Ziyi Yan (she/her)
Ziyi Yan (闫梓祎) is a young Chinese writer living in Connecticut. She is an alumna of the Iowa Young Writers' Studio and the Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship. Her writing has been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards on a national level. She is published or forthcoming in Kissing Dynamite, Peach Mag, Polyphony Lit, and others. She is the winner of the Piedmont Institution Communications Contest, the Marymount Manhattan Poetry Prize, and the Lillian Butler Davies Communications Contest for poetry. She is also a poetry finalist for the Villena-Aldama Writing Contest. In addition to writing, she loves watching old One Direction interviews, blasting karaoke in the middle of the night, and annoying her younger sister. You can find her on Instagram @Ziyiyan___.
Evan Wang (he/him)
Executive Poetry Editor
王潇/Evan Wang is a young writer and performance artist from Pennsylvania. His work is forthcoming or has been published in VIBE, Philadelphia Stories, National Poetry Quarterly, and elsewhere. He is the inaugural Montgomery County Youth Poet Laureate, an alumnus of the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio, and an Anaphora Fellow. His work has been featured at or recognized by Button Poetry, Wawa Welcome America, the ruth weiss foundation, and Bleeding Soul Poetry.
Grace Marie Liu (she/her)
Executive Prose Editor
Grace Marie Liu is a high school sophomore from Michigan. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Kissing Dynamite, Vagabond City Lit, and minnesota review, among others. She is an alumna of The Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program. When not writing/editing, she can be found participating in competitive public speaking, listening to Studio Ghibli soundtracks, or eating her weight in almond butter.
Heidi Pan (she/ her)
Heidi Pan is a student at Harrisburg High School. Her work has received recognition at the national level from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Heidi has attended both the Iowa Young Writers' Studio and the Kenyon Summer Writing Group. She is the head of the art and illustration club at her school.
Maabena Nti (she/her)
Maabena Nti is a fifteen-year-old poet/writer based in Accra, Ghana. Her work appears inCeltic Literary Review and Ice Lolly Review. She is a 2022 Adroit Summer mentee. She enjoys daydreaming, obsessing over K-Ming Chang, listening to afro-pop, and binge-reading romance novels.
Paridhi Poddar (she/her)
Paridhi Poddar is an aspiring poet and student based out of Kolkata, India. Her work is published or forthcoming in Ayaskala, Mixed Mag, Chasing Shadows Magazine, orangepeel, Pop the Culture Pill, streetcake magazine, celestite poetry, Tabula Rasa Review, and elsewhere.
Althea Downing-Sherer (she/her)
Althea Downing-Sherer is a high school junior from Iowa. She is an alumna of the Iowa Young Writer’s Studio, an editor at Polyphony Lit, and an international finalist in Coexist Literary Magazine’s Metamorphosis writing contest. When she’s not writing, she can be found creating elaborate Pinterest boards, listening to Taylor Swift, and preparing for Mock Trial competitions.
Ava Ye (she/her)
Ava Ye/叶曳 is a Chinese writer attending high school in Los Angeles. She has been recognized by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and is an alumna of the Iowa Young Writers' Studio. Her poetry is forthcoming in Kissing Dynamite, where she is January's featured poet. Aside from writing, Ava is often enjoying iced coffee and waiting for the next rainstorm. You can find her on Instagram @avayeye.
Loisa Fenichell (she/her)
Loisa Fenichell is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee. She is forthcoming in Guernica Magazine, Narrative Magazine, Poetry Northwest, Washington Square Review, and others. Her chapbook, “all these urban fields,” has been published by nothing to say press and her collection, “Wandering in all directions of this earth,” is the winner of the Ghost Peach Press Prize, selected by Eduardo C. Corral and forthcoming from Ghost Peach Press. She is currently an MFA candidate at Columbia University, where she holds the Writers’ Scholarship.
Kaydance Rice (she/they)
Kaydance Rice is a writer from Grand Rapids, Michigan and currently attending Interlochen Arts Academy. Kaydance is the recipient of several regional and national awards from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and was an honorable mention in the 2023 YoungArts awards. Kaydance works on various online literary magazines and is the editor in chief of the 2023 Interlochen Review. In her free time, Kaydance enjoys playing the viola, rambling about existentialism, and spending time with her plants.
Heather Qin (she/her)
Heather Qin is a high school junior from New Jersey. She is an alumna of the Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference and the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio. Her work has been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, the New York Times, Breakbread Literary Magazine, Columbia College Chicago, and more. Besides writing, Heather loves classical music, watching anime, and playing gacha games.
Jacqueline Parker (she/her)
Jacqueline Parker studied words at Queens University in Charlotte, NC where she currently resides with her boyfriend, dog, and lots of plants. Her work is published or forthcoming in Prime Number Magazine, Flash Fiction Online, MacQueen's Quinterly, After Dinner Conversation, Minerva Rising, and elsewhere. She is Prime Number’s 2021 Short Fiction Award winner.
Vicki Lin (she/her)
Vicki Lin (林诺曦) is an aspiring Chinese American poet and writer from Florida. A senior at Bell High School, she has participated in Kenyon Review’s writing workshops, Ellipses Writing's Magic School workshop, and has been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Her works are published or forthcoming in Kissing Dynamite and Eunoia Review. She can often be found drinking tea or staring at the sky.
Sandra Lin (she/her)
Sandra Lin (林诺晨) is a Chinese American from New York who currently attends Bell High School in Florida. She is a Scholastic Awards National Gold Medalist, national winner of JUST POETRY!!!, the first-place winner for the 2021 Polyphony Lit Fall Contest and the 2022 Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest, as well as a finalist for Lumiere Review’s 2022 Prose Contest. Her works are published or forthcoming in Kissing Dynamite, Eunoia Review, The Lumiere Review, and elsewhere. Sandra is working on a platform that aims to empower marginalized voices in literature. Find her on Instagram and Wattpad @sandranuochen or her website https://sandranuochen.carrd.co
Terra Ungson (she/her)
Terra Ungson is a Filipina scribbler of poems and small stories. She is currently studying Comparative Literature at the University of the Philippines Diliman, and is known for her warm hugs and crocheting during meetings. Her work is published or forthcoming in Ampersand, Girl Up Philippines, Southchild Lit, Northern Otter Press, Outlander Magazine, and Spellbinder Magazine. You can find her rambles on her twitter @_antukingpato.
Ciara Whimbush (she/her)
Ciara Whimbush is a high school student from Georgia. Writing has always been a passion of hers, and something she can find comfort in at any given time. Her hobbies include baking, dancing, and pun-filled jokes. Her all-time favorite show is Degrassi (the one with Drake).