Our Leadership Team

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Co-Founder & Co-Editor in Chief

NIKITA BHARDWAJ

Nikita Bhardwaj is a high school senior from Princeton, New Jersey. She is an Iowa Young Writers’ Studio alumna whose work has been recognized by NCTE, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and the Pulitzer Center. Her work is published or forthcoming in Parentheses Journal, the Eunoia Review, It's Real Magazine, and others. She enjoys long walks in beautiful places and playing volleyball.

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Co-Founder & Co-Editor in Chief

EMILY PAN

Emily Pan is a high school senior in Hillsborough, New Jersey. She's passionate about starting ripples to better the world, no matter how small. When she's not stressing about the small details of life, she finds herself avidly reading new books, destroying the hearing of neighboring listeners with her piano "skills," and just trying to survive.

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Managing Editor

SARAH MOHAMMED

Sarah Fathima Mohammed is a Muslim-American emerging writer and high schooler from the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Canvas Literary Journal, Rattle, Eunoia Review, and The Rising Phoenix Review, and has been recognized by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. She attended the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio in 2020. When she is not writing, she teaches English to homeless students living in shelters and enjoys archery.

Arts Editors

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Arts Editor

ABIGAIL JONES

Abigail Jones is a high school junior from Massachusetts. She is an abstract mixed media artist whose work has been published in various local exhibits and magazines, including Celebrating Art and Polyphony Lit. She is passionate about anti-human trafficking activism and supporting workers' rights globally. In her free time, she enjoys watching stand-up comedy and reading.

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Arts Editor

ANAHIS LUNA

Anahis Luna is a junior from Tennessee. She's an avid painter, and her work has been recognized nationwide. When she's not focused on schoolwork, she's often found rewatching documentaries and listening to The Beatles.

Writing Editors

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Prose Editor

STELLA LEI

Stella Lei is an alumna of the Iowa Young Writer's Studio whose work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. She is also an editor in chief for The Augment Review and a staff editor for Polyphony Lit. Her writing is forthcoming or published in Gone Lawn, perhappened mag, FEED, and elsewhere. She is very fond of warm, peanut-buttered bread and tea, and she tweets @stellalei04.

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Poetry Editor

SIDNEY MUNTEAN

Sidney Muntean is a writer based in Southern California. She is a student at an arts school studying creative writing. Her work has been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, Kay Snow Writing Contest, and Freedom to Read Art & Poetry Contest and has most recently appeared in Orca, Sunspot Lit, and Navigating the Maze Anthology. Sidney also likes to dabble in performance poetry, as she won 3rd place with her team in the slam poetry competition OC RYSE. When she’s not writing, Sidney can be found curled up with a book, off on a picnic, or dancing in the rain.

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Prose Editor & Marketing Manager

SOPHIA RAMIREZ

Sophia Ramirez is a high schooler in Connecticut. Her writing has been recognized in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards at a national level, as well as by Interlochen Center for the Arts. When she’s not editing or marketing for The Aurora Review, she is writing, or desperately struggling to translate her handwritten ideas from 1:00 am the night before. She should consider typing.

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Poetry Editor

SUNG CHO

Sung Cho is a high school senior from Pennsylvania who enjoys reading and writing poetry in his free time. He loves staying up late and eating potato chips (either sour cream & onion, or kettle-cooked).

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Poetry & Prose Editor

ALYSSA WILSON

Alyssa Wilson is a seventeen year old creative writing student at the South Carolina Governor's School for Humanities. Their work has been previously recognized by the YoungArts Foundation, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and the Bennington Young Writers Awards. Their work also appears in or is forthcoming in Peach Mag, Polyphony Lit, and Fish Barrel Review. You can find them on instagram @alyssaljwilson. 

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Poetry Editor

SANDHYA GANESAN

Sandhya Ganesan is a junior in the San Francisco Bay Area whose work has been recognized at the national level by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. She is passionate about education and fostering a love for reading and writing through teaching writing classes at her local library. When she is not writing, she enjoys teaching programming, practicing calligraphy, and watching The Good Place.

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Poetry Editor

KANCHAN NAIK

Kanchan Naik is a senior at the Quarry Lane School in Dublin, California. She is the 2019-2020 Teen Poet Laureate for the City of Pleasanton, as well as the Director of Media Outreach for youth nonprofit Break the Outbreak. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of her school newspaper, The Roar, as well as the Global Student Editor for the summer edition of Stanford’s Newsroom by the Bay publication. Last year, she was selected by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards as a semifinalist for the National Student Poets Program (NSPP).Her work appears in the Apprentice Writer, Polyphony Lit, Aurora Review, Brown Girl Magazine, Parallax Literary Magazine, among many others. 

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Poetry Editor

NAOMI LING

Naomi Ling is a Sino-American student writer on the East Coast, USA whose poetry and prose often grapple with identity, nostalgia, and returning to her roots. The founder and EIC of Gossamer Lit, she is also a staff editor for four other journals. Her works have been recognized nationally by the Scholastic Awards and Top Ten Poetry and are forthcoming in Eunoia Review, TYWI, all guts no glory, and elsewhere. She tweets unprofessionally @naomilingwrites.

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Poetry Editor

RENA SU

Rena Su is a writer and poet based in Vancouver, Canada. She has been nationally recognized by Scholastic Art and Writing and by the Royal Canadian Legion. Additionally, her work can be found in The Peak, Sandpiper, and Surrey Libraries Anthology. When she is not writing, Rena enjoys running, debating, and watching Studio Ghibli movies.

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Poetry & Prose Editor

CORINE HUANG

Corine Huang is a sophomore from Hong Kong. Since the beginning of middle school, she has helped run and edit her school literary magazine. Her work has been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. In her natural habitat, she can be found reading experimental poetry, re-watching Greta Gerwig movies, and worshipping Frank Ocean.

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Poetry Editor

ZOEY REAY-ELLERS

Zoe Reay-Ellers is a high school sophomore from Washington State.  She’s passionate about telling the stories that too often get shoved into dark corners and forgotten about, although she’s also not past writing sappy love ballads from time to time.  When she’s not spending hours slaving over her keyboard, she can be found backpacking remote mountains, making fun of star wars movies, and re-enacting musicals in her kitchen.

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Poetry Editor

JANET LI

Janet (Jay) Li is a student from Ohio who loves creativity over all else. When not starting another work-in-progress at one in the morning, they enjoy playing with their bird, Ikea.

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Poetry Editor

YONG-YU HUANG

Yong-Yu Huang is a rising junior attending an American international school in Malaysia. Her work has been previously published by the Heritage Review, Eunoia Review, and The Rising Phoenix Review, among others. She is a Second Reader for Polyphony and is currently a TA for the Incandescent Review's Summer Studio. Yong-Yu also founded her school creative writing club/lit mag. In her free time, she enjoys playing the flute and watching Doctor Who.

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Poetry & Prose Editor

DHWANEE GOYAL

Dhwanee Goyal is a fifteen-year-old student from Maharashtra, India. She's been the head of the content creating team at her school blog for a short while, and over the past couple of years, she's been working on giving good feedback and reviews on pieces of writing.  When she's not trying to not fall asleep, she can be found reading, writing, or procrastinating. Pretty buildings make her heart beat fast, and she likes puns, sentences that trail off and...  

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