Mariel Alonzo is an undergraduate student of Psychology in the Ateneo de Davao University (Mindanao, Philippines). She currently serves as a Poetry Reader for The Adroit Journal.
Jade Matias Bell is a 2015 YoungArts Winner in Poetry and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. She currently studies Art History at the University of Southern California and moonlights as the singer-songwriter Nightjars. Some of her favorite things to yell about include library science, magical realism, museum design, curation, astronomy, astrology, empathy, and greyhounds. She is not tall.Shira Erlichman is a writer, musician, and visual artist. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, her work can be found in PBS Poetry, The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed Reader and Bust Magazine, among others. She was awarded a Millay Colony Residency and a James Merrill Fellowship by the Vermont Studio Center. As a musician she's shared stages with TuNe-YaRdS, Mirah and CocoRosie. Her album Subtle Creature comes out August 16, 2016. She lives in Brooklyn with her partner and their orange cat.
Gail Factor was committed to painting for five decades. Artistic interest and aptitude emerged early on; she attended art classes at the Chicago Art Institute at age five. Factor pursued academic achievements with the same enthusiasm, culminating in: a BFA from the University of Southern California magna cum laude and an awarded fellowship in Fine Arts from Yale University. Over the past two decades Factor had been creating and residing in Santa Fé, New Mexico where she attended master courses with Wolf Kahn (b. 1927, German-born American) and Wayne Thiebaud (b. 1920, American) at the SF Institute of Fine Arts.
Adam Falkner is the Founder and Executive Director of the Dialogue Arts Project, and a Zankel Fellow at Columbia University’s Teachers College, where he is a PhD candidate in the English Education program. Twice-nominated for a Pushcart Prize, his poems have recently appeared in Painted Bride Quarterly, Thrush Poetry Journal, Brooklyn Rail, The New York Times, and elsewhere. He currently teaches in the Sociology and Education programs at Vassar College and Columbia University.
Katherine Frain is a horde of insecurity and cat puns. Currently the executive editor at The Blueshift Journal, she has seen her work published in The Journal, BOXCAR, and Spry. Currently, she's in a Catholic phase.
Nicola Maye Goldberg is an MFA candidate at Columbia University. Her novella, Other Women, is forthcoming from Sad Spell Press. She is a prose editor for Persephone's Daughters, a literary magazine dedicated to empowering women who have experienced various forms of abuse and degradation.
Martijn Hesseling was born in Ede, Holland in 1971. From 1991 to 1997 he studied at the Academy of Art in Enschede and graduated at the Dutch Art Institute. His work goes back to the tradition of painting. More precisely it has a similar visual result by using a different medium: varnish treated newspaper or book sheets which he applies on transparent plexiglass plates. Thanks to the treatment with varnish, the paper sheets become translucent and generate, when placed on top of one another, the impression of depth even on a bi-dimensional surface, just as several superposed layers of paint do.
Luther Hughes is from Seattle, WA, but currently studying poetry at Columbia College Chicago. He curates, Shade, a literary blog for queer writers of color. His works have been published or are forthcoming in Muzzle, About Place Journal, Kinfolks Quarterly, Word Riot, and others.
Jackie Hymes' poems have appeared in Nailed Magazine, The Legendary, Chaparral, and We Will Be Shelter: Poems for Survival. She is entering the MFA program at University of California, Riverside.
Sarah Janczak's poems have recently appeared in The Los Angeles Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and Witness, among others. Sarah lives in Austin, TX but you can visit her at her website.
If you're evil and you're on the rise, you can't count on Noah Jung to take you down 'cause they're just some essayist who wants people to believe in themselves & in shin ramen. Their works can be witnessed in Hobart & The Blueshift Journal, while their happiness can be found on Goodreads. Also: bakushima, never bakudeku.
Su Wan Kim is a Junior Visual arts student at Interlochen arts Academy. She has won many prominent awards including "Best In Sculpture" and "President's Choice Award" at the annual Student Juried exhibition on 2014, as well as several other national awards in Scholastics. Su Wan plans on continuing to develop her body of work by collaborating and mixing different genres of art.
Tyler Kline is the author of the forthcoming chapbook As Men Do Around Knives (ELJ Publications, 2016) and the current poet laureate of Bucks County, PA. His recent work is forthcoming in Fourteen Hills, The Minnesota Review, Passages North, Spoon River Poetry Review, Vinyl, and elsewhere.
Len Lawson is the author of the chapbook Before the Night Wakes You (Finishing Line Press, forthcoming). He has been accepted to the Ph.D. in English Literature and Criticism program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Len is a 2015 Pushcart Prize & Best of the Net nominee and a 2016 Callaloo Fellow. His poetry has been featured in Callaloo, [PANK], Connotation Press, Mississippi Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, and elsewhere . He is co-founder of the Poets Respond to Race initiative and teaches writing at Central Carolina Technical College.
Lucia LoTempio hails from Buffalo, NY and is studying literature at SUNY Geneseo. Her poetry has been or will be published in Bayou Magazine, Weave Magazine, The Boiler Journal, THRUSH, Gandy Dancer, and more. She was a finalist for the Black Warrior Review 10th Annual Contest in Poetry. Currently, she’s counting for VIDA, doing publicity for H_NGM_N, and reading for The Adroit Journal and Slice Magazine.
Tariq Luthun is a Palestinian-American writer, organizer, & strategist from Detroit, MI. He is currently an MFA candidate for poetry at Warren Wilson College's Program for Writers. Among other things, Luthun is a deep-dish pizza evangelist and Social Director of Organic Weapon Arts. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Offing, Winter Tangerine Review, Button Poetry, and several other publications and anthologies. He can best be described as Drake falsetto-rapping Edward Said's "Orientalism."
Katrina Majkut (My’kut), a visual artist and writer, is dedicated to exploring and understanding feminine narratives and civil rights in aesthetics and social practices within mediums such as embroidery, painting and writing. Majkut also specializes in Western marriage and wedding traditions as examined through her writing with humor and honesty at her website, TheFeministBride.com. She’s written for various publications from BUST to Bitch Media, Curve to Feministing.com. She recently exhibited at the Mint Museum, NC and has an upcoming solo exhibition at Babson College (Fall 2016). She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Eleanor McCaughey is an Irish artist living and working in Dublin. In 2011 she graduated with an honors degree in Fine Art. Eleanor has exhibited both nationally and internationally including the National Portrait Gallery London, the Royal Ulster Academy Belfast, the Royal Dublin Society and the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin. She was awarded the Conor Prize for a figurative work from the Royal Ulster Academy in 2014.
Helen McClory is a writer from Scotland. Her first flash fiction collection, On the Edges of Vision, was published by Queen’s Ferry Press and won the Saltire First Book of the Year 2015. Her debut novel, Flesh of the Peach, will be published by Civil Coping Mechanisms in 2016. She can be found @HelenMcClory. There is a moor and a cold sea in her heart.
Sarah Maria Medina is a poet and a fiction/creative non-fiction writer from the American Northwest. Her writing has been published in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Midnight Breakfast, Educe Journal, PANK, Raspa Literary Journal, and elsewhere. She was a finalist in Indiana Review's 2015 Poetry Prize. Medina is at work on her memoir, The Necessity of Not Drowning.
Jeremy Radin is a poet and actor living in Los Angeles. His poems have appeared (or are forthcoming) in numerous journals including Pen Center’s The Rattling Wall, Union Station, Nailed, and Freezeray. His first book, Slow Dance with Sasquatch, is available from Write Bloody Publishing. You may have seen him on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia or in a restaurant aggressively eating pancakes by himself. Follow him @germyradin.
Philip Schaefer is the author of three chapbooks. [Hideous] Miraculous is available from BOAAT Press, while Radio Silence (2015 Black Lawrence Black River Competition Winner) and Smokes Tones (Phantom Books) were co-written with poet Jeff Whitney. He won the 2016 MeridianEditor’s Prize in poetry and has individual work out or due out in Thrush, Guernica, The Cincinnati Review, Birdfeast, Salt Hill, Sonora Review, Adroit, and Hayden’s Ferry among others. He tends bar in Missoula, MT.
Grey Vild is a Queer Art Mentorship & Brooklyn Poets fellow. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Them, Fault, Elderly, and Vetch. He is beginning his MFA at Rutgers University and is working on his first collection of poems, The M4T Files.
Lucy Wainger's poems appear in SOFTBLOW, The James Franco Review, Black & BLUE, The Adroit Journal, and elsewhere. Recently she graduated from Stuyvesant High School in New York City.
Greta Wilensky was the 2016 runner-up for So to Speak’s annual fiction competition. Her fiction and poetry is published or forthcoming in the Best Teen Writing Anthology of 2015, Souvenir Lit Journal, Alexandria Quarterly, The Blueshift Journal, The James Franco Review, Bartleby Snopes, Duende, Gone Lawn, Inklette and So to Speak. Her work has been displayed at MoMA PS1 in NYC and in the Department of Education building in Washington, D.C. She lives in Lowell, MA.