Surabhi Balachander grew up in West Lafayette, Indiana. She is a recent graduate of Stanford University and currently works at Stanford’s Bill Lane Center for the American West. Her poems have appeared in Yes Poetry.
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.
David Ishaya Osu was born in 1991 in Onda, Nigeria. His poetry has appeared in Transition, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, New Coin Poetry, Poetry Wales among numerous others. He is a board member of Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation, and he has received a Pushcart Prize nomination. David is currently the poetry editor of Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel.
Liz Bowen is a writer and literary scholar living in New York. She is the author of Sugarblood (Metatron 2017) and the chapbook Compassion Fountain (Hyacinth Girl 2018), and her poetry and essays can be found in Boston Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, The Atlas Review, Dream Pop Press, and glitterMOB. She is a Ph.D. candidate in English and comparative literature at Columbia University, where she is working on a dissertation that traces disability and animality as intertwined sites of literary experimentation in the long twentieth century. She also teaches undergraduate writing, works on the poetry staff at Anomaly, and cares for a rescue pit bull named Rosie.
Maya Weeks is a writer, artist, and geographer from rural California working on marine debris as capital accumulation, climate change, gender, and logistics. Recent work has been published in The New Inquiry, Blind Field Journal, GUTS Canadian Feminist Magazine, and the chapbooks How To Be on the Outside of Every Inside/How to Be Inside Every Outside (these signals press) and Panic Train (Mondo Bummer), among others. Catch Maya on a surfboard or in a river or on Twitter at @looseuterus.
Freesia McKee is a working poet. Her words have appeared in The Feminist Wire, Lavender Review, Rust Magazine, Cleaver Magazine, Sundress Press’ Political Punch anthology, and If You Can Hear This: Poems in Protest of an American Inauguration. Freesia’s chapbook How Distant the City is forthcoming from Headmistress Press. Currently living in Florida, Freesia represents the southern half of the poetry and performance duo The Subtle Forces.
Kimberly Ann Southwick is the founder and editor in chief of the literary arts journal GIGANTIC SEQUINS. She has two poetry chapbooks, most recently EFS & VEES (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2015). A poem of hers was a finalist for the 2016 Yemassee Poetry Prize. She is pursuing her PhD in English/Creative Writing at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She currently blogs about chapbooks for Ploughshares. She lives in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana with her husband, Geoffrey, and their dog, Jasper. Follow her on twitter @kimannjosouth & visit her online at kimberlyannsouthwick.com for more.