[ [ Contributors ] ]


Philipe Abi Youness is a Lebanese-American poet, theatre artist, and educator. His work is featured or forthcoming in Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Maps for Teeth, PANK, and Sukoon. Philipe is a graduate of Drew University, where he won the Academy of American Poets Prize. He was recently named honorable mention in the Nazim Hikmet Poetry Competition. As a teaching artist, he has taught workshops in Beirut, the Bronx, Manhattan, Florida, New Jersey, Connecticut, and New York State.

Philip Arnold's photography has appeared in Apeiron Review, Compose, Cerise Press, Gravel Magazine and in the recent issue of Black & White Magazine as a winner in the 2018 Pinhole/Plastic Camera Contest. In 2018 his work was exhibited in the Silicon Valley Plastic Camera Show, 10th Annual Curious Camera Exhibit and the Somerville Toy Camera Fest. His essays and poems have appeared in Rattle, The Iowa Review, Midwest Quarterly, apt, Adventure Cyclist and Sequestrum.

Marissa Anne Ayala is a writer and artist based in Austin, TX. Her work was featured in Tupelo Press, Handwritten, Entropy, STRATA, Glassworks Magazine, and Pen + Brush Literary Magazine. You can find her on Twitter @MarissaAAyala and on Instagram @marissaanneayala.

Sarah Bates has an MFA in Poetry from Northern Michigan University and currently teaches at Southern Utah University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Boston Review, 45th Parallel, The Rumpus, Meridian, Best New Poets 2017, American Literary Review, Seneca Review, The Normal School, Rattle, RHINO, and Hotel Amerika, among others.

Lucie Bonvalet is a writer, a visual artist and a teacher. Her fiction and nonfiction can be found in Oregon Humanities, Catapult, Hobart, Word Riot, Shirley Magazine, Cosmonauts Avenue, and the anthology Women in Clothes. Her drawings and paintings can be found at lbonvalet.tumblr.com and on Instagram.

Liz Breazeale is the recipient of the 2018 Prairie Schooner Book Prize for Fiction, and her first book, Extinction Events, will be published by University of Nebraska Press in 2019. She holds an MFA in fiction from Bowling Green State University and currently lives in Kansas City, Missouri. Her work has been featured in the Best of the Net anthology, and her fiction is forthcoming or has appeared in Pleiades, Salt Hill, Fence, Sycamore Review, Passages North, Booth, Territory, and others.

Natalie Byers is a mother, poet, and teacher living in the Ozarks of Southwest Missouri. She has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and an MA from Missouri State University. Publications can be found in Witness, Slipstream, Foothill, and elsewhere.

Christopher Brunt’s recent work appears in Ploughshares, Poets.org, Meridian, Copper Nickel, the Cincinnati Review, and other magazines. His fiction has been selected as a Distinguished Story by Best American Short Stories and will soon be featured on the MTA Subway Library in New York City. He is an Assistant Professor of English at Rhodes College in Memphis, where he teaches literature and creative writing. His MFA is from Syracuse University and he received a PhD in English from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Tessa Bryant Tessa Bryant is a writer, educator, and performing artist. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Eastern Washington University and lives in Nashville, TN.

Heather Christle is the author of four poetry collections: Heliopause and What Is Amazing, both published by Wesleyan University Press, and The Trees The Trees and The Difficult Farm, both published by Octopus Books. Her first work of nonfiction, The Crying Book, will be out from Catapult in November.

Ina Cariño was born in the mountain city of Baguio in the Philippines. After immigrating to the United States as a child, she has since struggled with the denial of her dual existence as an Asian and as an American. As a poet—especially in the political climate under the current administration—Ina feels that art is perhaps one of the only viable tools people can use to work against the negation that people of color experience on a daily basis. She hopes to work on poetry that integrates stories about the complex acts of cultural fracturing/amalgamation that she constantly negotiates as a POC. Ina’s poetry and prose appear in Tupelo Quarterly, Nat. Brut, Sakura Review, VIDA Review, Raleigh Review, New American Fiction (New Rivers Press), One, and December Magazine, among other publications. She is a candidate for an MFA in creative writing at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC.

Shannon Cram lives beside a small lake and a large forest in the foothills of the Cascades. Her essays have appeared in Environmental Humanities, Public Culture, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, and elsewhere. She is an assistant professor at the University of Washington Bothell.

Caroline Crew is the author of PINK MUSEUM (Big Lucks) as well as several chapbooks. Her poetry and essays appear in The Kenyon Review, DIAGRAM, and Gulf Coast, among others. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD at Georgia State University, after earning an MA at the University of Oxford and an MFA at UMass Amherst. She’s online here: caroline-crew.com.

Sean Cunningham is a writer of very short poetry and prose, from Liverpool. His work has appeared in Gravel, FIVE:2:ONE, Indiana Review Online, formercactus, and elsewhere. You can find him on Twitter @sssseanjc.

Dalton Day is the author of a collection of plays, Exit, Pursued (Plays Inverse), and a preschool teacher. His poems have been featured in Peach Magazine and Matador Review as well as by NPR’s Invisibilia. He can be found at tinyghosthands.com.

Khaleel Gheba received his MFA in Poetry from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2014. His work has appeared in DIAGRAM, Redivider, Barrelhouse Online, Split Lip, Parcel, and elsewhere. He currently lives in Maryland, where he works as a public librarian.

Helen Hofling is a Baltimore-based writer, editor, and collage-maker. Her work can be found in Barrow Street, Berkeley Poetry Review, The Columbia Review, Electric Literature, Hobart, Prelude, and elsewhere. She is a member of the PEN Prison Writing Project’s poetry committee and teaches writing at Loyola University Maryland.

Constantine Jones is a queer Greek-American thingmaker raised in Tennessee & currently housed in Brooklyn. He teaches creative writing at the City College of New York. His work has found a home in The PEN Poetry Series, Blood Tree Literature, Hematopoiesis, Stone Pacific Zine, the inaugural issue of SHIFT: A Publication of MTSU Write & has been performed at various venues across New York City..

Matthew Klane is coeditor at Flim Forum Press. His books include Canyons (with James Belflower, Flim Forum, 2016), Che (Stockport Flats, 2013) and B (Stockport Flats, 2008). An e-chapbook, from Of the Dayi, is online at Delete Press, and an e-book, My, is online at Fence Digital. Recent collaborations with Justin Edward Moore are online or forthcoming from Gramma, Word for / Word, Reality Beach, and Small Po[r]tions. He currently lives and writes in Albany, NY, where he curates The REV Poetry Series and teaches at Russell Sage College. See: matthewklane.com.

Nate Lippens is the author of three chapbooks, most recently Mince (Bridge Productions, 2016) His stories have been published by Berfrois, Catapult, Entropy, Hobart, Queen Mob’s Tea House, and Vol.1 Brooklyn, among others.

Dan Mancilla is the author of the short story collection All the Proud Fathers (Dock Street Press) and the novella The Deathmask of El Gaucho (Little Presque Books/Passages North). His writing has appeared in The Chicago Tribune, Barrelhouse, Midwestern Gothic, Slice Magazine, River Styx, Hobart, and The Saturday Evening Post, among other publications. You can read more about Dan and his work at danmancilla.com.

Emily McKay is a Creative Writing MLitt graduate of the University of St Andrews, where she also studied English & Philosophy as an undergraduate. In the five years since, she has worked as a cheesemonger in St Andrews, UK, a veterinary receptionist in Tallahassee, FL, and now as an electrical calibration technician at a tech company in Santa Rosa, CA. Her poetry and prose have appeared in Barrow Street, Glimmer Train, Shenandoah, Vallum, Zarf, and others.

Jill McDonough is the author of Habeas Corpus (Salt, 2008), Oh, James! (Seven Kitchens, 2012), Where You Live (Salt, 2012), and Reaper (Alice James, 2017). The recipient of three Pushcart prizes and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center, the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, and Stanford’s Stegner program, she taught incarcerated college students through Boston University’s Prison Education Program for thirteen years. Her work has appeared in Poetry, Slate, The Nation, The Threepenny Review, and Best American Poetry. She teaches in the MFA program at UMass Boston. Her fifth poetry collection, Here All Night, is forthcoming from Alice James Books.

Luke Muyskens lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. His fiction has appeared most recently in the Baltimore Review, Arts & Letters, and New Madrid. His poetry has appeared most recently in CutBank, New American Writing, and a Pact Press anthology on the opioid epidemic. He has earned an MFA in fiction from Queen’s University of Charlotte and scholarships from the Tin House Summer Workshop and the New Orleans Writer’s Residency.

Scott Nadelson is the author of six books, most recently a novel, Between You and Me, and a story collection, The Fourth Corner of the World. He teaches at Willamette University and in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA Program at Pacific Lutheran University.

Carla Panciera’s collection of short stories, Bewildered, received AWP’s 2013 Grace Paley Short Fiction Award and is available from the University of Massachusetts Press. She has also published two collections of poetry: One of the Cimalores (Cider Press) and No Day, No Dusk, No Love (Bordighera). Her work has appeared in several journals including Poetry, The New England Review, Nimrod, The Chattahoochee Review, Painted Bride, and Carolina Quarterly. Carla lives in Rowley, MA, with her husband and three daughters.

Ashley Roach-Freiman is a librarian and poet with work appearing or forthcoming in Bone Bouquet, THRUSH Poetry Journal, The Literary Review, Southern Women's Review, Ghost Proposal, and Nightjar Review. A chapbook, Bright Along the Body, is available from Dancing Girl Press. She is currently working on a full-length collection. Find out more at ashleyroachfreiman.com.

Erin Ruble’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Green Mountains Review, Midway Journal, Tahoma Literary Review, The Tishman Review, and elsewhere. A native of Montana, she now lives in Vermont with her husband and children. You can find her at erinruble.wordpress.com.

Celeste Schantz was a finalist in Fugue journal’s 2018 annual prose writing contest. “Lake under the sea” is her first essay. Celeste was also the runner-up for the 2018 Stephen Dunn Prize in Poetry, judged by Terrance Hayes. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Solstice, Stone Canoe, One Throne Magazine, Poetry International, and other publications, and in the anthologies Waves, featuring Maxine Hong Kingston (AROHO), and Alongside We Travel: Contemporary Poets on Autism, edited by Sean Thomas Dougherty (NYQ Books). Celeste lives with her teenage son in Upstate New York, where she supports his differently abled schooling and inclusion programs and champions autism rights. You can find out more about her at https://celesteschantz.com.

Dennison Ty Schultz is a queer poet and MFA student at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Their poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Impossible Archetype, Foglifter, Peach Mag, New Delta Review, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Tinderbox, Black Warrior Review, and Sycamore Review, and they have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. They tweet @clubdenni.

Danilo John Thomas is the author of the chapbooks The Hand Implements, published by The Cupboard Pamphlet, and Murk, fine letterpress printed by book artist AB Gorham (abgorham.com). Recently, his writing has won the 2017–18 Ryan R. Gibbs Award for Flash Fiction from New Delta Review and the Matchbook 5 contest from Small Fires Press. Other work is forthcoming in Tampa Review and High Desert Journal. He earned his PhD in Creative Writing from Florida State University and his MFA from the University of Alabama. He manages Baobab Press (baobabpress.com) in Reno, Nevada.

Candice Wuehle is the author of the full-length collection BOUND (Inside the Castle Press, August 2018) and the chapbooks VIBE CHECK (Garden-door Press, 2017), EARTH*AIR*FIRE*WATER*ÆTHER (Grey Books Press, 2015) and curse words: a guide in 19 steps for aspiring transmographs, (Dancing Girl Press, 2014). Poems from her collection, DEATH INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX, appear in Best American Experimental Writing 2020, Black Warrior Review, The Bennington Review, and The New Delta Review. She is originally from Iowa City, Iowa and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Candice currently resides in Lawrence, Kansas where she is a Chancellor’s Fellow at The University of Kansas.