Sheila Squillante is the author of the poetry collection, Beautiful Nerve. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in places like Copper Nickel, Waxwing, Indiana Review and North Dakota Quarterly. She teaches in the MFA program in creative writing at Chatham University, where she edits The Fourth River, a journal of nature and place-based writing. From her dining room table, she edits the blog at Barrelhouse.
Willy Palomo is the son of two immigrants from El Salvador. They is a McNair Scholar, Macondista, and a Frost Place Latin@ Scholar. They has performed their poetry (inter)nationally at the National Poetry Slam, CUPSI, and V Festival Internacional de Poesía Amada Libertad in El Salvador. Their book reviews and creative writing have been featured in Best New Poets 2018, Latino Rebels, Muzzle, The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States, and more. Their first collection of poetry is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in 2020. Follow them @palomopoemas and www.palomopoemas.com.
Darla Mottram resides in Portland, Oregon, where she works as a florist and teaches poetry. You can find out more about her work at darlamottram.net. She is also the creator of Gaze, an online literary journal interested in the intersection between seeing and being seen.
Susan Grimm has been published in Poetry East, The Cincinnati Review, The Journal, and Blackbird. Her chapbook Almost Home was published in 1997. In 2004, BkMk Press published Lake Erie Blue, a full-length collection. In 2010, she won the inaugural Copper Nickel Poetry Prize. In 2011, she won the Hayden Carruth Poetry Prize and her chapbook Roughed Up by the Sun’s Mothering Tongue was published. In 2014, she received her second Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grant.
Ori Fienberg’s poetry, essays, and short stories appear or are forthcoming in many venues including Always Crashing, Cincinnati Review, Essay Daily, Okay Donkey Magazine, Pank, and SurVision Magazine. A graduate of the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program, Ori develops resources to support academic integrity for Northeastern University and lives in Evanston, IL. Read more at orifienberg.com.
A writer and book artist working in both text and image, Kristy Bowen is the author of a number of chapbook, zine, and artists book projects, as well as eight full-length collections of poetry/prose/hybrid work, including Salvage (Black Lawrence Press, 2016) and Major Characters in Minor Films (Sundress Publications, 2015). She lives in Chicago, where she runs dancing girl press & studio. Her seventh collection Little Apocalypse is due out from Noctuary Press in late 2018.
Wren Hanks is the author of The Rise of Genderqueer, a 2018 selection for Brain Mill Press's Mineral Point Poetry Series and a finalist for Gold Line Press's chapbook contest. A 2016 Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Fellow, his work has been anthologized in Best New Poets and recently appears in Foglifter, Waxwing, ANMLY, and elsewhere. He is also the author of Prophet Fever (Hyacinth Girl Press), an Elgin Award finalist, and co-edited Curious Specimens (Sundress Publications). He lives in Brooklyn, and you can find him on twitter at @suitofscales.
Canese Jarboe is the author of dark acre (Willow Springs Books, 2018). Their poems have appeared in Willow Springs, TYPO, Indiana Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, and elsewhere. Canese currently lives and teaches in Louisiana.
Halee Kirkwood is pursuing an MFA at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and is a descendant of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe. Their work has been published in Cream City Review, Midwest Gothic, Poetry City, USA, Strange Horizons, and Dawn, With Arms Full Of Roses: An Anthology of Queer Joy.
Jennifer Martelli is the author of My Tarantella (forthcoming, Bordighera Press), as well as the chapbook, After Bird (Grey Book Press, 2017). Her work has appeared or will appear in The Sycamore Review, Sugar House, Superstition Review, Thrush, and Tinderbox Poetry Journal. Her prose and artwork have been published in Five-2-One, The Baltimore Review, and Green Mountains Review. Jennifer Martelli has been nominated for Pushcart and Best of the Net Prizes and is the recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in Poetry. She is a poetry editor for The Mom Egg Review.
Aya Satoh received her MFA in poetry at the University of Montana. She has been published in Anomaly’s folio Radical: Avant Garde Poets of Color and has work forthcoming in Bennington Review.
David Joez Villaverde is a Peruvian American multidisciplinary artist with forthcoming or recently published work in Crab Fat Magazine, Occulum, Mortar Magazine, Dream Pop Press, Moonchild Magazine, Ellipsis Zine, The Fanzine, formercactus, and Unlost Journal. He resides in Detroit and can be found at schadenfreudeanslip.com or on Twitter @academicjuggalo
Sara Wainscott is the author of Queen of the Moon (dancing girl press, 2017). Her work appears in DIAGRAM, The Journal Petra, Powder Keg, BOAAT, Fairy Tale Review, The Collapsar, Dream Pop Journal, and elsewhere. She co-curates Wit Rabbit, an inter-genre reading series in Chicago.
Douglas Luman is a co-founder of Container, art director at Stillhouse Press, head researcher at appliedpoetics.org, a book designer, and digital human. His first book, The F Text, was released in fall 2017 on Inside the Castle.
Kim Parko is the author of Cure All (Caketrain Press, 2010) and The Grotesque Child (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2016), which was the co-winner of the Tarpaulin Sky Press 2015 book prize. She lives with her husband and daughter in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is an associate professor at the Institute of American Indian Arts.
Kailey Tedesco is the author of She Used to be on a Milk Carton (April Gloaming Publishing) and These Ghosts of Mine, Siamese (Dancing Girl Press). She is the editor-in-chief of Rag Queen Periodical and a staff writer for Luna Luna Magazine. She also performs with the Poetry Brothel. Her work has been featured in Phoebe Journal, OCCULUM, Bad Pony, Electric Literature, Faerie Magazine, and more.
Ela Rhodes Thompson is second-year MFA candidate at George Mason University. They are the editor-in-chief of hellscape press & poetry editor of So to Speak, a feminist literary journal. A few of their honors include the winner of the 2017 Mark Craver Poetry Award & finalist of the 2016 Jane Lumley Prize. Their current work has been featured or is forthcoming in Juked, DELUGE, Hermeneutic Chaos, Spy Kids Review, & elsewhere.
Lenni Sanders is a writer and performer in Manchester, UK, whose poetry has appeared in The Tangerine, Butcher's Dog, The Emma Press Anthology of Love, and is forthcoming in Eyewear's Best New British and Irish Poets 2018.
Bertha Isabel Crombet is a soon to be MFA graduate from Florida International University. She was born in a tiny town on a hill about 15 miles from Santiago, Cuba, but she's been living in Miami for twenty years. She has been published in Jai-Alai Magazine and has forthcoming work in Black Warrior Review. She's also received the Academy of American Poets prize in 2018. Additionally, she's a hot sauce connoisseur and a collector of fortune cookies. The fortune inside the cookie, not the cookie itself. This is important to note.
Mary Biddinger is the author of five full-length poetry collections, most recently Small Enterprise and The Czar (both from Black Lawrence Press). Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Bad Pony, Diode, Gold Wake Live, The Laurel Review, and Tinderbox Poetry Journal, among others. She lives in Akron, Ohio, where she teaches at the University of Akron & NEOMFA program and edits the Akron Series in Poetry.