Aldo Amparán is a queer, Mexican American poet from the border cities of El Paso, TX, & Ciudad Juárez, CHIH, MX. He is a CantoMundo Fellow & finalist for the Alice James Award. His work has appeared in, or is forthcoming from Kenyon Review Online, Gulf Coast, Black Warrior Review, Foundry, Poetry Northwest & elsewhere. Find him online at http://aldoamparan.com.
Brian Bender is a freelance writer and marketing consultant working out of his spare bedroom. He received an MFA from Arizona State University in 2015 and currently lives in brightly lit Mesa, AZ.
Alyse Bensel is the author of Rare Wondrous Things, a poetic biography of Maria Sibylla Merian (Green Writers Press, forthcoming 2020), and three chapbooks, including Lies to Tell the Body (Seven Kitchens Press, 2018). Her poems have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Gulf Coast, Poetry International, and West Branch. She is an assistant professor of English at Brevard College, where she directs the Looking Glass Rock Writers’ Conference.
Sophia Bondi is a percussionist and composer from Seattle, Washington. She studied jazz and percussion at Interlochen Center for the Arts and will continue her education at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary music in the autumn of 2019. She writes in a variety of style from indie-folk ballads to experimental percussion works to interdisciplinary projects.
TR Brady is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House Online, Copper Nickel, The Adroit Journal, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, Pleiades, and Bennington Review. Find more of her work at https://www.trbradypoet.com/.
Wes Civilz lives on a green hill in Vermont. His writing has appeared in journals such as The Antioch Review, Arts & Letters, The Threepenny Review, Entropy, and New Ohio Review.
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.
Emma DePanise’s poems are forthcoming or have appeared recently in journals such as Puerto del Sol, The National Poetry Review, Plume Poetry, Superstition Review, Nimrod International Journal, and elsewhere. She is a 2019 winner of an AWP Intro Journals Award and the 2018 winner of the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry. She is a graduate of Salisbury University’s creative writing program.
Stephanie Dickinson lives in New York City. Her novels Half Girl and Lust Series are published by Spuyten Duyvil, as is her feminist noir Love Highway. Other books include Heat: An Interview with Jean Seberg, (New Michigan Press), Flashlight Girls Run (New Meridian Arts), The Emily Fables (ELJ Publications) and Girl Behind the Door (RMP). Her work has been reprinted in Best American Nonrequired Reading, New Stories from the South, and 2016 New Stories from the Midwest. She is the editor of Rain Mountain Press. For the past few years she’s been focused on the Maximum Compound Unit at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Clinton, New Jersey and (with the help of her inmate friends) is writing a collection of essays.
Chelsea Dingman’s first book, Thaw, was chosen by Allison Joseph to win the National Poetry Series (University of Georgia Press, 2017). Her second poetry collection, Through a Small Ghost, won The Georgia Poetry Prize and is forthcoming from the University of Georgia Press (February, 2020). She is also the author of the chapbook, What Bodies Have I Moved (Madhouse Press, 2018). Her work is forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, The Iowa Review, and The American Poetry Review, among others. Visit her website: chelseadingman.com.
Carl Elsaesser is an artist currently living in Maine. His work looks at ambient affects of the ordinary through hybrid forms of performance, video, narrative films, and diaries. He has screened and exhibited internationally and won awards such as the Barbara Aronofsky Latham Award at the Ann Arbor Film Festival.
Jenny Ferguson is Métis, an activist, a feminist, an auntie, and an accomplice with a PhD. She believes writing and teaching are political acts. BORDER MARKERS, her collection of linked flash fiction narratives, is available from NeWest Press.
Matan Gold is a writer from the San Fernando Valley. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Waxwing, Apogee, and Track//Four, among others. He lives with his partner in Portland, Oregon. Find him online at: www.matangold.com.
Mario J. Gonzales was born and raised in a small rural Mexican-American community outside of Fresno, CA. His short fiction has appeared in the Sonora Review (Pushcart nomination), New England Review, Blue Mesa Review and Los Angeles Review, among other literary journals. He was awarded the Hispanic Writers award by the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference and a Tuition Scholarship by the Colgate Writers’ Conference, June 2019. He has a doctorate in Cultural Anthropology (Washington State University, 1998) and one of those Best Dad mugs given as a gesture of love from his kids. The mug is highly prized. Currently, he lives in Santa Fe and works in Las Vegas, NM.
Sarah Helen was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. Her work has appeared in Cicada and Bartleby Snopes. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Mississippi and at work on her first novel.
Sophie Klahr's poetry appears in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, and other publications. She is the author of Meet Me Here At Dawn (YesYes Books,) and the chapbook _____ Versus Recovery (Pilot Books).
Sena Moon is a graduate of the MFA program in prose at University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writer’s Program, where she was a recipient of the Tyson Award and the Hopwoods Undergraduate Short Fiction Award. She is the third place winner of Glimmer Train’s Short-Story Award for New Writers (May/June). She hails from Seoul, Korea.
Sophie Paquette is from Bloomington, Indiana. Her work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Split Lip, Permafrost, Heavy Feather Review, and others. She is a freshman at Columbia College in New York.
Kate Partridge is the author of Ends of the Earth (U. of Alaska Press, 2017) and two hybrid chapbooks. Her poems have appeared in Field, Yale Review, Pleiades, Colorado Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Blackbird, and other journals. She is a Dornsife Fellow at the University of Southern California, where she is a PhD candidate in creative writing and literature. She received her MFA in poetry from George Mason University, and she co-edits Switchback Books.
Nick Francis Potter is the author of New Animals (Subito Press). His work has recently been published in 3:AM Magazine, Big Other, Typo Magazine, and Entropy. He teaches in the Digital Storytelling Program at the University of Missouri.
Katrina Roberts has published four books of poems, most recently Underdog, and edited the anthology Because You Asked. Recently named as finalist for the New Alchemy Award, her graphic poetry appears and is forthcoming in places such as Poetry Northwest, The Ilanot Review, Permafrost, and Evergreen: Fairy Tales, Essays, Fables from the Dark Northwest. She writes, draws, teaches, and makes whisky in Walla Walla, Washington. (www.katrinaroberts.net)
Laura Romeyn was born and raised in western Wisconsin. She is the author of Wild Conditions, winner of a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University (2015-2017), her poems have appeared in AGNI, Black Warrior Review, Crazyhorse, Ninth Letter, and The Yale Review, among other journals. She lives and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Jessica Smith, Founding Editor of Foursquare and Coven Press, teaches at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She received her B.A. in English and Comparative Literature: Language Theory, M.A. in Comparative Literature, and M.L.S. from SUNY Buffalo, where she participated in the Poetics Program; she is now pursuing her M.F.A. at Miami University (OH). She is the author of numerous chapbooks including Trauma Mouth (Dusie 2015) and The Lover is Absent (above/ground press, 2017) and two full-length books of poetry, Organic Furniture Cellar (Outside Voices 2006), Life-List (Chax Press 2015), and How to Know the Flowers (Veliz Books 2019).
Todd Smith's poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, North American Review, Barrow Street, Meridian, Crab Orchard Review, Palette Poetry, Barren Magazine, and elsewhere. He received Frontier Poetry’s 2017 Award for New Poets, and was a semi-finalist in the 2018 92Y Discovery Poetry Contest. An actuary by profession, he lives in West Des Moines, Iowa with his partner, poet Heather Derr-Smith; and their three children. You can read more of his work at www.toddsmithpoet.com.
Emma Stough is a Midwestern writer living in Charleston, SC, where she works as a bookseller. She holds an MFA from College of Charleston and has work forthcoming in Third Coast and Jellyfish Review.
Alex Toy is from Maine. Her fiction can be found in Big Big Wednesday and DIAGRAM.
Laura Villareal is from a small town in Texas with more cows than people. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Palette Poetry, Black Warrior Review, Waxwing, and elsewhere. She has received scholarships from Key West Literary Seminar and The Highlights Foundation. More of her writing can be found at www.lauravillareal.com.
G.C. Waldrep’s most recent books are feast gently (Tupelo, 2018), winner of the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the long poem Testament (BOA Editions, 2015). Newer work has appeared in APR, Poetry, Paris Review, New England Review, Yale Review, Iowa Review, Colorado Review, New American Writing, Conjunctions, etc. Waldrep lives in Lewisburg, Pa., where he teaches at Bucknell University and edits the journal West Branch.