Sean Cho A. is the author of “American” Home (Autumn House 2021), winner of the Autumn House Publishing chapbook contest. His work can be future found in PleiadesThe Penn ReviewThe Massachusetts ReviewNinth LetterNashville Review, among others. He is currently an MFA candidate at the University of California Irvine and the Associate Editor of THRUSH Poetry Journal.  Find him @phlat_soda
Sarah Ghazal Ali is a Pakistani-American poet with roots in California. She is currently an MFA candidate and Juniper Fellow at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she also teaches composition and creative writing. Her poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from TinderboxUp the Staircase QuarterlyWaxwingWildness, and others. Find her at
Austin Araujo is a writer from northwest Arkansas. Currently an MFA candidate in poetry at Indiana University, his poems are published or forthcoming from ShenandoahThe RumpusBorderlands: Texas Poetry Review, and elsewhere.
Noah Baldino is a poet and editor. Their poems can be found in PoetryGulf CoastIndiana Review, and elsewhere. They currently live in St. Louis.
Anna Lena Phillips Bell is the author of Ornament, winner of the Vassar Miller Poetry Prize, and A Pocket Book of Forms, a fine-press guide to poetic forms. Her chapbook Smaller Songs was released by St Brigid Press in 2020. The recipient of an NC Arts Council Fellowship in literature, and the 2019–2021 Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for eastern North Carolina, she has served since 2013 as the editor of Ecotone. Her work appears in Five Points, the Southern Review, and Subtropics, and in anthologies including A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia and Gracious: Poems from the 21st Century South. She teaches in the creative writing department at UNC Wilmington, and calls ungendered Appalachian square dances in North Carolina and beyond.
Kathryn Bratt-Pfotenhauer is a poet from Maryland. Her work has previously been published or is forthcoming in NimbusThe Roanoke ReviewMilkweed Literary MagazineL'Éphémère Review, and Glass: A Journal of Poetry. They were one of ten poetry semifinalists in the 2017 St. Lawrence Book Award (Black Lawrence Press) and won the 2019 and 2020 Bryn Mawr Bain-Swiggett Poetry Prize.
Michael Dhyne holds an MFA from the University of Virginia where he was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize. His work has been supported by the Community of Writers, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, where he was a work-study scholar. Recent poems appear or are forthcoming in Gulf CoastIowa Review, and The Rumpus, among other journals.
Sara Elkamel is a poet and journalist living between her hometown, Cairo, and New York City. She holds an MA in arts journalism from Columbia University and is currently pursuing an MFA in poetry at New York University. Named a 2020 Gregory Djanikian Scholar by The Adroit Journal, Elkamel has had poems appear in The CommonMichigan Quarterly ReviewThe RumpusThe Adroit Journal, American ChordataWinter Tangerine, and as part of the anthologies Halal If You Hear Me and 20.35 Africa, among other publications.
Kathy Fagan’s fifth book, Sycamore (Milkweed, 2017), was a finalist for the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Award. Milkweed will publish her new book, Bad Hobby, in 2022. She has received fellowships from the NEA, the Ingram Merrill and the Ohio Arts Council. Recent work has also appeared in Poetry, Tin HouseNew England Review and The Nation. Fagan directs the MFA Program at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where she also serves as series co-editor for the OSU Press/Wheeler Poetry Prize.
Rochelle Hurt is the author of In Which I Play the Runaway (2016), which won the Barrow Street Poetry Prize, and The Rusted City: A Novel in Poems (White Pine, 2014). Her work has been included in the Best New Poets anthology and she's been awarded prizes and fellowships from Crab Orchard ReviewArts & LettersHunger MountainPoetry International, Vermont Studio Center, Jentel, and Yaddo. She lives in Orlando and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Central Florida.
Michael Kleber-Diggs is a poet, essayist, and literary critic. His debut poetry collection, Worldly Things, won the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize and will be published by Milkweed Editions in June, 2021. Michael's writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Poem-a-Day, Poetry NorthwestPotomac ReviewRain TaxiMcSweeney’s Internet TendencyPoetry CityNorth Dakota QuarterlyPollen MidwestPaper DartsWater~Stone ReviewMidway Review, and a few anthologies. Michael is a past Fellow with the Givens Foundation for African-America Literature, a past-winner of the Loft Mentor Series in Poetry, and the former Poet Laureate of Anoka County libraries. His work has been by the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Jerome Foundation.
Jen Levitt is the author of The Off-Season (Four Way Books, 2016). Her poems have appeared in Boston ReviewThe Literary ReviewSixth FinchTin House, and elsewhere. Her second collection is forthcoming from Four Way Books in 2023. She lives in New York City and teaches high school students.
Beth Lizardo is a fiction writer living in New Hampshire. She has participated in the New York State Summer Writers Institute and is part of the Grub Street writing community in Boston. This is her first publication.
Mia Ayumi Malhotra is the author of Isako, Iskko, a California Book Award finalist and the winner of the 2017 Alice James Award, the Nautilus Gold Award, a National Indie Excellence Award, and a Maine Literary Award. She is also the recipient of a Singapore Poetry Prize and the 2020 Hawker Prize for Southeast Asian Poetry.
Cleyvis Natera is an Afro-Dominicana who grew up in Harlem. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from New York University. Cleyvis has been chosen for several awards and fellowships including PEN America’s Writing for Justice Fellowship, The Bread Loaf Carol Houck Smith’s Returning Contributor Award in Fiction, Kenyon Review’s Peter Taylor’s Fellowship in Fiction and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellowship in Fiction both in Virginia and France.  Her debut novel, Neruda on the Park, is forthcoming Spring 2022 from Penguin Random House. Follow her on Instagram @cleyvisnatera.
Michelle Peñaloza is the author of Former Possessions of the Spanish Empire, winner of the 2018 Hillary Gravendyk National Poetry Prize (Inlandia Books, 2019). She is also the author of two chapbooks, landscape/heartbreak (Two Sylvias, 2015), and Last Night I Dreamt of Volcanoes (Organic Weapon Arts, 2015). The recipient of fellowships and awards from the University of Oregon and Kundiman, Michelle has also received support from Lemon Tree House, Caldera, 4Culture, Literary Arts, VONA/Voices, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, among others. The proud daughter of Filipino immigrants, Michelle was born in the suburbs of Detroit, MI and raised in Nashville, TN. She now lives in rural Northern California.
José Edmundo Ocampo Reyes was born and raised in the Philippines. He is the author of the chapbook Present Values (Backbone Press, 2018), winner of the Jean Pedrick Chapbook Award from the New England Poetry Club. His poems have appeared most recently in Rattle: Poets RespondScoundrel Time, and Solstice; and have been anthologized in The Powow River Anthology (Volumes I and II), VillanellesThe Achieve Of, The Mastery: Filipino Poetry and Verse from English, mid-‘90s to 2016, and No Tender Fences: An Anthology of Immigrant and First-Generation American Poetry.
Dr. Jessica Bell Rizzolo is a conservation scientist who holds a joint PhD in Sociology and Environmental Science and Policy from Michigan State University. Her academic writing has been featured in Global Ecology and ConservationSociety & AnimalsCrime, Law and Social ChangeScience and elsewhere. Her poetry has appeared in Artis Natura.
Mary Spooner is a poet from Jackson, Mississippi. She lives in Ann Arbor where she is an MFA candidate at the Helen Zell Writers' Program at the University of Michigan.
Leah Umansky is the author of two full length collections, The Barbarous Century and Domestic Uncertainties. She earned her MFA in Poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and is the curator and host of The COUPLET Reading Series in NYC. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such places as Thrush Poetry JournalGlass Poetry JournalThe New York TimesPoetryGuernica, The Bennington Review, The Academy of American Poets' Poem-A-Day, Rhino, and Pleiades. She can be found at or @leah.umansky on IG.
Tori Weston is a writer/artist living in Somerville, Massachusetts. She received her MFA in creative writing from Emerson College and oversees their Art & Communication Pre-College Program. Her work has been published in the Providence Journal-Bulletin, Sleet Magazine, Memoir Magazine, and Under the Gum Tree. She has also been featured on the podcast RISK! and featured in the book about the podcast titled: RISK!: True Stories People Never Thought They’d Dare to Share. Learn more at
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