Issue 55 Contributors

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“In Dreams II” by Ruth Marie

Porsha Monique Allen

Porsha Monique Allen received her MFA in poetry from Queens University of Charlotte in 2021. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Scalawag Magazine, Rattle, Belle Ombre, Blood Orange Review, Protean Magazine, Apricity Press, Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, and elsewhere.

Diego Báez

Diego Báez is a writer, educator, and abolitionist. He is the author of Yaguareté White, forthcoming from University of Arizona Press (2024). He lives in Chicago and teaches at the City Colleges.

Christine Barkley

Christine Barkley is an artist and writer based in the Pacific Northwest. Her writing explores themes of chronic illness, trauma, and nature. Christine’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Massachusetts Review, Rust & Moth, and Autofocus, among others.

nicole v basta

nicole v basta’s poems have found homes in Ploughshares, Waxwing, Plume, Crazyhorse, North American Review, and The Cortland Review. She is the author of the chapbook V, the winner of The New School’s Annual Contest, and the author of the chapbook the next field over, out now from Tolsun Books.

Caleb Bouchard

Caleb Bouchard lives in Atlanta, GA. His writing has recently appeared in The Atlanta Review, MORIA, Rejection Letters, Unbroken, and other journals. His translations of the French poet Jacques Prevel have appeared in AzonaL, Black Sun Lit, and Poet Lore.

Despy Boutris

Despy Boutris’s writing has been published in Copper Nickel, Guernica, Ploughshares, Crazyhorse, Agni, American Poetry Review, Gettysburg Review, and elsewhere. She serves as Editor-in-Chief of The West Review.

Hannah Bridges

Hannah Bridges is a North Carolina writer whose four younger siblings find their way into her work in both grief and gratitude. She received an MFA from UNC-Wilmington, and her words have appeared in The Southeast Review, The Atlanta Review, The Shore, and others.

Ana María Caballero

Ana María Caballero is a first-generation Colombian-American poet and artist. Her work has won the Beverly International Prize for Literature and Colombia’s José Manuel Arango National Poetry Prize. She’s been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and has been a finalist for the Academy of American Poets Prize. Her poems question romanticized motherhood and notions that present female sacrifice as a virtue.

Xochiquetzal Candelaria

Xochiquetzal Candelaria’s book Empire was published by University of Arizona Press. Her work has appeared in The Nation, Tin House, New England Review, Seneca Review, and other magazines. She is currently living in Pontevedra, Spain.

Makensi Ceriani

Makensi Ceriani is a writer and arts administrator on the East Coast. Makensi received a BA/MA in English with Creative Writing from Penn State and an MFA in Poetry from Virginia Tech. Previous positions include Managing Editor for The New River, Poetry Editor for The Minnesota Review, and Guest Judge for Virginia Tech’s 2021 Play- writing Contest. Publications have appeared or are forthcoming at, Iron Horse Review, Nixes Mate Review, and elsewhere.

Karen Sherk Chio

Karen Sherk Chio (she/her) is an MFA candidate in Poetry at the University of New Orleans. Her work has appeared in CALYX Journal, SmokeLong Quarterly, and Thimble Literary Magazine, among others. She lives in the Boston area with her family.

Hannah Corrie

Hannah Corrie is a poet and early childhood educator living in New York. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in Four Way Review, Atticus Review, Live Mag, and Posit.

Dallas Crow

Dallas Crow is a high school English and photography teacher in Minnesota. His work has recently appeared in Blue Earth Review, Florida Review, Lake Effect, Louisiana Literature, and Tar River Poetry. His chapbook, Small, Imperfect Paradise, is available from Parallel Press.

Patrick Davis

Patrick Davis writes poetry, essays, literary criticism, and reviews. He is a lifetime voting member of the National Book Critics Circle and is the publisher at Unbound Edition Press. His recent work has been featured in Kenyon Review, Harvard Review, Rain Taxi Review of Books, Gertrude Press, Great River Review, and Provincetown Arts.

Dana Delibovi

Dana Delibovi is a poet, essayist, and translator. Her work has appeared in After the Art, Apple Valley Review, Bluestem, Ezra Translations, Moria, Noon, Psaltery & Lyre, and other journals. She is consulting poetry editor for the e-zine Cable Street.

Mark Doyle

Mark Doyle is a professor of history at Middle Tennessee State University. He is the author of three books on Irish, British, and British Empire history, most recently a social history of the English rock band the Kinks. His fiction has appeared in Maudlin House and Pangyrus.

Barbara Duffey

Barbara Duffey is a 2015 NEA Literature Fellow in poetry and the author of two poetry collections, most recently Simple Machines (The Word Works, 2016), which won the 2015 Washington Prize. An associate professor of English at Dakota Wesleyan University, she lives in Mitchell, SD.

Iris Jamahl Dunkle

Iris Jamahl Dunkle is an award-winning literary biographer and poet and former Poet Laureate of Sonoma County, CA. Her latest books include the biography Charmian Kittredge London: Trailblazer, Author, Adventurer (University of Oklahoma Press, 2020) and her poetry collection West : Fire : Archive (The Center for Literary Publishing, 2021).

Robert Long Foreman

Robert Long Foreman’s most recent books are Weird Pig and I Am Here to Make Friends. He lives in Kansas City.

Rebecca Foust

Rebecca Foust’s ONLY (Four Way Books 2022) has a Publisher’s Weekly starred review. Recognitions include Pablo Neruda, CP Cavafy, and James Hearst poetry prizes, and fellowships from Hedgebrook, MacDowell, and Sewanee. She has new poems in Ploughshares and POETRY.

Brandel France de Bravo

Brandel France de Bravo is the author of Provenance and Mother, Loose. Her poems and essays have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, The Cincinnati Review, Conduit, Copper Nickel, The Georgia Review, Gulf Coast, The Seneca Review, and elsewhere.

David Greenspan

David Greenspan is the author of One Person Holds So Much Silence (Driftwood Press) and the chapbook Nervous System with Dramamine (The Offending Adam). He’s a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Southern Mississippi.

S.D. Horvath

S.D. Horvath’s poems have recently appeared in Bennington Review, Poetry Northwest, Gulf Coast, Denver Quarterly, and other journals. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Southern California.

Jenny Irish

Jenny Irish is the author of the hybrid collections Common Ancestor and Tooth Box, the short story collection I Am Faithful, and the forthcoming chapbook Lupine. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Arizona State University and facilitates free community workshops every summer.

Jessica Jacobs

Jessica Jacobs is the author of two award-winning books of poetry and the founder of Yetzirah, a new literary community for Jewish poets. In 2024, Four Way Books will publish Unalone, her collection of poems in conversation with the Book of Genesis.

Tanque R. Jones

Tanque R. Jones earned an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her second poetry collection, Body Not My Own, was the winner of the 2021 Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award. In 2016, WordTech published her first book of poems, Woman in Transition.

Sophie Klahr and Corey Zeller

Sophie Klahr and Corey Zeller are the co-authors of There Is Only One Ghost in the World (Fiction Collective 2, 2023), winner of the 2022 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest. Though they have been writing together for ten years, they have only met once.

Casey Knott

Casey Knott is the author of Ground Work (Main Street Rag, 2018). She is the poetry editor for The Wax Paper literary journal and her work has appeared most recently in Gulf Stream, Storm Cellar, december, Cold Mountain Review, The New Territory, The Meadow, Cimarron Review, Sugar House Review, and Rumble Fish Quarterly.

Keith Kopka

Keith Kopka is the recipient of the 2019 Tampa Review Prize for his collection of poems, Count Four (University of Tampa Press, 2020). He is an Assistant Professor and Director of the low-res MFA at Holy Family University in Philadelphia.

Keetja Kuipers

Keetje Kuipers’ third collection, All Its Charms, includes poems honored by publication in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies. Keetje is Editor of Poetry Northwest and a board member at the National Book Critics Circle.

Zuleyha Ozturk Lasky

Zuleyha Ozturk Lasky is a poet living in Tallahassee and working toward an MFA in poetry at Florida State University. She is the co-founder of Leavings and an assistant poetry editor at Narrative Magazine. Her poems have appeared in Adroit, Small Orange, and Epiphany.

Andrea Lawler

Andrea Lawler is a poet, essayist, and short story writer. She holds a degree in English Language & Literature. Her upcoming poetry collection, Let Me Take You Out of This Town, debuts in February 2023. She lives in North Dakota with her three cats.

Raymond Luczak

Raymond Luczak is the author and editor of many poetry collections, including Chlorophyll and Lunafly. His latest book is A Quiet Foghorn: More Notes from a Deaf Gay Life. An inaugural Zoeglossia Fellow, he lives in Minneapolis, MN.

Evelyn Maguire

Evelyn Maguire is an MFA candidate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is at work on her first novel.

Ruth Marie

Ruth Marie seeks to explore the bonds between humanity and nature. Her work is a means of both expression and healing. She currently resides on Algonquin territory in Ottawa, Canada.

Michael Martin

Michael Martin is a writer, editor, and filmmaker living in North Carolina. His first collection of poetry, Extended Remark, was published by Portals Press in 2015. Poems from his new poetry manuscript first appeared in literary publications such as American Journal of Poetry, Poetry Ireland, New Orleans Review, and RHINO, among many others.

Daniel Meltz

Daniel Meltz’s poetry has been published in Best New Poets 2012, American Poetry Review, upstreet, Plume, and many other journals. He’s been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes. He’s a retired technical writer and teacher of the deaf, and lives in Manhattan and Queens.

Rishona Michael

Rishona Michael is currently completing her MFA in Poetry at Sarah Lawrence College. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her loyal German Shepard and the most fantastic roommates. She works at Columbia Law School and every night enjoys squinting really hard to see the stars.

Hassaan Mirza

Hassaan Mirza is a writer from Lahore, Pakistan.

Amy Monticello

Amy Monticello is author of the nonfiction chapbooks Close Quarters (Sweet Publications) and How to Euthanize a Horse, winner of the 2016 Arcadia Press Chapbook prize. Her work has appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, under the gum tree, Brevity, CALYX, Hotel Amerika, The Rumpus, and many other journals, and has been listed as notable in Best American Essays. She is currently an associate professor at Suffolk University and lives in Boston with her husband and daughter.

Sati Mookherjee

Poet and lyricist Sati Mookherjee is the author of two books: Eye (Ravenna Press, 2022) and the forthcoming Ways of Being (Albiso Award, MoonPath Press, 2023). She lives in the Pacific Northwest.

G. J. Nelson

G. J. Nelson is a queer writer birthed and corrupted in the American high desert who now writes from the Pacific Northwest. Their writing has most recently appeared in publications such as Waxwing, Poet Lore, Ninth Letter, Frontier Poetry, Salt Hill, and Pidgeonholes.

Ugochukwu Damian Okpara

Ugochukwu Damian Okpara, Nigerian writer and poet, is an alumnus of Chimamanda Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus Trust Creative Writing Workshop. His works appear in POETRY, Poetry Wales, The Masters Review, The Republic, and elsewhere. He is currently an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Mississippi.

Maria S. Picone

Maria S. Picone is a queer Korean American adoptee. She won the 2020 Cream City Review Summer Poetry Prize and grants from Kenyon Review, GrubStreet, The Juniper Institute, and elsewhere. She is Chestnut Review’s managing editor.

Talia Pinzari

Talia Pinzari grew up in Massachusetts and now lives in Austin, TX, where she runs Pinzari PR and dances tango. Her most recent poetry has appeared in Ibbetson Street and Lily Poetry Review.

Jessica Poli

Jessica Poli is the author of Red Ocher (University of Arkansas Press, 2023), which was a finalist for the Miller Williams Poetry Prize. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Cassie Pruyn

Cassie Pruyn is the author of Lena (Texas Tech University Press, 2017), winner of the Walt McDonald First-Book Prize in Poetry and finalist for the Audre Lorde Award. Her poems have appeared in AGNI Online, The Normal School, The Los Angeles Review, The Common, and others.

Michele Rappoport

Michele Rappoport is an American writer and artist living in the desert southwest. Her work has appeared in a variety of literary journals, including Delmarva Review, High Desert Journal, The Centifictionist, and Chautauqua. Michele also co-teaches a creative writing workshop at the Arizona State Prison Complex in Tucson, which was founded more than 50 years ago by the poet Richard Shelton.

Quinn Rennerfeldt

Quinn Rennerfeldt is a queer poet, parent, and partner earning her MFA at San Francisco State University. Her work can be found in Cleaver, Mom Egg Review, SAND, elsewhere, and is forthcoming in A Velvet Giant. They are the Editor-in-Chief of Fourteen Hills, a graduate-run literary journal with SFSU.

Rachel Richardson

Rachel Richardson is the author of two books of poetry, Copperhead and Hundred-Year Wave, both from Carnegie Mellon University Press. Her poetry has appeared in the New York Times, Yale Review, APR, and elsewhere. She teaches in the MFA program at St. Mary’s College of California, co-directs Left Margin LIT, a community arts center in Berkeley, CA, and serves as Poetry Advisor for the Bay Area Book Festival.

Jennifer Saunders

Jennifer Saunders is the author of Self-Portrait with Housewife (Tebot Bach, 2019) and a Pushcart, Best of the Net, and Orison Anthology nominee. Her work has appeared in The Georgia Review, Grist, Ninth Letter, Twyckenham Notes, and elsewhere. Jennifer holds an MFA from Pacific University and lives in German-speaking Switzerland.

Kodi Saylor

Kodi Saylor received her MFA in poetry at New York University, where she was a Lillian Vernon Fellow. Her poems have appeared in Indianapolis Review, Josephine Quarterly, and Annulet. She currently works at Auraria Library in Denver, CO.

Leila Shebaro

Leila Shebaro lives and works as a writer in North Carolina. This is her first poetry publication.

Angela Siew

Angela Siew is a multilingual poet who received her MFA from Emerson College. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review, Art New England and Cider Press Review, and she is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets College Prize.

William Snyder

William Snyder has published poems in Nimrod, Poet Lore, and Southern Humanities Review, among others. He was the co-winner of the 2001 Grolier Poetry Prize, winner of the 2002 Kinloch Rivers Chapbook competition, winner of the 2013 CONSEQUENCE Prize in Poetry, winner of the 2015 Claire Keyes Poetry Prize, and winner of Encircle Publication’s 2019 Chapbook Contest. He is a retired teacher of writing and literature at Concordia College in Moor- head, MN.

Elizabeth Steinglass

Elizabeth Steinglass grew up St. Louis, MO. Her first collection of poetry for children, Soccerverse: Poems about Soccer (Wordsong, 2019) was named an NCTE Notable Book of Poetry. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and the youngest of their three children.

Sharon Suzuki-Martinez

Sharon Suzuki-Martinez won the Washington Prize for her new book, The Loneliest Whale Blues (The Word Works, 2022) and the MVP Prize for her first book, The Way of All Flux (New Rivers Press, 2012).

Melinda Thomsen

Melinda Thomsen’s Armature from Hermit Feathers Press was a 2022 Eric Hoffer da Vinci Eye Award finalist. Find her latest poems in Artemis, THEMA, Poetry Miscellany, and New York Quarterly, among others. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, two cats, and one chicken.

Maureen Thorson

Maureen Thorson is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Share the Wealth (Veliz Books 2022). A collection of lyric essays, On Dreams, is forthcoming from Bloof Books. She lives in Falmouth, ME.

Chim Sher Ting

Originally from a sunny island in Southeast Asia, Chim Sher Ting is a Singaporean-Chinese currently residing in Australia, with work published/forthcoming in Pleiades, The Journal, The Pinch, Rust+Moth, and elsewhere. Her debut chapbook, Bodies of Separation, is forthcoming with Cathexis Northwest Press in February 2023.

Josie Tolin

Josie Tolin is a current MFA student at University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where she is assistant fiction editor for Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts. Her work has been supported by Sewanee Writers’ Conference, nominated for Best of the Net, and has appeared or is forthcoming from Copper Nickel and elsewhere. She is also the winner of the 2022 Pigeon Pages Fiction Contest, selected by Isle McElroy.

Kate Westhaver

Kate Westhaver is a writer, teacher, parent, and gardener who lives in central Massachusetts.

Brad Wetherell

Brad Wetherell’s writing has appeared in The Missouri Review, ZYZZYVA, Five Points, Joyland, Salon, Hippocampus, Superstition Review, Berkeley Fiction Review, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from the University of Michigan and lives in Queens, NY.

Ecem Yucel

Ecem Yucel (she/her) is an Ottawa-based Turkish writer and poet who holds an MA in World Literatures and Cultures from the University of Ottawa. Her writing has recently appeared or is forthcoming in The Evergreen Review, HAD, Overheard, Stanchion, Autofocus, Idle Ink, Kissing Dynamite, and Selcouth Station, among other publications.

Kay Zeiss

Kay Zeiss is a queer somatic therapist from Chicagoland. Kay is currently pursuing an MFA in poetry from UNC Greensboro where they live with their cat kids Gramps and Frenchington. Their work can be found in PeculiarJournal, Lavender Review, and littledeathlit.



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