Mariel Alonzo is a bisexual activist, currently studying Psychology at the Ateneo de Davao University (Mindanao, Philippines). She has been a finalist in the Winter Tangerine Awards, Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition, and Troubadour International Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from the Hawaii Review, AJAR, SAND, and other journals.
Lesya Bazylewicz was a finalist for the 2016 Crab Orchard Review Allison Joseph Poetry Award, and her poetry has appeared 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.
Ellie Black is a recent graduate of Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, where she received a BA in English - Creative Writing, served as the editor-in-chief of the Aonian literary magazine, and held an internship with the Oxford American. She received first prize in the 2017 Jeanie Dolan Carter Memorial Collegiate Contest, and her work can be found in Gingerbread House. She is a 2018 June fellow at the Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets, and currently works as an Associate Editor with Sibling Rivalry Press.
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 in or is forthcoming from Open Letters Monthly and Tinderbox Poetry Journal.
Emily Cinquemani is a recent graduate of the MFA program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she worked as a Poetry Editor for the Greensboro Review. Her poetry has recently appeared in Meridian and Gravel.
Kell Connor is a queer poet living in Nebraska. Her work appears in Columbia Poetry Review, Big Lucks, Bennington Review, Verse, and elsewhere. She is the author of the chapbook For Destruction (Doom Town, 2018).
Lisa Favicchia is a recent graduate of the MFA program at Bowling Green State University, where she served as managing editor of Mid-American Review. Her work has appeared in Smeuse Poetry, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and Wordpool Press, and is forthcoming from Rubbertop Review, the Airgonaut, and Adelaide Literary Magazine.
Joseph Felkers is a high school senior from Grand Rapids, Michigan. His works appear in or are forthcoming from Juked, Rust + Moth, SOFTBLOW, and decomP, among others. His poetry has been recognized by Princeton University and the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, as well as nominated for a Pushcart Prize. When he isn’t decaying, he can be found crying over cracked teeth and scooping ice cream on the side.
Samantha Leigh Futhey currently lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 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.
Gavin Gao graduated with a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Michigan, where he received two Avery Hopwood Awards and the Arthur Miller Arts Award for his writing. His works have appeared in or are forthcoming from Poet Lore, Michigan Quarterly Review, Rise Up Review, Inscape Journal, and elsewhere. He lives in Brisbane, Australia.
Kate Gaskin's poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from Cimarron Review, Guernica, Alaska Quarterly Review, Puerto del Sol, and Blackbird, among others. She is a recipient of a Tennessee Williams Scholarship in Poetry to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, as well as the winner of the Pinch’s 2017 Literary Award in Poetry.
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 Collagist, Rattle, Cosmonaut's Avenue, the Blueshift Journal, Wildness, Rust + Moth, and elsewhere. His drag name is Sharon Stoned because he’s pretty basic and goes with his instincts on stage and in life.
Hannah Goldstein is an experiential educator and full-time volunteer. She is a recent graduate of Colgate University, where she studied English and Political Science. Her work has been published in the Colgate Portfolio, and in the summer of 2015, she was selected for a poetry workshop and residency facilitated by Carolyn Forché through Writing Workshops in Greece. She currently lives in Washington, D.C.
Kimberly Grabowski Strayer is a poet and horsewoman from Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she received her B.A. in English Writing from Kalamazoo College. She holds an M.F.A. in Poetry from The University of Pittsburgh. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Superstition Review, Midwestern Gothic, Cleaver Magazine, Crab Fat Magazine, and others. Her chapbook, Afterward, is available from Dancing Girl Press.
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.
Wayne Johns' poems have appeared in Best New Poets, New England Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Image, and elsewhere. He is the author of a chapbook, The Exclusion Zone, selected for the 2016 Rane Arroyo Chapbook Prize and forthcoming from Seven Kitchens Press. A former Lambda Literary fellow, he currently serves on the editorial staff of Raleigh Review, and is an Assistant Editor at Indolent Books.
Zane Johnson is a poet and translator from Denver, Colorado. Recent poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from the American Journal of Poetry, Cold Creek Review, Window, and elsewhere. His translations have appeared in the German-language online magazine Der Goldene Fisch.
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 translated into French and shortlisted for the Jane Martin Poetry Prize, and his chapbook INT. NIGHT was a finalist for the Sutra Press Chapbook Contest. His poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from the American Journal of Poetry, the Adroit Journal, the Los Angeles Review, the minnesota review, PANK, Barely South Review, and Dunes Review, among others. Visit him at christoskalli.com.
Esther Lin was born in Rio de Janeiro, and lived in the United States as an undocumented immigrant for 21 years. She is the author of The Ghost Wife, winner of the 2017 Poetry Society of America’s Chapbook Fellowship. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Copper Nickel, Drunken Boat, Indiana Review, the Missouri Review Online, TriQuarterly, Vinyl, and elsewhere. She was awarded the Crab Orchard Review’s 2018 Richard Peterson Poetry Prize, was a recipient of the inaugural Undocupoets fellowship, and a Poets House Emerging Poets Fellowship in 2015. Currently she is a 2017–19 Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and an organizer for Undocupoets. Please visit estherlinpoems.wordpress.com for more information.
Christine Marella is from Northern California, but now lives near Chicago, as a junior at Northwestern University. Her writing has been recognized by the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, as well as by the Poetry Society of the United Kingdom. Prior to Northwestern, Christine attended Emory University in Atlanta, where she received the Artistine Mann Award for Best Undergraduate Poetry.
James McKenna is a senior at Florida Southern College, where he majors in English with minors in women and gender studies and business administration. He serves as the managing editor of Cantilevers, Florida Southern’s journal of the arts. Jim has had poems featured in the Hawai’i Pacific Review and Mangrove Literary Journal, and is currently an editorial intern with Coffee House Press.
Kathryn Merwin is a graduate of the MFA program at Western Washington University originally from Washington, D.C. Her poems have appeared in Blackbird, Sugar House Review, CutBank, Booth, and Prairie Schooner, among others. She has been awarded such honors as the Blue Earth Review Prize for Poetry, the Nancy D. Hargrove Editor's Prize, and the 12017 Sixfold Award.
Olatunde Osinaike is a Nigerian-American poet and software developer originally from the West Side of Chicago. A nominee for the Bettering American Poetry Anthology and alumnus of Vanderbilt University, his work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Apogee, HEArt Online, Hobart, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Kweli, Puerto del Sol, and Columbia Poetry Review, among other publications.
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 appear 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.
Michael Pontacoloni's poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from Copper Nickel, Smartish Pace, Pleiades, Colorado Review, Mississippi Review, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and has received awards and support from the University of Connecticut and the Vermont Studio Center. He lives in Hartford, Connecticut, where he works for small technology company.
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.
Varun Ravindran was born in India and presently lives in Pittsburgh. His work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Pleiades, the Adroit Journal, cream city review, and elsewhere.
Dominique Salas is a native of El Paso, Texas, and a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work has recently appeared in or is forthcoming from Huizache, Bone Bouquet, Apogee Journal, the Volta, jubilat, and Bennington Review. You can find her on Twitter as @soydominique.
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 in or is forthcoming from BOAAT, Muzzle Magazine, and DIALOGIST, among others. Shakthi Shrima is forthcoming at the local Wawa at 4am.
Avia Tadmor is an Israeli writer and translator completing her MFA at Columbia University, where she also teaches undergraduate writing. Her work appears in New England Review, Crab Orchard Review, Adroit Journal, Apogee, Nashville Review, and elsewhere. Avia is the recent recipient of a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship. She was named a finalist for the 2016 Indiana Review Poetry Prize and a semi-finalist for the 2018 Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize.
Parisa Thepmankorn is a student 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 in or is forthcoming from Hobart, Words Dance, Up the Staircase Quarterly, and Best Teen Writing of 2016, among others.
Emily Tian is a high school junior from Rockville, Maryland. Her work has previously been honored by the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Gigantic Sequins, and John Hopkins University, among others.
Amish Trivedi has an MFA from Brown University, and is currently a Ph.D. student at Illinois State University. He's the author of Sound/Chest (Coven), and has poems in Kenyon Review Online, New American Writing, Hyperallergic, Typo, and other places. He's reviewed poetry for Sink and Jacket2 and has reviewed music for the Rumpus.
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 Daily, Ninth Letter Online, and poets.org.
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 about to appear, in Poetry, BOAAT, Baltimore Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. He can be found on Twitter at @surrealroy.
Jim Whiteside is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, is a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts fellow, and has been awarded a Tennessee Williams scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. His recent poems have appeared in such journals as the Southern Review, the Indiana Review, the Kenyon Review Online, Poetry Northwest, and Salt Hill, as winner of the Philip Booth Poetry Prize. Originally from Cookeville, Tennessee, he works as a barista in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Lizabeth Yandel is a writer and musician based in San Diego, CA and originally from Chicago. She is currently completing a lyric novella about the city of New Orleans, and is an MFA candidate at San Diego State University. Her work can be found in Rattle, Lumina Journal, and Popshot Magazine, and was chosen as runner up for the 2018 Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry.
Alex C. Zhang is a current undergraduate student at Columbia University from Portage, Michigan. His work has been featured in or is forthcoming from Southern Indiana Review, Rust + Moth, Blueshift Journal, Adroit Journal, Sierra Nevada Review, plain china: Best Undergraduate Writing, Best Teen Writing of 2016, and other publications.
Alex Zitzner is an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and an active member of the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild. His poems have recently been featured in or are forthcoming from Volume One, Sink Hollow, and Zaum. When he isn't working on poems, his hobbies include skateboarding, painting, and listening to Lou Reed.