don’t ever play yourself, poetry by mica woods

mica woods teaches at Columbia College Chicago, where they are an MFA candidate and editor for Columbia Poetry Review. She received the Merrill Moore Prize for Poetry in 2015 from Vanderbilt University. Her most recent and forthcoming works can be found in JukedFoothillHollowPretty Owl PoetryHeavy Feather ReviewYes, PoetryThe New Territory, and Minute Magazine

I Have Lain in the Dirt and Known this Bed, poems by Michelle Lin

Michelle Lin is a poet, community arts organizer, and author of A House Made of Water (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017).  She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s MFA program and of the University of California Riverside’s Creative Writing program. She is a Kundiman fellow and co-curator of Kearny Street Workshop’s reading series “KSW Presents.”  Recent work can be found in Underblong, The Margins, and HEArt. 

Americana, three poems by Lindsay Maruska

Lindsay Maruska was born in 1985 in Princeton, New Jersey. She has a graduate degree in World History she very rarely uses. Her poems have appeared in The Furious Gazelle and Rising Phoenix Review. When not writing or playing with her cats, you can find Lindsay on Twitter @ellle_em.

“My kin,” poetry by Noah Burton

Noah Burton was born in Kansas, grew up in Virginia, and now lives in New Hampshire. His poems have appeared in the PEN America Poetry Series, Yes Poetry, Paperbag, among others. He is a recipient of the 2015 Dick Shea Memorial Prize in Poetry judged by Tanya Larkin. His forthcoming book, Look Out Animal (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press), is due out in June. More at www.noahburton.com. (Photo by Tristan Labrie)

STORY OF MY SONG, Kirwyn Sutherland

Kirwyn Sutherland is a Clinical Research Professional and poet concerned with black people in all aspects. He has made two National Poetry Slam Teams in 2015 (made the Semi-Finals) and 2016. His work has been published in APIARY Magazine, Drunkinamidnightchoir, BlueShift Journal, Bedfellows Magazine, Voicemail Poems, and Public Pool. Kirwyn has served as Poetry editor for APIARY magazine and is currently serving as List Editor/Book Reviewer for WusGood magazine.

How to make something: Poetry by Brittany Tomaselli

Brittany Tomaselli holds an MFA in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Fairy Tale Review, Columbia Poetry Review, and Black Tongue Review. She currently lives and works in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

FIVE ELEGIES FOR ST. JOSEPH, by Phil Spotswood

Phil Spotswood is a queer poet living in Louisiana. His most recent work can be found in tenderness, yea, Five:2:One, and Tagvverk. He is the recipient of the 2017 William Jay Smith MFA Poetry Award judged by Daniel Borzutzky, and co-edits Cartridge Lit.

Mosaic, by Gabriella Torres

Gabriella Torres is the author of two chapbooks, Sister (Lame House Press, 2005) and The Emergence of Brood III (Delere Press, 2014). Her poems have recently appeared in Josephine Quarterly or are forthcoming in The Equalizer: Third Series. Her work is largely informed by her experience of growing up Latinx in the rural Midwest. She currently lives in Iowa and co-edits the tiny with Gina Myers. You can find her at https://gabriella-torres.com/.

Poems from My Ugly and Other Love Snarls, by Wryly T. McCutchen

Wryly T. McCutchen is a poet and accidental memoirist. They hold an MFA in Creative Nonfiction and Poetry from Antioch University. Their first poetry collection, My Ugly and Other Love Snarls, is available from University of Hell Press. Their work has appeared in Raven Chronicles, Alive with Vigor, Cactus Heart, and Wilde Magazine.