Notes on Contributors

Aria Aber was born to Afghan parents in Munster, Germany. Her work has appeared in Best British Poetry 2015, Muzzle Magazine, Prelude, Reservoir Journal, decomP, and others. She has been awarded the New Writing Prize in Poetry from Wasafiri, and fellowships from Kundiman and Dickinson House. She is an MFA candidate in poetry at NYU, where she serves as a Writers in Public Schools fellow.

Elizabeth Blackford is a writer and visual artist living in Columbus, Ohio. Her work has appeared in Lungfull! Magazine.

Anthony Blake is a poet from Louisville, KY. He is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Arkansas, where he serves as managing editor and designer for the Arkansas International. You can reach him via his website

Elizabeth T. Chao received her BA in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Berkeley and holds nursing degrees from Johns Hopkins University and the University of California at San Francisco’s School of Nursing. She worked for several years as an oncology nurse in California before moving to Texas, where she recently earned an MFA in Poetry from the James A. Michener Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

James Dunlap is an Arkansas poet. He studied creative writing at University of Arkansas and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. His poems have appeared in or are forthcoming in storySouth, Nashville Review, Minnesota Review, and Copper Nickel.

Jaclyn Dwyer is the author of The Bride Aflame (Black Lawrence Press, 2019). She has published fiction and poetry in a number of literary magazines, including Ploughshares, Sugar House Review, Indiana Review, The Journal, Rattle, Prairie Schooner, New Ohio Review, and Witness. She is Assistant Professor and Director of Creative Writing at Malone University in Ohio, where she lives with her husband and daughters.

Chad Foret is a PhD candidate in Poetry at the University of Southern Mississippi where he assists in the publication of the Robert Frost Review and teaches composition. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Louisiana Literature, The Midwest Quarerly, Rabbit Catastrophe, the anthology Down to the Dark River, and elsewhere, and was selected as a finalist for the 2017 Tennessee Williams Fest Poetry Award and 2017 Real Good Poem Prize.

Tyler Gillespie is a pale Floridian. His poems appear in Apogee Journal, Columbia Poetry Review, PANK, Juked, Exposition Review, and Prelude, among other places. Find him at

Julia Heney lives in Chicago, Illinois. She received her MFA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. Her work has appeared in CutBank, Devil’s Lake, the Best of the Net Anthology, and elsewhere.

Carolina Hotchandani received her Ph.D. in English from Northwestern University. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska and teaches English at Morningside College. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Fugue, Feminist Studies, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, and other journals.

Jennifer L. Knox is the author of four books of poems. The Los Angeles Book Review said of her most recent book, Days of Shame & Failure, “This panoply of twenty-first century American human experience leaves the reader a different person.” Her work has appeared four times in The Best American Poetry series as well as in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and American Poetry Review. She teaches at Iowa State University and is currently at work on a culinary memoir.

John Liles is a poet, science writer, and living chordate. His chapbook, Following the Dog Down, was the recipient of the 2015 Omnidawn Chapbook Prize. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Rust+Moth,Arcadia, inter/rupture, decomP, and has been used as course material for science writing workshops. He resides in New York, where he attends NYU as an MFA student.

Emily MacWilliams is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow and a Teaching-Writing Fellow. She lives in Iowa City.

Hugh Martin is a veteran of the Iraq War and the author of The Stick Soldiers (BOA Editions 2013) and the forthcoming Service (BOA Editions 2018). He is the recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship and his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Kenyon Review, The New Yorker, and many other journals. He is completing a PhD at Ohio University.   

Paula Mendoza‘s work has appeared in Seneca Review, Bennington Review, Cream City Review, and elsewhere. She earned her MFA from the University of Michigan and is currently a PhD candidate in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Utah. She lives and writes in Salt Lake City.

Ellene Glenn Moore is a writer living in sunny South Florida. Her poetry has appeared in Best New Poets, Caliban, and Ninth Letter, among others, and her prose has appeared in Brevity, Fjords Review, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. Ellene earned her MFA in creative writing at Florida International University, where she held a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fellowship in Poetry. Her chapbook The Dark Edge of the Bluff is forthcoming from Green Writers Press. Find her at

Katrina Prow lives and writes in Long Beach, California. Her writing is forthcoming or has recently appeared in Pithead Chapel, Redivider, Passages North, Nano Fiction, WhiskeyPaper, Juked, and elsewhere. She received a PhD in Creative Writing, Fiction from Texas Tech University in May of 2017. Today, she is back in Southern California, where she teaches creative writing courses at both Chapman University and her BA and MFA alma mater, CSULB. Outside of teaching, she still finds freedom waiting tables and is currently working on a novel about the restaurant industry after many years in the ‘biz. Keep up with Katrina on

Taylor Rugg has served as a poetry editor for Persephone’s Daughters and currently lives in Pittsburgh, where she is earning her Master’s at Carnegie Mellon University.

Jacqueline Winter Thomas is a contributing editor at Eratio and an MA candidate at Dartmouth College. She teaches courses in writing and form. Her poems and papers have appeared in Green Mountains Review, TAB, Redivider, Diagram, Barrelhouse, Tinderbox, and Open House, among others. She is interested in the convergence of poetics and philosophy and has attended the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University. She has an MFA in poetry from The University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Brandon Thurman is a behavior analyst and poet living in Fayetteville, Arkansas with his husband and son. His poetry can be found or is forthcoming in Nashville Review, Ninth Letter, The Blueshift Journal, PANK, and others. You can find him online at or on Twitter @bthurman87.

J. Williams teaches in North Carolina. A recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize, his poems have appeared in Cincinnati Review, The Adroit Journal, Ninth Letter, The Pinch, Salt Hill, and others. New work appears in Frontier Poetry. He is co-editor of the anthology It Was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip-Hop (Minor Arcana Press). He holds degrees from Elon University and the University of Alabama.

Katie Willingham is the author of Unlikely Designs (University of Chicago Press, 2017). A graduate of the Helen Zell Writers Program, she now lives in Brooklyn, NY. Her poems have appeared in Bennington Review, Kenyon Review, Poem-A-Day, Third Coast, West Branch, and others. Get in touch through her website: