Founder of COUNTERCLOCK Arts
Editor-in-Chief & Arts Collective Director
Sarah is a writer from the San Francisco Bay Area. She was a 2018 Foyle Commended Young Poet of the Year and the runner-up for the Adroit Prize for Prose. Other organizations which have recognized her work include Teen Vogue, the New York Times, the Critical Pass Junior Poet Prize, the National Council of Teachers of English, the American Scholastic Press Association, and more. She was Kenyon Young Writer's Workshop '18 and the Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship '17. She plays piano and dabbles in charcoals, and she thinks rhythm and light and lyric pulse in every field of the creative arts – if you can call them distinct fields at all. In other words, she has faith in the power of the interdisciplinary arts and their persistence in our memories and minds. She is the founder and program director of the COUNTERCLOCK Arts Collective. You can find her here.
Rachel Lu is a Chinese-American writer and undergraduate at Hamilton College. She is the co-editor-in-chief Hamilton’s literary magazine, Red Weather, and she has helped found and is the operations director of COUNTERCLOCK Arts Collective. She has been recognized for her work by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and has received the George A. Watrous Literary Prize for Poetry and for most promising as well as the Kellogg Essay Prize. Rachel misses the sun at her home in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Sophie is a freshman at UMass Amherst. She does not know how often she should be watering her cactus, but is doing her best. Find her on Twitter at @spiiriitkiid or Instagram at @sallen.jpg.
Jen Rouse is the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Cornell College. Her work has appeared in Poetry, Gulf Stream, Parentheses, Cleaver, Always Crashing, Mississippi Review, and elsewhere. Rouse is a two-time finalist for the Charlotte Mew Prize. Headmistress Press has published her books Acid and Tender, CAKE, and Riding with Anne Sexton. Find her at jen-rouse.com and on Twitter @jrouse.
Visual Art Curator
Akhila is a sophomore at BASIS Phoenix residing in Arizona. She has been awarded eleven times regionally through the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, where she serves as co-president of her local affiliate. Additionally, she has been formally published by Young Authors of Arizona, fromthebowseat, and the Rising Phoenix Review. Some of her favorite thing include cinnamon rolls, the numbers four, seven, and eight, and the color red.
Zineb is the poet on the loose from Morocco, but her heart resides in every country and culture. She wants you to keep writing until all the ink in the world dries (which will never happen).
Patrick is a high school junior from the northern suburbs of Chicago. His work has been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, the Poetry Society of the UK, and appears in Eunoia Review and Rising Phoenix Review. Besides reading for COUNTERCLOCK, he currently serves as an Executive Editor for Polyphony H.S. and a copy editor for its affiliated blog, Voices.
Mayu is a junior at Los Altos High School in California. In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, and fangirling. She hopes to someday meet George R. R. Martin and the cast of Game of Thrones.
Leah is a senior at Long Beach Polytechnic High School. She has been noted as a finalist for the Columbia College Chicago Young Authors Writing Competition in Fiction, a California Art Scholar, and a participant in the Iowa Young Writers Studio. She has a fascination for all mediums of art and aspires to learn several languages in her lifetime.
JANE ROSENBERG LAFORGE
Jane has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, the Story South Million Writers Award, and the Best of the Net. Her novel, "The Hawkman: A Fairy Tale of the Great War" (Amberjack Publishing 2018) was a Montaigne Medal finalist in the Eric Hoffer Awards. Her memoir, "An Unsuitable Princess: A True Fantasy/A Fantastical Memoir" (Jaded Ibis Press 2014) received an honorable mention in HEEB's Best Books of the (Jewish) Year 5774. She has published four chapbooks of poetry and her full-length poetry collections are "With Apologies to Mick Jagger, Other Gods, and All Women" (Aldrich Press 2012) and "Daphne and Her Discontents" (Ravenna Press 2017).
Woody lives in Lenox, Massachusetts. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, from DIAGRAM, Drunk Monkeys, RFD, Exposition Review, peculiar, Prairie Margins, Rock and Sling, and Mass Poetry Festival, among others, and her poetry has been nominated for Best of the Net. Her first chapbook, “postcards from glasshouse drive” (Finishing Line Press) has been nominated for the 2018 Massachusetts Book Awards. In addition, Woodger served as Poet in Residence with the Here and Now in Pittsfield MA.
Douglas has published six collections of poetry and a novella. His work has appeared in several anthologies and over 100 literary journals. He has been nominated twice for a Pushcart and Best of the Net and has received the Leslie Hunt Memorial Prize in Poetry. His website is douglastcole.com.
Mahika Gupta is a freshman at Colby College. She is an aspiring English major and an avid reader and writer. Aside from fiction, she loves reading about philosophy and finding ways to incorporate it into her writing.
Design and Media
Shereen lives and studies in Taipei. Her work as a journalist and creative writer has appeared in the Ploughshares blog, Lambda Literary, the Adroit Journal, and others. She currently serves as the managing editor of TRACK//FOUR, a literary journal for people of color, and can be found on Twitter @shereen_lee_.
Kiki is from Athens, Ohio, and a freshman at Wellesley College. She has attended the Reynolds Young Writers Workshop and the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop, and was Vice President of a very small high school writing club. She believes that her personal meaning of life is the creation and consumption of art, with attaining financial security as a very close second.
Book Reviewer & Assistant Visual Arts Curator
Sydney is a Mississippi School of the Arts graduate. She currently works as Lead Content Creator for My Noon Social Co.and heads the local Support Your Local Artist initiative. Her short fiction is nationally recognized by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers as well as The Eudora Welty Foundation and can be found in the 2017 National Scholastic Catalog, 1119 Pinehurst Review, What Can I Do For My Country?, and more. She has previously showcased the works of her short-story collection, Stickman and has a micro-essay collection in the works. You can follow her journey here.
Noreen Ocampo is an undergraduate at Emory University, where she is double-majoring in English and Film Studies. Previously a music fellow in the 2019 COUNTERCLOCK Arts Collective and an alum of Georgia’s Governor's Honors Program and the Glass Kite Anthology Summer Writing Studio, Noreen likes to write poems, stories, and songs. Someday, she hopes to write for the screen. Perhaps in an alternate universe, she is a successful Renaissance woman, but for now, she can only do her best.
ERNEST O. ÒGÚNYEMÍ
Ernest O. Ògúnyemí is an eighteen-year old writer and spoken word artist from Nigeria. His works have appeared/ forthcoming in: Kalahari Review, Litro 'Comedy' Issue, Lucent Dreaming, Low Light Magazine, Canvas Lit Journal, Agbowó 'Limits' Issue, and elsewhere. He is a 2019 Adroit Summer Mentee. In 2018, he won the Association of Nigerian Authors NECO/ Teen Prize for his manuscript of short stories, "Tomorrow Brings Beautiful Things: STORIES". He is currently working on his first novel.
Andy Zheng is currently a senior at Bellarmine College Preparatory. He has always had a passion for art and believes in the strong emotional and social impact it can have on society. Andy is especially interested in the disciplines of graphic and industrial design and hopes to further study these fields in the future. When not designing graphics, he enjoys photography and editing videos.
Claire S. Lee, Editor-in-Chief (2018–2019), is a college student from Southern California. Her writing has been recognized by Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Ringling College of Art and Design, the National YoungArts Foundation, and the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and appears/is forthcoming in THRUSH Poetry Journal, Inklette, The Indianapolis Review, Rising Phoenix Review, *82 Review, Noble/Gas Qtrly, Alexandria Quarterly, and Blue Marble Review, among others. She is a California Arts Scholar and a poetry reader for Winter Tangerine Review. Her editing work has been recognized by the NCTE and the Del Mar Fair.
Rachel Evelyn Sucher, Founder of COUNTERCLOCK Journal & Editor-in-Chief (2017-2018), 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 also a founding member and editor of Mandatory Assembly literary journal. A mentee in the Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program and the Glass Kite Anthology Summer Writing Studio, she has also attended the New England Young Writers' Conference at Bread Loaf and the Champlain College Young Writers' Conference. Her work is forthcoming in Tinderbox, Luna Luna Magazine, Dream Pop Journal, Yes Poetry, Channillo, and Rising Phoenix Review, as well as the anthology Destigmatized 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. Connect with Rachel on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and her website, Rachel Sucher Writes.