Editors Teen Issue Spring 2020

Sea Turtle by Shaina Boal

Cati Porter, Founding Editor

Cati Porter is founder and first managing editor of Inlandia: A Literary Journey in 2010. She is the author of eight books and chapbooks, most recently The Body at a Loss (CavanKerry Press, 2019). She lives in Riverside, California with her family where she runs Poemeleon: A Journal of Poetry and directs Inlandia Institute, a literary nonprofit and publisher. Learn more about her work at www.catiporter.com.

Victoria Waddle, Managing Editor

Victoria has been published in literary journals, anthologies, nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and included in Best Short Stories from The Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest. She reviews books for teens at SchoolLibraryLady.com and contributes articles to Inlandia and Southern California News Group’s syndicated “Literary Journeys,” which celebrates writers and their work. She has a story collection coming in 2021 from Los Nietos Press. She tweets at @VictoriaWaddle1 and blogs about writers and writing at VictoriaWaddle.com.

Kiyani Carter, Editor-in-Chief

Kiyani is a junior in high school and a sporadic writer. She enjoys reading, piano, and traveling, and hopes for her stories to reflect her aspirations and open-mindedness towards new experiences, possibilities, and futures. Read her interview here.

Stephanie Martinez-Beltran, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie Martinez-Beltran is an eighteen-year-old college student attending the University of California-Riverside. She is pursuing a B.S. in Microbiology and enjoys reading YA fantasy, writing poetry, making jewelry, and listening to punk rock music. She has published poems through Appelley Publishing and the Inlandia Institute. Some of her main goals include becoming involved in biomedical research and using poetry to promote healthy self-expression among teens. Read her interview here.

Riley Chavez

Riley is a senior at Shadow Hills High School and a lifetime admirer of literature and art. She enjoys reading, making coffee, going to museums, and hanging out with her dog Jé. She is honored to be a part of such an amazing group of editors and have the chance to read and view some truly outstanding pieces.

Kimber Draughon

Kimber is a freshman in high school in Southern California. During her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, playing basketball, and hanging out with loved ones. She has been a creative writer for as long as she remembers and hopes one day her writing will be bound in leather.

Lizzy Drew

Lizzy Drew is a senior at the Orange County School of the Arts. Her work has previously been featured in several magazines such as Aerie International, Isthmus, Sonder Midwest, and her school’s award-winning literary magazine Inkblot. Lizzy also has experience as an editor on the Inkblot staff.

Hailie Goldthorpe

Nationally-awarded essay writer and poet Hailie Goldthorpe is a student at Mountain Home High School in Idaho. When she’s not cramming for the next exam, you will find her nose stuck in a book and her hands strumming a ukulele.

Adelina Rose Gowans

Adelina is a sixteen-year-old Costa Rican/Honduran-American writer and artist. She is a 2020 Young Arts Winner in Writing, the first place winner in the Leyla Beban Young Writers Foundation 1,000 words for $1,000 contest, the second place winner of the Hollins University Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest, the recipient of eleven Scholastic Art & Writing awards including national gold and silver medals, and more. Her work has been previously published/is forthcoming in Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Storyscape Journal, Bluefire Journal, Barely South Review, Cargoes, and elsewhere. More of her writing can be seen at https://www.adelinarose.me/.

Dulce Hernandez

As a member of her high school’s creative writing club, as well as the two-time gold medalist poetry slam winner at her school, Dulce has acquired a strong passion for the beautiful form of expression and art that is poetry. She is a senior in high school and has been a part of her school newspaper for two years.

Julieth Lara

Julieth Lara, a student at Los Altos High School, California, has been using words to express her life experience starting from a very young age. Julieth focuses on poetry, short stories, and song writing. She hopes to major in English in whichever university she attends.

Sidney Muntean

Sidney Muntean is a high school student in the Creative Writing program at Orange County School of the Arts. Her work has received three Honorable Mentions in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and has been published or is forthcoming in Orca, The Phoenix, and Sunspot Lit, among others. Sidney also likes to dabble in performance poetry, as she won third place with her team in the slam poetry competition OC RYSE.

Lily Neusaenger

Lily has been writing for a little over two years and has won three gold keys (and one honorable mention) for her short story submissions to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. She is an editor for her school’s literary magazine.

Maggie Munday Odom

Maggie Munday Odom is a 17-year-old writer. Her work has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, the Blank Theatre, and the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. Her plays have appeared in the Writopia Worldwide Plays Festival, O’ahu Fringe Festival, Hawai’i Women’s Voices Festival, and Playbuilders PlayFestival. Her poetry can be found in various literary journals, including Polyphony Lit and Soliloquies Anthology. She is the 2019 Hawai’i State Champion and a National Finalist for Poetry Out Loud. She writes for Our Era MagazineGen Rise Media, Uniquely Aligned, and Haloscope. Maggie Munday enjoys teaching yoga classes, as she is an RYT200 certified yoga instructor. 

Tobi-Hope Jieun Park

Tobi-Hope is a junior at Orange County School of the Arts. She is the Vice President of World Religion and Philosophy Club, and runs an intracurricular club, WAV, that helps other students to write creatively. She has been published in Adonis Designs Press, Basil O’Flaherty (2 pieces), Phosphene Literature Journal, Chautauqua Journal, Panoplyzine, Rattle, and SOLA, and is forthcoming in Cold Mountain Review. Tobi is a National Gold Medalist in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, having received one Honorable Mention, one Silver Key, and three Gold Keys. In her free time, you can find her laughing with friends, or binge watching old reruns of House.

Zoe Price

Zoe Price is a high school junior at Sonoma Academy in Santa Rosa, California with an interest in journalism, creative nonfiction, and authentic narrative. Along with participating in journalism programs offered by her school, Zoe writes for her school’s newspaper.

Ashley Renselaer

Ashley Renselaer is a 15-year-old writer, poet, and artist from Culver City, California. Some of her recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Lily Poetry Review, Lunch Ticket, Passengers Journal, and The Loud Journal. She has won The Live Poets’ Society High School Poetry Contest, and her work has also been recognized by the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. She believes in the transformative and cathartic power of storytelling to create a vision for the future while appealing to hearts and minds.

Ian Robinson

Ian Robinson is a poet and writer looking to make his mark on the world. He lives with his parents, brother, dog, and cat in Fountain, Colorado. Ian is a full-time student at Fountain – Fort Carson High School. In his free time, Ian runs a poetry blog page under the Hello Poetry website, draws, plays video games, and throws knives.

Andi Rosario

Andi Rosario is a 15-year-old high school student attending Nuview Bridge Early College High School. They enjoy reading short stories, writing fanfictions, and drawing. They hope to someday be recognized for their art and writing skills. They are so proud of all of the amazing entries they were able to read, and wish that all of these wonderful pieces could win first place.

Piper Summer

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