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Meet the Contributors of Issue 1

Below are the wonderful minds who were published in the first issue of our journal.

AADYA

INSTAGRAM: @AADYAUNDERDHOOP

Aadya is a sixteen year old girl who currently lives in India. Their pronouns are she/they and they can be used interchangeably. The published piece was an important part of the year for them. The piece was a coping mechanism for them through the quarantine. She’s extremely grateful for the process and at times, it’s mostly what kept her going. This is her first publication. In her pastime, Aadya likes to garden, sing and paint or sketch. ​

ABIGAIL RICHARDS

TWITTER: @ABRICHARDS.INSTAGRAM: @AB.RICHARDS

​Abigail Richards is a queer writer and filmmaker surviving in Toronto, Canada. Her work focuses on women, weird kinds of love, and ways of being very tender. She is currently completing her undergrad in film at Ryerson University. Her prose has been published in Stone of Madness Press, Queerlings, and elsewhere. You can follow her on twitter @abrichards.

ABIYAA

INSTAGRAM: @_.ABIYAA_

Abiya A is a 19 year old BA English Literature student from Kerala, India. Overthinking and writing have always been her ways to waste away time. And she doesn't deny that they have come to use for her in different Literary Fests. As someone who is socially anxious and introverted, what writing means to her is her own voice, that she is often unable to be made heard in a crowd. She writes in both English and Malayalam- her mother tongue- but, as she says, is more comfortable with the latter. Some of her works have been published in Mathrubhumi, a prestigious Malayalam weekly, and some other magazines. 

ALICIA KUO

@ALICIA_KUO_

Alicia Kuo (she/her) is a seventeen-year-old senior from the Los Angeles area and she's been taking pictures ever since she can remember. She is currently a staff photographer for The Forerunner Magazine (@theforerunnerofficial on Instagram).

ANELEH

@LIABILITYPNG

​Aneleh (online pen name for her creative and literary work) is an eighteen year old student living in Ireland with a passion for writing, design and art. She is the founding editor of Ogma Magazine and strives to study fashion marketing in Paris. 2am poetry, photography, fashion, sushi and good music are things she loves. Find her at @liabilitypng twitter.

ARI FITZGIBBON

TWITTER: @UNASSUMINGOWL

Born and raised in Alaska, Ari FitzGibbon now lives and writes in northern California, and has other work published or forthcoming in Atticus Review and Ayaskala.

BIDISHA B. KASHYAP

INSTAGRAM: @BIDISHAA_A

​Bidisha P. Kashyap is a young aspiring artist from India. Currently nineteen years old and a History major student, she is someone who regards writing not only as a passion but also a process of healing. Old school romance and finding beauty in the most ordinary places are typically the main subject of her poetry. Being introduced to the world of literature from a really early age, she has been published in many magazines, anthologies, newspapers, literary websites and blogs. Now she looks forward to publish her own set of poems.

CHLOE CREIGHTON

@CTESLADRAWS

​Seventeen year-old Chloe Creighton was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She is thrilled to have her work published as the cover of the journal. She wanted to create piece that provided a sense of connection and hope for the future. In her free time, Chloe loves to draw, paint, make costumes, and write. She enjoys writing stories in the science fiction and fantasy genres, and hopes to one day publish a novel. She is grateful to have a family and friends that are always there to support her.

DEDEEPYA GUTHIKONDA

INSTAGRAM: @DEDEEPYAGUTHI

​Dedeepya Guthikonda is a high school student from Minneapolis. She finds inspiration in busy streets and warm weather and loves coffee mugs (although not coffee!) and long bike rides. Her writing has been recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the New York Times, and Ringling College of Art and Design.

HYE-WON YOO

INSTAGRAM: @LADYTAPIOCA04

​Hye-won Yoo is a 16-year-old Korean-American girl who lives in Michigan. She strives to capture the intangible things in life through her writing and delve into the art of words. When she isn't working on her novel, she likes to re-read her favorite books, get lost in her inner world, learn about psychology, and cuddle with her dog, Dorito. Her work has been published in Analogies & Allegories Literary Magazine and The Hearth Magazine.

IJAYA

TWITTER: @ISAIAHGBENGAAD1INSTAGRAM: @IJAYA_DYNASTY

​ADEPOJU Isaiah Gbenga, he/him/his, a seventeen-year old poet, writes from Osun State Nigeria. Black Jesus is his reimagination of the African savior, but typical to the Nigerian average leader; this piece is his emancipation. When he's not writing, or reading, then he must be sick or something. He has works, or forthcoming, on The Augment Review, Libretto magazine, Shallow Tales Review, The Nigeria Review, Institute of African Studies NSUKKA, and elsewhere. He was longlisted for the Africa Writers' Award (2020), shortlisted for Wakaso Poetry Prize (2021) and won Yar Fari Poetry Contest (2021).

JYOTSNA NAIR

​Jyotsna Nair is a seventeen-year old currently living in Kerala, India. She mostly writes prose fiction, and her work has previously been published in Canvas Literary Journal, Cathartic Youth Literary Journal, Polyphony Lit, and The Apprentice Writer. She is a firm believer in the power of banana bread, and has been known to consume copious amounts in alarmingly short intervals of time.

MITALI SINGH

@MISTWRITING

​Mitali Singh's work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in Eunoia Review, FEED, and Anser Journal. She draws inspiration from the natural world, and enjoys spending time outdoors. She is seventeen years old.

OSKAR LEONARD

TWITTER: @LEONARD_OSKARINSTAGRAM: @OZZYWRITES

Oskar Leonard is a seventeen-year-old trans author and poet from the UK who uses he/him pronouns. He has published seven books: three novels, two poetry anthologies, a novella and a short story collection. His short pieces have been featured in publications such as Juven, Revolution Publication and Get Candid Magazine. His website is 'https://oskarleonard.wordpress.com'.

PARVATI KALLUPARAMPIL

TWITTER: @POETRYBYINKKINSTAGRAM: @BY.INKK

​Parvati Kalluparampil (she/her) is a 15 year old dreaming her way into this supposedly brilliant and grim world. Coming from Bangalore, India, she's been through things that are believed to make one stronger. As a result, staying up till the early hours of dawn, waiting for the words to soak her up, though tiring, has become her favourite past time. For her writing is a way of staying sane, of figuring out that perplexed mind she carries. She takes a lot of pride in her writings. Her first place of publication is Paper Crane.

PENIEL GIFTED

TWITTER: @GIFTEDPENIEL​INSTAGRAM: @PENIELGIFTED

​Peniel Gifted is a young Nigerian poet and writer. She has great enthusiasm for reading, writing and learning. She's also an adroit lover of nature and God's word. Her works have appeared in Oke Iroegbu's diary of Hope and Nostalgia, Cultural Weekly Magazine, Lion and Lilac Magazine, Otherwise Engaged Journal, Written Tales and elsewhere. She's @giftedpeniel on Twitter.

RENA SU

@RENASUWRITES

Rena Su is a writer from Vancouver(ish) and writes a little too frequently about dinosaurs, cyborgs, and offbeat pop culture references. She is the author of the chapbook Preparing Dinosaurs for Mass Extinction (ZED Press, 2021). Her work has been recognized by the Pulitzer Centre, The Poetry Society of UK, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, among others. She thanks you for stumbling across the vast expanses of the literary world and landing on her work.

RUMAISA MARYAM SAMIR

INSTAGRAM: @WO.VEN_WO.RDS

​Rumaisa Maryam Samir is a sixteen year old from Karachi, Pakistan. She spends her days trying to keep on top of schoolwork, occasionally painting, and writing in sporadic bursts. Find more of her work on @wo.ven_wo.rds on Instagram!

SAMAN ATIQ

@SAMANIAC_

​Saman Atiq is a junior based in Lahore, Pakistan. She is a self taught, 16 year old artist and her current medium of art is mostly acrylics and sketching. She is passionate about various forms of activism and uses her art to portray her thoughts and feelings. Her work has been published in the Velvet fields magazine and you can find her on Instagram @samaniac_

SAMEERA PARVEEN

INSTAGRAM: @SAMEERA_ART_4YOUTUBE: SAMEERA'S ART

​Sameera Parveen is a 13y/o, middle school girl. She is a self taught artist who practiced and flourished in arts during the lockdown. She mostly likes to draw sketches that use no charcoal. Her aim is to use minimal art supplies yet create the best out of it. Photography is her other passion. She likes to capture memorable moments to cherish forever.

SEPTEMBER

@FLYINGZUZU14

Zumi Riekse is currently a 14-year-old full-time high school student in the US. Her mind often wanders, pondering the little strings that connect everything together. In her free-time, she records these small things, whether through art or writing, and captures them. Orion is her favorite constellation, home to the red-giant Betelgeuse and one of the easiest to spot in the winter sky. Here, she captures it at twilight, and she looks at it sometimes, a reminder of the things she loves most.

SNAYINI DAS

TWITTER: @SSHH_SNAYINIINSTAGRAM: @D_SNAYINI_PHOTOGRAPHY

​Hello, I am Snayini, an 18 year old student from West Bengal, India. I look forward to creating an impact by raising awareness about the socio-political issues among people through my words. I am interested in photojournalism and try to tell stories through the photographs I take. During my lazy hours, you can find me either playing my violin or with my camera, recording short instances of common people's daily lives. I have worked as an intern at Youth ki Awaaz (Voice of Youth)- a user-generated Indian youth media platform on social justice issues. My photography work has been featured in few online magazines - Othello, Forbidden Verses, Monograph, Finxerunt and also, The Telegraph's Young Metro. I have also been working as a staff writer for Redefy- an organization by teenagers, for teenagers seeking to empower schools and communities and a cub reporter for The Telegraph's Young Metro in my city. The pandemic and lockdown changed my outlook on life and world. "Allotted and Juxtaposed" is just another take on that through which I tried to show how we are just left out in certain situations and assisted with a certain kind of juxtaposition.

TYLER GODSEY-KELLOGG

TWITTER: @KOOKELOIUINSTAGRAM: @KELBESTOS

My name is Tyler Kellogg. My pronouns are he/him. I am seventeen years old and reside in South Carolina. I am the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the online lit mag Fish Barrel Review. My work has been recognized by various national organizations, universities, and presses such as YoungArts, Princeton, and the San Pedro River Review. I like to watch a lot of movies, take midnight strolls, and listen to terrible CDs in my 2002 town and country. ​



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