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Srishti Uppal is an eighteen-year-old poet and essayist from New Delhi, India. She is Editor-in-Chief of Teen Belle Magazine, and blog correspondent for The Brown Orient Literary Journal. Her work may be found in The Mystic Blue Review and Paper Trains Literary Journal. She is a mental health advocate for Fortis Healthcare. You can read her work here

Ada Pelonia is the Head Reader for Marías at Sampaguitas. She is a writer from the Philippines, and she enjoys writing poetry and fiction. Her work has appeared in Porridge Magazine, 101 Words, Germ Magazine, and elsewhere. Some of her works can be seen at adapelonia.weebly.com or on Twitter @_adawrites.

Nisarga Sinha is a 19 years old amateur Indian poet. Her poems have appeared in Marías at Sampaguitas, Teen Belle Magazine, Headcanon Magazine, Crêpe & Penn. She's pursuing Major in English Literature. She writes because thoughts can be suffocating and little things intrigue her. When she's not writing, she's reading fanfictions or pretending to sleep when she clearly can't. You can find her on twitter and instagram as @nisarga_sinha

Anushka Bidani is an 18 year old poet & essayist from India. She adores the rain, blue skies, open mic events, the human anatomy, & art in all its distinct magnificent shapes. She’s the Founder, Editor-in-Chief & Creative Director at Headcanon Magazine, & serves as a general reader for Three Crows Magazine. Currently, she writes monthly articles for Teen Belle Magazine on young women’s menstrual, sexual, and reproductive health. Her work has appeared / is forthcoming in Royal Rose Magazine, Esthesia Magazine, & Nightingale & Sparrow; among others. She’s an art student at Ashoka University. She writes at https://anushkabidanix.wordpress.com. You can contact her at bidanianushka@gmail.com.

C. Cimmone is a reader for Marias at Sampaguitas. She also serves as Editor-at-Large of Trampset and a contributor for Arouse. Her narrative prose has been published in a menagerie of literary journals. Her chapbook, When I Was Alive, is available on Amazon. When Cimmone grows up, she wants to be a reclusive writer who only ventures out on Thursday nights to stand-up comedy in the city. She is alive and well on Twitter @diefunnier

Prithiva Sharma is a twenty year old student from India (going on 21 now!). Her hobbies are - procrastinating, whining about how she is not ready for adulthood, and yelling at people who think ‘moderate’ is a political leaning. She lives on Tumblr, and has argued with more than one person on how fanfiction is a legitimate literary genre (she reads everything, but fanfictions resonate with her). She writes to exorcize herself, and to help someone, anyone, possibly even one person in the whole realm to reach their catharsis. You can find her work on Instagram @prithiwaah, her love for Chris Evans on Twitter @prithiwaah, and everything fandom on Tumblr @givemeanythingnow. Whatever you do, don’t Google her.

Rosie Carter is a photographer, illustrator, and writer based in Boston, Massachusetts. Her work has previously been published in Nightingale and Sparrow, the Journal of the Core Curriculum at Boston University, and Marias at Sampaguitas. She enjoys philosophy and is avid about all things cat-related. You can find her reading and relaxing with her two cats, Butterscotch and Orzo.  

Lynne Cattafi is a Poetry Reader for Marías at Sampaguitas. She teaches English at a private school in New Jersey. When she's not teaching her students to love writing poetry and reading books, she enjoys drinking coffee, buillding Lego cities from scratch with her children, walking her beagle, and reading historical fiction and mysteries. Her poetry has appeared in Elephants Never, Marías at Sampaguitas, The Wellington Street Review, and Vita Brevis. She can be found on Twitter @lynnecatt.

Asela Lee Kemper is a writer, in-the-learning-process songwriter, and poetry reader at Marías at Sampaguitas. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing with a minor in Emerging Media & Digital Arts from Southern Oregon University. Her work has previously published in SOU Student Press' Main Squeeze and Essential Oil, Flawless Mag: The Border Issue, Silk Club QUIET! Vol. 2, Reclamation Magazine, and No Tender Fences the anthology. While she enjoys listening to K-Pop and looking up new puns, Asela describes herself as an Asian American writer who screams internally 24/7. She currently lives in Southern Oregon with her family. You can find Asela on Twitter @AselaLeeK, Instagram @thesakuraink, and Facebook. 

Persephone Kirkland Delatte (they/them) is the aesthetic coordinator for Periwinkle Literary Magazine and a grad student. They are a writer and an illustrator, and they also make jewelry, embroider, and speak Italian. They are currently working on a debut YA sci-fi / fantasy series, and their poetry has been published by F(r)iction and The Mark Literary Review.

Jacqueline Thrower is a writer based in Southern California. She is a recent graduate from California State University, San Marcos, earning a Bachelor's degree in Literature and Writing. Her writing is often inspired by the several places she's traveled to and she's mainly fascinated by the multifaceted voices of individuals she comes across. Thrower is currently a reader for Marías at Sampaguitas and can be found on Twitter @jgthrower and Instagram @t.queline_ 

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