We are an online literary journal for young writers. We aim to find and promote the finest work being written by young people from all over the world. Work is selected by a team of teen editors, with the guidance of mentor editors. Published biannually. We encourage online submissions (see "submissions"), but will accept email and paper mail if online submissions are not possible (do not send us your only copy of your work, as it will not be returned).
Kerrin McCadden is the author of Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes, winner of the 2015 Vermont Book Award and the 2013 New Issues Poetry Prize. She is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship and the Sustainable Arts Foundation Writing Award. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, Verse Daily, and in such journals as American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Prairie Schooner, and Rattle. She teaches English and Creative Writing at Montpelier High School. She lives in Montpelier, Vermont.
Jonathan Helland is a writer and teacher in Vermont. He holds an MA in Literature from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. When he’s not educating the next generation of underemployed dreamers or staring in frustration and self-recrimination at the blank, white screen of a word-processor, he enjoys exploring the outdoors and practicing historical swordplay.
Samuel Kolawole was born and raised in Ibadan, Nigeria. Awards and fellowships include a Norman Mailer Fiction Fellowship, a Prince Claus Award, an honorary fellowship in Writing from the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa and writing residencies from Wellstone Centre in the Redwoods California, and Island Institute, Alaska. He is a graduate of the noted Clarion West Writers Workshop for writers of Science fiction and Fantasy in Seattle, Washington. Samuel studied at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and holds a Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing with distinction from Rhodes University, South Africa. He is currently an MFA candidate in Writing and Publishing at Vermont College of Fine Arts, USA, where he is the recipient of the first-ever Emerging Writer Scholarship for the program. He has taught creative writing in the United States, Nigeria, Sweden, South Africa and Uganda. He has contributed fiction and non-fiction to several journals and anthologies within and outside the continent of Africa. He recently completed a novel.
Mandy Abu Aziz is a 16 year old boy who comes from Ghana in the western part of Africa. He is a very opinionated person who likes to do things in a certain way. He loves poetry but he really isn't into works about love and stuff like that because he finds it cliche and also is a crazy fan of Shakespeare. His guilty pleasure is oreos. He believes in equality of the races and is a hardcore activist. He's also secretly a really bomb chef.
Christie Cecere is sophomore at MHS. She has enjoyed writing since she was very young. She has written many pieces for Young Writers Project and several of them have been published in the Times Argus. She also is thinking about becoming an editor once she is grown. Christie also loves singing and theater.
Nathan Degroot is a junior at Montpelier High School and the unfortunate oldest of three boys. He's been in love with reading and writing ever since he's been able to do it at all. He writes poetry mostly but would love to graduate into creative fiction. Nathan mostly draws from his experiences as a transgender man and with mental illness when he writes. His biggest writing inspiration is his dad.
Keara Ellerson-McMullan is a senior in high school who loves to read, write and learn languages. She lives in Central Vermont with her parents, sometimes her sibling, and her two black cats. She hopes to travel during and after college. She is also a lover of all things fantasy.
Navah Fried loves writing poems and thinking about poetry whenever she gets the chance. She feels that creative writing it is the most meaningful way to communicate. Besides writing, Navah usually finds herself listening to music, playing guitar and singing, going for walks, and thinking. She hopes to be a published poet in the future, on the side of an unknown career. Navah lives in Montpelier, Vermont and is excited to go on to college to help make the world better.
Nate Grutchfield is a sixteen-year-old in Montpelier, Vermont. He likes reading creative nonfiction and historical fiction books, and he loves to write stories when he gets the chance. Outside of these things, Nate’s life in the green mountain state involves a strong passion for listening to music and playing baseball. I’ll spice this up later.
Sunny Ingraldi can design a website pretty well and enjoys hit musicals about people on money. She can understand and say some stuff in Latin, which is pretty cool. She is a freshman at Norwich University and is majoring in Computer Security and Information Assurance, which sounds pretty impressive, right? "Sarcastic, angry, Supernatural," -Harriet Porter.
Matt Koucky is a senior at Montpelier High School. His poems have been featured on the shortlist for the 2017 Frontier Poetry Award for New Writers, and in Red Queen Literary Magazine. He has attended the Iowa Young Writers Studio, New England Young Writers Conference, and the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop. Matt Koucky enjoys playing music, acting and directing, and doing other things that will make him more interesting at bougie mid-21st century dinner parties. He is planning to attend Swarthmore College next year (see previous clause).
Harriet Porter ended up in physical therapy because she played violin for too long. On that note, she loves to read, write, draw, and memorize bone names. As a high school student she went to the Governor’s Institute on the Arts, and mentors the younger students in the Green Mountain Youth Symphony. Harriet wishes to sleep, drink tea, and stay in a warm cozy space.
Mary Noel Naa Lamiley Riby-Williams is a teenage girl who loves laughing, and aspires to spread it wherever she goes. She is also a lover of all children, sports, Ben & Jerry's chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream and her best friends BooBoo and Naa. She is a proud Ghanaian who hopes to become a pediatrician and to bring back what she has learned to the motherland. Noel also loves to write poetry with the use of rhythm and the play of language. Noel recently wrote a book titled Naa Lamiley, and is ready to share her work with the world!
Rachel Evelyn Sucher is a queer-identified Vermont writer, activist, performer, horsewoman, and intersectional feminist. Her poems have been shortlisted for the International Literary Award (Rita Dove Award in Poetry) and the Dan Veach Prize for Younger Poets, and longlisted for the Brett Elizabeth Jenkins Poetry Prize. Rachel is the founder and editor-in-chief of COUNTERCLOCK literary & art journal, an editor at Sooth Swarm Journal, and a social media manager at Half Mystic publishing house & literary journal. A mentee in the Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program and the Glass Kite Anthology Summer Writing Studio, Rachel has also attended the New England Young Writers' Conference at Bread Loaf and the Champlain College Young Writers' Conference. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tinderbox, Luna Luna Magazine, Dream Pop Journal, Yes Poetry, Channillo, Rising Phoenix Review and Bitter Melon Magazine, as well as the anthology Destigmatized: Voices for Change from Madness Muse Press. When she isn’t wrestling writer’s block or the patriarchy, Rachel can be found snuggling puppies, making music, and overthinking in her nerdy poet's notebook.
Emma Toth is a moody teenager who never comes out of her room. She has a passion for a great many things, including but not limited to: science, art, various literary works, music, and coffee. Yes, she really likes coffee. She really has not done anything with her life. In her free time she enjoys relaxing at home with a cup of hot coffee (even in 90 degree weather) and a good book.
Avi Zimet is a student in his home state of Vermont, where he loves the landscape and people. He enjoys music, and playing it. His favorite food is pasta, and his favorite color is green. Avi likes being inside, and outside.
Mandatory Assembly is hosted by Montpelier High School, in Montpelier, Vermont. Contact the editors at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mandatory Assembly | 5 High School Drive | Montpelier, Vermont 05602
Mandatory Assembly | 5 High School Drive | Montpelier, Vermont 05602