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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 an undergraduate member of Harvard University's Class of 2022. She is far too passionate about far too many things, including mock trial, journalism, great food, and, of course, 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 currently a junior at Cornell University, where he studies Comparative Literature and French and where he is also a Tanner Dean’s Scholar. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in DIAGRAM, PANK, and Cornell’s Marginalia Review. (During spring 2019, he will be studying abroad at Cambridge University.) He is from Beijing, China and Knoxville, Tennessee.


Kathryn Fitzpatrick is a senior at Central Connecticut State University and the Editor-in-Chief of the Helix LIterary Magazine. Her writing has been featured in Out Magazine, Crack the Spine, and the anthology Flash Nonfiction Funny, edited by Dinty Moore. In 2013, she was the recipient of the Connecticut Young Writers Trust Award for Prose.



Theresa Gaffney is nowhere near done paying off her undergraduate student loans to Brandeis University. Despite this, she works in book publicity at Viking Press/Penguin Books/Penguin Classics.  In 2018 she participated in Boundless Tales: A Reading Series for Emerging Writers in Queens, NY.  She’s tweeting about her period @_gaffknee.



Stefania Gomez is a writer, radio producer, and teaching artist from Chicago's South Side. She received her B.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University in 2017. Her work appears in or is forthcoming from Bluestockings Magazine, the Offing, and the Missouri Review



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



Ravneet Kaur Sandhu is a senior 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 Rectangle, Women Right the World, the Chachalaca Review, 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, and where she took first place in the 2018 Randall Library Flash Fiction Contest. Her work has been shortlisted by Glimmer Train. She is pseudo-native to Asheville, NC.



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.



Klara Pokrzywa was born and raised in Michigan, and now splits her time between there and New York City, where she is an undergraduate student studying English and Creative Writing at Columbia University. Her work has been published in Canvas Literary Journal and the Pea River Journal, and she is currently researching modernist poetry and mythology with the Laidlaw Scholars Program. She has a weakness for musical theatre and dark chocolate. 



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 2018



Oriana Tang studies English at Yale University. Her poetry and prose have been recognized by the Connecticut Poetry Circuit, 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 does not have fancy writing awards, but she does keep an email newsletter. She is experimenting in creative nonfiction and cookie recipes.


Jay G Ying currently studies in Edinburgh. His poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming from the Adroit Journal, 404 Ink, and PBS Bulletin. He is the winner of the 2017 Poetry Book Society Student Poetry Prize. He was shortlisted for the inaugural Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize and anthologized in the subsequent Eleven Stories. He is a reader and mentor for the Adroit Journal. He has previously lived in Hong Kong and the Netherlands.



Jenny Tinghui Zhang is a Chinese-American writer. She is currently an MFA candidate in nonfiction at the University of Wyoming, and a 2016 VONA fellow. Her work has appeared in Revolution HousedamselflySedimentsApogee, and The Rumpus. Find her at