Sarah Lao is a Chinese American writer from Atlanta, Georgia. Her poetry can be found or is forthcoming in AGNI, Narrative, and Black Warrior Review, among others. She will be attending Harvard College in the fall. You can find her @sarahclao.
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 poet from the Bay Area. A National YoungArts Finalist in Poetry, her work appears in Waxwing and AAWW: The Margins, among others. She is a student at Pomona College, where she hopes to study English and CS.
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 writer and student at Yale University. Her work has been previously published in Gone Lawn, Angel City Review, and Heavy Feather Review, among others. She is a staff reporter for the City desk of the Yale Daily News. Sylvan grew up in Tokyo, Japan.
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.
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.
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.
Aayush Jain is an artist from Memphis, TN. He is interested in the anatomy of the face and its implication on human relations. His work has been exhibited at the Memphis Int'l Airport, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, & 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.
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.
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.
Myda is a college student and certified accidental plant killer. Xe likes pistachios, sorting beads by colour, and changing xer name with the seasons.
Ashley Hajimirsadeghi is a multimedia artist and writer. She has had work appear, or forthcoming, in Into the Void Magazine, DIALOGIST, Rust + Moth, and The Shore, among others. She currently reads for EX/POST Magazine, is the Associate Managing Editor of Mud Season Review, was a Brooklyn Poets Fellow, and is the co-Editor in Chief of Juven Press. More of her work can be found at ashleyhajimirsadeghi.com.
Sophie Zhu is a high school sophomore from Western New York. She is an alumna of The Adroit Journal's summer mentorship program, and her work can be found in Muzzle Magazine. Apart from reading Roland Barthes, she enjoys working on math.
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.
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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 currently attends Washington University in St. Louis as a Howard Nemerov Writing Scholar and is a 2021 Adroit Journal Summer mentee. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and her poetry appears in The West Review, Ghost City Review, Hominum Journal, Plum Recruit Mag, and SOFTBLOW, among others. Serving as the editorial assistant for EX/POST MAGAZINE, Rachael Lin is also the founder and editor of Vox Viola Literary Magazine. She is prone to 2 am laundry folding and can be found on Twitter @rachaellin_ or at rachaellinwheeler.com
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.
Andrew Rihn is the author of Revelation: An Apocalypse in Fifty-Eight Fights, a collection of prose poetry about Mike Tyson. He also writes The Pugilist, a monthly boxing column for Into the Void magazine, where he is also a poetry editor. Andrew lives in Canton, OH.
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