2023 Teen Editors

"Narcissus in Bloom," by Madeline Phuong.
“Narcissus in Bloom,” by Madeline Phuong

Japman Kaur Aneja is a seventeen-year-old high school senior in Carmel Convent School, Chandigarh, India. With a passion for the English language, she has served as Poetry Literary Apprentice at Break Bread Magazine and Poetry Staff Reader at The Maine Review magazine. A fan of metaphorical and descriptive writing, she believes that literature is the basis of the human spirit that thrives within us. Her greatest zeal is to read literary work by people from diverse backgrounds.

Mikah Carson is a fifteen year old from Rancho Cucamonga, California. She is a former editor of The Day Creek Howl, an eleven-year soccer player, and a pianist from age five. Carson has a strong passion for writing and loves English. She also participates in the advanced treble choir at Los Osos High School. She loves Jesus, reading, and hanging out with her friends and family. She is so excited to see where life leads her in these coming years!

Thanisha Chowdhury is a seventeen-year-old writer from Northern Virginia. She is the cofounder and editor-in-chief of Paper Crane Journal and edits for Outlander Zine, Aster Lit, Indigo Lit, and Polyphony Lit. In her free time, Chowdhury enjoys learning new languages and playing Roblox.

“Blinding,” by Yessenia Garcia

Audrey Coleman is a seventeen-year-old writer hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her work is featured in The Next Generation, 2021–2022: The National Edition; Middle School and High School Ralph Munn Creative Writing Anthology, 2022; and Voices de la Luna, among others. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading, listening to music, and participating in many extracurricular activities.

Ariana Duckett is a writer and editor studying creative writing in Southern California. She has been published in Atticus Review, Vagabond City Literary Journal, and Lunch Ticket. She was shortlisted for the Surging Tide Inaugural Summer Contest, has upcoming work in WORD Magazine, and is a current staff writer for The Incandescent Review. When not writing, she enjoys rock climbing, rollerblading, and astronomy.

Tanvi Jeph is a fifteen-year-old student, writer, and poet. Many of her poems have been published on national and international sites. She has been an editor at The Affair magazine, SeaGlass Literary journal, Youth Journal of STEM Research, and Polyphony Lit

“The rawness of life,” by Yessenia Garcia

Kirsten Liang is fifteen years old but wishes she were seventeen so she could watch R-rated films. Her work has placed in many competitions for students: on an international level in the 2022 Writing Contest hosted by Wintermute Lit, on a national level at the Scholastic Writing Awards, and on a state level at the 2022 National History Day Competition. She is trying to be more optimistic.

Shriya Roy is a freshman at Citrus Valley High School in Redlands, California. As a passionate reader, she loves contemporary fiction and poetry. She has recently received a silver key in the National Scholastic Awards and has work published in literary journals such as Inlandia: A Literary Journey, Stone Soup, and Girls Right the World. Outside of her literary ventures, she enjoys listening to indie pop and playing violin.