Hussain Ahmed is a Nigerian poet and environmentalist. He holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Mississippi and currently a PhD student at the University of Cincinnati. His poems are featured or forthcoming in AGNI, POETRY Magazine, The Kenyon Review, A Public Space, American Poetry Review and elsewhere. He is a winner of the 2022 Orison Poetry Prize and the author of “Soliloquy with the Ghosts in Nile” (Black Ocean Press, 2022).
Lisa Compo is an MFA candidate and teaching assistant at UNC - Greensboro. She has poems recently published in journals such as: Zone 3, The Journal, Rhino, Crab Creek Review, Sugar House Review, and elsewhere.
Majda Gama is the author of the forthcoming chapbook The Call of Paradise selected by Diane Seuss as winner of the 2022 Two Sylvias chapbook prize. Her poems have recently appeared in The Adroit Journal, Four Way Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Night Heron Barks, POETRY Magazine, and are forthcoming from the Offing, Ploughshares, and We Call to the Eye & the Night (Persea, 2023), an anthology of love poems by poets of Arab-SWANA descent. Her poems have been nominated for Best New Poets, Best of the Net, and the Pushcart Prize, and her debut manuscript was a finalist for the 2020 New Issues Poetry Prize. Born in Beirut, Majda was raised in Saudi Arabia and the United States and is now based in the DC suburbs where she has roots in the underground music scene. During the pandemic she began tending to a Virginia native plant garden that was certified as a home wildlife sanctuary by the Audubon Society and has been co-hosting the Café Muse literary salon online.
Cory Hutchinson-Reuss grew up in Arkansas, earned her PhD in English from the University of Iowa, and now lives and writes in Iowa City. Her work has appeared in Timber, Slice, Zone 3, Crazyhorse, the Missouri Review online, and elsewhere. A collaborative chapbook of her poems and the visual art of Giselle Simón was recently published as part of the PromptPress Gallery Series. She serves as an Advisory Council member for the non-profit Iowa City Poetry and as a poetry reader for The Adroit Journal. Find her on Instagram @atasteforthebitters.
Kuhu Joshi is originally from New Delhi, India. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, where she was a recipient of the Jane Cooper Poetry Fellowship and was awarded an honourable mention for the John B. Santoianni Award by the Academy of American Poets. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Rattle, Black Fork Review, petrichor, Yearbook of Indian Poetry, The Bombay Literary Magazine, and elsewhere. Her poem “Raag Desh” was selected by guest editor Paula Bonhice for the 2022 Best New Poets anthology. She currently teaches in New York City.
Sneha Subramanian Kanta is a writer from Canada. She is a recipient of the 2022 Digital Residency at The Seventh Wave and the 2021 Robert Hayden Scholarship at Stockton University. She has been awarded the inaugural Vijay Nambisan Fellowship 2019. She was the Charles Wallace Fellow writer-in-residence (2019-20) at The University of Stirling. She is the author of the chapbook Ghost Tracks (Louisiana Literature Press, 2020). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Minnesota Review, Pleiades, The Carolina Quarterly, and elsewhere. She is the founding editor of Parentheses Journal. Website:
Jenna Le ( is the author of three full-length poetry collections, Six Rivers (NYQ Books, 2011), A History of the Cetacean American Diaspora (Indolent Books, 2017), an Elgin Awards Second Place winner, voted on by the international membership of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association, and Manatee Lagoon (forthcoming from Acre Books, 2022). She was selected by Marilyn Nelson as winner of Poetry By The Sea’s inaugural sonnet competition. Her poems appear in AGNI, Denver Quarterly, Los Angeles Review, Massachusetts Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Pleiades, Poet Lore, Verse Daily, and West Branch. A daughter of Vietnamese refugees, she has a B.A. in math and an M.D. and lives and works as a physician in New York City.
Ellen Litman is an associate professor of English and the associate director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Connecticut. She is the author of two novels, Mannequin Girl (W.W. Norton 2014) and The Last Chicken in America (W.W. Norton 2007), which was a finalist for the 2007 LA Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the 2008 New York Public Library Young Lions Award. Her fiction, nonfiction, and translations have appeared in American Odysseys: Writing by New AmericansEast European Jewish AffairsGuernicaThe Forward, the New Yorker online, and elsewhere. Born in Moscow, she immigrated to the US in 1992.
Sarah Rose Nordgren is the author of the poetry collections Darwin’s Mother (2017) and Best Bones (2014), both from University of Pittsburgh Press, and the hybrid-genre chapbook The Creation Museum (Harbor Editions, 2022). She lives in Durham, North Carolina. Find her online at
Christine Poreba’s poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Subtropics, The Southern Review, and The Sun Magazine, and various anthologies. Her first book, Rough Knowledge, was awarded the Philip Levine Prize. She lives in the Chicago area.
Grace Q. Song is a Chinese-American writer residing in New York City. Her poetry and fiction have been published or are forthcoming in The Boiler, The Offing, The Cincinnati Review, The Minnesota Review, THRUSH, and elsewhere. Past works have been selected for inclusion in Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions, and Best Microfiction. She is the winner of the 11th Annual Gigantic Sequins Poetry Contest, selected by Vi Khi Nao, and she studies English at Columbia University.
Alexandra Teague is the author of the poetry collections Or What We’ll Call Desire (Persea, 2019), The Wise and Foolish Builders, and Mortal Geography, and the novel The Principles Behind Flotation. She is also co-editor of the anthologies Bullets into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence and Broadsided Press: Fifteen Years of Poetic and Artistic Collaboration. Her poetry and essays have recently appeared in journals including Willow Springs, The Massachusetts Review, Boulevard, and River Teeth. Her memoir in essays, Spinning Tea Cups: A Mythical American Memoir, is forthcoming from Oregon State University Press this Fall.
Matthew Tuckner is a writer from New York. He is currently an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at NYU where he is Poetry Editor of Washington Square Review and teaches in the Undergraduate Writing Program. He is the recipient of a University Prize from the Academy of American Poets, the winner of the 2022 Yellowwood Poetry Prize, a finalist for the inaugural Prufer Poetry Prize, and a Best New Poets and Best of the Net nominee. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, 32 Poems, Copper Nickel, Colorado Review, Pleiades, Nashville Review, The Missouri Review, Bennington Review, Split Lip Magazine, and Four Way Review, among others.
Alice Pixley Young examines the interrelationship of landscape, environment and technology through multimedia installation. Young earned a BFA at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL, an MFA from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a MA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in Ohio. Young has participated in exhibitions at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Akron Art Museum, Sarasota Art Museum, 21c Museum, The Print Studio London, UICA and Taft Museum of Art. She is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Surdna Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, Summerfair AIA, Vermont Studio Center, Jentel Foundation and Hambidge Center for the Arts and Sciences. Her work can be seen in Sculpture Magazine, Hyperallergic, Artnet News and Condé Nast Traveler. She is a member of A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, NY and lives and works in Cincinnati, OH.
Jane Zwart teaches at Calvin University, where she also co-directs the Calvin Center for Faith & Writing. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, The Southern Review, Threepenny Review, TriQuarterly, and Ploughshares, along with other magazines and journals.
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