Christine Fojas (she/her) is a Filipino-Canadian hailing from Las Piñas City and currently living in Metro Vancouver. She has a BA in Comparative Literature from University of the Philippines and works as a library technician at Douglas College. A list of her publications can be found at her website. She is also on Twitter as @chrisfojas.
April Frances Federico (she/her) is an up-and-coming poet, journalist, activist, and visual artist. She has a specific ardor for women's rights and Title IX issues. She is a huge literature nerd studying Creative Writing with minors in Arts Management and Visual Arts at Roger Williams University. She is also the voice behind The April Diaries and her work has been published in Rose Quartz, Ayaskala, honey & lime lit, Kissing Dynamite, Satin Soulbits, and HEAL(er) Mag.
Emily Deibler (she/her) is a native of North Georgia. She is a published poet and author. Her short story “Deer in December” was published in TL;DR Press’ Halloween 2018 Horror collection, NOPE. She has also published her poems “Turkey Hunting,” “Patty,” “Samantha,” and “Daughters of the Sun.” Her debut novel, Dove Keeper, came out in October 2018. She can be found on Twitter at @emilydeibler.
Gervanna Stephens (she/her) is a Jamaican poet and proud Slytherin with congenital amputation living in Canada. She is Assistant Editor with The/tƐmz/Review, hates public speaking, has two sisters who are better writers than her & thinks unicorns laugh when we say they aren’t real. Recent or forthcoming work can be found in Moonchild Magazine, Ghost City Press, Montreal Writes and Yes Poetry.
Juliette Sebock (she/her) is the author of Mistakes Were Made (2017). She has work forthcoming or appearing in a wide variety of publications. She is the founding editor of Nightingale & Sparrow and runs a lifestyle blog, For the Sake of Good Taste. Currently, she is editing the Stanzas from the Silence anthology in addition to working on a variety of works in progress. When she isn’t writing (and sometimes when she is), Juliette can be found with a cup of coffee and her cat, Fitz.
Nashira Rose (she/her) is an Afro-Pinay/ Poly-nesian artist & activist from Cebu. She spends her free time making zines, collages, and infographics that explore the issues that plague her commu-nities; from mental illness, to climate change in the Pacific. She believes in creating change in the form of art, one poem & poster at a time. On Instagram & Twitter as @nashxra.
Shreyaa Tandel (she/her) is a self established poet or you can say amateur poet from India. Her poems "Inadvertently Alive", "Virgin" and "Blackhole" have been published in the blue pages lit and vamp cat magazine respectively. When she isn't writing or is glued in front of a computer/cell phone screen, she spends time singing north indian classical music and reading the bhagwad gita and pretending very hard to be happy, even though she isn't. Her email is
Tiny Tanaka (they/them) is a poetry and prose writer, recovering addict, Hafu-sprinkled with Korean heritage, lesbian, who happens to have borderline personality disorder. They fight for intersectional feminism, LGBT+ rights, and to end the stigma of mental illnesses.
Paul Robert Mullen (he/him) is a poet, musician and sociable loner from Liverpool, U.K. He has three published poetry collections: curse this blue raincoat (2017), testimony (2018), and 35 (2018). He has been widely published in magazine, journals and anthologies worldwide. Paul also enjoys paperbacks with broken spines, and all things minimalist.
Grace Beilstein (she/her) is a sophomore at The Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas. She writes flash fiction, poetry, and prose. She is one of three main editors of her school's award-winning literary magazine "Falcon Wings."
Hannah Schoettmer (she/her) is a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Butcher Papers, a youth-focused literary magazine. She also serves as an Executive Editor with Ayaskala and is a regular contributor at Marias at Sampaguitas. She has been recognized by TeenInk, Write the World, the Scholastic Art and Writing awards, and the Live Poets Society of New Jersey, among others. Her creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in 24hr Neon Mag, Royal Rose, Crepe and Penn, Wide Eyes Publishing's salt + vinegar, and elsewhere.
Priya Verma (she/her) is from India, currently pursuing her bachelor degree in literature. She loves trying up new things, whether it be art or some random trek. She is always up for a conversation about Game of Thrones over some perry petry cottage cheese fries! She is also a regular contributor for Teen Belle Magazine.
Aspen Duscha (refer with respectful pronouns) is a coffee-loving poet who in addition to gathering books loves to gather words and discover the world around them.
Lynne Schmidt (she/her) is a mental health professional in Maine. Her unpublished memoir, The Right to Live: A Memoir of Abortion has received Maine Nonfiction Award and was a 2018 PNWA finalist, while her poetry has received the Editor's Choice Award for her poem, Baxter, from Frost Meadow Review, and her chapbook, Dead Dog Poems, was honorable mention from Pub House Books. Her work has appeared in Soft Cartel, RESIST/RECLAIM, Royal Rose, Maine Dog Magazine, Alyss Literary, Her Kind Vida, and others. When given the choice, Lynne prefers the company of her three dogs and one cat to humans.
Twitter: @LynneSchmidt @Abortion Chat
Facebook: Lynn(e) Schmidt
Born in Ankara, Turkey, Nazli Yildirm (she/her) is published by various magazines in Turkey. Besides poetry, she is a photographer and she likes composing stories with her camera. She established a photo zine called HAYRET herself. She is a proud feminist, activist and member of LGBT+ community in Turkey. She wants to reflect her experience on Turkish LGBT+ apart from current the oppression in Turkey. Going after making otherized people feel belonging through her poems and photographs, she is on the prowl of showing the power of restorative and constructive things. She will continue revealing the invisible pieces of existing and transformation thanks to those images.
Valerie Vibar (she/her) is someone who you can call a modern Renaissance woman as her talents spread through a multitude of disciplines. An actress, stand-up comic, classically trained pianist and singer, dancer, painter, illustrator, and writer, this woman is constantly expanding.
Valerie was born and raised in Manila, Philippines, and moved to the United States at the age of 16. Since then, she has been traveling between the two countries. She studied Art in the University of Texas, and she has also spent some time studying Media in Korea University in Seoul, Korea.
Her first venture is with art. Through her school and her family, people have shown interest in her talent at an early age that she has contributed her art to numerous UNESCO events in the Philippines regarding Philippine culture and its environment. She has exhibited in both Texas and LA, and she has had sold out exhibits in Manila.
Aside from the Fine Arts, she has shown a great talent in music. Inspired by her grandmother, she has started to learn the piano at the tender age of seven and has not stopped playing since. She’s also trained in Italian and German opera. Her favorite composer is Beethoven, and she has been teaching music - both the piano and singing - for ten years.
Valerie has also taught another discipline, and that is ballroom dancing. A trained dancer, Valerie used to perform for groups and also as a soloist both in Texas and Manila.
Valerie, however, is most known for her comedy. She’s an active stand-up comic in LA and has performed all over the state, often gracing the stages of comedy clubs and festivals. She’s also an actress wherein she has performed for TV, film, and theater (musicals included). For theater, she has done projects with the Berubian Theater Company (LA), North Lake Theater (TX), Gantimpala Theater (Philippines), the Fringe Theater (Philippines), and more. For TV, she has appeared in “Beautiful Stranger,” (GMA - Philippines), episodes of “Karelasyon” (GMA - Philippines), “Imbestigador” (GMA - Philippines), and “The Artists’ Process” (ROKU TV - USA). She has also done numerous films that have been entered into film festivals in the Philippines and the US.
Valerie’s main goal in everything is to inspire a positive change amongst the people. She wants to empower everyone to be the best version of themselves. Change is possible, and we can overcome trauma and heal from the past. The future is bright.
Comedy/Main IG: @valerie.vibar
Art IG: @valeriesdoodles
Johnny Willems (he/him) is an eighteen year old collage and zine maker from Northwest Indiana. He is a resident writer for The Star Collective Zine and has been featured by the Mezzazine, Humankind Zine, and Field Notes. Johnny's work is informed by his religion, childhood, and love of the color green. He can be found on Instagram at clear.truth.
Noreen Ocampo (she/her) is a Filipina American writer double-majoring in English and Film Studies at Emory University. She is also currently a book reviewer for COUNTERCLOCK, a very amateur singer-songwriter, and an Animal Crossing enthusiast. In the future, Noreen aims to fulfill a role in the intersection between storytelling and education.
Priya Verma (she/her) is a literature enthusiast from India who is in love with taking pictures of anything and everything.