Notes on Contributors

Sarah Antine received an MFA from Hunter College in 2004 and has shared work through various publications including, the anthology, Torah: A Women’s Commentary, Bridges: A Jewish Feminist Journal, Lilith Magazine, Mom Egg Rewview: Vox Mom, Big City Lit, pms:poemmemoirstory, Elohi Gadugi, and upcoming in Moment Magazine. She lives in Potomac with her husband and three children.

Dan Beachy-Quick‘s Of Silence and Song, a collection of essays, fragments, and poems, will be published by Milkweed Editions in December 2017. His work has been supported by the Guggenheim Foundation, and he teaches in the MFA Program at Colorado State University.

Brennan Bestwick is a reader and writer from the Flint Hills of Kansas. His poems have been published in THRUSH, Winter Tangerine, The Colorado Review, and Best New Poets. He is a winner of the AWP Intro Journals Project Award. He tweets @bestfriendwick.

Kristen Brida‘s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Fairy Tale Review, New Delta Review, Hobart, Barrelhouse, Whiskey Island, and Bone Bouquet. She is the Editor in Chief of So to Speak, a feminist literary journal.

Scott Broker lives in Columbus, Ohio, where is a current MFA candidate in fiction at Ohio State University. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared or are soon forthcoming in DIAGRAM, The Rumpus, The Masters Review, and Sonora Review, among others. He can be found at

J.H. Bond is from Boyd County, Kentucky, and now lives in Atlanta. For several years he covered MMA fighting for and other websites. His writing has been published in various magazines and newspapers in the U.S., Brazil, and Japan.

Joseph J. Capista‘s poems have appeared in AGNI, Ploughshares, The Hudson Review, and The Georgia Review. His work has also been featured on Poetry Daily and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He lives with his family in Baltimore and teaches writing at Towson University.

Chelsea Dingman is a Canadian citizen and Visiting Instructor at the University of South Florida. Her first book, Thaw, was chosen by Allison Joseph to win the National Poetry Series (University of Georgia Press, 2017). In 2016-17, she also won The Southeast Review’s Gearhart Poetry Prize, The Sycamore Review’s Wabash Prize, and Water~Stone Review’s Jane Kenyon Poetry Prize. Her work can be found in Ninth Letter, The Colorado Review, Mid-American Review, Cincinnati Review, and Gulf Coast, among others. Visit her website:

Duy Doan is the author of We Play a Game, winner of the 2017 Yale Series of Younger Poets. His work has appeared in PoetrySlateThe Cortland Review, and elsewhere. A Kundiman fellow, he received an MFA in poetry from Boston University, where he serves as director of the Favorite Poem Project.

Lane Falcon’s poems are forthcoming or have been recently published in American Poetry Journal, The Chattahoochee Review, December, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Gargoyle, RHINO, and more. She lives in Alexandria, VA with her two young children.

John Gallaher is the author of In a Landscape (BOA, 2014) and the forthcoming Brand New Spacesuit, also from BOA. He lives in rural Missouri and co-edits The Laurel Review.

torrin a. greathouse is a genderqueer trans womxn and cripple-punk from Southern California. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Black Napkin Press. Their work is published/forthcoming in Bettering American Poetry, Split Lip, The Offing, and BOAAT. She is the author of one chapbooks, Therǝ is a Case That I Ɐm (Damaged Goods, 2017).

Natalie Homer is an MFA candidate at West Virginia University. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in The Pinch, The Lascaux Review, Ruminate, Salamander, Blue Earth Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and others. She received an honorable mention for poetry in the 2017 AWP Intro Awards.

Luther Hughes is a Seattle native and author of Touched (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2018). He is the Founder/Editor-in-Chief of the Shade Journal and Associate Poetry Editor for The Offing. A Cave Canem fellow and Windy City Times Chicago: 30 Under 30 Honoree, his work has been published or is forthcoming in Columbia Poetry Review, Vinyl, BOAAT, Tinderbox, The Adroit Journal, and others. Luther is currently an MFA candidate in the Writing Program at Washington University in St. Louis. Youcan follow him on Twitter @lutherxhughes. He thinks you are beautiful.

Bellee Jones-Pierce writes and mothers in a quiet corner of Alabama. She is a Ph.D. Candidate in English at Emory University. Her research links disability and the lyric in early modern literature. A graduate of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies at the University of Alabama, she also holds an MFA from Georgia College & State University.  

Jesse Lee Kercheval‘s latest poetry collection, America that island off the coast of France, won The Dorset Prize and is forthcoming from Tupelo Press. She is also a translator; recent books include The Invisible Bridge: Selected Poems of Circe Maia and Fable of an Inconsolable Man by Javier Etchevarren.

Katy Kim is a Korean American poet. Her work is forthcoming or published in Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Cosmonauts Avenue, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Hobart, and has been featured on Verse Daily, among others.

Chip Livingston is the author of the novel Owls Don’t Have to Mean Death (Tincture, 2017); a collection of essays and short stories, Naming Ceremony (Lethe, 2014); and two collections of poetry, Crow-Blue, Crow-Black (NYQBooks, 2012), and Museum of False Starts (Gival, 2010). His poetry, essays, and short stories have appeared in journals including Ploughshares, Crazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, and Mississippi Review, as well as on the Poetry Foundation and Academy of American Poets websites. Chip teaches in the low-residency MFA programs at Institute of American Indian Arts and Regis University.

Maja Lukic is a poet and environmental attorney. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Colorado Review, Prelude, Salamander, Sugar House Review, Vinyl, Posit, Canary, and other journals. Selected pieces published online are available at, and she can be found on Twitter: @majalukic113. She lives in New York City.

Anna Mebel lives in Portland, OR, and has an MFA from Syracuse University. She is the author of the chapbook Eradicate Sex Chemicals! (dancing girl press) and a co-founding editor of Figure 1. Find her writing in Ghost Proposal, Pinwheel, Juked, and elsewhere.

When he died at the age of 83 in 2014, Malcolm Miller of Salem, Massachusetts left behind a trove of some 59 books of self-published poetry. A graduate of McGill University and a Navy veteran, Miller led an unconventional life, including stints of homelessness. He is the subject of the documentary Unburying Malcolm Miller (2017) by filmmakers Kevin Carey and Mark Hillringhouse. More of Miller’s posthumous work is forthcoming in Paterson Literary Review.

Jenny Molberg’s debut collection of poetry, Marvels of the Invisible, won the 2014 Berkshire Prize (Tupelo Press, 2017). Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, The Missouri Review, Copper Nickel, Boulevard, Redivider, Poetry International, The Orison Anthology, Best New Poets, and other publications. In 2017, she was the Mark Strand scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference. She teaches at the University of Central Missouri and is Co-editor of Pleiades. Find her online at

Daniel Moysaenko holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is the author of the chapbook New Animal (H_NGM_N Books, 2015). Other work has appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Mid-American Review, Oversound, Pleiades, Tupelo Quarterly, Verse Daily, and The Volta. He is pursuing a poetry PhD at Florida State University.

Danny Thanh Nguyen’s short stories and personal essays have appeared in South Dakota Review, Entropy, Foglifter, New Delta Review, Gulf Coast, and other magazines. He received his MFA from Indiana University and is the editor of AS IS, an anthology of Vietnamese American art and literature. He is a Kundiman Fellow and a Lambda Literary Fellow. Find him @engrishlessons.

Amy Pickworth’s poems have appeared in Dusie; Forklift, Ohio; New Ohio Review; Smartish Pace; Two Serious Ladies; and other journals. Her book Bigfoot for Women (Orange Monkey Publishing, intro by Matt Hart) was released in 2014.

Meghann Plunkett is a poet, coder, and lover of dogs. She is the 2017 winner of the Third Coast Poetry Prize judged by Natalie Diaz. She was a finalist for the 2017 North American Review’s Hearst Poetry Prize as well as the 2016 Narrative Magazine‘s 30 Below Contest. Meghann has been recognized by the Academy of American Poets in both 2016 and 2017.  Her poems can be found or are forthcoming in Narrative Magazine, Rattle, The North American Review, Washington Square Review, Adroit Journal, The Paris-American, Muzzle Magazine, Winter Tangerine, decomP Magazine, storySouth, among others. Her essays, erasures, and animated poems can be found in Luna Luna Magazine. She is the writer in residence at Omega Institution and the director of The Black Dog Tall Ship Writing Retreat on Martha’s Vineyard, MA. Visit her at

Arabella Proffer is a painter whose loose narrative themes revolve around a fascination with punk rock, the dying aristocracy, the history of medicine, and biomorphic organisms. She attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA before receiving her BFA from California Institute of the Arts, where she studied under artists such as John Mandel, Derek Boshier, Jim Shaw, and Susan Pitt. Arabella participates in solo and group exhibitions throughout North America as well as parts of Europe, the Middle East, and Australia. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Plain Dealer, Snob, Hi-Fructose, Juxtapoz, The Harvard Gazette, Scene Magazine, Hektoen International Medical Journal, and more. Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and bred in Southern California, she lives on the shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland, Ohio.

Julian Randall is a Living Queer Black poet from Chicago. He has received fellowships from Callaloo, BOAAT, and the Watering Hole and was the 2015 National College Slam (CUPSI) Best Poet. Julian is the curator of Winter Tangerine Review’s Lineage of Mirrors. He is a candidate for his MFA in Poetry at Ole Miss. His first book, Refuse, is the winner of the 2017 Cave Canem Poetry prize and will be published by University of Pittsburgh Press in Fall 2018.

Caitlin Roach received an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Provost Fellow and the recipient of a Postgraduate Fellowship. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Best New Poets 2017, Poetry Northwest, Colorado Review, West Branch, Copper Nickel, Prelude, Handsome, and The Iowa Review. She teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she is an assistant professor-in-residence. More of her work can be found at

Eileen Rush is a writer from Johnson City, Tennessee. She earned her MFA in Poetry from the University of Florida. She lives in the swamp and practices hortitorture by drinking beer on her porch while pruning misshapen topiaries. Her work appears in Stoneboat, FOLIO, Word Riot, Pleiades, and elsewhere.

Sam Rush began writing poems after developing progressive hearing loss and realizing how many words each word could be. They were a finalist at the National Poetry Slam in 2016. Their work has been featured or is forthcoming in The Offing, Muzzle, and Drunk in a Midnight Choir.

Leslie Sainz is a first-generation Cuban-American, born and raised in Miami, Florida. She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of Devil’s Lake. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Black Warrior Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Southern Humanities Review, POOL, Spoon River Poetry Review, and others. She is the Fall 2017 Writer-in-Residence at the Hub City Writers Project.

Hannah Shea is an MFA student in poetry at Johns Hopkins. She is an assistant editor for The Hopkins Review and co-founder of Row Home Press.

Lily Starr is an eager student of poetry from North East, Maryland. She graduated from Washington College in the spring of 2017 and is currently pursuing an MFA from Florida International University in Miami.

Jaz Sufi is a Kundiman fellow, a National Poetry Slam finalist, and the slammaster of the Berkeley Slam, the longest running poetry event on the West Coast. She was a a featured poet at the 2011 USF Creative Justice Art Show and has featured at venues across the country, from the Scottish Rites Center to performing alongside the Townsend Opera. Her work has been published or is upcoming in PANK, DIALOGIST, The Offing, The Dead Animal Handbook, and elsewhere.

John Allen Taylor’s first chapbook, Unmonstrous, is forthcoming from YesYes Books in spring 2019. His poems are published in Booth, RHINO, NashvilleReview, Zone 3, Muzzle, and other places. He serves as Ploughshares’s senior poetry reader, and he coordinates the writing center at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Say hello @johna_taylor.

Mary Jo Thompson is the author of Stunt Heart (Backwaters Press, 2017), selected by Henri Cole for the 2016 Backwaters Poetry Prize. Her poetry is anthologized in The Best American Poetry, 2011 and Another and Another, Bull City Press, and has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Field, Prairie Schooner, The Missouri Review, The North American Review, Rhino, Indiana Review, Spillway, and Carolina Quarterly, among other journals. Thompson holds a MFA in Creative Writing from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson and teaches teachers and arts managers at two universities in Minneapolis. She lives on an island in the Mississippi River.  

H.R. Webster is a 2017-2018 poetry fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She holds an MFA from the University of Michigan. Her work has appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Black Warrior Review, The Seattle Review, Ecotone, and other journals.  

Shana Youngdahl is the author of History, Advice and Other Half Truths as well as three chapbooks, most recently Winter/Windows (Miel 2012). Individual poems have appeared lately  in 1110, Rhino: A Poetry Journal, and Muse/A. She teaches writing at the University of Maine, Farmington where she also oversees The Sandy River Review online and directs the Longfellow Young Writers’ Workshop.