Meet the Team
Founder, Editor-in-Chief & Creative Editor
Srishti Uppal is a nineteen-year-old poet and essayist from New Delhi. Their favourite writers include Alok V. Menon, Courtney Felle, and Mary Oliver. Their work can be found in Marias at Sampaguitas, Human/Kind Journal, The /tƐmz/ Review, among others. You can read more about their work here.
Prithiva Sharma is a student from India, who spends her time whining, procrastinating and writing poetry instead of her assignments. She likes blank verse and Anne Bradstreet, and loves big words but never really uses them. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit her website: https://linktr.ee/prithiwaah
Bhavya is a student of Economics at the University of Delhi. She can be found affixing a monocle and combing library bookshelves in search of the classics in her free time. She is a trained dancer in Kuchipudi, writes and loves to eat brownies. Sarcasm is Bhavya’s preferred medium of expression and she loves to share her love for the simple joys of life with others. You can reach her at
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Saahiti is a twenty-year-old Literature graduate trying to find her place in the world. When she's not writing, she can be found procrastinating and listening to Spotify playlists she's made for every possible mood. She seeks solace in words and weaves stories with the befriended voices in her head, in hopes that she might be able to soothe the familiar ache in the souls of individuals who have seen the dark one too many times. Through her writing, she hopes to make people feel a little less alone and a little more understood.
Isha is a law student based in Bombay, who goes from dad jokes to political discourse before you can see it coming. However, when things get too surreal or even just real; you can find her cozied up in some corner with a cupcake (yes, irrespective!), either with her nose in a paperback or aggressively jotting something down in her notebook. Be it prose or poetry, at least that’s what she calls it. A girl who writes to forget but never forgets to write. You can
reach her at email@example.com.
Surmayi is a writer trying to pen down words with ink made from sunset's colors. She has authored a story in a collection of short stories called Cadence. She is currently a student of Political Science and History at Miranda House, DU. Adjudged the Best Poet at the Chandigarh Literature Festival, she has been a contributor to Medium and an active content writer for Reform The Norm. A raging feminist using writing as her medium. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Layan is a 19-year-old filmmaking student, self-taught graphic designer, and video editor from Saudi Arabia. Her work varies from dreamy to dark and is mainly for her to express her emotions. She is heavily inspired by Vincent van Gogh and Federico Fellini. Her other passions include reading self-development books and watching modern documentaries. Most of the time you will find her either creating posters while listening to music or working on a short film.
Julia Maria Ortiz is a twenty-two-year old poet, activist, and dreamer from Philadelphia. Her work has appeared in Firefly Magazine, Rose Quartz Magazine and Honey & Lime Lit. She served as the co-editor in chief of Luminous Press. She has just finished her undergraduate degree and is discovering where the wind will take her next. She loves fairy tales, warm cocoa, learning new languages, and watching old films.
Zarnab Tufail is a poetess and has a weird obsession with pasta. She loves seas, beaches, and oceans a lot (emphasis on a lot). She currently resides in Lahore, Pakistan. She is passionate about feminism, gender equality, and women's education. She reads for the winnow magazine and Tiny Molecules and edits The Lumiere Review. Her poems appear on The Remnant Archive’s weekly newsletter. You can read her work here.
Sumaiya Ahmed is a student, poet and writer, aiming to break down the boundaries of cultural stigma and shame attached to mental health and sexuality within the South Asian culture, and bringing marginalised topics to light. She has published poetry collections ('Lost and Found' and 'Reality') examining these very issues, questioning religion and the cloud of heartbreak and healing. She is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Poised. You can find out more about Sumaiya here.
Anjali is a student at University of Delhi. A wallflower,and an overthinker,she can spend all of her bus ride looking out of the window listening to Taylor Swift without thinking of destination just to realise that she's late. She has made a room in her heart for new characters and embraces their worlds.She never ceases to be amazed by books. She feels that a part of every story she reads dwells and echoes within her.
Shreya Patel is an emerging teen artist located in the Bay Area. She aspires to become a future designer and illustrator, and also enjoys creating mixed media artwork. In her pieces, she often explores the topics of cultural identity, environmental issues, and social issues. Through these topics, she hopes her artistic voice connects and inspires people. She also looks to find new ways to represent art, which often includes finding new materials that break conventional boundaries. When not engaged in her artwork, she enjoys finding new places to eat, sewing, and creating videos for her Youtube channel!
Ankita, an undergraduate student, who mostly likes to stay indoors, survives on cold coffee, books and colours. She spends the major part of her day thinking about things that are usually weird, and that's one thing she doesn't regret. Self-acceptance, mental health and empathy are the three things she strongly believes in.
Kelly Ritter (she/her) is a bisexual beta reader and social media manager living life in Muncie, Indiana. She is the Lead Social Media Editor for Brave Voices Magazine and Head Social Media Intern at Marías at Sampaguitas. When she’s not reading or tweeting, she’s outside practicing yoga or cuddling her kitties.
Eilish Mulholland is a student currently reading English at The Queens University of Belfast in the North of Ireland. Her work has been featured in Re-Side, Booksmart Sligo and she has been shortlisted for the Anthony Cronin Award for Poetry. You can find her collecting tea sets and reading modernist poetry.
Shayna is a seventeen year old poet who lives in Kenya. She loves connecting to people through her words. She is an old soul and nature lover, who has been writing for over a year now. Her work has been published in various anthologies and she is currently an editor at Second revolution magazine. She believe's that every voice is extraordinary and deserves to be heard.
Sudeshna sahu, born and brought up in Odisha, India, has always been politically opinionated and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Gargi College (DU). She has actively taken part in several Model UNs, elocutions, and debates. She is resolute, responsible, steadfast and efficient in fulfilling her duties. She served as a member of her School’s council and organising committees of various successful local events. She is an avid reader and especially enjoys reading books written by influential political figures, from her father’s library. She is a performer of music and has graced many local gigs and competitions.
When she’s not discussing politics over social media, you’d find her vibing to her playlist while acquiring finer tastes, every passing moment. She is also a film and TV enthusiast and big on conversations about any relevant or irrelevant matter.