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. You can keep up with her hair clip obsession on her Instagram.

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 and keep up with her zest for life 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. You can find her on Instagram at @mycupidshuffle.

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.

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. Follow Megan on Instagram, and 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. You can keep up with Elijah here.

Jacob Craigo-Snell was born in Guatemala and came to the United States as an infant. Hs is a student at DePaul University where he is studying playwrighting. He also attended Commonwealth Theatre Center in Louisville, KY for seven years where he studied the arts of acting, directing, playwrighting, and stage managing. Jacob is an award-winning writer who has had six plays produced on stage and one short film. You can follow him on Instagram here. 

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 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. 

Sixteen-year old Simi Fagbemi was born, raised, and schooled in America, Nigeria, Kenya, and England (figure it out!). The Nigerian-American’s hobbies include playing the flute and violin, reading classics that make your brain churn (think Fahrenheit 451, Lord of the Flies), and pondering how every stranger around her carries their own lifetime of unique, shaping experiences (or experiences trifle to their character, depending, I suppose, on your take of Locke's Blank Slate Thesis). You can keep up with her 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! You can keep up with Bridget on Instagram @bridget.fitz.

Dharma Gilley is an award-winning teenage writer with dreams of being an art therapist. She hopes to one day better her skills in art, filmmaking, and writing. Some of Dharma's passions include gardening, spoken word poetry, videography, tea, hats, and watching sunsets. You can follow her on Instagram @dharmatheegg and @theartofdharma.

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. Follow his antics and film hot takes on Twitter.

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. Follow along as she tries to be funny on Twitter and cool on Instagram

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. You can keep up with Wen on Instagram and Twitter.

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. Follow her on Twitter @kaitko and on Instagram @y2k_aitlin.    

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. 

Megan Loreto is a nineteen-year-old writer originally from the Bay Area. She is currently attending Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where she studies English and History. She enjoys driving on the 405 at night, taking photographs of her friends, reading in coffee shops, keeping up with all the new food trends, discussing social justice issues, and watching movies with her mom. Keep up with her on Instagram and Tumblr

Avery Matteo is a 19-year-old creative originally from Charlottesville, Virginia. She studies at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, planning to major in English and minor in Environmental Studies. Her passions lie in writing and music, and she especially loves when the two coalesce. In her free time, she can be found reading in her favorite coffee shop, annoying her friends with a wealth of Disney facts, or stopping every fifteen steps to take photos of anything yellow. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram.

Jada Moore is a music enthusiast residing in Virginia. As an avid concert-goer, she has an appreciation of live music. In the past, Jada has had the pleasure of meeting The Neighbourhood, Mac DeMarco, and Wolf Alice. In the future, Jada plans to travel, attend as many music festivals as possible, and pursue a profession that'll help others. 

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. You can keep up with her antics @scribblersoph on Twitter.

Melissa Ouhocine is an eighteen-year-old writer and bookworm from good old New Jersey. She will be attending the University of Pennsylvania in the fall. Melissa spends much of her time reading books and writing, two of her lifelong passions. She is also passionate about women’s studies and politics, and hopes to one day change the world with her writing.

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. 

Rachel Pfeffer is a Towson University student and writer who has been writing for eleven years. At twenty-one, she has experience writing fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves writing about mental health and relationships in her prose and enjoys experimenting with the formats she uses in her poetry. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @rachelperfff and read some of her older articles on her blog.

Elysa Rivera best describes herself as a storyteller, a title she adopted after she discovered her love for and fascination with artistic narrative in all mediums. Elysa likes to spend her time writing and exploring the intersections of art and design. See what Elysa is up to on her Instagram!

Juana Sagarduy is an ESL teacher from Argentina who likes writing more than she likes sleeping. When she’s not teaching or scribbling words in her notebooks, she enjoys spending time with her friends, walking around the city while listening to Lorde’s songs, and rewatching The Office. She’s obsessed with Star Wars and calls herself an Anakin Skywalker soldier. Her passion is finding stories—the deeper they are buried, the better! 

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. You can find her on Instagram at @sumonasarin.

Calla Selicious is an eighteen-year-old from New York City. She is currently attending the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and studying International Relations and Film. You can find her work at Violet Magazine (@violetmagnyc) and keep up with her on Instagram @callaselish.

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. You can find her on Instagram and follow her on Twitter for some quality feminist rants.

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. 

Claudine Urdaneta is a seventeen-year-old Venezuelan writer with a big love for all that is satirical comedy. When she's not writing, she enjoys acting, playing Pokemon, and listening to Panic! at the Disco, Linkin Park, and Bring Me The Horizon. Claudine hopes to someday become a journalist and publish a book of her own, as well as influence those around her to appreciate the small things that give us beauty in life. Keep up with her here!

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. You can find Ryan here

Emily Walker is a born-and-bred New Yorker who likes going to museums and movies. She’s a big supporter of linguistic anarchy and speaks five languages, but still struggles to do math without a calculator.

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. You should check her out.

Sean aka "Mariah" West is a 22-year-old poet and creative producer based in Brisbane, Australia. He currently interns for Ruckus Slam Brisbane and co-produces Ruckus Youth for local slam poets aged 25 and under. He has featured for Queensland Poetry Festival, Here We Queer, Canon Ball, and Kudos among others. You can find more of his locally and internationally published work and arts experience here. Find him on Instagram @glitter_bish or @youthruckus.

Katherine Williams is a seventeen-year-old student and writer from Chicago. She hopes to travel and uncover all the intersecting beauty of the world while pursuing her interests in writing, social sciences, and concepts of selfhood. You can find her in the postmodernism wing of the Art Institute, in the dried fruit aisle of Trader Joe's, or in her bed watching The Good Place. She writes to understand the world and her place in its complexity.

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.

Hannah Yang is an aspiring artist and activist who loves films, TV, improv, music, art, and photography. She is always keeping up with the most current disastrous news and politics. In her free time, she’s probably watching films and TV, listening to improv4humans, or trying to make art. Keep up with her @itsyangletshang

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 and her co-run magazine here.