Eduardo C. Corral is the author of Slow Lightning (Yale University Press, 2012), which was chosen by Carl Phillips as the 2011 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets. He is the recipient of a “Discovery”/The Nation Award, the J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize from Poetry, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Whiting Writers’ Award. He lives in New York.
Brandon Amico lives in North Carolina. His poems have appeared in The Adroit Journal, The Awl, Booth, The Cincinnati Review, New Ohio Review, and Verse Daily, among others, and his reviews in places like The Rumpus, Southern Humanities Review, and Los Angeles Review. In recent years he has done a few stints as a poetry editor and participated in a teen poetry mentorship program.
Sara Brickman is an author, performer, and activist from Ann Arbor, MI. The winner of the 2015 Split This Rock Poetry Prize, Sara has received grants from 4Culture, a Ken Warfel Fellowship for Poetry in Community, and a Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Fellowship. Recent work appears in Indiana Review, Muzzle, Shift, The New, and the anthology Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls. Her manuscript was a finalist for the 2015 Pamet River Prize from Yes Yes Books. Sara lives and writes in Charlottesville, VA, where she is a Hoyns Fellow and MFA candidate in Poetry at the University of Virginia.
Rodney Gomez’s chapbooks are Mouth Filled with Night (Northwestern University Press, 2014), Spine (Newfound, 2015), and A Short Tablature of Loss (Seven Kitchens Press, forthcoming). His work has been awarded the Drinking Gourd Chapbook Prize, the Gloria Anzaldúa Poetry Prize, and the Rane Arroyo Prize. His poetry has appeared in various journals including Denver Quarterly, Barrow Street, Blackbird, Pleiades, Diode, Puerto del Sol, Salt Hill,Drunken Boat, and RHINO, where it won the Editors’ Prize. He is a member of the Macondo Writers’ Workshop and has been awarded residencies at Gemini Ink, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and the Santa Fe Art Institute. He has also served on the board of Migrant Health Promotion, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of migrants, immigrants, and related populations. He is the proud son of migrant farmworker parents and received his BA from Yale and his MFA from the University of Texas Pan American. He works as the transportation director at the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley.
I.S. Jones is a writer, educator, and hip-hop critic hailing from Southern California. She is a 2016 fellow with The Watering Hole. I.S. Jones has been twice nominated for the Best of The Net Anthology and in 2016 was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. I.S. is very Blk & a lover of love. She is currently Assistant Editor at Chaparral, a literary magazine based in Southern California. She is also editor-in-chief at Upcoming Hip-Hop. Her works have appeared in The Harpoon Review, Fat City Review, The Matador Reviiew, The Blueshift Journal, SunDog Lit, and elsewhere. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Hofstra University.
Karolina Manko is a Polish-born immigrant who grew up in New York. In 2012 she received the Esther Unger Poetry Prize as well as the David Markowitz Poetry Award. Karolina's work has appeared in various journals, anthologies, and literary magazines in both the U.S. and abroad, including: Magma Poetry, DecomP Magazine, The Rumpus, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn, among others. Karolina has shared stages with notable figures and honored academics such as Barry Wallenstein, Cornelius Eady, Tracy K. Smith, and former U.S. Poet Laureate, Philip Levine. In 2016 she was a general contributor at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. You can follow her on Twitter & Instagram: @k_manks
Aurora Masum-Javed is a poet, performer, artist, and educator. She's currently a lecturer at Cornell University where she completed her MFA. She has been a fellow at Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop and Squaw Valley Writers Workshop. A Pushcart nominee and winner of the Winter Tangerine Award, her work can be found in Callaloo, Jaggery, and So to Speak. On the best days, she's reading you poems and dancing on every bridge.
Caits Meissner is the author of the hybrid poetry book Let It Die Hungry, and The Letter All Your Friends Have Written You, co-written with poet Tishon Woolcock. Her work has won awards and is published or forthcoming in many literary journals including The Literary Review, Narrative, Adroit, Public Pool, and The Offing. Multidisciplinary by nature, Caits experiments with writing's relationship to illustrations and sound. In 2010 her album, the wolf & me, was released to accolades on platforms such as Okayplayer. "Fresh, honest and loving," Erykah Badu called Caits' blend of poetry and music, naming her, "a delicate heart like mine." With a long history in community arts, Caits currently facilities writing in prison, public school, and at CUNY and The New School University. She is completing an MFA at City College of New York. Learn more at caitsmeissner.com.
Julian Randall is a Living Queer Black poet from Chicago. He is a 2016 Callaloo fellow, Lois Morrell Poetry Prize winner and the 2015 National College Slam (CUPSI) Best Poet. His poem “Police Dream #607” was selected by Joel Dias-Porter as the winner of the 2016 Emerge Literary Journal Contest. He is also a cofounder of the Afrolatinx poetry collective Piel Cafe. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as Nepantla, Rattle Poets Respond, Winter Tangerine Review,Vinyl, Puerto del Sol and African Voices among others. He is a candidate for his MFA in Poetry at Ole Miss.