LOVE ME, INDIGO, by Loie Merritt

Loie Merritt is a writer and mixed media artist from the coast of Maine. She recently received an MFA from the University of Colorado, where she now teaches creative writing. Recent work has appeared in Map Literary, DREGINALD, Lemon Hound, Anamesa, and The Cafe Review, among others. She lives in Boulder.

slender oat rehearse, by Mel Bentley

Mel Bentley organizes Housework reading series and co-edits with Jonathan Hamilton the journal Boneless Skinless. A chapbook of poems “Bucolic Eclogue” from a larger manuscript also called “Bucolic Eclogue” was released from Lamehouse Press in July 2016. Their chapbooks “Obstacle, Particle, Spectacle”, “&parts”, and “Stub Wilderness” were released from 89plus Luma Foundation, Damask Press and Well Greased Press, respectively. Vitrine released a tape of sounds labeled “Red Green Blue”. Poems have appeared in 491, Apiary, Bedfellows, BlazeVOX, Boog City, Elective Affinities, Fact-Simile, Gigantic Sequins, No Infinite, Maestra Vida, Magic Pictures, Painted Bride Quarterly, Small Po[r]tions, Stillwater Review, Tinge and Truck.

SISTERHOOD by Scherezade Siobhan

Scherezade Siobhan is an Indo-Rroma social scientist, community catalyst and hack scribbler of two poetry collections: Bone, Tongue (Thought Catalog Books, 2015) and Father, Husband (Salopress, 2016); and one poetry pamphlet, to dhikr, i (Pyramid Editions, Forthcoming in 2017). She is the creator and curator of The Mira Project, a global, cross-cultural dialogue which uses expressive art and storytelling to dismantle gendered violence and street harassment. Her work is featured or forthcoming in Feministing, Berfrois, Rattle, DIAGRAM, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Word Riot among other digital and print publications, anthologies, exhibitions, art galleries and sometimes even in the bios of okcupid users. She is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee for writing, the winner of Berfrois Poetry Prize for 2016-17 and can be found squeeing about militant bunnies at www.zaharaesque.com or @zaharaesque on twitter/fb.

do you need my mom’s estrogen by Sung Yim

Sung Yim is a bilingual South Korean immigrant living in Illinois. Their work has appeared in The James Franco Review, Contrary, Kweli, and Crab Fat Magazine. An excerpt of their debut memoir is available for pre-order as a chapbook by Ghost City Press, and that memoir in question, What About the Rest of Your Life, will be out this fall from Portland’s Perfect Day Publishing. 

Long Gone by Kenyatta JP Garcia

Kenyatta JP Garcia is the author of Slow Living (West Vine Press), ROBOT and This Sentimental Education. They were raised on Flatbush Ave and still holds the world to the standards set forth by that microcosm of poverty, patois and street poetry. Currently, they spend their nights putting boxes on shelves for a buck and by day they edit Rigorous and prepare for the zombie apocalypse and the inevitable return of our alien overlords.

from dumpsters & birds & trauma, by Claire Alexandria

Claire Alexandria left a comment on your sad post. She has survived something like 9,551 days on earth. dumpsters & birds & trauma is a yet to be published project she wrote in 2016 and constitutes book 1 in her series of dumpster poems. You can find more of her work at TYPO, DIAGRAM, Dreginald, and elsewhere.

Circumlocutions by Chloe Rose

Chloe Rose is fat, queer, non-binary person of color living with disabilities and her cat Franz in Tacoma, WA. They have been published by the Atticus Review, Enclave’s #finalpoem project, and have been a featured writer in Aspasiology (March 2017). They enjoy writing poetry, essay, and fiction, as well as tweeting about conlangs, antifa, witchcraft, and such as. Brown brown brown brown brown brown brown. @chloeandsuchas #yerbamalanuncamuere #spacewitch

Creation Myth, by Autumn Rose Barksdale

Autumn Rose Barksdale is a fat, queer, trans femme poet and public speaker based out of Lake Worth, Florida. Her poems have been published in The Offing, The Jabbercat, Crabfat, and in an upcoming issue of THEM.