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, the New York Times, 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 as an intern at the California Arts Education Alliance, and truly adores the wintertime and anything with feathers.
Manasi Moghe is a sixteen-year-old student studying in the Bay Area. She is ranked in California's top Original Oratory writers and speakers and is ranked nationally in dramatic prose. Just recently she placed 5th in California for Children's Literature reading (CHSSA) but she has cultivated her writing and poetry skills for over 4 years. She plans to study Computer Science in the future, but currently volunteers her time to teach kids in foreign countries about the wonders of Speech and Forensics.
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.