Aashna Agarwal is a first-year student at New York University, studying Journalism and Computer Science. She defines herself by her love for words and expression, striving to empower others every day.
Cierra Bettens is a word and lens-based creative making and feeling things in her homeland of the Canadian prairies. In between her creative endeavors, she studies politics and philosophy, hoping it will one day bring her toward the very lucrative profession of journalism. On most days, you’ll find her photographing old lovers on street corners, writing notes about people on public transit, and overusing the love-letter emoji.
Meet Rebecca, better known as Becca by her friends. At 19 years old, she’s the LA-based founder and editor-in-chief of Unpublished Magazine. She’s currently majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in Film and Media. After college, she either wants to work in film, helping independent filmmakers, or continue her journey in publication. Her favorite movie is Call Me By Your Name and her favorite artist is Brockhampton. Aside from working on Unpublished and writing for Lithium, she loves writing, watching movies, and photographing her friends. She also loves studying astrology and is a Scorpio.
MJ Brown is a 16-year-old writer from Alabama. She is a poet, novelist, and dramaturg, and she hopes to study business and writing in the future. When she’s not dreaming up stories, she’s volunteering, learning a new skill, or listening to Billie Eilish and Snail Mail. You can read more of her work here.
Madeleine Burgess is a writer and actor from Melbourne, Australia. She is currently majoring in Literary Studies at Monash University. When she’s not studying, writing, or rehearsing, she likes to lean into her stereotype and drink soy chai lattes over brunch. Madeleine enjoys reading novels with complex characters, writing all her uni essays from a feminist perspective, and telling anyone who will listen that her friends are brilliant.
Meghan Chiew is a 20-year-old writer from Sydney, Australia. She has recently moved into a sunny apartment by the beach and is pursuing her medical degree at the University of New South Wales. In her free time, Meghan can be found making brunch plans, applying for a million part-time jobs she doesn’t need, contemplating her role as part of the immigrant story, and writing on her blog.
Born and raised on the island of O`ahu, Kalena Chiu is a 21-year-old writer dually based in New York City and Honolulu. Her pieces typically relate to self-reflection and growth, which is where she finds spiritual value. She is dedicated to exploring what it means to navigate life, love, and this world as a young woman of color. When she’s not thinking or writing about her feelings, you can find her practicing pole dancing or reading tarot cards. Kalena is a recent graduate of Barnard College of Columbia University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Creative Writing.
Haley Chung is a writer from Vancouver, Canada. She’s currently a freshman at Columbia University, where she is pursuing a double major in Film Studies and Human Rights with a specialization in Middle Eastern Studies. In no particular order, she’s a huge fan of Sesame Street’s Abby Cadabby, the smell of pool chlorine, Michael Bublé, dreaming about hazy summers, and key changes in the Frozen soundtrack.
Angelica Crisostomo is a 19-year-old creative based in New York. While currently a writer, she’s an aspiring journalist, non-profit business owner, and documentary filmmaker with plans to travel the world and tell as many stories as she can. She drinks a lot more coffee than her mother approves of, is constantly trying to remember French grammar rules, loves activism and people, and spends most of her time listening to Maggie Rogers and Lorde on loop, angry that she didn’t write their songs first.
Logan Cross graduated from Long Beach State University with her degree in journalism and PR and a minor in dance. As a student, she also spent time as the Creative Director for PRSSA Long Beach and as a contributing writer for on-campus press outlets The Daily 49er and 22 West Magazine. When she isn’t writing and keeping up to date on all things news-related, she’s making magic as a dancer at Disneyland.
Sarah Mae Dizon
Sarah Mae Dizon studies Media Production and Criticism at George Mason University and dreams of the Blue Ridge Mountains in her hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. As the child of Filipinx immigrants, she is deeply interested in her place in the diaspora. She loves pastels, poetry, and pistachio ice cream.
Kimberlean Donis hails from the streets of Brooklyn, New York. She has done freelance work for The BK Reader and is currently studying political science and studio art at Williams College.
Anna M Erickson
Anna M Erickson is currently a sophomore at Barnard College studying History and Political Science. She loves nothing more than sharing what she learns and adores—from channeling her love for lash extensions through her brand, Anna M Extensions, to discussing the failures and shortcomings of American government in her blog’s articles such as “Hey America, I’m Here!”, a look into census undercounting. Anna hopes to expand readers’ views and push boundaries through her writing, always staying provocative.
Though Simisola Fagbemi is only 17, she’s unapologetic about her lofty ambitions. A Nigerian-American who’s grown up across three continents, Simi is passionate about economic development, classical (and trap) music, and supporting the underrepresented in leading change within their own communities.
Gabriella Ferrigine is a 22-year-old creative writer and thinker from New Jersey. She has a passion for New York City, tiny moments, her Doc Martens, pasta, and purple flowers. Gabriella graduated this year from Columbia University, receiving her B.A. in English. She will be attending graduate school for her M.A. in American Studies at Columbia as well. Looking to the future, she would like to use her degree to pursue a career in law or journalism, and work toward social justice/reform. Gabriella embraces her Pisces energy wholeheartedly, goes on runs to feel alive, and is always looking for the beautiful and the weird in the world. You can also find her work in Columbia’s The Blue and White.
Born and raised in northern England, Alice’s heart will always belong to the rolling hills of her rural hometown. But when she’s not enjoying the British countryside, she’s studying hard at the University of Oxford where she has the pleasure of reading English at Lady Margaret Hall—one of the few Oxford colleges where your “social background” simply doesn’t matter. Her extracurriculars include casual sex, photography, the color pink, and a weekly column she writes for a student newspaper. Like many Brits, she’s happiest down the pub with a pint, chips (proper chips), and her friends for company.
Zoe Gonzalez is a second-year student at NYU studying Journalism and Graphic Design. Although enamored with all things art, fashion, beauty, and culture, she finds herself to be even more invested in their intersectionality. She hopes to inspire change in their constructs through her work as a writer.
Ellie Greenberg is a 16-year-old writer, musician, and lover of all things Frank O’Hara hailing from Rockville, Maryland. When she’s not writing poems by the minute, you can find her worshipping Phoebe Waller-Bridge or shredding on the guitar. Greenberg is head of the writing department at her school’s literary magazine, where she tries her best to intimidate her peers into writing page-long prose. She one day aspires to dabble in music journalism so she can live out the Almost Famousfantasy of her dreams.
Jarred Gregory-Grimes is a Los Angeles County native, Bay Area transplant, and self-certified film bum. He studied screenwriting for his undergrad at Academy of Art and is currently working at SFFILM and the Roxie Theater. His favorite writers are James Baldwin and Charles Bukowski, and his favorite current working directors are Greta Gerwig and Barry Jenkins. At the moment he is writing a piece on breaking up in the 21st century.
Zoey Hickman is a 21-year-old writer. After working as a freelance copywriter and editor for three years, she dropped out of college to fully commit to her dream. When she’s not writing, editing, designing, social-media managing, or wearing any other Hustle Hats™, she’s probably curled up in a ball, fighting a depressive episode by binge-watching garbage reality TV or the newest, hottest HBO teen drama.
Sheena Holt is a nineteen-year-old writer originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. She attends Emory University, where she studies Creative Writing and Political Science. She loves folk music, goat cheese, and anything written by Toni Morrison. A fiction-enthusiast at heart, she tends toward socially conscious writing, though she never shies away from the satirical. In addition to Lithium, you can find her work at The Emory Spoke.
Jordinna is a writer from Jakarta, Indonesia. When she’s not at a concert or on a motorcycle in the middle of hellish traffic, she’s curled up somewhere writing her next article (or arguing with someone on Twitter). She’s either going to major in journalism, take a gap year, or run away with her cat and disappear forever.
Tamara Jones is a writer and freelance publicity/marketing gal for film and performance companies in Toronto, Canada. She usually writes about communities—digital and IRL—and the intersection of pop culture and politics. When she’s not working or jumping headfirst into a new passion project, she can be found “running errands” with an iced americano in hand and the same three albums on repeat.
Kenneth Kim is an 18-year-old freshman attending the University of Southern California. He’s obsessed with activism and discourse surrounding the LGBTQ+ community, race relations, socialism, and what type of pasta is the best. (For the record, it’s rigatoni.) At any given moment, he can be found idolizing Matty Healy, playing yet another game of League of Legends at 5 A.M., reorganizing his Spotify playlists, and writing away his heartbreaks through poetry.
Zara Koroma is a self-proclaimed idealist who was born and raised in Southern California by two African immigrants. Zara fell in love with reading at a very young age, and that led to her love of all kinds of storytelling like film, music, and fashion. She writes to express her constantly moving thoughts, abstract mind, and strong opinions Zara is now sixteen and dreams of moving cross-country to NYC after she graduates high school in hopes of either becoming a writer or a fashion stylist.
Irine Le is a writer from the Bay Area. She attends the New School in New York City, majoring in history. Her work has appeared in Crybaby Zine, Clover Letter, and Adolescent Content. She can be found listening to Liz Phair or following too many embroidery Instagram accounts.
Esme Lee is a film enthusiast and music lover. Her top five desert island records are as follows: Favourite Worst Nightmare, Is This It, The Velvet Underground, On the Beach, and When the Pawn. She’s become increasingly interested in furniture and knitting, which must be a sign of aging.
Jack Loney is from what has to be the rainiest part of Oregon, but will be moving to Boston soon to study film at Emerson College. He does a little of everything, from writing to theatre to dance to making short films, but his greatest love will always be TV shows. His current favorite is Babylon Berlin! His dream job is whatever Amy Sherman-Palladino has going on, but he’ll always make time for writing articles and short stories.
Saffron Maeve is a twenty-year-old Toronto-based writer who loves Criterion Closet videos, cannolis, and The Goonies. She also studies Film at the University of Toronto with aspirations to one day write and direct. When she’s not writing or watching movies, she can be found in your nearest used book store carrying a stack of books she doesn’t have the time to finish but swears she’ll get to soon.
Angel Martinez is a 19-year-old college student from the Philippines trying to make sense of the world through her words. These days, she can be found writing, watching 13 Going on 30, and dressing up to have photoshoots in her backyard.
Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Natalie Mechem now studies journalism at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Besides writing and storytelling, she enjoys making Spotify playlists, drinking outrageous amounts of coffee, and rewatching her favorite episodes of New Girl.
Sophia Moore is a 17-year-old writer based in Los Angeles, California. She is an avid journalist and personal essayist, writing for Lithium Magazine, Affinity Magazine, and Psychotropic Magazine. Sophia enjoys writing about popular culture including, but not limited to, new music, movies, and TV shows. She also enjoys penning personal essays and lifestyle pieces. In her free time, Sophia can be found reading, partaking in debate, or hanging out with her dog.
18-year-old Andrea Panaligan is a writer and photographer from the Philippines. Currently a behavioral sciences student, her work usually revolves around coming of age and how adolescence is simultaneously nothing and everything. Her other passions include film, ideas of identity and the process of selfhood, feminism, mental health, and young adult literature.
Sophia Peyser is a 17-year-old avocado enthusiast who lives for reading on the subway and searching New York for the perfect iced coffee. When she’s not writing for her school newspaper, reading Donna Tartt novels, or running around taking yearbook photos, she’s usually writing movie reviews on Letterboxd or scouring the internet for Timothée Chalamet-related paraphernalia.
Jill Risberg is a writer currently studying Playwriting at The University of Texas at Austin. She loves the color green and small-town America. Regarding her aspirations, she’s currently seeing where the world takes her.
Isabelle Robinson is a writer and aspiring Twitter fiend from Parkland, FL. She is currently a rising junior at Barnard College in NYC, pursuing a degree in English with concentrations in Creative Writing and Theatre. Outside of class, she can be found perfecting the quintessential nude lip, Facetiming her beloved cat, and clomping around campus in Doc Martens. For more shenanigans and links to previous bylines, including the New York Times and Business Insider, follow her on Twitter @isabellerobz.
Chloe Rose is a writer and filmmaker from New York. Chloe has been creating art for as long as she can remember—she has the books made out of computer paper and crayons from when she was seven years old to prove it. She loves music, books, and the beach. You can find her sitting on the roof, making new playlists on Spotify.
Eliza is a nineteen-year-old aspiring writer from various places, but most recently from Brunswick, Maine. She is a rising sophomore at Columbia University studying English and Women’s and Gender Studies. She is in long-term love affairs with T.S. Eliot, Bon Iver, and Saoirse Ronan and has recently begun one with the slightly-problematic-yet-
Aarohi Sheth is a 20-year-old writer and artist from Houston. She’s currently a junior at the University of Southern California, pursuing a degree in journalism. She’s been drawn to storytelling for as long as she can remember and aims to create engaging work that pushes boundaries and empowers underrepresented communities.
Kaiya Shunyata is a film studies student and writer from Ontario, Canada. A staff writer for Obscur Magazine and Scratch Cinema, her work has also appeared in Screen Queens and FlipScreen. She loves reading sad 20th-century poetry, listening to ’60s music, and watching horror films. If she’s not on Twitter talking about the next genre hit, you can find her writing several screenplays in her room.
Kiddest Sinke is a 22-year-old journalist, creative writer, and visual artist with a passion for internet culture, music, and politics. Kiddest graduated this year from Yale University, receiving her B.A. in English Literature. Through her writing, she aims to explore the intersection of technology, race, and gender. In her free time, she runs an Instagram art account, makes TikTok videos, and is a songwriter and band member of the comedy-pop duo “cybergirlfriend.”
Sruthi Srinivas is a 17-year-old writer and student from Henderson, Nevada. She’s a lover of satire, philosophy, and Agatha Christie novels. When she isn’t listening to Tyler the Creator albums or contemplating every life choice she’s ever made, she can be found furiously typing away at whatever idea has situated itself in her mind and won’t let go.
Natalie Wei is a 16-year-old writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. An avid journalist, Natalie interns at her local newspaper and contributes to The Talon as a staff writer. By sharing her own thoughts in provocative and introspective pieces, she hopes to inspire others to do the same.
Katherine Williams is a seventeen-year-old student and writer from Chicago. She loves the postmodernism wing of the Art Institute, the dried fruit aisle of Trader Joe’s, and her bed, where she watches The Good Place.
Colton Wills is a junior in high school in the Bay Area. He enjoys watching sunsets, eating avocados in all forms, and spending time with his cats. He’s never read anything by Kurt Vonnegut he hasn’t loved and (though he keeps it quiet) likes doing math in his free time. After high school, he plans to travel whenever he gets the chance. Colton thanks you for taking a few seconds to read about his life.
Derya is a 21-year-old girl who has recently graduated with a BSc Business Administration degree from the University of Amsterdam. In her free time she enjoys people-watching, making uncalled-for, sarcastic comments, and writing satirical cultural commentaries to relieve bottled-up frustrations. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in (digital) marketing, yet otherwise remain unchanged by the passage of time.
Becky Zhang is a writer from Hong Kong based in California.