This month publishYOUth spoke with the incredible writer and organizer, Sarina Patel! She is a Scholastic National Double Medalist and a YoungArts Winner in Writing, and her work has been featured in Brown Girl Magazine and the New York Times’ Learning Network. In 2021, Sarina also founded Novel Minority, a creative community and connection center providing free educational, counseling, and storytelling resources to BIPOC teen creatives through monthly community outreach programs. When not writing, Sarina likes to draw, make music, and hide from Barnes & Noble employees at closing time (they’ll never catch her). Here we spoke with Sarina about her interview experiences, advice for young writers, and the story behind Novel Minority!