MALAK SHAHIN is a Palestinian-American writer and creator currently based in Minneapolis. She is an aspiring human rights activist with the goal of building Ascend into a larger media collective for people of color.
DIANA KHONG is a poet and diasporic ghost. She enjoys ginger, girls, and good stuff. She is editor-in-chief of Kerosene Magazine and is on staff at Ascend, Noble Gas Quarterly, and Red Queen Lit. Catch her tweeting @deerthrum.
Social Media Editor
ELISA LUNA-ADY is a Chicana from California. She is a designated California Arts Scholar, a 2017 Best New Poets, Best of the Net, and Pushcart Prize nominee. She tweets @astronomyhoe.
STEPH is a Taiwanese-Canadian high school student, writer, and activist. Her work has been published in the likes of Noble / Gas Qtrly and Vagabond City Lit. When she's outdoors (which is rare), she's probably trying to throw plastic (play frisbee).
BRITTANY ADAMES is a Dominican-American writer residing in eastern Pennsylvania. Her poetry has been regionally and nationally recognized by Scholastic Writing Awards and has been published in literary journals such as CALAMITY Magazine. She revels in the way poetry soaks into her skin and often leaves short stories half-finished.
WASIMA FARAH is a 16 year old Somali student and an aspiring actor, graphic designer, and writer. She wants to use her art to represent such that isn't always represented. Blood of the land of poetry and here to spread sunbvibes.
VALERIE WU is a student at Presentation High School in San Jose, California. She is an Asian-American activist who thrives at the intersection of ethnicity, migration, & human rights. Her work has previously been recognized nationally by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and has been featured on the Huffington Post, Susan Cain's Quiet Revolution, and We Are Three Dimensional. She tweets @valerie_wu.
Social Media Editor
LEN MORA is a Colombian / Puerto-Rican gender non conforming artist. Len is 17 and from New Jersey. Their art focuses on poetry, photography, painting, and music. They hope to one day study song-writing or music production. Len is also a member of Latinxs 4 Change.
Director of Photography
JERUSA is an aspiring self taught photographer based in Minneapolis. She loves capturing people, places, and things as art. She aspires to create and work with a variety of different people as she attends the University of Minnesota studying psychology.
TAMIRA AMIN is an undergrad at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She was the Editor-in-chief of the online publication Fresh U Minnesota. In between classes, Tamira spends time performing spoken word and developing a chapbook of her written poems to publish.
Head Culture Editor
CHANNELLE "CHEI" RUSSELL is a writer from Jamaica. She enjoys music, cinema, and any combination of the two. Her writing explores the impact of the speculative worldview on the marginalized. She is prose editor of Kerosene Magazine. She tweets @cosmicblackgirl.
ALYSSA NAVARRO is a 19-year-old Filipina writer and activist. She worked as a reporter for a New York-based site before returning to university to study Psychology. She tweets @ysabarro.
AYAME KEANE-LEE is a 17-year-old Asian American slam poet and visual artist. She resides in the Bay Area. She is the poetry editor and runs the Instagram for Kerosene Magazine. She recently performed at Youth Speaks Bringing the Noise for MLK at the Nourse Theater in San Francisco. She tweets @akeanelee.
MIN MARCUS is an Asian-American college student and aspiring author from New Mexico. When she’s not watching k-dramas or discussing her distaste for capitalism and its accompanying systems of oppression, you can find her wrestling with jammed printers that hold her class readings hostage, expanding her knowledge on East Asian studies by whatever means possible, or writing first chapters of novels she’ll never complete.
Assistant Director of Photography
JIANNE is a Hong Kong-born Filipino currently studying International Journalism and minoring in film. She is an anime, manga, East Asian literature and cinema enthusiast. She’s also an advocate for ethnic minority rights in Hong Kong, being one herself, and has been serving as an ambassador for young people’s involvement in internet governance discussions. Aspiring to be a photojournalist, she wants to capture new and undiscovered stories through her lens. Also, always craving food.
MUSTAFA HAMMAD is a queer, brown trans poet and artist of color from Florida. Her work focuses on postcolonial identity, decolonial aesthetics regarding deconstructionism of perfection, the futurity of diaspora and how it feels to be brown trans femme trying to exist in a white supremacist world. She is 19 years old.
ARYANNA CHUTKAN is a 17 year-old Indian, Jamaican, and American artist. She is a student at ASU's Barrett Honors College, and is currently majoring in political science. Her work deals with themes of identity, politics, beauty, and love. She is @lightandary on Instagram / @achutkan on Twitter.