meet our staff 

STAFF CONTRIBUTOR// Elan Lakes is a poet and photographer from North Plainfield, New Jersey. Elan has had his photos and poems published in his school’s literary magazine, Prisms. When not writing or taking pictures, he can be found singing, playing the trombone, or running track and cross country.


STAFF CONTRIBUTOR// Olivia is a passionate writer and researcher who has been featured with her creative work in Newark Academy’s literary magazine, Prisms. Recently, her research paper on genetic testing in patients with macular degeneration has been accepted into the renowned retina magazine Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers, and Imaging Retina. In her free time, Olivia enjoys participating in and watching theater as well as spending time with her dog, Milo.  


STAFF CONTRIBUTOR// Kadyn is a writer, activist, and actress from Richmond, Virginia. She’s also a part of many clubs at her school. Kadyn does research and helps interview for her school’s yearbook and newspaper. She is on many political organizations, being chair of many of them. When she’s not busy with school or political work, you can find her playing pretend on the stage. She recently won Hanover Idol runner-up for her county!


STAFF CONTRIBUTOR// Soha is a queer sixteen-year-old girl living in a small town in South India. Her hobbies include watching Ghibli movies, reading, writing and listening to Arlo Parks. Her passions include Spanish tv shows, cartoon shows and exploring queerness in the best way possible. 


STAFF CONTRIBUTOR// Lily is a writer and actress living in New York City. She has read original poetry at a Young Writers Present event at Columbia University, as well as had her work published in Antediluvian Twilight, a seasonal literary magazine to showcase the work of high school students. She recently joined her school's fencing team and Science Olympiad division, wherein she and her event partner won two medals in the 2020 regional competition. When she's not in a ball fangirling over Grey's Anatomy for the nth night, you can usually find her singing, writing, or obsessing over tea and perfume.


STAFF CONTRIBUTOR// 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.


STAFF CONTRIBUTOR// Heather is a short story writer, journalist and poet from West Sussex, United Kingdom. If she isn’t reading or writing short stories, she will definitely be found horse riding in open fields. She also enjoys acting, having performed in The Browning Version and Ten Times Table at a dramatic society. Following her internship at a local magazine, she has since been published.

STAFF CONTRIBUTOR// Ollie Wells is a passionate writer and classicist from the UK, one of their favourite topics of discussion being gender and sexuality in the ancient world and the empowerment of women and LGBTQ people in modern society. They enjoy running their blog about the classical world and plan on going to university in 2021 to study Ancient History. In their free time, they love to dabble in archaeology, embroidery and baking. 

STAFF CONTRIBUTOR// Sarah Shyres is a 16-year-old art contributor from St. Louis, Missouri. She loves drawing, photography, virgin piña coladas, and getting caught in the rain.

ART CONTRIBUTOR// Ruby spends 99% of her time drawing and painting, and one day wants to do that as a job. She spends the rest of her day watching a strange mix of horror movies and stand up comedy, and listening to 90s britpop. She loves making surreal paintings and posts them on @rhubarb_art on instagram :)

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