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.
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.
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.
Hadiyyah Kuma currently studies Sociology and Creative Expression at the University of Toronto. Her prose has been published in the university’s Hart House Review. She’s an emerging writer with boundless hope for the future of creative thought.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
Jenny Tinghui Zhang is a Chinese-American writer. She is an MFA candidate in nonfiction at the University of Wyoming, and a 2016 VONA fellow. Her work appears in Revolution House, damselfly, Sediments, Apogee, and The Rumpus. Find her at jnnyzhng.com.
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.