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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, as well as a finalist in the 2016 YoungArts Awards and for the 2017 Adroit Prize for Prose. She has participated in the Between the Lines Program and the Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program, and has been recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. She has edited multiple issues of literary journals, and her work has been published nine times. She’s from the Chicago area, but has also lived in Wisconsin and Minnesota.



Jenna Bao is bustling through her senior year of high school. She is far too passionate about far too many things, including mock trial, journalism, great food, and storytelling. Her work has been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and published in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and the Chautauqua Literary Journal


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



Kim Bussing is a recent graduate of Georgetown University's Honors English program, and has also spent time studying creative writing and English literature at Cambridge and Oxford, respectively. Her work has been featured in South Dakota Review, Sou'wester, Story|Houston, and others. When she's not working on her novel, she can be found attempting to take up residence in used bookshops.


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 an undergraduate student at Yale University.



Yongyu Chen is a second-year Comparative Literature major at Cornell University, where he is a Tanner Dean’s Scholar and where he writes poems (dedicated to Lorca) in movie theatres and elevators. His work has been recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and the Poetry Society of the United Kingdom. He is from Knoxville, Tennessee.


Caroline Fairey graduated from the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in 2016. She was a National YoungArts Finalist and a Scholastic Art & Writing National Gold Medalist. She is currently the articles editor for Garnet & Black at the University of South Carolina Honors College, from which she will graduate in 2020.


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.



Ivy Grimes is a former Alabamian and current Virginian with an MFA from the University of Alabama. Her writing has appeared in Salt Hill, PANK, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Dappled Things, the Offending Adam, and elsewhere. Visit her at


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



Ravneet Kaur Sandhu is a junior at Cedar Crest College, where she is majoring in English Literature and Psychology. She loves sugary coffee and thick novels. Her short stories have been published in the Thing Ezine, Women Right the World, Pitch, and Onyx. She is originally from India.


Iryna Klishch is from Nadvirna, Ukraine, but grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, where she quickly fell in love with language. Her work has previously appeared in Phantom Drift, the Blue Route, and Pidgeonholes, among others. She hopes the right words find you. 



Rebekkah Leigh LaBlue studies creative writing and ornithology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she also serves as the Fiction Editor for Atlantis. She is the winner of the UNCW Randall Library 2018 Flash Fiction Contest, and was recognized on Glimmer Train Press’s Top 25 list for the Sept/Oct 2017 Short Story Award for New Writers. She is an alum of and current staff photographer for Brave New Voices. Pseudo-native to Asheville, NC, her preferred self can be found in the grass alongside the Blue Ridge Parkway, committing new bird calls to memory.



Jared Levy was born in Philadelphia, PA, and he currently lives there, too. He is a proud member of the Backyard Writers Workshop and his stories have appeared in the QuotableApiary Magazine, and most recently, Matador Review.



Kathryn McMahon is a queer American writer living abroad. Her prose has appeared in or is forthcoming from Syntax and Salt, Cease, Cows, the Baltimore Review, Split Lip, and Necessary Fiction. She was a nominee for the 2017 Best of the Net Anthology.



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.



Eric Shattuck is a freelance writer living in Austin, Texas. His stories have appeared in over a dozen journals, including Neon, the Austin Chronicle, the Nottingham Review, and Gone Lawn. His work has been featured on Wigleaf's Top 50 list, and he was nominated for the 2018 Pushcart Prize and Best Small Fictions anthology. 


Scott Szpisjak is a sophomore at Vassar College from the DC suburbs. The pinnacle of his writing career was the production of a one-act play he co-wrote 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 junior 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 was a 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts and a 2015 Davidson Fellow in Literature, and grew up in New Jersey.


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.


Jay G Ying is currently living in Edinburgh, where he is training to be a doctor. His poetry has previously appeared in the Adroit Journal, where he now works as a prose reader. He was selected to be part of Umbrellas of Edinburgh: Poetry and Prose Inspired by the Scotland’s Capital City in 2016. He translates from Chinese and French, and has previously lived in Hong Kong and Rotterdam.