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’s poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in such journals as Denver Quarterly, jubilat, Prairie Schooner, Fiction International, Rookie, The Volta, and So to Speak, among other places. Her writing has won numerous awards, including the 2015 Louise Louis/Emily F. Bourne Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of America and the 2016 Adroit Prize for Prose. Her book Fleshgraphs appeared from Nightboat Books in September 2016. She was born in 1999 and currently lives in Richmond, Virginia.


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.