Claire Oleson is a student and writer hailing from Grand Rapids, Michigan. She’s currently studying English and Creative Writing at Kenyon College. She’s an avid fan of books, bread, andtrying to win the hearts of all felines, regardless of how cantankerous they may be. Her work has been published by Limestone, Siblíní Art and Literature Journal, Newfound Journal, and Bridge Eight Magazine, among others. Some of her work can be found here:



Brad Trumpfheller is a writer from the South. His poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming from Nashville ReviewWinter Tangerine, decomP, Word Riot, Assaracus, and elsewhere. In addition to working with the journal, he is the managing editor and assistant poetry editor of the magazine Corridors, dedicated to exploring collegiate mental health through art and writing. He is an undergraduate student at Emerson College, studying literature and music. 


Shannon Sommers is the Editor-in-Chief of Parallel Ink and a prose reader for The Blueshift Journal. Her writing has been recognized by the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and won the fiction category of the 2016 Hypertext Magazine High School Writers Contest. She is also the head editor of her school newspaper, The Current; the director of the yearbook editorial department; and the president of her school’s National English Honor Society. She has taken writing classes at the Gotham Writers Workshop and Skidmore College, and taught a session of the Quartz Young Writers Workshop. Outside of writing, she works in the education department of the Guggenheim Museum and is involved with policy debate as both a team captain and circuit volunteer. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Hypertext Magazine, Hypernova Lit and New Voices Young Writers, among others. She is a high school junior and lives in New York City.




Justin Zhu is a senior at Hamilton High School in Chandler, Arizona. His works have been recognized by the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and the Achievement Awards in Writing from the National Council of English Teachers. Having grown up in Arizona, he has developed a never-ceasing fascination for cacti, jackrabbits, and broken thermometers. He will be attending Harvard University in the fall, where he plans to major in creative writing and computer languages.




Annie Li is a junior at Montgomery High School in central New Jersey. This past year, she received a Gold Medal in Digital Art from the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. She serves as an editor of her school’s literary magazine, The Mind’s Amaranth. In her free time, she likes to write poems and watch Gilmore Girls.