Readers

Nisarga Sinha (she/her) 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 (she/her) 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.

Rosie Carter (she/her) 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 (she/her) 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 (she/her) 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. 

Jacqueline Gadi Thrower (she/her) 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_ 

Czaerra Galicinao Ucol (she/they) is a queer Filipino American artist and educator focused on the power of cultural work as a tool for social justice. She is a recent graduate from New York University, receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Asian/Pacific/American Studies in December 2019. They the founder of Danum, a Queens-based series of poetry and spoken word writing workshops centering members of the Asian diaspora and all QTBIPOC in the New York City borough. She is a Sadie Nash 2019-2020 ELLA Fellow and the recipient of Filipino American National Historical Society - Metro New York's "Distinguished Young Professional" award. In her spare time, she loves to cook, dance at concerts, and dive headfirst into adventure.

Sudeshna Sahu (she/her), born and brought up in Odisha, India, has always been politically opinionated and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Gargi College (DU). She has actively taken part in several Model UNs, elocutions, and debates. She is resolute, responsible,steadfast and efficient in fulfilling her duties. She served as a member of her School’s council and organising committees of various successful local events. She is an avid reader and especially enjoys reading books written by influential political figures, from her father’s library. She is a performer of music and has graced many local gigs and competitions.

When she’s not discussing politics over social media, you’d find her vibing to her playlist while acquiring finer tastes, every passing moment. She is also a film and TV enthusiast and big on conversations about any relevant or irrelevant matter.

Nishtha Tripathi (she/her) is a law student at the National Law University, Jodhpur, India. She is a voracious reader and believes that there can never be enough written and read about self-love. Her works have been published or are forthcoming in the Emerge Literary Journal, the On Loan from the Cosmos Magazine, the Beneath the Fever Magazine, the Versification Zine, the Teen Belle Magazine, the Mid-Heaven Magazine, among others. 

When not writing, she can be found dilly-dallying her way to college assignments.

Srishti Uppal (she/her) 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

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