Contributor Biographies

JOSHUA AIKEN is a poet whose work has been featured in publications such as Assaracus, Boulevard, Fog Machine, glitterMOB, juked, Local nomad, Nepantla, TENDER LOIN, and the Winter Tangerine Review. He is a Cave Canem Fellow and, in 2016, received the Martin Starkie Prize.

MEGAN J ARLETT was born in the UK, grew up in Spain, and now lives in Texas where she is pursuing her PhD. She is an editor at the Plath Poetry Project and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best New British and Irish Poets, Ninth Letter, Passages North, Third Coast, and elsewhere.

TOVA BENJAMIN was born and raised in West Rogers Park, Chicago. Her poetry has appeared in POETRY Magazine, Puerto Del SolThe Hairpin and WBEZ radio as part of Young Chicago Author's Louder Than a Bomb in 2012. A former staff writer at Rookie Magazine, her essays, interviews, and reviews have been published in Nylon, In Geveb, Rookie, and included in the anthologies, Rookie Yearbook Three (2014), Rookie Yearbook Four (2015), Rookie on Love (2018) and Still Here (2018). In 2018 she was the recipient of the Howard Frank Mosher Fiction Prize from Hunger Mountain. Currently she lives in New York, where she is pursuing her PhD at New York University in Russian-Jewish history and the history of medicine. 

SARA BRICKMAN is a queer Jewish writer, performer, and community organizer from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her poems and essays have appeared in Indiana ReviewAdriot,Muzzle MagazineGhosts of Seattle Past, and the Dead Animal Handbook. Sara is a winner of the Split This Rock Poetry Prize, a Lambda Literary Emerging Artists Fellow, and the recipient of grants from the Yiddish Book Center, 4Culture, and more. Sara holds degrees from Smith College and the University of Virginia and lives in Seattle with a cat named Latke.

CALLISTA BUCHEN is the author of the poetry collection Look Look Look, forthcoming in October of 2019 from Black Lawrence Press, as well as the chapbooks The Bloody Planet and Double-Mouthed. Her work appears in literary journals like Harpur Palate, Puerto del Sol, Fourteen Hills, and others. The winner of the Langston Hughes Award, and DIAGRAM's essay contest, she holds an MA in literature from the University of Oregon, an MFA in creative writing from Bowling Green State, and a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Kansas. She is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Franklin College, where she directs the visiting writers’ reading series.

SALEM DOCKERY is a queer nonbinary poet and Pushcart nominee making coffee in Durham, NC. Their work can be found in apt, Inch magazine, and Glass: A Journal of Poetry. They share their misadventures on Twitter under the guise of @mxbrightside

SADDIQ DZUKOGI is a PhD student in poetry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he is an Othmer Fellow. He is the author of Inside the Flower Room, selected by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani for the APBF New Generation African Poets Chapbook Series. His recent poems appear or are forthcoming in Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, Prairie Schooner, DIAGRAM, Spillway, Crab Orchard Review, New Orleans Review, South Dakota Review, Best American Experimental Writing Series, and Verse Daily. He was on the 2017 Brunel International African Poetry Prize shortlist and also a fellow of the Ebedi International Writers Residency.

MITCHELL KING is a runaway witch living in Kansas City. His poetry is informed by contemporary queer culture and a longing for the dead.

MEGAN KRUPA’S poetry appears in The Broad River Review and Cider Press Review. Her work was a finalist for the Ron Rash Award in poetry and Still: The Journal's Poetry Prize. She is a poetry editor at Driftwood Press and can be found on Twitter @MegNKrupa.

ALAINA PEPIN teaches middle and high school language arts in Gold Beach, Oregon. Her poetry has appeared in the minnesota review, Stirring: A Literary Collection, Crab Orchard Review, and Lunch Ticket, among others. As an Upper Peninsula of Michigan native, she is still deeply in love with Lake Superior, despite living on the Pacific Coast.

MONICA RICO is an MFA candidate at the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program and works for the Bear River Writers’ Conference. Her poems have recently appeared in Fifth WednesdayCosmonauts Avenue, and Split this Rock She is 2019 CantoMundo Fellow. Follow her at

HANNAH RUBIN is a queer transdisciplinary artist, poet & performer. Recent work includes co-editing Good Grief, an anthology of queer grief and healing, and Every Day No, a durational performance of creative resistance, recently published as an artist’s book with Irrelevant Press (2018). They have received fellowships from Lambda Literary Foundation, California Institute of the Arts, Wesleyan University, and the Art Monastery Project in Springfield, VT. Currently, they are studying visual art & writing at California Institute of the Arts as the Truman Capote Fellow, where they are working on an experimental memoir that investigates “leaking/leakage” as a kind of queer praxis.

SRESHTHA SEN is a poet from Delhi, India and one of the founding editors of The Shoreline Review, an online journal for & by south asian poets. She studied Literatures in English from Delhi University and completed her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College. Her work can be found in Breakwater Review, Bitch Media, MACK, Meridian, The Margins and won an Amy Award in 2017. She was the 2017-18 McCrindle Foundations Fellow at Poets & Writers and currently lives and teaches in Las Vegas where she’s completing her PhD in English and Creative Writing.

BRETT SHAW was born in Los Angeles. Formerly, he sang opera and was an oil and gas accountant. His work is forthcoming in Reservoir. He holds an MFA from the University of Alabama.

mica woods is a maid and copywriter in Chicago. Some of her is available soon or now at Requited, The Wanderer, Juked, Palimpsest, The New Territory, and DIAGRAM