Michelle Donahue is a current PhD Student in Creative Writing & Literature at the University of Utah. Her fiction has appeared in Arts & Letters, Beloit Fiction Journal, CutBank, Paper Darts, and won Treehouse’s prize for unusual prose. Her poetry has appeared in Bayou Magazine, Word Riot, Rust+Moth, and others. She received her MFA in Creative Writing & Environment from Iowa State University, where she was the 2013 Hogrefe Fellow and the managing editor of Flyway.
Lisa Hiton holds an M.F.A. in poetry from Boston University and an M.Ed. in Arts in Education from Harvard University. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in Linebreak, The Paris-American, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and LAMBDA Literary, among others. Her first book has been a finalist or semi-finalist for the New Issues Poetry Prize, the Brittingham & Felix Pollack Poetry Prize, the Crab Orchard Review First Book Prize, and the YesYes Books open reading period. She has received the AWP WC&C Scholarship, the Esther B Kahn Scholarship from 24Pearl Street at the Fine Arts Work Center, and two nominations for the Pushcart Prize. Her chapbook, Variation on Testimony, is forthcoming from CutBank. She is the Interviews Editor at Cosmonaut’s Avenue and the Poetry Editor of The Adroit Journal.
Jackson Holbert's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Vinyl, Thrush Poetry Journal, Muzzle Magazine, Whiskey Island, and the minnesota review, among others. He was raised in Nine Mile Falls, Washington and is currently an undergraduate at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Isabella Nilsson is a member of the Columbia University Class of 2020. She is a graduate of the Iowa Young Writers Workshop, a National YoungArts Finalist in Short Story, a National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Medalist in Short Story and Creative Nonfiction, and a United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts for Writing. Her writing can be found in Aerie International and Scholastic’s Best Teen Writing of 2015, The Quaker, Textploit, Litro NY, and elsewhere. In her free time she enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends.
Talin Tahajian grew up near Boston. Her poetry has recently appeared in Salt Hill Journal, The Kenyon Review Online, Indiana Review, Best New Poets 2014, DIAGRAM, Columbia Poetry Review, and on Verse Daily, among others. She is the author of two chapbooks, The smallest thing on Earth (forthcoming from Bloom Books) and Start with dead things (Midnight City Books, 2015), a split chapbook with Joshua Young. She was also a finalist for the 2014 & 2016 Indiana Review Poetry Prizes and the 2015 Black Warrior Review Poetry Prize, and serves as a poetry editor for The Adroit Journal. She is an undergraduate student at the University of Cambridge, where she studies English literature and attempts to assimilate.
Shelley Whitaker is currently completing her B.A. at Hollins University, where she has received an Academy of American Poets Prize and a nomination for the AWP Intro Journals Project. She is also the recipient of the 2013 Adroit Prize for Poetry, selected by Garth Greenwell. Her poems have appeared in or are forthcoming at Punchnel's, Verse Daily, Ninth Letter Online, and poets.org.