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IRA CELIS (he/him/his, they/them/theirs) is a rising Senior at Oberlin College, where he is majoring in English with a minor in Creative Writing. Much of his work focuses on intimacy, gender transition, identity, and his experiences with transition as a non binary person of color. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
LIZ BREDER writes words and draws faces. Previous publications include Vagabond City, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and Elbow Room. You can find more of their work at lizbreder.com and lizbreder.tumblr.com.
EMILY CORWIN is an MFA candidate in poetry at Indiana University-Bloomington and the former Poetry Editor for Indiana Review.Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Gigantic Sequins, New South, Yemassee, THRUSH, and elsewhere. She has two chapbooks, My Tall Handsome (Brain Mill Press) and darkling (Platypus Press) which were published in 2016. Her first full-length collection, tenderling was just released from Stalking Horse Press. You can follow her online at @exitlessblue.
LOGAN FEBRUARY is a happy-ish Nigerian owl who likes pizza & typewriters. He is Co-Editor-In-Chief of The Ellis Review. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tinderbox, Wildness, Glass, Figroot Press, and more. He is author of How to Cook a Ghost (Glass Poetry Press 2017) & Painted Blue with Saltwater (Indolent Books 2018). Say hello on Instagram & Twitter @loganfebruary.
CATHERINE KYLE is the author of the poetry collection Parallel (Another New Calligraphy, 2017); the poetry chapbooks Gamer: A Role-Playing Poem (dancing girl press, 2015), Flotsam (Etched Press, 2015), and Saint: A Post-Dystopian Hagiography (dancing girl press, forthcoming); and the hybrid-genre collection Feral Domesticity (Robocup Press, 2014). Her writing has been honored by the Idaho Commission on the Arts, the Alexa Rose Foundation, and other organizations. She holds a Ph. D. in English from Western Michigan University and is pursuing an MFA in Poetry through New England College. She currently teaches literature and creative writing at the College of Western Idaho, as well as through The Cabin, a literary nonprofit. Her website is www.catherinebaileykyle.com.
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 poems have appeared or are forthcoming from such journals as Fairy Tale Review, Rattle, Tin House and The Raleigh Review, which nominated her for Best New Poets 2016. Her fiction is forthcoming from 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, among others. In 2017, Finishing Line Press published two poetry chapbooks, Gas & Food, No Lodging and Anastasia Maps. Counterpoint Press will publish her debut novel, The Atlas of Reds and Blues, in early 2019. She now lives in California. You can find her on twitter and instagram @devislaskar. You can find more of her work at her website devislaskar.com.
KIRSTIN WU LATIMER is currently finishing her B.A. at Oxford University. Her work has been recognised by the 2017 Adroit Prize and has appeared in ASH and sine theta. More is forthcoming. She lives in London, on twitter @kirstinlatim3r, and on instagram @kayyanzhi.
PHILIP MATTHEWS is a queer poet and contemplative artist from eastern North Carolina. Anchored by site-specific, land-based rituals and performative acts in the guise of his alter ego Petal, Philip’s writing investigates spirituality, queerness, power, eco-consciousness, and questions of home. Philip was a finalist for the 2017 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship, and awarded a 2017 Tending Space Fellowship for Artists by the Hemera Foundation. He was a 2016-2017 Writing Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and previous to that, the Assistant Curator of Public Projects at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. This fall, he is a Lecturer in Fiber at the Kansas City Art Institute. Recent poems have appeared in Grimoire and Prodigal, and are forthcoming in NILVX and Glass: A Journal of Poetry. More can be found at philipandpetal.com.
DOUGLAS W. MILLIKEN is the author of the novel To Sleep as Animals and several chapbooks, most recently One Thousand Owls Behind Your Chest. His stories have been honored by the Maine Literary Awards, the Pushcart Prize, and Glimmer Train, as well as published in dozens of journals, including Slice, the Collagist, and the Believer, among others. You can find more information by visiting his website www.douglaswmilliken.com
JENN MARIE NUNES’ work appears in such journals as ACTION YES, smoking glue gun, the Ninth Letter, the BlackWarrior Review, and PANK. She is also the author of AND/OR (2015), winner of the Switchback Books Queer Voices Award. Her second poetry collection, winner of The National Poetry Review Press Prize is forthcoming.
MEGHANN PLUNKETT is a poet, coder, and dog enthusiast. She is the recipient of the 2017 Missouri Review’s Editors’ Prize as well as the 2017 Third Coast Poetry Prize. She was a finalist for Narrative Magazine’s 30 Below Contest, The North American Review’s Hearst Poetry Prize, and Nimrod's Pablo Neruda Prize. She has been recognized by the Academy of American Poets in both 2016 and 2017 Her work can be found or is forthcoming in Narrative, Pleiades, Rattle, Muzzle, Washington Square Review and Poets.org, among others. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and her MFA from Southern Illinois University. She serves as a Poetry Reader for The Adroit Journal. Visit her at meghannplunkett.com
ANDY POWELL is a Teaching Poet for DreamYard in the Bronx, has poems out with Bad Pony Mag, Half Mystic, Queen Mob's Teahouse, elsewhere, and is a poetry reader for The Adroit Journal. He tweets @andysmilkshake
ELIZABETH THERIOT (she/her/hers) is a queer Southern writer who grew up in Louisiana and currently lives in Alabama. She works as nonfiction editor for Black Warrior Review, teaches writing, volunteers for reproductive justice, and collaborates with musicians on performances and text scores. Her work is forthcoming in A VELVET GIANT and published in Ghost Proposal, Vagabond City, The Mississippi Review, Tinderbox, and others. You can find her on Twitter (@elizavacious), Instagram (@lovecrumbs), and at www.elizabeth-theriot.com.
CLAIRE WAHMANHOLM's poems most recently appear in, or are forthcoming from, The Los Angeles Review, Leveler, Bomb Cyclone, Foundry, Fairy Tale Review, Anthropoid, Paperbag, PANK, Saltfront, Bennington Review, and New Poetry from the Midwest 2017. Her chapbook, Night Vision, won the 2017 New Michigan Press/DIAGRAM chapbook contest. Her debut full-length collection, Wilder, won the 2018 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry and is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in November 2018. She lives and teaches in the Twin Cities.
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LAYLA AL-BEDAWI is a writer, poet, language and writing teacher, podcaster, and bookbinder (among other things). English is her third language after Russian and German, but she's been dreaming in it for years. Born in Germany to Kurdish and Ukrainian parents, she currently lives in Houston, TX, where she is one of the co-founders of Fuente Collective, an organization that facilitates experimentation, collaboration, and hybridity in writing and other arts. Her work, which frequently blurs the lines between fiction and poetry, between "literary" and speculative, is published or forthcoming in Bayou Magazine, Juked, Crab Fat Magazine, Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, Liminal Stories, Mithila Review, and elsewhere. Find her on Twitter under @frauleinlayla and at laylaalbedawi.com. You can find her complete publication history and other links on her website laylaalbedawi.com
AMRITA CHAKRABORTY is a Bengali-American writer and student located in New York City. Her work has previously been published in The Rising Phoenix Review, and she has self-published a chapbook entitled Incarnate. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, and her interests include music, social justice, and stargazing.
MARY HAIDRI is a library ghost living in Portland, Oregon. She is the author of the play Every Path (La Jolla Playhouse & Moxie Theatre). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Treehouse Magazine, The Molotov Cocktail, Portland Review, Nightingale, Bird’s Thumb, and Fairy Tale Review. She was the winner of the 2017 Fairy Tale Review Poetry Award and the 2018 Shadow Award. She is a poetry reader for Fairy Tale Review and a collaborator at Nettleworks. Visit her at www.maryhaidri.com.
HELEN HOFLING is a writer, editor, and teacher. Her work has appeared (or soon will) in Berkeley Poetry Review, the Columbia Review, Hobart, PANK, Prelude, and elsewhere. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland with a nice girl and two bad cats. Her instagram is "juniper_bush", and her personal website, which has links to other recent publications, is www.helenhofling.com.
JOSH LEFKOWITZ received an Avery Hopwood Award for Poetry at the University of Michigan, was a finalist for the Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize, and won First Prize in the 2016 Singapore Poetry Contest. His poems have been published in The Awl, Electric Literature, Conduit, Shooter Literary Magazine (UK) and Southword Journal (Ireland), among many other places. He has recorded humor pieces for NPR and the BBC, and his poems have been read aloud on All Things Considered and WNYC. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram @jelefko.
PATRICIA JACABAN MIRANDA is a Filipino-American writer and a high school English teacher. Her poetry has been featured or is forthcoming in apt, DASH, Frontier Poetry, Gravel, Heron Tree, Hyphen, Kitaab, and other journals. Her fiction won the 2017 Katherine Paterson Prize in the Middle Grade category. She lives in the Midwest; she wants to vacation in Middle Earth.
CADENCE PENTHENY is twenty-three years old and a New Hampshire native, where they grew up home-schooled and surrounded by dogs, books, and art projects. In 2016 they graduated from a small college in PA with degrees in sociology and women's, gender and sexuality studies. In September 2018 they piled everything they own into their little 10-year old Hyundai and moved to Mississippi for a job supporting and advocating for LGBTQ+ university students. Cadence is passionate about art in all its many forms, especially its roles in social justice movements. They have been previously published online by Words Dance Publishing. You can find them on Instagram @bird-mouthed.
MONIQUE QUINTANA is the Senior Contributing Beauty and Wellness Editor at Luna Luna Magazine, and her work has appeared in Huizache, Bordersenses, and The Acentos Review, among other publications. She is an alumna of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and the Sundress Academy for the Arts and has been nominated for Best of the Net. She blogs about Latinx literature at her site, Blood Moon and is a pop culture contributor for Clash Media. You can read her work at moniquequintana.com and find on Twitter as @quintanagothic and on Instagram as @quintanadarkling.
SAGIRAH SHAHID is a Black Muslim poet and occasional prose writer by way of Minneapolis,MN. Her poems and short stories have appeared in Mizna, Paper Darts, AtlanticRock, Blue Minaret, and elsewhere
EMILY SUN is a writer, artist, and arts educator from Colorado. Catch her at The Metropolitan Museum of Art producing content for kids, discreetly jamming out to music in public spaces, or on instagram @toutlecielbleu.
JP VALLIÈRES is from the Village of Adams. His most recent work can be found at Juked and Santa Monica Review. He lives with Kimmy and their four sons in northern Idaho.
RONA WANG is a nineteen-year-old math student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her work has been published in Teen Vogue, the Adroit Journal, and the L.A. Times. Currently, she lives in New Zealand. She's online at findx.tumblr.com.
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JENNA ANDERSEN is a 24-year-old illustrator and artist from Virginia, USA. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in May of 2015 with a BFA in Communication Arts. Pieces with her signature style are made with a Rotring Rapidograph pen on Rives BFK paper (and may incorporate gouache paint) but she also thinks it is important to take the time to experiment with many styles and media. She draws her inspiration from the town she lives in- a town full of old growth trees and twisting ivy, where the past and present collide.
SUSANA GUERRERO (1972, Elche, Spain), Ph.D. in Fine Arts (Miguel Hernandez University, 2013). Thanks to scholarships for Art ́s residences, she has broadened her studies in Greece, Mexico and Germany, which has marked her work and artistic practice, because fully imbued with the spirit of her mythologies, traditions, and legends, she coexists with them, making them her own and expressing herself through the characters and stories that populate her works. Her work uses physical experience, everyday life, to create a reformulation of ancient mythologies appropriating mythical narratives, popular traditions and legends, initiatory rituals, superstitions or intuitive revelations.Revisited myths in which nothing has to be as it is said to have been. Stories told through the genealogy of their materials, using the poetic and the symbolic meaning of each of the elements that make up the pieces and the process of elaboration of them as a ritual. Art understood as an exorcism, as a transformation of physical pain and the exercise of purification of the body and spirit, its laceration as an offering that invokes the miracle.
STEPHANIE INAGAKI received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boston University's College of Fine Arts and her Master of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. After studying abroad in Italy and living in major cities around the United States, she has returned to her roots to establish herself as a multifaceted artist in Los Angeles.
MICHELLE KINGDOM studied drawing and painting at UCLA, earning a Bachelor’s degree in fine art. She has been involved in various fields of art, design and education throughout her career. As a self-taught embroidery artist, Michelle quietly created figurative narratives in thread for years. She now exhibits her work nationally and internationally, and her embroideries have been featured in numerous publications such as The Huffington Post, Hi Fructose, Juxtapoz, Saatchi Gallery, and Colossal. When not busy stitching, Michelle is an early childhood educator and lives in Burbank, CA with her husband and daughter.
CASEY LANDERKIN is an artist/illustration from central New York currently living in Philadelphia, PA. After graduating from Syracuse University with a BFA in Illustration, she continued free-lance and commercial work, mainly focusing on humanity's interaction with the natural world. She can be found on Twitter @CaseyLanderkin and Instagram @caseylanderkin. More of her work can be found on her website,
AMBER MA is a New York-based artist and illustrator, and she is originally from China. She has been attracted to creating art and storytelling. She has a strong passion for drawing, which led her to pursue MFA in illustration as Visual Essay from School of Visual Arts, NY. Amber is deeply interested in creating monsters and fantasy creatures, who she believes share the world with us while hiding in secret places. She also has extensive experience in visualizing the story and visual creativity. The inspirations for most of the projects are from her childhood experience( under the one-child-policy), Culture mystery story and human daily life. She believes people can tell a story and the story is from life. Everything, every moment, every element could be a good story. Her working medium normally is watercolor, sumi-ink, pen and color pencil. Find more of her work at www.amberma.com.
DAVID POLKA is a visual artist and graphic designer currently based in Oakland, CA. Originally from Las Cruces, New Mexico, he moved to the East Bay 6 years ago to immerse himself in the area's thriving art scene. A graduate of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, he’s been exhibiting work professionally since 2006 in group and solo exhibitions across the US in Oakland, San Francisco, Boulder, Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Anchorage. His practice includes illustration, large scale public murals, and installation.
IREM YAZICI is a self taught fiber artist based in Eskisehir Turkey. Her artistic journey began in 2014 with her interest in craft and she has kept exploring her artistic-self through the medium of embroidery. Her studio practice is divided into two parts: Making embroidered accessories such as pins and creating personal artworks. Her work is a combination of her illustration and embroidery practices, where she explores through color and texture. She creates worlds out of her surreal visions where magical things happen.