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Ally Ang is a gaysian poet and editor based in Seattle. Their work is published in Columbia Journal, ANMLY, Bellingham Review, The Journal, and elsewhere. Ally is the recipient of fellowships and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Artist Trust, and the Jack Straw Writers Program. Find them at allysonang.com or on Twitter and Instagram: @TheOceanIsGay.
Kathryn Bratt-Pfotenhauer is the author of the collection Bad Animal (Riot in Your Throat, 2023) and the chapbook Small Geometries (Ethel, 2023.) The recipient of a Pushcart Prize, their work has been published or is forthcoming in Giving Room Mag, The Missouri Review, The Adroit Journal, Crazyhorse, Poet Lore, Beloit Poetry Journal, and others. They attend Syracuse University’s MFA program.
Claudia Buckholts’ third book, Travelers on Earth, will be published by Main Street Rag Publishing Company in Spring 2023. She received Creative Writing Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Massachusetts Artists Foundation, and the Grolier Prize. Her poems have appeared in Indiana Review, Minnesota Review, New American Writing, Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, Verse Daily, and elsewhere.
Eliana Chow is an American-born Chinese writer and editor from Pennsylvania, currently living in Chicagoland. She received her bachelor’s degree in English Writing from Wheaton College, IL. Her work has appeared in Honey Literary.
Richard Collins has been the abbot of Peakless Mountain Shoreless River Temple since 2016, now with two branches: New Orleans Zen Temple and Stone Nest Zen in Sewanee, Tennessee. His poetry and translations from Romanian have appeared in Southern Humanities Review, Exquisite Corpse, Asylum Annual, Negative Capability, and elsewhere. His books include No Fear Zen (2015) and a translation of Taisen Deshimaru’s Autobiography of a Zen Monk (2022).
Sharon Denmark is an artist and writer from the southern part of Virginia. Her written work has recently appeared in Marrow Magazine and Many Nice Donkeys. Her visual work can be seen at www.460arts.com and is forthcoming in 3Elements Review.
Jonathan Diaz is a Chicano poet and educator from Los Angeles, California. He received an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Notre Dame and has taught rhetoric, composition, and great books courses at Biola University, the University of Southern California, and Baylor University, where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in English Literature. Diaz’s poetry can be found in Latino Book Review, Rock & Sling, and American Literary Review. He currently lives in Texas with his wife, Abigail.
Sean Thomas Dougherty‘s most recent book is The Dead are Everywhere Telling Us Things, selected by Nickole Brown and Jessica Jacobs for the Jacar Press Full Length Book Poetry Prize. He works as a Caregiver and Medtech on the south shore of Lake Erie.
Jo Angela Edwins is poet laureate of the Pee Dee region of South Carolina, where she lives and teaches at Francis Marion University. She has published poems in various journals and anthologies, and her chapbook Play was published in 2016. She has received awards from Winning Writers, Poetry Super Highway, and the SC Academy of Authors and is a Pushcart Prize, Forward Prize, and Bettering American Poetry nominee.
Cass Garison is a poet and artist with work published in Gulf Coast, Poets.org, Bennington Review, Foglifter, and others. They were the 2019 Frontier-Antioch Fellow, and won the Academy of American Poets Prize and Joan Grayston Award from University of Washington. Find them at CassGarison.com.
Shirley Geok-lin Lim’s poems have been widely anthologized and published in The Hudson Review, Feminist Studies, Virginia Quarterly Review, etc., featured by Bill Moyers & Tracey K. Smith, and set to music. She is the recipient of the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, two American Book Awards, MELUS and Feminist Press Lifetime Achievement Awards, and has authored 11 poetry collections, three novels, The Shirley Lim Collection, and three story collections.
Tony Gloeggler is a life-long resident of NYC and managed group homes for the mentally challenged for over 40 years. His work has appeared in Rattle, New Ohio Review, and Crab Creek Review. His most recent book, What Kind of Man (NYQ Books), was a finalist for the 2021 Paterson Poetry Prize and long listed for Jacar Press’ Julie Suk Award.
Dan Grote is an incarcerated writer and the author of two chapbooks of poetry: We Are All Doing Time (Iniquity Press/Vendetta Books, 2023) and The Sum Total of My Mistakes (Between Shadows Press, 2022).
Nadine Hitchiner is a German poet and author of the chapbook Bruises, Birthmarks & Other Calamities (Cathexis Northwest Press, 2021). She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and a 2023 Best of the Net Finalist. Her work has been published in ANMLY, The Lumiere Review, Bending Genres, and others. She lives in her hometown with her husband and their dog. Find her on Twitter: @nadinekwriter.
Luke Johnson’s poems can be found at Kenyon Review, Narrative Magazine, Florida Review, Frontier, Cortland Review, Nimrod, Thrush and elsewhere. His manuscript in progress was recently named a finalist for the Jake Adam York Prize, The Levis through Four Way Press, The Vassar Miller Award and is forthcoming fall 2023 from Texas Review Press. You can find more of his poetry at lukethepoet.com or connect at Twitter: @Lukesrant.
Francesca Leader is a self-taught writer originally from Western Montana. She has poetry published in the Harpy Hybrid Review, Frost Meadow Review, Pluiva Litmag, A Thin Slice of Anxiety, the Stoneboat Literary Journal, and elsewhere. Her translation of an ancient Japanese poem won the Society of Classical Poets 2021 Poetry Translation Competition. Find her on IG and Twitter: @moon.in.a.bucket/ mooninabucket
Natalie Marino is a poet and physician. Her work appears in Atlas and Alice, Gigantic Sequins, Isele Magazine, Mom Egg Review, Plainsongs, Pleiades, Rust + Moth, West Trestle Review and elsewhere. Her chapbook, Under Memories of Stars, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press (June 2023). She lives in California.
Julián Martinez (he/him) is the son of Mexican and Cuban immigrants and is from Waukegan, IL. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Peach Mag, Prolit, Barrio Panther and elsewhere. His work has received the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Find him online @martinezfjulian.
R.S. Mengert holds an MFA in poetry from Syracuse University. His work has appeared in Poor Yorick, Exacting Clam, Bureau of Complaint, Gargoyle, The California Quarterly, Pensive, SurVision, Zymbol, Maintenant, Poetry is Dead, ABZ, Four Chambers, The Café Review, Fjords, San Pedro River Review, and Enizagam. He lives in Tempe, Arizona.
Megan Merchant is the author of three full-length poetry collections with Glass Lyre Press: Gravel Ghosts (2016), The Dark’s Humming (2015 Lyrebird Award Winner, 2017), and Grief Flowers (2018), Her latest book is Before the Fevered Snow (Stillhouse Press, 2020). She is the editor of Pirene’s Fountain. You can find her poetry and artwork at meganmerchant.wix.com/poet.
A former carpenter, Dan Murphy teaches at Boston University. Recent poems have appeared in Sugar House Review, Slipstream, Terrain.org, TAB Journal, and The Indianapolis Review. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two daughters.
Robert Okaji holds a BA in history, served without distinction in the U.S. Navy, and no longer owns a bookstore. His most recent chapbook, Buddha’s Not Talking, won the 35th Annual Slipstream Press Chapbook competition, and his poetry has appeared in venues such as Verse Daily, Threepenny Review, Crannóg, Vox Populi, MockingHeart Review, The Evergreen Review and elsewhere.
Andrew Payton graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing and Environment from Iowa State University in 2014. His poetry has been published in The Journal, Poet Lore, Mid-American Review, Rattle, and elsewhere, and won the James Hearst Poetry Prize from North American Review. Born and raised in Landover Hills, Maryland, he works as a learning designer and climate advocate and lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia with his partner and children.
Kailee Pedersen‘s poetry has appeared in They Rise Like A Wave (Blue Oak Press), Sonora Review, and others. In 2015, she received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Nebraska Arts Council, and has additionally received two Pushcart Prize nominations. A graduate of Columbia University with a B.A. in Classics, she was adopted from Nanning in 1996. Her debut novel, Sacrificial Animals, is forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press.
Alison Pelegrin is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Our Lady of Bewilderment and Waterlines, both with LSU Press. The recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Louisiana Board of Regents, she is writer-in- residence at Southeastern Louisiana University.
The poetry and prose of Robert L. Penick have appeared in well over 100 different literary journals, including The Hudson Review, North American Review, Plainsongs, and Oxford Magazine. The Art of Mercy, his first full-length collection, is forthcoming from Hohm Press. More of his work can be found at theartofmercy.net.
Sage Ravenwood is a deaf Cherokee woman residing in upstate NY with her two rescue dogs, Bjarki and Yazhi, and her one-eyed cat Max. She is an outspoken advocate against animal cruelty and domestic violence. Her work can be found in The Temz Review, Contrary, The Rumpus, Massachusetts Review, ANMLY, Jelly Bucket, Colorado Review, 128 Lit, and more. Her book, Everything That Hurt Us Becomes a Ghost, is forthcoming from Gallaudet University Press (Fall 2023).
Jennifer Reeser is the author of seven books of poetry. Her most recent is Strong Feather, Able Muse Press, March 2023. A biracial writer of European/ Native American Indian heritage, she has been included in Random House, London’s Everyman’s Library, and in many other anthologies. Her work has appeared in Poetry, Rattle, The Hudson Review, and elsewhere. Her website is jenniferreeser.com.
Peter Sagnella lives with his family in North Haven, CT, where he teaches Composition, Poetry, and Environmental Literature. A Pushcart nominee and Edwin Way Teale Writer-in-Residence, his work has appeared journals such as Cold Mountain Review, Wild Roof, Cagibi, and New Limestone Review. His chapbook, Coming to Terms, is forthcoming from Cathexis Northwest Press.
Andrew Schelling lives in the foothills along Colorado’s Front Range, studying languages, ecology and animal tracks. He writes poetry and essays, and translates poems of ancient India. His most recent poetry collection is The Facts at Dog Tank Spring. He is the author of Tracks Along the Left Coast: Jaime de Angulo & Pacific Coast Culture and eight volumes of poetry translated from Sanskrit and related tongues. He teaches poetry and the Sanskrit language at Naropa University in Boulder.
Tiffany Smalls received her BA in Creative Writing from SUNY Potsdam. Currently residing in Rome, New York, she divides her time between being a coordinator at the Turning Stone Casino and making handcrafted jewelry. Her work has appeared in publications by Paragon Press, Firewords Magazine, Beatific Magazine, Poets’ Choice, and Genre: Urban Arts.
Danny Shot’s WORKS was published by CavanKerry Press (2018). He is an Associate Editor of A Gathering of the Tribes and was featured on the television show State of the Arts, NJ. Danny lives in Hoboken, NJ, where he is poet-in- residence of the Hoboken Historical Museum. He was the longtime publisher and editor of Long Shot arts and literary magazine, which he founded along with Eliot Katz in 1982 in New Brunswick, NJ. Check out his website dannyshot.com.
Wally Swist’s books include Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love (Southern Illinois University Press, 2012), selected by Yusef Komunyakaa for the 2011 Crab Orchard Open Poetry Competition, and A Bird Who Seems to Know Me: Poems Regarding Birds and Nature, winner of the 2018 Ex Ophidia Poetry Prize. His recent work has appeared in Chicago Quarterly Review, Hunger Mountain: Vermont College of Fine Arts Journal, The Montreal Review, Poetry London, and Scoundrel Time.
Born and raised in Singapore, Norashiqin Toh is now based in New York City, where she is pursuing a PhD in political science. Previously, she studied poetry writing as an undergraduate. Her poems have been published in Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, A Luxury We Cannot Afford, and Akar Magazine.
Alex Tretbar won the 2022 PEN America Prison Writing Contest in Poetry, and was a finalist for the 2021 PEN/Edward Bunker Prize in Fiction. His poems and nonfiction appear in or are forthcoming from Bat City Review, Poetry Northwest, Meridian, Buckmxn Journal, HAD, Southeast Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri.
Bunkong Tuon is a Cambodian-American writer and critic. He is the author of Gruel, And So I Was Blessed (both published by NYQ Books), The Doctor Will Fix It (Shabda Press), and Dead Tongue (Yes Poetry). His prose and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in New York Quarterly, Copper Nickel, The Lowell Review, Massachusetts Review, The American Journal of Poetry, carte blanche, Diode Poetry Journal, Paterson Literary Review, Consequence, among others. He teaches at Union College, in Schenectady, NY.
Juanita Rose Violini has lived most of her life in one of the two valleys bordering the Canadian Rocky Mountains: in the Bow Valley in Banff, AB, and in the Columbia Valley. Her art reflects the connection between the day-to-day world, which is solid, and the shifting world of subtle energy, which it rests upon. She currently resides in Invermere, BC. Find her art at artfromtheoutpost.com
Fred Voss has been a machinist for 45 years and written about it for 36. His latest book is SOMEDAY THERE WILL BE MACHINE SHOPS FULL OF ROSES (Smokestack Books, 2023).
Dare Williams is a Queer HIV-positive poet and literary worker rooted in Southern California. A 2019 PEN America Emerging Voices Fellow, he has received support for his work from John Ashbury Home School, The Frost Place, Brooklyn Poets, Bread Loaf, Tin House, and Vermont Studio Center. Dare’s poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and Best American Poets. His work has been featured or is forthcoming in Foglifter, Frontier, Poetry Northwest and elsewhere. He is an associate poetry editor at Hooligan Magazine and is currently an MFA student at Warren Wilson College. Follow him at Darewilliams.com.
Cassandra Whitaker (they/them) is a trans writer from Virginia whose work has been published in Michigan Quarterly Review, The Mississippi Review, Foglifter, Bennington Review, Conjunctions, Evergreen Review, and other places. They are a member of the National Book Critics Circle and an educator.
Ellen June Wright consulted on guides for three PBS poetry series. Her work was selected as The Missouri Review’s Poem of the Week in June 2021, and is a Cave Canem and Hurston/Wright alumna who received six Pushcart Prize nominations between 2021 and 2022. Follow her on Twitter @EllenJuneWrites.
Cooper Young is a cyber security consultant, mathematician, and poet who hails from Santa Cruz, California. His most recent work has appeared in the California Quarterly, Hawai’i Pacific Review, and Urthona. His chapbook, Sacred Grounds, was published by Finishing Line Press in May 2020. More information can be found at coopergyoung.com.
Alfonso Zapata is pursuing an MFA in poetry at The University of Kentucky, and has attended The University of Toledo and The University of Southern Mississippi, where he obtained his master’s degree in poetry. He has previously received the Jim Lawless IV Poetry Prize, and the 2022 University of Kentucky MFA Poetry Award.