Bitter Fruit Review is a magazine founded by teens, for teens. We'd like to open our doors to kids who feel like they aren't being heard, to the quiet voices who have loud things to say. Tell us what's on your mind, what bothers you at night, what you love to wake up to in the morning! We're at a time in our lives where the voices of teenagers are the most important, and we'd like to give you a space to elevate it. We're a place for loud voices and soft songs, for the bittersweet and the sweetbitter. We want your authentic work, the unmistakable you! We publish on a tri-annual basis, open for artists, writers, poets, and more.
“Censor the body and you censor breath and speech at the same time. Write yourself. Your body must be heard.”
― Helene Cixous, The Laugh of the Medusa
CO-FOUNDER AND EDITOR-IN-CHIEF// Annika Inampudi is an award winning poet, writer, and student from New Jersey. She loves pdfs and watching re-runs of late 2000s tv shows in her free time. She's been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards twice for her prose pieces. You can read her new book, Devotion, here.
CO-FOUNDER AND EDITOR-IN-CHIEF// Samantha Parelli is a writer, activist, and fashion aficionado from Madison, New Jersey. In her free time, you can find Samantha polishing her latest short story or running track. She's the recipient of a 2018 Governor's Award, and her work has been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and the Writers Theatre of NJ.
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER// Michael Pyo is a writer and mixed-media artist from Morristown, New Jersey. He serves on the executive board of his school's literary magazine, Prisms, and is a staff writer for the school’s newspaper. Michael specializes in social media design and photoshop. Michael is a foil fencer on the All-American and NJ All-State teams and has participated in NJ All-State Choir. He also enjoys playing his baritone saxophone with the award-winning NJYS Jazz Orchestra.
PROSE EDITOR// Katie Grierson is a creative writing student who’s on a quest to find the perfect vegan cookie recipe. Her work has been recognized by the YoungArts Foundation and the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and she has been named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts Semifinalist. She’s also the prose editor for the Lumiere Review. When she’s not writing her novel it’s probably because her cat is sleeping on her keyboard.
PROSE EDITOR// Noor Mryan is a passionate writer, storyteller, and activist from Chicago, Illinois. As the Head of Copy for her school’s ‘El Diablo’ Yearbook, she is determined to write and tell stories, while also attempting to make her readers feel understood. Noor is a part of her school’s speech team and the Captain of her poetry team, where she uses writing to spread her message in a more competitive environment. When she’s not embroidering an old pair of jeans, she’s likely trying out a new cookie recipe or overthinking what form of punctuation she would be!
PROSE EDITOR// Matthew Whisker is a writer from Lincoln, England. When he isn’t writing, he’s often playing video games or watching Netflix. He is currently enrolled at the University of Lincoln.
PROSE READER// Mikyra is from a small town in SC. She loves to read and write, and in the future she hopes to work for a magazine or news publication and then enter the political field after working for campaigns and movements. She will be a freshman at the College of Charleston this fall where she will double major in political science and communications. She loves to stay in and watch netflix for the most part, painting, and playing softball. She is really into social justice and working to better her community. She looks forward to working with Bitter Fruit!
POETRY EDITOR// Richard Zhu is a sophomore at the Peddie School in Hightstown, NJ. His work has been recognized nationally in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, published in Polyphony Lit, and is forthcoming in Second Revolution. He is an editor-in-chief of the school literary and art magazine Amphion, as well as a Staff Editor for Second Revolution. Richard loves hot oil noodles and Iceland's stunning waterfalls.
POETRY EDITOR// Katelyn is a student journalist, poet and literature lover from Kentucky. She is currently enrolled in university and is majoring in communications with a minor in writing. Katelyn is a contributor to her university's news outlet Knights Media Network and works as VP of Public Relations for student government. In her spare time she enjoys listening to music, watching Wes Anderson films and buying copious amounts of plants for her room.
GRAPHICS EDITOR// Silvy Zhou is an artist from New Jersey who works in ceramics, printmaking, and illustration. At school, she interns for the Writing, Art, and Music “WAM” Blog and designs set pieces for theater productions. Aside from the visual arts, she enjoys horseback riding and spending time on playgrounds with her dog. Her mixed media work has been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
ARTS EDITOR// Catherine Yu is a 17 year old artist from Cleveland, Ohio. Her work has been recognized by her state governor and the PTA. Although she’s down to dabble in any medium, she does favor the traditional gouache. When she’s not doodling, you can find her competing in Mock Trial, crafting set pieces for her school’s theater, or crying over bad rom coms.
ARTS EDITOR// Shiuli is a film student, writer, and creative visual artist from Bombay, forever possessing an acumen towards creativity. A performing artist, in her free time she makes vision boards, captures aesthetic shots whenever the time's right, and gets "all caught up" on Instagram. She loves dancing in clubs and singing without an audience.
ARTS EDITOR// Rachel Crespo is a college student from New York. She is majoring in Fine Arts. She enjoys writing, painting, and watching YouTube videos. Her favorite mediums to work in are watercolor, and gouache. She is also interested in experimenting with different art forms.
POETRY READER// Merin Thomas is a sophomore in high school in Maryland and is a writer and editor for many other instagram organizations. She was featured as one of the Eastern Shores Best Young Authors Contest. In her free time she loves to cook and watch Criminal Minds!
COPYEDITOR// Ivy Xie is a writer, reader and student from East Hanover, NJ. In her free time, she enjoys baking and knitting (being a housewife) and watching YouTube. Ivy is the founder of creative writing club at her school and has edited many research papers in the past. She also plays the cello for orchestras inside and outside of school such as the pit orchestra for her school’s musical.