founder and editor-in-chief

Kanika Lawton is a poet and editor from Vancouver, Canada. She received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a Minor in Film Studies from the University of British Columbia, where she served as an editor with the UBC Undergraduate Film Student Association. She is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of L’Éphémère Review, edits for Venus Magazine, and is the Community Manager of The Murmur House. Author of SANTO CALIFORNIA (2017) and a 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Gold and Silver Key recipient, Kanika's work has appeared in The Rising Phoenix ReviewRambutan LiteraryRicepaper MagazineBombus Press, and PUBLIC POOL, among others. Ocean-bound since birth, Kanika can be found on Twitter @honeyveined, her website kanikalawton.weebly.com, or trying to find solace in tide pools along the West Coast. 



Christian Sammartino is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Rising Phoenix Review. He is currently studying Philosophy at West Chester University. His poetry is influenced by life in the Pennsylvania Rustbelt near his hometown of Coatesville. His work has appeared in Words Dance Publishing, Voicemail Poems, Werkloos, Lehigh Valley Vanguard, and Yellow Chair Review. Sammartino was a Resident Poet for Lehigh Valley Vanguard during the summer of 2015. His first chapbook, Keystones, was released by Rising Phoenix Press in December 2014.



Valerie Wu is a high school sophomore in California. She has previously studied writing at Stanford University's pre-collegiate program and Interlochen Center for the Arts, as well as conducted research for Questioz: The International Journal for High School Research. Her work has been featured and/or recognized by Susan Cain's Quiet Revolution, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, the Huffington Post, Teen Ink, and various local publications. Outside of school, you can find her either watching TED videos or correcting someone's grammar. 


AnIKA Prakash

Anika Prakash is a sophomore in high school and the founder and editor-in-chief of Red Queen Literary Magazine. She currently serves as the co-news editor of Two Views Magazine, a poetry editor at Parallel Ink and Venus Magazine, and a prose editor at TRACK//FOUR. She has received a Silver Award regionally from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her poetry as well as her flash fiction. Her work has appeared in Venus Magazine and L'Éphémère Review.



Sarah Feng is a freshman who attends Pinewood School (Los Altos, CA), a 2017 American High School Poets Just Poetry!!! National Winner and the author of two novels, Beneath (2014) and Chiaroscuro (2017). Her works have been recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the California Coastal Commission, and the Write the World Novel Writing Prizes, and have been published or are forthcoming in the Los Angeles Times Insider, TAB: A Journal of Poetry & Poetics, The Rising Phoenix Review, and National Poetry Quarterly, among others. 



Aislinn Rossi is a twenty year old writer from the little city of Adelaide, Australia. She is studying Journalism at the University of Adelaide and works for a local non-profit community radio station. She writes and performs poetry in her free time and has been published by her university's literary magazine. When she's not studying, working, or writing, Aislinn can usually be found reading a book in some hidden-away nook of the library.  



Benjamin Napelee is a writer living in the hot desert of Arizona. He is currently a columnist at Maudlin House, where he searches far and wide through the Internet for writers who deserve to be noticed. He can't wait for the day when he'll be able to put "bestselling author" in his Twitter bio. He is currently in the process of polishing up his first novel.



Olivia Hu is a student currently residing in Vancouver, Canada. She has been published in various literary magazines for her poetry and enjoys dabbling with her creative side. However, she is also experienced in journalism, serving as a magazine writer for HerCulture, and as an active editor for her school newspaper. She edits for other literary magazines on a national level as well. When she isn't bent over the desk writing, Olivia is wandering the streets of downtown or huddled over a book, dreamy-eyed. 



While she meditates, Tian Tran writes poetry and short fiction. While she clouds the sky, she takes glorified selfies. Her work has been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition and various literary magazines. Her photography has appeared or is forthcoming in TRACK//FOUR, Sugar Rascals, and Rambutan Literary, among others. She would prefer she/her pronouns, and takes her tea without milk.



Arathi Devandran curates personal experiences, snapshots of the world and the and the stories people are willing to share with her through prose and poetry. 


amy lauren
book reviewer

Amy Lauren is a graduate music student at Mississippi College. Among other publications, her poetry has appeared in Wherewithal, The Rising Phoenix Review, Lavender Review, and Sinister Wisdom. She also edits The Continuo, a Jackson-based newsletter for local music events.


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