Janelle Salanga is a small human usually found wearing stripes, bright colors, and/or funky socks; among other things, she has a fondness for ampersands, egg puffs, and Brooklyn 99. She is a second-year student at the University of California, Davis, majoring in Computer Science and English; her poems have been published or are forthcoming in The Margins, Occulum, and Tenth Street Miscellany.
It's been almost two years since the Wells Fargo ad with the caption "Ballerina today, engineer tomorrow" was released, yet it still sits at the forefront of my mind. Art doesn't get the due it deserves. It is inexplicably important to preserve and support the production of art in its various forms, especially in our increasingly STEM-centric culture, because art reminds us of what it means to be human, what it means to feel, allows us to traverse countless worlds and countless lives.
Claire Dockery grew up in Chicago and Las Vegas. She is a recent graduate of Tulane University, where she majored in German and Economics, minored in English. She is the recipient of Tulane's Academy of American Poets Award for 2017 and a Fulbright English teaching grant in Germany. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Madcap Review, 300 Days of Sun, and Tulane Review.
David Sabol is from Lake Grove, New York. He recently received his Bachelors degree in English Literature from SUNY Geneseo and has been published in the Boston Accent and currently works as a reader at The Ellis Review.David has a special interest in work concerning mental health and trauma and prefers an aesthetic that is emotionally intense with deep colors and dark imagery. He is captivated, like Virginia Woolf, with the experience of human connection. On a related note, he believes that poetry is best when it is raw, bleeding, and beautiful.
Stephanie Tom is a Chinese-American high school student living in New York. She is the managing editor of her school newspaper and an executive editor of her school literary magazine. Her writing has previously won Gold and Silver keys from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and her poetry has either appeared or is forthcoming in Rising Phoenix Review, Germ Magazine, the Blueshift Journal, Hermeneutic Chaos Poetry Journal, and Tinderbox Poetry Journal, among other places. You can also find her online at tomstephanie.weebly.com. She is also a writer for The Cerurove Blog.
Zain Khan is a sixteen year old, passionate poet hailing from Pakistan. His works dominantly delve into topics of race, identity, body and societal imaging. His works have been published in Reflection W&R, two upcoming Pakistani anthologies, Red Queen Literary Magazine and an Indian anthology titled Fledglings. His work has been appreciated and featured at the Delhi Poetry Festival in India as well. Zain has served as an editor for Parallel Ink. He also had the opportunity to conduct training workshop on poetry at one of the most prestigious national universities of Pakistan. He spends his time adoring good food, scavenging for inspiration and silently contemplating the universe!
A few of my favorites: Richard Siken "Crush," Natalie Diaz "When My Brother Was An Aztec,"and Anna Akhmatova, "The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova" - this is VERY hard (as I'm a Virgo) and I'm sure tomorrow it will be different.
SK Grout grew up in Auckland, New Zealand and has lived in Frankfurt, Germany and Norwich, England. She currently lives in London. She is the author of the micro chapbook “to be female is to be interrogated” (2018, the poetry annals). Her work also appears in Landfall, Crannóg, The Interpreter’s House, L’Éphémère Review and elsewhere. Wanderlust, eco-living, social justice, queer love stories and writing remain priorities of her life. These topics fill most of her twittering at @indeskidge.