Cindy Tran

Founder + Editor-in-Chief

Cindy Tran is a student, writer, and editor from Boston, Massachusetts. Her pieces are usually written in bursts of energy found only in the latest hours of the night and are often based on her deepest infatuations and oddly philosophical shower thoughts. When she isn’t at her desk writing or editing, you can find her meticulously planning her life out in a worn black Moleskine journal or attempting to cram more books onto her already caving shelf. 

Favorite book: Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong

Aspirations: To become an editor for one of the “Big 5” book publishing houses.

Leah Prodigalidad

Artistic Director

Leah Prodigalidad is a high school senior in Boston, Massachusetts. She is an aspiring artist who previously worked with Boston’s Mayor Mural Crew and she hopes to one day illustrate her own children’s book. She loves to sing, dance, and make art but when she isn’t doing any of those hobbies, she is probably drinking coffee while adding stuff she won’t buy into her online shopping cart.

Favorite book: Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Aspirations: To hold her own art exhibition and start a cafe that provides a debut space for rookie artists/musicians/etc.

Alena Tran

Publication Editor

Alena is an eighth grader from Boston who in her free time, enjoys reading anything and everything sci-fi or fantasy. If she’s not having an existential crisis about fictional characters, you can probably find her testing out strange filters on Instagram or struggling with catching bugs in Animal Crossing. 

Favorite book: Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Aspirations: To work in a math-related field and to never stop reading.

Olivia Farrar

Managing Editor (Public Submissions)

Olivia (sometimes endearingly referred to as Liv) is a sophomore student studying creative writing and marketing at the University of Denver. When she’s not exploring the unknown through her prose and poetry, she is hiking in the mountains, fishing, or baking a really complicated cake of some sort. She’s also the type of person who appreciates literary memes, so feel free to send them her way.

Favorite book: Of Things Gone Astray by Janina Matthewson

Aspirations: To become a freelance writer and live abroad.

Ayanna Miller

Managing Editor (Staff Submissions)

Ayanna is an English major currently studying at Cuesta College in California and will soon be transferring to a four-year university. She is passionate about mental health, self-development, and finding different ways to express herself either through writing or other art forms such as painting or embroidery. When she isn’t writing or studying, she spends most of her free time reading or journaling, playing board games with friends, and making playlists for every hypothetical situation she can think of.

Favorite Book: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Aspirations: To one day be an editor for a publishing house.

Hye-won Yoo

Managing Editor (THE LAB and issue submissions)

Hye-won is a 16-year-old currently living in Michigan. She loves to spend her days re-reading her favorite books (while ignoring the mountain of books on her TBR), writing short stories, and procrastinating by watching random YouTube videos. She is 100% a night owl and will most likely not be fully conscious until at least 12 PM. Hye-won hopes to encourage other writers to go after their dreams and persevere through all the struggles they may encounter.

Favorite book: History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Aspirations:  To become a psychiatrist in order to help others and break the stigma around mental health.

Editorial Team

Gabriella Troy

Prose Editor + Staff Poet

Gabby is a rising high school senior based in Boston, Massachusetts. She has a deep interest in STEM fields such as biology and chemistry, and has completed a data science research project on the genetics behind breast cancer. She has a passion for nature and animals, and is dedicated to learning as much as she possibly can. If she’s not outside reading, you can probably find her in the kitchen baking another loaf of bread. 

Favorite book: And I Darken by Kiersten White

Aspirations: To become a veterinarian and to connect biomedical engineering to animals.

J.M. Chadwick

Prose Editor

J. M. Chadwick is a high school senior located near Boston, Massachusetts. She is an aspiring author of poetry, prose, and other written word. When she is not writing, she enjoys film photography and dancing. In addition to Outlander, she is a poetry and prose editor for Kalopsia Literary Journal, and has work featured or forthcoming in Cathartic Literary Magazine, Heartbroken Zine, and various other publications.

Favorite Book: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Aspirations: To professionally write and teach poetry, prose, and literature, own a used book store, work as an editor for a publishing house, visit lots of art museums, and learn as much about the world as possible.

Margaret Dalton

Prose Editor

Margaret is a sophomore studying English and creative writing at the University of Iowa. Margaret has had her work featured in Melted Butter Magazine, PLAYSET! Magazine, and other publications. When she isn’t reading or writing fiction as a means of escapism, she is spending an ungodly amount of time online watching overly long video essays on subjects varying from literary analysis to the detailed histories of old amusement park rides.

Favorite Book: In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

Aspirations: To actually finish one of her WIPs and become a published author.

Cyrene Vance

Poetry Editor

Cyrene is a fifteen year old based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. She is very passionate about exploring concepts such as humanity and the importance of emotion through her work. In an effort to create a home for those who need it the most, she founded From You, a digital community project that allows a chance for expression and transparency through anonymity. Aside from writing, Cyrene enjoys capturing the world around her through her camera and watching films.

Favorite Book: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Aspirations: To be a published author and work as a therapist to assist people with the challenges they face in their daily lives.

Charlie Martina

Personal Essay Editor + Staff Personal Essay Writer

Charlie is a sociology and philosophy graduate, currently freelance writing and blogging in London. Lover of yoga, spirituality, and house plants (which she inevitably leaves to die). Previously, she’s worked in care and mental health industries, and am passionate about eliminating the stigma surrounding MH, body image, and sexuality. Oh, and she has a chihuahua named Reuben… he is essentially her whole life.

Favorite book: The Secret History by Donna Tartt 

Aspirations:  To spread love and visit as many countries as possible and to become so enlightened that her overthinking brain pipes down for a second. 

Gina Bowen

Poetry Editor

Gina Bowen lives, breathes, and photographs the mountains of Eastern Tennessee.  She spends her time writing poetry and short stories on her porch and getting lost in the woods to photograph the beautiful landscapes with her two pups, Tormund Giantsbane and Jolene.  Gina’s writing has appeared in a variety of magazines and you’ll never find her without a giant cup of coffee.

Favorite book:  The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Aspirations: To find her short story manuscript a loving publishing house. 

Isabella Melians

Poetry Editor

Isabella Melians (she/her) is a sophomore attending school in South Florida. She is the vice president of her school’s writing club, “The Writer’s Circle,” and has been published or is forthcoming in Rasa Review, Fever Dreams, K’in Literary Journal, Spillover Magazine, Ice Lolly Review, NonBinary Review, and other reviewers. In her free time, she enjoys playing the cello, painting, and rewatching Netflix Series. 

Favorite book: The Journals of Susanna Moodie by Margaret Atwood 

Aspirations:  To attend college at a Northeast campus and study in the forensic field. 

Yanitta Iew

Poetry Editor

Yanitta Iew is a high school student from Bangkok, Thailand. She writes poetry, short stories and screenplays when she isn’t drowning in a sea of homework. When she isn’t writing, she’s listening to slam poems, binge-watching Gilmore Girls or has her eyes glued to an award-winning screenplay.

Favorite book:  Life of the Party by Olivia Gatwood

Aspirations: To write and direct a feature film, and publish a poetry collection.

Corianna Jackson

Prose Editor + Personal Essay Editor

Corianna Jackson is a full-time university student and can’t-find-the-time writer who thinks too much, stays up too late, and finds strong sentence structure sexy. When she’s not writing about love, emotions, and other deadly things, she’s inhaling new books, old TV, anime, and manga—all at the same time. She lives for amazing end-results and enjoys helping others reach the final product of their dreams too.

Favorite book:  Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Aspirations: To publish a novel and start a publishing company that uplifts BIPOC writers.

Benjamin Wesley

Poetry Editor

Benjamin (he/him) is a high school senior from Kentucky. As a lover of stories, he aspires to be an editor and author of great poetry and prose. When not writing, he can be found studying fencing, reading philosophy by the pond, and riding his bike.

Favorite book: Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson 

Aspirations:  To become an editor at a traditional publishing company. 

Hannah Valente

Poetry Editor

Hannah is a recent graduate of the University of Birmingham, where they studied English with Creative Writing and wrote a lot of poetry about Scooby-Doo. They love reading through new first drafts, getting stuck into the editing process, and really pushing people’s work to be the best that it can be. When they’re not reading or writing, you might find them playing guitar, learning to bake with disastrous results, or caring for their ridiculous forest of houseplants.

Favorite book: If All the World and Love Were Young by Stephen Sexton

Aspirations: To complete a master’s degree in poetry, to publish their work, and to someday own cats named after London Underground stations (Victoria, Angel, Heathrow Terminal 5, etc).

Sean Wang

Poetry Editor

Sean Wang is a writer and editor from Singapore. You will find him walking art galleries with a tote bag while listening to SZA or Lana del Rey, film camera in hand. He also enjoys films about doomed romances, anime, plants and retro futuristic houses. 

Favorite book: Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata

Aspirations: To become a writer or a curator, or some combination thereof. Also, to learn more languages and travel the world! 

Norah Laughter

Poetry Editor

Norah Laughter (she/her) is a student from Russellville, Kentucky, who attends Greenwood High School in Bowling Green, Kentucky. She is an avid reader and writer and big believer in building community with collaborative Spotify playlists. In addition to writing, she is extremely passionate about climate justice and education equity. She is super excited to help others use writing as a means to understand themselves and their relationship with the world. 

Favorite book: Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

Aspirations: To pursue climate studies, journalism, and policy, and somehow make a career out of the intersection of all three. 



Staff Poet

Tabalith is a university student studying political science and American literature. She has this crazy idea of writing down whatever comes into her mind since she has learned how to hold a pen. When not in the middle of reading books or filling her notebook’s pages with her barely legible handwriting, she enjoys having a walk outside, thinking about – nothing at all, really.

Favorite book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Aspirations: To become a professional writer and, perhaps, even something like  … an artist, as they say.  

Trini Rogando

Staff Poet

Trini is a high school junior living in Arlington, VA. When she’s not attempting to scribble down a half-formed poem, you’ll most likely find her procrastinating on physics homework, fiddling with four marimba mallets, or sleeping. Her hair is actually red right now, but this is bound to change. She wants to remind everyone to not take life too seriously; no one ever gets out alive. 

Favorite book: Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Aspirations: To work as a psychiatrist and perhaps, in some alternate universe, become a published author.

Atticus Payne

Staff Prose Writer

Atticus is a teen writer, editor, and self dubbed professional daydreamer. She (yes, the name’s a long story) has loved stories ever since her first at bedtime, and spends most of her free time chasing them. Sometimes that’s through books, sometimes performing, and sometimes even RPGs, but it’s always her favourite thing in the world.

Favorite Book: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Aspirations: To inspire someone, and have a novel traditionally published.

Erin Nust

Staff Prose Writer

Erin is an English major graduate and a fiction writer and editor. She learned to read and write when she was three years old and she never stopped since then. She loves all kinds of art and she has tried singing, dancing, acting, and painting, but literature has won her over.

Favorite book: It by Stephen King

Aspirations: To work for a publishing house and to be a published writer.

Callan Latham

Staff Poet

Callan is a sophomore at the University of Iowa, where she is studying English and German. She is a co-founder and editor of Melted Butter Magazine, and works as a writing editor for Fools Magazine. When she isn’t studying or writing, she can be found baking, going on walks, knitting, or reading. At the moment, she is also working on writing a novel.

Favorite book: Deluge by Leila Chatti

Aspirations: To always be a writer, no matter where life takes her.

Carl Malcolm

Staff Prose Writer

Carl is a freelance short story and novel writer currently living in Suffolk, UK. Formerly a hairstylist, he gave it up to write full-time. When he’s not reading, writing, or gaming, you can find him taking walks and getting distracted by dogs.

Favorite book: Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts

Aspirations: To overhear a group of nerds debating over his novels. 

Addie Barnett

Staff Prose Writer

Addie is a freshman at UEA, studying Translation, Media, and Modern Languages. When she is not bent down over Japanese and German textbooks, she is most certainly stuck with her nose in a good book or in her laptop screen, writing and editing her latest creations. She uses bullet journaling and a lot of other digital tools to keep track of all her projects, but her love for notebooks still gets the best of her sometimes. Addie is also a yoga-lover who has decided that every time she writes 200 words she will get up and stretch to attempt at leading a healthier life and detoxing from the screen.

Favorite book: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Aspirations: To become a published author, but not to write as a job.

Montez Louria

Staff Personal Essay Writer

Montez Louria is blogger and former English Teacher from Baltimore, MD. She is currently an MFA student at Chapman University, studying Creative Writing. Her work can be found in Wear Your Voice magazine and Ghost Heart Literary Journal and she is the co-creator of Ova West Side Story Magazine. Aside from writing, Montez likes to cook, watch anime and anything superhero related. She loves the beach and finding random pop culture trivia. Catch her misadventures in food and life via Instagram and Twitter @precise_prose.

Favorite book: Blue Is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh

Aspirations: To use her writing to address taboo subject matter in her communities and also to become an author and tenured professor. 

Thanisha Chowdhury

Staff Prose Writer

Thanisha is a high school freshman from Northern Virginia. She enjoys writing prose in her free time and articles for her school newspaper, and reading every moment in between. When she’s not asleep face-down in an open book, you can find her drawing trees on her arm during class, browsing forums about linguistics, or trying to get her world map to stay on the wall. Thanisha is an avid believer that there is a story in everything; it’s just a matter of how hard you look.

Favorite book: We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

Aspirations:  To become a college professor of an extremely obscure topic.

Suchita Senthil Kumar

Staff Prose Writer

Suchita is an aspiring writer and artist creating chaos. She feels at home while in Bangalore, India and hopes to feel the same in every little corner of the world. She is highly inspired by works resonating vulnerability, resilience and independence. When not writing, she can be found burning pots and blasting cookers.

Favorite book:  Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Aspirations: To become a farmer and doctor.

Anne Marie Ward

Staff Personal Essay Writer

Anne Marie (she/her) is a writer from New Jersey. She is a graduate of Fordham University, where she studied Creative Writing and Comparative Literature. She currently lives in KCMO with her partner and their dog. Her friends call her Anne Marie or AM.

Favorite book: In The Dream House by Maria Machado  Bluets by Maggie Nelson. 

Aspirations:  To continue writing, creating, learning and being alive and well!

Callie Cheng

Staff Poet

Callie currently lives in Vancouver British Columbia and is completing her final year of high school. She first developed a love of story beneath blankets under dimmed lights at bedtime through the words of her grandparents, and hopes to continue their legacies by one day having her own words published. Outside of writing, Callie plays the bass, and has also competed in numerous robotics competitions- she plans to further this passion by pursuing STEM in her post secondary studies.

Favorite book:  The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Aspirations: To conquer the world and whatever it decides to throw at her, or something like that.

Varrick Kwang

Staff Prose Writer

Varrick Kwang is a twenty-year-old writer from Singapore who recently graduated trade school. He is known among his community for being a diehard crime fiction writer.
When he is not cooking up criminal schemes (it’s only for fiction, he insists), you’ll most likely find him training martial arts, working out, or binge-watching youtube.
Lover of all things art, he wishes to branch out further in film, vlogging and visual art.

Favorite book: Caged Warrior by Alan Lawrence Sitomer 

Aspirations:  To be a well-respected polymath and of course, a published author.

Miriam Fernandez

Staff Prose Writer

Miriam Fernandez is a student, writer, an avid reader, a multi-instrumentalist, and a singer-songwriter from California. She’s passionate about education, giving back to the community, and strives to express herself through creative outlets like writing or music. She’s a fan of Marvel movies and Taylor Swift songs, especially watching WandaVision and has lately been listening to Folklore and Evermore. If she’s not playing music or procrastinating for exams, you can probably find her reading books from young authors or writing lyrical stories and marvelous adventures. 

Favorite book:  All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Aspirations: To study business, become an entrepreneur or a freelance writer, and to truly live.

Solar Lin

Staff Prose Writer

Solar Lin is a writer and book enthusiast who has always been fascinated by the world of fiction—especially ones with found family and heartfelt friendships. She started reading at the age of 3, writing at the age of 7, and her love for words has been growing more and more ever since. Solar can be found curling up with a good book or hanging around her four cats when she’s not writing.

Favorite book:  Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Aspirations: To work for a publishing house and own a cat/book cafe.

Cassidy Bull

Staff Prose Writer

Cassidy Bull is a writer from Tampa, Florida. Recently, she graduated from Johns Hopkins University with degrees in Earth and Planetary Sciences and Political Science. Most of her time is dedicated to unsuccessfully trying to finish too many WIPs. Beyond that, she likes coffee, chess, and Hozier. 

Favorite book:  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Aspirations: To write a book about space, ideally autobiographically. 

Leah Short

Staff Poet

Leah is a writer from Nottingham, in the UK. Having studied Fashion Journalism, she found passion really lay in poetry. She works in a charity shop/ thrift store and loves observing people in everyday situations. Films and other artists are her biggest inspiration.

Favorite book:  Gold from the Stone by Lemn Sissay

Aspirations: To be a great poet.  

Cam Khalid

Staff Personal Essay Writer

Cam Khalid is a twenty-something Singapore-born, London-based writer and editor with a penchant for curating Spotify playlists – and writing about music too. She has also covered various beats including film, fashion and food, but her main schtick is amplifying the voices of the underrepresented. Her byline has appeared in Time Out, Gal-Dem, Seasonings and more, and her poem was recently featured on billboards across the UK. She also has an affinity for black cats and has completed a course in Magic in the Middle Ages. 

Favorite book:  The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Aspirations: To get her first novel published (hopefully soon)!

Emma Flynn

Staff Poet

Emma Flynn is a poet and writer from South Florida. She is currently a high school senior who can’t survive without two cups of coffee a day. Besides writing, Emma adores all things outdoors and longs for an adventure more than anything else. She can almost always be found with her nose in a book, gushing over said book, or rocking over Rilo Kiley and Hozier. Above all, Emma loves stories, no matter what shape or form they come in.

Favorite book:  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 

Aspirations: To be happy and to make others happy.

Vrinda Gandhi

Staff Personal Essay Writer

Vrinda is a poet, writer and a literature, art enthusiast from India. When she isn’t reading or writing, you’ll find her in the kitchen making pasta or some questionable dishes, going on dates with her mother while gossiping about the latest trends, or watching anime to disconnect from reality. She loves traveling and discovering hidden places. Her favourite songs are Jupiter by The Marias and Still with You by Jungkook. Feel free to send her your playlists! 

Favorite book:  Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Aspirations: To travel and write stories about obscure experiences of people.

Rigby Celeste

Staff Personal Essay Writer

Rigby Celeste is a Long Beach based writer and illustrator. With a foundation in visual art and poetry, their written work is filled with imagery and symbolism that closely mirrors their illustrated portfolio. When they’re not making art or writing, they enjoy playing nostalgic games at home with friends and drinking iced coffee. 

Favorite book: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Aspirations: To publish a cohesive collection of essays and poetry and eventually tour to read my work across the world!

Visuals & Social Media Team

Sophia Bartlett

Graphic Designer

Sophia is a high school senior as well as a student at Boston Ballet School. She is constantly listening to music (ask her about Harry Styles, she’s in his top 0.01% of listeners in 2020). She hopes to study journalism in college while keeping her passion for the arts alive.

Favorite Book: Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger or The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Aspirations: To spread kindness every day.

Megan Smith

Layout Editor

Megan is a freelance Illustrator from Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Who graduated last year from Grays School of Art. She enjoys walking around the forests and lochs of the Scottish countryside. Or you’ll find her listening to music, doodling and drinking hot chocolate! You can keep up with her work through her Instagram @megsville_design.

Favorite Book: Vincent by Himself by Bruce Bernard 

Aspirations:  To enjoy what she does and appreciate the small things in life. 

Jade Bolton

Layout Editor

Jade is a graphic design student based in toronto. Aside from reading, she writes, draws, and dances in her free time. In the future, she wants to experiment with photography, and currently she has a cat who can be found basking in the sunlight or chilling by the air ducts when the heat is on.

Favorite Book: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton 

Aspirations:  To work with other creatives who share a love of art, food and anime.  

Abbey Perley

Layout Editor

Abbey is a high school student living in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is aspiring to find a way to connect her love of writing, art, and technological design, while managing to consume an unhealthy amount of Six of Crows memes on a daily basis. She loves to find a stories wherever she can, whether it’s in gaming lore or how a raindrop hurries down a humid window, and dreams up animations or cinematics in her spare time. 

Favorite Book:  I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson 

Aspirations:  To publish a novel, get a dog (or a bird), and create things as much as possible. 

Kayleigh Gallagher

Graphic Designer

Kayleigh Gallagher is a student, artist, and writer from Connecticut. Kayleigh’s works seek to take others to a place both completely unfamiliar and somewhat recognizable, featuring normal people in outlandish realities who have relatable struggles in spite of (and perhaps because of) their peculiar circumstances.

Favorite Book: On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden

Aspirations:  To turn writing and art into a sustainable career, to make young people like herself feel seen and represented, to learn about the world, and to read as many books as possible.

Abbey Laird

Layout Editor

Abbey Laird is a writer and graphic designer living in Chicago, Illinois. Originally from Seattle, Washington, Abbey spent her formative years writing tumblr-style poems and Harry Potter fanfiction before pursuing a degree in Creative Writing at the University of Iowa. Now that she’s graduated, she spends her days working at a catholic high school and her evenings are occupied by her loving partner, her sometimes-evil cat, whatever she is currently obsessed with, and occasionally a cheese board with a local hard cider on the side. 

Favorite Book:  Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

Aspirations:  To become a book designer in one of the Big 5 publishing houses (Penguin is her favorite).

Want to work with us?