Issue 4, Winter 2019
Kemi Alabi was born on a Sunday in July. Since then, their poetry and essays have found homes in Black Warrior Review, Catapult, Nat. Brut, The Guardian, BOAAT, The BreakBeat Poets Volume 2: Black Girl Magic (Haymarket Books, 2018) and other warm places. They lead Echoing Ida, a Forward Together home for Black women and non-binary writers, and read poems for Muzzle Magazine. Find them in Chicago or online @kemiaalabi.
Sionnain Buckley is a writer and visual artist based in Boston. Her work has appeared or is slated to appear in Strange Horizons, Wigleaf, Autostraddle, New South, Foglifter, and others. She serves as a prose editor for 3Elements Review. When she isn't making up strange stories, she is consuming queer media and popcorn in equal measure. Visit her website at sionnainbuckley.com.
Ali Cavanaugh is a painter whose work has appeared on book covers and in publications including Time, the New York Times Magazine, American Art Collector, and the Huffington Post. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
Peter Chan was born in Hong Kong and raised in Toronto, Canada. He has exhibited in cities such as Toronto, Montreal, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, and Seattle.His work is available directly or through Galerie Youn Montreal.
Kyle Dargan is the author of Anagnorisis (TriQuarterly/Northwestern UP, 2018). He lives and writes in Washington, D.C. Find more of his work at www.american-boi.com or on Twitter @Free_KGD.
Carlina Duan is a sweet tooth from Michigan. She is the author of the poetry collection I WORE MY BLACKEST HAIR (Little A, 2017). Her poems can be found in Black Warrior Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Tupelo Quarterly, The Margins, and elsewhere. She is currently the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Nashville Review, and an MFA student and instructor at Vanderbilt University. She believes in fruit. Find her at www.carlinaduan.com, or on Twitter @ccduan.
Bernard Ferguson (he/him) is a Bahamian poet living in New York and is currently pursuing his MFA at New York University. He is an Assistant Editor at Washington Square Review, and has had work published or forthcoming in The Adroit Journal, SLICE Magazine and The Common, among others. He wants you to tell him about your diasporas.
Mali Fischer-Levine is an illustrator living in Portland, OR. She grew up on a small island in Washington and later moved to Vancouver BC, where she attended Emily Carr University of Art & Design. Since graduating in 2014, Mali has illustrated for artists, brands, and individuals alike using her signature comforting style. She is known for emotional, therapeutic scenes.
Carol Guess is the author of twenty books of poetry and prose, including Darling Endangered, Doll Studies: Forensics,and Tinderbox Lawn. A frequent collaborator, she writes across genres and illuminates historically marginalized material. In 2014 she was awarded the Philolexian Award for Distinguished Literary Achievement by Columbia University. She teaches at Western Washington University and lives in Seattle.
Jason Harris is an educator, poet, and visual artist living in Cleveland, Ohio. He is an MFA candidate. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in TRACK//FOUR, OCCULUM, Riggwelter, The Cerurove, and Sleeper Service. He is the Managing Editor of BARNHOUSE Journal. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @j_harriswrites .
Noor Hindi is i is a Palestinian-American poet who is currently pursuing her MFA in poetry through the NEOMFA program. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Tinderbox Poetry, Glass Poetry, Jet Fuel Review, Diode Poetry Journal, Foundry Journal, & Flock Literary Journal. Hindi is the assistant poetry editor at The University of Akron Press and a reporter for The Devil Strip Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @MyNrhindi, or visit her website at noorhindi.com.
Anya Lewis-Meeks is a writer from Kingston, Jamaica who now lives in New York City. She graduated from Princeton University, where she studied Public Policy and Creative Writing. She was a participant of the 2016 Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop at Brown University. Currently, she is an MFA candidate at Columbia, where she teaches in the University Writing program. She is at work on two novels—one set at a Jamaican high school, and the other at a fictional Ivy League college. She is a reader and editor of both fiction and non-fiction for Apogee Journal. You can find her work at Panorama Journal. Follow her on Instagram @anyalm and on Twitter @ALM_Writes.
Francis Matthews is an Irish visual artist based in Dublin. He completed studying Architecture in UCD in 2004 and shortly afterwards began painting in oils. He has been painting full-time since then and is represented by the Molesworth Gallery in Dublin. He paints with the use of photography. The subject of Francis' paintings is generally urban locations at night which evoke a certain mood. He is interested in light, composition and textures in the images he paints. Check out his website www.francismatthews.ie, follow him on Twitter @Painting_Frank and on Instagram @francis.matthews.
Rachel Mennies is the author of The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards, winner of the Walt McDonald First-Book Prize in Poetry and finalist for a National Jewish Book Award. She lives in Chicago. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @rmennies.
Cherise Morris is a writer and spiritualist from rural Virginia. Her essays have appeared in The Iowa Review, Longreads, The Feminist Wire, Bustle and Fourth Genre. Her 2017 essay, “blk_grls_x-ing” was selected as a notable work in Best American Essays 2018. She is based in Detroit, Michigan. Contact her at cherisemorris.com.
Darla Mottram resides in Portland, Oregon, where she works as a florist and teaches creative writing classes. She is the creator of Gaze, an online literary journal interested in the intersection between seeing and being seen. You can find more of her work at darlamottram.net.
Ritchelly Oliveira is a young portrait artist from Brazil. You can find more of his work on Instagram @ritchellyoliveira.
Aimee Parkison is the author of Refrigerated Music for a Gleaming Woman, which won the FC2 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize. Parkison is the director of the Creative Writing Program at Oklahoma State University and has published four books of fiction.
Zein Sa'dedin is a Jordanian poet born and raised in the city of Amman. She holds a BA in English Lit. with Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Zein is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Her poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from Muzzle Magazine, Sukoon Magazine, Breakwater Review, and others. Follow her on Twitter @zeinsadedin.
Steven Sanchez is the author of Phantom Tongue (Sundress, 2018), selected by Mark Doty as the winner of the Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award. A CantoMundo Fellow, Lambda Literary Fellow, and winner of the inaugural García Lorca Poetry Prize, his poems have appeared or will appear in American Poetry Review, RHINO, Poet Lore, and elsewhere. Follow him on twitter @Steven_Sanchez.
Aya Satoh received her MFA in poetry at the University of Montana, where she was a poetry editor for CutBank Literary Magazine. She has been published or has work forthcoming in Apogee, Anomaly’s folio Radical: Avant Garde Poets of Color, Bennington Review and Grimoire Magazine. Follow her on Instagram @tsbathory.
An Uong is a writer living in New England and Los Angeles. Her work is forthcoming or has appeared in Catapult, Wildness Journal, Roads and Kingdoms, Eater, Rambutan Literary, and elsewhere. She's always checking the weather. Find her online @anuonganuong.
Crystal Valentine is a Bronx native, poet, activist and educator. She is a 2017 Callaloo Fellow, 2015 New York City Youth Poet Laureate, and author of her first book, Not Everything is a Eulogy (Penmanship Books). Crystal’s work has been featured on programming for MSNBC, Blavity, Button Poetry, The Huffington Post, BET, CNN, The New York Daily News and more. She earned her B.A in Psychology at New York University, where she is returning as a Goldwater Fellow and MFA candidate in Poetry.
Maeda Zia is a post-graduate student based in Karachi, Pakistan. Her work has appeared in The Ogilvie. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find more of her work at maedazia.tumblr.com.