Notes on Contributors

Millicent Borges Accardi, a Portuguese-American writer, is the author of Only More So (Salmon). Her awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Fulbright, and CantoMundo.

Kelli Russell Agodon’s most recent book, Hourglass Museum, was a Finalist for the Washington State Book Awards and shortlisted for the Julie Suk Poetry Prize. Her second book, Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room, was the winner of the Foreword Book of the Year Prize for poetry and was also a finalist for the Washington State Book Awards. She is also the coauthor of The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts for Your Writing Practice, which she coauthored with Martha Silano. She is the cofounder of Two Sylvias Press where she works as an editor and book cover designer. She is an avid paddleboarder who lives in a sleepy seaside town in the Pacific Northwest.

Rosebud Ben-Oni is a recipient of the 2014 NYFA Fellowship in Poetry and a 2013 CantoMundo Fellow; her most recent collection of poems, turn around, BRXGHT XYXS, was selected as Agape Editions’ EDITORS’ CHOICE, and will be published in 2019. She writes weekly for The Kenyon Review blog. Her work appears in PoetryThe American Poetry ReviewThe Poetry Review (UK)Tin HouseGuernicaBlack Warrior ReviewTriQuarterlyPrairie Schooner, among others; her poem “Poet Wrestling with Angels in the Dark” was commissioned by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City, and published by The Kenyon Review Online. She teaches creative writing at UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program and The Speakeasy Project. Find her at

Andrew Bertaina’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in many publications including: The Best American Poetry 2018The ThreePenny ReviewTin House OnlineRedividerThe Forgeand Green Mountains Review. More of his work is available at

Traci Brimhall is the author of three collections of poetry: Saudade (Copper Canyon); Our Lady of the Ruins (W.W. Norton), winner of the 2011 Barnard Women Poets Prize; and Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press), winner of the 2009 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Her poems have appeared in The New YorkerPoetry, and Best American Poetry, and her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Southern ReviewGeorgia ReviewThe Normal Schooland Brevity.

Bess Cooley won the 2017 Mississippi Review Poetry Prize, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Prairie SchoonerColumbia Poetry Review, Atticus ReviewBreakwater Review, and Forklift, Ohio, among other journals. Educated at Knox College and the MFA program at Purdue University, she lives in Knoxville and teaches at the University of Tennessee.

Born in Ghana, Kwame Dawes spent most of his childhood in Jamaica. Dawes currently serves as the Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner and Chancellor’s Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dawes is the author of twenty-one books of poetry and numerous books of fiction, criticism, and essays. His most recent collection of poems is City of Bones: A Testament (2017). His other books include Speak from Here to There (2016), a collection of poems co-written with Australian poet John Kinsella, and Bob Marley: Lyrical Genius (2007), which remains the most authoritative study of the lyrics of Bob Marley. Dawes is a founder and director of the African Poetry Book Fund and co-founder and director of the Calabash International Literary Festival. Dawes’s awards include an Emmy, a Webby, the Forward Prize for Poetry for his first book, Progeny of Air (1994), a Pushcart Prize, and a Guggenheim fellowship. In 2004, he received the Musgrave Silver Medal for contribution to the arts in Jamaica. In 2017, Dawes was elected to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets.

Leila Chatti is a Tunisian-American poet and author of the chapbooks Ebb (Akashic Books, 2018) and Tunsiya/Amrikiya, the 2017 Editors’ Selection from Bull City Press. She is the recipient of scholarships from the Tin House Writers’ Workshop, The Frost Place, and the Key West Literary Seminar, grants from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and Cleveland State University, where she is the inaugural Anisfield-Wolf Fellow in Publishing and Writing. Her poems have received awards from Ploughshares’ Emerging Writer’s Contest, Narrative’s 30 Below Contest, the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize, and the Academy of American Poets. She is the Consulting Poetry Editor for the Raleigh Review and her work appears in PloughsharesTin HouseAmerican Poetry ReviewVirginia Quarterly ReviewKenyon Review Online, and elsewhere.

Asa Drake is a public services librarian. Her writing is published or forthcoming in The American Poetry ReviewFrontier PoetryThe MarginsPrairie Schooner, and elsewhere. She received her MFA in poetry from The New School and was a finalist for Omnidawn’s 2018 Chapbook Competition.

Stevie Edwards is the founder and editor-in-chief of Muzzle Magazine and senior editor in book development at YesYes Books. She is the author of poetry collections Good Grief (Write Bloody, 2012) and Humanly (Small Doggies, 2015), as well as poetry chapbook Sadness Workshop (Button Poetry, 2018). She holds an MFA from Cornell University and is a PhD student at University of North Texas. Her poems have been published in CrazyhorseGulfcoastPleaides32 PoemsWest Branch, and elsewhere.

Nava EtShalom’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The American Poetry Review, The BelieverBoston Review, and other journals, and her chapbook Fortunately is coming in 2019 from Button Poetry. Her work has won the 92Y Discovery Prize, a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, and two Academy of American Poets university prizes. She’s a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Pennsylvania, where she writes about literary representations of settler-colonialism in Palestine.

Luiza Flynn-Goodlett is the author of four chapbooks, including Twice Shy, forthcoming from Nomadic Press, and Harm’s Way, forthcoming from dancing girl press. Her poetry can be found in Third CoastGrantaQuarterly WestDIAGRAMThe Rumpus, and elsewhere. She serves as editor-in-chief of the queer literary journal Foglifter and lives in sunny Oakland, California.

Rome Lisa Hernández Morgan is a queer, Mexican-American writer from Texas. She received her B.A. in English and Spanish from the University of North Texas, and is currently an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Arkansas, where she is a Walton Fellow. Rome is currently the nonfiction editor of Up North Lit. This is her first poetry publication.

Esteban Ismael teaches Writers Workshop & Literature courses through the San Diego Community College District. His poems are forthcoming or have appeared in Hawaii ReviewSpillwayPoetry DailyDogwood, and The Massachusetts Review, among other fine journals.

Christofer Johnson is a PhD candidate concentrating in folklore. He is primarily interested in the political agency of folklore and folksong in the Anglophone world, the cultural dimensions of power in the contemporary period, and the way that cultural artifacts impact and shape the development of national identity. His dissertation work centers on the idea of cultural resilience and the self-conscious ways that communities (especially communities of work) adapt (or don’t), cope (or don’t) and change (or don’t) in the face of an increasingly globally integrated and connected world.

Maureen Langloss is a lawyer-turned-writer living in New York City. She serves as Flash Fiction Editor at Split Lip Magazine. Her writing has appeared in CHEAP POP, Gulf CoastLittle FictionSonora ReviewWigleaf, and elsewhere. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Find her online at or on Twitter @maureenlangloss.

M.G. Leibowitz was born and raised in White Plains, NY. Her poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Boxcar Poetry ReviewCrab Creek ReviewThe Greensboro Review, and Mslexia. She is the recipient of CALYX Journal’s 2016 Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize, the 2018 Geballe Prize for Writing, and the 2018 Urmy/Hardy Poetry Prize. M.G. is an undergraduate at Stanford University.

Zach Linge is the current Assistant Editor and former Online Editor for The Southeast Review. His critical essays are forthcoming or published in African American Review and [Inter]sections Journal, and his poems are published in Sonora ReviewNimrod International Journal, and Permafrost Magazine, among other journals. Linge lives and teaches in Tallahassee.

Dave Lucas is the author of Weather (VQR/Georgia, 2011) which received the 2012 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. In 2018, he was appointed the second Poet Laureate of the State of Ohio. A co-founder of Cleveland Book Week and Brews + Prose at Market Garden Brewery, he lives in Cleveland, where he was born and raised.

Janice Majewski is a poet living in St. Louis. Her work is forthcoming in National Poetry Review and can be found in BlackbirdCincinnati ReviewStockholm Review of LiteratureYes, PoetryEntropyReality Beach, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from George Mason University and is the managing editor for Guesthouse.

Julia Paganelli Marín is the poetry editor for Up North Lit. In addition to her poetry chapbook, Blush Less (Finishing Line Press 2015), her writing is published or forthcoming in BOAAT Journal, Passages North, The Comstock Review, HobartThe Madison Review, and more.

Gail Martin’s book Begin Empty-Handed won the Perugia Press Poetry prize in 2013 and was awarded the Housatonic Prize for Poetry in 2014. The Hourglass Heart (New Issues Prose and Poetry), was published in 2003. She works as a psychotherapist in private practice in Kalamazoo, MI.

Maria Martin is the 2nd Place winner of Narrative’s 2017 30 Below Contest. Her poems have appeared in jubilatcream city reviewSuperstition Review, and elsewhere. She manages the farmers market for the City of North Charleston and serves as Vice-President for the Poetry Society of South Carolina.

Matthew McDade (they/them) is an artist from elsewhere (the small town of East Palestine, Ohio) who conveys emotions to be felt everywhere, and by anyone. Growing up creating, McDade spent hours and hours finding their ethereal, personal creative presence among plenty of toasted-cheese sandwiches and endless packets of printer paper in a one-bedroom apartment with their single mother throughout the early-mid 2000s. And although they eventually stopped making art, McDade turned to it once again at the age of 19 in 2016. Since, they have persevered almost solely for the sake of proving one point to themselves: “I’m alive.”

Michelle Meier is the author of Famous Geranium (Nauset Press, 2015), a recipient of a fellowship at The Saltonstall Foundation, and a Pushcart Prize nominee. Her written work has appeared in The RumpusRadar PoetryPool PoetryDialogistand elsewhere. She is the art editor and associate poetry editor of Foundry Journal. She lives in New York.

Jennifer Metsker’s poetry has been published in BeloitBirdfeastCream City ReviewGulf CoastThe Seattle ReviewRhinowildness, and many other journals. Her audio poetry has been featured on the BBC Radio program Short Cuts. She also writes essays on art, and her most recent piece can be found in the anthology The Shell Game: Writers Play with Borrowed Forms. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she is the Writing Coordinator at the Stamps School of Art and Design.

Lena Moses-Schmitt’s work appears in Best New PoetsIndiana ReviewNinth LetterCincinnati ReviewThe Normal SchoolFoundry,, and elsewhere. She lives in California, where she works in publishing.

Rainie Oet is a nonbinary writer, Editor-in-Chief at Salt Hill, and the author of two books of poetry: Inside Ball Lightning (SEMO Press) and Glorious Veils of Diane (Carnegie Mellon University Press). They are an MFA candidate at Syracuse University, where they were awarded the Shirley Jackson Prize in Fiction. Read more at

Carl Phillips is the author of fourteen books of poetry, most recently Wild Is the Wind (FSG, 2018), and Reconnaissance (FSG, 2015), winner of the PEN USA Award and the Lambda Literary Award. He is also the author of two books of prose: The Art of Daring: Risk, Restlessness, Imagination (Graywolf, 2014) and Coin of the Realm: Essays on the Life and Art of Poetry (Graywolf, 2004), and he is the translator of Sophocles’ Philoctetes (Oxford, 2004). A four-time finalist for the National Book Award, his honors include the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry, the Kingsley Tufts Award, The Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Library of Congress, and the Academy of American Poets. He teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.

Philip Schaefer’s collection Bad Summon (University of Utah Press, 2017) won the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize, and he’s the author of three chapbooks, two co-written with friend and poet Jeff Whitney. He won the 2018 Thomas Morton Poetry Prize published by The Puritan, the 2016 Meridian Editor’s Prize in poetry, and has been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Dailyand in the Poetry Society of AmericaSome poems can be found in Gulf Coast, Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Thrush, Guernica, Salt Hill, Bat City Review, Adroit, Redividerand Passages Northamong others. He tends bar in Missoula, MT.

Simon Shieh is a poet and the Director of InkBeat Arts, an organization that empowers young people through artistic expression. He is also the Editor in Chief of the Spittoon Literary Magazine, which translates and publishes the best new Chinese writers into English. Simon’s work appears in GristPublic Poetry, SoftblowKartika ReviewCALAMITY, and Anomaly Literary Journal, among others.

Madeline Simms is a recent graduate of Knox College from La Grange, IL. In June of 2018, she attended the Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets. This is Madeline’s first publication outside of her alma mater’s Catch Magazine and Cellar Door. Currently, Madeline lives in Navan, Ireland where she is reading, writing, and working as an au pair.

J.J. Starr’s work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Drunken BoatJukedThe Wrath-Bearing Tree, and The Shallow Ends, among others. She studied at the N.Y.U. Creative Writing program in New York, where she was a Veterans Writer’s Workshop Fellow. She lives in Massachusetts.

Kelsi Vanada’s translation of The Eligible Age by Berta García Faet, was published in 2018 by Song Bridge Press. She holds MFAs in Poetry (Iowa Writers’ Workshop) and Literary Translation (The University of Iowa). She translates from Spanish and Swedish, and her poems and translations have been published most recently or are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, The Bennington Review, Court Greenand Anomaly. She is the Program Manager of the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA).

Lauren Winchester was an Edward Albee fellow, and her work has appeared in Passages NorthTYPOBOAAT, and elsewhere. She received her MFA in poetry from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

Jessica Yuan is a Kundiman fellow and Best of the Net nominee, and her poems are published or forthcoming in jubilatBoulevardNinth Letter OnlineAmerican ChordataZone 3, and others. Jessica currently lives in Boston, where she is a graduate student studying architecture at Harvard.

Jihyun Yun is a Korean-American poet from California. A Fulbright Fellow, she received her BA in Psychology from UC Davis and her MFA from New York University. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Bat City ReviewAdroit Journal32 Poems, and elsewhere. She currently lives in Ann Arbor where she is working on her first collection, Some are Always Hungry.