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Tolu Agbelusi is a Nigerian British poet, playwright, performer and lawyer. A Callaloo Fellow, she was longlisted for the inaugural Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowships in 2017 and recognised by Speaking Volumes as one of the Best British Writers of Colour. Her work has appeared in Brittle PaperAfter Ferguson, In Solidarity, an anthology by Mourning Glory, and is forthcoming from the Pittsburgh Poetry Review. Tolu is working on her first poetry collection.


Mariel Alonzo is a bisexual activist, currently studying Psychology at the Ateneo de Davao University (Mindanao, Philippines). She was recently a finalist in the Winter Tangerine Awards, Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition, and Troubadour International Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Hawaii Review, AJAR, SAND and other journals.



Colin Bailes is a recent graduate of the University of Central Florida, where he received a nomination for the AWP Intro Journals Project and published poems in Cypress Dome. He was a semifinalist for the 2017 Adroit Prize for Poetry, and has had work appear in Rust + Moth. Originally from Orlando, Florida, he currently lives in Richmond, Virginia.


Lesya Bazylewicz was a finalist for the 2016 Crab Orchard Review Allison Joseph Poetry Award, and her poetry is forthcoming in Drunken Boat, New South, and Salamander. Originally from Chicago, she lives in Baltimore where she studies English and Creative Writing in the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars.



Destiny O. Birdsong is a poet and essayist whose poems have either appeared in or are forthcoming from the Adroit Journal, the African American Review, the Indiana Review, Bettering American Poetry, and elsewhere. Her critical work recently appeared in the African American Review and the Cambridge Companion to Transnational American Literature. Destiny is a recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize, fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo, and Jack Jones Literary Arts, and residencies from The Ragdale Foundation and The MacDowell Colony. Read more of her work at


Sage Calder Hahn grew up in rural Northwest Connecticut and currently lives in Boston.  She recently graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from Brandeis University in Creative Writing and English, and currently works as a sex-educator in Brookline.  Her writing has either been featured or is forthcoming in Open Letters Monthly and Tinderbox Poetry Journal.



Aline Dolinh is a first-year student at the University of Virginia. A National Student Poet emeritus and mentor in the 2015 Adroit Summer Mentorship Program, her passions beyond writing include cryptozoology and female-driven horror films. She tweets @alinedolinh.



Lisa Favicchia is a recent graduate of the MFA program at Bowling Green State University and the former managing editor of Mid-American Review. Her work has appeared in Smeuse Poetry, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and Wordpool Press, and is forthcoming in Rubbertop Review, the Airgonaut, and Adelaide Literary Magazine


Joseph Felkers is a rising senior at Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His works appear or are forthcoming in decomP magazinESuperstition Review, and Emerge Literary Journal, among others. Aside from the art of poetry, Joseph is also active in the ice cream arts, where he is a self-proclaimed connoisseur and an (embarrassingly) experienced server. 


Samantha Leigh Futhey currently lives in Colorado Springs, CO. Recently, she completed her MFA in the Creative Writing and Environment Program at Iowa State University. She has poetry published in Cider Press Review, Rhino Poetry, Superstition Review, and The Fourth River, and forthcoming from Alligator Juniper and Zone 3.



Will Frazier lives in Brooklyn, where he is co-founder and coordinator of the Franklin Electric Reading Series. His writing appears in or is forthcoming from Washington Square ReviewKenyon Review OnlineNo Tokens, and Cosmonauts Avenue. He is a graduate of the Area Program in Poetry Writing at the University of Virginia. 


Matty Layne Glasgow is a poet and MFA candidate at Iowa State University. His queer lil ditties have appeared in or are forthcoming from The CollagistRattleCosmonauts AvenueThe Blueshift JournalWildness JournalRust+Moth, and elsewhere. His drag name is Sharon Stoned because he’s pretty basic and goes with his instincts on stage and in life. 



Kinsale Hueston is a 2017 National Student Poet, and a senior in high school from Southern California. An enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, Kinsale’s work seeks to contemporize Native American culture and address modern issues facing her tribe. Kinsale is also the recipient of the Yale Young Native Storytellers Award for Spoken Word/Storytelling, and two National Scholastic Gold Medals for Poetry and Dramatic Script.


Cory Hutchinson-Reuss grew up in Arkansas and holds a PhD in English from the University of Iowa. Her poems have appeared in journals such as The Pinch, Drunken Boat, Four Way Review, Salamander, and Crazyhorse, as the recipient of 2016 Lynda Hull Memorial Prize for Poetry. She lives in Iowa City with her family.


Sierra Jacob is an MFA graduate from the University of Montana, where she received the Richard Hugo Memorial Scholarship for Poetry. Her poetry has appeared in Cream City Review, Sonora Review, The Louisville Review, Hawaii Pacific Review, Pretty Owl Poetry, among others. Her chapbook CANELAND is forthcoming at Atomic Theory Micro Press. She was born and raised in Haiku, Hawaii.


Wayne Johns' work has appeared in New England ReviewPloughsharesPrairie SchoonerImageBest New Poets, and elsewhere. He is the author of a chapbook, An Invisible Veil Between Us (Thorngate Road), His first book, Antipsalms, received the inaugural Audre Lorde and Frank O'Hara poetry prize. A former Lambda Literary fellow, he currently serves on the editorial staff of Raleigh Review and as a reader for the BOAAT Book Prize.


Christos Kalli, born in Larnaca, Cyprus, is currently studying for his undergraduate degree in English Literature at the University of Glasgow. His poetry has been recently shortlisted for the Jane Martin Poetry Prize, and his INT. NIGHT was a finalist for the Sutra Press Chapbook Contest. His work can be found in / is forthcoming from The American Journal of PoetryThe Adroit JournalThe Los Angeles Review, the minnesota review[PANK], and Barely South Review, among others.


Chloe Kim is a senior at Milton Academy. Her poetry has appeared in The Marble Collection, and has received the Ruth Berrien Fox Award and a Gold Medal from the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. She’s also an alum of the Iowa Young Writers Studio, and her fiction has been published in The Apprentice Writer. In her free time, Chloe likes to recite Hemingway and play catch with her pet Maltese.



Dan Kraines teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology and City Tech. You can find his poems in the JournalPhantomTwo Peach, the Carolina Quarterly, Salamander, and Queen Mob's Tea House, among many other publications. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Poetry at the University of Rochester. In June, he was a resident at the Betsy Writer's Room in Miami.


Esther Lin was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and lived in the United States as an undocumented immigrant for 21 years. She is a 2017–19 Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, and a recipient of the inaugural Undocupoets Fellowship. She was also a 2015 Poets House Emerging Poet and Queens Council on the Arts Fellow. Her poems have appeared in The Adroit Journal, Copper Nickel, Cortland Review, Crazyhorse, Drunken Boat, Guernica, Vinyl, and elsewhere.


Meghana Mysore is a freshman at Yale University. She is a two-time Scholastic Art & Writing Awards National Medalist for Poetry and Writing Portfolio, a fiction finalist in Columbia College Chicago's Young Authors' Competition and an Honorable Mention recipient in the Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest. Her work appears in Crack the SpineRogue AgentThird WednesdayThe Yale Herald and other journals.

Nkosi Nkululeko, the 2016 New York City Youth Poet Laureate, is a Callaloo fellow, multi-nominated for the Best of Net Anthology, nominated for Independent Best American Poetry as well as the Pushcart Prize. He was a finalist for the 2016 Winter Tangerine Award for Poetry and his work can be found in [PANK] Magazine, Vinyl Poetry, No Token, and other publications. He lives in Harlem, New York.

Meghann Plunkett was the winner of the 2017 Third Coast Poetry Prize. She was also a finalist for North American Review’s 2017 Hearst Poetry Prize, as well as Narrative Magazine's 2016 30 Below Contest. Meghann is currently an MFA candidate at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, where she was awarded the 2016 & 2017 Academy of American Poets College Prizes. Her poems can be found in or are forthcoming from Narrative Magazine, North American Review, Adroit Journal, The Paris-American, Muzzle Magazine, Winter Tangerine, decomP Magazine, and storySouth, among others.


Daniel T. O'Brien is a recent graduate of the MFA program in creative writing at The Ohio State University, where he served as poetry editor of The Journal and managing editor of The Journal/OSU Press Book Prize Series. His work has appeared in or is forthcoming from American Literary Review, Banango Street, BLOOM, Foundry, Prelude, and Tinderbox Poetry Journal, among others. He is also a frequent contributor to the poetry review website SCOUT. He lives in New York. 


Andy Powell is a Teaching Artist for DreamYard and for Cooper Union's Saturday Program. He has poems out or forthcoming from Winter Tangerine Review, The Rialto, SOFTBLOW, Jerry, PANK, and elsewhere. He took 3rd prize in Ambit's 2016 competition, selected by Sarah Howe.



After taking a 40-year hiatus, Heidi Seaborn starting writing poetry in 2016. Her work has appeared in Timberline, Gravel, West Trade Review, American Journal of Poetry, and Nimrod International Journal, as a semi-finalist for the 2017 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry. Her work has also appeared in five anthologies, as the political pamphlet Body Politic (Mount Analogue Press), on a Seattle bus, and in the forthcoming chapbook Finding My Way Home (Finishing Line Press). She lives in Seattle.


Shakthi Shrima's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Muzzle Magazine, DIALOGIST, and Berkeley Poetry Review, amongst others. Shakthi Shrima is forthcoming at the local Wawa at 4am. She is an undergraduate student at Princeton University.


Parisa Thepmankorn is a freshman at Brown University from New Jersey. The winner of the Hippocrates Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine, she has been recognized by the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Hobart, Words Dance, and Transcendence Magazine, among others. 


Shelley Whitaker is a graduate of Hollins University, where she 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 DailyNinth Letter Online, and 


Jim Whiteside is a graduate of the creative writing MFA program at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts fellow. His recent poems have appeared in journals such as The Southern Review, Indiana Review, Kenyon Review Online, Poetry Northwest, and Salt Hill, as winner of the Philip Booth Poetry Prize. Originally from Cookeville, Tennessee, he lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.


Alex Zhang is a current undergraduate student at Columbia University from Portage, Michigan. His writing has been recognized by the The Adroit Journal, the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the Sierra Nevada Review, and The Best Teen Writing of 2016, and has been nominated for Plain China: Best Undergraduate Writing. He received a Gold Medal for Writing Portfolio from the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.