The Program

Welcome to the SUNHOUSE

The SUNHOUSE Summer Writing Mentorship, organized by SUNHOUSE Literary, is a 6-week, 1-on-1 online creative writing mentorship open to all teens aged 12 to 17*.


At the SUNHOUSE Summer Writing Mentorship, we’re a team of writers who are dedicated to supporting the growth of the next generation of talented writers. We know how formative finding these communities can be, and more importantly, we know how difficult it can be for teenagers to find them. For us, being a mentee and finding that perfect mentor match up has helped define who we are as writers today, and we hope to make this opportunity as accessible as possible for everyone else. 


Beyond the introductory meetings, scheduling is unique to each mentee/mentor pair, and so is the learning process—we offer the ability to work closely with your assigned mentor to create a customized curriculum, grounded in what you are both passionate about. You’ll never have to worry about whether your mentor is connecting with your writing, or whether you’ll be able to balance creative writing with sports and hobbies. 


We’ve gathered some of the most brilliant and talented writers we know to serve as your mentor cohort this year. Our mentors have been recognized by YoungArts, Foyle Young Poets, U.S Presidential Scholars in the Arts, and the Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards; their work has been selected for and appeared in Best of the Net, Best New Poets, poets.org, Narrative Magazine, Kenyon Review, Electric Literature, Poetry Northwest, Joyland, Shenandoah, and elsewhere.  


We’re so excited to write with you this summer. ✺

How it works

From Saturday June 22, 2024 to Saturday August 3, 2024, young writers will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn 1-on-1 with a highly established, adult writer based on a uniquely individualized curriculum

  • Improve their discussion and editing skills with peers in weekly workshops

  • Foster community in a program-wide online server and form connections with peers just as passionate about writing

  • Attend special events such as guest readings from pioneering authors, open mics, and supplemental seminars

  • Access carefully compiled writing advice, including insider advice on submitting to teen literary competitions

  • Have their writing published in a special SUNHOUSE Literary folio at the end of the program


The mentorship offers studies in Poetry, Fiction, or Spoken Word. The program cost is $180 (financial aid provided), all of which goes directly to our mentors. Applications are read as need-blind. For more questions, see our FAQ section.

Apply

Apply

Mentee applications are open from Wednesday April 10, 2024 to Friday May 10, 2024 at 11:59 PST.


To apply, please fill out this Google Form, answering these two prompts:


  1. In 200 to 350 words, briefly describe what you hope to learn from the program, as well as how writing, or even language as a medium in general, has impacted you. What inspires you to write? When inspiration fails, what continues to tether you to your words, or even others’? What about writing remains mysterious to you? This can be as abstract or concrete as you like, and topics can range from specific poetic devices to better understanding your relationship to writing. 


  2. In 300 to 400 words, tell us about your favorite piece of art and why it means a lot to you. While the mentorship will be for creative writing specifically, you may discuss anything from a witty short story to a nostalgic pop song to a meaningful conversation you held with a friend. Can an image be a poem? Can a casual anecdote be beautiful? Take this as a chance to show us what you care about.

Mentee applications are open from Wednesday April 10, 2024 to Friday May 10, 2024 at 11:59 PST.


To apply, please fill out this Google Form, answering these two prompts:


  1. In 200 to 350 words, briefly describe what you hope to learn from the program, as well as how writing, or even language as a medium in general, has impacted you. What inspires you to write? When inspiration fails, what continues to tether you to your words, or even others’? What about writing remains mysterious to you? This can be as abstract or concrete as you like, and topics can range from specific poetic devices to better understanding your relationship to writing. 


  2. In 300 to 400 words, tell us about your favorite piece of art and why it means a lot to you. While the mentorship will be for creative writing specifically, you may discuss anything from a witty short story to a nostalgic pop song to a meaningful conversation you held with a friend. Can an image be a poem? Can a casual anecdote be beautiful? Take this as a chance to show us what you care about.

Mentors

Our mentors have been recognized for numerous awards such as:

YoungArts, Foyle Young Poets of the Year, National Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards, U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, Best New Poets, Best of the Net, YouthSpeaks, Adroit Prizes, Urban Word YPL, and the National Student Poets Program.


Additionally, they have been published in or edit for prestigious magazines such as:

Poetry Northwest, Joyland Magazine, Electric Literature, Shenandoah, Kenyon Review, BOOTH, The Offing, The Penn Review, DIAGRAM, Masters Review, Split Lip Magazine, Poets.org, Narrative Magazine, The Margins, Washington Square Review, Salt Hill Journal, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and more. 

YASMINE BOLDEN

Poetry

Yasmine Bolden (they/them) is a Black American and Niitsitapi-descended 21-year-old poet, sister, educator, and plant mom. When they're not writing about their homegirls, queering the Bible, and ancestral corniness, they're singing with their college's Afro-diasporic acapella group, trying out new twist-out methods, and cultivating a napping practice. They're a Writing Seminars and Africana Studies double-major at Johns Hopkins University, and their poems have been planted in Sundress Academy for the Arts' 2023 Best of the Net Anthology, The Feminist Center for Creative Work's Salima Magazine, Rootwork Journal, Academia, Alocasia, and beyond. At heart, they're still the voracious reader who talked their way into getting more than the five book limit from their elementary school library. You can gush with them over the moon and the poetics of A.A.V.E. on Twitter @blkpunningpoet, and on Instagram @blackpunningpoet. 

SATURN BROWNE

Poetry

Saturn Browne (she/they) is a Chinese-Vietnamese immigrant and the Connecticut Youth Poet Laureate, East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) artist in residence, and the author of BLOODPATHS. Her work has been recognized by Gone Lawn, Gasher, Beaver Mag, Pulitzer Center, Foyle Young Poets, and others. She is an incoming undergraduate student at Yale University. Find her at saturnbrowne.art.

DEESOUL CARSON

Poetry

DeeSoul Carson (he/they) is a poet and educator from San Diego, CA, currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. His work is featured or forthcoming in Voicemail Poems, Muzzle Magazine, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Offing, & elsewhere. A Stanford University alum, DeeSoul has received fellowships from The Watering Hole and New York University, where he is an MFA candidate in the Creative Writing program. When he's not writing poetry, you can probably find him napping, trying to 100% another video game in his collection, or fighting onions as he gets into cooking more. Find more of his work at deesoulpoetry.com

MARIA GRAY

Poetry

Maria Gray is a departmental poetry fellow at NYU and the current Managing Editor of COUNTERCLOCK Journal. Her work appears in Best New Poets, The Columbia Review, Kissing Dynamite Poetry, and others, and she has received honors and fellowships from organizations including poetry.onl, The Lumiere Review, The Adroit Journal, Bates College, and New York University. She lives in Brooklyn and works at the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, where she helps run the National Student Poets Program. Aside from writing, Maria likes to read, bake, doomscroll, sing in the shower, and play guitar.

KAYLEE YOUNG-EUN JEONG

Poetry

Kaylee Young-Eun Jeong has work in ONLY POEMS, Shenandoah, and The Columbia Review, among others. She loves being from Oregon.

ANDREW KANG

Poetry

Andrew Kang is a writer from Baltimore. They were the winner of the 2022 Narrative High School Writing Contest, judged by Jericho Brown, and have writing published in AAWW. They study Social Studies and Comparative Literature at Harvard College and organize for Xīn Shēng | 心声 Project, which combats disinformation within the Chinese diaspora.

LAETITIA KEOK

Poetry

Laetitia Keok is a writer and editor from Singapore. Her work has been shortlisted for the Oxford Poetry Prize, nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Nina Riggs Poetry Award, and published in wildness, Diode Poetry Journal, and Peach Mag, amongst others. She has received scholarships from Singapore's National Arts Council and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Currently, Laetitia edits for Sine Theta Magazine, and is an MFA candidate in Poetry at New York University. She loves light, marginalia, and taking pictures of her friends. laetitia-k.com

DIVYASRI KRISHNAN

Poetry

Divyasri Krishnan studies at Carnegie Mellon University. Her work appears in DIAGRAM, Muzzle Magazine, Frontier Poetry, and elsewhere. She has further been recognized by the Best of the Net, Kenyon Review Writers Workshops, Periplus Collective, Pittsburgh Humanities Festival, and the Palette Poetry Awards. 

UGOCHUKWU DAMIAN OKPARA

Poetry

Ugochukwu Damian Okpara is a Nigerian writer and poet. He is the author of the poetry collection, In Gorgeous Display (Fordham University Press, Sept 2023). A 2023 Lambda Literary fellow and an alumnus of Chimamanda Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus Trust Creative Writing Workshop, his work appears in Poetry Magazine, Poetry Wales, Lolwe, The Republic, Salamander Magazine, and elsewhere. He is also the author of the poetry chapbook, I Know the Origin of My Tremor (Sundress Publications, 2021). When not writing or reading, he can be found binge-watching nature documentaries on YouTube.

MIMI YANG

Poetry

Mimi Yang (they/she) currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island, but they are always dreaming theirway back home to Shanghai. A Best of the Net and Forward Poetry Prize nominee, their work has been recognized by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, the UK Poetry Society, and their work can be found in Cream City Review, ANMLY, Booth, the Penn Review, and elsewhere. When they're not, they're working as a graphic designer for the College Hill Independent, Sine Theta, and the Ivy Film Festival, among others. She loves printmaking, bilingual publications, and making zines for the community. 

MILES HARDINGWOOD

Spoken Word

Miles Justice Hardingwood is a poet, writer, activist, and creative from Brooklyn, NY. He is a 2023 National Student Poet and a 2022 NYC Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador. His poetry has received a Scholastic National Gold Medal and an American Voices Medal, and he has performed at venues such as The White House, The Schomburg Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and Vice President Kamala Harris’s Black History Month Celebration. He enjoys exploring the intersection between personal identity and social change, and always tries to use art to make a difference, on both an individual and societal level.


He currently attends Hunter College High School, where he is vice president of the Black Student Union. He also co-founded PASSWord, Hunter’s Poetry and Slam/Spoken Word club, and is constantly looking for ways to build community through writing. He has volunteered with Gallery Players Theater, The People’s Theatre Project, and was a youth fellow with city councilwoman Shahana Hanif, seeking to better his community through politics, activism, and service.

KATHERINE OUNG

Spoken Word

Katherine Oung (they/them) is an undergraduate student at Vanderbilt University and a two time YoungArts winner in Spoken Word. Their journalistic writing can be found in the New York Times, Atmos Magazine, Vox, and more. They enjoy basking in the sun and making Spotify playlists based on poems that they like. Their twitter is @kathoung.

VINCENT CHAVEZ

Fiction

Vincent Chavez is a Chicano writer from Santa Paula, California. His fiction has appeared in Best Small Fictions 2023, The Adroit Journal, Southern Review, Wigleaf, Joyland, Kweli Journal, and The Masters Review. A MacDowell Fellow, Anthony Veasna So Scholar in Fiction, and Tin House Scholar, his work has been supported by the Macondo Writers Workshop, the Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation, and the Eastern Frontier Educational Foundation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.F.A. in fiction from Virginia Commonwealth University. He loves to run, enjoys video games, and collects vintage snapback hats.

MIA GRACE DAVIS

Fiction

Mia Grace Davis is an undergraduate student at Stanford University. Her work appears in Gone Lawn, The Tusculum Review, and Ice Lolly Review, among others. She is a 2023 National YoungArts Finalist in Writing and a U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts Semifinalist. When not writing, she can be found reading in a park, listening to Lizzy McAlpine, spending time with the people she loves, and eating way too much chocolate. Visit her at miagracedavis.com.

Mentor recruitment is still ongoing, and new mentors will be added as they join the team.


Interested in being a mentor? Shoot us a query at sunhouseinternal@gmail.com. 

FAQ

Q: How are mentors and mentees paired?

A: The pairing is based on 1) what the mentor is passionate about teaching, 2) what the mentee seeks to learn, and 3) how well the mentor generally resonates with the mentee's application. 

Q: Will a need for financial aid affect my application?

A: Applications are read as need-blind. Upon acceptance, we will reach out and inquire about any aid you may need to participate in the mentorship. 

Q: Does it matter where I live? Do I have to be in the U.S.? 

A: Because we are an international program aimed at accessibility, you don’t need to worry about any travel plans or citizenship. For the duration of the program, as long as you have internet connection and access to a phone/laptop to write with and attend meetings with, you’re all set! 

Q: How will I talk with my mentor during the program? 

A: Communication will be mostly informal after preliminary introductions. This entails texting through phone number, Discord, or e-mailing if needed. Video meetings will be limited to Zoom.

Q: What is the time commitment? 

A: We expect at least 2-3 hours of weekly participation, in addition to outside writing assignments (this will vary depending on the plan you decide on with your mentor) and optional, supplemental activities.

Q: Is it okay if I have to miss a few meetings?

A: We understand your lives are busy, so we try to be as accommodating as possible. As long as any scheduling conflicts are communicated with your mentor ahead of time, we are flexible with scheduling. 

Q: What if I'm slightly outside the age limit?

A: Feel free to apply anyway! We look forward to reading your application.

Still have questions? Shoot us an email at sunhouseinternal@gmail.com. 

About Us

RUOYU WANG

Program Director

Ruoyu Wang/王若雨 is a writer from Washington state. An Adroit Prizes commended winner in poetry, their work appears in or is forthcoming in The Shore, Sine Theta Magazine, Capilano Review, COUNTERCLOCK, and elsewhere. You can find them conducting interviews for SUNHOUSE Literary, editing for Surging Tide Magazine and The Dawn Review, or enjoying cold walks. Find more at their website.

ABIGAIL CHANG

Assistant Director

Abigail Chang is a writer, editor and designer currently based in Taipei, Taiwan. She is the founding EIC of SUNHOUSE Literary, and her work appears or is forthcoming in Salamander, Redivider, the Normal School, Diode, Puerto del Sol, Los Angeles Review, Quarterly West, Cortland Review, and elsewhere. She can be found at Twitter @honeybutterball or at her website.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at sunhouseinternal@gmail.com. We respond to all queries within 24 hours and usually much sooner.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at sunhouseinternal@gmail.com. We respond to all queries within 24 hours and usually much sooner.

About Us

RUOYU WANG

Program Director

Ruoyu Wang/王若雨 is a writer from Washington state. An Adroit Prizes commended winner in poetry, their work appears in or is forthcoming in The Shore, Sine Theta Magazine, Capilano Review, COUNTERCLOCK, and elsewhere. You can find them conducting interviews for SUNHOUSE Literary, editing for Surging Tide Magazine and The Dawn Review, or enjoying cold walks. Find more at their website.

ABIGAIL CHANG

Assistant Director

Abigail Chang is a writer, editor and designer currently based in Taipei, Taiwan. She is the founding EIC of SUNHOUSE Literary, and her work appears or is forthcoming in Salamander, Redivider, the Normal School, Diode, Puerto del Sol, Los Angeles Review, Quarterly West, Cortland Review, and elsewhere. She can be found at Twitter @honeybutterball or at her website.

FAQ

Q: How are mentors and mentees paired?


A: The pairing is based on 1) what the mentor is passionate about teaching, 2) what the mentee seeks to learn, and 3) how well the mentor generally resonates with the mentee's application. 

Q: Will a need for financial aid affect my application?


A: Applications are read as need-blind. Upon acceptance, we will reach out and inquire about any aid you may need to participate in the mentorship. 

Q: Does it matter where I live? Do I have to be in the U.S.? 


A: Because we are an international program aimed at accessibility, you don’t need to worry about any travel plans or citizenship. For the duration of the program, as long as you have internet connection and access to a phone/laptop to write with and attend meetings with, you’re all set! 

Q: How will I talk with my mentor during the program? 


A: Communication will be mostly informal after preliminary introductions. This entails texting through phone number, Discord, or e-mailing if needed. Video meetings will be limited to Zoom.

Q: What is the time commitment? 


A: We expect at least 2-3 hours of weekly participation, in addition to outside writing assignments (this will vary depending on the plan you decide on with your mentor) and optional, supplemental activities.

Q: Is it okay if I have to miss a few meetings?


A: We understand your lives are busy, so we try to be as accommodating as possible. As long as any scheduling conflicts are communicated with your mentor ahead of time, we are flexible with scheduling. 

Q: What if I'm slightly outside the age limit?


A: Feel free to apply anyway! We look forward to reading your application.

Still have questions? Shoot us an email at sunhouseinternal@gmail.com. 

Mentors

Our mentors have been recognized for numerous awards such as:

YoungArts, Foyle Young Poets of the Year, National Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards, U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, Best New Poets, Best of the Net, YouthSpeaks, Adroit Prizes, Urban Word YPL, and the National Student Poets Program.


Additionally, they have been published in or edit for prestigious magazines such as:

Poetry Northwest, Joyland Magazine, Electric Literature, Shenandoah, Kenyon Review, BOOTH, The Offing, The Penn Review, DIAGRAM, Masters Review, Split Lip Magazine, Poets.org, Narrative Magazine, The Margins, Washington Square Review, Salt Hill Journal, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and more. 



YASMINE BOLDEN

Poetry

Yasmine Bolden (they/them) is a Black American and Niitsitapi-descended 21-year-old poet, sister, educator, and plant mom. When they're not writing about their homegirls, queering the Bible, and ancestral corniness, they're singing with their college's Afro-diasporic acapella group, trying out new twist-out methods, and cultivating a napping practice. They're a Writing Seminars and Africana Studies double-major at Johns Hopkins University, and their poems have been planted in Sundress Academy for the Arts' 2023 Best of the Net Anthology, The Feminist Center for Creative Work's Salima Magazine, Rootwork Journal, Academia, Alocasia, and beyond. At heart, they're still the voracious reader who talked their way into getting more than the five book limit from their elementary school library. You can gush with them over the moon and the poetics of A.A.V.E. on Twitter @blkpunningpoet, and on Instagram @blackpunningpoet. 

SATURN BROWNE

Poetry

Saturn Browne (she/they) is a Chinese-Vietnamese immigrant and the Connecticut Youth Poet Laureate, East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) artist in residence, and the author of BLOODPATHS. Her work has been recognized by Gone Lawn, Gasher, Beaver Mag, Pulitzer Center, Foyle Young Poets, and others. She is an incoming undergraduate student at Yale University. Find her at saturnbrowne.art.

DEESOUL CARSON

Poetry

DeeSoul Carson (he/they) is a poet and educator from San Diego, CA, currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. His work is featured or forthcoming in Voicemail Poems, Muzzle Magazine, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Offing, & elsewhere. A Stanford University alum, DeeSoul has received fellowships from The Watering Hole and New York University, where he is an MFA candidate in the Creative Writing program. When he's not writing poetry, you can probably find him napping, trying to 100% another video game in his collection, or fighting onions as he gets into cooking more. Find more of his work at deesoulpoetry.com

MARIA GRAY

Poetry

Maria Gray is a departmental poetry fellow at NYU and the current Managing Editor of COUNTERCLOCK Journal. Her work appears in Best New Poets, The Columbia Review, Kissing Dynamite Poetry, and others, and she has received honors and fellowships from organizations including poetry.onl, The Lumiere Review, The Adroit Journal, Bates College, and New York University. She lives in Brooklyn and works at the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, where she helps run the National Student Poets Program. Aside from writing, Maria likes to read, bake, doomscroll, sing in the shower, and play guitar.

KAYLEE YOUNG-EUN JEONG

Poetry

Kaylee Young-Eun Jeong has work in ONLY POEMS, Shenandoah, and The Columbia Review, among others. She loves being from Oregon.

LAETITIA KEOK

Poetry

Laetitia Keok is a writer and editor from Singapore. Her work has been shortlisted for the Oxford Poetry Prize, nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Nina Riggs Poetry Award, and published in wildness, Diode Poetry Journal, and Peach Mag, amongst others. She has received scholarships from Singapore's National Arts Council and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Currently, Laetitia edits for Sine Theta Magazine, and is an MFA candidate in Poetry at New York University. She loves light, marginalia, and taking pictures of her friends. laetitia-k.com

ANDREW KANG

Poetry

Andrew Kang is a writer from Baltimore. They were the winner of the 2022 Narrative High School Writing Contest, judged by Jericho Brown, and have writing published in AAWW. They study Social Studies and Comparative Literature at Harvard College and organize for Xīn Shēng | 心声 Project, which combats disinformation within the Chinese diaspora.

DIVYASRI KRISHNAN

Poetry

Divyasri Krishnan studies at Carnegie Mellon University. Her work appears in DIAGRAM, Muzzle Magazine, Frontier Poetry, and elsewhere. She has further been recognized by the Best of the Net, Kenyon Review Writers Workshops, Periplus Collective, Pittsburgh Humanities Festival, and the Palette Poetry Awards. 

UGOCHUKWU DAMIAN OKPARA

Poetry

Ugochukwu Damian Okpara is a Nigerian writer and poet. He is the author of the poetry collection, In Gorgeous Display (Fordham University Press, Sept 2023). A 2023 Lambda Literary fellow and an alumnus of Chimamanda Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus Trust Creative Writing Workshop, his work appears in Poetry Magazine, Poetry Wales, Lolwe, The Republic, Salamander Magazine, and elsewhere. He is also the author of the poetry chapbook, I Know the Origin of My Tremor (Sundress Publications, 2021). When not writing or reading, he can be found binge-watching nature documentaries on YouTube.

MIMI YANG

Poetry

Mimi Yang (they/she) currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island, but they are always dreaming theirway back home to Shanghai. A Best of the Net and Forward Poetry Prize nominee, their work has been recognized by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, the UK Poetry Society, and their work can be found in Cream City Review, ANMLY, Booth, the Penn Review, and elsewhere. When they're not, they're working as a graphic designer for the College Hill Independent, Sine Theta, and the Ivy Film Festival, among others. She loves printmaking, bilingual publications, and making zines for the community. 

MILES HARDINGWOOD

Spoken Word

Miles Justice Hardingwood is a poet, writer, activist, and creative from Brooklyn, NY. He is a 2023 National Student Poet and a 2022 NYC Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador. His poetry has received a Scholastic National Gold Medal and an American Voices Medal, and he has performed at venues such as The White House, The Schomburg Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and Vice President Kamala Harris’s Black History Month Celebration. He enjoys exploring the intersection between personal identity and social change, and always tries to use art to make a difference, on both an individual and societal level.


He currently attends Hunter College High School, where he is vice president of the Black Student Union. He also co-founded PASSWord, Hunter’s Poetry and Slam/Spoken Word club, and is constantly looking for ways to build community through writing. He has volunteered with Gallery Players Theater, The People’s Theatre Project, and was a youth fellow with city councilwoman Shahana Hanif, seeking to better his community through politics, activism, and service.

KATHERINE OUNG

Spoken Word

Katherine Oung (they/them) is an undergraduate student at Vanderbilt University and a two time YoungArts winner in Spoken Word. Their journalistic writing can be found in the New York Times, Atmos Magazine, Vox, and more. They enjoy basking in the sun and making Spotify playlists based on poems that they like. Their twitter is @kathoung.

VINCENT CHAVEZ

Fiction

Vincent Chavez is a Chicano writer from Santa Paula, California. His fiction has appeared in Best Small Fictions 2023, The Adroit Journal, Southern Review, Wigleaf, Joyland, Kweli Journal, and The Masters Review. A MacDowell Fellow, Anthony Veasna So Scholar in Fiction, and Tin House Scholar, his work has been supported by the Macondo Writers Workshop, the Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation, and the Eastern Frontier Educational Foundation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.F.A. in fiction from Virginia Commonwealth University. He loves to run, enjoys video games, and collects vintage snapback hats.

MIA GRACE DAVIS

Fiction

Mia Grace Davis is an undergraduate student at Stanford University. Her work appears in Gone Lawn, The Tusculum Review, and Ice Lolly Review, among others. She is a 2023 National YoungArts Finalist in Writing and a U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts Semifinalist. When not writing, she can be found reading in a park, listening to Lizzy McAlpine, spending time with the people she loves, and eating way too much chocolate. Visit her at miagracedavis.com.

Mentor recruitment is still ongoing, and new mentors will be added as they join the team.


Interested in being a mentor? Shoot us a query at sunhouseinternal@gmail.com. 

Mentors

Our mentors have been recognized for numerous awards such as:

YoungArts, Foyle Young Poets of the Year, National Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards, U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, Best New Poets, Best of the Net, YouthSpeaks, Adroit Prizes, Urban Word YPL, and the National Student Poets Program.


Additionally, they have been published in or edit for prestigious magazines such as:

Poetry Northwest, Joyland Magazine, Electric Literature, Shenandoah, Kenyon Review, BOOTH, The Offing, The Penn Review, DIAGRAM, Masters Review, Split Lip Magazine, Poets.org, Narrative Magazine, The Margins, Washington Square Review, Salt Hill Journal, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and more. 



YASMINE BOLDEN

Poetry

Yasmine Bolden (they/them) is a Black American and Niitsitapi-descended 21-year-old poet, sister, educator, and plant mom. When they're not writing about their homegirls, queering the Bible, and ancestral corniness, they're singing with their college's Afro-diasporic acapella group, trying out new twist-out methods, and cultivating a napping practice. They're a Writing Seminars and Africana Studies double-major at Johns Hopkins University, and their poems have been planted in Sundress Academy for the Arts' 2023 Best of the Net Anthology, The Feminist Center for Creative Work's Salima Magazine, Rootwork Journal, Academia, Alocasia, and beyond. At heart, they're still the voracious reader who talked their way into getting more than the five book limit from their elementary school library. You can gush with them over the moon and the poetics of A.A.V.E. on Twitter @blkpunningpoet, and on Instagram @blackpunningpoet. 

SATURN BROWNE

Poetry

Saturn Browne (she/they) is a Chinese-Vietnamese immigrant and the Connecticut Youth Poet Laureate, East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) artist in residence, and the author of BLOODPATHS. Her work has been recognized by Gone Lawn, Gasher, Beaver Mag, Pulitzer Center, Foyle Young Poets, and others. She is an incoming undergraduate student at Yale University. Find her at saturnbrowne.art.

DEESOUL CARSON

Poetry

DeeSoul Carson (he/they) is a poet and educator from San Diego, CA, currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. His work is featured or forthcoming in Voicemail Poems, Muzzle Magazine, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Offing, & elsewhere. A Stanford University alum, DeeSoul has received fellowships from The Watering Hole and New York University, where he is an MFA candidate in the Creative Writing program. When he's not writing poetry, you can probably find him napping, trying to 100% another video game in his collection, or fighting onions as he gets into cooking more. Find more of his work at deesoulpoetry.com

MARIA GRAY

Poetry

Maria Gray is a departmental poetry fellow at NYU and the current Managing Editor of COUNTERCLOCK Journal. Her work appears in Best New Poets, The Columbia Review, Kissing Dynamite Poetry, and others, and she has received honors and fellowships from organizations including poetry.onl, The Lumiere Review, The Adroit Journal, Bates College, and New York University. She lives in Brooklyn and works at the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, where she helps run the National Student Poets Program. Aside from writing, Maria likes to read, bake, doomscroll, sing in the shower, and play guitar.

KAYLEE YOUNG-EUN JEONG

Poetry

Kaylee Young-Eun Jeong has work in ONLY POEMS, Shenandoah, and The Columbia Review, among others. She loves being from Oregon.

LAETITIA KEOK

Poetry

Laetitia Keok is a writer and editor from Singapore. Her work has been shortlisted for the Oxford Poetry Prize, nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Nina Riggs Poetry Award, and published in wildness, Diode Poetry Journal, and Peach Mag, amongst others. She has received scholarships from Singapore's National Arts Council and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Currently, Laetitia edits for Sine Theta Magazine, and is an MFA candidate in Poetry at New York University. She loves light, marginalia, and taking pictures of her friends. laetitia-k.com

ANDREW KANG

Poetry

Andrew Kang is a writer from Baltimore. They were the winner of the 2022 Narrative High School Writing Contest, judged by Jericho Brown, and have writing published in AAWW. They study Social Studies and Comparative Literature at Harvard College and organize for Xīn Shēng | 心声 Project, which combats disinformation within the Chinese diaspora.

DIVYASRI KRISHNAN

Poetry

Divyasri Krishnan studies at Carnegie Mellon University. Her work appears in DIAGRAM, Muzzle Magazine, Frontier Poetry, and elsewhere. She has further been recognized by the Best of the Net, Kenyon Review Writers Workshops, Periplus Collective, Pittsburgh Humanities Festival, and the Palette Poetry Awards. 

UGOCHUKWU DAMIAN OKPARA

Poetry

Ugochukwu Damian Okpara is a Nigerian writer and poet. He is the author of the poetry collection, In Gorgeous Display (Fordham University Press, Sept 2023). A 2023 Lambda Literary fellow and an alumnus of Chimamanda Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus Trust Creative Writing Workshop, his work appears in Poetry Magazine, Poetry Wales, Lolwe, The Republic, Salamander Magazine, and elsewhere. He is also the author of the poetry chapbook, I Know the Origin of My Tremor (Sundress Publications, 2021). When not writing or reading, he can be found binge-watching nature documentaries on YouTube.

MIMI YANG

Poetry

Mimi Yang (they/she) currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island, but they are always dreaming theirway back home to Shanghai. A Best of the Net and Forward Poetry Prize nominee, their work has been recognized by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, the UK Poetry Society, and their work can be found in Cream City Review, ANMLY, Booth, the Penn Review, and elsewhere. When they're not, they're working as a graphic designer for the College Hill Independent, Sine Theta, and the Ivy Film Festival, among others. She loves printmaking, bilingual publications, and making zines for the community. 

MILES HARDINGWOOD

Spoken Word

Miles Justice Hardingwood is a poet, writer, activist, and creative from Brooklyn, NY. He is a 2023 National Student Poet and a 2022 NYC Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador. His poetry has received a Scholastic National Gold Medal and an American Voices Medal, and he has performed at venues such as The White House, The Schomburg Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and Vice President Kamala Harris’s Black History Month Celebration. He enjoys exploring the intersection between personal identity and social change, and always tries to use art to make a difference, on both an individual and societal level.


He currently attends Hunter College High School, where he is vice president of the Black Student Union. He also co-founded PASSWord, Hunter’s Poetry and Slam/Spoken Word club, and is constantly looking for ways to build community through writing. He has volunteered with Gallery Players Theater, The People’s Theatre Project, and was a youth fellow with city councilwoman Shahana Hanif, seeking to better his community through politics, activism, and service.

KATHERINE OUNG

Spoken Word

Katherine Oung (they/them) is an undergraduate student at Vanderbilt University and a two time YoungArts winner in Spoken Word. Their journalistic writing can be found in the New York Times, Atmos Magazine, Vox, and more. They enjoy basking in the sun and making Spotify playlists based on poems that they like. Their twitter is @kathoung.

VINCENT CHAVEZ

Fiction

Vincent Chavez is a Chicano writer from Santa Paula, California. His fiction has appeared in Best Small Fictions 2023, The Adroit Journal, Southern Review, Wigleaf, Joyland, Kweli Journal, and The Masters Review. A MacDowell Fellow, Anthony Veasna So Scholar in Fiction, and Tin House Scholar, his work has been supported by the Macondo Writers Workshop, the Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation, and the Eastern Frontier Educational Foundation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.F.A. in fiction from Virginia Commonwealth University. He loves to run, enjoys video games, and collects vintage snapback hats.

MIA GRACE DAVIS

Fiction

Mia Grace Davis is an undergraduate student at Stanford University. Her work appears in Gone Lawn, The Tusculum Review, and Ice Lolly Review, among others. She is a 2023 National YoungArts Finalist in Writing and a U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts Semifinalist. When not writing, she can be found reading in a park, listening to Lizzy McAlpine, spending time with the people she loves, and eating way too much chocolate. Visit her at miagracedavis.com.

Mentor recruitment is still ongoing, and new mentors will be added as they join the team.


Interested in being a mentor? Shoot us a query at sunhouseinternal@gmail.com. 

How it works

From Saturday June 22, 2024 to Saturday August 3, 2024, young writers will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn 1-on-1 with a highly established, adult writer based on a uniquely individualized curriculum

  • Improve their discussion and editing skills with peers in weekly workshops

  • Foster community in a program-wide online server and form connections with peers just as passionate about writing

  • Attend special events such as guest readings from pioneering authors, open mics, and supplemental seminars

  • Access carefully compiled writing advice, including insider advice on submitting to teen literary competitions

  • Have their writing published in a special SUNHOUSE Literary folio at the end of the program


The mentorship offers studies in Poetry, Fiction, or Spoken Word. The program cost is $180 (financial aid provided), all of which goes directly to our mentors. Applications are read as need-blind. For more questions, see our FAQ section.

Welcome to the SUNHOUSE

The SUNHOUSE Summer Writing Mentorship, organized by SUNHOUSE Literary, is a 6-week, 1-on-1 online creative writing mentorship open to all teens aged 12 to 17. 


At the SUNHOUSE Summer Writing Mentorship, we’re a team of writers who are dedicated to supporting the growth of the next generation of talented writers. We know how formative finding these communities can be, and more importantly, we know how difficult it can be for teenagers to find them. For us, being a mentee and finding that perfect mentor match up has helped define who we are as writers today, and we hope to make this opportunity as accessible as possible for everyone else. 


Beyond the introductory meetings, scheduling is unique to each mentee/mentor pair, and so is the learning process—we offer the ability to work closely with your assigned mentor to create a customized curriculum, grounded in what you are both passionate about. You’ll never have to worry about whether your mentor is connecting with your writing, or whether you’ll be able to balance creative writing with sports and hobbies. 


We’ve gathered some of the most brilliant and talented writers we know to serve as your mentor cohort this year. Our mentors have been recognized by YoungArts, Foyle Young Poets, U.S Presidential Scholars in the Arts, and the Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards; their work has been selected for and appeared in Best of the Net, Best New Poets, poets.org, Narrative Magazine, Kenyon Review, Electric Literature, Poetry Northwest, Joyland, Shenandoah, and elsewhere.  


We’re so excited to write with you this summer. ✺

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