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sam sax is a queer, jewish, poet, & educator. He's the author of Madness (Penguin, 2017) winner of The National Poetry Series and ‘Bury It’ (Wesleyan University Press, 2018) winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. He’s received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lambda Literary, & the MacDowell Colony. He’s the two-time Bay Area Grand Slam Champion, author of four chapbooks & winner of the Gulf Coast Prize, The Iowa Review Award, & American Literary Award. His poems have appeared in BuzzFeed, The New York Times, The Nation, Poetry Magazine + other journals. He’s the poetry editor at BOAAT Press & will be a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University this Fall.
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 www.jbaileyhutchinson.com. (Photo credit: Kat Wilson.)
Kendra Langdon Juskus is a freelance writer and editor whose poetry and/or nonfiction has been published in Ruminate, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Books & Culture, and City Creatures: Animal Encounters in the Chicago Wilderness (UChicago Press 2015). Her writing has received awards from Ruminate, Prairie Light Review, and the Humane Society of the United States. Originally from New York's Hudson River Valley, she lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her husband and two sons.
Nathan Lipps is a poet from Michigan and the author of the chapbook the body as passage (Open Palm Print). His work has been published in the Best New Poets, The Dialogist, Colorado Review, Third Coast, TYPO, and among other journals. He is the recipient of a Peter Taylor Fellowship and an MFA Poetry Fellowship (WSU). nathanlipps.com
Kwame Opoku-Duku is a Ghanaian-American poet and fiction writer. He is the author of The Unbnd Verses (Glass Poetry Press, 2018), and his work is featured in The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Kenyon Review, BOMB, The Shallow Ends, The Literary Review, and other publications. Kwame lives in New York City, where he is a teaching artist, and along with Karisma Price, he is a founding member of the Unbnd Collective. Supported by his residency with the Human Impacts Institute, Kwame curates the reading series Dear Ocean.
Derek Berry is the author of the novel "Heathens & Liars of Lickskillet County" (PRA, 2016). They are the recipient of the Emrys Poetry Prize, KAKALAK Poetry Award, & Broad River Prize for Prose. They are the founder of the literary non-profit The Unspoken Word & host of the GLOSSOLALIA podcast. Their work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Yemassee, Gigantic Sequins, Pidgeonholes, The Blue Mountain Review, Taco Bell Quarterly, & elsewhere.
Joshua Burton is a poet and educator from Houston, TX who received his MFA in poetry at Syracuse University. His work seeks to navigate the way historical, generational, and familial trauma crosses wires with mental and physical illness. He is a 2019 Tin House Scholar, received the Honorable Mention for the 2018 Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize and was a finalist for the 2019 CAAPP fellowship. You can find his work in BODY Literature, Figure1, and Mississippi Review.
Molly Dickinson hails from the west. She earned her MFA from the Helen Zell Writers' Program at the University of Michigan while apprenticing in and managing letterpress print shops. These days, Molly is teaching, editing, writing, cycling, and opening a printing studio in Denver. You can find her work featured in Tin House's Broadside Thirty column, december magazine, and the Minnesota Review.
Augusta Funk is a queer poet living in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she received her MFA at the University of Michigan. She is currently obsessed with gardening and collaging. Her work appears or is forthcoming in The Massachusetts Review, Passages North, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Meridian, and others. She is the recipient of two fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and has been nominated for Best New Poets.
Gabrielle Grace Hogan is a poet from St. Louis, Missouri. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in Sonora Review, Spiral Orb, Ghost City Review, and others. In 2017, her poem "pools" won the Academy of American Poets Prize. She will be graduating with her BS in Creative Writing from Bradley University in spring 2019, with plans to pursue her MFA the following fall. Other than poetry, her great loves include conservation, podcasts, and being a lesbian. Find her social media and also poems at https://gabrielleghogan.wixsite.com/website.
B.B.P. Hosmillo is the author of Breed Me: a sentence without a subject / Phối giống tôi: một câu không chủ đề (AJAR Press, 2016) with Vietnamese translation by Hanoi-based poets Nhã Thuyên & Hải Yến. A Pushcart Prize & four-time Best of the Net nominee, his writing is anthologized in Bettering American Poetry (2016) and has appeared in Apogee Journal, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Connotation Press,SAND: Berlin’s English Literary Journal, The Collapsar, The Nottingham Review (UK), & Transnational Literature (Australia), among many others. His interviews can be read in Misfits Magazine & VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. He is the founding co-editor of Queer Southeast Asia: A Literary Journal of Transgressive Art (www.queersoutheastasia.com).
Malvika Jolly is a writer from the South Side of Chicago. Her essays, interviews, and poetry have appeared in The South Side Weekly and The Postscript Journal. She is a research assistant for Chicago magazine and holds a degree in Comparative Literature from Columbia University. She can be found tweeting @dinnertheatrics
Michelle Moncayo is a first-generation poet in New Jersey, by way of Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. Her work explores diaspora, the natural world, and mental/physical illness. Michelle has received fellowships and residencies from SPACE at Ryder Farm, Vermont Studio Center, Sundress Academy for the Arts, CantoMundo, and VONA. Her work has appeared in Ninth Letter, The Acentos Review, Kweli Literary Journal, and Winter Tangerine Review, among others. She is always down for a good sancocho.
Erin Jin Mei O'Malley is a queer Asian American writer. Their work appears or is forthcoming in Redivider, wildness, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Cosmonauts Avenue, and others. They have received a scholarship from the Lambda Literary Foundation and nominations for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. You can follow them @erino232.
John Paul Martinez is a Filipino-Canadian poet writing out of the Midwest. He was a finalist for the 2019 Indiana Review Poetry Prize, 2019 Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize, and 2018 Black Warrior Review Poetry Contest. His poetry has been nominated for Best of the Net and appears or is forthcoming in DIALOGIST, Redivider, Nashville Review, wildness, the minnesota review, and elsewhere. He holds a BA in Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.
Ayesha Raees identifies herself as a hybrid creating hybrid poetry through hybrid forms. She served as 2018-2019 Margins Fellow at the Asian American Writers' Workshop where she also heads a monthly Poetry Salon for Asian American Poets. Her work has appeared in The Margins, Cherry Tree, Hobart Pulp, and elsewhere. Shortlisted for the Judith Akbar Poetry Prize, she was also a recent resident at the Millay Colony For the Arts. Born in Lahore, Pakistan, she is a graduate of Bennington College, and currently lives in New York City. Her website is: www.ayesharaees.com
Esteban Rodríguez is the author of Dusk & Dust (Hub City Press 2019), (Dis)placement (Skull + Wind Press 2020), and the micro-chapbook Soledad (2019). His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Gettysburg Review, New England Review, Shenandoah, TriQuarterly, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. He is the Interviews Editor at the EcoTheo Review and is a regular reviews contributor at PANK and Heavy Feather Review. He lives with his family and teaches in Austin, Texas.
Madeline Simms is a not-so-recent graduate of Knox College from La Grange, Illinois. Over the course of the past year, she has been living in Ireland where she is reading, writing, and working as an au pair. Madeline attended the Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets in June of 2018 and her poetry appears in The Journal.
Haley Walker is a poet from Stuart, FL. She earned her BA in Creative Writing from the University of Miami in 2018 and is pursuing her MFA in Poetry at Columbia University. She also writes professionally about music, arts, entertainment, and fashion. You can find her editorial work at The Miami Hurricane, The Wild Honey Pie, and The Coveteur.