Co-founder & EIC
Iris Cai (she/her) is a junior from the SF Bay Area. Her poetry has been recognized by YoungArts, Poetry Society of America, and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, and is published in or forthcoming from COUNTERCLOCK, Rattle, Neologism Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. An alumna of the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio and the Kenyon Review Young Writers’ Workshop, she also serves as co-junior editor of her school’s literary and arts magazine. When she’s not writing, Iris plays piano and takes too many pictures of her cat.
Co-founder & EIC
Felix Chen (he/him) is a junior from San Jose, California. He serves as editor of the California statewide Latin publication, the Nuntius, and is an editor of his school’s newspaper, the Winged Post. Dedicated to spreading the joy of reading and writing within his community, he also heads his school's library-affiliated organization and history journal. His work has been recognized by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. An alumnus of the Stanford Summer Humanities Institute, he is also two-time state champion of the National History Day competition.
Co-founder & EIC
Jessica Wang (she/they) is an artist and writer based in the Bay Area. She enjoys dabbling in most forms of writing, sans dramatic script, and also has a background in the visual arts. She is the co-Opinions Editor for her school's newspaper, a Scholastic National Medal recipient, and a California Arts Scholar. In her free time, she enjoys making various concoctions of various different flavors of instant ramen (peanut butter? don't knock it 'til you try it) and playing with her cat (to whom she is allergic, but loves all the same).
Akshita Krishnan (she/her) is a senior from Dallas, Texas. She is an alum of the Kenyon Young Writers’ Workshop, and her works have appeared in Girls Right the World, Atlas and Alice, Fifth Wheel Press, and Miniskirt Magazine. She edits for her school’s literary magazine, the CLAM, and serves as the President of the Coppell Young Writers’ Association, an organization dedicated to providing editorial services for writing, and a safe space for all writers. She is a fan of Mahmoud Darwish, playing with her dog, and all things Taylor Swift.
Kyla Guimaraes (she/her) is a junior from New York City. Her writing has been recognized by the Young Poets Network and Alliance for Artists & Writers, and is published in The Penn Review, Aster Lit, and the aurora journal, among others. Kyla is an alum of the Kenyon Young Writers’ Online Workshop and Yale Young Writers’ Workshop. In addition to writing, Kyla enjoys playing basketball and going on walks (especially when it’s snowing).
Visual Arts Editor
Claire Jiang (she/her) is a junior from Atlanta, Georgia. She enjoys various forms of art, from painting and pottery to photography and mixed media. Her art has been featured in the High Museum Atlanta, recognized by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, and displayed at the Chinese American Museum in DC. She currently serves as the co-Editor for her school’s literary magazine, Knight Gallery, and the editor of A Taste of the Past, a bi-annual historical publication. She is a nap enthusiast, an avid philosophy reader, and a supporter of cereal without milk.
Nina Stadermann (she/her) is a Bay Area-based junior. She is a strong believer in experimental, abstract writing, and draws inspiration from mid-20th-century satirists and Contemporary novelists. She works as a comic artist, graphic designer, and staff writer for her school's newspaper. As a CSSSA alumna, Nina's talents include opening oranges in a single peel and thinking too hard. She plays cello for volunteer orchestra in her free time.
Sophia Lee (she/her) is a sophomore from Texas. With a background in both the visual and literary arts, she serves as an editor and writer for a few writing-based non-profits. She is also a cellist and has participated in several district/state contests. Her leisure activities consist of plowing through Donna Tartt novels and taking pictures of her disinterested puppy.
Social Media Manager
Alison Yang (she/her) is a junior from the SF Bay Area. An alumna of the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio and the Kenyon Review Young Writers’ Workshop, she also serves as the co-A&E editor for her school's newspaper. In her free time, she works on "Voice of American Youth," a youth-focused talk show hosted on FM 96.1. A Scholastic Art & Writing medalist, she is currently wrangling her cat and playing fishing simulators.
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