Notes on Contributors

Geoff Anderson curated Columbus, OH’s first poetry shows for biracial writers (The Other Box), translation (Lingua Franca), and immigration (New World). He’s a Callaloo fellow and his chapbook, Humming Dirges, won Paper Nautilus’s Debut Series (2017). He is assistant poetry editor with Flypaper Mag, and he has work on or forthcoming in The Normal School Online, RHINO, Southern Indiana Review, and

Scott Brennan is a photographer, writer, and educator living in Miami, Florida. His work has been exhibited in a number of venues, most recently at the Swenson and Audrey Love galleries. His writing and photo essays have appeared in a number of magazines, including Smithsonian, the Berkeley Journal of SociologyHarvard Review, the Carolina Quarterly, and elsewhere. He is an associate artist at the Bakehouse Art Complex as well as a member of the Void Projects Photography Collective in Miami.

Laura Bylenok is the author of Warp (2015), winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize, and a/0 (2014). Her poetry appears in Crazyhorse, Ninth Letter, Pleiades, and Guernica, among others. She is an assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Erica Cavanagh’s nonfiction has appeared in The Missouri Review, North American Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Gastronomica, Off Assignment, Entropy, and elsewhere. She teaches nonfiction writing and food studies at James Madison University. More of her work may be found at

Safia Elhillo is the author of The January Children (University of Nebraska Press, 2017), which received the the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets and a 2018 Arab American Book Award. She holds an MFA from The New School, a Cave Canem Fellowship, and a 2018 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. In addition to appearing widely in journals and anthologies, her work has been translated into several languages and commissioned by Under Armour and the Bavarian State Ballet. With Fatimah Asghar, she is co-editor of the anthology Halal If You Hear Me (Haymarket Books, 2019).

Gavin Yuan Gao graduated with a BA in Literature and Creative Writing from University of Michigan. His writing was highly commended in the 2018 SLQ Young Writers Award and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His work is forthcoming or has appeared in New England Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, wildness, Hobart, Bodega, and elsewhere.

Rage Hezekiah is a Cave Canem and MacDowell Fellow who earned her MFA from Emerson College. She is a recipient of the Saint Botolph Emerging Artist Award in Literature and was nominated for Best New Poets, 2017. Her recent chapbook, Unslakable, is a 2018 Vella Chapbook Award Winner with Paper Nautilus Press. Stray Harbor, her debut full-length collection of poems, is forthcoming with Finishing Line Press. Rage’s poems have appeared in The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-day, Rattle, Salamander, and several other journals and anthologies. You can find more of her work at

Marlin M. Jenkins was born and raised in Detroit. His poetry and fiction have been given homes by Indiana Review, The Rumpus, Waxwing, and Iowa Review, among others. He teaches writing and literature at University of Michigan, where he earned his MFA in poetry.

A. Loudermilk’s book Strange Valentine won the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, with individual poems in Cream City Review, Gargoyle, Smartish Pace, and Tin House—dating back to the 1990s when Mark Doty introduced him as a new voice in The James White Review. He is also a cultural critic with articles in the Journal of International Women’s Studies, Bright Lights Film Journal, the Writer’s Chronicle, and PopMatters. For over a decade he taught writing and literature at Hampshire College in Amherst and Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. He now works at the local tea shop in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.

Simone Muench is the author of six books, including Wolf Centos (Sarabande, 2014). Her recent, Suture, includes sonnets written with Dean Rader (BLP, 2017). She is an editor of They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing (BLP, 2018) and curator of the HB Sunday Reading Series in Chicago. Additionally, she serves as chief faculty advisor for Jet Fuel Review and as a senior poetry editor for Tupelo Quarterly.

Hera Naguib is a writer from Lahore, Pakistan. Her poems have appeared in The Journal, World Literature Today, Prairie Schooner, Copper Nickel, Southeast Review, among others. She is a former recipient of a fellowship from VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and earned an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, New York. Currently, she resides in Tallahassee where she is pursuing her PhD in Creative Writing from Florida State University.

Linnea Nelson is a writer and editor based in Richmond, Virginia. Recent and forthcoming publications of her work can be found in Seneca ReviewCirqueLITRattle, and Rappahannock Review, among other journals and anthologies. A graduate of Oregon State University’s MFA program, she serves as Associate Editor for Cloudbank Books. Linnea is a Slytherin, but endeavors to be one of the good ones.

Sophie Newman is an MFA candidate at The Ohio State University and the associate editor of reviews and interviews at The Journal.

Karyn Anne Petracca is from New York. She now lives in Wilmington, NC, with her partner, Ken. She also lives with MS. She enjoys wheelchair-accessible frolicking, almost all homemade baked goods, and re-reading Infinite Jest. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Nightjar Review and Map Literary.

Cherene Sherrard is author of the poetry collection Vixen (Autumn House Press) and a chapbook Mistress, Reclining (Finishing Line Press). A Cave Canem fellow, her fiction and poetry have recently appeared in New York Times Magazine, Obsidian III, Verse Daily, Tidal Basin Review, and Los Angeles Review. She teaches in the English Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Samn Stockwell has published in Agni, Ploughshares, and the New Yorker, among others. Her two books, Theater of Animals and Recital, won the National Poetry Series and the Editor’s Prize at Elixir, respectively. Recent poems are in Poet-Lore, The Literary Review, and forthcoming in Gargoyle, Plume, and others. She has an M.F.A. from Warren Wilson College and has taught poetry and English at the New England Young Writer’s Conference, and Community College of Vermont.

Shakthi Shrima‘s work appears or is forthcoming in Best New Poets 2018, The Collagist, Copper Nickel, VINYL, Muzzle Magazine, DIALOGIST, and BOAAT, amongst others. Shakthi Shrima appears or is forthcoming in her unmade bed.

Dujie Tahat is a Filipino-Jordanian immigrant living in Washington state. His poems have been published or are forthcoming in Sugar House Review, The Journal, The Southeast Review, Narrative, Bennington Review, Poetry Northwest, Nimrod, Asian American Literary Review, and elsewhere. Dujie has earned fellowships from Brooklyn Poets, Hugo House, and Jack Straw Writing Program. He serves as a poetry editor for Moss and Homology Lit and cohosts The Poet Salon podcast. He got his start as a Seattle Poetry Slam Finalist, a collegiate grand slam champion, and Seattle Youth Speaks Grand Slam Champion, representing Seattle at HBO’s Brave New Voices.

Jackie K. White is a professor at Lewis University and a faculty advisor for Jet Fuel Review. Recent poems appear in Tupelo Quarterly and Superstition Review along with collaborative poems published or forthcoming in Pleiades, Isthmus, Posit, and Cincinnati Review. She has published three chapbooks and served as an assistant editor for the collaborative anthology, They Said.

Katherine Zlabek, a native of rural Wisconsin, earned her MFA from Western Michigan University, and her PhD from the University of Cincinnati, where she was a Taft Dissertation Fellow and a recipient of an AWP Intro Journals Award. Her story collection, WHEN, winner of The Journal’s 2018 Non/Fiction Collection Prize, is forthcoming from the OSU Press in Fall 2019. Her stories and essays have appeared in Boulevard, The Kenyon Review, Ninth Letter, and other journals. Ricochet Editions published her chapbook, LET THE RIVERS CLAP THEIR HANDS, in 2015. She currently teaches writing and literature in Washington, DC.