Kemi Alabi is a Black queerdo from and for the future. Their poetry and essays appear in The Guardian, The Toast, Kweli Journal, Apogee Journal, HEArt Online and elsewhere. Based in Oakland, CA, they coordinate Echoing Ida, a Forward Together community of Black women and nonbinary writers.
Sally Burnette is originally from North Carolina but now lives in Boston, where they teach at Emerson College. Their work has appeared most recently in BOAAT, Calamus Journal, and Yes, Poetry and is forthcoming in Sixth Finch, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, and others.
Bernard Ferguson is a Bahamian immigrant trying to plant his feet in Minnesota. He has work featured/upcoming in Epiphany Magazine, Mizna, FreezeRay & Poets Reading The News, among others. He has a list of favorite writers that he's eager to share with you
VN (Victoria Newton) Ford is a black queer poet from the South. She is currently living in DC. Her writing is centered and located in black feminist practices of survival, healing, family, spirituality, and freedom.
Sarah Janczak's poems have appeared in Colorado Review, Fjords, Tupelo Quarterly, and Witness. Sarah studied at Sarah Lawrence College. She is a recipient of the Stanley and Evelyn Lipkin Prize for Poetry and currently lives in Austin, TX.
Rachel Mennies is the author of The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards, the 2014 winner of the Walt McDonald First-Book Prize in Poetry and finalist for a National Jewish Book Award, and the chapbook No Silence in the Fields. Mennies took over for Robert Fink in 2016 as the series editor of the Walt McDonald First-Book Prize in Poetry at Texas Tech University Press. She teaches writing at Carnegie Mellon University and is a member of AGNI’s editorial staff.
Sarah Rahbar is a contemporary mixed media artist. She was born in Tehran in 1976 and now lives and works in New York. Rahbar pursued an interdisciplinary study program in New York and also studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and design in London. Her work ranges from photography to sculpture to installation and always stems from her personal experiences and is largely autobiographical. The symbol of ideological and nationalistic violence, the Flag, has been one of the main focuses of her collage conversations and contestations.
Jess Rizkallah is a Lebanese-American writer/illustrator living in New York. An alumna of Lesley University, MFA candidate at NYU & the founding editor of Maps For Teeth magazine/pizza pi press. Her work has appeared in Word Riot, Nailed Magazine, Button Poetry, & on her mother's fridge. Her collection THE MAGIC MY BODY BECOMES won the 2016 Etel Adnan Poetry Prize & is forthcoming on University of Arkansas Press, 2017. Find her at jessrizkallah.com.
Jessica Smith's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Waxwing, cream city Review, Sixth Finch, Phantom Limb, Lumina, and other journals. She was a Juried Poet at the 2015 Houston Poetry Fest and the winner of the 2013 Red Branch Journal Poetry Contest. She received her MFA from The New School and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in English at Texas Tech University, where she is a Helen DeVitt Jones Fellow.
Sophia Terazawa is the author of I AM NOT A WAR (Essay Press, 2016). She is currently working toward the MFA in Poetry at the University of Arizona.
Topaz Winters is a queer, neurodivergent poet of color. Her work has appeared in Wildness, Hypertrophic Literary, and The Best Teen Writing of 2015 anthology, and recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and the Jane Goodall Institute, among others. She was born in 1999. Receive her love letters to will away the cold at bit.ly/topazwinters.