Latinx writer, MK Chavez is the author of several chapbooks including Mothermorphosis. Dear Animal, a full-collection was released in October 2016 by Nomadic Press. Chavez is co-founder/curator of the reading series Lyrics & Dirges and co-director of the Berkeley Poetry Festival. She is a fellow with CantoMundo and the San Francisco Grotto. Chavez’s poem The New Whitehouse, Finding Myself in The Ruins, was selected by Eileen Myles for the Cosmonauts Avenue 2017 Poetry Award, she also a recipient of a 2017 Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Award.
Cornelia Barber is a New York writer. In her duel writing and healing work she investigates lineage, intimacy, race and the psychic and physical ecologies of people, plants, places and animals. Her work can be found in Prelude, The Felt, Berfrois, Fanzine, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Entropy, Weird Sister and more. Her poem “Pink Metal” won the Luna Luna Magazine inaugural flash poetry contest on the theme of “Death”, and her manuscript “Of Mouth And River” was nominated as a Tarpaulin Sky book award Semi-Finalist. She is an editor at Queen Mobs Teahouse. You can read her blog Poetry Rituals: here https://poetry-rituals.tumblr.
Frank Sherlock is the author of Space Between These Lines Not Dedicated, Over Here, The City Real & Imagined (w/ CAConrad) and a collaboration with Brett Evans entitled Ready-to-Eat Individual. Poems beyond the page have found their forms in installations/performances/exhibitions, including Organize Your Own: The Politics & Poetics of Self-Determination. He is a 2013 Pew Fellow and 2014-15 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia.
Candy Alexandra is a Latinx papermaker, printmaker, book artist and young poet from Miami, Fl. She began writing creatively in 2015. During a letterpress workshop, she was encouraged to write for her visual work. After resisting and eventually giving in to gentle encouragement, she wrote her very first poem and loved it. In her visual and written work, Candy Alexandra captures the essence of her experiences as a first generation Latinx immigrant in the United States.
Candy Alexandra received her BA in Romance Language and Literature from Mount Holyoke College in 2014 and her MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from The University of the Arts in 2017.
Jessica Lawson’s poetry has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Cosmonauts Avenue, Dream Pop Journal, TL;DR, The Thought Er
Shannon Barber Is a 40 year old author from the Pacific Northwest. Their work has appeared recently in Wear Your Voice Magazine, Ravishly and Witchcraft Magazine. They are the author of the forthcoming poetry book, Gasoline Heart by Lark Books this Fall. For more of their poetry please see #gorgonpoetics and all the genres at their author site.
Joshua Jennifer Espinoza is a trans woman poet living in California. Her work has been featured in Denver Quarterly, PEN America, Lambda Literary, The Offing, Washington Square Review, and elsewhere. She is the author of two collections: i’m alive / it hurts / i love it (boost house 2014), and THERE SHOULD BE FLOWERS (Civil Coping Mechanisms 2016).
Matthew Woodman teaches writing at California State University, Bakersfield and is the founding editor of Rabid Oak. His poems appear in recent issues of Sonora Review, Placeholder, The Invisible Bear, Oxidant/Engine, and Sierra Nevada Review, and more of his work can be found at www.matthewwoodman.com.