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Olivia Alger spent three years at Interlochen Arts Academy as a creative writing major. She was a semifinalist for the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts designation and a finalist in the 2016 YoungArts Awards and for the 2017 Adroit Prize for Prose. She was also an American participant in Between the Lines at the International Writing program, and a mentee in the Adroit Mentorship Program. She’s received two Gold Keys and an American Voices nomination from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. She has edited multiple issues of literary journals and her work has been published nine times. She’s from Chicago area, but has also lived in Wisconsin and Minnesota. 


Pritha Bhattacharyya is a Bengali-American writer who received her B.A. from Cornell University. Her work appears in or is forthcoming from Ninth LetterApogee JournalThe Blueshift JournalLitro OnlinePlain China: Best Undergraduate Writing, and elsewhere. To learn more about her work, visit her online at


Walker Caplan keeps looking gift horses in the mouth. Her writing has previously been recognized by the National YoungArts Foundation, The Adroit Journal, Blank Theatre, and more, and her original plays have been performed in New York and Seattle. She is currently a student at Yale University.


Caroline Fairey recently graduated from the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. Her work has been recognized by the National YoungArts Foundation, the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and by her grandmother who used to teach English. Caroline’s work can be found in the Cardiff Review, Noble / Gas Qrtly, and Jellyfish Review. Currently, she attends the University of South Carolina Honors College, where she hopes to serve as Poetry Editor for The Lettered Olive, write for Garnet & Black, work in the Peer Writing Center, and generally rub her English major in everyone’s faces. In her free time, she reads, visits friends, and does homework. She has no free time.

Kathryn Fitzpatrick lives, breathes, and will die in Thomaston, Connecticut. She is a sophomore English major at Central Connecticut State University, and the recipient of the Connecticut Young Writers Trust Award for Prose.


Jaclyn Grimm lives in Orlando, Florida. Her writing has been published or is forthcoming in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, and USA Today, among others. 


Jordan Harper is an alum of the Iowa Young Writers' Studio, the Adroit Journal Mentorship Program, and the National YoungArts Foundation. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama and will attend Emory University - Oxford College in fall of 2017.


Maddie Kim is a freshman at Stanford University. Her work has been recognized by the Norman Mailer Center, Princeton University, the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and the Adroit Prizes. She likes tap dancing and taking blurry photos of her dogs.  



Andrea Mendoza Perez is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia, where she studied English Lit in the Distinguished Majors Program. She was born in Venezuela; while English was not her first language, she's grown fond of it just the same. When she's not researching magical realist fiction for her thesis, she likes to read non-superhero comics and memorize song lyrics for fun.


Scott Szpisjak is a freshman at Vassar College from just outside DC. The pinnacle of his writing career was the production of a one act play he cowrote with fellow staff reader Aline Dolinh. It was about the FBI trying to convince everyone that the moon is fake and actually a soviet satellite. His writing has been featured in Grey Sparrow Journal, New Politics Magazine, Foliate Oak, and Solarpunk Press, among others.


Oriana Tang is a sophomore at Yale University. Her poetry and prose have been recognized by the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the Poetry Society of the United Kingdom, and the Adroit Prizes, among others, and appear in The Best Teen Writing of 2014, PANK, The Sierra Nevada Review, Killing the Angel, and Winter Tangerine Review.  She is a 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts and a 2015 Davidson Fellow in Literature. You can usually find her asleep face-down on her desk.


Tiffany Xie studies English and biology at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She has an ongoing project wherein she writes an email every day and sends it to her friends. She also serves as an editor for the Humanities Board of the Indiana University Journal of Undergraduate Research. She has a weakness for Steinbeck and Brahms. In her spare time, she occasionally experiments with cooking recipes stolen from the Internet.


Jackie Yang studies neuroscience and creative writing at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. She is a two-time national medalist in the Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards and her work has appeared in The Best Teen Writing of 2014Mangrove Journal, and Nashville Review. She currently serves as the managing editor of The Miami Hurricane. In her spare time, Jackie eats good food and occasionally ventures out into the moral wasteland that is Miami.


Jay G. Ying is a medical student at the University of Edinburgh with an interest in transcultural psychiatry. His poetry has appeared The Adroit Journal, where he is currently working as a prose reader. In 2014, he was chosen to attend the Tower Poetry Summer School. An enthusiast for Weltliterature, he counts Derek Walcott, Mahmoud Darwish, and Ingrid Jonker amongst some of his current inspirations.