Zoe Stoller is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Cleaver Magazine, DIALOGIST, Fissure Magazine, Rabbit Catastrophe Review, and Word Riot, among others. She is the Assistant Poetry Editor for Cleaver Magazine and the Web Editor for The Adroit Journal. In addition, she is the recipient of the PenNaatak Playwright Fellowship, and one of her one-act plays was produced in a theatre festival Off-Broadway. For more information, visit www.zoestoller.com.



Aidan Forster is a junior in the creative writing program at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, SC. He is the blog editor of The Adroit Journal, a poetry reader for The Blueshift Journal, and the co-founder/editor-in-chief of Fissure, a magazine that works to promote the voices of young/queer writers and artists. He is the winner of the 2016 Louis Louise / Emily F. Bourne Student Award from the Poetry Society of America and the 2016 the Gigantic Sequins Teen Sequins Contest, is currently a finalist for the 2016 Tinderbox Poetry Prize, was on the Editors’ List for the 2016 Adroit Prizes in Poetry, and has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. He is a graduate of the Iowa Young Writers Studio and the Kenyon Young Writers Workshop. His work appears in The Adroit Journal, Assaracus, DIALOGIST, Indiana ReviewTinderbox, Two Peach, and Verse, among others.



Ariella Carmell is an undergraduate at The University of Chicago, where she plans to study literature and creative writing. A Foyle Commended Poet and three-time Scholastic National Gold and Silver Medalist, she has had work published or forthcoming in Cleaver Magazine, Cadaverine, Burningword, Sugared Water, and Vademecum, among others. This year, she was named a winner of the Blank Theatre Young Playwrights Festival competition. 


Derick Edgren is a student at Sarah Lawrence College, where he studies Theatre and Spanish. After writing and directing two plays at Auburn Creative and Performing Arts High School, one of which was performed at a statewide competition alongside the works of writers such as Qui Nguyen and Lois Lowry, Derick was recognized as a finalist/winner for the 2014 Thespian Playworks for his play Skin, published in Dramatics Magazine, and forthcoming in an anthology published by Samuel French. Derick’s plays have been produced or will be produced by The West Side Show Room, DownStage Theatre Company, International Thespian Society, and La Strada Ensemble Theatre. 


Joanna Moley is a sophomore at Georgetown University from Connecticut. She is the recipient of a Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Gold Medal for Flash Fiction, and currently writes the quarterly HumanWrites column for the Adroit blog.


Brynne Rebele-Henry published her first poetry chapbook, Wind Is Wind and Rain Is Rain, when she was six, and her forthcoming hybrid book Fleshgraphs will be published by Nightboat Books this September. Her poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in such journals as Denver Quarterly, The Adroit Journal, The Volta, Revolver, Souvenir, Powder Keg, So to Speak, The Offending Adam and other magazines, and her work is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner and Fiction International, among other publications. She is the recipient of the 2016 Adroit Prize for Prose (selected by Kevin Moffett), the 2015 Louise Louis/Emily F. Bourne Student Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of America, two Gold Medals from the 2015 & 2016 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and a 2016 National YoungArts Foundation Merit Award for a selection from her first novel, The Glass House. She was born in 1999 and currently lives in Richmond, Virginia.


Eloise Sims is a freshman at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, studying Politics and History. She was the 2014 recipient of the RANZCOG Senior Women's Health Writing Award, as well as a finalist in Eat Your Words 2014. Her articles and short stories have been published in books and magazines in the United States and New Zealand. In her spare time, (admittedly, not a lot), she listens to a lot of Kanye West, works for UN Youth New Zealand, and writes human rights features for The Adroit Journal's blog.


Audrey Zhao interviews contributors of the Adroit Journal for the Adroit blog. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Fissure Magazine, the Rattle Young Poets Anthology, Words Dance, and Vinyl. She is a Bay Area native.