Contributor Biographies

Jason Bayani is the author of Locus (Omnidawn Publishing 2019) and Amulet (Write Bloody Publishing 2013). He's an MFA graduate from Saint Mary's College, a Kundiman fellow, and works as the artistic director for Kearny Street Workshop, the oldest multi-disciplinary Asian Pacific American arts organization in the country. His publishing credits include World Literature Today, Muzzle Magazine, Lantern Review, and other publications. Jason performs regularly around the country and debuted his solo theater show "Locus of Control" in 2016 with theatrical runs in San Francisco, New York, and Austin.

Lyn Li Che is an MBA student originally from Malaysia. Her work has been published elsewhere in Tinderbox Poetry, Bayou Magazine, Word Riot and so on.

Jade Cho is an Oakland-raised writer, educator, and granddaughter of Toisanese immigrants. She is the author of In the Tongue of Ghosts (First Word Press, 2016) and a co-founder of Ghostlines Collective and The Root Slam. Her poems have appeared in Hot Metal Bridge, The Offing, and elsewhere. She holds a BA in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley and will be an MFA candidate at Arizona State University starting Fall 2019.

J. Bailey Hutchinson was born in and remains haunted by Memphis, Tennessee. A graduate of the University of Arkansas MFA Program, she is the Assistant Director of the Open Mouth Reading Series, a community-based poetry nonprofit in Fayetteville, AR. Hutchinson is the winner of New South's 2018 Poetry Contest, and her work has appeared in Nimrod, Wyvern Lit, Beloit, Salamander, and more. Full publication and contact info is available at

Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Antonio López has a double B.A. in Global Cultural Studies and African-American studies from Duke University. He’s received scholarships to attend the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, the Home School, Tin House Summer Workshop, the Key West Literary Seminar, and the Vermont Studio Center. He is a proud member of the Macondo Writers Workshop, a CantoMundista, and 2019 Adroit Summer Mentor. His nonfiction has been featured or is forthcoming in PEN/America, The Latino Book Review, and Insider Higher Education, and his poetry in BOAAT, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Adroit JournalPermafrostHuizacheTin House and elsewhere. Runner up for the inaugural Palette Poetry Spotlight Award (2019) and winner of the 2019 Katherine Bakeless Nelson Award in Poetry for the 2019 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Antonio received his Masters in Fine Arts (poetry) at Rutgers-Newark. As a 2018 Marshall Scholar, he is currently pursuing a Masters in Philosophy in Modern Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Oxford..

Erin Lynch holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of North Texas and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as New England Review, Gulf Coast, and DIAGRAM, and her video and performance collaborations have been featured at On the Boards, CityArts ArtWalk Awards, 206Q, and elsewhere. She has been the recipient of support from the University of Washington, the Bill & Ruth True Foundation, and the Hugo House.

Dominik Parisien is the author of the chapbook We, Old Young Ones (Frog Hollow Press) and his work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Fiddlehead, Glass: A Poetry Journal, The Humber Literary Review, Arc Poetry Magazine, and various other journals. He is also the co-editor, with Navah Wolfe, of several anthologies, including The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, which won the Shirley Jackson Award. His latest project is Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction, with Elsa Sjunneson-Henry. Dominik is a disabled, bisexual, French Canadian. He lives in Toronto.

Matt L. Roar is a writer and musician from San Francisco, currently
living in Brooklyn. His writing has appeared in The Surfer's Journal,
HTML Giant, Weird Sister, The Poetry Foundation, No, Dear, The
Brooklyn Poet’s Anthology
, and elsewhere. He is the author of the
chapbooks The Shredders (Mondo Bummer) and Probability of Dependent Events (Beard of Bees). His first full length collection, MY WAR, is forthcoming from Spork Press in 2019. He is the editor of Recreation League and a New York City Teaching Fellow.

Kristin Robertson is the author of Surgical Wing (Alice James Books, 2017). Her poetry appears recently or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, The Southern Review, The Threepenny Review, and Kenyon Review, among other journals. She teaches creative writing at Tennessee Wesleyan University.

Gale Marie Thompson is the author of Soldier On (Tupelo Press, 2015) and Helen or My Hunger (YesYes Books, 2020). Her work appears in American Poetry Review, Tin House Online, Gulf Coast, Guernica, Crazyhorse, and Bennington Review, among others. She has received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Gale is the founding editor of Jellyfish Magazine, and she lives, writes, and teaches in Grand Rapids, Michigan. You can find her on Twitter at @thegalester.

Brad Trumpfheller is the author of Reconstructions (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2020). Their work has appeared in Poetry, The Nation, jubilat, Washington Square Review, and elsewhere. They are the co-editor of Divedapper, and work as a bookseller outside of Boston.

Lena Khalaf Tuffaha is an American poet of Palestinian, Syrian, and Jordanian heritage. Her first book of poems, Water & Salt (Red Hen, 2017), won the 2018 Washington State Book Award and received an Honorable Mention from the Arab American Book Awards. Her chapbook, Arab in Newsland, won the 2016 Two Sylvias Press Prize. Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, and have been published in journals including Alaska Quarterly Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, New England Review, and Poem-A-Day. Tuffaha is a recipient of a Hedgebrook fellowship and has served as the inaugural Poet-In-Residence at Open Books: A Poem Emporium in Seattle. You can learn more about her writing at