ABBY ASMUTH is from Madison, Wisconsin where she is currently a sophomore at Madison Country Day School. She absolutely loves to write; previous work has been published in the Wisconsin State Journal, Inlandia Institute’s Literary Journal, and the Appelley Rising Star Collection. She also enjoys reading, whether it be classics, fantasy, or submissions to Canvas. Outside the world of literature, she can be found working as the stage manager of her school's theater department or listening to Ella Fitzgerald.
ANNA CARSON is a senior at the American International School in Israel. She hates math and loves reading, unless it’s Shakespeare, and plans on becoming a journalist one day if she doesn’t become a writer first.
YASMINE CHOKRANE is a sixteen-year-old student attending Stuyvesant High School in New York City. She likes to explore the city in her downtime, walking anywhere she can. She likes to visit local bookstores and art museums, as she has an appreciation for reading, writing, and art history. She also loves hazelnut coffee, scented candles, and garage rock.
JESSICA JIANG is a current sophomore of Stuyvesant High School in New York, New York. Even though she doesn't have as much free time now because of school, she loves to read, and gets quite cranky if anyone interrupts her in the middle of a good book. She is constantly ready to tell jokes, even if she is the only one that finds them funny. Jessica thinks that the most powerful tool a human being can possess is words, because even one syllable can change someone’s life. When she isn’t on her computer searching up cringy puns or immersed in a book, you can find her playing the piano, running outside, or laughing with her sisters.
CHRISTIAN KIM is a senior in high school in Santa Clara, California. He loves reading and writing, especially fantasy, science fiction, and historical fiction. He has published a children’s book, and he is also working on a novel. He plans to major in English and Creative Writing in college. Aside from writing, he loves volunteering in his community, playing the saxophone, and exploring the outdoors
ANDREA LIAO is a junior at Interlake High School who serves as an editor for Interlake’s school newspaper as well as its literary magazine. She is the founder and president of Book the Future, an organization dedicated to global youth literacy. Her pieces have been recognized and published internationally.
PO-TING LIN (DUKE) is a high school junior from Taipei, Taiwan who studies at the bilingual side of Taipei Fuhsing Private School. As a student who comprehends both Mandarin and English, Duke yearns to show his Taiwanese identity through the medium of English. His works have appeared in Teen Ink and Skipping Stones magazines. Besides literature, he never stops pursuing his dream of becoming a medical biologist in the future. Currently, Duke is an intern in the National Defense Medical Center, and he helps his advisor on data analysis and literature review for publication.
JULIA PELLETIER is a junior at Our Lady of Mercy High School in Rochester, New York, where she studies the art of the English language and the morality of breakfast cereal. She has been writing and editing since 7th grade when her (favorite) English teacher bribed her into joining her school's literary magazine ... three months later, she was the Editor-in-Chief. Outside of school and numerous lit-mag positions, Julia spends her time reading World War II romance novels, swimming, and traveling to faraway lands.
MUNEEBAH UMAR currently is a teenager living in Starkville, Mississippi. She has done numerous activities such as Tae Kwon Do, swimming, horseback riding, and kayaking. While her reading tastes sway towards fiction writing, she adores to write nonfiction. The endless creativity found within Canvas submissions constantly inspires her.
STEPHANIE YEN is a current high school senior from Cleveland, Ohio. She has received several Gold and Silver Keys for her poetry from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and her work has been published in Sonder Midwest, Pandemonium Magazine, and the highly acclaimed Golden Shovel Anthology, among others. Stephanie’s interests range from using literature for social empowerment to using technology to assist crisis-ridden communities. She spends her weekends reading, writing, and working at a local coffeehouse (and loves chai lattes!).
MANYA ZHAO is a seventeen-year-old senior at Gunn High School in Northern California. As a writer, she prefers working on personal narratives or short realistic fiction pieces, but as a reader, she primarily enjoys mystery and thriller novels. Her work has been recognized on a variety of literary platforms, including Blue Marble Journal, Lilun Magazine, and Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Besides these activities and being an editor for Canvas, Manya helps conduct research at a local hospital and enjoys cooking, gossiping with her friends, and, of course, binge-watching hours of Netflix.
LINDSAY HERKO is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s creative writing MFA, where she also served as managing editor of Notre Dame Review. Her writing and visual art have appeared in Caketrain, BOAAT, Sundog Lit, Salt Hill, Luna Luna Magazine, and The Rain, Party, and Disaster Society. Lindsay has taught youth writing courses in Writers & Books’ SummerWrite program and currently teaches college-level writing courses at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) including experimental writing, world-building, and introduction to creative writing.
NINA ALVAREZ is an award-winning poet, playwright, and teaching artist. In 2009 she created Dream Your Book, an editing, creativity coaching, and publishing services company in Rochester, New York. In 2013 she founded Cosmographia, a small press featuring of soulful books in all genres. Her poems, creative nonfiction, reviews, and short stories have been published in Tupelo Quarterly, Split Lip, Prick of the Spindle, Danse Macabre, Grasslimb, and others, and her play "The Life of Leo Wool" was produced in 2013. Nina was the winner of the 2014 Writers & Books "Big Pencil Award" for her work with the original teen board of Canvas. She has a master's degree in English from of the University of Albany '03.
LINNEA SCHAEFER has a degree in English Literature with a Bible concentration from Regent University. While editing is new territory for her, her love for reading and writing is not. And everything is better with a cup of coffee and quotes from "The Office" or "Gilmore Girls." She lives in Rochester, New York. You can find her on instagram at linesbylinnea.
Editor-in-Chief Lindsay Herko (left) and Publisher Nina Alvarez (right).
Photo by Meredith Davenport for Notre Dame Magazine.