Madeleine Cravens is an M.F.A. Candidate at Columbia University, where she is the Max Ritvo Poetry Fellow. She was the first place winner of Narrative Magazine’s 2021 Poetry Contest and 2020 30 Below Contest, and a semifinalist for the 92 Street Y’s 2021 Discovery Prize. Her writing can be found or is forthcoming in the Brooklyn Rail, the Florida Review, Frontier Poetry, Narrative Magazine, the New Ohio Review, Palette Poetry, and the Washington Square Review. She lives in Brooklyn.

Melissa Cundieff is the author of Darling Nova, selected by Alberto Ríos for the 2017 Autumn House Press Poetry Prize. She teaches at Macalester College and University of Minnesota and is currently writing a book of poems about, among other things, her father’s death in 2020 from Alzheimer’s disease. Her poems, nonfiction, fiction, and drawings have appeared in places such as Best of the Net, Los Angeles Review, Southern Humanities Review, Ninth Letter, and The Adroit Journal. She lives in Saint Paul, MN.

Kim Hyesoon is a distinguished contemporary South Korean poet who lives in Seoul and teaches creative writing at the Seoul Institute of the Arts. Her books have been translated into Chinese, French, German, Dutch, and Swedish, and her English publications include A Drink of Red Mirror, Poor Love Machine, and Autobiography of Death, which won the Griffin Poetry Prize.

Deborah Derrickson Kossmann’s recently completed memoir What We Hold On To is looking for a home. In addition to her essays “Taking a Step Forward” and “Why We Needed a Prenup With Our Contractor” published as “Modern Love” columns in The New York Times, the “Tale of Two Primates” appeared as a Menagerie column in the NYT Opinionator section. She was the winner of the Short Memoir Competition at the 2007 Philadelphia First Person Arts Festival and has also received a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Poetry Fellowship. Her poetry, essays and feature articles have appeared in a range of literary journals and other publications. When she’s not working as a clinical psychologist in full time practice outside Philadelphia, PA, she and her husband are devoted servants to Sofia, a cat with a whole lot of “tortitude.”

Chris Kuriata lives in and often writes about the Niagara Region. His short fiction about elderly poisoners, home-invading bears, and singing fish have appeared in many fine publications such as The Fiddlehead, Grain, Taddle Creek, and The NoSleep Podcast. On Twitter @CKuriata

Jon Lemay is an MFA candidate at Syracuse University, where he is an Editor-in-Chief for Salt Hill Journal. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Juked, Salamander, Hobart, Bodega, Prelude, DIALOGIST and elsewhere—and his reviews have appeared in Barrelhouse and Poetry Northwest. Jon also co-hosts Pat & Jon on Their Best Behavior, a podcast about film and music. You can find him on Twitter @yawnlemay and on Instagram @jonlemay, and you can find more of his work at

Robert Wood Lynn is a poet from Virginia. His debut collection Mothman Apologia (2022 Yale University Press) was selected by Rae Armantrout for the 2021 Yale Younger Poets prize. His work has been featured or is forthcoming in Cincinnati Review, Narrative, New Ohio Review, Michigan Quarterly Review and other publications.

Katie McIvor is a Scottish writer and library assistant. She studied at the University of Cambridge and now lives in England with her husband and two dogs. She is a Staff Reader for The Quiet Reader and her short fiction has recently appeared in, Mythaxis Magazine and Etherea Magazine.

Cindy Juyoung Ok’s recent poems can be found now or soon in Black Warrior Review, Colorado Review, and Denver Quarterly.

Rebecca Poynor is a current MFA candidate in poetry at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her work has appeared in Chestnut Review and Rogue Agent. She is the current managing editor for Blackbird: an online journal of literature & the arts.

Ana Prundaru is a Romanian visual artist, who creates artworks across mediums. Her work appears in Permafrost Magazine, New England Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Cream City Review, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal and Storm Cellar, among others. She currently lives in Zurich, Switzerland.

Ali Shapiro teaches writing to art students in Ann Arbor, MI. These comics are excerpted from a work-in-progress, Surgeons!, a queer melodrama about an ambiguous illness.