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Jessica Purgett is the editor and founder of The Mark Literary Review. She graduated from Mount Mercy University in 2020 with majors in English and marketing. She minored in Spanish and creative writing. Currently, she works as a Social Media Specialist. She is published in Paha Review, Ice Lolly Review, and Sledgehammer Lit.

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Evander Lang is a writer and filmmaker. He’s worked on TV shows for HBO, Bravo, TLC, etc. Justin Theroux once rode past him on a Razor scooter. His work has appeared in The Satirist and is forthcoming in Five on the Fifth and Willows Wept Review. 




Assistant Editor Intern

Mer Fenton is a writer from Columbus, Ohio. She is currently studying multimedia journalism and creative writing at Taylor University. Mer was raised by Scholastic's book forums and Hello Poetry. She is passionate about colored lights, large bodies of water, and all things emo culture. Mer spent the first half of 2021 as an editorial assistant on Relief Journal, and has been published in Parnassus.


Annabel Hynes (she/her) is currently studying for an MA in Literature and Publishing at the National University of Ireland, Galway, which gives her an excuse to spend her days reading. She has had stories published by Mirador and the online journal Periwinkle Literary Magazine, and hopes to write and publish professionally someday.

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Tejashree Murugan is a writer and student of biotechnology at Indian Institute of Technology Madras. Her work has been published in LiveWire Magazine, The Soap Box Press, and WomenTech Network, and is forthcoming in The Bitchin' Kitsch and Ethel Zine.


Kristen Lawson is a writer and artist in Vancouver, Canada. She holds a B.F.A. in Theatre and Contemporary Dance, and a certificate in New Media Journalism. Her work has been published in The Vancouver Arts Review, Geist Magazine, Castlegar News, and The Nelson Star.



Blog Contributor

Joyce Bou Charaa is an English literature student at Lebanese University, where she also studied journalism for two years. She is fluent in Arabic, French, and English. Her poems have been published on

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Zane May (he/him) graduated from Wichita State University with BAs in English Creative Writing and Women’s Studies in 2016 and a Master of Social Work in 2018. He is a full-time macro social worker who finds comfort and connection in reading and writing.   



Shrubaboti Bose is an Indian writer, currently freelancing after completing her Masters in English Literature from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. She loves creative writing and often shares her poetry, short stories or memoirs on her personal blog, Lemongrass. Her works have been previously published in International Magazines such as Ruminate Magazine, Radiate Literary Journal, etc. She is also a verified book reviewer on Discovery. In her spare time, she enjoys doodling and playing her ukulele.


Meagan Jennett is a writer and photographer. She is a 2020 graduate of the University of Glasgow's MLitt program. When not working on her own projects, she ghostwrites historical romance novels, which she finds a nice change of pace from her usual lyrical fiction. She has work in From Glasgow to Saturn and Honey & Lime Lit. 



Georgina Tait graduated in 2021 from the University of Birmingham in the U.K. studying English Language and Linguistics. She now works part-time as a mobile care worker for the elderly and spends most of her spare time with her head in a book. 


Avantika Singh (she/her) is a high school writer from New York. Her work has been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and has been published in Ice Lolly Review. Her favorite writers include Ocean Vuong, Richard Siken, E.M. Forster, Sanjena Sathian, and Sophie Gonzales. When she's not writing, she can be found watching video essays, reading diasporic novels, procrastinating math homework, and listening to Olivia Rodrigo.



Antara (she/her) is a 21-year-old queer Indian writer. She primarily writes creative nonfiction along with occasional forays into speculative fiction. When she is not writing, you can find her behind a book, knitting, coding, or throwing impromptu dance parties.

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