Lisette Alonso is a south Florida native and currently a third year poet in the University of Miami MFA program. When she’s not writing poetry, she’s raising children and catching up on two decades of missed sleep. On a good day she can do all three with her eyes closed.

Jason Arias lives in Portland, OR with his wife and two sons. His work has been published in many places including Perceptions Magazine, Blue Skirt Productions, Nailed, and the new anthology (AFTER)life: Poems and Stories of the Dead.

Michael Bazzett’s work has appeared in Ploughshares, Massachusetts Review, Pleiades, Oxford Poetry, 32 Poems and Poetry Northwest. His debut collection, You Must Remember This (Milkweed Editions, 2014), won the Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, and his verse translation of the Mayan creation epic, The Popol Vuh, is forthcoming from Milkweed.

Rebekah Bergman’s writing has appeared in Necessary Fiction, Everyday Genius, Two Serious Ladies and Construction Magazine, among others. She holds an MFA from The New School and lives in Brooklyn. Rebekah is an associate editor of NOON.

Born in the Adirondacks, Justin Boening is the author of a chapbook, Self-Portrait as Missing Person (Poetry Society of America, 2013) and is a recipient of the “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize. His poetry and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in literary journals such as Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Kenyon Review Online, Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly, and TYPO among others. Boening is currently an associate editor at Poetry Northwest.

James Capozzi is the author of Country Album (Parlor Press). He lives in Richmond, Virginia and Montclair, New Jersey.

Susan Cronin holds an MFA in poetry from The New School. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Mid-American Review, PMS: poemmemoirstory, Octopus, RHINO, Quaint, and White Stag.

M.K. Foster’s poetry won the 2013 Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, has been recognized with an Academy of American Poets Prize, and has appeared or is forthcoming in Gulf Coast; The Account; H.O.W. Journal; B O D Y; The Baltimore Review; Word Riot; The Journal; Ninth Letter; Radar Poetry, and elsewhere. She holds an M.F.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park, and starting this fall, she will be a Ph.D. student in English Literature through the Hudson Strode Renaissance Program at the University of Alabama.

Malcolm Friend is a poet and CantoMundo fellow originally from the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle. He received his BA from Vanderbilt University, where he was the 2014 recipient of the Merrill Moore Prize for Poetry, and is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also a 2014 recipient of a Talbot International Award for Writing. his work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as La Respuesta magazine, the Fjords Review’s Black American Edition, Alicante’s Informacion, fields magazine, The Acentos Review, Pretty Owl Poetry and elsewhere.

Khaleel Gheba received his MFA in Poetry from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2014. He currently works as a librarian in his home state of Maryland.

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Johnny Herber is a cartoonist based in the outskirts of Los Angeles. His debut comic Escargoteric was published by Sawdust Press this year. He is currently working on a comic about a little sprite who suffers from anxiety, and it’s being serialized on his tumblr.

Nora Hickey is an instructor at colleges in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Originally from Milwaukee, WI, she has degrees from Kalamazoo College and the University of New Mexico. Her work has appeared in DIAGRAM, The Massachusetts Review, and more. She is a member of the Dirt City writers collective.

Carlie Hoffman is a Creative Writing Teaching Fellow at Columbia University, where she served as the 2014-2015 Poetry Editor of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art. She is from New Jersey.

Brionne Janae is a Southern California native currently living in the city of Boston where she completed an MFA at Emerson College. Brionne’s work has been published or is forthcoming in Plume, Apogee Journal, Toe Good Poetry, Redivider, Fjords Review, and others. She is also the winner of the 2014 Muriel Craft Bailey Contest at the Comstock Review, and a Cave Canem Fellow.

Ryan King is a writer of comics and short stories. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Driftwood Press, Hobart, Zarjaz, Bleeding Cool, Nameless, The Yolo Crow, and The Storyteller. A former Regent’s Scholar at UC Davis, he now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where he obsesses fondly over Studio Ghibli and sequential storytelling.

Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi is the author of Fra Keeler (Dorothy, a publishing project) and the chapbook Girona (New Herring Press). Her work can be found or is forthcoming in BOMB, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, Words without Borders, and The American Reader. She is the recipient of a 2015 Whiting Writers’ Award, a MacDowell Fellowship, and a Fulbright Fellowship to Catalonia, Spain. She has lived in Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Spain, Italy, and the United States. She currently teaches in the M.F.A. program in Creative Writing at the University of Notre Dame.

Lyndsey Marko is from a small beach town on the west coast of Florida. In 2013, she graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a BFA in painting. She has had solo exhibitions at both Outhouse Gallery and Nightwood Cafe in Chicago. Most recently she was interviewed by INSIDE/WITHIN (a Chicago-based web archive dedicated to exploring the creative spaces of artists) and has completed a mural at the Thompson Hotel. her work utilizes the facts of memory and cinema to explore various spacial environments, yielding colorful and contemporary paintings that have a hand in the fantastical, kitsch and the mundane.

J.G. McClure holds an MFA from the University of California – Irvine. His poems appear in Gettysburg Review, Green Mountains Review, The Pinch, and The Southern Poetry Anthology, among others. He is the Craft Essay Editor and Assistant Poetry Editor of Cleaver, and is at work on his first collection, BETTER. See more at

Matt Morton received the Sycamore Review 2014 Wabash Prize for Poetry. He has been a finalist for a Ruth Lilly Fellowship and a finalist in the Narrative Magazine 30 Below Story and Poetry Contest. His poems appear in Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, West Branch, and elsewhere.

Matt Muth is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Pacifica Literary Review. His poems have appeared here and there, most recently in Rattle and The Adirondack Review, and he teaches English courses at a technical college for video game designers in Redmond, WA. He lives in Seattle and is a solid beer league hockey player.

Helen Betya Rubinstein’s essays have appeared in the Paris Review Daily, The Seneca Review, Witness, and elsewhere, and her fiction in The Collagist, Ninth Letter, and Salt Hill.

Harley Schwardron is a cartoonist whose work appears in many publications, large and small, including Playboy, Barrons, Readers Digest, Wall Street Journal, and Prospect Magazine.

Mark Wagenaar (ABD PhD: U of North Texas / MFA: U of Virginia) is the 2014-15 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow. He is the 2015 winner of the Juniper Prize in Poetry, from UMass Press, for The Body Distances, & the 2012 Pollak Prize winner for Voodoo Inverso. He’s also the 2014 winner of The Pinch Poetry Award, the New Letters Poetry Prize, & the Southern Indiana Review’s Mary C Mohr Poetry Prize. His poems appear or are forthcoming in the New Yorker, FIELD, 32 Poems, The Southern Review, and many others.