Orange Blush Zine | Issue 6 / May '21 - The Micro Edition

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Words

Art

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Pramod Subbaraman

Lydia Ellen Greaves

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M. M. Kaufman

Peyton Gilbert

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Casey Finley

Harriet Morell

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Casey Finley

Sophie Casey Mullins

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Tali de York

Mar Stash

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Dorcas Wilson

Hannah Pollard

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Reina Davis

Hannah Pollard

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Sakshi Ravi Meshram

Bear

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Charlotte Newbury

Choi Sun

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Kate Leimer

Loo

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Kenneth Johnson

Mar Stash

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Rowena Joy Newman

DARKRECONSTRUCTION

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Craig Kittner

Elizabeth Chernyshova

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Udita Mukherjee

Bear


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Words

Art

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Tatiana Clark

Adri Alfred

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Charlotte Newbury

Harriet Morell

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Casey Finley

Ameera Sufiya

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Leanne Su

Valerie Lau

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Camille Ferguson

Nico

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M. M. Kaufman

Komal Keshran

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Justin Terry

Lydia Ellen Greaves

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Fareh Malik

Adri Alfred

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Sarah Tollok

Katie Charpentier

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Olivia Onyekwena

Caitlin Rose

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Kenneth Johnson

Laura Harper Lake

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Samantha Mahler

Maisie Cu

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M. M. Kaufman

Aimee Haldane

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Natalie “Ace” Schriefer

Tiffy Brailow


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M. Liz Lorimer

Riley Church

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Fareh Malik

Beyza Durmuş

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Charlotte Newbury

Helen Z

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Olivia Onyekwena

Aimee Haldane

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Leah Holbrook Sackett

Lisa Vietze

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Pasquale Trozzolo

Kathelijne Meijer

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Eileen Lynch

Maisie Cu

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Camille Ferguson

Nayantara Roy

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Gabrielle Roessler

Greer Givens

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J. V. Sumpter

Caitlin Rose

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Clem Flowers

Rashmeet Kaur

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Leanne Su

Harriet Morell

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Camille Ferguson

Davina Macola

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Justin Terry

Mar Stash


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Zainab Al-bloushi

Bear

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Olivia Onyekwena

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Gabrielle Roessler

Katherine Barker

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Craig Kittner

DARKRECONSTRUCTION

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Dan Pounds

Maisie Cu

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Tatiana Clark

Nico

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Tatiana Clark

Riley Church

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Joy J. Fine

KJ Hannah Greenberg

Fransiscus Carlos Siagian
























































Camille Ferguson Camille Ferguson is a queer poet living and working in Cleveland, Ohio. Camille recently graduated from Cleveland State University, where she received the Neal Chandler Creative Writing Enhancement Award. Her work is featured or forthcoming in Drunk Monkeys, Okay Donkey, Flypaper Lit and Zone 3, among others. Follow her on Twitter @camferg1.

Casey Finley Casey Finley is an undergraduate creative writing student at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. He is currently finishing his degree and plans on pursuing a life of literature, looking towards editorial work and the possible quest for an MFA in creative writing. He writes across multiple genres, always looking for the human in the cracks of the structures life presents us. You can follow him on Instagram at @caseyfdoesthings.

Charlotte Newbury Charlotte Newbury is a poet from South East England with an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Exeter. She likes witchcraft, ecofeminism and spider plants. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in LandLocked, Perhappened, Rejection Letters and others. You can find her on twitter @charnewbpoet.

Clem Flowers Clem Flowers (They/ Them) is a soft spoken southern transplant living in spitting distance of some mountains in Utah. They enjoy cooking, watching old films, and frequently visiting a local bird sanctuary. Nb & bi, they live in a cozy apartment with their wonderful wife & sweet calico kitty. They can be found on Twitter at @hand_springs777


Craig Kittner Craig Kittner has lived a lot of places. Fourteen at last count. Providence saw the start of interesting things that DC helped solidify. Now he lives near the sea in North Carolina and likes to ramble and write. Recent publications include Rabid Oak, CP Quarterly, Briefly Zine, and Bones.

Dan Pounds Dan Pounds lives in Norfolk in the U.K. and works in an art library. His texts/images have appeared in The Babel Tower Notice Board, London Magazine, morphrog21, Rejection Letters & Overground Underground.

Dorcas Wilson Dorcas Wilson lives outside Edinburgh. She is secretary of the Edinburgh Writers Club. Her publishing successes include poetry, articles and stories for Under 7s. Nowadays she focuses on writing Flash Fiction. Dorcas combines her interest in Family History, her love of books and writing by reviewing books for WDYTYA? Magazine.

Eileen Lynch Eileen is a queer poet and fiction writer based in rural Vermont. She’s also a waitress, grant writer, freelance editor, and miscellaneous participant in the gig economy. Her writing channels physical discomfort and elements of the grotesque to interrogate self, space, and global identity. Eileen’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Mt. Island, Peachfuzz Magazine, and Burnt Breakfast Magazine.


Fareh Malik Fareh Malik has erupted forth into the field of written poetry like fresh-water does an estuary. Formerly a spoken word poet, he has been recognized by dozens of literary presses and has been included in several anthologies in little over 6 months.

Gabrielle Roessler Gabrielle is a creative sprinter – she writes poems, short stories, and essays that prove she made great returns on her therapy investments. Her piece “Rx for a Dream” won Storyteller’s 2021 Poetry Writing Contest and will appear in their summer issue. She has additional work forthcoming in Warning Lines and Hyacinthus Magazine. She is inspired by myth, magical girls, a healthy fear of space, and overheard conversations that never happened.

J. V. Sumpter J.V. Sumpter is an assistant editor for Kelsay Books, Thera Books, and freelance clients. She has a BFA from the University of Evansville and recent publications in The New Welsh Review, Selcouth Station, The Walled City Journal, Flyover Country, and Miniskirt Magazine. Visit her Twitter @JVSReads.

Joy J. Fine Joy has been writing her whole life through living in many places, taking many journeys, raising 12 amazing children mostly as a single mother, and finally finding a home in the Canadian Maritimes. She has written 2 mystery novels (not yet published), many short stories and lots of poetry. She has had some poetry published.


Justin Terry Justin drinks coffee, booze, listens to YouTube videos of rain, and struggles to put a few decent words together before the end of each day. He collaborates with his brilliant and poetic friends as often as he can, has been published very little, sports a damn fine mustache, and that is all. End of bio. Twitter: NotQuiteWrite1 Insta: Justinthewalls

Kate Leimer A new writer, Kate Leimer enjoys stories of all kinds. She has stories in ‘Hysteria 7 Anthology 2020’, ‘The Wondrous Real Magazine’, ‘Fudoki’, TL;DR Press ‘Hope’ and Bluesdoodles. She was shortlisted in the ‘Cranked Anvil Flash Competition. When not writing, she works in a library.

Kenneth Johnson Kenneth Johnson is a visual artist, writer, and educator living in southern California. His work includes myriad subjects, from the conceptual to the mundane.

Leah Holbrook Sackett Leah Holbrook Sackett's published books include Swimming Middle River and White Knight Escort Service. Additionally, she has a third short story collection, Catawampus in Sweetgum County, scheduled for publication in spring 2022. Leah was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and over 75 of Leah's stories have appeared in literary journals. She is an adjunct lecturer in both English and the Communication & Media departments at the University of Missouri - St. Louis, where she earned her M.F.A. Leah's stories explore journeys toward autonomy and the boundaries placed on the individual by society, family, and self. Learn about her published fiction at leaholbrooksackett.com.


Leanne Su Leanne is a second-generation Chinese American woman from Seattle, WA. She currently lives in Ann Arbor, MI and studies as a Ph.D. candidate in aerospace engineering, researching electric propulsion. She enjoys embroidery and taking/painting cursed pictures of her cat, Pudge. You can find her on Instagram @its.lean or on the world wide web at leanne.space.

M. Liz Lorimer Liz is a writer of some things. All of her work uses few words. Just like this bio. She is at @m_lorimer on Twitter.

M. M. Kaufman M. M. Kaufman lives in New Orleans where she earned an MFA in the University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop. She has work published with and forthcoming from Slush Pile Magazine, Ellipsis, Memoir Mixtapes, Tuck Magazine, The Normal School, Hobart, Shift, Metonym Journal, and Sundog Lit.

Natalie Schriefer Natalie Schriefer often writes about sexuality, women in sports, and the outdoors. She received her MFA from Southern Connecticut State University and works as a freelance writer and editor.


Olivia Onyekwena Olivia is a writer from Nigeria who absolutely loves the sunset and half moons. She's a newbie in the poetry game and her piece can be found inNorthern Otter Journal(vol 1).

Pasquale Trozzolo Pasquale Trozzolo is founder of one of the leading advertising and public relations firms in the Midwest. He also spent time as a racecar driver and grad school professor. He continues to complicate his life by living out as many retirement clichés as possible. His poems have appeared in numerous journals and The Poetry Box Press published his debut chapbook Before the Distance in December of 2020.

Pramod Subbaraman Pramod Subbaraman is a dentist who returned to poetry during the first 2020 COVID19 lockdown in England after a long absence and has since been published in the U.K and the U.S.A. This submission to Orange Blush Zine is his first attempt at micro-lit.

Reina Davis Reina Davis is a mixed-race Chicana from Albuquerque New Mexico. She a recent graduate from the University of New Mexico obtaining Bachelor’s Degrees in both Women’s Studies and Chicano studies. Reina is an active poet in her community. She is continuously inspired by her family, and hopes to utilize her writing and visual art to connect herself and others through creatively amplifying the importance of identity, introspection, and empowerment.


Rowena Joy Newman rowena joy newman (she/they) is a queer writer and poet of a mixed Thai, English, Irish and Malaysian background. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Ink Sweat & Tears, Wrongdoing Magazine, Sundamaged Mag and Thanks Hun Zine. She lives in Thailand with her dog Sam.

Sakshi Revi Meshram Sakshi is a art enthusiast and writer based in India. Currently presiding over as the President of her college's Poetry Society, she's also a passionate researcher on global issues, and loves to weave her words into poetry.

Samantha Mahler Samantha Mahler is a high school junior in Florida. She's passionate about writing and how it allows her to process the world around her and relate to others, especially those in the LGBTQ+ community. She would describe her art style as eccentric, lighthearted, and reflective. Some of her favorite things in the world are baby chickens and lilacs.

Sarah Tollok Sarah Tollok is a reader and writer from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. She refuses to pick just one genre because she's having too much fun. Words in Intangible Lit, Second Chance Lit, and upcoming in Sledgehammer Lit. Can be found at SarahTollok.com and on twitter @SarahTollok.


Tali de York Tali de York is a poet and storyteller from Toronto, Canada. During the daytime, she writes cryptic non-fiction. Yet at night, she turns into Batman and fights back with her poems and short stories. She investigates artificial intelligence and its impact on human nature.

Tatiana Clark Tatiana Clark is pursuing a B.A. in English/Creative Writing at the University of South Florida, where she also studies Mass Communications and is the current Managing Editor for the university’s journal, Thread Magazine. She is a writer, Aquarius, and moon enthusiast. She tweets @tatiianaclark.

Udita Mukherjee Udita Mukherjee resides in the nostalgia ensconcing Kolkata, India. She has won several writing contests and her work has been published in anthologies and blogs. Two of her pieces have appeared in a magazine edited by Ruskin Bond. A poem she penned calling out the patriarchy was featured in Wimsikal Press' DIY zine reminiscent of the Riot Grrrl movement. The first play she wrote, 'Appendix,' can be found on Bombay Theatre Company's IGTV. She loves dogs, sad lyrics with happy tunes and women uplifting women.

Zainab Al-bloushi Zainab Al-bloushi is a stateless girl residing in kuwait, who likes to experiment with writing poetry and fictional stories in English. When she isn't writing she's either learning korean, or fangirling over aespa and red velvet. You can find her on twitter: eerievelvet


Adri Alfred Fueled by ADHD and unhealthy doses of caffeine, Adri is a young Malaysian artist that functions best in chaos. She can be found either running around with a camera or crouched in some hidden corner with her sketchbook/ Macbook. Her fondness for dark, gritty, and whimsical themes are often reflected in her creative work - be it art, writing, or photography.

Aimee Haldane From diary entries to dreams, Aimee Haldane observes escapism fantasies. She is interested in translating the worlds of the mind into reality, as the concept of them co-existing fascinate her and informs her practice. Using processes such as material play and digital forms, she enjoys shaping participatory engaged worlds which come together as but not limited to installations with inclusivity and imagination at their core.

Ameera Sufiya Ameera Sufiya is an 18-year-old, self-taught illustrator located in Malaysia. She would describe her art style as the art style belonging to a girl who read too many children’s books except, she didn’t read the book, she only looked at the pictures. She hopes one day she’ll be able to share my art with people all around the world. Right now, she’s working on her little business selling little doodles as stickers in an attempt to bring a little bit of colour into everyone’s life!

Bear

Bear is 21 years old and living in the Netherlands. Ever since they were young, they’ve been struggling with several mental illnesses. Making collages and putting their feelings into art pieces has helped them tremendously. The connection created through their art helped them and others feel less alone in their struggle.


Beyza Durmuş beyza durmuş is a 23-year-old self-taught illustrator & graphic artist based in turkey. her works include bold colors, textures and childish lines along with some of her own writings inspired from everyday life, grief, depression and everything in between.

Caitlín Rose Caitlín Rose is a multimedia artist and mother of two that resides in Sacramento, CA. She is a bisexual woman of mixed ancestry, including Polynesian, Latinx, Native American, and European descent. Cat is currently an Art, Honors, and Sociology student with plans to transfer to a University of California. Her aspirations are to become an art teacher, followed by an art therapist that makes this practice accessible to marginalized communities.

Choi Sun Choi Sun has been working as a graphic designer for 11 years in Korea, and she often illustrates food items

DARKRECONSTRUCTION

DARKRECONSTRUCTION is a nonbinary queer painter from Queens, NY. They create abstract expressionist paintings inspired by organic textures and geometric shapes. The philosophy behind their work centers around the meeting point of nature and urban life. Their paintings capture the ephemeral moments of living in New York City - moss-covered train tracks, stalagmites growing on ceilings of subway stations in disrepair, glossy rainbow-colored pollution in Red Hook canal, cobblestones peeking through where the asphalt has worn away. Humans have been persistent in building New York City out of the marshes and swamps. Nature has been working hard to take back what is hers. DARKRECONSTRUCTION is an avid thrifter; when possible they try to use materials, tools, and frames which are secondhand or were about to be disposed of, to promote more upcycling, reusing, and re -purposing. More of their work can be seen on their instagram @darkreconstruction or on their website www.darkreconstructionart.com.


Davina Macola Davina Macola is an 18 year old illustrator who has just finished an art foundation in Cambridge and is going to study illustration at Camberwell UAL in September. Much of Macola’s work focuses on issues related to identity. Previously her work has been published in GenZ magazine.

Elizabeth Chernyshova Elizabeth Chernyshova is a Moscow based artist. Started in late 2016, making fanart for her favorite music band. Today Elizabeth is focused on her artistic process and development of her vision. She works and experiments with various styles, techniques and materials. Her current projects include a lot of contemporary art pieces, abstract paintings, illustrations, collages and photography. Always in search of ideas, dreaming big, making it real, never giving up.

Fransiscus Carlos Siagian Fransiscus Carlos Siagian is currently a second-year student at Telkom University, Majoring in Visual Arts. He is a self-taught 3D Artist with 2 years of experience. He is passionate about 3D environments, video production, and photography, and his dream is to work in a production house as a 3D Artist or VFX Artist.

Greer Givens greer givens is an illustrator who finds real life kind of boring and specializes in stylized cartoons. she is currently in university studying digital media and design and hopes to experiment with animation in the future.


Hannah Pollard Hanny is a fresh face to illustration on Instagram, having only been drawing for 5 months, this 26 year old Brit is taking ‘drawing challenge’ to a new level. Hanny has created a year long daily drawing line up, where she has a new theme each month, and a new prompt each day. She invites anyone searching for creative inspiration, and seeking artistic community, to join her. Just use the hashtag #hannydrawsdaily so she can share it to her story! The themes have been varied, from fruit to mythical creatures, to nature, all helping to teach her new styles and techniques in illustration.

Harriet Morell Harriet Morell is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Nottingham, UK. She loves drawing humanoid figures with a melancholic twist, in contrast to her optimistic outlook on life, she finds humour and authenticity in the darkness. Morell’s artwork is created from her simple love of drawing in a peculiar way, particularly exaggerating the hands and feet. Helen Z Helen (she/her) is a queer artist and illustrator from the Bay Area. She loves experimenting with new art forms and mediums, and trying everything from drawing comics to embroidery to printmaking. She currently works with an LGBTQ nonprofit organization and pursues art in her free time. Some things that typically inspire her art include: flowers, big emotions, being sapphic, and the sun. Find more of her work on Instagram @picnicghost.

Kathelijne Meijer

Kathelijne Meijer is a genderqueer artist from the Netherlands. They are also bisexual and use they/them pronouns. They believe that diversity is key in every art project ever.


Katherine Barker Katherine Barker is an illustrator type person who likes bright colours and happy doodles. She loves making art that makes others happy, whether it's a terrible pun, a tiny smiley face on an inanimate object or just something pretty to look at. She also likes to make work that helps to raise awareness about mental health and invisible illnesses as she believes no one should have to face things alone.

Katie Charpentier Katie Charpentier is an illustrator who enjoys creating art about all things sweet, sad, and spooky. In her free time, Katie can most often be found reading, trying out new flavors of milk tea, or playing games (board games, video games, tabletop games - you name it) with her friends.

KJ Hannah Greenberg KJ Hannah Greenberg tilts at social ills and encourages personal evolutions via poetry, prose, and visual art. Her images have appeared in various places, including in: Bewildering Stories, Les Femmes Folles, Mused, Tuck, vox poetica, and Yellow Mama. She uses her trusty point-and-shoot camera to capture the order of Gd's universe, and Paint 3D to capture the chaos of her universe. Sometimes, it remains insufficient for her to sate herself by applying verbal whimsy to pastures where gelatinous wildebeests roam or fey hedgehogs play.

Laura Harper Lake Laura Harper Lake is an interdisciplinary artist who works under the business name Artful Harper Studios in southern New Hampshire. She works in painting (watercolor, acrylic, oil), drawing, mixed media, photography, printmaking, graphic design, videography, writing music, writing fiction, and hosting and editing a podcast.


Lisa Vietze Lisa Vietze is an illustrator and graphic designer. Her illustration style is a mixture of bold lines and scribbly textures and she loves drawing quirky characters. She is based in Vienna where she lives with her husband and two cats.

Loo Loo is a self-taught analog collage artist based in Belgium, who only recently started a social media account for her art. Collaging and connecting with other artists online has helped her a lot during lockdown. The 20-year-old gets her inspiration mainly from music - Taylor Swifts album ‘evermore’ was the thing that encouraged her to create collages in the first place. Right now, she’s doing a voluntary year in her hometown archive and hopes to train as an archivist in the future.

Lydia Ellen Greaves Lydia Ellen Greaves is a Norwich based freelance illustrator, foodie, mental health and youth worker, wife to Aussie rugby player, Eli. She is happiest when travelling and drawing anything see sees.

Maisie Cu Maisie Cu is a Vietnamese born, Canadian based artist who is currently trained at the Ontario College of Art and Design. She loves the investigation of colors and its relationship to meaning manifesting in the objective world. Through arts, she creates meaning and in meaning it creates her. Her instagram is @yellow_recordplayer


Mar Stash Mar is an art teacher, artist & illustrator based in California. She is inspired by everyday stories and nature. She turned to abstract and minimal illustration because it breaks the traditional representations of everyday objects/faces and turns it into a personal experience that is being felt on the inside, rather than what is being seen on the outside!

Nayantara Roy Nayantara Roy (21, she/they) is an illustrator who works with both traditional and digital mediums. They have illustrated for several issues of Pluto, the Bhopal-based print magazine for children. Nayantara's work is influenced by posters, her surroundings, and her daily experiences. They will be graduating from Kala-Bhavana, Visva-Bharati with a bachelor's degree in Art History this year. They live and work in Santiniketan, West Bengal.

Nico Nico is a 19 year old artist, he is a student at CSU and studies art. He uses he/him pronouns and his work focuses on showcasing emotions that are usually overlooked. Check out his other work @mochinico

Peyton Gilbert Born in a ugly small Texas oil field town, Peyton sought and found inspiration in the Cinema. Always viewing a world much prettier than his own. It wasn’t until he attained his first video camera that he resized there was cinema in the people and world around him too. Over his high school years he accumulated a small cult of friends who he filmed throughout their high school experience. Now in film school he counties to chase his dream. He wants other people to see the beauty and importance of the smaller things in life.


Rashmeet Kaur Rashmeet Kaur is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Guelph completing a Bachelor of Science degree. Her mixed media artwork and poetry have been featured in publications such as Kaleidoscope, Margins Magazine, and creatures. You can visit her online at https://dissectionoftheself.wordpress.com/ or follow her @_rashmeet.k on Instagram for more artwork and poetry.

Riley Church Riley is a Radio/Television/Film major at the University of Texas at Austin. When not collaging, Riley enjoys working with all kinds of mediums. More about Riley can be found here: rileychurch.myportfolio.com.

Simran Kaur Simran Kaur is Punjabi and 19 years old. She is a surrealist still life, product, and creative portrait photographer and artist based in London, England. Her Instagram account is @simran_k_01 and her website is https://simrankaur001.wixsite.com/photography.

Sophie Casey Mullins Aspiring Irish artist, Sophie Casey Mullins explores the human form through her playful use of colour and attention to brushstrokes. Colour is key within Sophie’s work as many of her paintings and choices of colour reflect her own emotions as her art is an outlet for self expression. She creates vibrant, expressive headshot portraits inspired by the spirituality and soulfulness she sees in the eyes of everyday people. This drives her passion to create and capture this energy through the use of a variety of different mediums.


Tiffy Brailow Tiffy Brailow is a multifaceted artist with specific interests in painting, collages, multi-media art, and digital art. She is currently studying psychology and the practice of art at the University of California, Berkeley. Tiffy Brailow takes pride in utilizing her own experiences as a queer Jewish woman within her artwork. Brailow’s self-proclaimed art style is “eccentric.” You can also find Tiffy in her hometown Draper, Utah, occasionally selling prints of her original artwork.

Valerie Lau Valerie is an accounting and business finance student that has loved art from a young age. She experiments with all kinds of mediums and is currently hooked on acrylic painting. Her art style has been described as dreamy and she loves to paint using multiple colours with blended backgrounds. Painting is an outlet for her emotions, and she is often inspired by music, movies, books, or real-life events. She was never confident in her art growing up but lately she has been gaining more confidence and started being more public about her art. She realised there was value in her art, even if that value was sometimes very small. Her art has featured on Orange Blush Zine (Issue 3) and AZN Zine (Issue 3). Her Instagram handle is @valeriechiaralau



Komal Keshran Komal Keshran is a young artist from Malaysia. Their work has appeared in APIARY Magazine, The Write Launch and Apeiron Review among others. They are also the creator and editor of Orange Blush Zine. Read their work online at

malandthemoon.tumblr.com/poetry.

Jack Joseph

Jack Joseph is a fine art student at Plymouth College of Art, England. His work often references his experience with dysphoria and societal expectations of masculinity and femininity, beauty and the ugly, developing distinct aesthetics through unique techniques. His work is created through a multifaceted process of photography, illustration, animation and other digital mediums; forming imagery which appears to be in some liminal space and often grotesque,

unsettling or peculiar.

Sophia William Sophia William is a psychology student and executive team member at Orange Blush Zine. She's here for the vibes.


Shekinah Louis

Shekinah Louis has always been fascinated by how words can possess such a powerful hold on someone's life, let alone their moods. Words have had a humongous impact in her life since her early teens, especially in the form of poetry and prose. Shekinah hopes to embody that in their own work, and wishes to write pieces that invoke strong emotions, and deals with the feelings that one would normally wish— or hope— to avoid.

Charlotte Todd Charlotte Todd is a seventeen-year-old writer currently based in

London, England. She is hugely fascinated by both people and the human experience, a concept which she attempts to decipher in her writing. Charlotte’s work is playful and eccentric yet still retains eloquence speaking from both personal experience and curiosity. Visit her portfolio here.


Honey Simatupang Honey Simatupang is an illustrator from Indonesia currently based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She feels most like herself in the dark of the cinema, watching life appear in front of her; and in the first light of day, talking to her houseplant Maurice.

Chelsea Akpan Chelsea Akpan is a Nigerian-born cartoonist that focuses on bringing bold colors and exaggerative shapes together to create

distinct and playful illustrative work. Her work speaks to her personal experiences and portrays it in a humorous and whimsical way.