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 At 19 years old, she’s the LA-based founder and editor-in-chief of Unpublished Magazine.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 Aside from working on Unpublished and writing for Lithium, she loves writing, watching movies, and photographing her friends.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Lily Goldberg is a writer from New York City. A senior writer for The Williams Record, her work has also appeared in The New York Times and Crybaby Zine. Some interests include theatre criticism, visual studies, kitsch, camp, and cults. If you can’t find her playing in her band or re-watching Courtney Barnett’s Tiny Desk concert for the umpteenth time, drop her a line at lilyngoldberg.com, where she’s sure to get back to you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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-
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Becky Zhang is a writer from Hong Kong based in California.
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 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.