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 won the Koret Jewish Book prize. He recently completed a memoir about his family’s move from South Africa to England, God Save Your Bloody Queen, and is working on a new novel. His articles and book reviews have appeared in The Nation, Gourmet, the Washington Post, The New York Times, and elsewhere, and his photographs have appeared in a variety of magazines. He lives in Bennington, VT.
Will amato is a poet, and a pirate. He always tips waitresses, and generally helps old ladies across the street.
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.
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.
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.”
Jeanne Larsen is the author of two books of poetry, Why We Make Gardens [& other Poems] (Mayapple Press, 2010) and James Cook in Search of Terra Incognita (AWP series winner; U. of Virginia Press, 1979), as well as two of literary translations, Willow, Wine, Mirror, Moon: Women’s Poems from Tang China (BOA Editions, Ltd. 2005) and Brocade River Poems: Selected Works of the Tang Dynasty Courtesan Xue Tao (Princeton U. Press 1987). She has also published an e-novel, and three print novels. She teaches in the MFA and BA programs of the Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins University.
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.
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.
Dana Sachs is the author of four books -- the novels If You Lived Here and The Secret of the Nightingale Palace, and two books of nonfiction, The Life We Were Given: Operation Babylift, International Adoption, and The Children of War in Vietnam and The House on Dream Street: Memoir of an American Woman in Vietnam. Her articles, reviews, and essays have appeared in many publications, including National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal, Travel and Leisure Family, The International Herald Tribune, and Mother Jones. She teaches in the Honors College at UNC-Wilmington and is currently at work on a book about the refugee situation in Greece. Sachs is one of the founders of Humanity Now: Direct Refugee Relief.
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
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.
Carole Burns’s collection, The Missing Woman and Other Stories, was awarded the 2015 John C. Zacharis First Book 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 working on a novel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
David L. Engelhardt
David L. Engelhardt is an attorney in Washington, D.C. His short stories have appeared in Folio, The Baltimore Review, and two volumes of West Branch.
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
Jill McDonough is the author of Habeas Corpus (Salt, 2008), Oh, James! (Seven Kitchens, 2012), Where You Live (Salt, 2012), and Reaper (Alice James, 2017). 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 offers College Reading and Writing at a Boston jail. Her fifth poetry collection, Here All Night, is forthcoming from Alice James Books. Her website is jillmcdonough.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.
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.
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.
Eleanor Wilner has published more poems than she, or anyone, cares to remember. She is frequently a visiting poet, a temporary role she enjoys, as she is excused from department meetings, can cut to the chase with students, and get out of town ahead of the sheriff. As to basket weaving in a bad time, think what it did for baby Moses.
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.
Kevin McIlvoy has published five novels, A Waltz (Lynx House Press), The Fifth Station (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill; paperback, Collier/Macmillan), Little Peg (Atheneum/Macmillan; paperback, Harper Perennial), Hyssop (TriQuarterly Books; paperback, Avon), At the Gate of All Wonder (Tupelo Press); and a short story collection, The Complete History of New Mexico (Graywolf Press). His short fiction has appeared in Harper’s, Southern Review, Ploughshares, Missouri Review, and other literary magazines. His short-short stories and prose poems have appeared in The Collagist, Pif, Kenyon Review Online, The Cortland Review, Prime Number, r.k.v.r.y, Waxwing, and various online literary magazines. A collection of his prose poems and short-short stories, 57 Octaves Below Middle C, has been published by Four Way Books (October 2017). He has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in fiction. For twenty-seven years he was fiction editor and editor in chief of the national literary magazine, Puerto del Sol.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mark Svenvold, author of Empire Burlesque and Big Weather, teaches creative writing at Seton Hall University and lives in New York City.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Thomas Rayfiel is the author of eight novels, most recently Harms' Way (Permanent Press.) More information about him can be found at thomasrayfiel.com
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.
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.
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.
Elizabeth Robinson is the author of multiple collections of poetry, most recently Rumor (Parlor Press/Free Verse Editions).
Her mixed genre book On Ghosts (Solid Objects) was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. She has been a winner of the National Poetry Series and the Fence Modern Poets Prize and has been the recipient of grants from the Fund for Poetry and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
Sebastian Agudelo is the author of two books of poetry, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
C. Dale Young
C. Dale Young is the author of The Affliction, a novel in stories (Four Way Books 2018) and four collections of poetry, most recently The Halo (Four Way 2016). His collection of poems Prometeo is forthcoming in 2021 from Four Way Books. He practices medicine full-time and lives in San Francisco.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Michael S. Begnal is the author of the collections Future Blues (Salmon Poetry, 2012) and Ancestor Worship (Salmon Poetry, 2007), as well as the chapbook The Muddy Banks (Ghost City Press, 2016). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals and anthologies such as Notre Dame Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Empty Mirror, Public Pool, Aethlon, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, and Thinking Continental: Writing the Planet One Place at a Time (University of Nebraska Press, 2017), and he has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He has an MFA from North Carolina State University and teaches writing at Ball State University.
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.
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.
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.
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 the MacDowell and Millay Colonies. She has recently completed a memoir about her experiences as a trauma survivor while raising a disabled child, for both of which she had to navigate the Scylla and Charybdis of credibility and shame. For more: https://jenevastone.com
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marcela Sulak’s third poetry collection and first memoir are forthcoming with Black Lawrence Press. She’s co-edited Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres. A 2019 NEA Translation Fellow, her fourth translation, Twenty Girls to Envy Me. Selected Poems of Orit Gidali was nominated for a 2017 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. She hosts the podcast “Israel in Translation,” edits The Ilanot Review, and is an Associate Professor Bar-Ilan University.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Daisy Fried is the author of three books of poetry, Women's Poetry: Poems and Advice , My Brother is Getting Arrested Again, and She Didn't Mean to Do It, all published by University of Pittsburgh Press. She's received Guggenheim, Hodder and Pew Fellowships, is a member of the faculty of the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers, and lives in Philadelphia.
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, translator, editor, and teacher from Iran. His fiction has appeared in the Margins; his poetry in Saint Katherine Review; and his journalistic work in NPR. His translations of contemporary Persian poetry have also been published in various journals, among them are Washington Square Review, Writing Disorder, Asymptote, and Visions International. Saadlou holds an MFA in creative writing from Saint Mary’s College of California and currently lives in Tehran.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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). Her poems have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Jewish Currents, and Natural Bridge, among others. She teaches at Kettering University in Flint, Michigan and gardens and delights in the antics of their chickens and ducks with her family in the country. "Not Seeing the Friend of God" is part of a longer sequence of poems based on her research on Israel-Palestine with the Compassionate Listening Project. More information can be found on her website: http://joyarbor.net.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Mark Svenvold teaches creative writing at Seton Hall University and lives in New York City.
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.