Notes on Contributors

Darius Atefat-Peckham is an Iranian-American poet and essayist. His work has appeared in Poem-a-Day, Indiana ReviewBarrow StreetMichigan Quarterly ReviewThe Florida Review and elsewhere. He is the author of the chapbook How Many Love Poems (Seven Kitchens Press). In 2018, Atefat-Peckham was selected by the Library of Congress as a National Student Poet. His work has recently appeared in the anthology My Shadow is My Skin: Voices from the Iranian Diaspora (University of Texas Press). Atefat-Peckham lives in Huntington, West Virginia and currently studies English and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard College.

K. Johnson Bowles’ artworks focus on issues of identity and sexual politics and have been featured in more than 80 exhibitions and 60 publications. She has been awarded fellowships from the NEA, Houston Center for Photography, the Visual Studies Workshop, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Art. She received an MFA from Ohio University and BFA from Boston University.

K-Ming Chang is a Kundiman fellow, a Lambda Literary Award finalist, and a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree. She is the author of the debut novel Bestiary (One World/Random House, 2020). Her short story collection, Gods of Want, is forthcoming from One World on July 10, 2022. She lives with her birds in California.

Jack Christian is the author of the poetry collections Family System (2012 Colorado Prize, Center for Literary Publishing) and Domestic Yoga (2016, Groundhog Poetry Press LLC). Recent essays have appeared in Slackjaw and The Millions. He lives in Denton, Texas.

Andrew Collard’s poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Best New Poets, AGNI, and elsewhere. He lives in Grand Rapids, MI, and is a PhD candidate at Western Michigan University. He is currently the poetry editor for Third Coast.

Lisa Compo is an MFA candidate at UNC – Greensboro. She has poems forthcoming or recently published in journals such as: Rhino, Puerto del Sol, Cimarron Review, Sugar House Review, and elsewhere.

Krysta Lee Frost is a mixed race Filipino American poet who halves her life between the Philippines and the United States. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Likhaan: The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature, The Margins, Berkeley Poetry Review, HobartNashville Review, and elsewhere.

A 2017-2019 Stegner Fellow, JP Grasser is a Doctorow Fellow and PhD candidate at the University of Utah, where he edited Quarterly West. His work was recognized with the inaugural Treehouse Climate Action Poem Prize from the Academy of American Poets and Frontier Poetry’s 2019 Open Prize, among other honors and awards. He lives in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley and serves as an Assistant Editor for 32 Poems.

Becky Hagenston is the author of four story collections, most recently The Age of Discovery and Other Stories, which won The Journal’s Non/Fiction Prize. Her work has been chosen for a Pushcart Prize and twice for an O. Henry Award. She is a professor of English at Mississippi State University. 

Tyler Kline is a high school English teacher living in Pennsylvania. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best New PoetsNashville ReviewThe Southeast Review, and Passages North.

Sam Lane is an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Pittsburgh. He is originally from Valdosta, GA. Although being primarily a poet, Sam has always loved the visual and performative arts. As his interests intersect his work attempts to find compromise between performance poetry and poems made for the page.

Anthony Thomas Lombardi is a Pushcart-nominated poet, activist, and educator. He currently serves as assistant poetry editor for Sundog Lit and is the founder, host, and curator for Word is Bond, a community-centered reading series that raises funds for transnational relief efforts and mutual aid organizations. His work has appeared or will soon in Guernica, Gulf Coast, Colorado Review, North American Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn with his cat, Dilla.

Angie Macri is the author of Underwater Panther (Southeast Missouri State University), winner of the Cowles Poetry Book Prize. Her recent work appears in North American Review, Salamander, and Sugar House Review. An Arkansas Arts Council fellow, she lives in Hot Springs and teaches at Hendrix College.

Olivia Muenz holds an MFA in creative writing from Louisiana State University, where she earned the Robert Penn Warren Thesis Award in prose and served as an editor for New Delta Review. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Black Warrior Review, Salt Hill Journal, Anomaly, Denver Quarterly’s F I V E S, The Boiler, and elsewhere. She currently teaches at Louisiana State University. Find her online at

Steven Pfau is a Los Angeles–based essayist and poet. He received his MFA from the University of Idaho, and his writing appears or is forthcoming on and in Blue Earth ReviewDIAGRAMGuernicaHobartPassages North, and The Shore.

Polley Poer is a writer from Fort Worth, Texas and currently lives in Columbus, Ohio. Her work has appeared in Madeworthy Magazine and Texas’s Emerging Writers (2018). She earned a B.S. from Texas Christian University and is now a graduate fellow in creative writing at The Ohio State University. 

Danni Quintos is the author of Two Brown Dots (BOA Editions, 2022), winner of the 20th A. Poulin Jr. Prize. She is a Kentuckian, a knitter, and an Affrilachian Poet. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry, Cincinnati Review, Cream City Review, Best New Poets 2015, and elsewhere.

Tyler Raso is an MFA Candidate at Indiana University, where they currently act as Nonfiction Editor of the Indiana Review. Their work is featured or forthcoming in DIAGRAM, RHINO, A Velvet Giant, The London Magazine, and elsewhere.

F. Daniel Rzicznek’s books of poetry are Settlers (Free Verse Editions/Parlor Press), Divination Machine (Free Verse Editions/Parlor Press) and Neck of the World (Utah State University Press), and he is coeditor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry: Contemporary Poets in Discussion and Practice (Rose Metal Press). His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Cincinnati Review, Bennington Review, Conjunctions (online), Barrow Street, Prelude, and elsewhere. He teaches writing at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Huma Sheikh is originally from the war torn region of Kashmir. A doctoral fellow in Creative Writing at Florida State University, she’s the recipient of fellowships from Callaloo (Brown University), William Joiner Institute (UMass Boston), University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the East-West Center (Hawaii). She is winner of the Adam M. Johnson Fellowship and Charles Gordone Award. Huma is currently at work on poetry book and memoir. Her work has appeared in Kenyon Review, Cincinnati Review, Rumpus, Prism International, Consequence Magazine, Solstice Literary Journal, Arrowsmith Journal, and others.

Eric Stiefel is a poet and critic living in Athens, Ohio with his dog, Violet.  He teaches at Ohio University, where he is pursuing a PhD.  His recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Apple Valley Review, Prism ReviewPainted Bride QuarterlyTupelo Quarterly, Frontier Poetry, and elsewhere.

Rena Su is a poet from Canada and the author of the chapbook Preparing Dinosaurs for Mass Extinction (ZED Press, 2021). She was born in 2004. 

Paige Sullivan is a poet, writer, and communications professional living in Atlanta. A graduate of the creative writing programs at Agnes Scott College and Georgia State University, her work has appeared or will soon appear in Harpur Palate, Puerto del Sol, Cherry Tree, and other journals.

Corey Van Landingham is the author of Antidote and Love Letter to Who Owns the Heavens, forthcoming from Tupelo Press. She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, and her poems have appeared in American Poetry ReviewBest American Poetry, Boston Review, The New Yorker, and Virginia Quarterly Review. She teaches in the MFA program at the University of Illinois.

Liwen Xu is a writer based in the SF Bay Area. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Boulevard, Waxwing, Sine Theta Magazine, Mangrove Journal, and more. She is a graduate of the Tin House Summer Workshop and a fiction reader at The Rumpus. In her free time, she’s frequently running park trails, exploring new pockets of cities, and curating a haiku food Instagram @bon_appepoetry. You can find some of her work at or @liwendyxu on Twitter.