Aria Aber lives and writes in New York City, and is a recent graduate of Goldsmiths College in London. Her work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in Wasafri, decomP, Poetry Book Society, PANK Blog, Lighthouse Journal, and others. She was awarded the 2014 Wasafri New Writing Prize in Poetry and is a recipient of a Dickinson House fellowship. At the moment, she serves as the poetry editor for [smiths] and as a poetry reader for The Adroit Journal.
Mariel Alonzo is a bisexual activist, currently studying Psychology at the Ateneo de Davao University (Mindanao, Philippines). She was recently a finalist in the Winter Tangerine Awards, Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition, and Troubadour International Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Hawaii Review, AJAR, SAND and other journals.
Lesya Bazylewicz was a finalist for the 2016 Crab Orchard Review Allison Joseph Poetry Award, and her poetry is forthcoming in Drunken Boat, New South, and Salamander. Originally from Chicago, she lives in Baltimore where she studies English and Creative Writing in the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars.
Pritha Bhattacharyya is a Bengali-American writer who received her B.A. from Cornell University in 2016. Her work has been recognized by the DC Scholastic Writing Awards and appears or is forthcoming in Rainy Day, Marginalia, Litro Online, Poetry Breakfast, The Blueshift Journal, and Plain China: Best Undergraduate Writing. To learn more about her work, visit prithabread.wordpress.com.
Emma Bleker is currently pursuing her English degree in Virginia. Her poetry has been featured in or is forthcoming from Cahoodaloodaling, Penstrike Literary Journal, Skylark Review, and Persephone's Daughters, among others. Additionally, she released her first collection of poetry, Here's Hoping You Never See This, in November of 2015. She likes dogs more than most things, and probably hopes to be your friend.
Daniel Blokh is a fifteen-year-old writer and author of In Migration (BAM! Publishing, 2016), available now through Books A Million. His work has been recognized by the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, Foyle Young Poets of the Year Awards, Cicada Magazine, Thin Air Magazine, and more. When he's not writing, he's usually busy losing homework assignments.
Meg Boyles is a senior at Hendrix College, where she studies creative writing and religious studies. Recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and The Eudora Welty Foundation, Meg has attended the New York State Summer Writers Institute and the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. Her poetry has most recently appeared in B O D Y, The Aonian, and The Rising Phoenix Review.
Sage Calder Hahn grew up in rural Northwest Connecticut and currently lives in Boston. She recently graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from Brandeis University in Creative Writing and English, and currently works as a sex-educator in Brookline. Her writing has either been featured or is forthcoming in Open Letters Monthly and Tinderbox Poetry Journal.
Leila Chatti is a Tunisian-American poet and a 2016-2017 writing fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She holds an MFA in poetry from North Carolina State University and has been awarded scholarships from the Tin House Writers’ Workshop, Dickinson House, and the Quest Writer’s Conference. Her poems have been recognized by Narrative Magazine’s 30 Below Contest, the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize, and the Academy of American Poets, and appear or are forthcoming in Best New Poets, Narrative, North American Review, The Missouri Review, TriQuarterly, Indiana Review, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere.
Helena Chung studies poetry at Johns Hopkins University, where she received a 2015 Academy of American Poets Prize. In 2016, she received a fellowship from the Bucknell University Stadler Center for Poetry. Her work appears in or is forthcoming from The Hopkins Review, DIALOGIST, The Boiler, The Journal, and elsewhere.
Jesse De Angelis lives in Boston. He received a BA from Simon's Rock, and an MFA from Boston University. His poems have appeared in Bird's Thumb, Glacial Erratic, The Kenyon Review, and Storm Cellar. He enjoys expanding his award-winning collection of historical American cookbooks, despite a serious lack of shelf space.
Aline Dolinh is a first-year student at the University of Virginia. A National Student Poet emeritus and mentor in the 2015 Adroit Summer Mentorship Program, her passions beyond writing include cryptozoology and female-driven horror films. She tweets @alinedolinh.
Cody Ernst obtained his MFA in Poetry from Johns Hopkins University, where he taught in the Writing Seminars. His poems appear in Gulf Coast, Bat City Review, 32 Poems, and elsewhere. Find out more at codyernst.com.
Joseph Felkers is a junior at Catholic Central High School, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His works appear or are forthcoming in decomP magazinE, Superstition Review, and Emerge Literary Journal, among others. Aside from the art of poetry, Joseph is also active in the ice cream arts, where he is a self-proclaimed connoisseur and an (embarrassingly) experienced server.
Kathryn (Katie) Hindenlang earned her Bachelor's in Rhetoric and Creative Writing at UC Berkeley, where she was awarded several poetry prizes and selected to be the Commencement Speaker. She later became a University Fellow at Washington University's MFA program in St. Louis. She has received multiple scholarships for national and international conferences and her work has appeared in/won awards and prizes from Spoon River Poetry Review, Berkeley Poetry Review, DISQUIET International, Wag's Revue, and the New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as being named a finalist by CALYX, to name a few. She has poems and nonfiction forthcoming from Rogue Agent, Apogee Journal, and others.
Claire Hurley studies English at McGill University in her hometown of Montreal, Quebec. She attended the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop. This prompted her to begin sharing her work, which has appeared in The Cadaverine, Lines + Stars, and The Vassar Review.
Christos Kalli, born in Larnaca, Cyprus, is currently studying for his undergraduate degree in English Literature at the University of Glasgow. His most recent poems can be found / are forthcoming in The American Journal of Poetry, The Adroit Journal, the minnesota review, Oxford Magazine, The Maine Review, Red Paint Hill Poetry Journal, Hobart, among others. He is currently a Poetry Reader for The Adroit Journal & one of the reviewers of Carillon Magazine.
Chloe Kim is a senior at Milton Academy. Her poetry has appeared in The Marble Collection, and has received the Ruth Berrien Fox Award and a Gold Medal from the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. She’s also an alum of the Iowa Young Writers Studio, and her fiction has been published in The Apprentice Writer. In her free time, Chloe likes to recite Hemingway and play catch with her pet Maltese.
Tom Kozlowski holds a B.A. from The College of New Jersey, where he studied political theory and English. He has received a 2016 fellowship from the Bucknell University Stadler Center for Poetry, an experience that inspired him to start sharing his poems.
Rachel Litchman is a high school senior at Interlochen Arts Academy. Her poetry and prose have been recognized by the Glimmer Train Press Short Story Award for New Writers, the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and the Luminarts Cultural Foundation. Other work has appeared in The Whitefish Review, Middle/High School Voices, and CCLaP The Weekender.
Emily Mack is from Chicago. She is captain of her Louder Than a Bomb poetry slam team and was a member of the 2014 Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program. She has performed poetry on stage at The Metro and was very nearly kicked out of The Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop. Her work has appeared in several years of The Best Teen Writing and she is a recipient of the American Voices Award. She is currently a freshman at Columbia University.
Meghana Mysore is a freshman at Yale University. She is a two-time Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Medalist for Poetry and Writing Portfolio, a fiction finalist in Columbia College Chicago's Young Authors' Competition and an Honorable Mention recipient in the Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest. Her work appears in Crack the Spine, Rogue Agent, Third Wednesday, The Yale Herald and other journals.
Nkosi Nkululeko, the 2016 New York City Youth Poet Laureate, is a Callaloo fellow, multi-nominated for the Best of Net Anthology, nominated for Independent Best American Poetry as well as the Pushcart Prize. He was a finalist for the 2016 Winter Tangerine Award for Poetry and his work can be found in [PANK] Magazine, Vinyl Poetry, No Token, and other publications. He lives in Harlem, New York.
Syra Ortiz-Blanes is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is a founding member of the feminist Philadelphia-based art collective We Are Watching, and a poetry reader for The Adroit Journal.
Paloma Ruiz is a high school senior currently living Texas. Her poetry has been published in Eunoia Review and Polyphony H.S., as well as in several anthologies. Along with receiving Gold and Silver Medals from the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, she was a semi-finalist for the National Student Poet Commendation, and recently attended the Iowa Young Writers' Studio. She likes to watch old surgical videos and look at pictures of obscure sea creatures for inspiration.
Shakthi Shrima's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Muzzle Magazine, DIALOGIST, and Berkeley Poetry Review, amongst others. Shakthi Shrima is forthcoming at the local Wawa at 4am. She is an undergraduate student at Princeton University.
Audrey Spensley is a freshman at Princeton University from Avon Lake, Ohio. She has been named a Foyle Young Poet of the Year, a National YoungArts Finalist for Poetry, and a United States Presidential Scholar for the Arts semifinalist, and her work has received three national gold medals from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Her poetry is published in or forthcoming from Magma, The Blue Pencil Online, and The Best Teen Writing of 2015, among others.
Parisa Thepmankorn is a freshman at Brown University from New Jersey. The winner of the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine, she has been recognized by the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Hobart, Words Dance, and Transcendence Magazine, among others.
Isaac Williams' poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Rust + Moth, Punchnel's, The Nervous Breakdown, and Potluck Magazine. He currently studies English at UCLA.
Chelsy Jiayi Wu is a freshman at Columbia University from Shanghai, China. She was named a 2015 Foyle Commended Poet, and served as editor-in-chief for her high school’s literary magazine. Other than writing poems, she religiously drinks Earl Grey tea and is constantly on the hunt for dresses with pockets.
Alex Zhang is a current undergraduate student at Columbia University from Portage, Michigan. His writing has been recognized by the The Adroit Journal, the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the Sierra Nevada Review, and The Best Teen Writing of 2016, and has been nominated for Plain China: Best Undergraduate Writing. He received a Gold Medal for Writing Portfolio from the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.