Michelle Qiao is a sixteen year old writer, poet, and produced playwright from the Midwest now studying in the Bay Area. In performance, she is the California state champion in spoken word poetry (CHSSA) and an NSDA national quarterfinalist in dramatic prose. Most recently, her stage play was produced at a festival previously funded by the David Letterman Foundation. She is a California Arts Scholar in creative writing and a two-time National Scholastic Gold Medalist; her work has been recognized by the National YoungArts Foundation, the Lincoln Center for the Arts, the Live Poets Society of New Jersey, published in several anthologies, staged at the San Jose Museum of Art, and featured on PBS and Broadway World. Michelle has been named a 2021 National Kindness Fellow for her grant-funded project Stories to Heal combating AAPI hate with storytelling as well as a Stanford SPICE China Scholar. She is very passionately involved in social work at Writopia lab, and truly adores the wintertime and anything with feathers.
Manasi Moghe is our Co-Editor in Chief and our Outreach Editor. Throughout her high school experience, she has competed and served on the fundraising and spirit committees for her nationally ranked Speech and Debate team. Manasi spearheads publicity, fundraising, events, and social media at Flare. She competes in water polo and has a passion for singing, poetry, and song writing.
Sarah Bricault has a PhD in neurobiology from MIT and currently works as a postdoc in that field. Her fascination with the mind and how it processes information often finds itself in her poetry, as do themes related to mental health. Sarah's work can be found in Brown Bag Online, Beyond Words, Serotonin Poetry, High Shelf Press, and elsewhere. For more information on Sarah, check out SarahBricault.com.