Notes on Contributors

Jessica Abughattas is a poet living in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as BOAAT, Thrush Poetry Journal, Muzzle Magazine, Literary Hub, and elsewhere.

Kimberly Quiogue Andrews is a poet and literary critic. She is also the author of BETWEEN, winner of the 2017 New Women’s Voices Chapbook Prize from Finishing Line Press. She lives in Maryland and teaches at Washington College, and you can find her on Twitter at @kqandrews.

Emily Blair’s poetry has recently appeared in Gulf Coast, New Ohio Review, cream city review, Indiana Review, The Gettysburg Review, the Brooklyn Poets Anthology, and elsewhere. She has received New York Foundation of Arts Fellowships in both Poetry and Fiction. Also a visual artist, she creates multimedia books and collaborates on social practice projects. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Brandon Jordan Brown is a former PEN America Emerging Voices Fellow, winner of the 2016 Orison Anthology Poetry Prize, a scholarship recipient from The Sun, and has served as a PEN in the Community poetry instructor. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Birmingham Poetry Review; Winter Tangerine Review; Tinderbox Poetry Journal; Grist; Forklift, Ohio; Radar Poetry and elsewhere. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, he currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

Kayleb Rae Candrilli is the author of What Runs Over with YesYes Books, which was a 2017 finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in transgender poetry. Candrilli is published or forthcoming in TriQuarterly Review, cream city review, Bettering American Poetry, and many others. They live in Philadelphia with their partner.

Victoria María Castells is a graduate of McNeese State’s MFA program, and has a B.A. in English from Duke University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Stonecoast Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Reservoir, and Notre Dame Review. She lives in Miami, Florida.

Caroline Chavatel is a M.F.A. candidate at New Mexico State University where she is Poetry Editor of Puerto del Sol. Her work has appeared or will appear in AGNI Online, Prairie Schooner, Gulf Coast, Cosmonauts Avenue, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and others. She has won or placed in prizes from The Cossack Review, phoebe, and Gigantic Sequins and was nominated for 2018 Best New Poets. She currently lives in Las Cruces, NM where she is a co-founder and editor of Madhouse Press.

Ethan Chua is a Chinese-Filipino spoken word poet and fiction writer. His work has been published in the Philippines Graphic magazine, Zone 3 Press, Strange Horizons, and Hobart. His graphic novel, Doorkeeper, published by Summit Books, is available in Philippine bookstores. He is happily part of the Stanford Spoken Word Collective.

Nicole Connolly lives and works in Orange County, CA, which she promises is mostly unlike what you see on TV. She received her MFA from Bowling Green State University, and her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in such journals as ANMLY, Fugue, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, and Glass: A Journal of Poetry.

Hannah Craig lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is the author of This History that Just Happened (Parlor Press, 2017). Her work has recently appeared in journals like Copper Nickel, Occulum, Mississippi Review, and the New England Review of Books. She was the winner of the New Measure Poetry Prize (2015), Mississippi Review Poetry Prize (2016), and Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize (2017).

Megan Denton Ray received her MFA from Purdue University. Her work has appeared recently or soon in The Sun, Salt Hill Journal, Cimarron Review, The Adroit Journal, Radar Poetry, and elsewhere. She lives and teaches in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Aidan Forster is a queer poet from South Carolina. A 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, his work appears in or is forthcoming from Best New Poets 2017, BOAAT, Columbia Poetry Review, Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, and Tin House, among others. His debut chapbook of poems, Exit Pastoral, is forthcoming from YesYes Books in 2018. He attends Brown University. He was born in 2000.

Tara E. Jay is a poet and essayist from Indiana, currently living in the metro Detroit area. Tara recently earned her MFA from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. She is the editorial director of The Index, an imprint of Wolverine Press, a letterpress publisher and studio. Recent and forthcoming work can be found in Nashville Review, BOAAT Journal, Whiskey Island, and elsewhere. She grew up in trailer parks.

Ruth Joffre is the author of the story collection Night Beast. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Lightspeed, The Masters Review, Mid-American Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Seattle.

Maddie Kim is an undergraduate at Stanford University. Her work appears in The Adroit Journal and Winter Tangerine Review, and she has been recognized by Sierra Nevada College and the Norman Mailer Center. She lives near Los Angeles.

Anita Olivia Koester is a Chicago poet and author of four chapbooks including Apples or Pomegranates (Porkbelly Press). Her poems have won the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, amongst others. Her poetry is published or forthcoming in Pleiades, Mid-American Review, Muzzle Magazine and elsewhere. She is currently an editor at Green Mountains Review, and founder of the book reviewing blog Fork & Page.

Brandon Krieg is the author of In the Gorge (Codhill Press) and Invasives (New Rivers Press), a finalist for the 2015 ASLE Book Award in Environmental Creative Writing. He lives in Columbia, MO.

The year was 1975, a month before the fall of Saigon, Samantha Lê celebrated her first birthday by selecting items from an assortment of artifacts that would determine her future profession. She chose a whistle and a pen—so the story goes. From the Mekong Delta to the Tenderloin, Lê immigrated to San Francisco at the age of nine. She holds an MFA from San José State University. Her poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals, and her publications include Corridors (2001) and Little Sister Left Behind (2007).

Ae Hee Lee was born in South Korea but grew up in Peru. She obtained a MFA from the University of Notre Dame, and she is now a PhD candidate in Poetry at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her work has been published at the Denver Quarterly, Hawai’i Review, Four Way Review, and The Margins, among others.

Mingpei Li was born in China and lives in New York City. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Magma, Puerto del Sol, Third CoastVinyl, and elsewhere.

Anni Liu’s work is published or forthcoming in Third Coast, The Arkansas International, The Margins, and elsewhere. Her honors include an Undocupoets Fellowship and a Katherine Bakeless Nason Scholarship to Bread Loaf Environmental Conference. She is an MFA candidate at Indiana University where she has served as Poetry Editor of Indiana Review.

Angie Macri is the author of Underwater Panther (Southeast Missouri State University), winner of the Cowles Poetry Book Prize, and Fear Nothing of the Future or the Past (Finishing Line). Her recent work appears in Natural Bridge, Poetry, and RHINO. An Arkansas Arts Council fellow, she lives in Hot Springs.

Madison McCartha is a black poet whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, DREGINALD, Full-Stop, Jubilat, Yalobusha Review, The Pinch, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from the University of Notre Dame, and will be a 2018 Artist-in-Residence at the Millay Colony for the Arts.

John Patrick McShea is from Pennsylvania. His poetry and prose have appeared in TriQuarterly, Sonora Review, Fugue, and Salamander, among others.

Brandon Melendez is a Mexican-American poet from California and the author of Gold that Frames The Mirror (Write Bloody 2019). He is a National Poetry Slam finalist and two-time Berkeley Grand Slam Champion. A recipient of the 2018 Djanikian Scholarship from the Adroit Journal and the 2018 Academy of American Poets Award, his poems are in or forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Ninth Letter, Muzzle Magazine, the minnesota review, Sixth Finch, and elsewhere. He currently lives in Boston and is an MFA candidate at Emerson College.

Patty Nash is a poet and translator. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Interrupture, Denver Quarterly, Prelude, The Collagist, and elsewhere. She tweets at @pattynashdj and lives in Germany.

Isaac Pickell is a two-time college dropout and PhD student at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Isaac’s work can be found in Cimarron Review, Hobart, Ninth Letter, The Missouri Review Online and various other corners of the internet. He is originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, has taken a seat in all fifty states, and hopes to continue living in bigger blue dots.

Carlos Price-Sanchez is a student at the University of Pennsylvania and current representative of the Environmental Humanities Program. His most recent work can be found in Best of Net 2017, Sixth Finch, National Geographic and elsewhere. He is the recipient of multiple Creative Ventures Grants, the RealArts Prize, and the College Alumni Society First Prize among others.

Lia Purpura’s most recent collection of poems is It Shouldn’t Have Been Beautiful (Penguin). Her new collection of essays, All the Fierce Tethers (Sarabande Books), will be out in 2019. On Looking (essays) was finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her work appears in The New Yorker, Orion, The Paris Review, The Georgia Review, Agni, and elsewhere. She lives in Baltimore, MD, is Writer in Residence at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop’s MFA program.

Jeremy Radin is a poet, actor, and teacher. His poems have appeared (or are forthcoming) in Gulf Coast, Passages North, Cosmonauts Avenue, The Collapsar, Winter Tangerine, and elsewhere. He is the author of two collections of poetry, Slow Dance with Sasquatch (Write Bloody Publishing, 2012) and Dear Sal (not a cult press, 2017). He lives in Los Angeles with his four plants and his refrigerator. Follow him @germyradin.

Renzo Razzetto is a self-taught illustrator that uses the pen and ink stippling technique to create collage-style illustrations which are solely created by intuition. His work has been exhibited across the US and featured in publications throughout the US and Europe. More of his work can be found at

Isabelle Shepherd is a poet from West Virginia. She now lives in Wilmington, NC, where she received her MFA from UNCW. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in DIAGRAM, Ninth Letter, Powder Keg, Redivider, Sixth Finch, and elsewhere. More of her work and upcoming reading dates can be found on

Lauren Goodwin Slaughter is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and author of the poetry collection, a lesson in smallness. Recent fiction and poetry appear in BULL; Men’s Fiction, Pleiades, Five Chapters, Kenyon Review Online, ONE, and Carolina Quarterly. She is an assistant professor of English at The University of Alabama at Birmingham where she is Editor-in-Chief of NELLE, a literary journal that publishes writing by women. Find her online at

Mike Soto is a first generation Mexican-American, raised in East Dallas and in a small town in Michoacán. His current manuscript uses themes from the drug war taking place along a fictional U.S./Mexico border town. The manuscript can be described as a Narco Acid Western told in about forty-five poems. It is written in lineage with Alejandro Jodorowsky’s film El Topo.

Zaphra Stupple is a poet and multimedia artist living in Michigan. They are the author of There Will Still Be The Body (Red Beard Press). They were the 2017 Ann Arbor youth poet laureate and the 2017 Ann Arbor poetry slam champion. Their work has been published in The Offing, HEArt Journal, |tap| magazine, and Vinyl, among others. Find them at

A.E. Talbot is a native of Downeast Maine and Managing Editor of Off the Coast. Her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in Mid-American Review, Day One, and elsewhere. Find her on Twitter @AETalbot.

Kevin West received his MFA from Virginia Tech in May 2018 and will begin his PhD at the University of North Texas in the fall. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ploughshares, Qu, Tampa Review, Sierra Nevada Review, Sycamore Review, and elsewhere.

Jane Zwart teaches English at Calvin College, where she also co-directs the Calvin Center for Faith & Writing. Her poems have previously appeared in Rattle, Boston Review, Antioch Review, MARGIE, North American Review, and other journals.