for teens, by teens

Canvas Teen Literary Journal is published quarterly in print, ebook, web, video, and audio formats.

Top left: Julia Taylor, Sarah Moore, Sophie Moon, Delaney Palma, Nina Alvarez, Peter Wood, Ana Anaya, Ali Wrona, Victoria Wilson, Amelia Willard. Bottom left: Sophia Trzcinski, Cheyenne Zaremba, Lindsay Herko, Lindsey Buck

Canvas Teen Literary Journal publishes quarterly in
Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. 

Established in Spring 2013 through Writers & Books Literary Center in Rochester, NY, we began with issues available in eBook and PDF formats and on the website. Spring 2014 marked a new direction for Canvas, with issues now also available in print.

Teen Editorial Board

Ana Anaya, Communications Manager, Facebook, Newsletter, and Copy Editor
Ana is sixteen years old and has been writing poetry and short stories since she was eleven. She has been published in The Noisy Island (June, 2014), attended the Ithaca Writers Institute, and was a third-place winner in the 2011 Ventura County Writers Club Poetry Contest. In summer 2014, Ana taught "Everything Poetic," a workshop at Writers & Books. She enjoys spending time with her coffee and cat. 

Favorite Author: John Steinbeck | Favorite Book: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett | Favorite Poem: "Bridal Ballad" by Edgar Allan Poe

Sophie Moon, Print Production Team, Finance Committee, and Copy Editor
Sophie Moon is a fifteen-year-old sophomore at Penfield High School and a major coffee snob. She was first introduced to Canvas and Writers and Books over the summer of 2014 through a fiction writing class with Nina Alvarez. She loves to write poetry and short stories, but would like to branch out into nonfiction and plays. When she’s not writing or sitting in school, she can be found studiously playing her violin, sprawled out over a chair with a book (or two or three,) or holed up in her room with several blankets soaking up the melodies of Bach or Tchaikovsky while passing the time on the internet, waiting for the next Sherlock episode. 

Favorite Author/Poet: Allen Ginsberg | Favorite Book: Adaline Falling Star by Mary Pope Osborne and the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle | Favorite Poem: “O Captain, My Captain” by Walt Whitman and “Song” by Allen Ginsberg

Sarah Moore,  Proofreader, Design Team, Copy Editor, and YouTube Team             Sarah Moore is a sixteen-year-old junior at the Harley School. She was first introduced to Writers and Books and Canvas over the summer. While she mainly enjoys writing short stories and occasionally poetry, she would like to experiment with writing plays. Most of her time is spent writing, reading, or wasting time on Tumblr while her favorite music plays loud enough to wake the dead. 

Favorite Author/Poet: Neil Gaiman, Sylvia Plath, and Markus Zasuk Favorite Book: Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman, The Book Theif by Markus Zasuk, and Far From You by Tess Sharpe Favorite Poem: “Lady Lazarus” by Sylvia Plath, “Mad Girl’s Love Song” by Sylvia Plath, “Pity the Beautiful” by Dana Gionia, and “Music Note” by Ryan Knighton

Julia Taylor, eBook Production Team and Copy Editor
Julia Taylor is a fifteen-year-old rising sophomore at Penfield High School. She is a copy editor who also works in eBook layout for Canvas. She enjoys writing nature poetry and is especially inspired by Robert Frost. Although she enjoys reading poetry, she also likes to get wrapped up in a good action-filled fictional novel. When she is not reading or writing, Julia can most likely be found playing Minecraft or watching YouTube videos and old sitcoms.

Favorite Author: Rick Riordan | Favorite Book: Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan | Favorite Poem: "The Road Less Traveled" by Robert Frost

Sophia Trzcinski, Web Team, Photographer, eBook Team, Youtube Team, Print Production, Merch Team, Copy Editor and  Instagram                                                     Sophia Trzcinski is a sixteen-year-old junior at The Harley School. She enjoys writing poetry, satirical short stories, quirky screenplays, and analytical essays. She was first introduced to Writers and Books through a friend over the summer, and was later introduced to Canvas through another friend on the board, whom she met at a fiction writing class taught by Nina Alvarez. She spends most of her time drumming, watching anime or Wes Anderson movies, lugging around four or five books (all which she is about halfway through), playing Indie games on her laptop, surfing the back alleys of Tumblr, or drawing and making collages with her friends in her school’s art loft. 

Favorite Author/ Poet: Allen Ginsberg| Favorite Book: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer  | Favorite Poem: "Gazelle Lost in Watts" by Harmony Holiday

Bella Watts, Copy Editor
Bella is a fifteen-year-old Creative Writing major at School of the Arts in Rochester, New York. She has been writing since guest poet Sally Bittner Bonn—now the director of Youth Education at Writers and Books—came into her third grade class. She has been writing short stories and dabbling in poetry ever since. She was a recipient of a silver key at the 2014 Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards and has had two plays she co-wrote produced. Outside of Canvas, Bella passionately plays piano but would like to venture into theater. She spends the majority of her time head-banging to Taylor Swift, stressing over school, and stuck in the online world rather than real life.

Favorite Author/Poet: Rainbow Rowell, Raymond Carver, and Edgar Allen Poe (there's just too many!) | Favorite Book: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey and Copper Sun by Sharon Draper | Favorite Poem: “Happiness” by Robert Hass, “Caroline” by Allison Joseph, and Blood Dazzler by Patricia Smith

Amelia Willard, Proofreader and Copy Editor
Amelia Willard is a fifteen-year-old sophomore at Fairport High School. She writes poetry and fantasy stories. She also participates in the school jazz band on trumpet, and enjoys figure skating and playing guitar.

Favorite Author: Terry Pratchett | Favorite Book: Either Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman or The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Victoria Wilson, eBook Production Team and Twitter
Victoria Wilson is a sixteen-year-old writer. She is currently a junior at Aquinas Institute. She runs the Twitter account and lays out the eBook. Victoria loves writing romance stories but she is open to any genre. Outside of Canvas she enjoys playing tennis and volleyball. She will be an apprentice for Writers and Books during SummerWrite.

Favorite Author: Gayle Forman | Favorite Book: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith | Favorite Poem: "Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shel Silverstein.

Ali Wrona, Design Team
Ali is a sixteen-year-old writer and artist. She is currently a junior at Pittsford Mendon. She has won a Scholastic Art & Writing award as an honorary mention for her art. She created Canvas' current logo. 

Favorite Author: fellow board member, Ana Anaya | Favorite Book: The Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan

Cheyenne Zaremba, Production Manager, Print Production Team, Website Team, Finance Committee, Newsletter, Copy Editor, and Tumblr
Cheyenne Zaremba is a sixteen-year-old eleventh grade home-schooler from Hamlin . She would live off chai tea lattes if only it were possible. She is an artist, as well as a writer: writing poetry, prose, and fiction in varying lengths. She holds many titles within Canvas, and has a little of everything on her plate. Outside of Canvas, Cheyenne is an active member in Girl Scouts and volunteering throughout her community. Additionally, she is a part-time student at Genesee Community College. When she isn't reading, writing,  or drawing, she can usually be found on swing set testing the laws of gravity. If you wish to read Cheyenne's writing, you can visit her writing tumblr, transposingsynpases, where she posts her writing and also reblogs the work of writers she admires.

Favorite Author: David Levithan | Favorite Book: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë | Favorite Poem: "If I Should Have a Daughter" by Sarah Kay

Emeritus Teen Board Members

Abigail Johnson (Spring and Summer 2013)
Graduated from Pittsford Sutherland High and was accepted to Vassar College, class of 2017.   

Taylor Stevens (Spring and Summer 2013)
Turned eighteen and moved to Ithaca, New York to pursue a career in art.

Vanessa Zimmerman (Autumn 2013 through Autumn 2014)
Vanessa is a senior at Wayne Central High School. Her poetry has been published in a book called Poems of the Heartland, a literary magazine run by Finger lakes Boces called Ripples, and Canvas as well. In Echoes, she received four honorable mentions for her poetry. In addition to her written works, her artwork has been published in a comic book, as well as a calender and her school's art show. Besides the arts, Vanessa enjoys playing volleyball, softball, volunteering at a local food pantry, watching Once Upon A Time, and simply having memorable times and laughing with her friends. Her main goal is to go into a career in writing/journalism. She wants to use her words to make an impact/change in the world. She worked as Editor-in-Chief and in media outreach.

         Delaney PalmaManaging Editor, Design Team, and Webmaster (Spring 2013 through Summer 2015)
         Delaney is a senior at Penfield High School. She works as an apprentice and intern at Writers & Books                    during the summer. When she isn't at school or W&B, she can usually be found practicing karate, working              backstage in her school's theater, watching British panel shows, or wandering through a library.
         Favorite Author: Kazuo Ishiguro | Favorite Book: The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell | Favorite                  Poem: "Ode to Antigone" by Bertolt Brecht

Peter WoodHead Copy Editor and Community Outreach (Spring 2013 through Summer 2015)
Peter Wood is a seventeen-year-old rising senior at Webster Schroeder High School. He is Canvas' Head Copy Editor, proofreading materials published in Canvas, is also a Community Outreach Strategist, running things such as the 2013 "Book Inside the Story" fiction contest and the Worldbuilding workshop at Writers & Books in the summer of 2014. He writes complicated fantasy stories with an emphasis on worldbuilding and unpronounceable names, and when he isn't writing stories can be found studying karate or programming computer games. His stories, on the rare occasion when he actually finishes them, have won honorable mentions in several writing contests.
Favorite Author: Brandon Sanderson | Favorite Book: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson and the Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien



Lindsay Herko
Lindsey Buck

Emeritus: Nina Alvarez (Spring 2013 to Winter 2015)
Adult Advisor, Publisher, and Architect of Canvas. Left to pursue other writing and publishing projects, and to allow teen board to step forward as Canvas leaders.


Support Staff from Writers & Books

Daniel Herd
Sally Bittner Bonn

Emeritus: Kristen King (2013 to 2014)



The story goes that in late summer 2012, Joe Flaherty, the founder of Writers & Books, suggested the idea of a teen literary magazine to Sally Bittner Bonn, Director of Youth Education. They then asked new-hire Kristen King to try and get a grant for the project. The stunt required pitching the value of youth-writing programs to an auditorium full of people with greatly varying agendas. But Kristen, though just fresh out of college, rose to the challenge and got Canvas the grant it needed so it could launch. It was the first brave thing done in the name of Canvas, and it set the tone for everything that would follow.

Kristen brought Nina Alvarez on board to oversee/advise Canvas and together they pulled in talented and eager teens from the Writers & Books community. To drum up submissions, Kristen spread the word to English high school teachers all over the region. She was absolutely integral to the success of those first issues.

In early 2014, Kristen King moved on to other projects but continues to be a big supporter of our cause, just as we are big fans of her.


Canvas is a program of Writers & Books Literary Center in Rochester, New York. It was started in 2013 with a grant from NextGen and a generous marketing donation from Dixon Schwabl. It was continued in 2014 with the generosity of readers and supports like you through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.

To donate to Canvas, contact Writers & Books at, by phone at (585) 473-2590, or stop in at the front desk at 740 University Ave. Rochester, NY, 14607.

© Canvas Literary Journal 2016
Writers & Books
Rochester, NY