Dostena Anguelova is a poet, anthropologist, and journalist. She is the author of three volumes of poetry and has been published and translated widely throughout Europe. She holds a PhD in International Relations and is the author of the influential political nonfiction text, Experts of Transition.
Rishee Batra spends much of his time writing. Other activities include gazing, meandering, and slumbering. He is starting an MFA in poetry at Northwestern University this fall.
William Lowell Blair was born in Iowa, and now lives in Paris. He has also been published by The Spectacle and Little Village Iowa City.
Kai River Blevins is a genderqueer/femme poet, writer, and cultural worker living in Oregon. Xe loves being queer, (coloring) books, flowers, punk, public displays of emotion, and social theory. Xe has work at Voicemail Poems, pnk prl, and My Kid Is Gay. Say hello to xem on Instagram: @kairiverblevins.
Elizabeth Bryer is an Australian translator and writer. In 2017 she was awarded a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant to work on Aleksandra Lun’s The Palimpsests. Her book-length translations include Claudia Salazar Jiménez’s Blood of the Dawn, winner of the 2014 Las Américas Prize. She is currently translating Mónica Ojeda’s Silva’s Disfigurement as part of a PhD, and is also translations editor at TLB’s flagship quarterly, The Lifted Brow, and its book imprint, Brow Books.
Kristin Chang lives in NY and reads for Winter Tangerine. She is the recipient of a 2019 Pushcart Prize, and her work has been published or is forthcoming in Bettering American Poetry Vol. 3, The Rumpus, The Offing, wildness, and elsewhere. Her debut chapbook Past Lives, Future Bodies is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press (October 2018). She is located at kristinchang.com and on Twitter @KXinming.
Samuel Cheney is from Centerville, Utah. He is a 2018 Sewanee Writers’ Conference MFA scholar, and his poems are forthcoming in Copper Nickel, Narrative, Western Humanities Review, Whiskey Island, and Forklift, Ohio. A teacher and MFA candidate in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University, he lives in Baltimore.
Emily Cinquemani is a recent graduate of the MFA program at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her poetry has recently appeared in 32 Poems and Meridian.
Adam DesJardins is a photographer and arts fanatic who is interested in capturing glimpses of this odd planet and its people. Adam shoots mainly film photography, is a 2018 Documenting Detroit Fellow, and lives in Detroit. You can find him on Instagram @nogoodverybadadam, or at www.adamdesjardins.com.
Teresa Dzieglewicz is an educator and Pushcart Prize-winning poet. She received her MFA from Southern Illinois University, where she received the Academy of American Poets Prize. She has received fellowships and residencies to the New Harmony Writer’s Workshop, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, and the NY Mills Arts Retreat. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in the Pushcart Prize XLII, Beloit Poetry Journal, Sixth Finch, Ninth Letter, THRUSH, RHINO, and elsewhere.
María José Ferrada (Temuco, Chile, 1977) is a journalist and writer. Her children’s books have been published all over the Spanish-speaking world as well as in Italy, Brazil, and Japan. For her children’s books, Ferrada has been awarded numerous prizes, such as the City of Orihuela Premio de Poesía, the Cuatrogatos Foundation Award, the 2013 Academia Award for the best book published in Chile, the 2014 Municipality of Santiago Award, and the Marta Brunet Award in 2014. Kramp (2017), which explores Chile’s social fabric through the portrayal of a changing labor market and the ghosts left behind by the years of the dictatorship, is her first adult novel.
Erika Goodrich is a graduate student at the University of South Florida. She was second runner-up for the 2017 Spoon River Poetry Contest. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in CALYX Journal, The Pinch Journal, The Boiler Journal, The Waccamaw Journal, and The New Limestone Review, among others. She holds a BA in Creative Writing & Literature from William Paterson University and an MLS from The University of Buffalo.
Holly Karapetkova is a writer and translator based in Virginia. Her poetry, prose, and translations from the Bulgarian have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Alaska Quarterly Review, RHINO, and many other places. Her second book, Towline, won the Vern Rutsala Poetry Prize and was published by Cloudbank Books.
Jeff Kass is a teacher of English and Creative Writing at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, MI and the founder of the Literary Arts Program at Ann Arbor’s Teen Center The Neutral Zone. Hs debut poetry collection My Beautiful Hook-Nosed Beauty Queen Strut Wave was published in 2014 and his second collection Teacher/Pizza Guy is forthcoming in 2019. His short story collection Knuckleheads won the Gold Medal as Independent Publishers Best Short Fiction Collection of 2011 and Takedown, his debut thriller, was published in 2017.
Jennifer Key is the author of The Old Dominion (University of Tampa Press). She currently holds a John and Renée Grisham Fellowship in poetry at the University of Mississippi. Her work has appeared in Callaloo, Tupelo Quarterly, The Antioch Review, and Poetry Daily. Her honors include a Diana Middlebrook Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin and a Henry Hoyns Fellowship at the University of Virginia.
Dong Li was born and raised in P.R. China. He is an English-language poet and translates from the Chinese, English, and German. He’s the recipient of a PEN/Heim Translation Grant and fellowships from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Ledig House Translation Lab, Henry Luce Foundation/Vermont Studio Center, Yaddo and elsewhere.
Rainie Oet (formerly Jacob) is the author of the chapbooks No Mark Spiral (CutBank Books, 2018) and With Porcupine (winner of the 2015 Ruby Irene Prize from Arcadia Press). Their work appears in The Adroit Journal, Poetry Review, jubilat, Colorado Review, and Sycamore Review, among other publications. They are an MFA candidate in Poetry at Syracuse University, where they were awarded the Shirley Jackson Prize in Fiction. Say hi at rainieoet.com.
Sophia Parnok was a queer Russian-Jewish poet, journalist, translator, and librettist who lived from 1885 to 1933. She published literary reviews under the name Andrei Polianin. At a time when Stalin’s government termed homosexuality a disease, Sophia Parnok wrote openly of her romantic relationships with women, including the poet Marina Tsvetaeva. Parnok’s works remained censored until 1979, when an edition of her collected poems was published in the United States. Despite the strength of her work and her influence on the poetry of her contemporaries (Tsvetaeva, Akhmatova, Pasternak, Mandelstam, etc.), Parnok remains relatively unread and unknown.
Maggie Queeney is the author of settler, winner of the 2017 Baltic Writing Residency Poetry Chapbook Contest. Her recent work is found or forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review, Fugue, The Fairytale Review, The Cincinnati Review, Bennington Review, and Poetry Northwest. She reads and writes in Chicago.
Michelle Ross is the author of There’s So Much They Haven’t Told You (2017), which won the 2016 Moon City Press Short Fiction Award. Her fiction has recently appeared in CRAFT Literary, New World Writing, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, Tahoma Literary Review, TriQuarterly, and other venues. She’s fiction editor for Atticus Review. www.michellenross.com
Walker Rutter-Bowman is a fiction writer living in Ithaca, New York. A graduate of Syracuse University’s MFA program, he was a 2017 resident at the Ucross Foundation and a 2016 Edward Albee Fellow. His fiction and criticism have appeared in Tin House Online, Harvard Review, and Full Stop.
Dave Sims After 30+ years of teaching writing and literature in colleges, universities, military bases, and prisons from Alaska to Louisiana, he retired to the mountains of central Pennsylvania where he now dwells and creates. His recent comix appear in Nashville Review, Gigantic Sequins and Swamp Ape. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matthew Sumpter is the author of Public Land (University of Tampa Press, 2018), which won the Anita Claire Scharf Award. His poems have previously appeared in magazines such as the New Yorker, New Republic, and Best New Poets 2014, and his fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train. Winner of the Crab Orchard Review Special Issues Feature Award and the Zocalo Public Square Poetry Prize, he received his MFA from The Ohio State University, and his PhD in Creative Writing from Binghamton University. He currently teaches academic and creative writing at Rutgers University, where he is an Assistant Director of the Writing Program and Director of the Livingston Writing Center.
Asha Thanki writes, works, and dances in Washington, D.C. Her work has appeared in Catapult, Cosmonauts Avenue, The Spectacle, Hyphen, and more. For her fiction, she was nominated for the 2018 PEN American/Robert J. Dau prize. Find her on Twitter: @ashathanki.
Amie Whittemore is the author of the poetry collection Glass Harvest (Autumn House Press). Her poems have won multiple awards, including a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, and have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Sycamore Review, Smartish Pace, Cimarron Review, and elsewhere. She teaches English at Middle Tennessee State University.
Lizabeth Yandel is a writer and musician based in San Diego, CA and originally from Chicago, IL. She is currently completing a lyric novella about the city of New Orleans, and is an MFA Candidate at San Diego State University. Her work can be found in Rattle Magazine, Lumina Journal, and Popshot Magazine, and it was chosen as runner up for the 2018 Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry.
Zhu Zhu was born in Yangzhou, P.R. China. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, essays, and art criticism. He’s the recipient of Henry Luce Foundation Chinese Poetry Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center and the Chinese Contemporary Art Award for Critics. He was also a guest at the Rotterdam and Val-de-Marne International Poetry Festivals. He lives in Beijing.