T.C. Anderson is a writer and poet based in Houston, Texas, with work published in literary journals Capsule Stories, Infinity's Kitchen, and The Born at Sea Collective, as well as Zimbell House Publishing short story anthology The Dead Game. She is also a regular contributor to Emotional Alchemy Magazine. Her poetry collection, The Forest, forthcoming from Riza Press in November 2020, will serve as the inspirational basis of an art installation being developed with artist Mari Omori.
Issue 2: How to Fall in Love
Sophia Badame is an artist living in Northern California. She enjoys working in several mediums, especially charcoals and acrylics. Some of her inspirations include Louisiana artists George Marks and Amy Dixon. She also enjoys the works of many other types of artists and continues to evolve and learn from them.
Issue 3: 67 Years, 67 Memories
Shyna Ballal is a high school senior from California. Some of her hobbies include spending beach days with her friends, listening to, writing, and creating music (available on Spotify and other streaming platforms), and watching Netflix. She is an editor for the sport’s section and a columnist for the entertainment section of her school’s newspaper. Poetry is one of her favorite outlets of expression because it is very similar to song, and serves to spread important messages that are meaningful yet creative.
Issue 1: The Same
Isabela Contreras is a senior from a California high school. She aspires to become a literature professor and write novels & screenplays. She loves writing almost as much as she loves fall and her cat.
Issue 2: Do Not Wait
Selina Coxon is a high school senior from California and hopes to attend college next year. Selina writes articles for her school newspaper and looks forward to furthering her writing career in college. She runs cross country and track at her school and has met many of her friends through running. She has enjoyed her time in high school and is excited for her senior year.
Issue 2: Denny's Moment
Holiday Issue: Holiday Lovers
Issue 3: Imagined Lovers
Madison Craig is a high school senior from California. She hopes to attend college on the East Coast next year and study nursing. She enjoys travelling, snowboarding, and going on adventures with friends.
Issue 2: Philadelphia Streets
Holiday Issue: Around the Christmas Tree
Holiday Issue: Winter Wonderland
Rachael Denzel is a rising senior in high school. She has grown up in the beautiful state of California. She loves going on adventures and will always remember the powerful moments when the world makes her feel small. She tries to capture and share some of these moments in her photos, from the hustle and bustle of the city of San Francisco, the vast mountains, golden coastal beaches, painted sunsets, and much more.
Issue 1: Californian Wonders
Haley Flahavan is a high school junior in California. Her greatest inspirations include her family, her faith and her passion for reading. Haley loves working with student speakers as co-director of the TedX program at school, as well as teaching Sunday school to preschoolers. In her free time, Haley loves going on trips to the beach, as well as being a part of National Charity League. This is her second poem in The Westsider, and she looks forward to many more!
Issue 1: Summer Bittersweet
Issue 2: The Dark
Lillie Gendel is a senior in high school. She is from the golden state of California and has recently been enjoying art as a way to relax and express her creative side. She spends her free time reading, painting, hanging out with friends, listening to music, watching Netflix, and being outside.
Issue 2: Summer Lilacs
Rose Gendel is a senior at St. Francis High School. She lives in California and enjoys being outdoors, hiking, running, yoga, playing piano, painting, baking, listening to music, watching Netflix and hanging out with friends.
Issue 2: Under the Stars
Anika Jain is a writer and activist based in San Francisco Bay Area, California. She is currently a junior in high school. She is an Editor In Chief for her school newspaper, and her work has appeared in The Stanford Daily. Follow her activist page on Instagram: @your.teenage.activist.
Issue 1: The Love Bite
Rijul Jain is a high school senior from California who loves everything to do with the humanities, especially philosophy and music. His favorite novels include Camus' The Stranger and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. He learned how to play the piano in his junior year and is slated to perform at Carnegie Hall next June. He learned how to play the piano in his junior year and is slated to perform at Carnegie Hall next June. Music inevitably comes up in everything he does.
Issue 3: The Mystic
Issue 3: The Saint
Sandra Koretz is a high school junior in Los Angeles. In her free time, she enjoys writing for her school newspaper, The Chronicle, and practicing her film photography skills with friends. At The Chronicle, she enjoys writing feature and news pieces and working on her sports photography skills at school sports games.
Issue 3: California on Film
Megan Milligan is a senior in high school. She is from Northern California but originally lived in Southern California. She has been a rower for four years. She spends her free time reading books, watching movies, painting, and journaling.
Issue 1: Love
Issue 1: Media
Issue 2: I Want
Issue 2: Mirror
Ryan Milligan lives in California and uses his art to express himself and his life experiences. His artwork has previously been published in The Westsider. He is the creator of “A Story," “Innocence,” and "Eye of the Tiger," as well as the cover artist of Issue 2.
Issue 1: A Story
Issue 2: Innocence
Issue 3: Eye of the Tiger
Sarah Moran is a high school senior from Northern California. She loves to spend her time outdoors with her friends on hikes, picnics, or walking around San Francisco. She also has a passion for baking and started her own baking business over the summer. She hopes to take a gap year before college and go on new adventures.
Issue 1: The Amalfi Coast
Issue 2: Finding Magic in Your Own Life
Allie Murdock is a high school senior from the Bay Area, California. She has always loved to write, and draws on the themes of space, nature and mathematics in her poetry. She hopes to major in Physics and attend college on the East Coast. When she is not at track practice, she helps out on the campaign for U.S. representative Anna Eshoo and goes on hikes with friends.
Issue 2: The Space Between
Valentina Paredes is a senior in high school. She was born in Peru and currently resides in the Bay Area. When she’s not busy tearing apart every detail in every movie, album, or musical, she enjoys composing music on her piano and ukulele. After college, she hopes to work in the entertainment industry and attend the Academy Awards at least once in her lifetime.
Erika Shaw is a high school senior in California. She has just recently started writing in her own time and writes non-fiction for her school's newspaper, and now fiction for The Westsider. She reads too much for her own good and is most influenced in her writing by her favorite authors. Her writing goes wherever her imagination will take her, and she is excited to see where it will go in the future.
Issue 1: The People of the Clouds
Holiday Issue: Waiting for Santa
Issue 3: The Footsteps Before Me
Priyanka Vadrevu is a high school senior from a small beach town in North Carolina. Capturing the beauty of the world around her has become a passion of hers through the outlets of both art and photography. She enjoys traveling with her family, baking, playing piano, reading and writing, and experimenting with fashion in her free time. Hoping to pursue the arts or humanities in the future, she hopes whatever work she does brings happiness, spreads love, and encourages others to embrace their individuality.
Issue 2: Santorini Summer
Hannah Valencia is a high school junior from California. It is in school that she cultivated her love for writing, alongside a longtime passion for dance. She aspires to work as a journalist in the city of Los Angeles or New York, hoping to empower those whose voices typically go unnoticed.
Issue 2: A Mother's Words
Holiday Issue: The Santa Hat
Kevin Vidal is a student from the Bay Area who likes to draw cartoons and code video games. He also likes to read graphic novels. Poetry is a new thing for him.
Issue 3: Senses
Sabrina Vidal is a high school senior in California. She is the Editor-in-Chief of her school's newspaper as well as the Founder and Editor of The Westsider. She is an avid reader and writer, inspired by art, nature, and the people around her. She has studied Creative Writing at the School of the New York Times and her poetry has been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Her favorite places include the library, the bookstore, and New York City, where she hopes to attend college.
Issue 1: Editor's Note
Issue 2: Editor's Note
Holiday Issue: Editor's Note
Holiday Issue: Norman Rockwell Christmas
Issue 3: Editor's Note
Elena Wu is a senior in high school. She has lived in Northern California all her life and hopes to move to Southern California after high school. She loves to spend her free time painting, binge watching Criminal Minds, drinking iced coffee, and having dance parties with her friends.
Issue 2: Puppy Dog Eyes
Issue 3: Seventeen
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