Erica Baum, New York. Recent museum exhibitions include Photo-Poetics: An Anthology, Kunsthalle Berlin and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Reconstructions: Recent Photographs and Video from the Met Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Recent solo exhibitions include The Following Information, Bureau, New York, 2016, and Stanzas, Galerie Crevecoeur, Paris, 2015. Selected biennials include AGORA 4th Athens Biennale, Athens, 2013, and the 30th Bienal de São Paulo: The Imminence of Poetics, São Paulo, Brazil, 2012. Publications include Erica Baum, The Naked Eye, 2015 Crèvecœur/œ Paris & Bureau New York, and second edition hard cover Dog Ear, 2016 Ugly Duckling Presse.
Tony Eprile grew up in South Africa, where his father was the editor of the first multiracial mass-circulation newspaper, The Golden City Post, and of Drum Magazine. His novel, The Persistence of Memory, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and winner of the Koret Jewish Book prize. He is working on a new novel, The War Artist. His prose has appeared in The Nation, Gourmet, the Washington Post, The New York Times, and he has a story in the recent anthology, Anonymous Sex. A current resident artist at MUHBA, Barcelona, he teaches fiction at Lesley University.
Will amato is a poet, and a pirate. He always tips waitresses, and generally helps old ladies across the street.
Rachel McKibbens is a two-time New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow and author of three books of poetry, blud, Into The Dark & Emptying Field, and Pink Elephant. In 2012, McKibbens founded "The Pink Door Women’s Writing Retreat," an annual writing retreat open exclusively to women of color. McKibbens is a member of Latinas Unidas and co-curates the critically acclaimed reading series Poetry & Pie Night in upstate New York.
Aaron Anstett lives in Colorado with his wife, Lesley, and children. When not in motion, technical editing, or fretting, he tries to write poems for a new manuscript, State the Nature of Your Emergency.
Thomas Rayfiel is the author of eight novels, including In Pinelight and Genius.
Dana Sachs is a journalist, novelist, and cofounder of the nonprofit Humanity Now: Direct Refugee Relief, which supports grassroots teams providing aid to displaced people. A former Fulbright Scholar, she is the author of three works of nonfiction, The House on Dream Street: Memoir of an American Woman in Vietnam; The Life We Were Given: Operation Babylift, International Adoption, and the Children of War in Vietnam; and All Else Failed: The Unlikely Volunteers at the Heart of the Migrant Aid Crisis, as well as the novels If You Lived Here and The Secret of the Nightingale Palace. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, and Mother Jones.
Jeanne Larsen’s latest book, What Penelope Chooses: poems (2019), won the Cider Press Review Book Award. Her other poetry books are Why We Make Gardens, and James Cook in Search of Terra Incognita, an AWP award series winner. She has also published two collections of translated poems by medieval Chinese women and four novels, as well as essays and short fiction. Jeanne was the inaugural Jackson Professor of Creative Writing at Hollins University. She grew up as a U.S. Army brat; her hometown was the Cold War.
Peter Trachtenberg is the author of 7 Tattoos (1997), The Book of Calamities: Five Questions About Suffering and Its Meaning (2008), and Another Insane Devotion (2012), a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. His essays, journalism, and short fiction have been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s, BOMB, TriQuarterly, O: The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times Travel Magazine, A Public Space, the L.A. Review of Books, the Virginia Quarterly Review, and StoryQuarterly. His commentaries have been broadcast on NPR’s All Things Considered. Trachtenberg is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh and part of the core faculty at the Bennington Writers Seminars. His awards include Guggenheim and Whiting Fellowships and the Nelson Algren Award for Short Fiction. The Book of Calamities was given the 2009 Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Ralph Waldo Emerson Award “for scholarly studies that contribute significantly to interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity.”
Dave Singleton is a writer, editor and author of three books, including CRUSH: Writers Reflect on Love, Longing, and the Lasting Power of Their First Celebrity Crush (Harper Collins 2016). He covers pop culture, relationships, health, and LGBT life, and is a regular columnist for Caring.com. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, PBS’s Next Avenue, AARP Media, Yahoo, MSN, the BBC, Washingtonian, Harper’s Bazaar, Huffington Post, OUT magazine, and Scoundrel Time.
His honors include the 2010 Media Industry Award for Outstanding Writing, the GLAAD Award for Outstanding Multimedia Journalism, and two National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association “Excellence in Online Journalism” awards.
He lives in Washington, D.C. and teaches creative nonfiction and memoir at The Writer’s Center. Visit his website for more of his work, and follow him on Twitter @DCDaveSingleton.
Ellie Paolini lives and teaches in Austin, Texas. In May of 2017, she earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Hollins University, where she served as a Teaching Fellow and was runner-up for both the Andrew James Purdy Prize in Short Fiction and the Melanie Hook Rice Award in the Novel. In 2014, she earned her B.A. in English and French and Francophone Studies from Santa Clara University. Ellie grew up on the central coast of California, a setting that has influenced much of her work, including the novel-in-stories she is currently revising. Some of her recent short stories appear in Foliate Oak Literary Magazine and Collateral Journal.
David L. Engelhardt
David L. Engelhardt is a semi-retired D.C. attorney living in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with a prospective move to full-time writing in Saint Michaels. Scoundrel Time has published three of his closely related personal essays. "Born and Raised" won the publication's prize for their best non-fiction of 2018. "Scrap and Pig" was nominated for a Pushcart. "A Thousand Times More . . . " is taken from a longer work. His short stories have appeared in The Baltimore Review, two volumes of West Branch, and Folio.
Jill McDonough is the author of Here All Night (Alice James, 2019), Reaper (Alice James, 2017), Where You Live (Salt, 2012), Oh, James! (Seven Kitchens, 2012), and Habeas Corpus (Salt, 2008). The recipient of three Pushcart prizes and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center, the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, and Stanford’s Stegner program, she taught incarcerated college students through Boston University’s Prison Education Program for thirteen years. Her work has appeared in Poetry, Slate, The Nation,The Threepenny Review, and Best American Poetry. She teaches in the MFA program at UMass-Boston and started a program offering College Reading and Writing in two Boston jails. Her website is jillmcdonough.com.
Carole Burns’s collection, The Missing Woman and Other Stories, was awarded the John C. Zacharis Award by Ploughshares. Burns also writes book reviews and author interviews for The Washington Post. Her non-fiction book, Off the Page: Writers Talk About Beginnings, Endings, and Everything in Between, published by W.W. Norton in 2008, was based on interviews with 43 writers including A.S. Byatt, Anthony Doerr, Edward P. Jones, and Jhumpa Lahiri. She’s head of creative writing at the University of Southampton in the U.K.
April Bernard is a poet, novelist, and essayist. Brawl & Jag is her fifth collection of poems, published by W.W. Norton; Miss Fuller is her most recent novel. Bernard is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and other journals. She is Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Skidmore College as well as a faculty member of the Bennington MFA Writing Seminars.
Ellen McGrath Smith
Ellen McGrath Smith teaches at the University of Pittsburgh and in the Carlow University Madwomen in the Attic program. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The New York Times, Garygoyle, The Seattle Review, The Collagist, The American Poetry Review, Los Angeles Review, Quiddity, Cimarron, and other journals, and in several anthologies, including Beauty Is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability. Smith has been the recipient of an Orlando Prize, an Academy of American Poets award, a Rainmaker Award from Zone 3 magazine, and a 2007 Individual Artist grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Her second chapbook, Scatter, Feed, was published by Seven Kitchens Press in the fall of 2014, and her book, Nobody's Jackknife, was published in 2015 by the West End Press.
Roxana Robinson is the author of ten books: six novels; three collections of short stories; and the biography Georgia O’Keeffe: A Life. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, BookForum, Best American Short Stories, Tin House and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation.
Mebane Robertson earned his B.A. from The College of William and Mary and his Ph.D. from Fordham University. He’s the author of two books of poetry, Signal from Draco (2007) and An American Unconscious (2016), both from Commonwealth Books. His poems have appeared in Guernica, The William and Mary Review, The Journal, Beloit Poetry Journal, Able Muse, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn.
Robert Anthony Siegel
Robert Anthony Siegel is the author of two novels, All the Money in the World and All Will Be Revealed. A collection of autobiographical essays, Criminals, is forthcoming from Counterpoint Press in the summer of 2018. His short stories, essays, and journalism have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Smithsonian, The Paris Review, The Oxford American, and Tin House, among other venues. His web site is: www.robertanthonysiegel.com
Susan Gubernat’s second collection, The Zoo at Night, won the Prairie Schooner poetry book prize from the University of Nebraska and will be published in September 2017. Her previous book, Flesh, won the Marianne Moore Prize and was published by Helicon Nine Editions. She has published a chapbook (Analog House: A Cabinet of Curiosities, Finishing Line Press), and a number of her poems have appeared in literary journals, including Cimarron Review, Crab Orchard Review, Gargoyle, Michigan Quarterly, and Pleiades. She has been a fellow in residence at MacDowell, Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Arts, and the Millay Colony and is the recipient of fellowships from both the New York and the New Jersey state arts councils. She teaches in the English Department of California State University, East Bay
Alissa Quart is the Executive Editor and co-founder of the non-profit Economic Hardship Reporting Project. She is also the author of four books including Branded, Republic of Outsiders, and the poetry book Monetized (Miami University Press). Her next non-fiction book will be published in 2018 by Ecco/HarperCollins. She is also a columnist for The Guardian. Her poetry has appeared in the London Review of Books, The Awl, NPR, Columbia Journalism Review, Day One, The Offing and many other publications.
Elizabeth Robinson is the author of several collections of poetry, including the National Poetry Series winner, Pure Descent. Her recent prose has been published in Conjunctions, Curator Magazine, and New Letters. Her poems have recently appeared, or are forthcoming in Bennington Review, Conjunctions, Image, Posit, Plume, Seneca Review, and Volt. Thirst and Surfeit is forthcoming from Threadsuns Press, and Encyclopedia is forthcoming from Roof Books, she hopes, in 2023. Robinson is now the pastor of a church in Orinda, California that is preparing to build apartments for low income seniors on its property.
Meghana Mysore from Portland, Oregon, is an MFA candidate in creative writing at Hollins University, where she is a teaching fellow and graduate assistant. The recipient of fellowships and support from the Tin House Winter Workshop, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and The Rona Jaffe Foundation, Meghana is also the second-place winner in prose in the 2021 Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing Annual Contest and the runner-up for the 2021 Melanie Hook Rice Award in Creative Nonfiction. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in The Yale Review, Boston Review, Roxane Gay's The Audacity, The Rumpus, Indiana Review, and the Asian American Writers' Workshop.
Philip Hoover was born in Chicago, Illinois to poets Maxine Chernoff and Paul Hoover. A graduate of the UT Austin MFA film program, Philip has worked for McSweeney’s Publishing in San Francisco, as a correspondent for the Oakland Tribune, and currently as script coordinator on the CW series iZombie. His comedy web-series Language Academy will be out in March, 2017.
Eleanor Wilner is the author of nine books of poetry, most recently Before Our Eyes: New and Selected Poems, 1975-2017; Gone to Earth: Early and Uncollected Poems 1963-1975 will be out in May, 2021. Among her awards are the 2019 Frost Medal of the Poetry Society, fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation and the NEA, the Juniper Prize, and three Pushcart Prizes. She is on the graduate faculty of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.
Kevin McIlvoy's novel, One Kind Favor, was recently published by WTAW Press. He is the author of five other novels: At the Gate of All Wonder, Hyssop, Little Peg, The Fifth Station, and A Waltz; a short story collection, The Complete History of New Mexico; and a collection of short fictions and prose poems, 57 Octaves Below Middle C. His newest poems appear in Consequence, The Night Heron Barks, Willow Springs, The Shore, Barzakh, River Heron Review, LEON, The Georgia Review, Still, Superstition Review, Your Impossible Voice, and other magazines. For twenty-seven years he was editor in chief of the literary magazine, Puerto del Sol. He taught in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program in Creative Writing from 1987 to 2019, and as a Regents Professor of Creative Writing in the New Mexico State University MFA Program from 1981 to 2008. Kevin McIlvoy passed away in September, 2022
Elizabeth Rosner is a bestselling novelist, poet, and essayist living in Berkeley, California. Her first book of nonfiction, SURVIVOR CAFÉ: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory, was published in September 2017 and has been featured on National Public Radio and in The New York Times. Her third novel, ELECTRIC CITY, published in 2014, was named among the best books of the year by NPR. Her poetry collection, GRAVITY, was also published in 2014. THE SPEED OF LIGHT, Rosner's acclaimed debut novel in 2001, was translated into nine languages. Short-listed for the prestigious Prix Femina, the book won several literary prizes in both the U.S. and Europe, including the Prix France Bleu Gironde; the Great Lakes Colleges Award for New Fiction; and Hadassah Magazine's Ribalow Prize, judged by Elie Wiesel. BLUE NUDE, her second novel, was selected as one of the best books of 2006 by the San Francisco Chronicle. Rosner’s essays and poems have appeared in the NY Times Magazine, Elle, the Forward, and several anthologies. She travels widely to lead intensive writing workshops, lecture on contemporary literature, and visit with book groups. Her book reviews appear frequently in the San Francisco Chronicle. Website: www.elizabethrosner.com
Karen E. Bender
Karen E. Bender is the author of the story collection Refund, which was a Finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction in 2015 and shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize. Her story collection, The New Order, will be published by Counterpoint Press in November, 2018. She is also the author of the novels A Town of Empty Rooms and Like Normal People. Her fiction has appeared in magazines including The New Yorker, Granta, Ploughshares, Guernica, The Harvard Review, and Zoetrope and has been reprinted in Best American Short Stories, Best American Mystery Stories, and New Stories from the South; she has also won two Pushcart prizes. Her stories have been read on the Selected Shorts program on NPR; she has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Rona Jaffe Foundation. She is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Hollins University.
Cally Conan-Davies hails from the island of Tasmania. Her poems have appeared in The Hudson Review, Subtropics, Poetry, Quadrant, The New Criterion, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Sewanee Review, Southwest Review, The Dark Horse, Harvard Review, Hopkins Review, and many online journals. She lives by the sea.
An Ottawa-based writer, storyteller, and arts educator, Maria Saba was born and raised in Iran. She has published three books and over a hundred articles, interviews, and stories. “My First Friend,” her short story published in Scoundrel Time, is nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Maria is the recipient of grants in English literature from Canada Council from the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and the City of Ottawa. She is currently working on her second collection of short stories about the aftermath of the 1979 Iranian revolution. Her website: mariasaba.ca
Virginia Beards taught British and European literature for 23 years at the Brandywine Campus of Penn State University. She has published a poetry collection, Exit Pursued by a Bear (Oermead Press, 2014), short fiction in Chester County Fiction (Oermead Press, 2011), contributed to the literary criticism industry, and re-discovered and edited a 19th century novel, The Real Charlotte, for Rutgers University Press. She is currently completing Inside the Kaleidoscope, a poetry collection. She has an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, a PhD from Bryn Mawr College, and lives on a farm in Pennsylvania’s Lancaster county where her praxis is writing, dressage, and keeping one step ahead of the vagaries of nature and her two criminal dogs.
Carolyn Alessio is the recipient of an NEA fellowship in creative writing and a Pushcart Prize. She is prose editor for Crab Orchard Review at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, and her novel manuscript, El Favorito, was a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction.
Deborah A. Lott
Deborah A. Lott is the author of Don't Go Crazy Without Me: A Tragicomic Memoir. She teaches creative writing and literature at Antioch University, Los Angeles. Her creative nonfiction and reportage have been published in the Los Angeles Times, the nervous breakdown, the Alaska Quarterly Review, Bellingham Review, Black Warrior Review, the Huffington Post, the Rumpus, Los Angeles Review, and many other places. Her piece, "The Trump in Me" previously appeared in Scoundrel Time.
Mark Svenvold, author of Empire Burlesque and Big Weather, teaches creative writing at Seton Hall University and lives in New York City.
Recent National Poetry Series finalist Johnny Horton lives in Seattle where he teaches literature to veterans. He's had poems accepted or published by Prairie Schooner, Notre Dame Review, City Arts Magazine, Los Angeles Review, and Poetry Northwest. His work has also been anthologized in City of the Big Shoulders: An Anthology of Chicago Poetry.
Dee Shapiro has been exhibiting work in New York since the late 1970s. Her work is included in the S.R. Guggenheim Museum, The Everson Museum, The Albright Knox Gallery, as well as in museums and corporate and private collections in the US and abroad. She teaches studio art and art history at Empire State College SUNY, Old Westbury. Her poems and essays have been published in Heresies, Confrontation, Chiron Review, as well as in other small presses. She lives and works on Long Island and in Connecticut.
Marcela Sulak is the author of four poetry collections, most recently, City of Sky Papers, finalist for the National Jewish Book award. Sulak directs the Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Bar-Ilan University.
Hilma Wolitzer’s most recent novel is An Available Man. Her poems have appeared in New Letters, Ploughshares, The Southampton Review, Prairie Schooner, and Scoundrel Time.
Sean Micah is a fashion, portrait, and documentary photographer, and retoucher based out of New York. Website: SeanMicah.co
Allen Tullos is co-founder and senior editor of the online journal Southern Spaces. He is author of two books of American Studies: Habits of Industry, and Alabama Getaway. Tullos has published poems most recently in the British anthology Entanglements, Southern Quarterly, Common Ground Review, Timber, and Appalachian Journal.
John McAuliffe is an Irish poet based in the UK, where he directs the Centre of New Writing at the University of Manchester. His fourth book The Way In (Gallery) won the Michael Hartnett Prize in 2016. His versions of Igor Klikovac, Stockholm Syndrome (Smith Doorstop, 2019), was the Poetry Book Society Spring Pamphlet Choice, and a pamphlet of new poems, A Good Connection, is forthcoming with Periplum later this year. He also writes a regular poetry column for The Irish Times.
Gabrielle Brant Freeman
Gabrielle Brant Freeman's poetry has been published in many journals, most recently in Barrelhouse, Cider Press Review, Grist, One, Rappahannock Review, storySouth, and Waxwing. She was nominated twice for the Best of the Net, and she was a 2014 finalist. Gabrielle won the 2015 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition. Press 53 published her first book, When She Was Bad, in 2016. Gabrielle earned her MFA through Converse College.
Cynthia Dewi Oka
Cynthia Dewi Oka is the author of Salvage: Poems (Northwestern University Press, 2017) and Nomad of Salt and Hard Water (Thread Makes Blanket, 2016). Her work has appeared in various platforms including ESPNW, Hyperallergic, Guernica, Academy of American Poets, American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, The Massachusetts Review, Scoundrel Time, Painted Bride Quarterly, and anthologies including What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump (Northwestern University Press, 2019), Who Speaks for America? (Temple University Press, 2018) and Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism (OR Books, 2018). With community partner Asian Arts Initiative, she created Sanctuary: A Migrant Poetry Workshop for immigrant poets in Philadelphia. A Pushcart Prize Nominee, she has received scholarships from VONA and the Vermont Studio Center, the Fifth Wednesday Journal Editor's Prize in Poetry, and the Leeway Foundation's Transformation Award. She holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College and is originally from Bali, Indonesia.
Amanda Newell is the author of the poetry chapbook, Fractured Light (Broadkill Press). Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Cultural Weekly, Gargoyle, North American Review, Plume, and elsewhere. She teaches at Frostburg State University.
Sally Ball is the author of Wreck Me and Annus Mirabilis, both from Barrow Street, who will publish her third book in 2019. She’s an associate director of Four Way Books, and an associate professor of English at Arizona State University. This poem, “HOLD,” is being made into a limited-edition artist's book by the Czech artist Jan Vičar, available in the U.S. in October 2018. More information at www.saralouiseball.com.
Rachel Hadas is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, essays, and translations. Her latest poetry volume is Questions in the Vestibule (Northwestern Univ. Press 2016), and she is currently completing verse translations of Euripides' two Iphigenia plays. A Board of Governors Professor of English at Rutgers-Newark, she is currently working with her husband, the video artist Shalom Gorewitz, on a poetry and video collaborative project: The Rachel and Shalom Show.
Rebecca Chace is the author of Leaving Rock Harbor; Capture the Flag; Chautauqua Summer; June Sparrow and The Million Dollar Penny. She has written for the New York Times Magazine, New York Times Sunday Book Review, the Huffington Post, The LA Review of Books, Guernica Magazine, Lit Hub, NPR’s All Things Considered and other publications. She is associate professor in Creative Writing and Director of the MA Program in Literature and Creative Writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Photo by Nina Subin.
Kamden Ishmael Hilliard
Kamden is a reader at Gigantic Sequins, an editor at Jellyfish Magazine, and goes by Kam. They got posi vibes from The Ucross Foundation, The Davidson Institute, and Callaloo. The author of two chapbooks: DISTRESS TOLERANCE (Magic Helicopter Press, 2016) and PERCEIVED DISTANCE FROM IMPACT (Black Lawrence Press, 2017), Kam stays busy. Find their work in The Black Warrior Review, West Branch, Salt Hill, and other sunspots.
Robbie Gamble’s poems and essays have appeared in Coal Hill Review, RHINO, Rust + Moth, Solstice, and Under the Gum Tree. He was the winner of the 2017 Carve Poetry prize and the 2019 Soundings East Flash Nonfiction prize. He holds an MFA from Lesley University, and works as a nurse practitioner caring for homeless people in Boston.
Carolyn Ferrell is the author of the story collection Don't Erase Me, which won the L.A. Book Times Award for First Fiction. She is a recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bronx Council on the Arts. Ferrell teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York with her husband and children.
Cody Walker’s third poetry collection, The Trumpiad (Waywiser Press), will be published on April 29, 2017, the last of Trump’s first 100 days in office. All proceeds will be donated to the ACLU. More information may be found at codywalker.net.
Katrina Roberts is the author of four books of poems: Underdog; Friendly Fire; The Quick; and How Late Desire Looks; as well as editor of the anthology: Because You Asked: A Book of Answers on the Art & Craft of the Writing Life (finalist for CLMP’s Firecracker Award in Creative Nonfiction, named one of the “Best Books for Writers” by Poets & Writers.) Her work appears in places such as The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Best American Poetry, The Bread Loaf Anthology of New American Poets, Short Takes: Brief Encounters with Contemporary Creative Nonfiction, the Academy’s Poem-A-Day; Verse Daily, and elsewhere. She teaches at Whitman College, where she curates the Visiting Writers Reading Series. With Jeremy Barker, she started Walla Walla Distilling Company, the first craft distillery in southeastern Washington state; they live on a small farm with their three children.
Shane McCrae's most recent books are The Gilded Auction Block (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019) and Sometimes I Never Suffered (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020). He has received a Whiting Writer’s Award, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Lannan Literary Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives in New York City and teaches at Columbia University.
Joy Arbor is the author of the chapbook, Where Are You From, Originally? (Finishing Line Press, 2016). Her poems have won the Phenomena of Place Poetry Prize, the Mary Merritt Award, and an Academy of American Poets Prize and have appeared recently in Dunes Review and Pleiades. She is a freelance copyeditor of poetry and memoir and lives with her husband and son in the Thumb of Michigan.
Hilene Flanzbaum is a poet, non-fiction writer, and literary critic who has published her work in Ploughshares, Tikkun, O!, the Massachusetts Review, American Literary History, and Studies in American Jewish Literature, among many others. She lives in Indianapolis where she teaches at Butler University and directs the MFA program.
Dawn Potter directs the Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching, held each summer at Robert Frost's home in Franconia, New Hampshire. She is the author of eight books of prose and poetry--most recently, Chestnut Ridge, a verse-history of the coal-mining region of southwestern Pennsylvania. She lives in Portland, Maine.
Ian Randall Wilson
Ian Randall Wilson's first collection, Ruthless Heaven, will be published by Finishing Line Press in 2017. He has previously published two chapbooks, Theme of the Parabola and The Wilson Poems. His fiction and poetry have appeared in The Gettysburg Review and Alaska Quarterly Review. He has an MFA in Fiction and in Poetry from Warren Wilson College. By day, he is an executive at Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Wendy Richmond is a multimedia visual artist and writer. She is the recipient of a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center residency, an American Academy in Rome Visual Artist residency, an NEA grant, a LEF Foundation grant, and the Hatch Award for Creative Excellence. She has taught at Harvard University, the International Center of Photography, and Rhode Island School of Design. Richmond’s books include Design & Technology: Erasing the Boundaries, Overneath: a collaboration of dance & photography, and Art without Compromise*. Her regular column Design Culture has appeared in Communication Arts magazine since 1984. Find her online at www.wendyrichmond.com.
Sebastian Agudelo is the author of three books of poetry, The Bosses, Each Chartered, Street and To The Bone which was selected by Mark Doty as the winner of the 2008 Saturnalia Book Prize. His poems have appeared in The Nation, Antioch Review, The Manchester Review, Boston Review Online and At Length Magazine, among others. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and daughter.
Suzanne Bottelli’s work has appeared in Poetry Northwest, The Literary Review, and Prairie Schooner, among others, and is forthcoming in The Collagist. Her chapbook, The Feltville Formation (Finishing Line Press), was published in 2015. She teaches Humanities and Writing at The Northwest School in Seattle, WA.
Lorraine Rice writes fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Philadelphia Stories, Literary Mama, and the anthology, Who’s Your Mama: The Unsung Voices of Women and Mothers (Soft Skull Press, 2009). She holds an MFA from the The Writer’s Foundry at St. Joseph’s College, NY. Born and raised in South Carolina and Virginia, Lorraine now finds herself in Philadelphia.
Jordan Dotson has been published in Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Afterness: Literature from the New Transnational Asia, Drunken Boat, Eunoia Review, and The Writer’s Chronicle, among other publications. Born in Appalachian Virginia, he moved to China in 2005 to study classical Chinese poetry, and has worked there since as a creative writing teacher, musician, and music journalist. Jordan earned his MFA from the City University of Hong Kong. He publishes in both English and Chinese.
C. Dale Young
C. Dale Young is the author of The Affliction, a novel in stories (Four Way Books 2018) and five collections of poetry, most recently Prometeo (Four Way 2021). His next collection of poems Building the Perfect Animal: New & Selected Poems is forthcoming in 2025 from Four Way Books. He practices medicine full-time and lives in San Francisco.
Christine Mallon received her B.A. and M.A. in English (with a creative writing concentration) from Seton Hall University. Since then, she has worked in the publishing industry and is currently an adjunct English professor at Seton Hall University.
Karen Brennan is the author of seven books of varying genres, including new fiction, Monsters (Four Way Books, 2016). Her fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have appeared in anthologies from Norton, Penguin, Graywolf, Spuyten Duyvil, Michigan, Georgia, and others. A National Endowment of the Arts recipient, she is Professor Emerita at the University of Utah and teaches at the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. She holds a Ph.D. from University of Arizona.
Reginald Dwayne Betts
Reginald Dwayne Betts is a Ph. D. in Law candidate at Yale and Emerson Fellow at New America. He holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was awarded the Israel H. Perez Prize for best student note or comment appearing in the Yale Law Journal He spent his summers with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the District of Columbia’s Public Defender Service. He has worked in the New Haven Public Defender’s Office as a Liman Fellow.
Prior to law school, Dwayne was a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies and a Soros Justice Fellow. In addition, he served by appointment of former President Barack Obama as a practitioner member of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The author of three books, Betts’ latest collection of poems, Bastards of the Reagan Era, has been named the winner of the Pen New England Poetry Prize. His first collection of poems, Shahid Reads His Own Palm, won the Beatrice Hawley Award. Betts’ memoir, A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison, was the recipient of the 2010 NAACP Image Award for non-fiction.
The poems published at Scoundrel Time will appear in Felon: A Misspelling of My Name, forthcoming from Norton.
Diane Seuss’s most recent collection, Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl, was released in 2018 by Graywolf Press. Four-Legged Girl, published in 2015 by Graywolf Press, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open won the Juniper Prize and was published by the University of Massachusetts Press in 2010. A fifth collection, Frank: Sonnets, is forthcoming in 2021. Seuss was raised in rural Michigan, which she continues to call home.
Mikhail Iossel is the author of the story collection Every Hunter Wants to Know (W.W. Norton), and co-editor of the anthologies Amerika: Russian Writers View the United States (Dalkey Archive, 2004) and Rasskazy: New Fiction from a New Russia (TinConcordia University in Montreal House, 2010). He is a professor of English/Creative Writing at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and the founding director of the Summer Literary Seminars international program. Among his awards are the Guggenheim, NEA, and Stegner Fellowships. He was born in Leningrad.
Michael Begnal is the author of Future Blues (Salmon Poetry, 2012) and Ancestor Worship (Salmon Poetry, 2007), as well as the chapbooks Tropospheric Clouds (Adjunct Press, 2020) and The Muddy Banks (Ghost City Press, 2016). His work has appeared in journals and anthologies such as Notre Dame Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Empty Mirror, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, and Thinking Continental: Writing the Planet One Place at a Time (University of Nebraska Press, 2017). He teaches writing at Ball State University and can be found online at www.mikebegnal.blogspot.com
W. Ralph Eubanks
W. Ralph Eubanks is the author of Ever Is a Long Time: A Journey Into Mississippi’s Dark Past and The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South. His essays and criticism have appeared in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, The American Scholar, NPR, WIRED, and The New Yorker, and he is the former editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review at the University of Virginia. A 2007 Guggenheim Fellow, he will be a visiting professor of English and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi for the 2017 to 2018 academic year.
Roy White is a blind person who lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota with a lovely human and an affable lab mix. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry, BOAAT Journal, Kenyon Review, Copper Nickel, and elsewhere, and he reads poetry for the Adroit Journal. Roy can be found on Twitter at @surrealroy.
Qian Zhang is a translator and a bi-lingual writer. Before she moved to the United States, she was a reporter for China Daily, China’s biggest English-language newspaper. She earned a PhD in Communication from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.A. degree in Dramatic Literature from Shanghai Theatre Academy, and a B.A. degree in English Literature from the Shanghai International Studies University. Her doctoral dissertation, entitled “American Silent Films in 1920s Shanghai,” examined the production, distribution, exhibition, and reception of American silent films in modern China. In 2007, she was awarded “Andrew Mellon Research Fellowship” for her dissertation. She translates articles and documents from Chinese to English and vice versa. Currently, she is revising her novel, “Tea Time with Superman.” “A Cloud like a Person Standing Upside Down” is her first published short story.
Hillary Jordan is the author of the novels Mudbound (2008) and When She Woke (2011) and the digital short “Aftermirth” (2012), all published by Algonquin Books. The two novels have been translated into over a dozen languages. Mudbound won multiple awards, including the Bellwether Prize for socially conscious fiction. It was adapted into a film that made its world premiere at Sundance in January 2017 and is now on Netflix. The film has been nominated for four Academy Awards in 2018, including Best Adapted Screenplay.
Hillary has a BA from Wellesley College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, along with half the writers in America.
Jeneva Burroughs Stone
Jeneva Burroughs Stone is the author of MONSTER (Phoenicia Publishing), a literary hybrid on disability, caregiving and the science of rare disease. She has received fellowships from MacDowell and Millay Arts. Her work has appeared in many literary journals. She and her son Rob volunteer for several disability and health care rights organizations. For more: https://jenevastone.com
Terese Svoboda's recent books of poetry are Professor Harriman's Steam Air-Ship (Eyewear Press, 2016) and When The Next Big War Blows Down The Valley: Selected and New Poems (Anhinga Press, 2015). Her nonfiction book, Anything That Burns You: A Portrait of Lola Ridge, Radical Poet, was published by Schaffner Press in 2016.
Elizabeth Cohen is an associate professor of English at SUNY Plattsburgh and the editor of Saranac Review. She is the author of The House on Beartown Road, a memoir; The Hypothetical Girl, a book of short stories; and six books of poetry, most recently Bird Light, published by Saint Julian Press, among other works. She lives in upstate New York with her daughter Ava and way too many cats. You can find more about her and her work here.
Tara Campbell is an assistant fiction editor at Barrelhouse and MFA candidate at American University. Prior publication credits include SmokeLong Quarterly, Masters Review, b(OINK), Booth, Spelk, Litbreak, and Queen Mob's Teahouse. Her debut novel, TreeVolution, was published in 2016, and her collection, Circe's Bicycle, will be released in fall 2017.
Suzanne Cloud, writer, historian, and jazz singer appearing with Philadelphia’s top musicians, received her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in American Studies. Cloud has authored six young-adult history books, contributed to the African-American National Biography Project at Harvard, writes frequently to the Philadelphia Inquirer, and is executive director of Jazz Bridge, a nonprofit aiding musicians in crisis. Her play Last Call at the Downbeat was part of the 2013 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. Cloud, a past Commonwealth Speaker for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and recipient of the Rutgers University Chancellor’s Award for Civic Engagement in 2015, conceptualized Vision Song: Our Hearts, Our Future, Our Voices, a commission for jazz orchestra for Kimmel Center performances April 2016. Cloud has recorded critically acclaimed albums on the Dreambox label, which recently reissued her political 1995 release With a Little Help from My Friends. For more info: suzannecloud.net
Julia Lattimer is the editor-in-chief of Breakwater Review. She was most recently named Editor’s Choice in the 2019 Sandy Crimmons National Prize for Poetry and runs a monthly queer poetry reading series in Boston.
Josalyn Knapic earned her B.A. in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Hollins University, where she was awarded a Gager Fellowship. She was runner-up for the Melanie Hook Rice Award in Creative Nonfiction and has been awarded scholarships from the Juniper Summer Writing Institute and Ocean State Writing Conference. Her essays and short stories have appeared in various publications including Raleigh Review, BOAAT, The Fanzine, and DIAGRAM. She teaches in the English Program at SUNY Korea.
Deborah Bernhardt’s Echolalia was published by Four Way Books as winner of the Intro Prize for Poetry. Driftology won the New Michigan Press/DIAGRAM Chapbook Prize. She received two residencies from the Fine Arts Work Center and residencies/fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, Wisconsin Arts Board, Penn State Altoona, Tennessee Arts Commission, Hessen Literary Society in Germany, Summer Literary Seminars Russia, and others.
Elena Karina Byrne
Former 12-year Regional Director of the Poetry Society of America, Elena is a freelance lecturer, private editor, Poetry Consultant & Moderator for The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, and the Literary Programs Director for The Ruskin Art Club. Elena Karina Byrne is the author of four books including the forthcoming If This Makes You Nervous (Omnidawn, 2021) and the chapbook No, Don’t with (What Books Press 2020). She’s completing a collection of “interrupted essays:” Voyeur Hour: Poetry, Art, Film, & Desire. A Pushcart Prize recipient, her numerous publications, among others, includes Best American Poetry, Poetry, The Paris Review, Kenyon Review, The Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, Verse Daily, BOMB, Volt, Kyoto Journal, Poetry International, Entropy, Narrative, and New American Writing.
Snežana Žabić is the author several prose and poetry books, including the memoir Broken Records (punctum books, USA, 2016), and the poetry collection The Breath Capital (New Meridian Arts, USA, 2016). The Breath Capital records points of bodily contact in urban environments where eye contact is tacitly forbidden while we breathe each other’s molecules in and out. Broken Records belongs to an international generation whose formative years straddle the cold war and the global reconfiguration of wealth and power, shifting from the vinyl/analog era to the cyber/digital era. This generation knows that when they were told about history ending, they were told a lie.
Denise Duhamel’s most recent books of poetry are Second Story (Pittsburgh, 2021) and Scald (2017). Blowout (2013) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She teaches at Florida International University in Miami.
Jennifer Sears’ stories have appeared in Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading Sears, Guernica, Witness, Mid-Western Gothic, Fiction International, Ninth Letter, Fence, and other publications. Recipient of a 2018 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, she has also received awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Money for Women Fund, Summer Literary Seminars, and distinction in Best American Short Stories 2016. She is Assistant Professor of English at New York City College of Technology (CUNY). Photo by AFQ Photography.
Renee Ya is Hmong American and grew up in Fresno, CA. Secretary of Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA). She spends her days vanquishing evil spirits in the name of the moon in the San Francisco Bay Area. Published in the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center's 'A Day in the Life Of Asian Pacific America.' When she's not saving the world she's a Product Manager in the video game industry by trade and mother to the next feisty generation of women warriors. Follow her on Twitter at @renee_cya
Marie Myung-Ok Lee
Marie Myung-Ok Lee is the author of the novel The Evening Hero (Simon & Schuster), forthcoming with Simon & Schuster and the re-release of her young adult novel, Finding My Voice (Soho Teen). Her journalism and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, The Guardian, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, and many others. She is a founder for former board president of the Asian American Writers' Workshop and teaches fiction at Columbia, where she is the Writer in Residence. Photo by Adrianne Mathiowetz
Erika Max Bernheimer
Erika Max Bernheimer lives in Healdsburg, California and earned her B.A in English and African-American Studies at UC Davis and her M.A in African Studies at the University of London (SOAS). She taught briefly at Solano Community College, worked at various non-profits and was a program analyst with the City of Oakland. In 2014 she left her life in Oakland, moved to wine country, changed her life completely and worked as a hospitality manager in the wine industry.
Erin Murphy’s eighth book of poems, a collection of documentary poetry focusing on labor and employment issues, is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry in 2021. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as The Georgia Review, The Normal School, Field, Southern Humanities Review, North American Review, Southern Indiana Review, and Women’s Studies Quarterly. Her poem “Debriefing: A Poem in Parts” won The Normal School Poetry Prize judged by Nick Flynn. She is editor of three anthologies from the University of Nebraska Press and SUNY Press and serves as Poetry Editor of The Summerset Review. She is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Penn State Altoona.
Poet, translator, and essayist Jennifer Moxley’s most recent collection is Druthers (Flood 2018). Her book The Open Secret (Flood 2014) won the 2015 William Carlos Williams award, and was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts award. She is Professor of Poetry and Poetics at the University of Maine.
Jon Fotch is a member of the Writers’ League of Texas and dreams of a world where cowards are shamed, art is rewarded, and jobs are optional. He writes short fiction and poetry under the pen name Jon Fotch. He lives in Austin TX where he spends most of his time repurposing fireworks. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Avalon Literary Review, Avatar Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, BoomerLitMag, Brushfire Literature & Arts Journal, Carbon Culture Review, Caveat Lector, The Conglomerate, Courtship of Winds, Evening Street Review, Euphony Journal, Flights, Green Hills Literary Lantern, The Hungry Chimera, Menda City Review, moonShine Review, Mudlark, Waving Hands Review, and Whistling Shade.
Johannes Lichtman's most recent novel, Calling Ukraine, was published in April. His debut novel, Such Good Work, was chosen as a 5 Under 35 honoree by the National Book Foundation. He is currently the Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Washington at the George Washington University and lives in Washington, DC.
Daniel Menaker, former fiction editor at The New Yorker and Editor-in-Chief of Random House, is the author of seven books. He teaches in the MFA program at Stony Brook University.
Chris Speckman is an instructor at Butler University and the assistant editor for Booth. His work has appeared in Cimarron Review, Passages North, PANK, Harpur Palate, Word Riot, Stirring, and the anthology It Was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip-Hop.
Laura Miller (she/her) is a Philadelphia-based poet and reader and musician. She is the poetry editor for University of the Arts’ Underground Pool and plays the drums in a Philly femme-psychedelic band called Bröthers. In all mediums of art she likes to explore time, family, compassion, and horses.
TIMOTHY LIU's latest book is LET IT RIDE (Saturnalia Books, 2019). A reader of occult esoterica, he lives in Manhattan and Woodstock, NY.
Irene O’Garden has won or been nominated for prizes in nearly every writing category from stage to e-screen, hardcovers, as well as literary magazines and anthologies. Her critically-acclaimed play Women On Fire, (Samuel French) played sold-out houses at Off-Broadway’s Cherry Lane Theatre and was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award. O’Garden won a Pushcart Prize for her lyric essay “Glad To Be Human,” which is included in her new book of her essays by that name just published by Mango (May 2020.) Harper published her first memoir Fat Girl; her second, Risking the Rapids: How My Wilderness Journey Healed My Childhood was published by Mango last January. Fulcrum, published in 2017 by Nirala, is her first poetry collection. O’Garden’s poems and essays have been featured in dozens of literary journals and anthologies. Irene is also a Poetry Educator with the Hudson River chapter of the national River Of Words program. She occasionally blogs at www.ireneogarden.com
Stephanie LaRose is a professor at Michigan State University College of Law where she teaches legal writing and oral advocacy. Previously, Stephanie practiced in civil litigation, handling high-profile cases such as a civil rights case against a police department and officer for shooting a teenager and a class action on behalf of early retirees from the State of Michigan; criminal defense, including the defense of a notorious serial killer which is the subject of a 48 Hours special; and prosecution; as well as served as a family court referee presiding over child abuse and neglect, juvenile delinquency, and child custody and support cases. Stephanie is currently an MFA in Creative Writing student at Alma College where Donald Quist is her faculty mentor. Stephanie is working on a memoir about trauma.
Dana Cann is the author of the novel Ghosts of Bergen County (Tin House). His short fiction has been published in The Sun, The Massachusetts Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Florida Review, Pithead Chapel, and HAD, among others. He’s received grants and fellowships from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, the Maryland State Arts Council, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, and the Sewanee Writers Conference. He teaches at Johns Hopkins University and The Writer’s Center.
Robyn Ringler is a nurse, lawyer, and writer in upstate New York. After her experience as President Ronald Reagan’s nurse at the George Washington University Hospital in 1981, following the assassination attempt, she became an outspoken gun control activist and served on the board of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence. In 2015, she earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Tampa. Her writing has appeared in Heavy Feather Review and Yellow Chair Review, in the anthologies Women’s Letters: America from the Revolutionary War to the Present and Stories of Illness and Healing: Women Write Their Bodies, and on NPR and Martha Stewart Radio. Ringler owns East Line Literary Arts, through which she teaches creative writing to all ages.
Rita Mookerjee's poetry is featured or forthcoming in Aaduna, New Delta Review, GlitterMOB, Berfrois, and Cosmonauts Avenue. Her critical work has been featured in the Routledge Companion of Literature and Food, the Bloomsbury Handbook to Literary and Cultural Theory, and the Bloomsbury Handbook of Twenty-First Century Feminist Theory.
In addition to her memoir, Look Both Ways (Turtle Point Press, 2018), Katharine Coles has published six collections of poems, with a seventh, Wayward, forthcoming in 2019. She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Science Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as from the Guggenheim Foundation. She is a Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Utah.
Perry Janes is a poet and filmmaker originally from Metro Detroit, Michigan. His written work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, The Gettysburg Review, The Adroit Journal, The Indiana Review, The Nashville Review, and The Pushcart Prize Anthology XL, among others. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California, and is an MFA candidate in poetry at Warren Wilson College.
Jim Blythe is a retired Professor of Marketing. He is the author of 18 textbooks on various marketing topics, and since his retirement has become involved with theatre. He has written five plays which have been produced in his adopted home town of Cardiff. Jim regards himself as a European as well as an Englishman, and shares his time between France, Wales, and Spain, where he lives for around five moths of the year.
A retired auto worker, Ken Massey resumed his journey in arts and letters at Northwestern University and earned an MFA in Creative Writing & Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars. He currently resides in Zion, IL and pursues his life-long interest in writing, woodwork, visual arts and photography.
Donald Quist is author of two essay collections, Harbors, a Foreword INDIES Bronze Winner and International Book Awards Finalist, and TO THOSE BOUNDED (forthcoming). He has a linked story collection, For Other Ghosts. His writing has appeared in AGNI, North American Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Rumpus, and was Notable in Best American Essays 2018. He is creator of the online nonfiction series PAST TEN. Donald has received fellowships from Sundress Academy for the Arts, Kimbilio Fiction, and served as a Gus T. Ridgel fellow for the English PhD program at University of Missouri. He is Director of the MFA in Writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Rachel Hall’s is the author of Heirlooms (BkMk Press) which was selected by Marge Piercy for the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize. Hall’s short stories have appeared recently in New England Review, Cimarron Review, and Bellevue Literary Review. She is at work on a collection of stories which examines gun violence. More information is available at rachelhall.org
Carolyne Wright co-edited, along with M.L. Lyons and Eugenia Toledo, the anthology Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (Lost Horse Press Human Rights Series, 2015). Her other poetry collections include Mania Klepto: The Book of Eulene (Turning Point, 2011); and A Change of Maps (Lost Horse Press, 2006). She is currently an affiliate faculty member for the Antioch University Los Angeles MFA Program and lives in Seattle, Washington.
Rachel Ann Brickner
Rachel Ann Brickner is a writer and multimedia storyteller from Pittsburgh. Currently, she's an Arts and Sciences Graduate Fellow in fiction in the MFA program at the University of Pittsburgh where she's at work on her first novel and a memoir about debt. Her fiction and essays have appeared in PANK, Corium Magazine, Word Riot, Burrow Press Review, and elsewhere.
Tom Daley leads writing workshops at the Online School of Poetry and in the Boston area at the Boston Center for Adult Education and Lexington Community Education. Recent publications include Claudius Speaks, Oyster River Pages, Amsterdam Quarterly, and museum of americana. His book, House You Cannot Reach: Poems in the Voice of My Mother and Other Poems, is available from FutureCycle Press: http://www.futurecycle.org/index.php/en/catalog/by-author/item/227-tom-daley.
Peycho Kanev is the author of 4 poetry collections and two chapbooks, published in the USA and Europe. His poems have appeared in many literary magazines, such as: Poetry Quarterly, Evergreen Review, Front Porch Review, Hiram Poetry Review, Hawaii Review, Barrow Street, Sheepshead Review, Off the Coast, The Adirondack Review, Sierra Nevada Review, The Cleveland Review and many others. He has three nominations for the Pushcart Prize.
Colleen Quinn has been studying painting and sculpture for most of her life. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 2002, and has studied for many years at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia and at the Art Students League in New York. She won the Leeway Grant for Women in 2002 for the completion of an outdoor sculpture in Philadelphia, and has shown her work in juried shows and galleries in Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York. In 2008, she did a one-month sculpture residency in Costa Rica. She says, "I started painting political figures in 2012. I was interested in slowing down the onslaught of media imagery and taking a longer, closer look at the faces of those in power. As the political situation has continued to devolve, these paintings have become a form of personal protest." Her website: www.colleenquinnart.com.
Douglas Collura lives in Manhattan and is the author of the book, Things I Can Fit My Whole Head Into, which was a finalist for the 2007 Paterson Poetry Prize. He was also the 2008 First Prize Winner of the Missouri Review Audio/Video Competition in Poetry. He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016 and 2018. His work has been published in Avatar Review, The Dos Passos Review, The Schuylkill Valley Journal and other periodicals and webzines.
Zachary Crain is an eighteen year old from Asheville, North Carolina. He attends the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and plans to continue writing fiction into the future. He has also been published by Haunted MTL, and spends his days writing, reading, running, and doing all of the pesky tasks that life throws in between those passions. You can keep up with him on Instagram @zachycrain.
Aiysha Jahan grew up in Dubai and has lived and worked around the world. She enjoys travelling most of all and being a TCK, she writes fiction and essays that explore identity and belonging. As an early-career academic, she juggles writing, teaching Creative Writing at different universities in the south of England and working as a writer in the community with ArtfulScribe to help develop young writers in her local area.
Noah Stetzer is the author of Because I Can See Needing a Knife (Red Bird Chapbooks). His poems have appeared in Sixth Finch, The Cortland Review, Hobart, and other journals. Noah can be found online at www.noahstetzer.com.
Alex Capdeville is an as-yet-unpublished fiction writer and California native who has been living in Paris for the past fourteen years. He has worked as a translator, English teacher, and now earns a living as a carpenter and set builder for French television. He spends his time reading, writing, and cleaning up after his four-year-old daughter.
Jennifer Martelli (she, her, hers) is the author of The Queen of Queens (Bordighera Press) and My Tarantella (Bordighera Press), awarded an Honorable Mention from the Italian-American Studies Association, selected as a 2019 “Must Read” by the Massachusetts Center for the Book, and named as a finalist for the Housatonic Book Award. She is also the author of the chapbooks In the Year of Ferraro from Nixes Mate Press and After Bird, winner of the Grey Book Press open reading, 2016. Her work has appeared in The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, The Tahoma Literary Review, The Sycamore Review, Cream City Review, Verse Daily, Iron HorseReview (winner of the Photo Finish contest), Poetry, and elsewhere. Jennifer Martelli has twice received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for her poetry. She is co-poetry editor for Mom Egg Review.
Marc Lewis is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina. A working writer since graduating from Appalachian State University, he is a proud husband and father of three good kids.
Timothy Denevi’s first book is Hyper (Simon & Schuster, 2014). His writing has recently appeared in The Normal School and Gulf Coast, and online in New York Magazine, The Atlantic, Time, and American Short Fiction. This summer he reported on the Republican and Democratic National Conventions for Literary Hub. He’s an assistant professor in the MFA program at George Mason University, where he teaches nonfiction. He’s currently working on a book about Hunter S. Thompson. You can follow him on Twitter at @TimDenevi.
T. Clear is a founder of Floating Bridge Press and the Easy Speak open mic series in Seattle. She has been writing and publishing since the late 1970’s, and her work has appeared in many magazines, including Atlanta Review, Poetry Northwest, Cascadia Review, Fine Madness, Crab Creek Review and is forthcoming in Terrain and Common Ground Review. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and for the Independent Best American Poetry Award.
Kristen Iskandrian's debut novel MOTHEREST (Twelve/Hachette) was long-listed for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2017. She is the recipient of an O. Henry Prize, and her short stories have appeared in McSweeneys, Ploughshares, Zyzzyva, Joyland, Crazyhorse, Tin House, and many other places. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama.
Jeannine Hall Gailey
Jeannine Hall Gailey served as the second Poet Laureate of Redmond, Washington. She's the author of five books of poetry: Becoming the Villainess, She Returns to the Floating World, Unexplained Fevers, The Robot Scientist’s Daughter, and Field Guide to the End of the World, winner of the Moon City Press Book Prize and the SFPA's Elgin Award. She’s also the author of PR for Poets: A Guidebook to Publicity and Marketing. Her work has been featured on The Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily, and The Best Horror of the Year. Her work appeared in journals such as American Poetry Review, Notre Dame Review and Prairie Schooner. Her web site is www.webbish6.com. Twitter: @webbish6.
Christine Sneed is the author of the novels Paris, He Said and Little Known Facts, and the story collections Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry and The Virginity of Famous Men. Her work has been included in publications such as The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, The Southern Review, New England Review, and Ploughshares. She has received the Grace Paley Prize, Ploughshares' Zacharis Award, the Chicago Public Library 21st Century Award, and others. She teaches creative writing and is the faculty director of Northwestern University School of Professional Studies’ MFA program.
Idris Anderson’s second collection of poems Doubtful Harbor won the Hollis Summers Prize and was published by Ohio University Press in 2018. Her debut collection of poems Mrs. Ramsay's Knee was selected by Harold Bloom for the May Swenson Poetry Awardand published by Utah State University Press. She has won a Pushcart Prize and has published poems in AGNI On-Line, Crab Orchard Review, The Hudson Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Southern Review, and other journals. She was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina but has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than two decades.
Joshua P.F. lives in the Washington D.C. area with his wife and two daughters. He spent five years in the U.S. Army before going back to school. In his day job, Josh works in technology; but in his free time, he likes to write. His work has been published in The Wrath Bearing Tree.
James Miller won the Connecticut Poetry Award in 2020. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Cold Mountain Review, The Maine Review, Lunch Ticket, The Atlanta Review, Thin Air, A Minor, Typehouse, Eclectica, Rabid Oak, pioneertown, Juked, North Dakota Quarterly, Yemassee, Phoebe, Mantis and elsewhere.
Louise Schneider was a psychiatrist who lived in San Francisco until her death in 2019, and the author of two books of poetry, Baby Grand (2018) and Mightily Beautiful (2019).
Rosie Garland has a passion for language nurtured by public libraries, & writes poetry, prose and things that fall between & outside. Val McDermid named her one of the UK’s most compelling LGBT+ writers.
Andrea Hollander is the author of four full-length poetry collections, including Landscape with Female Figure: New & Selected Poems, 1982 – 2012, a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her many other honors include two Pushcart Prizes, the D. H. Lawrence Fellowship, the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize, and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Hollander lives in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches writing workshops. Her website is www.andreahollander.net.
Raqi Syed is an American writer and visual effects artist living and working in Wellington, New Zealand. She has held positions at Weta Digital and Disney, and she worked on films such as Avatar, The Hobbit, and The Planet of the Apes. Her essays have appeared in Motherboard, Salon, Quartz, and TechCrunch. She lectures on film and media at The School of Design at Victoria University of Wellington. You can follow Raqi on Twitter at @hydroxandhorlix.
Born in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, Cathryn Hankla is department chair and professor of English & Creative Writing in the Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins University. She also serves as Poetry editor of The Hollins Critic. Hankla has published thirteen books of fiction and poetry, including Fortune Teller Miracle Fish: stories, Great Bear, and Galaxies. Her first work of nonfiction, Lost Places: on losing and finding home, will be published next spring.
Martha Zweig’s latest collection, Get Lost, winner of the 2014 Rousseau Prize for Literature, is forthcoming from The National Poetry Review Press. Previous collections include: Monkey Lightning, Tupelo Press 2010; Vinegar Bone (1999) and What Kind (2003), both from Wesleyan University Press, and Powers, 1976, a chapbook from the Vermont Arts Council. She has received a Whiting Award, Hopwood Awards, Pushcart and Best-of-the-Net nominations, and has published most recently in SLICE; SPILLWAY, INNISFREE and SUPERSTITION REVIEW.
Leslie Bienen lives in Portland, Oregon. She has an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and has published in Ploughshares, The Cream City Review, The Chattahoochee Review, and elsewhere. She is on the faculty of the OHSU-Portland State University Joint School of Public Health, as well as writing fiction and nonfiction. Among other honors, she has been nominated for Best American Stories and won a James Michener Prize.
Michelle Ross is the author of There's So Much They Haven't Told You (2017), which won the 2016 Moon City Press Short Fiction Award. Her fiction has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, Colorado Review, DIAGRAM, The Pinch, and other venues. She's fiction editor of Atticus Review. www.michellenross.com
Michelle Brafman is the author of the novel Washing the Dead and Bertrand Court, a collection of linked stories. She is on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins MA in Writing program and teaches private and pro bono workshops throughout the Washington, D.C. area
Nominated for The Pushcart Prize, Best Small Fictions, and The Millions, Dina Greenberg’s writing has appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, Pembroke Magazine, Split Rock Review, Tahoma Literary Review, Barely South, and Wilderness House Literary Review, among others. Her novel Nermina’s Chance will be published by Propertius Press in late 2021. Dina earned an MFA in fiction from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she served as managing editor for the literary journal Chautauqua. She teaches creative writing courses for adults and also provides one-on-one writing coaching for victims of trauma. Much of her work is available at http://www.dinagreenberg.com.
Margaret Ray grew up in Gainesville, Florida and holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College. A winner of a Chapbook Fellowship from the Poetry Society of America and the Third Coast Poetry Prize, her poems have appeared in FIELD, The Gettysburg Review, Threepenny Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. She teaches in New Jersey.
Thorpe Moeckel’s sixth book, Down by the Eno, Down by the Haw: A Wonder Almanac, was published in fall 2019 by Mercer University Press,
and his middle grade novel, True as True Can Be, along with a collection of poems, According to Sand, will be published in 2022. He has taught at Hollins University since 2005.
A. Cohan is an Iranian writer and critic. Cohan lives in Tehran and is the author of some novels and essays.
David L. Ulin
David L. Ulin is the author, most recently, of the novel Ear to the Ground. A 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, his other books include Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles, shortlisted for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, and the Library of America’s Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology, which won a California Book Award.
Michael Morse lives in Brooklyn, NY and teaches at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. His first book, Void and Compensation, was a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Prize in 2016.
Ryan Rivas is the Publisher of Burrow Press. His work has appeared in Literary Hub, Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012, decomP, Paper Darts and elsewhere.
Maria Leonard Olsen
Attorney Maria Leonard Olsen is the author of 50 After 50: Reframing the Next Chapter of Your Life (Rowman & Littlefield 2018), in which she writes about how to overcome the continuing effects of trauma and be the best version of yourself that you can be. She can be reached via her website, www.MariaLeonardOlsen.com.
Autumn McClintock lives in Philadelphia and works at the public library. Poems of hers have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Account, Cimarron Review, Denver Quarterly, Permafrost, Sonora Review, and others. Her chapbook, After the Creek, was published in 2016. She is a staff reader for Ploughshares.
Michelle Acker is a Florida-based poet and a graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing at Hollins University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in 2River View, Gesture, Poetry is Dead, Permafrost, the Florida Review, Saw Palm, Spilled Milk, and elsewhere. She co-hosts a podcast called I've Read That! and can be found on Twitter @michelle__acker.
Bio: Patron Henekou is a poet and cofounder of Festival International des Lettres et des Arts (www.nimblefeathers.com) at Université de Lomé, Togo. He writes in French and English as well, and translates. His poems have appeared in anthologies such as Palmes pour le Togo, Arbolarium, Antologia Poetica de Los Cinco Continentes, and The Best New African Poets Anthology 2017, and in poetry journals such as AFROpoésie, Revue des Citoyens des Lettres, Aquifer: The Florida Review Online, Asymptote, Better than Starbucks, Zócalo, etc. His published books include a play, Dovlo, or A Worthless Sweat (2015) and two poetry books in French entitled Souffles d’outre-cœur (2017) and Souffles & Faces(2018). Patron is a 2018 African American Fellow at the Palm Beach Poetry Festival in Delray, Florida.
Thomas is British-Guatemalan and was born in Paraguay. He has lived in many countries: Panama, Honduras, Ecuador, Japan, Canada, England, and Spain. His fiction is in J Journal-New writing for Justice.
Tony Mochama is a poet and lawyer-turned-journalist who is a popular columnist with The Standard Media Group, one of Kenya's big media organizations. A pioneer Morland Miles Scholar in 2014, Mochama has won multiple literary awards for his novellas, including the Burt Prize twice (2013 & 2016). Tony enjoys traveling and has been an SLS participant on three continents. He is also the author of a book of nocturnal essays about his native city, Nairobi: A Night Guide through the City in the Sun.
Uche Ogbuji, born in Calabar, Nigeria, lived in Egypt, England, and elsewhere before settling near Boulder, Colorado. A computer engineer and entrepreneur by trade, his poetry chapbook, Ndewo, Colorado (Aldrich Press), is a Colorado Book Award Winner and a Westword Award Winner ("Best Environmental Poetry"). His poems, published worldwide, fuse Igbo culture, European classicism, American Mountain West setting, and Hip-Hop. He co-hosts the Poetry Voice podcast, is featured in the Best New African Poets anthology, and was shortlisted for Nigeria's Eriata Oribhabor Poetry Prize.
Liu Xia is a Chinese poet and artist. She is the author of Empty Chairs: Selected Poems (Graywolf Press), with translations into English by Ming Di and Jennifer Stern. Her poems have also been published by PEN America, Chinese PEN, the BBC, the Guardian, the Margins for the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Poetry, the Poetry Society of America, and Words without Borders. Liu Xia’s photographs have appeared in galleries throughout the world.
Jennifer Stern is an American poet who has lived in China.
Ming Di was born in China and lives in the United States as a poet and translator. She is the co-founder and executive editor of Poetry East West, a Chinese-English bilingual literary journal. She is the Senior Editor of Translation at Tupelo Quarterly and the co-founder and chief editor of DJS BOOKS, an imprint of Red Hen Press. Publications of her poetry include six books in Chinese published by major Chinese presses, a selection of her work translated into English titled River Merchant’s Wife (Marick Press/USA, 2012), and translations of her work into German and Spanish. She edited and co-translated New Cathay: Contemporary Chinese Poetry (Tupelo Press, 2013), and has translated several English language poets into Chinese. With co-translator Jennifer Stern, she edited and translated Empty Chairs: Selected Poems by Liu Xia.
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Joan Silber is the author of eight books of fiction, most recently the novel, Improvement, listed as one of the year’s best books by The Washington Post, Newsday, The Seattle Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Improvement is a finalist for the NBCC Award in Fiction. Her previous book, Fools, was longlisted for the National Book Award and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Other works include The Size of the World, finalist for the LA Times Fiction Prize, and Ideas of Heaven, finalist for the National Book Award and the Story Prize. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and in the Warren Wilson MFA Program.
Brent Terry is the author of the poetry collections yesnomaybe, (Main Street Rag) Wicked, Excellently (Word Tech) and the forthcoming Troubadour Logic (Main Street Rag). Among the honors he has garnered are a fellowship from the Connecticut Arts and Tourism Board and the 2017 Connecticut Poetry Prize. Terry has worked with writers of all ages and abilities, and currently teaches creative writing and literature at Eastern Connecticut State University.
Patrick Holloway is a young Irish writer. His story was the winning January story for The Hennessy New Writing Competition. He was the winner of Headstuff poem of the year. He won second place in the Raymond Carver Fiction Contest, was shortlisted for the Dermot Healy Poetry Prize, The Over The Edge New Writer of the Year Award for poetry, The Bath Flash Fiction Prize, and The Bath Short Story Prize. His stories and poems have been published widely in Ireland, the U.K, Australia, United States, and Brazil. Some of the journals that have published his work include Poetry Ireland Review, The Irish Times, Overland Literary Journal, Write Bloody Publishing, New Voices Scotland, Papercuts, and Headstuff. He has been shortlisted twice for the Cork Literary Manuscript competition. His short story ‘Counting Stairs’ was highly commended for the Manchester Fiction Prize.
Dinah Lenney is the author of The Object Parade and Bigger than Life: A Murder, a Memoir, and co-edited ,Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction with the late Judith Kitchen. Her essays and reviews have been published in the Paris Review Daily, AGNI, Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, and The New York Times, among other journals and anthologies. Dinah serves as core faculty in the Bennington Writing Seminars, and as an editor-at-large for LARB. Bloomsbury will publish her new book, Coffee, in April, 2020.
Elaine Nussbaum lives in Scappoose, Oregon surrounded by 3&1/2 acres of second growth forest. She holds a Certificate in Writing from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Boulder University (1986), and an MFA in Writing from Pacific University (2013). Her work has appeared in Poetry Seattle, Bombay Gin, The Sun, Spilt Infinitive, Louisiana Literature, Silk Road, Thimbleberry, Artists and Climate Change, Persimmon Tree, and Headline Poetry and Press. A chapbook of her work, Poems in the Key of D Flat was published by Overwrought Press in 1992, and a collection of her poetry, Jesus Christ Made Seattle Under Protest was published by Finishing Line Press in September 2019.
Dr. Antoinette Ellis-Williams is Chair and Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies at New Jersey City University. A Jamaican-born multi-media abstract artist, playwright, actor, filmmaker and poet, her solo visual exhibit Girlhood/UnDone (October-November 2017) showed at NJCU. She is the author of Black Gardenias: A Collection of Poems, Stories, & Sayings From A Woman’s Heart (Semaj Publishing, 2013). Her one woman play Scarf Diaries premiered at NJPAC in 2017 and will appear at the reg. e gaines 2021 Downtown Urban Art Festival in NYC. Her documentary Lee Hagan: Connecting Generations (2016) won best short documentary at the Newark Black Film Festival. Her TedX Talk Finding Justice in the Land of the Free (2015) tried to unpack her immigrant status in America. She is also a minister at Bethany Baptist Church in Newark, where she lives, and a member of the Board of Trustees for the New Jersey Institute of Social Justice and Women@NJPAC. Jamaican Immigrant. Mother. Wife. Citizen. Black Woman of God. Sister. Daughter. Grateful.
Sarah Van Arsdale
Sarah Van Arsdale’s book-length narrative poem, The Catamount, is forthcoming in April, 2017, from Nomadic Press. Her fourth book of fiction, In Case of Emergency, Break Glass, a collection of novellas, was published in April, 2016, by Queen’s Ferry Press. Her poetry, essays, short fiction and book reviews have been published in a variety of journals including Guernica, Passages North, The Poetry Miscellany, The Widener Review, and Episodic. She curates BLOOM: The Reading Series at Hudson View Gardens in New York City and teaches in the Antioch University MFA Program and at NYU.
Leonard Kress has published poetry and fiction in Massachusetts Review, Iowa Review, American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, etc. His recent collections are Braids & Other Sestinas, Walk Like Bo Diddley, and a new verse translation of the Polish Romantic epic, Pan Tadeusz by Adam Mickiewicz He teaches philosophy and religion Owens College in Ohio and edits creative non-fiction for Artful Dodge.
Brendan Grady has published poems in The Collagist and The New England Review. He received his MFA from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers and lives in Philadelphia.
Edith Vonnegut paints.
Jane Satterfield has received awards in poetry from the NEA, Bellingham Review, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Mslexia, and more. Her books of poetry are Her Familiars, Assignation at Vanishing Point, Shepherdess with an Automatic, and Apocalypse Mix, winner of the 2016 Autumn House Poetry Prize, selected by David St. John.
Lourdes Bernard is a Dominican American visual artist who grew up on Brooklyn. She graduated from Syracuse University's School of Architecture and practiced architecture along the east coast for over twenty years, working on a wide variety of building types. As a Consultant and Project Manager at Robert AM Stern, RAA and Enrique Norten's offices she led and collaborated with team members on high end architecture projects nationwide. After practicing in Washington DC for several years she relocated to New York City to attend the New York Studio School where she studied fine arts. In the Spring of 2020 her project the "Women of April" will be exhibited at the CUNY's Dominican Studies Institute at City College. She is the recipient of a Wurlitzer Foundation Fellowship and a Yaddo Foundation Fellowship. She exhibited her work at El Museao de Barrio, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, the Wilmer Jennings Gallery, the NYPL, and other venues. Coming full circle Lourdes now lives and works in Brooklyn.
Joseph Cichosz is a socio-cultural anthropologist, a Fulbright Scholar, a singer, a songwriter, and a surprisingly good cook. He lives in North Carolina and Xiamen, China, where he teaches professional writing, cultural adaptation and cross-cultural communication at Xiamen University. He is currently working on his first novel, “When Chronos met Einstein”.
José Edmundo Ocampo Reyes
Born and raised in the Philippines, José Edmundo Ocampo Reyes is the author of the chapbook Present Values (Backbone Press, 2018), winner of the Jean Pedrick Chapbook Award from the New England Poetry Club. His poems have appeared in various Philippine and U.S. journals and have been anthologized in The Powow River Anthology, Villanelles, The Achieve Of, The Mastery: Filipino Poetry and Verse from English, mid-‘90s to 2016, and No Tender Fences: An Anthology of Immigrant and First-Generation American Poetry.
Andrew Shields lives in Basel, Switzerland. His collection of poems "Thomas Hardy Listens to Louis Armstrong" was published by Eyewear in June 2015. His band Human Shields released the album "Somebody's Hometown" in 2015 and the EP "Défense de jouer" in 2016.
Wally Swist's books include include Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love(Southern Illinois University Press, 2012), selected by Yusef Komunyakaa for the 2011 Crab Orchard Open Poetry Competition, and A Bird Who Seems to Know Me: Poems Regarding Birds and Nature, winner of the 2018 Ex Ophidia Poetry Prize. His recent poetry and translations appear in Asymptote, Chicago Quarterly Review, The Montreal Review, Poetry London, The Seventh Quarry Poetry Magazine (Wales), and Transom. He co-translated "The Postcards of Aneyakouji Street" with Masako Takeda, which also appeared as a series of illustrated postcards, and which were featured in "Modern Haiku."
Mariya Taher has worked in the gender violence field for nearly nine years in the areas of research, policy, program development, and direct service. She received her Master in Social Work from San Francisco State University in 2010 and has worked on the issue of domestic violence at W.O.M.A.N., Inc.; Asian Women’s Shelter; and Saheli, Support and Friendship for South Asian Women and Families. She was a 2014 Women’s Policy Institute Fellow for The Women’s Foundation of California and an adjunct lecturer at San Francisco State University. In 2015, she cofounded Sahiyo, a transnational organization with the mission to empower Asian communities to end female genital cutting.
Mariya also graduated with her MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University in 2016, where she received the 2014 Graduate School of Arts & Social Sciences Dean’s Merit Scholarship and the 2016 Lesley University Graduate Student Leadership Award. She writes both fiction and nonfiction and has contributed articles and stories to Huffington Post, The Fair Observer, Brown Girl Magazine, Solstice Literary Magazine, The Express Tribune, The San Francisco Examiner, The Flexible Persona, Cecile’s Writer’s Magazine, and more.
Christopher Kondrich is the author of Contrapuntal (Free Verse Editions, 2013), a New Measure Poetry Prize finalist. He is the winner of The Iowa Review Award for Poetry (selected by Srikanth Reddy), and The Paris-American Reading Series Prize. His new poetry appears or is forthcoming in Boston Review, Crazyhorse, Gulf Coast, Poetry Northwest, The Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, Third Coast, Typo and Web Conjunctions. He holds an MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts and a PhD from the University of Denver where he was an editor for Denver Quarterly. He is an Associate Editor of 32 Poems, and an instructor for the Lighthouse Writers Workshop and Frequency Writers.
Siavash Saadlou is a writer and translator whose works of fiction, creative nonfiction, and criticism have appeared in The Margins, WGBH Boston, and Asymptote. His poems are forthcoming in two anthologies, Essential Voices: Poetry of Iran and Its Diaspora (Green Linden Press) and Processing Crisis: An Anthology (Risk Press). In addition, his translations of contemporary Persian poetry can be found in Denver Quarterly, Pilgrimage, and Washington Square Review, among many other journals. Saadlou holds an MFA in creative writing from Saint Mary’s College of California.
Becca Barniskis has a chapbook of poems, Mimi and Xavier Star in a Museum That Fits Entirely in One’s Pocket (Anomalous Press). Her poems have appeared in a wide range of journals including Poetry London, LIT, Prairie Schooner, Conduit, Colorado Review, Vinyl, Typo, and many others. She performs her poetry to live audiences regularly as part of the bands Downrange Telemetrics and Pancake7. More: beccabarniskis.com
Asma Iftikhar works with rare books and manuscripts in the University of Birmingham, UK.
One of her short stories, drawing inspiration from the ‘Women Power Protest’ exhibition, was selected to be performed at the 'Tell Me A Story’ event at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery as part of the 2019 Women's International Day Celebration. Her short story 'The Decision' will be published by Wild Pressed Books this Autumn.
Kai-Lin Wu is assistant professor of foreign languages and literature at Tunghai University in Taiwan. She teaches English academic writing, second language writing research, and readings in English prose. She received her PhD in English Education from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, where she learned and fell in love with literary non-fiction. She is the author of two English composition textbooks for Chinese-speaking students.
Benjamin Paloff's books include the poetry collections And His Orchestra (2015) and The Politics (2011), both from Carnegie Mellon. He is also the author of an award-winning critical volume, Lost in the Shadow of the Word (Space, Time, and Freedom in Interwar Eastern Europe), and of many books in translation. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Conduit, New American Writing, The New York Review of Books, The Paris Review, and others. Twice a fellow of the NEA, he teaches literature and translation at the University of Michigan.
Anthony DiPietro is a gay Rhode Island native who has worked in community-based organizations for 14 years. In 2016, he joined Stony Brook University, where he earned a creative writing MFA, taught college courses, and planned and diversified arts programming. He is now associate director of the Rose Art Museum in Waltham, Massachusetts. A graduate of Brown University with honors in creative writing, his poems and essays have appeared in Notre Dame Review, Spillway, Washington Square Review, and others. He has been a finalist with Coal Hill Review, Naugatuck River Review, and The Tishman Review and has received fellowships from Aspen Summer Words, The Frost Place, and Key West Literary Seminars. His website is AnthonyWriter.com.
Colette Parris is a Caribbean-American graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School who returned to her literary roots during the pandemic. Her fiction can be found in Cleaver Magazine, Burningword Literary Journal, Streetlight Magazine, Vestal Review, and other journals, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize as well as Best Microfiction. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Michigan Quarterly Review, The Healing Muse, BigCityLit, Thin Air Magazine, and elsewhere. She lives in Westchester County, New York. Find her on Twitter @colettepjd.
Aravinda Garimella is an emerging writer of short fiction. She resides in Champaign and is a faculty member at the University of Illinois where she teaches and conducts research on how interaction with technology shapes individual and societal behavior. Her stories speak to the essence of home and belonging – a theme close to her heart as an immigrant from South India. This is her first literary publication.
Gianna Ward-Vetrano is a doctoral candidate in comparative literature at University of California, Berkeley, and a blogger. Her blog, The Unbearable Bookishness of Blogging (unbearablebookishness.com), has featured writing about literature, cinema, and feminism since 2013.
Dionne Ford is the author of the memoir Finding Josephine, forthcoming from Putnam, and co-editor of the anthology Shared Legacies: Narratives of Race and Reconciliation by Descendants of Slaveholders and the Enslaved, forthcoming from Rutgers University Press. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, LitHub, More, Rumpus and Ebony, and won awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and the Newswomen’s Club of New York. Most recently, she received a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship for 2018.
Preston's art has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the greater New York Metropolitan and Tri-State areas, and Portland, Oregon. He is represented by the Prince Street Gallery in NYC and Gallery903 in Portland, Oregon. His works have received awards including those from The National Arts Club in New York City, the Cooperstown Art Association and The Art Students League of NY, where he studied for a number of years. As a musician - composer, performer, and conductor - Preston was a Fellow in Composition and Conducting at the Tanglewood-Berkshire Music Center, a Guggenheim Fellow and a resident fellow at the MacDowell Colony. He has received commission grants from The NEA and the NY State Council on the Arts among others. He is a frequent speaker and lecturer on the arts and expanding individual creativity. Classical music devotees know Preston as the long-time host of Sirius/XM Satellite Radio's nationally broadcast "Symphony Hall" channel 76. View art online at www.prestontrombly.com and www.instagram.com/preston.trombly
Ned Balbo's books include Upcycling Paumanok and The Trials of Edgar Poe and Other Poems (awarded the Poets’ Prize and the Donald Justice Poetry Prize). He is the recipient of a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Literature in Translation Fellowship. Erica Dawson selected his fifth book, 3 Nights of the Perseids, for the 2018 Richard Wilbur Award. He is married to poet-essayist Jane Satterfield and was recently a visiting faculty member in Iowa State University's MFA program in creative writing and environment.
Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet
Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet is the author of The Greenhouse and Tulips, Water, Ash. Her poems have appeared in journals including Plume, Zyzzyva, and the Kenyon Review Online and in anthologies including Nasty Women Poets and The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she coordinates the reading series Lilla Lit and leads workshops at Literary Arts. Find her work at lisagluskinstonestreet.com.
Martha Silano is the author of five full-length poetry collections, including The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception, winner of the 2010 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize and a Washington State Book Award finalist, and the newly released Gravity Assist (Saturnalia Books, 2019). Honors include North American Review’s James Hearst Poetry Prize, The Cincinnati Review’s Robert & Adele Schiff Award in Poetry, and Yaddo’s Martha Walsh Pulver Residency. Her work has been included in the Best American Poetry series and many magazines, including Poetry and Paris Review. Silano teaches at Bellevue College, near her home in Seattle, WA.
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Alexandra Watson is the Executive Editor of Apogee Journal, a publication providing a platform for underrepresented artists and writers. She is a full-time Lecturer in the First-Year Writing program at Barnard College. Her fiction, poetry, and interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in The Bennington Review, Yes, Poetry, Nat. Brut., Breadcrumbs Magazine, Redivider, PANK, Lit Hub, and Apogee. She’s the recipient of the 2019 PEN/Nora Magid Prize for Literary Magazine editing. Find her at alexandrawatson.net or on Twitter @watsonlexis.
Munawar Abbas studied at Hunter College and is a graduate student at the Stony Brook Southampton MFA program. He lives in Brooklyn and this is his first publication.
Natashia Deón is an NAACP Image Award Nominee, practicing criminal attorney, and college professor. A Pamela Krasney Moral Courage Fellow, Deón is the author of the critically acclaimed debut novel, Grace, which was named a Best Book by The New York Times. Deón has been awarded fellowships by PEN America, Prague Summer Program for Writers, Dickinson House in Belgium, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Writer, director, teacher, composer, and performer Ozzie Jones is Founder and Artistic director of the Rhythm One Company. His many directing credits include Ursula Rucker’s My Father’s Daughter at La MAMA (NYC), Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity at Theater Horizon (nominated for nine Barrymore awards, and winner of three); and Breaking Barriers for First Person Arts at Philadelphia Theater Company. Jones wrote and directed South African Nativity for Enon in Cape Town, South Africa, and wrote and performed the song “Coochie Time,” featured in Spike Lee’s Da Sweet Blood of Jesus. He directed a series of short plays written by inmates for Philadelphia FIGHT organization, and My Block is Crazy, a documentary about violence and youth produced with the United States Attorney's Office. He’s been awarded the Barrymore’s Harold Prince Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical for Freedom Theater’s production of Black Nativity and 7Arts Magazine’s Award for rising stars. His production, in Ireland, of Othello was described by the Irish Times as “the most creative and innovative production of Shakespeare seen in Ireland in decades.” He co-wrote, provided dramaturgy, and performed in the Bessie Award-winning Rome and Jewels for Rennie Harris Pure Movement. He has directed or performed with Patti Labelle, Ruby Dee, Ntozake Shange, William Pope.L, Walter Dallas, Sonia Sanchez, Jill Scott, Guy Davis, The Roots, Wu Tang Clan, Schooly D, Public Enemy, Poor Righteous Teachers, Douglas Turner Ward, Amiri Baraka, Paul Carter Harrison, Melvin Van Peoples, Rennie Harris, etc.
August Kleinzahler was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, in 1949. He is the author of eleven books of poems and a memoir, Cutty, One Rock. His collection The Strange Hours Travelers Keep was awarded the 2004 Griffin Poetry Prize, and Sleeping It off in Rapid City won the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry. That same year he received a Lannan Literary Award. His most recent books, Sallies, Romps, Portraits, and Send-Offs and Before Dawn on Bluff Road / Hollyhocks in the Fog, were published in 2018. He lives in San Francisco.
Sarah Audsley lives and works in New Hampshire's White Mountains region.
She has received support for her work from the Rona Jaffe Foundation and the
Vermont Studio Center. Her nonfiction appears in Appalachia Journal and Alpinist, and poems can be found in Four Way Review, Potluck Magazine, and The
Massachusetts Review. She holds a degree in Creative Writing from the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.
Joy Katz’s poetry collections and essays cover sentimentality, writing while white, baby poetics, and other subjects. Her manuscript in progress, The Color Cure, documents every minute of whiteness in her life. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pa., where she collaborates with musicians, theater practitioners, and choreographers in the pro-beauty, anti-racist art collective IfYouReallyLoveMe. She teaches poetry in Carlow University’s Madwomen in the Attic workshops for women and is an editor-at-large for Copper Nickel. More info at joykatz.com.
Mary Lee Grant
Mary Lee Grant is a lecturer in History and English at the Hanoi University of Mining and Geology. She splits her time between Hanoi, Vietnam, an elephant sanctuary in Kanchanaburi, Thailand where she is learning to be an elephant mahout, and her home in rural South Texas.
Brooks Haxton’s seventh collection of poems from Alfred A. Knopf, Mister Toebones, is due out early in 2021. A teacher for many years in the graduate writing programs at Syracuse University and Warren Wilson College, he has also published two book-length narrative poems, four books of translations, and a nonfiction account of his son’s career in high-stakes poker.
Tiffany Lee Brown
Tiffany Lee Brown is a poet, artist, Tarot reader, and small-town newspaper columnist. An editor of Plazm magazine (LINK https://plazm.com/magazine/), she grew up in the woods of Oregon's Willamette Valley, and now dwells in the pine forests of Central Oregon. Find her Burning Tarot podcast online at tiffanyleebrown.com.
Amy Bassin is an artist from New York City who uses photography, moving images, and works on paper to explore power struggles, survival, and personal history in relation to socio-political current events. She exhibits both at home and abroad. Her latest book is the text-based fine arts photography collaboration with writer Mark Blickley, Dream Streams, (Claire Songbirds Publishing House, NY). She is co-founder of the international artists' collective, Urban Dialogues.
Ellen June Wright is a poet based in Hackensack, New Jersey. She was born in England of West Indian parents and immigrated to the United States as a child. She attended school in NJ and taught high-school language arts for three decades. She has worked as a consulting teacher on the guides for three PBS poetry series called Poetry Haven, Fooling with Words and the Language of Life. Her poetry has most recently been published in Naugatuck River Review, New York Quarterly, Plume, Atlanta Review, Solstice, Tar River Poetry, Paterson Literary Review, Gordon Square Review, The South Carolina Review and Tulsa Review. She is a Cave Canem and Hurston/Wright alumna. Her work was selected as The Missouri Review’s Poem of the Week and was featured in the article, Exceptional Prose Poetry From Around the Web: June 2021. She was a finalist in the Gulf Stream 2020 summer poetry contest and is a founding member of Poets of Color virtual poetry workshop in New Jersey. Ellen received five 2021 and 2022 Pushcart Prize nominations. She can be found on Twitter @EllenJuneWrites.
Tim Kellner was born in Dresden, Germany. He was a member of the boys' choir Dresdner Kreuzchor and worked for fifteen years as a professional singer. He studied graphic design at the Fachschule fuer angewandte Kunst Heiligendamm and the University of Wismar, specializing in experimental photography. He was an intern in London for Creative Camera.
In 2004, Tim founded the Network for New Subjective Photography, co-curating the show "Refusal Of Reality" and was granted a scholarship by the city of Rostock. His received a travel grant to Australia from the Government of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in 2005. He was the first International Visiting Research Fellow at Sydney College of the Arts in 2008. He was awarded the Rostocker Kunstpreis for photography in 2009.
Tim is a founding member of the Artist Collective SCHAUM. SCHAUM has won prizes and grants for its conceptual art, including the competition for a memorial for the pogrom of Rostock-Lichtenhagen in 2016. Tim has been exhibiting and curating shows continuously for the past 20 years throughout Germany and abroad. He teaches photography at the art school of Rostock, Germany, where he lives by the Baltic Sea.
Paul Otremba is the author of two poetry collections, The Currency (Four Way Books 2009) and Pax Americana (Four Way Books 2015). He teaches at Rice University and in the Warren Wilson low-residency MFA program.
Kate Hoyle is a poet and visual artist from Moraga, California. Her work has been published in The Tupelo Press 30/30 Project, Handwritten Work and Typishly. Her five poem series, On America, recently traveled the US and South America on exhibit in U2’s Joshua Tree World Tour. You can see more of her work at katehoyle.com .
Jesse McCloskey received his BFA from The Swain School Of Design in Massachusetts and a MFA from Parsons in New York. In 2005 he was a NYFA grant recipient and has been to a couple of artist’s residencies including Yaddo. In 2016 he was invited to exhibit three paintings at The American Academy of Arts and Letters Invitational Exhibition and a painting from that show was recently purchased by The Provincetown Arts Association and Museum. Jesse’s work was featured in the Fall 2017 issue of The Southern Review. He is currently working on a show scheduled for a May 2019 opening.
John Kinsella's most recent books of poetry include Firebreaks (WW Norton, 2016), Drowning in Wheat: Selected Poems (Picador, 2016) and Insomnia (Picador, 2019). He is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University, and Professor of Literature and Environment, Curtin University, Western Australia. He is an vegan anarchist pacifist of thirty-three years who lives on Ballardong Noongar land in Western Australia
Robert Herbst is a writer and violinist. He graduate cum laude from Dartmouth in 2016 with degrees in History and in Music, and he obtained his Masters in Violin Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2019. Herbst lives in Boulder, where he teaches, performs, writes, and runs on trails.
Philip Fried has published seven volumes of poetry, the most recent being Interrogating Water (Salmon, 2014) and Squaring the Circle (Salmon, 2017), Among the Gliesians (Salmon, 2020). Thomas Lux said about his work, "I love Philip Fried's elegant quarrels with the cruelty and ignorance of the world ...," and Carol Rumens twice chose a poem by him as Poem of the Week in The Guardian.
Cindy Bosley, native of Ottumwa, Iowa, is a poet, essayist, and quilt artist. Her recent and first collection is Quilt Life, (publ.: Bottom Dog Press) and she has a chapbook publication, The Siren Sonnets, (publ.: Finishing Line Press). Bosley’s poems appear in many literary journals, and she’s had two essays printed in a college composition textbook, The Composition of Everyday Life. Additionally, one of her quilts appears in the gallery photos section of One Block Wonders of The World (publ.: C&T Publishing). Cindy lives in Toledo, Ohio and shares space with her high-schooler and two cats. She holds a poetry MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, class of ’91.
Gemini Wahhaj has a PhD in creative writing from the University of Houston. Her fiction has appeared in Granta, Zone 3, Cimarron Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Crab Orchard Review, Chattahoochee Review, Apogee, Silk Road, Night Train, Cleaver, Northwest Review, and Concho River Review, among others, and is forthcoming in Arkansas Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, Change Seven, Valley Voices, Superpresent, The Raven’s Perch, and Hypertext Magazine. Awards include the James A. Michener award for fiction at the creative writing program of the University of Houston (awarded by Inprint), honorable mention in Atlantic student writer contest 2006, honorable mention in Glimmer Train fiction contest Spring 2005, and the prize for best undergraduate fiction at the University of Pennsylvania, judged by Philip Roth. Zone 3 Literary Awards winner in 2021. An excerpt of her Young Adult manuscript The Girl Next Door was published in Exotic Gothic Volume 5 featuring Joyce Carol Oates. She was senior editor at Feminist Economics and a staff writer at The Daily Star in Bangladesh. She teaches English at the Lone Star College in Houston and is the editor of the magazine Cat 5 Review.
Cameron Vanderwerf is a Boston-based writer. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the New Delta Review, Southern Humanities Review, Minnesota Review, Worcester Review, Moon City Review, Write Launch, Every Day Fiction, Flash Fiction Magazine, and other publications. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Hollins University.
C.M. Mayo is the author of several books on Mexico, including the novel based on a true story, The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire (Unbridled Books), which was named a Library Journal Best Book of 2009, and Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico (Milkweed Editions), two chapters of which, as essays, won Lowell Thomas Awards. Her collection of short fiction, Sky Over El Nido (University of Georgia Press), won the Flannery O'Connor Award. A long-time resident of Mexico City and a noted translator of Mexican fiction and poetry, her translations have been widely anthologized, and she is the editor of Mexico: A Literary Traveler's Companion, a portrait of Mexico in the works of 24 Mexican writers. In 2017 she was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters. Her website is www.cmmayo.com.
Elly Bookman’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, The Georgia Review, The Florida Review, and elsewhere. She was the recipient of the first annual Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from APR and of the 2017 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize from The Georgia Review. She writes and teaches in downtown Atlanta.
Paul Goldberg's novel, The Chateau, will be published by Picador in February. His debut novel, The Yid, was named a finalist for both the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and the National Jewish Book Award’s Goldberg Prize for Debut Fiction. As a reporter, Goldberg has written two books about the Soviet human rights movement, and has coauthored (with Otis Brawley) How We Do Harm, an exposé of the U.S. healthcare system. He and his wife Susan Coll live in Washington, D.C.
Kathryn Freeman is an artist and storyteller who combines classical composition with magic realism. Freeman’s narratives balance delicately between dream and reality. Her interest in allegory and archetypal imagery as well as her love of Early Renaissance paintings by Fra Angelico, Piero and Masaccio are evident in the way she distills form- interior spaces, landscape, animals and figures down to their very essence where they evoke a deeper interpretation. Her paintings are created on a grid, using geometry and linear perspective and painted in thin oil glazes over a grisaille underpainting. This creates a sense of calm and a luminous, meditative atmosphere. Her ideas come from myth, music, literature, and poetry as well as stories from everyday experience.
"My greatest intention and reason for painting, is to express something
meaningful about the human spirit and the significance of our connection to nature and other living creatures."
Henry Israeli’s poetry collections are Our Age of Anxiety (White Pine, 2019), god’s breath hovering across the waters, (Four Way Books: 2016), Praying to the Black Cat (Del Sol: 2010), and New Messiahs (Four Way Books: 2002). He is the translator of three books by Albanian poet Luljeta Lleshanaku, and the founder and publisher of Saturnalia Books.
Meri Bender has been teaching, choreographing and dancing in the Los Angeles area for over 50 years. She was the head of choreography at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and part of the dance faculty at Santa Monica College, and Loyola Marymount University. Last year she retired from teaching dance to devote herself to exploring abstract painting and performance art. She has shown her paintings at Blue 7 Gallery. Her works are also found at University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Mass. General Hospital in Boston and the private collections of Robert Green of Philadelphia, and Karen Mcdonald of Los Angeles. "The Flag Weeps” is a reaction to the election of 2016.
Martha Anne Toll
Martha Anne Toll's essays and reviews appear regularly on NPR Books and in The Millions; as well as in the Washington Post’s the Lily, the Rumpus, Bloom, and elsewhere. Her fiction has appeared in Catapult, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Slush Pile, and Yale's Letters Journal, among others. She is the Executive Director of the Butler Family Fund, a social justice philanthropy. Please visit her website and tweet to her at @marthaannetoll.
Celeste Rose Wood
Celeste Rose Wood lives in a big small village near a metropolis. She has an MFA from Manhattanville College and her poems have appeared in Nimrod, NILVX, Grimoire, and various other locations. Her wildest dreams will always include healthcare for everybody.
Farhad Pirbal (born 1961) is a Kurdish poet, writer, playwright, and critic. He was born in the city of Erbil in Southern Kurdistan. He studied Kurdish language and literature in Salahaddin University, Erbil. In 1986, he left Kurdistan to France. He continued his studies in Sorbonne University, Paris in the field of Kurdish literature. After going back to Southern Kurdistan, in 1994, he established the Sharafkhan Badlisi cultural center. This story is chosen from a collection of short stories entitled The Potato Eaters.
Donna Hemans is the author of River Woman, and is working on novel set in 1930’s Cuba. In 2015, she won the Lignum Vitae Una Marson Award for Adult Literature for her manuscript, Tea by the Sea. Her stories have appeared in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Wasafiri Online, Caribbean Writer, Crab Orchard Review, Witness, among others. She’s online at donnahemans.com.
Aaron Smith is the author of three collections of poetry published by the Pitt Poetry Series: Blue on Blue Ground, Appetite and Primer. His new book, The Book of Daniel, is forthcoming in 2019. He is the recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. His work has appeared in numerous publication including Ploughshares and Best American Poetry. He is associate professor of creative writing at Lesley University in Cambridge,MA.
Jill Klein's poems have been published in Bellingham Review, Borderlands, Cold Mountain Review, Rattle, The Fourth River, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and Tupelo Quarterly. Raised in Kansas and the Pacific Northwest, Jill moved to California for college and never left. She holds an MFA from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers and lives in Silicon Valley with her engineer husband.
Amy Wack grew up in Southern California. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University in NYC and has worked since the early 90s as Poetry Editor for Seren books, based in Wales, Great Britain. Her poems have appeared recently in Long Poem Magazine, New Welsh Review and in the ‘States of La Frontera’ special issue of Pacific Review.
Rachel Ketai is an English instructor in Los Angeles area community colleges and holds a PhD in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English from the University of Arizona. She is drawn to literacy work for its potential to promote equity in education and civic engagement. Rachel lives in Santa Monica with her family. When she is not commenting on student essays or reading Captain Underpants with her sons, she tries to do some reading and writing of her own.
Margo Berdeshevsky, born in New York city, often lives and writes in Paris. Her latest collection, Before The Drought, is from Glass Lyre Press, (a finalist for the National Poetry Series.) A new collection, It Is Still Beautiful To Hear The Heart Beat, is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry. Kneel Said the Night (a hybrid book in half-notes) is forthcoming from Sundress Publications. Berdeshevsky is author as well of Between Soul & Stone and But a Passage in Wilderness (Sheep Meadow Press.) Her book of illustrated stories, Beautiful Soon Enough, received the first Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Award for Fiction Collective Two (University of Alabama Press.) Other honors include the Robert H. Winner Award from the Poetry Society of America. Her works appear in Poetry International, New Letters, The Night Heron Barks, Kenyon Review, Plume, The Collagist, Tupelo Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Southern Humanities Review, Pleiades, Prairie Schooner, The American Journal of Poetry, Jacar—One, Mānoa, Pirene’s Fountain, Big Other, Dark Matter: Women Witnessing, among many others. In Europe and the UK her works have been seen in The Poetry Review, PN Review, The Wolf, Europe, Siècle 21, Confluences Poétiques, Recours au Poème, Levure Littéraire, Under the Radar. She may be found reading from her books in London, Paris, New York City, Los Angeles, Honolulu, at literary festivals, and/or somewhere new in the world. Her “Letters from Paris” have appeared for many years in Poetry International online.
Paula Bohince is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Swallows and Waves. She lives in Pennsylvania.
Regie Cabico won the Nuyorican Poets Café and produces Capturing Fire: A Queer Spoken Word Slam. His work appears in Poetry, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, 2 Bridges Review & Painted Bride Quarterly, among others. He coedited Flicker & Spark (Low Brow Press), which received a Lambda Literary Award Nomination. He received the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award and A New York Innovative Theater Award for his work on Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. He resides in Washington, DC, where he is Resident Teaching Artist at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
A graduate of The Ohio State University and Boston University, Carolyn Oliver lives in Massachusetts with her family. Her work has appeared in Tin House’s "Open Bar," Midway Journal, America, matchbook, and Slush Pile Magazine, among other publications. Links to more of her work can be found at carolynoliver.net
Mostafa Fadi studied journalism at Aleppo University. He currently lives at PIKPA refugee camp on Lesvos Island in Greece. He hopes to receive approval for resettlement in Europe so that he can complete his training and become a journalist.
Joshua Weiner is the author of three books of poetry, including The Figure of a Man Being Swallowed by a Fish. He is also the editor of At the Barriers: On the Poetry of Thom Gunn (all from Chicago). His most recent book, Berlin Notebook, prose about the refugee crisis, was published by the Los Angeles Review of Books (2016), and funded by a Guggenheim fellowship. His poems and essays have appeared in Best American Poetry, The New York Review of Books, The Nation, The American Scholar, The New Republic, Brick, Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. He is professor of English at the University of Maryland, and lives with his family in Washington D.C.
Peg Alford Pursell
Peg Alford Pursell is the author of Show Her a Flower, A Bird, A Shadow, a collection of fiction and hybrid prose featured by Poets & Writers magazine’s second annual 5 over 50. Her second book, A GIRL GOES INTO THE FOREST, is forthcoming from Dzanc Books in 2019. Her work has appeared in Permafrost, the Los Angeles Review, Joyland Magazine, and other journals and anthologies. She is the founder and director of the national reading series Why There Are Words and of WTAW Press.
A.E. Stallings is an American poet who has lived in Greece since 1999. She has been a Guggenheim and MacArthur fellow, and has published two verse translations, and four collections of poems, most recently, Like (FSG).
Patty Seyburn is a professor at California State University, Long Beach. Her previous books are Perfecta(What Books Press, 2014), Hilarity(New Issues Press, 2009), Mechanical Cluster(Ohio State University Press, 2002) and Diasporadic (Helicon Nine Editions, 1998). She grew up in Detroit and holds degrees from Northwestern University, University of California, Irvine, and University of Houston. Her new collection, Threshold Delivery, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in 2019. She lives in Southern California with her husband, Eric, and two children, Sydney and Will.
Nene Humphrey has exhibited in numerous museums and galleries since coming to New York in 1979. Exhibitions include the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX; Mead Museum, Amherst, MA; Palmer Museum, PA; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Sculpture Center, PS1 Contemporary Art Center and the Lesley Heller Workspace, New York, NY.
Humphrey has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Rockefeller Foundation, Brown Foundation, and Anonymous was a Woman among others. Her work has been written about in numerous publications including The New York Times, Art in America and ArtNews and Sculpture Magazine.
Since 2005 she has been artist in residence at the Joseph LeDoux neuroscience lab at NYU where her work has focused on explorations of the brain mechanisms underlying human emotions.
You Li is a lawyer and poet who was born in Beijing and lives in New York. Her work has appeared in Lunch Ticket, Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s The Margins, THE BOILER, Shenandoah and elsewhere. A Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference work-study scholarship recipient, she serves as a reader for Pleiades Magazine.
Catherine Rockwood's poems appear in Reckoning Magazine, Rogue Agent Journal, Psaltery & Lyre, The Ethel Zine, and elsewhere. Essays and reviews in JMWW, The Mom Egg Review, Tin House, and Strange Horizons. Her chapbook, Endeavors to Obtain Perpetual Motion, is forthcoming from the Ethel Zine Press in 2022. She lives in Massachusetts with her family.
Deborah S. Prespare lives in Brooklyn, New York. She completed her undergraduate studies at Cornell College and received an M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. Her work has appeared in Menda City Review, Potomac Review, Red Rock Review, Soundings East, Third Wednesday, Valparaiso Fiction Review, and several other publications.
Sarah Sassoon is an Australian, Iraqi Jewish writer, poet and educator. Her debut picture book Shoham’s Bangle was named a Sydney Taylor Notable, and received the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award. Her poetry micro-chapbook, This is Why We Don’t Look Back was awarded first place in Harbor Review’s Jewish Women’s poetry. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and her work has appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Lilith, MER, Ruminate and elsewhere. Her forthcoming picture book This is Not a Cholent is forthcoming in 2024 with Kar-Ben Publishing. She lives in Jerusalem with her husband and four boys. To read her work visit www.sarahsassoon.com
Colleen Quinn’s short fiction has appeared in Spinetingler Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, Gemini Magazine, Betty Fedora, volumes 1-3, Holdfast Magazine, and Bellevue Literary Review. Her work was also included in the anthology Behind the Yellow Wallpaper: New Tales of Madness, published by New Lit Salon Press in the spring of 2014, and in the Black Is the New Black anthology, published by Wordland in 2015. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, and her work may be found at www.colleenquinn.com.
Priya Balasubramanian is a physician and writer. She has recently completed a novel, The Alchemy of Secrets, set in Bangalore, India, which is her childhood home. She now lives in Gold River, California, with her husband and two children.
Rion Amilcar Scott
Rion Amilcar Scott is the author of the story collection, The World Doesn't Require You (Norton/Liveright, August 2019). His debut story collection, Insurrections (University Press of Kentucky, 2016), was awarded the 2017 PEN/Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the 2017 Hillsdale Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. His work has been published in journals such as The New Yorker, The Kenyon Review, and Crab Orchard Review among others.
Heather McHugh taught 30 years at the UW Seattle, and 40 in the MFA Program at Warren Wilson College and its predecessors. In 2019 two major publications will include this poem: a chapbook (FEELER) from Sarabande, and a full collection of her poems, from Copper Canyon.
Maureen O’Leary is a teacher and writer in Sacramento. She is the author of the novels How to Be Manly and The Ghost Daughter. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in Esopus, Night Train Journal, Brackish Vol. 2 and Vol. 4, Blood and Thunder: Musings on the Art of Medicine, The Gold Man Review, Prick of the Spindle, and Shade Mountain Press’ anthology The Female Complaint: Tales of Unruly Women.
Michael White has taught at The University of North Carolina at Wilmington since 1994. His poetry collections are The Island, Palma Cathedral(winner of the Colorado Prize), Re-entry(winner of the Vassar Miller Prize), and Vermeer in Hell(winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky Editors’ Prize). His memoir, Travels in Vermeer, published by Persea Books, was longlisted for a National Book Award. His work has appeared The Paris Review, The New Republic, The Kenyon Review, and The Best American Poetry.
Chika Onyenezi is a Nigerian-born fiction candidate enrolled in the University of Maryland's MFA program. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming in Chicago Quarterly Review, Ninth Letter Magazine, Evergreen Review, and elsewhere. He was a 2019 writer-in-residence at Craigarden. His story was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Burrow Press.
Laura Cotterman, now retired, worked as a botanist, editor, and publications coordinator primarily for nonprofit organizations engaged in biodiversity conservation. She is coauthor, with colleagues at the North Carolina Botanical Garden Damon Waitt and Alan Weakley, of a field guide titled Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast (Timber Press, 2019). Wildflowers won a 2019 National Outdoor Book Award.
Omar Martínez-Sandoval is from Uruapan, Michoacán, México. He is a double bass player for the USM Symphony Orchestra. Omar recently earned his first publication in PRODUCT. He is the 2019 recipient of the Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research Grant. He has previously studied in Las Rosas Conservatory back in Morelia, Mexico.
Alex Nodopaka originated in Kiyv, Ukraine. He speaks, reads, and writes in San Franciscan, Parisian, Kievan, & Muscovite. Mumbles in English & sings in tongues after Vodka! He propounds having studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Casablanca, Morocco. Presently full-time author, visual artist in the USA, but considers his past irrelevant as he seeks new reincarnations.
Nikki Stavile, an MFA Candidate at Hollins University, holds a Bachelors in English and Creative Writing from Emory University and a Masters of Letters in Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, where she was a Robert T. Jones Scholar. When she is not working on her speculative fiction novel or reading frustrating political commentaries, she enjoys long distance running, being vegan, and playing a bard in her Dungeons and Dragons campaign. She likes people who vote.
Shikhandin is an Indian writer whose book of short stories Immoderate Men was published by Speaking Tiger Books, India earlier in 2017. Her first children's book, a prize winning manuscript, is forthcoming from Duckbill Books, India. Shikhandin was first runner up in The Katha Short Story Contest (USA) and DNA-OOP Short Story Contest (India) in 2016. In 2012, she won first prize in the Anam Cara Short Story Prize (Ireland). Her other accolades include being on the long list of the 2006 Bridport Poetry Prize (UK), being a finalist in the 2010 Aesthetica Poetry Contest (UK), and being a pushcart nominee in 2011 by Cha: An Asian Literary Journal. Her poetry and fiction have been published worldwide. Before she became Shikhandin, her first novel--Culling Mynahs and Crows--was published in 2014 by Lifi Publications, India.
The Strange and True Tale of Horace Wells, Surgeon Dentist, Michael Downs's debut novel, will be published by Acre Books in May 2018. It marks his third book set in his hometown of Hartford, Connecticut. Others include The Greatest Show: Stories (LSU Press, 2012) and House of Good Hope: A Promise for a Broken City (University of Nebraska Press, 2007), which won the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize. Among his awards are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. A former newspaper reporter, Downs is an associate professor of English at Towson University. He lives and writes in Baltimore.
Maz Do is an emerging writer and senior at New York University. She studies Politics and Middle Eastern Islamic Studies, enjoys learning languages, and currently lives in New York. "Catch and Release" is her first publication.
A.M. Larks writes fiction and nonfiction. She has performed her stories
at Lit Up at Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette, California. She is the current Fiction Editor for Please See Me, an online literary journal. She contributes reviews and interviews to and was the former Blog Editor and reader for, The Coachella Review. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, a Juris Doctorate, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from the University California Riverside Palm Desert's low residency program. She lives in Northern California. Find her website amlarks.com or on Twitter @Amlarks.
Matheus Borges (1992) was born in Porto Alegre, southern Brazil. After graduating in film school at Unisinos, he attended the celebrated literary workshop ministered by Luiz Antonio de Assis Brasil. Borges wrote the screenplay for the feature film ‘Bad Honey’, to be released in 2020. His fiction has been published in a number of magazines, both Brazilian (Subversa, Gueto) and foreign (Waccamaw, Fiction International), as well as anthologies. Twitter: @matheusmedeborg
Elise Engler is a NYC artist whose drawings and paintings capture and document the material world in its all its myriad details. Projects are large in scope, but intimate in format. She creates a narrative investigation of the world seen through its innumerable, but countable, individual components, assembled in suites and series of works. She has made an art of the inventory, from drawing everything she owns, to the contents of purses, to what‘s in refrigerators and arsenals, to the missing antiquities from Iraq’s national museum. Other projects include, moment-by-moment, time spent in Antarctica with the National Science Foundation and drawing every block of Broadway in Manhattan (featured in the New Yorker Magazine and on CBS Sunday Morning.)
Azarin Sadegh, a 2011 PEN America Emerging Voices fellow, and a 2010 UCLA Kirkwood Award nominee, was born in Shahi, Iran. She went to France, studied Computer Science and years later moved to California. A student of late Les Plesko, she has completed advanced novel writing courses through UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.
Her work has appeared in LA Review of Books, the Chicago Sun-Times, Coast Magazine, Iranian.com, and various anthologies. A resident of Aliso Viejo, she is working on her new novel.
Hussain Ahmed is a Nigerian poet and environmentalist. His poems are featured or forthcoming in Kenyon Review, POETRY, Transition Magazine and elsewhere. He is an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Mississippi, his chapbook "Harp in a Fireplace" is forthcoming from Newfound (2021).
Ann E. Michael lives in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. She currently directs the writing center at DeSales University. Her most recent collection of poems is Barefoot Girls; her next book, The Red Queen Hypothesis, will be published sometime in 2022 (Salmon Poetry).
DS Maolalai has received eleven nominations for Best of the Net and eight for the Pushcart Prize. His poetry has been released in three collections; "Love is Breaking Plates in the Garden" (Encircle Press, 2016), "Sad Havoc Among the Birds" (Turas Press, 2019) and “Noble Rot” (Turas Press, 2022)
Ben Greenman is a New York Times-bestselling author who has written both fiction and nonfiction. He is the author of several acclaimed works of fiction, including the novel The Slippage and the short-story collections What He’s Poised to Do and Superbad. He is the co-author of the bestselling Mo' Meta Blues with Questlove; the bestselling I Am Brian Wilson with Brian Wilson; Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You? with George Clinton; and more. His fiction, essays, and journalism have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Paris Review, Zoetrope: All Story, McSweeney’s, and elsewhere, and have been widely anthologized. His most recent book is Emotional Rescue, a collection of music essays; his next book will be Dig If You Will The Picture, a meditation on the life and career of Prince.
Tom Carson won two National Magazine Awards during his stint as Esquire's "Screen" columnist and was nominated twice more for his work as GQ's "The Critic." He is the author of two novels: Gilligan's Wake (a New York Times Notable Book of The Year for 2003) and Daisy Buchanan's Daughter.
Chaya Bhuvaneswar is a physician and writer with work in Narrative Magazine, Tin House, Electric Lit, The Millions, Joyland, Michigan Quarterly Review and elsewhere. Her poetry and prose juxtapose Hindu epics, other myths and histories, and the survival of sexual harassment and racialized sexual violence by diverse women of color. Her debut collection WHITE DANCING ELEPHANTS was released on Oct 9 2018, by Dzanc Books and is available now at amazon.com as well as indie booksellers. She has received a MacDowell Colony fellowship, Sewanee Writers Conference scholarship and Henfield award for her writing. Follow her on Twitter at @chayab77 including for upcoming readings and events.
Meiko Ko's fiction has appeared in the The Literary Review, the Columbia Journal, Epiphany, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Dostoyevsky Wannabe Cities, Litro Magazine, Heavy Feather Review, Five:2:One Magazine, and is forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review, Breadcrumbs Magazine. She was also long listed for the Home is Elsewhere Anthology 2017 Berlin Writing Prize. She lives in New York with her husband and son.
Ksenia Lakovic is a bilingual writer in English and Serbian, currently finalizing her first novel in both languages. A native of Belgrade, she moved to Los Angeles for PhD studies at UCLA, and now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her website is www.klakovic.com
Lori Barrett is a writer living in Chicago. Her work has appeared in Salon, Bustle, Necessary Fiction, Barrelhouse, and Paper Darts. She has participated in Chicago’s Live Lit events That’s All She Wrote and Tuesday Funk. She volunteers as an assistant fiction editor at Pithead Chapel, and as a writing tutor at a local public high school.
Laura Jamison's short fiction has appeared in Narrative Magazine, and has earned Best American Short Stories and Best Non-Required Reading nominations. Her features, criticism, and profiles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Vibe, People, Ms., Cosmopolitan, InStyle, Teen People, Interview, and Amnesty. The Vibe History of Hip Hop features a chapter she wrote on pioneering women rappers. She currently writes about sustainability, climate change, and forest communities for the Rainforest Alliance.
She graduated with high honors from UC Berkeley and earned an MFA at the City College of New York, where she received the graduate award in literature and the award for excellence in medieval studies.
BK Fischer is the author of Ceive, forthcoming from BOA Editions, and four previous books of poetry--Radioapocrypha, My Lover's Discourse, St. Rage's Vault, and Mutiny Gallery--as well as a critical study, Museum Mediations. She teaches at Columbia University and is currently the poet laureate of Westchester County, New York.
Stephanie Burt is Professor of English at Harvard. Her most recent books include the chapbook For All Mutants (Rain Taxi, 2021) and the full-length After Callimachus: Poems and Translations (Princeton UP, 2020). A new book of poems, For All Mermaids, will appear from Graywolf in late 2022. She's @accommodatingly on Twitter.
Born and raised in Cairo, Egypt, Victor Basta emigrated to the United States with his parents when he was eight. Now based between NY and England, he works a 'day job’ helping African companies raise money from international investors. He began writing poetry in 2019, and has been published in the Euphony Journal, the Spoon River Poetry Review, the Cumberland River Review, and featured in the Grub Street Annual Review (2021) and by Indolent Books among others. He is currently an MFA candidate in poetry at Warren Wilson College, graduating in 2024.
Julie Upshur graduated summa cum laude from Austin Peay State University. She is currently pursuing her MFA in creative writing at Hollins University, where her thesis combines her love for fiction and her love for the intense three-phase equestrian sport of eventing. She makes her home in Nashville, TN, with her parents and nine brothers and sisters.
Elmer McCurdy, shot dead in 1911 after a failed train robbery outside of Pawhuska, Oklahoma, went on to have a more successful afterlife as a dead celebrity outlaw and traveling carnival mummy --and he made a cameo appearance in at least one exploitation film--before being lost to history. His body was later rediscovered in 1976, hanging inside a spook-house carnival ride that was being used as a set for an episode of The Six Million Dollar Man television show in Long Beach, California. Identified by the L.A. County Coroner's Office as John Doe #255, he was eventually identified by a team of amateur historians and the forensic anthropologist Clyde Snow and finally buried, with some fanfare (it made The CBS Evening News) 66 years after his demise, in Guthrie, Oklahoma, under a six foot block of concrete.
Mary Morris is the author of fifteen books--seven novels, including most recently The Jazz Palace (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday), three collections of short stories, and four travel memoirs, including the travel classic, Nothing to Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone. Her numerous short stories, articles, and travel essays have appeared in such places as The Atlantic, Narrative, The Paris Review, and The New York Times. Morris is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rome Prize in Literature. In 2016, The Jazz Palace was awarded the Anisfield-Wolf Award for fiction. This prize goes to a literary work that addresses the issues of racism and cultural diversity. Her new novel, Gateway to the Moon, will be published in April 2018 by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday. For more information go to marymorris.net.
Rodney Jones is the author of eleven books of poetry. including Transparent Gestures, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and Salvation Blues, for which he received the Kingsley Tufts Award. His latest book, Village Prodigies, (Mariner Books, 2017), doubles as a book of poetry and an experimental novel. He lives in New Orleans and teaches in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.
Faith Gómez Clark
Faith Gómez Clark was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She is a full-time mom and has her MFA in Creative Writing from the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.
Barbara Ungar’s fifth book, Save Our Ship, won the Richard Snyder Memorial Prize and is forthcoming from Ashland Poetry Press in 2019. Immortal Medusa was one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Indie Poetry Books of 2015. Prior books are Charlotte Brontë, You Ruined My Life; Thrift; and The Origin of the Milky Way, which won the Gival Prize, a silver Independent Publishers award, and a Hoffer award. A professor at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, Barbara lives in Saratoga Springs. Her work-in-progress, EDGE, an acronymn for Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered, attempts to confront the sixth extinction.
Evan J Massey
Evan J Massey is a US Army veteran and MFA Candidate at Virginia Tech. His fiction and poetry is forthcoming or can be found in Santa Clara Review, Atticus Review, Arkana Lit Mag, and others.
Jamie Holland's stories have appeared in Antietam Review; Brain, Child; District Lines; Electric Grace: Still More Fiction by Washington Area Women; Gargoyle, Grown and Flown and others. Her novel, The Lies We Tell, can be found on Amazon. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her family, plus a puppy and a kitten. Her mom survived COVID with barely a fight.
Jessie Van Eerden
Jessie van Eerden is the author of three novels, Glorybound (WordFarm, 2012), winner of the Foreword Editor’s Choice Fiction Prize; My Radio Radio (Vandalia Press, 2016); and Call It Horses, winner of the 2019 Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction (forthcoming in March 2021). She is also the author of the portrait essay collection The Long Weeping (Orison Books, 2017), winner of the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award. Her work has appeared in Best American Spiritual Writing, Oxford American, Image, New England Review, and other magazines and anthologies. She has been awarded the Gulf Coast Prize in Nonfiction, the Milton Fellowship, and a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Fellowship. Jessie holds an MFA in nonfiction from the University of Iowa and teaches creative writing at Hollins University.
Ranjan Adiga’s stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Huff Post, Story Quarterly, Salt Lake Tribune, and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing at Westminster College, Salt Lake City.
Caroline Leavitt is the author of the Indie Next Pick Cruel Beautiful World, the New York Times Bestsellers Is This Tomorrow and Pictures of You, and 8 other novels. A book critic for The Boston Globe, People Magazine, and the San Francisco Chronicle, she teaches novel writing online at UCLA Writers Program Extension and at Stanford. Her essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times’ Modern Love, Real Simple, The Millions, and more. She can be reached at www.carolineleavitt.com.
Bob Holman is a powerfully influential force in American letters, especially in the areas of Spoken Word, Slam, and performative poetry. He has edited or co-edited numerous anthologies, including The United States of Poetry, Aloud: Voice from the Nuyorican Poets Café, and Spoken Word Revolution, and was the co-founder of Mouth Almighty Records. Recent film and video work include the PBS production of “Language Matters with Bob Holman,” "DeAf Jam,” a documentary of American sign language poets, and “On the Road: Three Documentaries on Endangered Languages.” Recent collections of poetry include Sing This One Back to Me and Picasso in Barcelona. He lives in New York City.
Helen Klein Ross
Helen Klein Ross is a poet and novelist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times and The Iowa Review where it won the 2014 Iowa Review award in poetry. She is the creator and editor of The Traveler's Vade Mecum, an anthology of new poems prompted by old telegrams, published October 2016 by Red Hen Press. Her latest novel is What Was Mine published in January 2016 by Simon & Schuster. She lives (and marches) in NYC and Salisbury, CT.
“Invisible Theater” is a standalone excerpt from Sarah Stone’s new novel Hungry Ghost Theater, forthcoming October 1 from WTAW Press. Her previous novel, The True Sources of the Nile, was a BookSense 76 selection, has been translated into German and Dutch, and was included in Geoff Wisner’s A Basket of Leaves: 99 Books That Capture the Spirit of Africa. She’s the coauthor, with her spouse and writing partner Ron Nyren, of the textbook Deepening Fiction: A Practical Guide for Intermediate and Advanced Writers. Her stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in Ploughshares; StoryQuarterly; The Believer; The Millions; The Writer’s Chronicle; Dedicated to the People of Darfur: Writings on Fear, Risk, and Hope; and A Kite in the Wind: Fiction Writers on Their Craft, among other places. She teaches creative writing for the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and Stanford Continuing Studies. For more information, visit her online at www.sarahstoneauthor.com.
Josie Turner lives in a small town outside London and works for the UK's National Health Service. Her short fiction has been published in journals including Mslexia, Ellipsis Zine, Noble/ Gas Qtrly and Mechanics' Institute Review Online. In 2016 she won the Brighton Short Story Prize and received the Sue Lile Inman Award for Fiction from the Emrys Foundation.
Artress Bethany White
Artress Bethany White is a poet, essayist, and literary critic. She is the recipient of the 2018 Trio Award for her poetry collection, My Afmerica (Trio House Press, 2019). Her collection of essays, Survivor’s Guilt: Essays on Race and American Identity is forthcoming from New Rivers Press/Minnesota State University in March 2020. Her prose and poetry have appeared in such journals as Harvard Review, Tupelo Quarterly, The Hopkins Review, Pleiades, Solstice, Poet Lore, Ecotone, and The Account. White has received the Mary Hambidge Distinguished Fellowship from the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts for her nonfiction, The Mona Van Duyn Scholarship in Poetry from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and writing residencies at The Writer’s Hotel and the Tupelo Press/MASS MoCA studios. She is visiting professor of American cultural studies at Albright College and poetry faculty for the Rosemont College 2019 Summer Writers' Retreat in Pennsylvania.
Megan is a DC-based freelance writer. She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in French and Francophone Studies, Economics and Creative Writing from Vassar College. She’s currently pursing an MFA in Fiction at the University of Maryland in College Park. Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s and The Establishment among other publications.
Steve Fellner lives in Western New York.
Elizabeth Krajeck is the author of two chapbooks and collaborations inspired by the visual arts including “Restoration Poetry” based on interviews in the Blue Triangle Residence Hall; “Half of What We Are Is Broken” an installation at IUPUI’s Cultural Arts Center; urban retail postcard poems; the paint chip poems; and 2018/2019 “Poetry in Free Motion” with the Quilt Connection Guild. A community liaison for Butler’s Center for Citizenship and Community, Krajeck started Permanent Press, Writers and Editors. Recent work includes publication in So it Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library; 2017 summer guest reader at the James Whitcomb Riley Museum; participant in 2017 Indy Writers Resist; 2019 “True Grit Saloon” publication/reading at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art; 2019 The Indianapolis Review; and 2021 The Indianapolis Anthology.
Marichka Panfiorova was born and raised in Kyiv. Last year, she got her master's degree in Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, majoring in Ukrainian philology. She worked as a freelance editor and a private teacher before the Russian invasion of Ukraine in late February, but with the escalation of the war was forced to leave Kyiv and move to the far west of the country.
She remains an active part of the Ukrainian writing community, being a member of "Райтенчіл" writing club and a regular participant of Ukrainian NaNoWriMo events.
Carlos Chuc (Canicab, Mexico) studied at the Yucatan School for Writers. He is currently in his second year at the Tzamná Academy for Mayan Language. He has worked in marketing, enjoys reading short stories, and is a fan of the soccer team Atlante FC. This story forms part of his book of short stories, “Crime and Territory” published by Acequia. His writing has appeared in the anthology Lo breve, si bueno… cuentos de Hipogeo, as well as the literary magazine Efecto Antabus.
Tracy O'Neill is the author of The Hopeful. In 2015, she was named a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, long-listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan Prize, and was a Narrative Under 30 finalist. In 2012, she was awarded the Center for Fiction's Emerging Writers Fellowship. Her fiction has appeared in Granta, LitHub, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Literarian, New World Writing, Narrative, and Guernica. She has published nonfiction in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Bookforum, Rolling Stone, Grantland, Vice, The Guardian, VQR, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her column Body Language appears in Catapult. She currently teaches at the City College of New York and is pursuing a PhD at Columbia University.
Cheney Crow is an applied linguist, translator, activist and writer. Her poems have appeared in The Cortland Review, Tupelo Quarterly, International Poetry (translation), Terminus, Human Equity Through Art (HEArt), and others. The University of Texas, where she taught French Linguistics, brought her to Austin, where she now works for voter education, human rights, and political change. In non-election years, she travels.
Miriam Hamilton is a researcher and former professor who retired in 2014 from engineering to pursue fiction writing. She holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Yale University and an M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins, and writes stories about women engineers. She has published numerous engineering articles in IEEE journals and her fiction in Across the Margin. She lives in Bethesda, MD.
Jenny Belin is a Brooklyn based painter who has been working as a fine artist since 1995. She started as a fashion illustrator with drawings published in magazines and newspapers including the New Yorker and the NY Daily News. She began running her pet portrait business in the late 90s and continues to receive commissions with regularity.
Her non-commissioned works vary in subject: women, flowers, and pin-ups create a thematic intersection of feminism, power, and beauty. She has had solo exhibitions of paintings in New York and Los Angeles. Her work is in collections both nationally and internationally.
Chris Gavaler is an associate professor of English at W&L University, where he serves as comics editor of Shenandoah. He has published two novels: School for Tricksters (SMU 2011) and Pretend I’m Not Here (HarperCollins 2002); and four books on comics: On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa 2015), Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury 2017), Superhero Thought Experiments (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Iowa 2019), and Creating Comics (with Leigh Ann Beavers, Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2020). His visual work appears in Ilanot Review, North American Review, Aquifer, Split Lip, Redivider, Sonder Review, Two Cities Review, Empty Mirror, Ponder Review, FishFood, and Sequentials. He blogs weekly at thepatronsaintofsuperheroes.wordpress.com.
Ace Boggess is author of five books of poetry—Misadventure, I Have Lost the Art of Dreaming It So, Ultra Deep Field, The Prisoners, and The Beautiful Girl Whose Wish Was Not Fulfilled—and the novels States of Mercy and A Song Without a Melody. His writing has appeared in Harvard Review, Notre Dame Review, Mid-American Review, Rattle, River Styx, and many other journals. He received a fellowship from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts and spent five years in a West Virginia prison. He lives in Charleston, West Virginia. His sixth collection, Escape Envy, is forthcoming from Brick Road Poetry Press in 2021.
Connie Voisine is the author of the book, "The Bower," and the chapbook, "And God Created Women." Her work has won the AWP Prize in Poetry and was on the short list for the LA Times Book Award. She lives in New Mexico.
Ruchama Feuerman is the author of the novels Seven Blessings (St. Martin's Press), and In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist (New York Review Books), as well as books for children and young adults. Her short stories have appeared in Narrative Magazine, the Michigan Quarterly Review, Lilith, Tablet, Moment, and other publications.
She has written -- and ghostwritten -- books for children, young adults, and adults, and helps people create their own novels, memoirs, stories, and books of nonfiction.
Tomaž Šalamun (1941-2014) published more than 55 books of poetry in Slovenia. Translated into over 25 languages, his poetry received numerous awards, including the Jenko Prize, the Prešeren Prize, the European Prize for Poetry, and the Mladost Prize. In the 1990s, he served for several years as the Cultural Attaché for the Slovenian Embassy in New York, and later held visiting professorships at various universities in the U.S.
Ari L. Mokdad is a Detroit-born poet, choreographer, dancer, educator, and interdisciplinary artist. She received three Bachelor of Arts degrees from Grand Valley State University in Dance, English, and Writing. Ari received an MA from Wayne State University and an MFA from Warren Wilson College. She lives with her partner in Northern Michigan on the ancestral and unceded land of the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Pottawatomie people, The People of the Three Fires.
Sean Webb has been recipient of fellowships from The Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Utah Arts Council, and was awarded the Passages North Neutrino prize. He was selected by Grace Paley to serve as Poet Laureate of Montgomery County Pa. in 2005. His chapbook, The Constant Parades, was recently selected by Afaa Weaver as a runner-up in the Moonstone Poetry chapbook competition and his work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, North American Review, Nimrod, Mudfish, The Quarterly, and many other journals and anthologies.
Don Riggs has been writing verse for over half a century, some of which he hopes reach the level of poetry.
Fady Joudah has published four collections of poems, The Earth in the Attic, Alight, a book-long sequence of short poems composed on a cell phone, Textu, whose meter is cellphone character count; and, most recently, Footnotes in the Order of Disappearance. He has translated several collections of poetry from the Arabic. He was a winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition in 2007 and has received a PEN Translation Award, a Banipal/Times Literary Supplement Prize from the UK, the Griffin Poetry Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives in Houston, with his wife and kids, where he practices internal medicine.
Derek Burnett is a journalist and novelist who grew up near the US-Canada border and now lives on a small beef ranch in North Carolina. His work has appeared in Reader’s Digest, Sojourners, Discovery Channel Magazine and numerous other publications, and has taken him from the floodwaters of Hurricane Katrina to the mountains of Kashmir and the favelas of Brazil. His debut novel, The Skeleton Walkers, was shortlisted for Western Fictioneers’ Peacemaker Award.
Nance Van Winckel
Nance Van Winckel is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently Our Foreigner, winner of the Pacific Coast Poetry Prize (Beyond Baroque Press, 2017) and Book of No Ledge (Pleiades Press Visual Poetry Series, 2016). Of her five books of fiction, Ever Yrs, a scrapbook novel (Twisted Road Publications, 2014), is her most recent. The recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts poetry fellowships, the Paterson Fiction Prize, a Christopher Isherwood Fiction Fellowship, and three Pushcart Prizes, Nance teaches in the MFA Programs at Eastern Washington University and Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her author website is: http://www.nancevanwinckel.com; her visual poetry website is http://photoemsbynancevanwinckel.zenfolio.com
Elaine Crauder’s fiction is in the Running Wild Press Best of 2017: AWP Special Edition; the Running Wild Anthology of Short Stories, Volume 1; Cooweescoowe; Penumbra; The Boston Literary Magazine; and The Eastern Iowa Review. Another story earned The Westmoreland Award. Her creative nonfiction piece, “Dinner At Five,” will be in the Woodhall Press Anthology Flash Nonfiction Food, in Spring of 2020.
Ten of her short stories are finalists or semi-finalists in contests, including finalists in Bellingham Review’s 2015 Tobias Wolff Award and in the Mark Twain House 2015 Royal Nonesuch Humor Contest.
She is working on a short story collection and on a novel.
Sharon Gelman is a writer, editor and political activist. She was US managing editor for 200 Women Who Will Change the Way You See the World, featuring Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Angela Davis, Dolores Huerta, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Margaret Atwood, among others, published in 2017 by Chronicle. Gelman produced the award-winning audiobook Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales, published by Hachette, and wrote the afterword for their unabridged audiobook of Mandela’s autobiography. Gelman was the longtime director of Artists for a New South Africa and holds an MFA from Warren Wilson. She’s working on her first novel, which is taking forever.
Eleanor Windman is a retired interior designer.
At 82 years old she decided to start writing to keep old age from blindsiding her—it worked.
During, the last three years she has scrambled around to make up for lost time. Classes, conferences, and Zoom have became a way of life.
She has been published by the Green Hills Literary Lantern, Steam Ticket,
Smart Set, and American Writers Review.
She reads Her work and lectures locally hoping to encourage seniors to take a chance and try something new.
Rick Campbell is a poet and essayist living on Alligator Point, Florida. His most recent collection of poems is Provenance (Blue Horse Press.) He’s published six other poetry books as well as poems and essays in journals including The Georgia Review, Fourth River, Kestrel, and New Madrid. He’s won a Pushcart Prize and a NEA Fellowship in Poetry. He teaches in the Sierra Nevada College MFA Program.
Jenny Hykes Jiang
Jenny Hykes Jiang’s poetry has appeared in literary journals including Little Patuxent Review, Arts & Letters, Caesura, Chestnut Review, Palette Poetry, and Madison Review. Raised in rural Iowa, she has taught English as a Second Language in Asia and the U.S.A. Currently she lives with her husband and three sons in the Sacramento area.
Elaine Fiedler has been published in Avalon Literary Review, Harrington
Lesbian Fiction Quarterly (Haworth Press), Hawaii Pacific Review, and Nonconformist Magazine. She is revising her second novel, The Debra Way, a satire.
Sarah Browning is co-founder and Executive Director of Split This Rock: Poetry of Provocation & Witness and an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies. Author of two collections of poems, Killing Summer and Whiskey in the Garden of Eden, and co-editor of D.C. Poets Against the War: An Anthology, she is the recipient of artist fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, a Creative Communities Initiative grant, and the People Before Profits Poetry Prize. She has been guest editor or co-edited special issues of Beltway Poetry Quarterly, The Delaware Poetry Review, and POETRY magazine. Since 2006, Browning has co-hosted the Sunday Kind of Love poetry series at Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC.
Khabir Cory lives and works in the U.S. and has been writing all his life. He uses a pen name to protect the privacy of those who didn’t ask to be part of his unusual journey.
Tony Hoagland's latest collections of poems are Recent Changes in the Vernacular (Tres Chicas Books, 2017), and the forthcoming Priest Turned Therapist Treats Fear of God (Graywolf Press, June, 2018). He lives part time in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and teaches at the University of Houston.
Wes Matthews is a Detroit-born, Philadelphia-based poet and essayist. His work has been published in the Detroit Free Press, Eunoia Review, Dreginald Magazine, and elsewhere. Wes is currently serving as the 2018-19 Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate.
Isadora Davis is a 14-year-old artist and writer. She goes to the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan and has done freelance artwork for her synagogue in Brooklyn. Her favorite activity is to read or crochet near one of her three cats.
Muhammad Sheeraz Dasti
Sheeraz Dasti received his PhD from the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) in 2014. He has taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the Quid-i-Azam University Islamabad, the Uşak University in Uşak, Turkey, and the IIUI, where he is currently teaching a graduate course on World Literature in English, and an undergrad course on Short Fictional Narratives. From January to June 2016, as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington, he researched the tradition of Pakistani resistance literature in Urdu. He is co-editor of the Journal of Contemporary Poetics, and his publications include his Urdu novel, Sasa (2018), and three books of literary and academic translation.
Alison Stone has published six full-length collections, Caught in the Myth (NYQ Books, 2019), Dazzle (Jacar Press, 2017), Masterplan, a book of collaborative poems with Eric Greinke (Presa Press, 2018), Ordinary Magic, (NYQ Books, 2016), Dangerous Enough (Presa Press 2014), and They Sing at Midnight, which won the 2003 Many Mountains Moving Poetry Award; as well as three chapbooks. Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, Barrow Street, Poet Lore, and many other journals and anthologies. She has been awarded Poetry’s Frederick Bock Prize and New York Quarterly’s Madeline Sadin Award. She was recently Writer in Residence at LitSpace St. Pete. She is also a painter and the creator of The Stone Tarot. A licensed psychotherapist, she has private practices in NYC and Nyack. www.stonepoetry.org www.stonetarot.com
Rachel Sahaidachny is Executive Director of The Big Silence, a non-profit foundation that provides resources and support to anyone directly or indirectly impacted by mental illness. She is also a poet, writer, and editor. She serves as an associate editor of The Indianapolis Review. Recent writing has been published in The South Dakota Review, The Southeast Review, Radar Poetry, Indiana Humanities and others. Visit www.rachelsahaidachny.com or @rockwellsays on Instagram to discover more.
Paul Lisicky is the author of five books: The Narrow Door (a New York Times Editors' Choice), Unbuilt Projects, The Burning House, Famous Builder, and Lawnboy. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, BuzzFeed, Conjunctions, Fence, The New York Times, The Offing, Ploughshares, Tin House, and in many other magazines and anthologies. His awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where he was twice a Fellow. He teaches in the MFA Program at Rutgers University-Camden. In Fall 2018, he will be the visiting writer at the University of Texas-Austin.
Janice Shapiro is the author of Bummer and Other Stories (Soft Skull Press, 2010). Her stories and comics have been published in The Rumpus, Catapult, The North American Review, 52 Stories, The Santa Monica Review, Everyday Genius, Real Pants, and elsewhere. She is finishing a graphic memoir, Crushable–My Life In Crushes From Ricky Nelson to Viggo Mortensen. Janice lives in Berkeley, California with her husband and mostly well-behaved dog.
Ashley M. Jones received an MFA in Poetry from Florida International University (FIU), where she was a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fellow. She received a 2015 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and a 2015 B-Metro Magazine Fusion Award. Her debut poetry collection, Magic City Gospel, was published by Hub City Press in January 2017, and it won the silver medal in poetry in the 2017 Independent Publishers Book Awards. Her second book, dark // thing, won the 2018 Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize for Poetry from Pleiades Press. She currently lives in Birmingham, Alabama, where she is founding director of the Magic City Poetry Festival, a board member of the Alabama Writers’ Conclave , co-coordinator of the Nitty Gritty Magic City Reading Series, and a faculty member in the Creative Writing Department of the Alabama School of Fine Arts. (ashleymichellejones.wordpress.com)
Suzanne Edison MA, MFA, writes often about the intersection of illness, healing, medicine and art. Her recent chapbook, The Body Lives Its Undoing, was published by Benaroya Research Institute. Poetry can be found in: Canadian Medical Association Journal; Michigan Quarterly Review; HEAL; Isacoustic; Persimmon Tree; JAMA; SWWIM; Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine; Naugatuck River Review; What Rough Beast; The Ekphrastic Review, and in several anthologies including: Face to Face: Women Writers on Faith, Mysticism and Awakening. She lives in Seattle and teaches at Richard Hugo House.
Sue Repko won a 2019 Maine Literary Award for her essay, “What A Bullet Can Do,” published by Hazlitt. Her essays have been named notable in The Best American Essays 2016, 2017, and 2019, and her work has appeared in The Southeast Review, Hippocampus, The Common, Literal Latte, Aquifer, The Gettysburg Review, and elsewhere. A graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars, she teaches at Phillips Exeter Academy. She is at work on a memoir about her father, guns, and an unintentional shooting from her childhood, which drives her volunteerism with the gun violence prevention group Moms Demand Action.
Sebastian Santiago is originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, but grew up just outside of Detroit, MI. He attained his English degree from Central Michigan University where the focus of his studies was creative writing with a concentration in poetry. Sebastian was recently living in Prague teaching English, but has since moved back to the US where his focus is on attaining his MFA in creative writing. He has work featured, or forthcoming, in The Emerson Review, Poetry South, Up North Lit, BMP Voices and Rigorous among others
Merridawn Duckler is a writer from Oregon, author of INTERSTATE (dancing girl press) and IDIOM (Washburn Prize, Harbor Review.) New work in Interim, Posit, Seneca Review, Women’s Review of Books. Fellowships/awards include Yaddo, Southampton Poetry Conference, Poets on the Coast, Horned Dorset Residency. She’s an editor at Narrative and at the philosophy journal Evental Aesthetics.
Aida Moradi Ahani
Aida Moradi Ahani is an Iranian writer, translator, and essayist. Her debut book, a collection of short stories titled A Pin on the Cat’s Tail, was published in 2011. She has also published two novels, Golfing on Gunpowder (2013) and Lost Cities (2018), both to wide critical acclaim. Her fiction in translated English has appeared in Tehran Noir (Akashic Noir Anthologies) and MAYDAY Magazine. Within academia, Moradi Ahani has delivered lectures and talks on contemporary Persian literature at Stanford University and University of California, Irvine, among other venues. Her latest book, Other People’s Beds (2021), is a collection of essays.
Ed Ochester's most recent books are: Sugar Run Road (Autumn House Press, 2015), Unreconstructed: Poems Selected and New (Autumn House Press, 2007), and American Poetry Now (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007). He is the editor of the Pitt Poetry Series and is a member of the core faculty of the Bennington MFA Writing Seminars. Recent poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Agni, Boulevard, Poet Lore, Great River Review and other magazines. Among other honors he has won fellowships from the National endowment for the Arts and The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Devi S. Laskar is a native of Chapel Hill, N.C. She holds an MFA from Columbia University, an MA in South Asian Studies from the University of Illinois and a BA in journalism and English from the UNC-CH. A former newspaper reporter, she is now a poet, photographer and artist. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming from such journals as Fairy Tale Review, Rattle, Tin House and Crab Orchard Review. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. She is an alumna of both TheOpEdProject and VONA, and is also an alumna of poetry workshops at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. In 2017, Finishing Line Press published two poetry chapbooks. Counterpoint Press will publish her debut novel, The Atlas of Reds and Blues, in February 2019. She now lives in California.
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Caroline Tracey is a writer and geographer. Originally from Colorado, she has lived in Kyrgyzstan (as a Fulbright research fellow), New Mexico (as a cattle ranch hand), California, Texas, and Mexico City. Her essays have been published in the Nation, the Guardian, New South, and on the second floor of SFMOMA's parking garage. When not reading, writing, or traveling for research, she enjoys swimming, learning ballet, and riding a blue trek from the year she was born. You can find her at cetracey.wordpress.com.
Eric Wilson has been published in New England Review, Carve, Literary Hub, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Massachusetts Review, Chelsea Station, Carolina Quarterly and Epoch. His work has appeared in the Pushcart Prize and O. Henry Prize Stories anthologies. After a Fulbright year in Berlin he earned a Stanford PhD in German Literature. He taught German at UCLA and Pomona College and subsequently fiction writing at UCLA Extension.
Faith Okifo is a Nigerian-American currently enrolled at the Yale School of Medicine. Originally from Bronx, New York, she draws from her culturally diverse background for inspiration. This piece is centered around the COVID-19 pandemic, the major unifying experience of the year on a global scale, and its intersection with the concurrent movement for black equality.
Regina Marie started writing with great urgency after a long career designing software. Her poem “Fall” was published as finalist in the Frontier Poetry Open. Her work has also appeared in Poet Lore, CALYX, Briarcliff Review, Permafrost, Puerto del Sol and Crosswinds. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. She works with Citizens Climate Lobby in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Greta McGee, an American-Italian born and raised in New York City. Her creative fiction and nonfiction reports on the body, spirit, and mind as they work together. She is a 2021 graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.
Marilyn Moriarty is the author of two books Writing Science through Critical Thinking, a scientific writing textbook, and Moses Unchained, which won the Associated Writing Programs Creative Nonfiction Award. Her essays and short stories have been published in The Antioch Review, The Chattahoochee Review, Creative Nonfiction, The Kenyon Review, Nimrod, Raritan, River Teeth, and others. Three essays were named “Notable” by the editors of The Best American Essays series in 2016, 2019, and 2020. She won the 2014 Faulkner-Wisdom Gold Medal for the essay. Her memoir What a House Remembers, What a War Forgets is due out in 2024. She teaches at Hollins University.
Jim Daniels’ next books of poems, Rowing Inland, Wayne State University Press, and Street Calligraphy, Steel Toe Books, will both be published in 2017. He is the Thomas Stockham University Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University.
Erin Hoover is the author of Barnburner, selected by Kathryn Nuernberger for the Antivenom Poetry Award and forthcoming in 2018 from Elixir Press. Her poems have appeared in the 2016 edition of The Best American Poetry, and most recently in Narrative, The Awl, and Alaska Quarterly Review. She lives in Tallahassee, Florida. Her website is erinhooverpoet.com.
Niki Herd’s work has been published in or is forthcoming from The Texas Review, Obsidian, The Rumpus, Lit Hub, North American Review, The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2, and other journals and anthologies. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Virginia Center for the Arts, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her collection, The Language of Shedding Skin, was published as part of the Main Street Rag Editor’s Select Series. She is entering her third year of doctoral studies in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Houston.
Bethany W Pope
Bethany W Pope has won many literary awards and published several novels and collections of poetry. Nicholas Lezard, writing for The Guardian, described Bethany’s latest book as 'poetry as salvation'.....'This harrowing collection drawn from a youth spent in an orphanage delights in language as a place of private escape.' She currently lives and works in China.
Darrin Dixon attended nursing school in Des Moines, Iowa. He joined the U.S. Air Force immediately after graduating from college and graduated from the Air Force nurse anesthesia training program. Dixon has traveled around the globe, living in and serving on military and humanitarian missions in places like South Korea, Central and South America, Asia and the Middle East. After his wife was diagnosed with cancer while pregnant, Dixon eventually became a widower and single father. He continues his humanitarian work on his time away from his regular job as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist in Great Falls, Montana.
Betsy Andrews is the author of The Bottom (42 Miles Press, 2014), recipient of the 42 Miles Press Prize in Poetry; and New Jersey (UWisc Press, 2007), winner of the Brittingham Prize in Poetry. Her chapbooks include She-Devil (Sardines Press, 2004), In Trouble (Boog City Press, 2004), and Supercollider, with artist Peter Fox. Betsy's poetry and essays have been published widely, most recently in Fierce: Essays by and About Dauntless Women (Nauset Press, 2018), Love's Executive Order, Matter, POST, Anti-Heroin Chic, and The Ilanot Review. She is the recipient of two New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships, an Astraea Award in Poetry, the Philadelphia City Paper Prize in Poetry, and numerous writing residencies. She is the co-curator, along with Kerala-based poet VK Sreelesh, of the website Global Poemic, publishing poems from around the world that witness to these times of Covid-19.
Glorious Piner BFA ’19 is currently in the MFA program at the University of Maryland focusing on poetry. She teaches Poetry at the University of Maryland and at the University of the Arts. She has two works published in Queerbook, the first-ever anthology released by the first LGBTQ+ bookstore in the country, Giovanni's Room Bookstore's attendant press. You can find more of Glorious’ work in Prolit Magazine and Toho Journal. Soon, you'll also be able to read her work in forthcoming issues of Conduit Magazine, the Florida Review and the American Poetry Review. Glorious is finishing up the first season of a poetry podcast, co-hosting another poetry podcast, curating an anthology of American sonnets, and resurrecting, reshaping and reimagining Paperback Literary Journal. You can follow @gloriouspiner on every relevant social media platform for updates on the release of projects and forthcoming published works.
Miriam Fried's stories have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Baltimore Review, Ambit, Crab Creek Review, and Watchword. She lives in Brooklyn with her daughter.
Elizabeth Morse is a writer who lives in New York’s East Village. Her work has been published in literary magazines such as The Raven’s Perch, Visible, and CafeLit, as well as anthologies such as Crimes of the Beats. Her poetry chapbook, “The Color Between the Hours,” is forthcoming from Finishing Line press in 2023. She has her MFA from Brooklyn College and supports her poetry with a job in information technology.
Regan Good is a poet and writer living in Brooklyn, New York. She teaches poetry writing peripatetically at FIT, Barnard College, SUNY Purchase, and the Poet’s House. Her book of poems, The Atlantic House, was published in 2012. She is currently working on a memoir about growing up in Westport, Connecticut before it was a hedge fund farm. (Photo by Marion Ettlinger)
Karen and Jim Shepard
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Sara Frankel is a former editor and feature writer who worked at Mother Jones, Image Magazine, and the San Francisco Examiner. For the last two decades she has been a digital media executive, entrepreneur and business consultant. She currently lives in San Francisco.
Elisabeth Booze is originally from Colorado. She attended the University of Denver where she earned her B.A. in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. She then went on to join Teach For America and teach three years of reading and writing to the founding class of a charter school in Kansas City, Missouri. Booze then went on to earn her M.F.A. in Fiction from Hollins University and then returned to Kansas City to teach Creative Writing to her favorite high schoolers. She believes that writing, especially prose, is a medium through which stories that have long been silenced can be told, and that writing is (at best) an act of justice and love.
Lucy Zhang is a writer masquerading around as a software engineer. She watches anime and sleeps in on weekends like a normal human being. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications including The Rumpus, MoonPark Review and Bending Genres. She can be found at https://kowaretasekai.wordpress.com/ or on Twitter (@Dango_Ramen).
Clifford Thompson is the author of four books including, most recently, What It Is: Race, Family, and One Thinking Black Man's Blues. He is a painter and a member of the Blue Mountain Gallery in New York City.
Kathryn E. McGee’s short stories have appeared in Kelp Journal, on the Ladies of the Fright blog, and in horror anthologies, such as Halldark Holidays, Dead Bait 4, and Horror Library Vol. 6. She moderates the monthly horror book club at The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles and hosts Skelton Hour, a horror literature webinar series of the Horror Writers Association. She is co-author of DTLA37: Downtown Los Angeles in Thirty-seven Stories, a non-fiction book about Downtown Los Angeles, and has an MFA in Creative Writing from UC Riverside Palm Desert.
Marilyn Abildskov is the author of The Men in My Country. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award, a Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award, and honors from the Corporation of Yaddo and the Djerassi Writing Residency. Her essays and short stories have been published in Ploughshares, Sewanee Review, Crazyhorse, Southern Review, and Best American Essays. She holds the 2021-22 Olivia Filippi Chair in Creative Writing at Saint Mary's College of California where she teaches in the MFA Program.
Jennifer Woodworth studied creative writing at Old Dominion University. She is the author of the chapbook, How I Kiss Her Turning Head, published by Monkey Puzzle Press. Her stories and poems have appeared in Gone Lawn, The Citron Review, The Eastern Iowa Review, and Jokes Literary Review, among others. She was a nominee for a 2020 Best MicroFiction, and she won a first prize from AROHO for Sudden Fiction. She has work upcoming in Gone Lawn. She knows how lucky she is anytime she gets to write, especially if her daughter is writing too.
Carsten René Nielsen
Carsten René Nielsen is a Danish poet. His selected prose poems, The World Cut Out with Crooked Scissors, was published in English by New Issues in the United States in 2007, and in 2011 House Inspections—the English translation of his prose poems Husundersøgelser (2008)—was published by BOA Editions, both books translated by the American poet David Keplinger. In the United States his poems have been featured in several magazines, among them The Paris Review, Circumference, Agni and Copper Nickel. His new collection, Enogfyrre Ting (Forty-one Objects), in which “Toothpaste” appears, was published by Ekbatana in 2017.
Olga Zilberbourg grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia and lives in San Francisco, California, where she co-hosts the San Francisco Writers Workshop. Three collections of her stories have been published in Russia. In English, her fiction appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Narrative, World Literature Today, Confrontation, Feminist Studies, and others. LIKE WATER, her first English-language collection of stories will be published by WTAW Press in the fall 2019.
Nick Carbo is the author of five books of poetry Chinese, Japanese, What Are These? (2009), Andalusian Dawn (2004), Secret Asian Man (2000), El Grupo McDonald's (1995), and Running Amok (1990). He is also the editor of three anthologies of Filipino writing Pinoy Poetics (2006), Babaylan (2000), and Returning a Borrowed Tongue (1995). He lives in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Russell Thornsburg is a 2015 graduate of the UNC-Wilmington MFA in Creative Writing. He previously earned a BA in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing from the University of North Texas. A native Texan, he currently lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.
After 22 years in the healing arts, Sarah Platenius is dedicating more time to mixed-media, creative nonfiction and poetry. Alongside adventure in rugged landscapes, these modalities have always informed her life. Born on Maui, and a dual citizen of the US and Canada, Platenius has called many places home: New Hampshire, California, Arizona, and the temperate rain forest of the west coast of Vancouver Island, where she lives with her husband, son and daughter. Her one-acre garden keeps her rooted. Her writing has most recently appeared in Sound Range and Wilderness and is forthcoming in Gatherings. Her art appeared in Wilderness, The Hopper Magazine 'Bewilder' print edition, a solo art show at Experiential Gallery, a non-juried art show with Pacific Rim Arts Society, and a collaborative exhibition showcasing female artists called Woman in the Water.
David Blair lives and works around Boston. He is the author of a new collection of poetry, Barbarian Seasons, and a recent collection of essays, Walk Around, both from MadHat Press. His is also the author of three previous collections of poetry: Ascension Days (Del Sol Press), Friends with Dogs (Sheep Meadow Press), and Arsonville (New Issues Poetry & Prose).
Seraph is a woman, a wife, and an educator who writes to live in Iran. She writes about love in unloved places.
Charlee Brodsky, a fine art documentary photographer and a professor of photography at Carnegie Mellon University, describes her work as dealing with social issues and beauty. In 2012, she was chosen by Pittsburgh Center for the Arts as Pittsburgh’s Artist of the Year. Her awards include the Tillie Olsen Award with writer Jim Daniels for their book, Street; an Emmy with the film team that created the documentary Stephanie, which is based on her friend’s life with breast cancer; the Pearl of Hope award given by Sojourner House for her work with students in the Pittsburgh community; and two Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowships. Additionally, the Society for Photographic Education, Mid-Atlantic Region, named her the 2014 Honored Educator. Her notable books include I Thought I Could Fly… Portraits of Anguish, Compulsion, and Despair, a work that features her photographs and narratives of mental illness; and Knowing Stephanie, authored with Stephanie Byram and J. Matesa. You can find her at www.charleebrodsky.com.
Rose Auslander’s book Wild Water Child won the 2016 Bass River Press Poetry Contest, and her chapbooks include Folding Water, Hints, and The Dolphin in the Gowanus. She is poetry Editor of Folded Word Press and earned her MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson.
Katie DePasquale enjoys telling a good story and making sure it's correctly punctuated. Her writing has appeared in Paper Darts, HOOT Review, the Ploughshares blog, Tin House online, and Apeiron Review, among other publications. Her fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has an M.A. in writing and publishing from Emerson College and works as an editor at Berklee College of Music. Read more at katiedepasquale.com.
Peter Schmidt teaches in the English Literature department at Swarthmore College. His courses focus on poetry, 20th- and 21st-century fiction, critical race studies, and Southern studies. For free copies of essays on literature and pop culture and lesson plans for teaching he and his students have made available for high school and community college/college/university teachers world-wide, see his academia.edupage: https://swarthmore.academia.edu/PeterSchmidt. Authors covered by these lesson plans include Emerson, Fitzgerald, O’Connor, Cisneros, Nicholasa Mohr, Shirley Jackson, Colson Whitehead, Mohsin Hamid, Tobias Wolff, and stories about multi-racial identity by Nguyen, Jen, Russell, and Yu.
Whitney M. Fishburn studied creative writing at Harpur College, part of the State University of New York in Binghamton where she was a student of novelist Ron Hansen. After more than 30 years spent primarily as a health policy and sciences editor and reporter, Whitney now publishes the online journal of American thought, docu-mental: mapping the american states of mind.
Daisy Bassen is a practicing physician and poet. She graduated from Princeton University’s Creative Writing Program and completed her medical training at The University of Rochester and Brown. Her work has been published in Oberon, The Delmarva Review, The Sow’s Ear, and Tuck Magazine as well as multiple other journals. She was a semi-finalist in the 2016 Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry, a finalist in the 2018 Adelaide Literary Prize, a recent winner of the So to Speak 2019 Poetry Contest and is doubly nominated for a 2019 Pushcart Prize. She lives in Rhode Island with her family.
Matthew Kilbane lives in Ithaca, New York, where he teaches writing and literature at Cornell University.
Kateryna Ozatska is a young musician, hitchhiker, traveler, and songwriter from Ukraine. She was born in Dnipro, where she got a Musical Arts and Choreography degree. Later moved to Kyiv, where she entered University to get a second degree in Computer technology. She is a young activist, volunteer, and NGO founder. For the last years, she has actively traveled and visited 20+ countries, actively participated in Erasmus+ projects and shared her experience in the Insta blog. In the 2019 year became a member of the International Federation of Journalists. You can keep up with her on Instagram www.instagram.com/katrin_winchester_official
An award-winning humorist and high desert writer, Michael P. Branch is Foundation Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. Mike is the author of more than 300 essays and reviews, which have appeared in venues including CNN, San Francisco Chronicle, Slate, Outside, Pacific Standard, Huffington Post, Bustle, Utne Reader, Orion, Ecotone, National Parks, The Scientist, High Country News, Terrain.org, and Places Journal. Mike has published 10 books, including Raising Wild, Rants from the Hill, and How to Cuss in Western. His creative nonfiction includes pieces recognized as Notable Essays in The Best American Essays, The Best Creative Nonfiction, The Best American Science and Nature Writing, and The Best American Non-required Reading. Mike’s 2022 book, On the Trail of the Jackalope, has been called “an entertaining and enlightening road trip to the heart of an American legend.”
Valerie Block is the author of three novels of contemporary comic fiction, Was It Something I Said? (SoHo Press, 1998), None of Your Business (Ballantine Books, 2003), and Don’t Make a Scene (Ballantine Books, 2007). Her newest novel, Quid Pro Quo, is an ancient historical thriller about status anxiety and the corruption of power, set in the court of Caligula, the third Emperor of Rome. Born and raised in New York City, Block received a BA from Barnard College and an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. She has been a fellow at Hawthornden International Retreat for Writers, and a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. She lives with her husband and son in Montclair, NJ, teaches at the Adult School of Montclair, blogs at www.valerieblock.com, and tweets at @vblock12.
Matthew Olzmann is the author of two collections of poems, Mezzanines, which was selected for the Kundiman Prize, and Contradictions in the Design, both from Alice James Books. He’s received fellowships from Kundiman, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Kresge Arts Foundation. His writing has appeared in the Kenyon Review, the New England Review, Brevity, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. Currently, he teaches at Dartmouth College and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.
Melody Moezzi is a writer, activist, attorney and award-winning author. Her latest book is Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life. Moezzi is also Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Nonfiction at UNC Wilmington, a United Nations Global Expert, an Opinion Leader for the British Council's Our Shared Future initiative, a blogger for The Huffington Post and Ms. Magazine, as well as a regular columnist and blogger for bp Magazine. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian and many other outlets.
Kate Lynn Hibbard
Kate Lynn Hibbard’s books of poems include Sleeping Upside Down (Silverfish Review Press), Sweet Weight (Tiger Bark Press), and Simples (forthcoming from Howling Bird Press), and she is editor of When We Become Weavers: Queer Female Poets on the Midwest Experience (Squares & Rebels Press). Other honors include the Aestrea Foundation’s Lesbian Writing Finalist Award, a McKnight Artist Fellowship in Poetry, two Minnesota State Arts Board Initiative Grants, and residencies at Hedgebrook and the Cornucopia Arts Council. A professor of writing and women’s history at Minneapolis College, she lives with many pets and her spouse Jan in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Her website is katelynnhibbard.com.
James Hoch’s poems have appeared in The New Republic, Washington Post, Slate, Chronicle Review of Higher Education, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Kenyon Review, Tin House, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review and many other magazines. His books are A Parade of Hands and Miscreants. He has received fellowships from the NEA, Bread Loaf and Sewanee writers conferences, St Albans School for Boys, Summer Literary Seminars. Currently, he is Professor of Creative Writing at Ramapo College of NJ and Guest Faculty at Sarah Lawrence.
Nazli Karabiyikoglu is an author from Turkey, full-time resident in Georgia, escaped from the oppression in Turkey. She has five published books in Turkish, now working for to be published internationally.
She was born in 1986. Since 2009, she has been actively writing in various magazines and won couple of important awards in Turkey. She is a proud feminist activist.
Ebony is a cartoonist and an ethnographer. She was born and raised in Maryland. She holds a BA in Biological Anthropology from the University of Maryland College Park and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she wrote her dissertation as a comic (mostly). Her expertise is in qualitative research and evaluation, picture-based methods, curriculum studies, and S.T.E.A.M. education. Ebony is a 2017 Rona Jaffe Award recipient and a 2019 Ignatz Award recipient for Promising New Talent. She lives in Denver, CO.
Karen Outen’s fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train Stories, The North American Review, Essence magazine, and the anthologies Where Love is Found and Mother Knows: 24 Tales of Motherhood (both from Washington Square Press). Her essay “On Typing and Salvation” appeared in the anthology From Curlers to Chainsaws: Women and Their Machines (Michigan State Press, 2016). She is a 2018 recipient of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award and has been a fellow at both the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan and the Pew Fellowships in the Arts. In addition, she has received awards from both the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Maryland State Arts Council. She received an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she was awarded Hopwood Awards for graduate short fiction and for the novel. She is at work on a novel, Descending Everest.
Nicole Cooley grew up in New Orleans and is the author of six books of poems, most recently OF MARRIAGE (Alice James Books 2018) and GIRL AFTER GIRL AFTER GIRL (LSU Press 2017), as well as a novel and two chapbooks. She is the director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College, City University of New York.
Karen Hildebrand is the author of Crossing Pleasure Avenue (Indolent Books, 2018). Her poetry has appeared in many journals and was adapted for a play produced in NYC (2013). She plans to graduate from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers in January 2022. She lives in Brooklyn.
Heather Rounds is the author of the novel There (Emergency Press, 2011), the novella She Named Him Michael (Ink Press, 2017) and the novel Light There is to Find (Adelaide Books, 2018). Her poetry and short works of fiction have appeared in numerous publications, including PANK, Smokelong Quarterly and Atticus Review. She serves as PR Manager for Mason Jar Press, an independent literary press based out of Baltimore, MD. Visit her at http://www.heatherrounds.com/
S. Ganjbakhsh is an Iranian literary translator. She lives in Sanandaj, Iran, where she is a high school English teacher.
Ethel Rohan is the author of the short story collections Goodnight Nobody and Cut Through the Bone, the linked collection of very short stories Hard to Say (editor, Roxane Gay), and an e-memoir entitled Out of Dublin. Her debut novel The Weight of Him won the Northern California Publishers and Authors’ Award, a Plumeri Fellowship, and the Silver Nautilus Award. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Irish Times, PEN America, GUERNICA, The New York Times, Tin House and others. Rohan emigrated from Dublin at the age of 22, and settled in San Francisco where she still lives today.
Nawaaz Ahmed was born in Tamil Nadu, India. Before turning to writing, he was a computer scientist, researching search algorithms for Yahoo. He is a Kundiman and Lambda Literary Fellow, and the recipient of residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo, Djerassi, and VCCA. His debut novel 'Radiant Fugitives’ is a finalist for the 2022 Pen/Faulkner Award and the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, and was longlisted for The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and the Aspen Literary Prize. He currently lives in Brooklyn.
Meg Pokrass is the author of 8 collections of flash and prose poetry. She is the Founding Editor of New Flash Fiction Review and the Series Co-Editor of Best Microfiction. Meg lives in Inverness Scotland.
Mark Blickley grew up within walking distance of New York's Bronx Zoo. He is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and PEN American Center. His latest book is the flash fiction collection, Hunger Pains (Buttonhook Press).
Leslie Pietrzyk’s collection of DC stories, ADMIT THIS TO NO ONE (Unnamed Press, November 2021) was called “insidery, insightful, and deftly executed” by Washingtonian magazine. She’s the author of three novels, including Silver Girl, published by Unnamed Press in 2018. Her first collection of short stories, This Angel on My Chest, won the 2015 Drue Heinz Literature Prize and was published by University of Pittsburgh Press. Short fiction and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, Story Magazine, Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Iowa Review, Washingtonian, The Sun, The Washington Post Magazine, and others. Awards include a Pushcart Prize in 2020 and the 2020 Creative Arts Prize from the Polish American Historical Association. Organizations awarding fellowships include the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Hermitage Artist Retreat, Virginia Center for the Arts, and Hawthornden International Retreat at Hawthornden Castle in Scotland.
Rachel León is a writer, activist, and social worker. She is a contributor for Chicago Review of Books and a Fiction Editor for Arcturus. She interns for a literary agent and is currently working on a novel.
Mark Svenvold teaches creative writing at Seton Hall University and lives in New York City.
D Hake Brinckerhoff
I paint quickly, intuitively, and work much of the surface at the same time. The tension of composition as well as the emotional and physical heft of a painting are important to me. I convey emotion through abstract expression using line and gesture drawing as my foundation and paint, color, shapes, and movement to unify the piece. Most of my work has been figurative, with particular attention to where in the body the figure holds its weight— both literally and metaphorically. My figures often explore the ways that people make themselves vulnerable, become wounded and scarred, and yet, almost heroically, maintain resiliency. I’m intrigued by the role I play in connecting the story of the image and the story of the viewer. Most recently, I find myself motivated to create work that can be both beautiful and challenging or uncomfortable, tackling social and cultural issues and that we typically remain silent about.
Don Share is the editor of Poetry magazine. His most recent books are Wishbone; Union; and Bunting’s Persia; and he has edited a critical edition of Basil Bunting’s poems as well as an edition of Bunting’s selected prose. His translations of Miguel Hernández were awarded the Times Literary Supplement Translation Prize, and his other books include Seneca in English; The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of POETRY Magazine; and Who Reads Poetry: 50 Views from POETRY Magazine. His work at Poetry has been recognized with three National Magazine Awards for editorial excellence from the American Society of Magazine Editors, and he has received a VIDA: Women in Literary Arts “VIDO” award for his “contributions to American literature and literary community.” He is currently working on a collection of essays about the art of reading.
Basir Borhani was born in 1990 in Oshnaviyeh, Iran. He has an MA in English literature and was assistant editor of fiction/essay in translation for Hamshahri Dastan magazine from November 2015 through August 2017. His Farsi and Kurdish translations of short stories, literary essays, and memoirs have been published in various literary magazines in Iran. He currently lives in Iran and works as a freelance translator of English, Kurdish, and Farsi.
Cristiane Mohallem is a Brazilian artist living in São Paulo. She received a degree in Clinical Psychology from the Catholic University of São Paulo in 2000. For seven years, she coordinated a Play, Art, and Therapy program at Rim e Hipertensão Hospital, UNIFESP. This project led her to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she earned a MAAT in 2008. There she discovered the world of visual arts, and developed a special interested in painting ateliers. In 2012, she held her first solo exhibition at the DConcept Escritório de Arte in São Paulo. In 2014, she stopped working as a psychotherapist to focus exclusively on her art studio work. Her visual works have been exhibited in Brazil, the United States, Germany and Italy.
Her works seeks the essence of natural elements—mangrove, tree, stone, animal—through the language of embroidering and drawing.
Souran Kurdpour was born in 1978 in Boukan, Kurdistan of Iran. He studied medicine in Iran and now works as a radiologist. In addition to his medical work, he draws, photographs and makes short films. He tries to show his views in a simple silent form that is visible to us, whether in cartoons, photographs or other forms of visual art. His drawings/cartoons are and will be published in some countries at various magazines. They have also been selected and have won prizes in various competitions.
Karen Shepard is a Chinese-American born and raised in New York City. She is the author of four novels, An Empire of Women (2000), The Bad Boy’s Wife (2004), Don’t I Know You? (2009), and The Celestials (2013), which was short-listed for the Massachusetts Book Award and the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. Her collection of short stories, Kiss Me Someone, was published in September. Her short fiction has been published in The Atlantic Monthly, Tin House, One Story, and Ploughshares, among others. Her nonfiction has appeared in O Magazine, Buzzfeed, More, Self, USA Today, and The Boston Globe, among others. She has received the William Goyen-Doris Roberts Fellowship for Fiction from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation, was a National Magazine Award Finalist, and was a recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant. She teaches writing and literature at Williams College in Williamstown, MA, where she lives with her husband, novelist Jim Shepard, and their three children.
Ellen Louise Ray
Tyler Gebauer is a literary translator from Minneapolis, U.S.A. His translations have been published in Packingtown Review, The Tiger Moth Review and SORTES, among others. You can find him online at: www.linkedin.com/in/tyler-gebauer-1992n
Jim Shepard has written seven novels, including The Book of Aron, which won the Sophie Brody Medal for Excellence in Jewish Literature, the Harold Ribalow Award for Jewish Literature, the PEN/New England Award for Fiction, and the Clark Fiction Prize, and five story collections, including Like You’d Understand, Anyway, a finalist for the National Book Award and Story Prize winner, and most recently The World to Come. Six of his stories have been chosen for the Best American Short Stories, two for the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, and two for Pushcart Prizes. He’s also won the Library of Congress/ Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction, the ALEX Award from the American Library Association, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He teaches at Williams College.
Brian Henry is the author of eleven books of poetry, most recently Permanent State (Threadsuns, 2020). He has translated Tomaž Šalamun’s Woods and Chalices (Harcourt, 2008), Aleš Debeljak’s Smugglers (BOA Editions, 2015), and five books by Aleš Šteger. His work has received numerous honors, including two NEA fellowships, the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award, a Howard Foundation fellowship, and the Best Translated Book Award. He is editing and translating a comprehensive volume of Selected Poems by Tomaž Šalamun for Milkweed Editions.
David Keplinger is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently Another City (Milkweed, 2018). His collaborative translations with the German poet Jan Wagner, The Art of Topiary, was published by Milkweed in 2017. With the Danish poet Carsten René Nielsen, Keplinger has translated World Cut Out with Crooked Scissors (New Issues, 2007) and House Inspections (BOA, 2011). Keplinger has won the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Colorado Book Award, the Cavafy Prize, and other honors, and he has received NEA fellowships in both Literature and Literary Translation. He teaches in the MFA Program at American University in Washington, D.C.
Lan Samantha Chang
Lan Samantha Chang is the award-winning author of a collection of short fiction, Hunger, and two novels, Inheritance and All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost. The director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she lives in Iowa City.