee Young Writers' Conference. Besides writing, she also runs and plays the piano, but not all at the same time (maybe one day).
Jessica Xu is sixteen-year-old writer from New Orleans, Louisiana. Her work can be found in The Rising Phoenix Review, The Apprentice Writer, and Glass Kite Anthology, among others. She has been recognized by the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, the William Faulkner Creative Writing Contest, the National Poetry Quarterly, and others. When she is not writing, she is sleeping or eating or thinking about sleeping and eating.