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About the writer

In short: aesthetics, feminism, storytelling

Meet the girl

Christina Im is a Korean-American writer and student from Portland, Oregon.

Her poetry and fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in several publications, including Strange Horizons, YARN: Young Adult Review Network, Words Dance, and The Adroit Journal. She has been recognized for her work by Hollins University and the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. In addition, Christina is the founder and editor-in-chief of the speculative literary journal The Teacup Trail, as well as the interview correspondent for Half Mystic.

The girl has a face

Deepak Bhagya

The girl takes the Internet

Christina Im

Christina can be contacted in a variety of locations. (Most of them are virtual.)

Blog: www.fairyskeletons.blogspot.com
Twitter: @_christinaim
Elsewhere: www.christinaim.flavors.me
Email: words [dot] christina [at] gmail [dot] com


All these things I've done


  • August 2015 – present

    Half Mystic @ Interview Correspondent

    I serve as the interview correspondent for the independent music journal Half Mystic, which was founded in July 2015 by writer and musician Topaz Winters. I'm responsible for growing the journal's community by interviewing musicians and/or music lovers once a month for the Half Mystic blog.

  • June 2015 – August 2015

    Glass Kite Anthology Summer Writing Studio @ Poetry Mentor

    In the summer of 2015, I was a poetry mentor in Glass Kite Anthology's inaugural Summer Writing Studio, a four-week mentorship for middle school and high school writers. I worked with two mentees of my choosing, helping them grow as poets and hopefully opening up new opportunities for them.

  • June 2015 – April 2016

    Persephone's Daughters @ Lead Tech Assistant

    I acted as the lead tech assistant for literary magazine Persephone's Daughters, a publication founded by poet Meggie Royer and dedicated to empowering female-identifying survivors of sexual violence. The position consisted of "fixing glitches on [the magazine's] various social media websites should they arise, assisting with graphic design updates to these various websites, readying submissions for posting, and providing on-demand tech support as needed."

  • October 2014 – June 2015

    Luna Station Quarterly @ Special Projects Assistant

    As part of the special projects team for speculative literary magazine Luna Station Quarterly, I proofread back issues for print edition conversion and checked finished issue files for formatting errors.

  • October 2013 – present

    The Teacup Trail @ Editor-in-Chief

    In October 2013, I founded a Tumblr-based speculative lit + art magazine called The Teacup Trail. As its Editor-in-Chief, I work with my editorial staff to evaluate and make accept/reject decisions on submissions of writing and art, manage submissions using Tumblr's submission system, communicate with staff members to keep the magazine running, work on designing and maintaining a Tumblr website, and write occasional content for our staff blog.


  • June 2015 – August 2015

    Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship @ online

    In the summer of 2015, I was a part of The Adroit Journal's Summer Mentorship Program as a poetry mentee to 2013 National Student Poet Aline Dolinh. Previous Adroit summer mentees have gone on to be recognized by numerous writing outlets, including the National YoungArts Foundation, the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and the Foyle Young Poet of the Year Awards.

  • 2013-2014

    Freshman Fifteens Mentorship @ wattpad

    As a result of being one of fifteen winners of the Freshman Fifteens COMMON ROOM Teen Mentoring Contest on Wattpad, hosted by a group of 2015 debut young adult authors, I received the opportunity to be mentored by author Kim Liggett (Blood and Salt). The product of that mentorship, a short story titled "Destinata", is available now on Wattpad.

Skills & Interests

creative writing
basic html/css
book reviewing
social media
graphic design


Find Christina's writing

Friday, September 2, 2016

Books & Anthologies

Anthologies (as Editor)

Some Safer Place is an anthology of creative work centering on intersectional narratives of adolescence and early adulthood. It features the voices of Quin Severo, Topaz Winters, Rachana Hegde, Erin Jin Mei O'Malley, Mia, Rona Wang, Alec Verse, and Noah Mendez.
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Anthologies (as Contributor)

The Quieting is a limited edition, hand-bound, letter-pressed anthology. Ten contributors each provided a small piece of work that encapsulates what softness and light means to them.

From hunted deer to boneless whales, from the scents of home to the expanding universe, The Quieting is a delicate journey in an otherwise wild world.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Publications (Selected)

"painting" by seon-jeong kim // appears alongside "given name" in words dance

// fiction:

  • "Pinioned" in Parallel Ink — December 1, 2013 (x)
  • "Weeds into Flowers" in GREYstone — December 3, 2013 (x)
  • "The Silence" in Hogglepot — January 19, 2014 (x)
  • "Diabolus in Musica" in Foxglove Hymnal — February 12, 2014 (x)
  • "The Lexicon of Winter" in The Plum Collection — February 14, 2014 (x)
  • "Breadcrumb Nightlife" in Canvas Literary Journal — Spring 2014 (x)
  • "Christening" in 101 Fiction — June 2014 Issue (x)
  • "Vixen" in Quail Bell Magazine — March 11, 2015 (x)
  • "Dark-Side Dreaming" in Rose Red Review — June 21, 2015 (x)
  • "They Held Starlight" in YARN: Young Adult Review Network — June 22, 2015 (x)
  • "Transmutation" in Sugar Rascals — July 28, 2016 (x)

// poetry:

  • "We Are All Significant Figures" in Germ Magazine — February 27, 2014 (x)
  • "Still Life with Broken Hearts" in -Ology Journal — June 12, 2015 (x)
  • "Mouth" in Glass Kite Anthology — June 12, 2015 (x)
  • "Given Name" in Words Dance — August 11, 2015 (x)
  • "Creation Myth" in Textploit — September 8, 2015 (x)
  • "cycles" in Wildness — February 12, 2016 (x)
  • "Little Red Cap" in Strange Horizons — March 14, 2016 (x)
  • "Atlantis Revisited" in The Rising Phoenix Review — April 5, 2016 (x)
  • "A Discovery of Bones" in The Rising Phoenix Review — April 22, 2016 (x)
  • "On Loving Helen" in The Rising Phoenix Review — April 28, 2016 (x)
  • "Portrait at the Lake" and "Tremolo" in Fissure Magazine — June 1, 2016 (x)
  • "SCENE," "American Experiment," and "Seoul is singing now" in TRACK//FOUR — September 1, 2016 (x)
  • "Last Days" and "Sestina in Which Girl Outlives the Earth" in Moledro Magazine — September 11, 2016 (x)
  • "Public Enemy No. 1" in Venus Magazine — September 15, 2016 (x)
  • "Artemis" in The Adroit Journal  October 25, 2016 (x)
  • "Urban Legend," "Song for the Darkroom," and "Confessional" in Red Queen Literary Magazine — TBA (forthcoming)

// essays:

  • "Searchlight Song: Reason to Begin" in Half Mystic — May 15, 2016 (x)

Monday, May 12, 2014


cover of the COMMON ROOM teen mentoring contest anthology
  • 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, National Gold Medalist [Science Fiction/Fantasy] (x).
  • 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, National Silver Medalist [Novel Writing] (x). 
  • 2014 Freshman Fifteens COMMON ROOM Teen Mentoring Contest, Winner (x / x).
  • 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Regional Honorable Mention [Science Fiction/Fantasy].
  • 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Regional Silver Key [Poetry].
  • 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Regional Silver Key [Personal Essay/Memoir]. 
  • 2016 Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest (Hollins University), Finalist.
  • 2016 Adroit Prize for Poetry, Honorable Mention (x).


Interviews, etc.


"I’m definitely influenced by things I find aesthetically pleasing – things like fairy tales, clockwork cities, sea winds, and swords. [...] I love turning fairy tales and myths inside out, and everything I write is a little tinged with magic."

Freshman Fifteens

"Magic that evokes strong feelings and makes passions flare up—curses and contracts and the like—is my favorite kind, and what I love most about it is that complicated play between it and the people it affects."


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