Notes on Contributors

Hussain Ahmed is a Nigerian poet and environmentalist. His poems are featured or forthcoming in Kenyon Review, POETRY, Transition Magazine and elsewhere. He is the author of a chapbook, Harp in a Fireplace (Newfound 2021) and an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Mississippi.

nicole v basta‘s poems have found homes in Ploughshares, Waxwing, Plume, Crazyhorse, Ninth Letter, etc. She is the author of the chapbook V, the winner of The New School’s Annual Contest and the chapbook the next field over, forthcoming from Tolsun Books in 2022.

Prince Bush reads poetry for TriQuarterly and lives in Nashville, TN. He was a Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets fellow, and he graduated from Fisk University as an Erastus Milo Cravath Presidential Scholar. 

Hazem Fahmy is a Pushcart-nominated writer and critic from Cairo. He runs Zam Zoum, a monthly newsletter on Substack. He is currently pursuing his MA in Middle Eastern Studies and Film Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. His debut chapbook, Red//Jild//Prayer won the 2017 Diode Editions Contest. A Kundiman and Watering Hole Fellow, his poetry has appeared, or is forthcoming in Apogee, AAWW, The Boston Review and The Offing. His performances have been featured on Button Poetry and Write About Now.

Gina Franco is the author of The Accidental (2019 CantoMundo Poetry Prize, University of Arkansas Press) and The Keepsake Storm (University of Arizona Press). She has new work appearing or forthcoming with American Poetry Review, AGNI, Image, Narrative, and 2020 The Orison Anthology. She teaches at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.

Matthew Gellman holds an MFA from Columbia University. His poems are featured in Poetry Northwest, The Common, the Nashville Review, Ninth Letter, the Missouri Review and elsewhere. A recipient of an Academy of American Poets prize and a Brooklyn Poets fellowship, Matthew was a finalist for Narrative Magazine‘s Tenth Annual Poetry Contest and was included in Narrative‘s “30 below 30” list. He currently lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Hunter College and the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Mónica Gomery is the author of Here is the Night and the Night on the Road (Cooper Dillon Books, 2018), and the chapbook Of Darkness and Tumbling (YesYes Books, 2017). She is the winner of the 2020 Minola Review Poetry Contest, and has been a nominee for Pushcart Prizes and Best of the Net. Her poetry can be found most recently as a Poetry Foundation Poem of The Day, and forthcoming in Foglifter and Black Warrior Review. Read more at

Cameron Gorman is pursuing their MFA at Ohio State University. They are the reviews editor for The Journal and have been published in The Rumpus and Hobart Pulp. 

Valyntina Grenier is a poet and visual artist. Her tête-bêche chapbook Fever Dream / Take Heart, was published by Cathexis Northwest Press, January 2020. Her work can be found in, Impossible Beast: Queer Erotic Poems, High Shelf Press, Global Poemic, Impermanent Earth, Lana Turner and Bat City Review. Find her at or Insta @valyntinagrenier.

Morgan Hamill is a disabled poet and a graduate student in English Literature at Penn State, where she has been awarded a McCourtney Family Distinguished Graduate Fellowship. In 2019, she was a poetry semi-finalist in Nimrod’s Francine Ringold Awards for Emerging Writers. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Cimarron Review, Copper Nickel, and The Southern Review.

Adam Hanover has an MA from the University at Buffalo and an MFA from Emerson College. His poems appear in The Innisfree Poetry Journal, Juniper: A Poetry Journal, The Opiate, and elsewhere. He lives outside Boston with his wife and their young son.

Arah Ko is a writer from Hawai’i. Her recent work has appeared in Fugue, Ruminate, Rust+Moth, and New Reader Magazine, among others. She is an MFA in creative writing candidate at The Ohio State University in Columbus. When not writing, Arah can be found correcting her name pronunciation or tending a jungle of house plants. Catch her at

Mia Ayumi Malhotra is the author of Isako Isako, a California Book Award finalist and winner of the Alice James Award, the Nautilus Gold Award, a National Indie Excellence Award, and a Maine Literary Award. She is the recipient of the Hawker Prize for Southeast Asian Poetry and the Singapore Poetry Prize. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family, where she tends a garden. 

Carmina Masoliver is a London poet, and founder of She Grrrowls feminist arts nights. She has been sharing her poetry on both the page and the stage for over a decade, and her latest book Circles is published by Burning Eye Books (2019). Carmina was long-listed for the Young Poet Laureate for London award in 2013, the inaugural Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowships in 2017 and the Out-Spoken Prize in Performance Poetry 2018. Alumni of the Roundhouse Poetry Collective, she has featured at nights and festivals including Bang Said the Gun, Latitude, Bestival and Lovebox both as a collective and individually. @carminamasoliver

Jordan Taliha McDonald is a essayist, critic, cultural worker, and (sometimes) poet from Seat Pleasant, Maryland.  Her work has appeared in Vulture, The Offing, Artsy, Africa is a Country, The Believer, Blacks Rule, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and more. She is a graduate student at Harvard University studying Black literature(s) and rhetoric, among other things. She is famously an Aries.

Keith F. Miller, Jr. is an award-winning educator, artist-researcher, author, and producer (queer)in(g) the Deep South whose work explores masculinity, sexuality, intimacy, and art as a form of resistance, transformation, and healing through trauma. Founder of The Pillow Talk Project and Healing By Any Means, LLC. he works to power people, projects, and research through arts, media, and culture for the purpose of narrative and systems change. Keith has been profiled in Scalawag, Savannah Magazine, and AfroPunk and his creative work is featured/forthcoming in Proem, Post Journal, The English Journal, Strangers in Different Ink (2016), and /masc: Conversations on Modern Masculinity. Keith is an M.F.A candidate in Creative Writing at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY. 

A poet and multimedia artist, Diana Khoi Nguyen is the author of Ghost Of (Omnidawn 2018). In addition to winning the 92Y “Discovery” / Boston Review Poetry Contest, 2019 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and Colorado Book Award, she was also a finalist for the National Book Award and L.A. Times Book Prize. A Kundiman fellow, she is core faculty in the Randolph College Low-Residency MFA and an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

Carolyn Orosz lives and writes in Northern California. She received her MFA from University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was managing editor for Devil’s Lake. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Sixth Finch, Southeast Review, Foundry, Nashville Review, DIAGRAM, and elsewhere. She is a poetry reader for the Adroit Journal.

Macey Phillips is pursuing her MFA at the Ohio State University. She is also the managing editor for The Journal. Her short stories have appeared in J Journal, The Pinch Journal, and The Broadkill Review.

A. Prevett (they/them) is the author of the chapbook Still, No Grace (Madhouse Press, 2021). Their recent poetry has appeared in West Branch, DIAGRAM, and Colorado Review, among other journals. They are pursuing an MFA in poetry from Georgia State University, where they edit the journal New South. You can find them online at or on Twitter under the handle @a_prevett.

Grace Q. Song is a Chinese-American writer residing in New York. Her poetry and fiction have been published or are forthcoming in Storm Cellar, Crab Creek Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, Passages North, PANK, and elsewhere. A high school senior, she enjoys listening to ABBA and classical music. She will be attending Columbia University in fall 2021. 

Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya is a lesbian writer of essays, short stories, and pop culture criticism living in Miami. She is a fiction editor at TriQuarterly and a writer for Autostraddle. Her short stories have been published or are forthcoming in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Catapult, The Offing, and Fugue Literary Journal. Her pop culture writing can be found in The Cut, The A.V. Club, Vulture, Refinery29, Vice, and more. She attended the 2020 Tin House Summer Workshop for short fiction and is an upcoming fellow for Lambda Literary’s Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices.

Brandy E. Underwood is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at California State University, Northridge, where she specializes in African American literature and culture. 

Laura Villareal, a 2020-2021 Stadler Fellow, is the author of the poetry chapbook The Cartography of Sleep (Nostrovia! Press, 2018). Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Grist, AGNI, Black Warrior Review, Waxwing, and elsewhere.

Kelly Weber is the author of the debut poetry collection We Are Changed to Deer at the Broken Place (Tupelo Press, 2022) and the chapbook The Dodo Heart Museum (Dancing Girl Press, 2021). Her work has received Pushcart nominations and has appeared or is forthcoming in The Laurel Review, Brevity, The Missouri Review, Cream City Review, Palette Poetry, Southeast Review, Passages North, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Colorado State University and lives in Colorado with two rescue cats. More of her work can be found at

Elle Wheeler lives in Ohio with her children. 

Raphael Williams is a poet pursuing their BA in physics and creative writing at NYU. Their work has appeared in BLANK magazine, Prometheus Dreaming, and the Stardust Review.

Aurelia Wills’s work has appeared in North American Review, The Common, The Kenyon Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, CALYX, and other journals and anthologies. Two of her stories have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. Her young adult novel Someone I Wanted to Be was published by Candlewick Press. She teaches creative writing at the Loft in Minneapolis and volunteers with MN350.

Emily Yin studies computer science and poetry at Princeton University. Her work is published in or forthcoming from the Indiana Review Online, diode poetry journal, Rust + Moth,  Glass: A Journal of Poetry, and The Margins, among others. Find her online at and on Twitter @emilyyin16.