Megan Alpert’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Poet Lore, Harvard Review, Green Mountains Review, Sixth Finch, Denver Quarterly, and others. She was a 2017 finalist for the National Poetry Series. In 2016, she received a reporting fellowship from the International Women’s Media Foundation. Her journalism has been published by The Atlantic, The Guardian, Smithsonian, and Foreign Policy, where she was a fellow. Learn more at www.meganalpert.com.
Julianna Baggott is the author of many novels including Pure and Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders, both New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Her stories, essays, and poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Agni, The New York Times Book Review and Modern Love column, as well as on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, Here and Now, All Things Considered. She teaches screenwriting at the Florida State University Film School and Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Andrew Bales’ fiction has received the Mississippi Review Prize and been published by Electric Literature, Tin House, Gargoyle, Passages North, Juked, and other publications. His collages and digital stories have appeared with Miracle Monocle and DIAGRAM. He’s a PhD candidate in fiction writing at the University of Cincinnati.
Anuradha Bhowmik is a Bangladeshi-American poet and writer from South Jersey. She is a 2018 AWP Intro Journals Project Winner in Poetry, and she earned her MFA from Virginia Tech. Anuradha has received awards from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, the New York State Summer Writers Institute, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Frost Place, the Indiana University Writers’ Conference, the Eckerd College Writers’ Conference, and the Juniper Summer Writing Institute. Her poetry and prose are forthcoming or have appeared in Nashville Review, The Sun, Indiana Review, The Offing, Bayou Magazine, Contrary, Crab Orchard Review, Slice Magazine, Zone 3, The Normal School, Copper Nickel, Ninth Letter Online, and elsewhere. Anuradha can be found at www.anuradhabhowmik.com.
Paul Byall is the recipient of the 2011 Porter Fleming Short Story Award, the 2010 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, and the 2009 New South Fiction Award. His first published story, written while a student at the University of California, received mention as a distinguished story in The Best American Short Stories anthology. His short story, “The Genie at Low Tide”, published by Ploughshares, has been anthologized in Ploughshares Solos Omnibus 2. Paul grew up in Ohio and received degrees from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and the University of California. He lives in Savannah, Georgia.
Flannery Cashill studied at University of Missouri-Kansas City, courtesy of a Stanley H. Durwood fellowship, and received her MFA in 2016. She is also a visual artist, working in a variety of media including fine art, comics and stopmotion. She is inspired by voice-driven fiction and fiction written by women, with influences ranging from Lynda Barry to Sapphire.
Kevin Clouther is the author of We Were Flying to Chicago: Stories. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha Writer’s Workshop, where he serves as Program Coordinator of the MFA in Writing. He lives with his wife and two children in Omaha.
Maryann Corbett’s work appears widely in journals like 32 Poems, Barrow Street, Ecotone, Rattle, River Styx, Southwest Review, and Subtropics and in anthologies like The Best American Poetry 2018 and Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters. Her third book, Mid Evil, won the 2014 Richard Wilbur Award; she is also a past winner of the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize and a past finalist for the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. Her fourth book, Street View, was a finalist for the Able Muse Book Prize and was published in 2017 by Able Muse Press.
Sheldon Costa is a writer originally from Post Falls, Idaho. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Juked, The Masters Review, The Atticus Review, and Permafrost. He is currently attending Ohio State University's MFA program.
Ally Covino is a graduate of the New Writers Project, as well as the recipient of a Michener fellowship and a prize from the Academy of American Poets. She lives and writes in the fog.
Łukasz Drobnik’s writing has been published or is forthcoming in Lighthouse, Bare Fiction, The Gravity of the Thing, SHARKPACK Annual, The Chaffin Journal, and elsewhere. He has written two novellas in his native Polish, Nocturine and Cunninghamella (Forma, 2011), as well as a novel Vostok (to be published in 2018 by WBPiCAK). An English version of Nocturine is forthcoming in 2019 from Fathom Books.
Dale Enggass lives in Salt Lake City where is a PhD. candidate in English at the University of Utah and a member of the arts collective Halophyte.
Sarah Rose Etter is the author of Tongue Party (Caketrain Press & Editions Do). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in VICE, Juked, Black Warrior Review, Salt Hill, and more. She is a contributing editor at The Fanzine and a columnist at Philadelphia Weekly. In 2018, she was named as a finalist for Best Short Fictions 2018 by Aimee Bender. She is a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Arts on Literary Editing and Publishing, and the 2018 Visiting Writer at Arcadia University. She is also the co-founder of the TireFire Reading Series in Philadelphia, and the host of the Rare Jawn Reading Series in Philadelphia. She is also the literary curator for the 2018 Letters Festival in Atlanta.
Laura Frare is an experimental filmmaker and a self taught multi-instrumentalist, playing a variety of electronic and digital instruments, making audio field recordings, loops, and samples. Much like a collagist, she loves participating in collaborative projects with other artists.
Rodney Gomez is the author of Citizens of the Mausoleum (2018), Baedeker from the Persistent Refuge (2019), and several chapbooks. He is the recipient of the Drinking Gourd Prize from Northwestern University and the Gloria Anzaldúa Poetry Prize from Newfound. His work appears in Poetry, Poetry Northwest, The Gettysburg Review, Blackbird, Denver Quarterly, Verse Daily, and other journals and anthologies. A proud member of the Macondo Writers’ Workshop and the Chocholichex writing collective, he is also an editor at Latino Book Review and works at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
Rae Gouirand is the author of two collections of poetry, Open Winter (winner of the Bellday Prize, Bellday Books, 2011) and Glass is Glass Water is Water (Spork Press, 2018), and the chapbook Must Apple (winner of the Oro Fino Competition, Educe Press, 2018). She has founded numerous long-running workshops in poetry and prose in northern California and online, and lectures in the Department of English at UC-Davis.
Emily Hunerwadel is the author of the chapbook Professional Crybaby, selected by Kyle Dargan for the Poetry Society of America’s 2017 Chapbook Fellowship. She was a finalist for Columbia Journal’s 2016 Winter Contest judged by Mary Ruefle. Her work has been published in the Vassar Review, The Pinch Journal, Elke: A Little Journal, and Ursus Americanus Press among others. Emily is Slope Editions’ Managing Editor and jubilat’s Media Editor. She hosts and produces the poetry podcast, Spaces, found at poetspaces.org. Born and raised in the deep south, she currently lives in Western Massachusetts, where she is a MFA candidate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Visual artist/poet Mary Kathryn Jablonski has been a contributor at Numéro Cinq and she is author of the chapbook To the Husband I Have Not Yet Met. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals including Salmagundi, Beloit Poetry Journal, Slipstream, and Blueline, among others. Her artwork has been exhibited throughout the Northeast U.S. and is held in public and private collections.
Leah Claire Kaminski has published poetry in Bennington Review, FENCE, Prairie Schooner, Vinyl, and ZYZZYVA. Her chapbook Peninsular Scar is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press, and her full-length manuscript Live oak nearly on fire is in search of a home. She recently served as Artist-in-Residence at Everglades National Park, and helps edit poetry at Rise Up Review. Read some of her work at www.leahclairekaminski.com.
Nasrollah Kasraian was born in 1944 in Khorram Abad, in the province of Lorestan in Iran. Known as the father of Iranian ethnographic photography, he was arrested by the Pahlavi regime in early 1971 for his political activism and for the translation of The Bolivian Diary of Ernesto Che Guevara. While in prison, he translated his first book on photography. Upon his release in 1975, he became a professional photographer. Since then he has published more than thirty-one books of photography, many of them in collaboration with his wife, the ethnographer and educator Ziba Arshi, documenting the lives of different Iranian ethnic groups, nomads, and the diverse natural landscape of the country. Sarzamin-e Maa Iran (Our Homeland Iran), Gozar (Transition), Isfahan, Kurdistan, Tehran, Torkamanha-ye Iran (Iran’s Turkmans), Damavand, Kavirha-ye Iran (Iran’s Deserts), Persepolis, Shomal (The North of Iran), and Jonoob (The South of Iran) are just some of his titles. In 2015, Gozaresh-e Yek Zendegi (Report of a Life), a selection of his photographs, was published in celebration of his lifelong legacy.
Taisia Kitaiskaia is the author of Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers (2017), illustrated by Katy Horan, and Ask Baba Yaga: Otherworldly Advice for Everyday Troubles (2017). She holds an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers. Her poems can be found in journals such as Crazyhorse, Black Warrior Review, Pleiades, jubilat, Guernica, Gulf Coast, and Fence.
Ashish Xiangyi Kumar read law at the University of Cambridge, graduating in 2015. He currently lives and works in Singapore. His poetry has been published in The Kindling, Cordite Poetry Review, and Oxford Poetry
Katie McMorris is an MFA candidate at Purdue University. Her work has appeared in Open Palm Print, Green Blotter, The Rusty Scythe, and others.
Poupeh Missaghi is Asymptote’s Iran editor-at-large. She is a writer, Persian<>English translator, editor, and educator. She holds a Ph.D. in creative writing and an M.A. in translation studies, and currently lives and works in New York. Her nonfiction, fiction, and translations have been published in Catapult, Entropy, The Brooklyn Rail, The Feminist Wire, World Literature Today, Guernica, The Quarterly Conversation, and elsewhere.
Leanna Petronella’s poetry appears in Beloit Poetry Journal, Third Coast, Birmingham Poetry Review, CutBank, ElevenEleven, and other publications. Her fiction appears in Drunken Boat, and her nonfiction appears in Brevity. She holds a PhD in English and Creative Writing from the University of Missouri and an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas.
Joshua Rivkin's poems and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, Virginia Quarterly Review, Best New Poets, and elsewhere. He has received a winter fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, a Stegner Fellowship in poetry, and a Fulbright fellowship to Italy. His first book of nonfiction Chalk: The Art and Erasure of Cy Twombly is forthcoming in October 2018.
Joe Sacksteder is Managing Editor of Quarterly West. His forthcoming books are Make/Shift (Sarabande Books) and Driftless Quintet (Schaffner Press). Check out his album of audio collages, Fugitive Traces, here.
Christopher Salerno is the author of four books of poems and the editor of Saturnalia Books. His newest collection, Sun & Urn, selected by Thomas Lux for the Georgia Poetry Prize, was recently published by University of Georgia Press. A NJ State Council on the Arts fellow, his poems have appeared in The New York Times, American Poetry Review, Guernica, Prairie Schooner, Jubilat, Fence,and elsewhere. He’s an Associate Professor at William Paterson University in NJ where he teaches in the B.A. and M.F.A. Programs in Creative and Professional Writing.
Pete Stevens' work has appeared at Copper Nickel, Gigantic Sequins, SmokeLong Quarterly, Hobart, Split Lip, and Yemassee, among others. Currently, he is teaching and writing in Minnesota.
Allison Titus is the author most recently of Sob Story (Barrelhouse, 2018) and The True Book of Animal Homes (Saturnalia, 2017). Along with the poet Ashley Capps, she is co-editor of The New Sent(i)ence anthology. To visit Allison's website, click here.
Katrin Tschirgi earned her MFA at Bowling Green State University where she served as managing editor of Mid-American Review. Her poetry and prose have appeared in journals such as The Normal School, Washington Square Review, Hobart, and The Literary Review. Originally from Boise, Idaho, she currently resides in Los Angeles where she is a PhD candidate in fiction at the University of Southern California.
Jan Verberkmoes received her MFA in poetry from the University of Mississippi, where she was a John and Renée Grisham Fellow. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ecotone, Pleiades, 32 Poems, Propeller, Lana Turner, and elsewhere. She will be a 2018-19 Stadler Fellow at Bucknell University.
David Welch is the author of Everyone Who Is Dead (Spork Press, forthcoming) and It Is Such a Good Thing to Be In Love with You (GreenTower Press, 2015). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in publications including Free Verse, TYPO, the Poetry Society of America, and Verse Daily. He lives in Chicago.
Amy Wright is the author of two poetry books, one collaboration, and five chapbooks, including the prose chapbookWherever the Land Is. In addition to winning the Writers@Work Contest, her essays have been awarded with two Peter Taylor Fellowships to the Kenyon Review Writer’s Workshop, an Individual Artist Grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission, and a fellowship to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Individual essays appear in Brevity, DIAGRAM, Gastronomica, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Waveform: Anthology of Women Essayists (University of Georgia Press).