Notes on Contributors

Greg Allendorf is originally from Cincinnati, OH. His poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from such journals as Smartish Pace, Subtropics, The Portland Review, Narrative Northeast, Chicago Quarterly Review, The Hawaii Review, and Memorious: A Journal of New Verse and Fiction. His chapbook, Fair Day in an Ancient Town, was recently selected by Kiki Petrosino for the Mineral Point Chapbook Series from Brain Mill Press. He holds graduate degrees from The University of Cincinnati and Purdue University. He currently lives in Columbia, MO, where he is a PhD candidate and Creative Writing Fellow at The University of Missouri-Columbia.

Eloisa Amezcua is an Arizona native. Her poetry and translations are published or forthcoming from BOAAT, Tahoma Literary Review, Salamander, and others. Her chapbook On Not Screaming is forthcoming from Horse Less Press. You can find her at

John Manuel Arias is a gay, Costa Rican / Uruguayan poet and crepe-maker, raised in a DC ghetto when it was the murder capital. His poems have appeared in Red Paint Hill, The James Franco Review, Rogue Agent Journal and others, and will soon appear in upcoming issues of Assaracus, Tinderbox Journal, Cleaver Magazine and decomP. He currently lives in San José, Costa Rica with his grandmother and five ghosts. His debut poetry collection, ¡I’d Rather Sink–!, will be published in 2017 by Red Paint Hill.

Helena Chung studies poetry at Johns Hopkins University, where she received a 2015 Academy of American Poets prize. Currently, she serves as a poetry reader for The Adroit Journal. This summer, she will be a 2016 fellow at the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets. Her work appears or is forthcoming in The Hopkins Review, DIALOGISTThe Boiler Journal, and elsewhere.

Gillian Cummings is the author of My Dim Aviary, chosen as the winner of the 2015 Hudson Prize from Black Lawrence Press and forthcoming in November 2016. Her poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Boulevard, Colorado Review, Crab Orchard Review, The Laurel Review, and in other journals.

Kristina Marie Darling is the author of over twenty books of poetry. Her awards include two Yaddo residencies, a Hawthornden Castle Fellowship, and a Visiting Artist Fellowship from the American Academy in Rome, as well as grants from the Whiting Foundation and Harvard University’s Kittredge Fund.  

Kendra DeColo is the author of My Dinner With Ron Jeremy (Third Man Books, 2016) and Thieves in the Afterlife (Saturnalia, 2014), selected by Yusef Komunyakaa for the 2013 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize. She lives in Nashville, TN.

Jose Hernandez Diaz holds degrees in English and creative writing from the University of California, Berkeley, and Antioch University Los Angeles. His poetry and prose poetry appears in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Green Mountains Review, Huizache, Los Angeles Review, Pleiades, Witness, and others. He has served as an editor for Floricanto Press and Lunch Ticket. 

Hannah Dow is a PhD student at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers, where she is an Associate Editor for Mississippi Review. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Open Bar at Tin House, Harpur Palate, and American Literary Review, among others.

Kallie Falandays is the author of Dovetail Down the House, forthcoming from Burnside Review Press. You can read more of her work in Black Warrior Review, Salt Hill, CutBank, Puerto del Sol, and elsewhere.

Kat Finch is from the Pacific Northwest and a recent graduate of the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers’ Program. Currently, she is a leaf on the wind but might land soon. Her work may be found in The Literary Review, Black Warrior Review, Whiskey Island, and the Sonora Review, among others.

Alana Folsom received her MFA in poetry this spring from Oregon State University, where she was Editor-in-Chief of their literary magazine, 45th Parallel. Her writing has been published in Hobart, The Iowa Review, and The Rumpus. She is originally from Los Angeles and plans to name her first cat Birthday.

Amy Guidry is an artist currently residing in Lafayette, LA. She comes from a family of artists including the late painter Eleanor Norcross. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums nationwide including the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Aljira a Center for Contemporary Art, Brandeis University, the Paul & Lulu Hilliard Art Museum, and the Acadiana Center for the Arts. Her work is present in public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe. 

Jacquelin Hedeman’s work has appeared online in Watershed Review and The Manifest-Station, and on stage with Available Light Theatre. Jackie is the Reviews and  Interviews Editor for The Journal, and is a contributing editor at Partisan

Gentris L. Jointe is a recent graduate of the MFA – Poetry program at the University of Florida in Gainesville. His poems have previously appeared or are forthcoming in Pleiades, Blackbird, Fourteen Hills, The National Poetry Review, and Green Briar Review, among others. He is originally from Philadelphia, PA.

Erin Jones received her MFA from the University of Florida. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in PleiadesFourteen HillsPassages North, ParcelBoxcar Poetry Review, and elsewhere.

Anna Journey is the author of three books of poems, most recently The Atheist Wore Goat Silk (LSU Press, 2017), and a collection of personal essays, An Arrangement of Skin (Counterpoint, 2017). She is an assistant professor of English at the University of Southern California.

S.Marie LaFata-Clay is a PhD student at Western Michigan University where she teaches creative writing and serves as the head editor of Third Coast. She is the winner of the 2016 Herb Scott award for excellence in poetry and the author of Strange Couple from the Land of Dot and Line (Orange Monkey Publishing, 2014). Her work has been featured or forthcoming in The Adroit, The Pedestal, Puerto Del Sol, Tupelo Quarterly, Juked, Phoebe, Eleven Eleven, Drunken Boat and others.

Lori Lamothe is the author of two poetry collections, Happily and Trace Elements, as well as several chapbooks, most recently Ouija in Suburbia. She has published new work in Borderlands, The Literary Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Saint Ann’s Review, Verse Daily and elsewhere. She also serves as a mentor for The Afghan Women’s Writing Project (

Hailey Leithauser is the author of Swoop (Graywolf, 2013.) Recent publications include Agni, Field, The Gettysburg Review, Poetry and The Yale Review.

Paige Lewis is the Copy Editor at Divedapper and an Assistant Poetry Editor at Narrative Magazine. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Cincinnati Review, Columbia Poetry Review, The Greensboro Review, Smartish Pace, and elsewhere.

Lucia LoTempio’s poetry has been published in NightBlock, Linebreak, apt, LEVELER, and more. She was named a finalist for the Black Warrior Review 10th Annual Contest and the Winter Tangerine Awards. Currently, Lucia is an MFA candidate at the University of Pittsburgh and a contributing editor for both Aster(ix) and Gandy Dancer. 

Lucien Darjeun Meadows was born in Virginia. His poetry has appeared in West Branch, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Quarterly West, and the American Journal of Nursing. An AWP Intro Journals Project winner, he has received nominations for the Pushcart Prize and recognition from the Academy of American Poets. Lucien lives in Fort Collins, CO.

Christopher Brean Murray is a PhD candidate in the creative writing program at the University of Houston. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in jubilat, New Ohio Review, Pleiades, North American Review, Forklift Ohio, and other journals. He lives and teaches in Houston, TX.

Brianna Noll’s first book, The Price of Scarlet, was the inaugural poetry selection for the University Press of Kentucky’s New Poetry and Prose Series and is forthcoming in Spring 2017. She is Poetry Editor of The Account, and her poems and reviews have recently appeared in The Georgia Review, 32 Poems, The Cincinnati Review, Hunger Mountain, and The American Book Review. She lives in Chicago.

Leah Poole Osowski received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her first book, hover over her, won the 2015 Wick Poetry Prize, chosen by Adrian Matejka. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, The Cincinnati Review, Hotel Amerika, Mid-American Review, Salamander, and Third Coast, among others. 

Casey Patrick’s poems have recently appeared in Pleiades, The Adroit Journal, Passages North, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and others. She holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University and has received residencies from Hub City Writers Project and Tofte Lake Center. She lives in Minneapolis.

Jayme Ringleb grew up in upstate South Carolina and Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy. He holds an MFA from the University of Oregon and is currently a PhD student in poetry at Florida State University. Jayme is the recipient of scholarships to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat, a Fishtrap Fellowship, and prizes from the University of Oregon.

Nicole Rivas is from Los Angeles and the Inland Empire. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Alabama and currently lives and writes in Savannah, GA. Her prose has appeared or is forthcoming in Passages North, The Adroit Journal, Chickpea Magazine, and elsewhere. Find her at


Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers is the author of the poetry collection Chord Box (University of Arkansas Press, 2013), finalist for 2014 Lambda Literary Award. Her nonfiction has appeared on The Rumpus and is forthcoming in The Missouri Review. Rogers was a 2012-2014 Kenyon Review Fellow. She is 2016-2018 Murphy Visiting Fellow in Literature and Language at Hendrix College.


Eliza Rotterman’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Volta, TYPO, Quarterly West, Colorado Review and Poetry International, among others. Her interviews can be found on and Currently she is completing her first collection of poetry. She lives in Portland, OR and works as a nurse.

Glenn Shaheen’s newest collection of poetry is Energy Corridor (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016).

Jacob Shores-Argüello is a Costa Rican-American poet, fiction writer, and translator. He is the author of In The Absence of Clocks. Jacob is the recipient of the Dzanc Books ILP International Literature Award, The Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship in Provincetown Fellowship, and the Djerassi Resident Artist’s Fellowship. His work appears in The New Yorker, Guernica, and Indiana Review.  

Alison Stagner lives in Seattle, where she is the Events Coordinator for Seattle Arts & Lectures. She is the winner of the 2016 James Wright Poetry Award, is a 2016 Jack Straw Fellow, and her work appears in the Mid-American Review, the Southeast Review, H_NGM_N, and other journals. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Washington.

Angela Voras-Hills holds an MFA at UMass-Boston and has received awards from The Sustainable Arts Foundation, Key West Literary Seminar, and The Writers’ Room of Boston. Her work has appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Memorious, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Best New Poets, among other journals and anthologies. She lives with her family in Madison, WI, where she is Literary Arts Program Co-director at Arts + Literature Laboratory.

Michael Walsh’s poetry collection The Dirt Riddles received the Miller Williams Prize in Poetry from the University of Arkansas Press as well as the 2011 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. His poems have appeared in publications such as This American Life, The Writer’s Almanac, The Alaska Quarterly Review, Cimarron Review, The Cincinnati Review, and Prairie Schooner