Sarah Lao is a junior at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia. Her work can be found or is forthcoming in the Penn Review, Liminality, and Counterclock Journal among others. She is a 2019 Best of the Net Finalist and 2020 YoungArts Finalist in Poetry; she has been recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Hollins University, Penn State Behrend, and the Adroit Prizes.
Sean Wai Keung is a poet and performance artist based in Glasgow, Scotland. His poetry pamphlet “you are mistaken” won the Rialto Open Pamphlet Competition 2016 and was named a Poetry School ‘book of the year’ 2017. He’s worked with organisations like the National Theatre of Scotland and the Scottish BAME Writers Network, and loves to cook unhealthy food.
Vivien Song is a student at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, California. She has been recognized by the National YoungArts Foundation, National Poetry Quarterly, and Hollins University. Her work is published or forthcoming in The Margins, L'Éphémère Review, and mineral, among others. Vivien likes long, aimless walks and overnight oats.
Yasmeen Khan lives and writes in Spring, Texas. Her work has been recognized by the National YoungArts Foundation, the Adroit Prizes, Best of the Net, the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and more. She has work published or forthcoming in The Adroit Journal, The Rumpus, Peach Magazine, and Sooth Swarm Journal, among others. She was born in 2004.
Sylvan Lebrun is a student and fiction writer living in Tokyo, Japan. In the fall, Sylvan will begin her undergraduate degree at Yale University. Her work has been previously published in Bending Genres, Lammergeier, Construction, and Shirley Magazine, among others. Sylvan is an alumna of the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio (’18) and the Adroit Journal’s Summer Mentorship program (’19). She loves walks in the mountains and dead languages.
Abbigail N. Rosewood was born in Vietnam, where she lived until the age of twelve. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her debut novel, IF I HAD TWO LIVES, has been hailed as “a tale of staggering artistry” by the Los Angeles Review of Books and “a lyrical, exquisitely written novel” by the New York Journal of Books. The New Yorker called it “a dangerous fantasy world’ that ‘double haunts the novel.” Her short fiction and essays can be found at The Southampton Review, Columbia Journal, The Adroit Journal, Electric Lit, DiaCritics, The Adirondack Review, Storyscape Journal, and others. An excerpt from IF I HAD TWO LIVES won first place in the Writers Workshop of Asheville Literary Fiction Contest, and an excerpt from Abbigail’s second novel-in-progress was a finalist in the 49th New Millennium Writings Award.
Jordan Anderson is a black and indigenous 11th grader who is currently studying at Columbia Secondary School in Harlem while also taking classes at Columbia University. She dedicates her free time to the pursuit of praxis, through studying visual and performing arts as well as political philosophy. Hoping to apply to a number of fashion schools in the fall, she is interested in exploring the dialectic of artistic and economical impulses and the limit it places on expression.
Jessica Lao is a sophomore at Harvard studying Economics and English. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in The New England Review, Menacing Hedge, and Alexandria Quarterly, among others. Her art has been featured in exhibitions in Paris, Beijing, New York, and Nairobi, and she has been recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.
Anne Kwok is a student at Milton Academy who loves writing about how the body responds
to light, music and the elements. Anne is a National Student Poet Semifinalist and a Foyle
Young Poet. Her work has been honored by the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards,
National Poetry Quarterly, and Smith College. She has been published in Hyphen Magazine
and Austin Poets International. She is also an alumna of the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio.
Eliza Browning studies English and art history at Wheaton College in Massachusetts. Her work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in 1455, Vagabond City Lit and Doghouse Press, among others. She currently co-edits Rushlight, the oldest campus literary magazine in the United States, and reads poetry for the COUNTERCLOCK Journal.
Clary Ahn is from Chelmsford, Massachusetts and San Diego, California. Her work has been recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and the Writopia Lab's Worldwide Plays Festival. She is an alumna of the Adroit Journal's Summer Mentorship Program and the California State Summer School for the Arts, and an assistant editor at the Berkeley Fiction Review. Find her at @claryahn.
Adelina Rose Gowans is a 17-year-old Costa Rican/Honduran-American writer. She is a senior at the South Carolina Governor's School For the Arts and Humanities, a 2020 YoungArts Winner in Writing, a member of the Adroit Journal’s Summer Mentorship Program 2020 cohort, winner of the Leyla Beban Young Writers Foundation 1,000 words for 1,000$ contest, second place winner of the Hollins University Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest, and the recipient of eleven Scholastic Art & Writing awards. Her writing has been previously published or is forthcoming in Ambit Magazine, The Minnesota Review, Storyscape Journal, Barely South Review, Cargoes, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Scholastic Best Teen Writing 2020, and elsewhere. More of her personal projects can be seen at www.adelinarose.me.
Meimei Xu (Zhimei) is a rising freshman at Harvard. Her journalism and creative work have been recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the Library of Congress, Torrance Legacy Creative Writing Awards, and the NCTE Superior Writing Achievement Award. Her poetry appears or is forthcoming in Typishly, Cathexis Northwest Press, and Sooth Swarm Journal. She is a 2019 alum of Asian American Journalists Association's JCamp and a 2018 alum of the Kenyon Review Young Writer's Workshop. Meimei currently works as a content writer for The Adroit Journal.
Aayush Jain is a Memphis-based artist who has been sharpening his skills in charcoal and digital illustration for the last few years. Through his art (www.aayushjainart.com), he has been able to donate to various non-profit organizations and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; the ability to create and make people happy is absolutely the best feeling. His work has been awarded nationally and regionally by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and it has been exhibited at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Mid-South Delta Fair, West TN Regional Art Center, and more.
Jewel Cao is a student in grade 11, living in Vancouver, Canada. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Contemporary Verse 2, SOFTBLOW, and Sine Theta Magazine, and has been recognized by the Poetry Society in the UK. When not writing, she enjoys listening to FKA twigs, Joanna Newsom, and Lorde. She rarely tweets anything, but you can find her @Jewel_cao.
Sandhya Ganesan is a high school student from the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work has been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and appears or forthcoming in Rising Phoenix Review, Perhappened Mag, the Heritage Review, and elsewhere. She serves as a poetry editor for the Aurora Review, and is a member of the 2020 Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship cohort. When she isn't writing, she can be found teaching programming classes or drinking jasmine tea. Find her on Twitter at @sungslept.
Emma Miao attends high school in Vancouver, BC. Her work appears in Glass: A Journal of Poetry, The Emerson Review, Sine Theta Magazine, Rising Phoenix Review, and Eunoia Review, among others. A Commended Foyle Young Poet 2019, she is a poetry reader for Up the Staircase Quarterly and the founder and executive editor of Surging Tide Magazine, a Vancouver-based online literary magazine dedicated to empowering youth voices. She is recognized by the Poetry Society UK and the Poetry Institute of Canada. Tweet her @emmaamiao.
Bianca Layog is a rising senior at Interlochen Arts Academy. Her work has been recognized by the Scholastic, Michigan State University, The Kenyon Review, and Princeton University. Her work has appeared in Red Wheelbarrow and is forthcoming in Eunoia Review. She was the Lead Nonfiction Editor for this year's issue of The Interlochen Review and is a Poetry Editor at Minute Magazine. She currently interns at The Stanford Daily and is an Adroit Fiction Mentee. She owns 17 winter hats and is from the Philippines.
Andrea Salvador is a Filipino writer. She is an alumna of the Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program and the Sonorous Writing Workshop, while her work has been recognized by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Columbia College Chicago, Trinity College - University of Melbourne, and Interlochen Arts Academy. Her work has appeared in Homology Lit, L’Ephemere Review, and Occulum, among others. In her spare time, she creates lists, watches sci-fi and horror movies, and rearranges her bookshelf.
Ashley Hajimirsadeghi is a junior at the Fashion Institute of Technology studying International
Trade and Marketing. Her work has appeared in Into the Void Magazine, Corvid Queen, and
cahoodaloodaling, among others. She is a poetry reader at Mud Season Review, attended the
International Writing Program’s Summer Institute, and previously was a Brooklyn Poets Fellow.
Sophie Zhu is a high school freshman from New York. A math fanatic, she splits her time between pondering on a single line of a poem for too long and doing too much mathematics. Other than that, she plays piano and reads biology, novels, and poetry. Although she has only submitted to journals recently, she is grateful to be a member of the Adroit Journal summer mentorship program 2020 cohort. She is an editor at Second Revolution Literary Magazine and a TA for The Incandescent Review’s summer studio.
Nia Sampson is a rising senior at Bellaire High School in Houston, Texas. She was named a 2020 Finalist in writing by the National YoungArts Foundation and has had her work recognized by the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Her work is forthcoming.
Myda is a college student and certified accidental plant killer. Xe likes pistachios, sorting beads by colour, and changing xer name with the seasons.
Christian Butterfield is an 18 year old poet/essayist/totebag-enthusiast from Bowling Green, Kentucky. In 2019, he served as the National Student Poet of the Southeast, and since been named a 2020 Adroit Mentee in Creative Nonfiction. His work has been published or commended by Best Teen Writing, The Aurora Review, and The Adroit Journal. He's still trying to decide which witty/relatable joke to add to the end of his bio. He'll settle on one eventually.
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Neha Satish is a rising sophomore at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor studying Computer Science. Her personal time is taken up by editing, streaming, and journaling, but her first love, writing, is never far from her thoughts. Currently working for a bioengineering startup that helps underprivileged infants, she hopes to inspire the next generation of outspoken leaders with her words. Neha is currently obsessed with Samoyeds and Pusheen plushies.
Rachel Stempel is a genderqueer Jewish poet, educator, and staff writer and poetry reader at Up the Staircase Quarterly. They were the winner of the 2020 Matt Clark Editor’s Choice Prize in fiction from New Delta Review and their work has appeared in or is forthcoming from The Nasiona, Into the Void, Penn Review, and elsewhere. Born in Ukraine, they currently LARP as a Long Island townie.
Irma Kiss-Barath is a rising high school senior living in Vancouver, BC. Her work is published or forthcoming in Lithium Magazine, Hominum Journal, The Blue Marble Review, and more. Her work has been recognized by 1455 Literary Arts and the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. She is an alumna of the 2020 Adroit Summer Mentorship Program.
Samuel Verdin is a writer of metafiction and commentaries on the craft. His words can most recently be found in Black Bough Poetry, Cheval and Pushing Out the Boat. A chapbook of Samuel’s poetry, Küchen-Zauberformeln, detailing one of his thirteen years as a chef, plans to be released in 2021. Samuel is also co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Aesthetic Directory (TAD), a project that fuses and exhibits experimental literature and graphic design.
Rachael Lin Wheeler is currently a student attending Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut. Her writing and photography have been recognized by Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and her poetry appears in various publications. She is also the founder and editor of Vox Viola Literary Magazine, an intersectional feminist online publication, which can be found at www.voxviola.com.
Alexa Theofanidis attends St. John’s School in Houston, Texas, where she is the co-editor-in-chief of the literary arts journal Imagination. Her work appears in The Rising Phoenix Review, The Loud Journal, and elsewhere. She has been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and is part of the Summer Poetry Studio’s inaugural 2020 cohort, run by Peter LaBerge.
Lewis cared for over three crabs, two fish, one cat, and twelve plants during his eighteen years of life in Atlanta, Georgia. Whereas most of those beings passed away, his motivation never wavered. Some day he will provide support for millions of life forms and become, unequivocally, a super-organism. Until then, he is satisfied with writing essays and making short films.
Gauraa Shekhar’s work has appeared in Nimrod Journal, Contrary Magazine, Sonora Review, Literary Hub, The Toast, and elsewhere. She is a Founding Editor of No Contact, the Interviews Editor at Maudlin House, and an MFA candidate in fiction at Columbia University. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and young dachshund. Learn more at www.gauraashekhar.com.