Courtney Felle is the founder and editor-in-chief of Body Without Organs. Her writing has appeared in other publications including The Ellis Review, L’Éphémère Review, and Chautauqua Literary Journal. She interns at the Kenyon Review and reads submissions for Half Mystic. She is a big fan of tea, breakfast food, the Japanese House, and soft blankets.
Marriah Talbott-Malone is the current prose editor for Body Without Organs. Marriah’s past experiences in editing include having led her school’s writing club as well as being an editor for its literary magazine. A recent high school graduate, Marriah plans to study English and writing alongside social work in college. As Marriah continues to grow and flourish as an individual, she has found her writing to do the same. Since becoming a part of Body Without Organs, she has received the pleasure of seeing other teen writers, much like herself, grow and flourish as well.
Maheen Shahbazi is the current poetry editor for Body Without Organs. She grew up in Leeds and Manchester, in the north of England, and currently lives in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi. She is on the editing team of her school newspaper and has appeared on BBC Newsround and Channel 5, discussing how race impacts education and the absolute, undeniable need for feminism. Due to her Pakistani-German heritage and the Britishness of her childhood, her poetry focuses on issues of identity and the messiness of discovering your own self in adolescence. You can find her and her notorious curly hair on Instagram, @maheenshahbazi.
Srishti Uppal is an eighteen-year-old poet and essayist from Delhi, India. Her work has appeared in Marías at Sampaguitas, Nymphs Publications, The Royal Rose, and Crepe and Penn, among other journals. She is a first-year student pursuing psychology honours. You can find more of her work on her blog and her Instagram.
Christy Avery is a seventeen-year-old high school senior from Indiana. Outside of being opinion editor for her high school newspaper and working for the Body Without Organs staff, she enjoys writing poetry, seeing theatre shows, playing ukulele, and building a far too long TBR list. She hopes BWO gives you a space to feel seen and to find light.
Lily Bechtold is the current interview correspondent for Body Without Organs. She is full of passion for all the arts and has been involved with the youth arts community across Canada for several years. She loves to see young writers and artists grow, evolve, and share their work. In the future, Lily plans to continue to study literature, writing, and the social sciences. She can be found on Instagram @lilybechtold or in the city, looking for art and a good iced coffee.
Ottavia Paluch (15) is a Canadian, disabled high school student. In her spare time, she complains about math homework and tries to become an intellectual by listening to Radiohead, U2, My Chemical Romance and other lovely alternative rock bands. Her work is published in The Rising Phoenix Review, Gigantic Sequins, Alexandria Quarterly, and Navigating The Maze’s 2018 anthology, among other places.
Cate Pitterle (16) is a current blog correspondent for Body Without Organs. She also writes for her school's literary magazine and is the editor-in-chief of the newspaper. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Teen Ink Print, Foliate Oak, Blue Marble Review, and elsewhere, and has been recognized by Scholastic Art and Writing. She loves drinking too much coffee, eating too much chocolate, or any combination of the two. You can find her on Instagram, @cate.pitterle.