Notes on Contributors

Nikki Barnhart is Reviews and Interviews Editor and a third-year MFA candidate in Fiction at The Ohio State University.

Aysel Basci Aysel K. Basci is a writer and literary translator. She was born and raised in Cyprus and moved to the United States in 1975. Aysel is retired and resides in the Washington DC area. Her writing and translations have appeared in the Columbia Journal, Michigan Quarterly Review, Los Angeles Review, Adroit Journal, Aster(ix) Journal, Bosphorus Review of Books and elsewhere.

Stephanie Burt‘s latest book of poems is We Are Mermaids (Graywolf, 2022); her poems and essays appear in the London Review of Books, Rain Taxi, Raritan, and elsewhere. She is Donald and Katherine Loker Professor of English at Harvard.

Christine Byrne is a writer and visual artist from Connecticut. She is currently an MFA candidate at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she won the John Logan Poetry Prize. Her most recent work is forthcoming in the New England Review, Best New Poets, Sugar House Review, and elsewhere.

Abigail Carlson was raised in Ohio and received her M.F.A. from New Mexico State University. Her work has previously appeared in the Rappahannock Review, and she lives with her partner and dog in southeastern Ohio, where she works from home, writes distastefully sad stories, and gasps, “Oh, a bluebird!” every time she sees a bluebird.

Christopher Chambers has lived in North Carolina, Michigan, Minnesota, Florida, Alabama, Texas, Louisiana, and currently works as an editor in Wisconsin. He’s the author of two books of fiction, Delta 88 and Kind of Blue, and his work has appeared in The Southern Review, Fence, The Normal School, Ninth Letter, Best American Mystery Stories, and elsewhere.

Victoria Chang’s forthcoming book of poems, With My Back to the World will be published in 2024 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Her latest book of poetry is The Trees Witness Everything (Copper Canyon Press, 2022). Her nonfiction book, Dear Memory (Milkweed Editions), was published in 2021. OBIT (Copper Canyon Press, 2020), her prior book of poems received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in Poetry, and the PEN/Voelcker Award. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Chowdhury International Prize in Literature. She is the Bourne Chair in Poetry at Georgia Tech.

Chelsea Dingman’s first book, Thaw, won the National Poetry Series (UGA Press, 2017). Her second book, through a small ghost, won The Georgia Poetry Prize (UGA Press, 2020). Her third collection I, Divided, is forthcoming from LSU Press in November 2023. She is also the author of the chapbook, What Bodies Have I Moved (Madhouse Press, 2018). She is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Alberta.Her current work draws on research supported by funding from the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Visit her website:

Dante Di Stefano is the author of four poetry volumes including, most recently, the book-length poem, Midwhistle (University of Wisconsin Press, 2023). His other poetry collections are: Love Is a Stone Endlessly in Flight (Brighthorse Books, 2016); Ill Angels (Etruscan Press, 2019); and Lullaby with Incendiary Device, published in a three-in-one edition titled Generations (Etruscan Press, 2022), also featuring work by William Heyen and H.L. Hix. He co-edited the anthology Misrepresented People (NYQ Books, 2018). and lives in Endwell New York with his wife, Christina, their daughter, Luciana, their son, Dante Jr., and their goldendoodle, Sunny.

Cristi Donoso is an Ecuadorian American writer whose work has been published by The Threepenny Review, The Cincinnati Review, PANK, Catapult, and others. She was a 2021-2022 PEN/Faulkner Writer in Residence and a 2022 Best of the Net finalist. Her first collection of poetry was a finalist for the Andrés Montoya Prize at University of Notre Dame Press. Born in Quito, she lives with her family outside Washington, DC.

Mara Hampson is a queer artist living in the Boston area. They dabble in various mediums, such as podcasting, polymer clay, and watercolors.

Abbie Kiefer‘s work is forthcoming or has appeared in Boulevard, The Cincinnati Review, Ninth Letter, Ploughshares, Poetry Northwest, Shenandoah, The Southern Review, and other places. She was a 2022 and 2023 semifinalist for the 92Y Discovery Prize. Find her online at

Jay Kophy is a Ghanaian poet and the author of Maceration (African Poetry Book Fund / Akashic Books, 2023) and Walking on Water (Library of Africa and the African Diaspora / Light Factory Publications, 2021). His poems have been featured and are forthcoming in literary magazines such as AGNI, Lolwe, FourWay Review, Indianapolis Review, Glass Poetry, Tampered Press, and many others. He is also the first prize recipient of the 2020 Samira Bawumia Literature Prize in poetry and a co-founder and managing editor for the Contemporary Ghanaian Writers Series (CGWS).

Christine Lai grew up in Canada and lived in England for six years during graduate studies. She holds a PhD in English Literature from University College London. Landscapes was shortlisted for the inaugural Novel Prize. Christine currently lives in Vancouver.

Sharon Lin is a poet and essayist. Her work appears and is forthcoming in The New York Review of Books, DIAGRAM, Denver Quarterly, The Offing, and elsewhere. She lives in New York City.

Tingyu Liu was born in Huaian, China, grew up in Miami, and has worked across Los Angeles, Munich, and Cambridge, MA in the life sciences. Her poetry has been published in The Normal School, Four Way Review, Borderlands, Bodega, and elsewhere. She has degrees from Pomona College and MIT.

Robert Wood Lynn is a poet from Virginia. His debut collection Mothman Apologia (Yale University Press, 2023) was the winner of the 2021 Yale Younger Poets Prize and the 2023 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. A 2023 NEA Creative Writing Fellow, his work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Poetry Daily, Poetry Magazine, The Yale Review and other publications.

Jamaal May is the author of Hum and The Big Book of Exit Strategies (Alice James Books). Individual poems appear nationally and internationally, being translated into multiple languages. He is the recipient of numerous honors including The Spirit of Detroit Award, The Benjamin Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, American Library Association’s Notable Book Award, and two finalist nods for the NAACP Image Award. Jamaal hopes his work can serve as a bridge between interior landscapes and various communities.

Freesia McKee (she/her) writes about the influence of personal and collective histories on how we experience place. Freesia’s writing practice includes poetry, hybrid-genre work, lyric essay, memoir, flash fiction, book reviews, and literary criticism. Freesia grew up in Milwaukee, earned an MFA in poetry at Florida International University, and currently serves as an Assistant Professor of English at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She welcomes you to connect with her at

Charlie Peck is from Omaha, Nebraska and received his MFA from Purdue University. His poetry has appeared previously in Cincinnati Review, Ninth Letter, Massachusetts Review, and Best New Poets 2019, among others. His first collection, World’s Largest Ball of Paint, is the winner of the 2022 St. Lawrence Book Award from Black Lawrence Press and is forthcoming April 2024.

Deon Robinson is a third year MFA candidate in Poetry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an Afro-Latino momma’s boy from Bronx, NY. He has poems upcoming in The Journal and the Southeast Review. He has received fellowships from Brooklyn Poets, the Hurston Wright Foundation for Black Writers, and the Dream Yard Radical Poetry Consortium.

Andie Sheridan is a trans Chinese American poet currently living in Boston. He is a MFA candidate at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he explores a poetic practice interested in creating new forms as a way of creating new queer worlds. Andie’s work has been featured in Hobart Pulp, Mass Poetry, and The Ekphrastic Review, among others.

Mandy Shunnarah (they/them) is an Alabama-born, Palestinian-American writer who now calls Columbus, Ohio, home. Their essays, poetry, and short stories have been published in The New York Times, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, and others. Their first book, Midwest Shreds: Skating Through America’s Heartland, is forthcoming from Belt Publishing. Read more at

Mary Simmons is a queer writer from Cleveland, Ohio. She is a poetry MFA candidate at Bowling Green State University, where she is the managing editor for Mid-American Review. She has work in or forthcoming from One Art, Moon City Review, tiny wren lit, Yalobusha Review, Whale Road Review, and others.

Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar (1901-1962) was a Turkish poet, novelist, literary scholar and essayist, widely regarded as one of the most important representatives of modernism in Turkish literature. He was a professor of aesthetics, mythology and literature at the University of Istanbul. Although he died 60 years ago, his writing and poetry remains very popular. His novel, The Time Regulation Institute, is considered one of the best novels in Turkish literature. With this novel, Tanpınar became one of the two Turkish novelists whose works are published by Penguin Classics.

Gina Twardosz (she/her) is a writer based in Chicago, IL. Her work is exceedingly personal, often satirical, and with an eye cast to the side for the strange or whimsical. She writes across genres, often melding them, with a body of work that boasts CNF, poetry, flash, and hybrid pieces. Her work has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. When not writing, she can be found watching movies with her cat, Radar.

Julie Marie Wade is a member of the creative writing faculty at Florida International University in Miami. A winner of the Marie Alexander Poetry Series and the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir, her collections of poetry and prose include Wishbone: A Memoir in Fractures, Small Fires: Essays, Postage Due: Poems & Prose Poems, When I Was Straight, Same-Sexy Marriage: A Novella in Poems, Just an Ordinary Woman Breathing, and Skirted. Her collaborative titles include The Unrhymables: Collaborations in Prose, written with Denise Duhamel, and Telephone: Essays in Two Voices, written with Brenda Miller. Wade makes her home in Dania Beach with her spouse Angie Griffin and their two cats. Her newest projects are Fugue: An Aural History, out now from New Michigan Press, and Otherwise: Essays, selected by Lia Purpura for the 2022 Autumn House Press Nonfiction Book Prize, out now from Autumn House.

Lee Welch creates gestural, atmospheric paintings that attest to the psychical and emotional depths of his chosen subjects and map out delicate negotiations between beauty, desire, and the painted image. Depicting figures from his own milieu, as well as from history, literature, music, and tennis, Welch finds feeling in that which he depicts, always rendered with the intensity of his particular humanism; a close looking akin to love. In each subject’s specificity, the artist reveals the universal feelings that connect us to each other, and that stretch from our present moment back through time. Born in Kentucky and based in Dublin, Welch’s work has been featured in numerous institutions including Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University; The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC), León, Spain and Kerlin Gallery, Dublin.

王潇/Evan Wang is the first Youth Poet Laureate of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in RHINO, Rust + Moth, COUNTERCLOCK Journal, and elsewhere. He is the 2023 Jacklyn Potter Young Poet and the editor-in-chief of Hominum Journal. His work has been featured at and recognized by Button Poetry, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Philadelphia Contemporary, and Wawa Welcome America.

Rose Zinnia (she/they) is an autistic lesbian writer, editor, & designer living in Cleveland, Ohio. She is the recipient of the 2022 Ninth Letter Literary Award in Poetry, the 2022 Vera Meyer Strube Poetry Award from the Academy of American Poets, & the 2021 Kraft-Kinsey Award/Residency from the Kinsey Institute. Her poetry manuscript, anarchic womb, was a finalist for the 2022 Nightboat Poetry Prize. Her writing appears or is forthcoming in Sycamore Review, Split This Rock, Gulf Coast, The Academy of American Poets, Ninth Letter, & West Branch, among others. Her work has been supported by the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop (Poetry) & the Tin House Summer Workshop (Fiction). She has taught creative writing & literary editing/publishing at Indiana University.

Tina Zhu writes from NYC. Her work has appeared in X-R-A-Y, Sundog Lit, and The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, among other places. She can be found at

M Jaime Zuckerman is the author of two poetry chapbooks, most recently Letters to Melville (Ghost Proposal, 2018) and the co-translator of My Lemon Tree (Spuyten Duyvil, 2023). Her essays and poems appear in Houseguest, Grist, Fairy Tale Review, Hunger Mountain, Palette, Prairie Schooner, Southern Humanities Review, and other journals. She is the recipient of a 2020 St. Botolph Society Emerging Artist award and has had her work featured in Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. M Jaime grew up in the woods but now lives and teaches in Boston, MA.