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.
Brianne Allen is a high school senior and writer from New York City. She was named a 2019 National YoungArts Finalist in Writing, and has additionally been recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. She has been published in places such as Gone Lawn, Rookie Magazine, and Egalitarian Magazine. Find her on Twitter at @brianne_na.
Yongyu Chen studies Comparative Literature at Cornell University, where he helps edit the undergraduate poetry journal Marginalia. His work has been published in or is forthcoming from journals such as Black Warrior Review, BOAAT, DIAGRAM, Foundry, Indiana Review, PANK, and Sonora Review. He was born in Beijing and grew up in Knoxville, TN and is currently abroad in the UK.
Lane Devers is from Carbondale, Colorado, but is currently a sophomore at Interlochen Arts Academy, where he studies creative writing. He has recently been recognized as a 2019 YoungArts Writing Finalist in Creative Nonfiction, which is most of what he writes. You can find his work online in some journals, if you look real hard for some reason.
Trang Dinh is on and off the path to monkhood—she’s just not a fan of abstinence in every sense of the word. She’s lived in Singapore and the United States, and now lives in Hanoi, Vietnam, negotiating The Third Space, à la Bhabha. She teaches teenagers how to conjure and construct their personal narratives. Her favorite food is bún ốc and favorite authors Toni Morrison and George Saunders. She has no “social media presence.”
Kathryn Fitzpatrick is a senior at Central Connecticut State University, where she serves as editor-in-chief of the Helix Literary Magazine. Her essays have been previously published in Out Magazine, Gravel, Crack the Spine, and the anthology Flash Nonfiction Funny, among others. She was a recipient of the Connecticut Young Writers Trust Award for Prose and lives in Thomaston, Connecticut.
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.
Emma Grillo is a writer and fact-checker based in Brooklyn. Her journalism has been published by New York Magazine and Vox, and her fiction has received an honorable mention from Glimmer Train. She currently works as a digital producer at T Magazine.
Hadiyyah Kuma is a fiction and nonfiction writer from Toronto, Ontario. Her stories are published in or forthcoming from Jellyfish Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, and Pink Things Magazine. She is the editor of Double-Take Mag, an online zine that seeks to engage with the micro-world through the creations of emerging artists.
Rebekkah Leigh LaBlue studies creative writing, book publishing, and ornithology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Glass: A Journal of Poetry, and has been shortlisted by Glimmer Train. A finalist for the 2018 Split Lip Poetry Contest, she is pseudo-native to Asheville, North Carolina.
Alice Maglio is a writer living in New York. Her fiction appears or is forthcoming in Cosmonauts Avenue, Gone Lawn, and Black Warrior Review. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College and a BA in Comparative Literature from Georgetown University.
Klara Pokrzywa is originally from Michigan, but now spends most of her time in New York, where she is studying English and Creative Writing at Columbia University. She currently working on a research project on the post-WWII poetry of T.S. Eliot and H.D. Her work can be found in Canvas Literary Journal and the Pea River Journal.
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.
Ryan Skaryd holds an MFA from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, where he currently teaching college writing. His chapbook, Bottle Rockets, is forthcoming from ZED Press. His work has appeared in After the Pause, the DUM DUM Zine, South 85 Review, and elsewhere. In 2017, he was a finalist for the Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award. Follow him on Twitter at @ryan_skaryd and on Instagram at @ryanohrama.
Crystal Sung is a senior at Classical Academy High School in Escondido, California. A graduate of the 2018 Iowa Young Writers’ Studio, she has been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards in various genres, most recently receiving a 2018 National Gold Medal in Poetry. Her work often examines power dynamics in family, relationships, and society.
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 Yale Literary Magazine, Plan A Magazine, DIALOGIST, PANK, the Sierra Nevada Review, and Killing the Angel, among others, and is forthcoming in BRINK: A Review of Books. She was a 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts and a 2015 Davidson Fellow in Literature, and grew up in New Jersey.
Katherine Xiong is a senior at the Lawrenceville School, where she edits its two literary magazines and the opinions section of its weekly newspaper. She has attended the Kenyon Review and UVA Young Writers Workshops, and her most recent work has appeared in One Teen Story and Body Without Organs. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
Julie Zuckerman‘s debut novel-in-stories, The Book of Jeremiah, was the runner up for the 2018 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction and will be published by Press 53 in May 2019. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Okay Donkey, Crab Orchard Review, Salt Hill, The SFWP Quarterly, Ellipsis, Sixfold, Five:2:One, The Coil, and The MacGuffin, among others. A native of Connecticut, she now lives in Israel with her husband and four children. Find her on Twitter at @jbzuckerman.