founder & editor-in-chief
Caylee Weintraub is a junior studying English and Biology at Florida Gulf Cost University. She graduated from Mariner High School in Cape Coral, FL in 2018. A native Floridian, she lives on a twenty five acre palm tree farm with her family. Her writing has appeared in Polyphony Lit, Imagine, The Mangrove Review, The Word Exchange, and others. She has been honored to receive the Claudia Ann Seaman Award for Fiction, an honorable mention in the Johns Hopkin's Creative Minds Fiction contest, and first place in Florida Gulf Coast University's Writing Awards fiction and nonfiction categories. In 2018, she was awarded the Florida Gulf Coast University Scholarly and Creative Undergraduate Research Award for excellence in creative writing. She is an alumna of the Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference, the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio, and the New England Young Writer's Conference.
Annabel Chosy is a first-year student at Washington University in St. Louis. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, her work has been published in Polyphony H.S., The Blueshift Journal, Words Dance Publishing, and the Blue Marble Review. She has also received recognition from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
Sophia Pekkanen is a writer living in the Pacific Northwest. Both her short stories and poetry have received numerous awards, including a National Gold Medal from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and second place in her city’s Public Library poetry contest. She has also participated in several writing programs, including the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio and the Hugo House Scribes workshop, and is committed to developing youth writing and expression. Aside from that, she loves reading everything she can get her hands on, including your prose submissions!
sydney van dreason
Sydney Van Dreason is a senior at Florida Gulf Coast University with a major in English and a minor in Creative Writing. Her first publication was in 2016 with her poem "Success's Failure" in Accomplished, an annual collection of students' poetry gathered by the America Library of Poetry. While in college, she was an active member of the Creative Writing Club, attended the Sanibel Island Writer's Conference, had a poetry collection published in The Mangrove Review, and placed second in both short story and in Florida Gulf Coast University's Writing Awards competition in 2018. She is currently working on a short story collection of modern adaptations of fairy tales.
prose & poetry reader
Kelly Canaday is studying English and Creative Writing at Florida Gulf Coast University. Her work has been featured in The Sagebrush Review and The Mangrove Review. She has also been invited to interviews about her poetry for NPR and was a poetry reader for The Mangrove Review. Kelly won first place in FGCU’s Writing Awards for poetry, and was the president of FGCU’s Creative Writing Club in 2016. She enjoys going to The Humane Society (and trying her best to refrain from taking every animal home), experimenting with eclectic vegan recipes, and practicing chess moves.
Danica Schwartz is a senior at Canterbury School in Fort Myers, FL. She hopes to matriculate to a university that will foster her passion for both Women’s Health and Literature. Raised in Florida, Danica has a passion for color that extends into everything she creates, writing compositions included. She has been the Editor-in-Chief of SOUP, Canterbury School’s own Literature and Arts magazine, for the second half of her high school career, and hopes to continue providing a place for young artists and writers to display their work. She enjoys running, making lists, learning, and baking desserts.