Issue 53 Contributors

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Animashaun Ameen

Animashaun Ameen is a Nigerian poet and essayist. His writing is mostly centered on memory, sexuality, and identity. He lives and writes from Lagos, Nigeria.

Mary Ardery

Mary Ardery is originally from Bloomington, IN. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Missouri Review’s “Poem of the Week,” Fairy Tale Review, Prairie Schooner, Poet Lore, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

Christopher Bakken

Christopher Bakken is the author of three books of poetry­—most recently, Eternity & Oranges—and the culinary memoir Honey, Olives, Octopus. He teaches at Allegheny College and serves as director of Writing Workshops in Greece: Thessaloniki & Thasos.

Daniel Barnum

Daniel Barnum’s poems and essays appear in or are forthcoming from Muzzle, Bat City Review, The Hopkins Review, The Offing, West Branch, and elsewhere. Their debut chapbook, Names for Animals, came out in March 2020 from Seven Kitchens Press.

Daisy Bassen

Daisy Bassen is a poet and practicing physician who graduated from Princeton University’s Creative Writing Program and completed her medical training at The University of Rochester and Brown. Her work has been published in Oberon, McSweeney’s, and PANK, among other journals. Born and raised in New York, she lives in Rhode Island with her family.

Sébastien Bernard

Sébastien Bernard is a Turkish poet and fiction writer from and based in Istanbul. He was a Poets House Emerging Poets fellow and a finalist for the 2020 Omnidawn Poetry Chapbook Contest. His work appears in Michigan Quarterly Review, Prelude, Black Warrior Review, DIAGRAM, KGB Bar Lit, Stone Pacific Zine, Madness Muse Press, BARAKUNAN, and Nat.Brut.

Daniel Bouchard

Daniel Bouchard’s poetry collections include Spider Drop (Subpress), The Filaments (Zasterle Press), and Some Mountains Removed. His chapbook Art and Nature was published by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2014. Recent poems have appeared in The Nation, The Brooklyn Rail, and BOMB(online).

Eleanor Boudreau

Eleanor Boudreau’s first book, Earnest, Earnest? (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020), won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. Currently, she lives in Tallahassee and teaches writing at Florida State University.

Corey Campbell

Corey Campbell’s short fiction has appeared in StoryThe Gettysburg ReviewColorado Review, and the anthology Buffalo Cactus and Other New Stories from the Southwest. She has received support from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the University of Houston, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In 2021, she was awarded the Larry Levis Postgraduate Prize in Fiction from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.

Lauren K. Carlson

Lauren K. Carlson is the author of the chapbook Animals I Have Killed. A graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, you can find more of her work in Fatal Flaw Literary Magazine, Amethyst Review, and Pleiades: Literature in Context, among others.

Steve Castro

Steve Castro’s poetry is forthcoming in SLICE, Strange Horizons, Dryland, and others. Regarding Blue Whale Phenomena, (Otis Books, 2019), Shari Wagner wrote, “This is an amazing book, an astonishing first collection.”

Sarah Cedeño

Sarah Cedeño’s work has appeared in Brevity, The JournalThe PinchThe Baltimore ReviewThe Rumpus, Bellevue Literary Review, and elsewhere. Sarah holds an MFA from Goddard College and has served as editor of several literary magazines. She teaches writing at SUNY Brockport and lives in a small college town with her husband, two sons, a German Shepherd, and a cranky old cat.

Leigh Chadwick

Leigh Chadwick is the author of the chapbook Daughters of the State (Bottlecap Press, 2021) and the poetry coloring book This Is How We Learn How to Pray (ELJ Editions, 2021). Wound Channels, her full-length poetry collection, and Pretend I Am Real, a novel written in vignettes, will be simultaneously released by ELJ Editions in February of 2022.

Jonathan Russell Clark

Jonathan Russell Clark is the author of An Oasis of Horror in a Desert of Boredom and the forthcoming Skateboard. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the L.A. Times, the Boston Globe, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Nadia Colburn

Nadia Colburn is the author of the poetry book The High Shelf (The Word Works, 2019) and her poetry and prose have appeared in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, EcoTheo, and elsewhere. She is the founder of Align Your Story Writing School and lives in Cambridge, MA, with her husband and two children.

Brittney Corrigan

Brittney Corrigan is the author of the poetry collections Daughters, Breaking, Navigation, and 40 Weeks. Her newest collection, Solastalgia, a collection of poems about climate change, extinction, and the Anthropocene Age, is forthcoming from JackLeg Press in 2022.

Julie A. Cox

Julie A. Cox received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota, where she was awarded the Edelstein-Keller Fellowship in poetry. She has been a finalist for the Loft Mentorship series and the Writers at Work Competition. Her poems have appeared in American Literary Review, Cream City Review, Hanging Loose, Juke Joint Magazine, Water~Stone, and elsewhere.

Lynn Gao Cox

Lynn Gao Cox is from North Carolina and is currently a master’s student studying applications of artificial intelligence to medicine. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, among others.

Gareth Culshaw

Gareth Culshaw lives in Wales. He has two collections by FutureCycle: The Miner and A Bard’s View. He is a current MA student at Manchester Met.

Christopher DeWeese

Christopher DeWeese is the author of three books of poems. He lives in Decatur, GA.

Justina Elias

Justina Elias has published in Room Magazine, The Puritan, Sportliterate, and elsewhere. She has been twice longlisted for the CBC Short Story Prize and selected as a finalist for Glimmer Train’s 2018 Fiction Open and Narrative Magazine’s Spring 2017 Story Contest. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph and works at Munro’s Books in Victoria, B.C.

Sara Elkamel

Sara Elkamel is a poet and journalist living between her hometown, Cairo, and NYC. She holds an MA in arts journalism from Columbia University, and is an MFA candidate in poetry at New York University. Her poems have appeared in The Common, Michigan Quarterly Review, Four Way ReviewThe Cincinnati Review, The Los Angeles Review, and as part of the anthologies Best New Poets and Best of the Net, among other publications. She is the author of the chapbook Field of No Justice (African Poetry Book Fund & Akashic Books, 2021).

Lauren Green

Lauren Green’s work has been featured in American Short Fiction, Conjunctions, The Adroit Journal, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers and is currently the Lamar Smith Fellow at the Carson McCullers Center in Georgia.

Charlotte Gross

Charlotte Gross works outside on traditionally Washoe, Nisenan, and other tribal land. When she’s not watching for fires from a Sierra Nevada lookout, she’s Nordic ski patrolling, mountain bike guiding, leading backpacking trips, and facilitating writing workshops that connect people with their landscapes. She is a fiction finalist in Narrative Magazine’s 30 Below Contest and The Masters Review Flash Fiction Contest. You can read her stories in Whitefish Review, Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, Green Mountains Review, The Hopper, and elsewhere.

Amanda Hope

Amanda Hope lives in eastern Massachusetts with her partner and cats. A graduate of Colgate University and Simmons College, she works as a librarian. Her chapbook, The Museum of Resentments, was published by Paper Nautilus in 2020.

Jia Jia

Jia Jia is a multi-media artist. She works primarily in installation and incorporating sculpture, video, and performance. Her practice uses satire and humor to imagine everyday objects anew. The work questions how globalization and a technologically saturated society influence the ideology of the individual and how the individual behaves in a society filled with contradiction and stimulation. Having studied and worked between China and the United States, Jia Jia’s artistic practice is influenced by the countries’ contrasting socialization and cultural differences. She earned her BFA in Ceramics from China Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2016 and MFA in Sculpture from University of Washington in 2021. She was a resident with California State University, Long Beach. In 2020, she was the recipient of the Boyer and Elizabeth Bole Gonzales Scholarship.

Kamal E. Kimball

Kamal E. Kimball is an Ohio poet. On the editorial team for Muzzle Magazine, her work has been published or is forthcoming in Crazyhorse, Sweet, New South, Phoebe, Hobart, Juked, Cloudbank, Forklift, Ohio, and elsewhere. She teaches English at The Ohio State University.

Hilary King

Originally from Virginia, Hilary King is a Pushcart-nominated poet now living in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. Her poems have appeared in Minerva Rising, Belletrist, Fourth River, PANK, The Cortland Review, SWIMM, and other publications. She is the author of The Maid’s Car, a book of poems.

Vera Kroms

Vera Kroms is the author of The Pears of Budapest (Red Mountain Press) and Necessary Harm (Finishing Line Press). A computer programmer who worked in financial and educational industries, Vera studied with Lucie Brock-Broido for many summers. She now lives in Arlington, MA, with her husband and cat.

Seth Leeper

Seth Leeper is a queer poet. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Anti-Heroin Chic, The Summerset Review, Always Crashing, The Lickety-Split, and others. He lives and teaches in Brooklyn, NY.

Jon Lemay

Jon Lemay is an MFA candidate at Syracuse University, where he has served as an Editor-in-Chief for Salt Hill Journal. His work has appeared in Juked, Prelude, Bodega, 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.

Deirdre Lockwood

Deirdre Lockwood is a poet and fiction writer based in Seattle. Her poems have appeared in 32 Poems, Poetry Northwest, The Threepenny Review, The Yale Review, and elsewhere. She has an MFA in poetry from Boston University and a PhD in oceanography.

Alejandro Lucero

Alejandro Lucero is a writer from Sapello, NM, by way of Denver. He serves as an assistant editor for Copper Nickel. Winner of the 2021 Iris N. Spencer Poetry Award and a semifinalist for the 2021 Adroit Prize for Poetry, his most recent work is forthcoming in The Offing, The Pinch, and Salt Hill, where he was a finalist for the Philip Booth Prize, judged by Matt Rasmussen.

Minadora Macheret

Minadora Macheret is a PhD Candidate in Poetry at the University of North Texas. Her work has appeared in Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Rogue Agent, Connotation Press, and elsewhere. She is the author of the chapbook Love Me, Anyway (Porkbelly Press, 2018).


MA|DE (est. 2018) is a collaborative writing entity, comprising multidisciplinary artist Mark Laliberte and writer Jade Wallace, whose poetry has appeared in Vallum, PRISM International, Poetry Is Dead, and elsewhere. MA|DE’s most recent chapbooks are A Trip to the ZZOO (Collusion Books, 2020) and A Barely Concealed Design (Puddles of Sky Press, 2020).

Erin Malone

Erin Malone is the author of Hover (Tebot Bach) and a chapbook, What Sound Does It Make (Concrete Wolf). She is an editor, teacher, and bookseller living in Seattle. Her new manuscript, Site of Disappearance, was a National Poetry Series finalist and is looking for its forever home.

Katie Marya

Katie Marya is a writer and translator originally from Atlanta, GA. Her first full-length poetry collection, Sugar Work, was the Editor’s Choice for the 2020 Alice James Book Award and will be published in June 2022. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Karen McPherson

Oregon poet Karen McPherson is the author of Skein of Light (2014) and Sketching Elise (2012). Her work has appeared in journals, including Beloit Poetry Journal and Cincinnati Review. She worked for several years as an editor in the Airlie Press poetry collective.

A. Molotkov

A. Molotkov’s poetry collections are The Catalog of Broken Things, Application of Shadows, Synonyms for Silence, andFuture Symptoms (forthcoming from The Word Works). His memoir A Broken Russia Inside Me, about growing up in the USSR and making a new life in America, is due out in 2022 from Propertius. Molotkov’s collection of ten short stories, Interventions in Blood, is part of Hawai’i Review Issue 91; his novel The Escaping Truthis also due out in 2022. He co-edits The Inflectionist Review.

Simone Muench

Simone Muench is a recipient of an NEA poetry fellowship, the Kathryn A. Morton Prize, and a Meier Foundation for the Arts Award. She has authored several books, including Wolf Centos (Sarabande), and Suture (Black Lawrence), co-written with Dean Rader.

Tawanda Mulalu

Tawanda Mulalu was born in Gaborone, Botswana. He is the author of Nearness, forthcoming from The New Delta Review. He mains Ken in Street Fighter.

Christopher Nelson

Christopher Nelson is the author of Blood Aria (U of Wisconsin Press) and three chapbooks. He is the founder and editor of Under a Warm Green Linden and Green Linden Press, a non-profit publisher dedicated to excellent poetry and reforestation.

Gillian Parrish

Gillian Parrish is the author of two books of poems, of rain and nettles wove and supermoon. Her fiction, poems, and essays have been published or are forthcoming in journals such as Gulf Coast, Cimarron Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Newfound, The Sycamore Review, as well as in anthologies out from Black Lawrence Press and Wesleyan University Press. A graduate of the MFA writing program at Washington University in St. Louis, she now serves as assistant professor in the MFA program in Lindenwood University. On odd holidays like solstice, equinox, May Day, etc., she launches issues of spacecraftproject, an online journal of poems and stories that also features interviews with artists working with words, sound, movement, paint and pixel, light, and land.

Jessica Bell Rizzolo

Jessica Bell Rizzolo is a conservation scientist who holds a joint PhD in Sociology and Environmental Science and Policy from Michigan State University. Her academic writing has been featured in Global Ecology and Conservation, Society & Animals, Crime, Law and Social Change, Science, and elsewhere. Her poetry has appeared in Artis Natura and Memorious.

Amy Roa

Amy Roa is a poet from Brooklyn, NY. Her poetry has appeared in The Yale Review, The Idaho Review, The Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere. She is currently working on her first poetry collection.

Anna V. Q. Ross

Anna V. Q. Ross’s most recent book, Flutter, Kick, won the 2020 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award and is forthcoming from Red Hen Press in 2022. Her work has received fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation and the Massachusetts Cultural Council and has appeared in Harvard ReviewThe NationThe Southern Review, and elsewhere. She is the poetry editor for Salamander and lives with her family in Dorchester, MA, where she runs the performance series Unearthed Song & Poetry and raises chickens.

Brandon Rushton

Brandon Rushton is the author of The Air in the Air Behind It (Tupelo Press, forthcoming 2022), selected by Bin Ramke as the winner of the 2020 Berkshire Prize. His writing has received awards from Gulf Coast, Ninth Letter, and has been listed as notable by Best American Essays. He lives and teaches in Grand Rapids, MI.

Susan Shaw Sailer

Susan Shaw Sailer lives in Morgantown, WV. She has published three books of poetry, most recently The Distance Beyond Sight, and two chapbooks, as well as book reviews of the poets Maggie Anderson, Jan Beatty, and Judith Vollmer.

Mary Ann Samyn

Mary Ann Samyn’s most recent collection of poetry is Air, Light, Dust, Shadow, Distance,  2017 winner of the 42 Miles Press Prize. She teaches in the MFA program at West Virginia University.

Mervyn R. Seivwright

Mervyn R. Seivwright is from a Jamaican family and was born in London. His work has appeared in AGNI, The American Journal of Poetry, African American Review, and 37 other journals. Mervyn was a 2021 Pushcart Prize nominee, and currently lives in Schopp, Germany.

Anindita Sengupta

Anindita Sengupta is the author of Walk Like Monsters (Paperwall, 2016) and City of Water (Sahitya Akademi, 2010). She was a Charles Wallace fellow (Kent, UK) and has received awards from Muse India and TFA India. Her work is in several anthologies and journals such as Folio, Up the Staircase, Plume, Feral, One, Ice Floe Press, Perhappened, and others. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Carrie Shipers

Carrie Shipers’s poems have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, New England Review, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, and other journals. She is the author of four poetry collections, most recently, Grief Land (University of New Mexico, 2020).

Nicole Simonsen

Nicole Simonsen’s short stories have appeared in Booth, Tin House Online, Washington Square Review, and elsewhere. She teaches at a high school in Sacramento, CA.

Pablo Piñero Stillmann

Pablo Piñero Stillmann has been the recipient of Mexico’s two top grants for young writers: The Foundation for Mexican Literature and The National Fund for Culture and Arts. His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in, among other journals, Bennington Review, Sycamore Review, Mississippi Review, Blackbird, and Washington Square Review. He is the author of a novel, Temblador (Tierra Adentro, 2014) and a short story collection, Our Brains and the Brains of Miniature Sharks (Moon City Press, 2020).

Glenn Stowell

Glenn Stowell lives in Medford, MA, and works as an emerging markets healthcare analyst. His translations of Yan Jun’s poems were published by Vagabond Press as a collection called You Jump to Another Dream. Glenn’s work has been featured in Weber, Green Mountains Review, Poetry International, and other journals.

Elizabeth Sylvia

Elizabeth Sylvia (she/her) is a writer of poems and other lists who lives with her family in Massachusetts, where she teaches high school English and coaches debate. Elizabeth’s work is forthcoming or has recently appeared in Mom Egg Review, Slipstream, Crab Creek Review, Pleiades, and a bunch of other wonderful journals. She is currently working on a verse investigation of the writer Elizabeth Barstow Stoddard.

Aneska Tan

Aneska Tan is a student from Singapore. Her work appears or is upcoming in Lunch Ticket and Rust + Moth, among other journals. She also edits for Body Without Organs.

Inez Tan

Inez Tan is the author of This Is Where I Won’t Be Alone: Stories, which was a national bestseller in Singapore. As a recent Kundiman fellow, she has won the Academy of American Poets Prize, and her writing has been featured in Rattle, Hyphen, The Rupture, and Fairy Tale Review. She holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan and an MFA in poetry at the University of California, Irvine.

Artress Bethany White

Artress Bethany White is a poet, essayist, and literary critic. She is the recipient of the Trio Award for her poetry collection My Afmerica (Trio House Press, 2019), and author of the essay collection Survivor’s Guilt: Essays on Race and American Identity (New Rivers Press, 2020). She is associate professor of English at East Stroudsburg University and nonfiction editor at the Boston-based literary magazine Pangyrus.

Jackie K. White

Jackie K. White has collaborative poems published in Pleiades, American Poetry Review, Denver Quarterly, Bennington Review, Hobart, and others. Her collaborative chapbook, Hex & Howl, co-written with Simone Muench, was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2021.

Kathleen Winter

Kathleen Winter’s poetry collections are Transformer (Word Works 2020), I will not kick my friends, and Nostalgia for the Criminal Past. Her latest chapbook, Cat’s Tongue, is forthcoming in 2022 from Texas Review Press. Her poems and short fiction have appeared in The New Republic, The New Statesman, Five Points, Michigan Quarterly Review, and AGNI.

Robert Wrigley

Robert Wrigley most recent book is Nemerov’s Door, a collection of essays, mostly about poetry. A new collection of poems, The True Account of Myself as a Bird, will appear in June 2022 from Penguin.

Meg Yardley

Meg Yardley lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in publications including SWWIM, Bodega Magazine, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Mom Egg Review, and the Women’s Review of Books.


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