Contributor Biographies

ALDO AMPARÁN is a queer poet born and raised in the border cities of El Paso, TX, USA, & Ciudad Juárez, CHIH, MX. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Texas at El Paso. His work has appeared in, or is forthcoming from The Adroit Journal, Rio Grande Review, Rust + Moth, & elsewhere.

CHELSEA BAYOUTH is a writer and Emmy Award winning visual artist from Los Angeles California. Her poetry and short stories have been published in The Rattling Wall/PEN Center USA, Heavy Feather Review, Stirring Lit, Dryland Lit, BROAD!, and The Legendary, among others. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and cats. To read more of her work and see the art she makes you can visit her website www.chelseabayouth.com.

YONGYU CHEN majors in Comparative Literature at Cornell University. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as Black Warrior ReviewIndiana ReviewSonora Review, DIAGRAM, PANK, and Foundry. He’s on the editorial board of Cornell’s undergraduate poetry review Marginalia.

SEAN DESVIGNES received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New York University. An NY-Emmy Award Winner, his poetry has won the Beinecke Scholarship and the Burton A. Goldberg Poetry Prize.

DONNA GARY is  an African American femme queer poet that calls Chicago’s NorthWest and Southside home. She is currently burrowing into her concentration at NYU Gallatin: Poetics of Embodiment; The Ways Marginalized Folks Re-Imagine Their Value. She has just declared a Disability Studies Minor. She spends most of her free time volunteering as a space manager at New Women Space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY and acting as the co-president of the Disability Student Union. She  has  performed on competitive slam teams for the Goodman Theatre and NYU Slam! at Louder Than A Bomb 2014-2015 and CUPSI 2016. She enjoys sharing her poetry with cultural clubs on campus, and on stages such as The Metro, NYU Skirball, The Bowery Poetry Club and The Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Her poetry  has been published in Dawn With Arms Full of Roses; A Queer Anthology, and The Rational Creature, and Gordon Square Review, among others.

AEON GINSBERG (they/them) is a transfeminine writer and performer from Baltimore, MD. They are the author of two chapbooks, 'Until The Cows Come Home' (Elation Press, 2016), and 'Loathe/Love/Lathe' (Nostrovia! Press, 2017). Aeon is a Taurus, a barista, a bartender, and a bitch.

KAYLEE JEONG is a Korean-American writer and a junior at Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon. Her poetry has appeared in the Rising Phoenix Review and her writing has been recognized nationally by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, Columbia College Chicago, and Hollins University, among others.

AURIELLE MARIE is a Black, Atlanta-born, Queer ass poet and social strategist. She is a 2018 Lambda Literary Writer Retreat Fellow. Her essays and poems have been featured in or are forthcoming from the Adroit JournalBOAATVinyl, ScalawagESSENCE, and Allure Magazine. Her collection, Gumbo Ya Ya, won the 2017 Write Bloody Poetry Prize and is forthcoming from Write Bloody Press. Although her work has lived on a global host of stages, her favorite will always be her grandmother's kitchen. 

ANNA MEISTER is author of the chapbooks NOTHING GRANTED (dancing girl press, 2016) & As If (Glass Poetry Press, forthcoming) & holds an MFA from New York University, where she was a Goldwater Writing Fellow. Her poems have appeared in Big Lucks, Kenyon Review, The Arkansas International, The Shallow Ends, & elsewhere. A 2015 Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts fellow & 2017 National Poetry Series finalist, Anna lives in Des Moines, IA & at www.anna-meister.com

MATTHEW MERIWETHER is a writer and performer currently living in Fort Wayne, IN. He writes and performs music under the name Fresh Tar, and hosts events in cities across the country, including the reading series 'Life is Sad, Here is Someone,' and 'A Party for All of Our Questions,’ an experimental social gathering. Matthew is recently the author of Knock Knock (The Dandelion Review, 2018), a chapbook of narrative prose.  

JONATHAN JACOB MOORE, or Jon Jon, is a Detroit-born big brother and Oakland-based poet and scholar. He is a Ph.D. Student in the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies at University Of California, Berkeley and a 2017 National Collegiate Slam Best Poet. You can find their work in DRØMEThe James Franco ReviewRaceBaitR, and Vinyl among others. Jon Jon serves as Book Reviewer for the Shade Journal and Fellowship Director at Winter Tangerine. You can find him paying $15 to watch a horror movie with his eyeglasses off and hoodie covering his face.

WILLY PALOMO is the son of two immigrants from El Salvador. In 2018, he graduated with an MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and an MFA in poetry from Indiana University. He is a McNair Scholar, Macondista, and a Frost Place Latin@ Scholar. He has performed his poetry (inter)nationally at the National Poetry Slam, V Festival Internacional de Poesía Amada Libertad in El Salvador, and more. His book reviews and creative writing have been featured on Best New Poets 2018, Muzzle, Waxwing, Button Poetry, and The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States, and elsewhere. His first collection of poetry is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in 2020. Follow him @palomopoemas and www.palomopoemas.com

ALEXIS POPE is a queer poet and writer living in Ohio. Author of That Which Comes After (Big Lucks Books, 2018) and Soft Threat (2014), Pope has published four chapbooks, most recently Debt (Madhouse Press, 2017). Work has appeared in Action, Spectacle, Denver Quarterly, Hobart, jubilat, and West Branch.

JESSE DELLA RILEY is a genderfluid poet from Georgia and is currently completing an MFA at the University of Massachusetts under Ocean Vuong, Peter Gizzi, and Dara Wier. Their poetry explores unfriendly deities and friendly people, and they have been published in Arcturus Magazine and Crab Fat Magazine, among others. Jesse is Assistant Editor of jubilat Literary Magazine.  You can read more at jessedellariley.com.

AYA SATOH received her MFA in poetry at the University of Montana, where she was a poetry editor for CutBank. She has been published or has work forthcoming in Apogee, Anomaly’s folio Radical: Avant Garde Poets of Color, and Bennington Review.