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.
Ticia Almazan hails from ever-sunny Manila, Philippines. She spends most of her days listening to Seventeen, chewing salted chocolate chip cookies, and looking for the perfect strappy sandals. Her favorite daydreams are ones that consist of idle summer afternoons, and her favorite fruit is the mango.
Didem Arslanoglu is a nineteen-year-old content creator, writer, and admirer of art in all its differing forms. She is originally from the Bay Area and currently resides in Philadelphia, studying English with a concentration in Creative Writing. She hopes to head out to New York City someday to pursue theatre and writing. When Didem isn’t reviewing coffee shops across the city, writing teenage angst-ridden poetry, or tending to her food blog religiously, she is…sleeping. You can take a peek at her poetry book here.
Upneet Aujla is a 17-year-old writer from Houston, TX who likes to discuss unconventional truths, culture, and perspectives. Besides writing she enjoys singing, photography, and speech and debate. She spends most of her time exploring the far out, culturally enriched, or obscure perspectives in life.
Cassandra Bristow is a writer from Baltimore, Maryland currently attending Pratt Institute for an MFA in the craft. She loves to analyze Robert Frost poetry and read biographies about women in her spare time, and hopes to someday write historical fiction about the Renaissance era. Her poetry appears in Beyond The Commons Magazine.
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.
Alisa Caira is a nineteen-year-old writer who is constantly trying to live up to the word. She’s from Boston, MA, which she will defend wholeheartedly if asked. Other than writing and arguing her opinion (blame the Taurus energy for the latter), she can often be found traveling, going to concerts, or going out to “coffee” when she actually only drinks tea.
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.
Faith Chandler is an 18-year old writer, lover, and an in-betweener. She resides in Dallas, Texas and is recovering from addiction and mental health, channeling her pain and experiences into personal essays, poetry, and articles. She hopes to tug on the heartstrings of her readers while simultaneously lifting them up.
Megan Clark is 23 years old, living in Harford County, Maryland with her fiancé. She loves her dogs, her family, and Netflix above all else. One day she hopes to destroy the patriarchy and smash stereotypes all over the world. Read her blog here.
For the better part of three years, Elijah Collins has been writing and acting. Her dream college would either be Savannah College of Art and Design, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, or New York University. Elijah absolutely adores history and loves writing about it even more.
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.
Sofia De Ceglie
Sofia De Ceglie is a lover of rock ’n roll, classic novels, poetry, vintage fashion, art, and life in every form. A spontaneous and empathic soul, she was raised in Rome, lived in Dubai, and is currently studying English Literature at university in London. She’s passionate about human, animal, and environmental rights, and aspires to be an investigative journalist and writer. You can find some of her work here and here, and keep up with her on Instagram.
Mary Dodys is a 16-year-old writer from Atlanta, GA. Along with her interest in journalism, she is an aspiring author and artist who churns out novels and paintings in her free time. Though she can’t sing to save her life, she enjoys jamming out to music ranging from ‘70s rock to 2000s’ pop rock. She writes whatever she is feeling at the moment, hoping to provoke thought and emotion from her readers.
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.
Gabrielle Felder is a 23-year-old activist and artist living in both Seattle and Portland as she completes her Master’s in Environmental Health at the University of Washington. Originally from Anaheim, California, Gabrielle enjoys reading about the Black Panther Party, poetry, and feminist theory on the beaches of Southern California. Her passion for racial justice, intersectional feminism, and environmental activism is evident throughout all of her work. You can view her work here.
Bridget Fitzpatrick is a 19-year-old writer from the Jersey Shore currently residing in New York City, the place she was always meant to be. An aspiring playwright and casting agent, Bridget is currently a double major in Communications and Film Studies at Pace University. She is an advocate for the plus-size community. Bridget was a part of the original Lithium team from the beginning, and is very excited to be back!
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.
Raizel Harjosubroto uses she/her pronouns and has a name that you can definitely say if you take the time to sound it out! She is finishing up the final year of her undergraduate degree in journalism in Toronto, Canada. She calls herself a storyteller, being passionate about helping people tell their stories while making sure every story gets to be told.
Sami Harris is a 21-year-old writer and 35mm photographer residing in sunny Los Angeles with her wonderful roommates and three cats. She writes mostly within the creative nonfiction genre, though she does sometimes venture into poetry. Her work often centers on her travels, dealing with mental illness, and taking an unconventional life path. When Sami is not working or creating art, she can be found all over the map, booking her own shows for the musicians she manages, having unforgettable experiences to fuel her art, and sipping oat milk vanilla lattes.
Wen Hsiao is a content creator from Taipei, Taiwan. She currently resides in Amsterdam, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media and Information at the University of Amsterdam. Wen is a senior writer at Lithium Magazine, which she’s been working with since March of 2016. Wen enjoys writing about love, music, and culture. She hopes to publish her own collection of love stories and have a newspaper column one day.
Kaitlin Konecke is a writer based in Baltimore, Maryland. She holds a degree in Electronic Media and Film, and works as the Marketing Manager at a publishing company. Her writing focuses on feminism, body positivity, destigmatizing mental health, and critically examining popular culture. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Critical Darlings, a website that provides a platform for female, non-binary, and minority writers to voice their unique opinions and perspectives on popular culture.
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.
Sophia Moore is a 16-year-old writer based in Southern California. She can be found passionately penning works ranging from dramatic poetry, to insightful articles, to extravagant short stories about almost every topic imaginable. Beyond the literary world, Sophia enjoys voicing her opinions through debate, discovering new music (or more likely, listening to the same three playlists on repeat!), browsing lifestyle and fashion blogs, and taking her dog out on long walks.
Otufa Noor is a 16-year-old writer and activist from Florida. Born in Kashmir, she is passionate about human rights and advocating for the Muslim community in America. When she’s not sleeping or eating, she can be found learning new ways to wrap her hijab, reading the latest medicine research, or voraciously discussing politics. She hopes to encourage readers to fuel their passions and direct it toward real change, as well as introduce fresh perspectives in many communities.
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.
Sumona Sarin is a 16-year-old aspiring writer and caffeine enthusiast based in New Delhi, India. She can often be found reading self-care books, watching sappy films to satisfy her inner hopeless romantic, and trying to decipher her natal chart. Sumona hopes to attend college in London and eventually make her way all across the globe.
Charlotte Smith is a Baltimore-based student, artist, photographer, and writer. She studies at Towson University, where she majors in Mass Communications and minors in Creative Writing. Charlotte wants to use her art and writing to talk about important topics such as mental health, body positivity, and self-love.
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.
Ryan Vortisch is a sixteen-year-old aspiring writer from the West Coast. When not writing or crying over cute dogs, he’s usually lost in a land of soft music and well-steeped tea. He loves Sunday mornings and the television show Friends, and will never forget to remind you that boys can love flowers, too.
If not for Sonia Wee’s romanticized version of New York, she’d still be in sunny Singapore. Nonetheless, she’s proud to call Syracuse University her home away from home. Sonia is a proud owner of eight stuffed sloths, a few too many yellow sweaters, and most Jane Austen collectables. She is also constantly stressing out over the new Instagram algorithm, crazily dancing to the La La Land soundtrack, and actively trying not to burn the food she puts in her Crock-Pot.
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.
Mari Wrobi is a content creator currently living in Sacramento, California. As a writer, spoken-word artist, photographer, and short-film director, they are always seeking out their next big project. Currently they work at a shelter for LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness, and they spend most of their personal and professional life advocating for the most marginalized members of LGBTQ+ community.
19-year-old Becky Zhang is a writer from Hong Kong. Currently a first-year at Pomona College, her work tends to revolve around coming of age, notions of family and home, culture, technology, and entertainment. Her other passions include reading magazines and books, watching teen movies, and finding/writing new songs to sing and play on the guitar. You can find her music here.