Alfredo Aguilar is the author of On This Side of the Desert selected by Natalie Diaz for the 2019 Stan and Tom Wick PoetryPrize. He is a recipient of 92Y’s Discovery Poetry Contest and has received fellowships from MacDowell, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and the Frost Place. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, The Shallow Ends, The Adroit Journal, and elsewhere. Originally from North County San Diego, he now resides in Texas.

Maghan Baptiste is a Haitian-American reader, writer and Cancer stellium. Her work explores intergenerational trauma, ancestral vows and the lines of her intersecting identities. She recently participated in Catapult’s first year-long Poetry Generator workshop led by Angel Nafis and is working on a poetry manuscript which attempts to connect the subconscious to the paper while exploring the realities of grief, mental illness, and arriving at the self. Maghan was the 2019 Well-Read Black Girl festival coordinator and currently works for a literary non-profit in Brooklyn, NY.

Anney Bolgiano is a writer and educator living in Washington, DC. She received her MFA from George Mason University, and her BA from Guilford College. Her poems, essays, and short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Whiskey Island, Francis House, Door is a JarBending GenresFunny Looking Dog QuarterlyA Velvet GiantDistrict Lines Anthology, and elsewhere. She is a Pushcart Prize Nominee, and a past resident of Art Farm Nebraska.

TR Brady‘s work has recently appeared in Colorado Review, Copper Nickel, Denver Quarterly, The Adroit Journal, and Tin House. TR is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and co-edits the journal Afternoon Visitor.

Jonathan Burkhalter is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. Their work has appeared in No, Dear Magazine, The Paris Atlantic, Pond Magazine, and elsewhere. They earned their MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, and currently live in Brooklyn, New York.

Nora Carr is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City, where my research focuses on translation, translation theory, and border literature. I also teach literature and college writing at Queens College, CUNY.

Yongyu Chen is a first-year PhD student in Film and Visual Studies at Harvard. His poetry has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Journal, jubilat, and West Branch, and has been nominated for the Pushcart and Best New Poets. His academic writing has been published in journals like positions: asia critique. He was born in Beijing, China and grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Alida Dean is a PhD candidate at the University of Cincinnati and a graduate of the University of Montana’s MFA program. Her story “The Off Season” was the 2020 winner of Ninth Letter’s fiction contest. She lives in Cincinnati with her dog.

Jaydn Dewald is the author of Sheets of Sound (forthcoming from Broken Sleep Books) and several chapbooks, most recently A Love Supreme: fragments & ephemera, winner of the 2019 Quarterly West Chapbook Contest. His work has appeared in At Length, Best New Poets, Brilliant Corners, Sou’wester, West Branch, and many other publications. He is Assistant Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Piedmont College.

Jesús Gardea was born in 1939 in the Mexican state of Chihuahua and is one of the most highly regarded writers of northern Mexico, best known for his short fiction. He died in 2000. This story was originally published in his 1980 collection Septiembre y los otros días, for which he was awarded the prestigious Premio Xavier Villaurrutia.

Marlon Hacla‘s first book, May Mga Dumadaang Anghel sa Parang (Manila: National Commission for Culture and the Arts, 2010), was published as part of UBOD New Authors Series II. His second book, Glossolalia, was published by High Chair in 2013. He also released two chapbooks, Labing-anim na Liham ng Kataksilan (2014) and Melismas (2016). He lives in Quezon City, Philippines, with his cats.

Gabrielle Grace Hogan is a poet from St. Louis, Missouri. She resides in Austin, Texas while pursuing her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin as part of the New Writers Project. Her work has been published by the Academy of American Poets, Sonora Review, Kissing Dynamite, Arcturus, and others. Her micro-chap Sentimental Violence: Some Poems About Tonya Harding is available in a free PDF from Ghost City Press. She is the Poetry Editor of Bat City Review and Co-Editor of You Flower / You Feast, an anthology of works inspired by Harry Styles. Her social media and projects can be found on her website

Megan Howell is a DC-based freelance writer. After graduating from Vassar College, she earned her MFA in Fiction from the University of Maryland in College Park, winning both the Jack Salamanca Thesis Award and the Kwiatek Fellowship. Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Nashville Review and The Establishment among other publications.

Lesley Jenike‘s poems and essays have appeared in POETRY, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, West Branch, The Bennington Review, and many other journals. Her most recent book is Holy Island, a collection of poems published by Gold Wake in 2016. She is Professor of Writing, Literature, and Philosophy at the Columbus College of Art and Design as well as a regular contributor to Ploughshares’ blog. You can find her at 

Marlin M. Jenkins was born and raised in Detroit and currently lives in Minnesota. The author of the poetry chapbook Capable Monsters (Bull City Press, 2020) and a graduate of University of Michigan’s MFA program, his work has found homes with Indiana Review, The Rumpus, Waxwing, and Kenyon Review Online, among others. You can find him online at

Betty Junghyun Kim is an emerging writer and graphic artist based in Vermont. A recent graduate of Dartmouth College, she is currently working at the College as the 2020-2021 Digital Library Fellow. Her nonfiction will be published in the Black Warrior Review this fall.

Lisa Low was born and raised in Maryland. Her poems have appeared in Entropy, Cream City Review, The Journal, Vinyl, The Collagist, and elsewhere, and her nonfiction is forthcoming in Gulf Coast. A graduate of Indiana University’s MFA program, she is a PhD candidate and Yates Fellow at the University of Cincinnati. For more, visit

Kristine Ong Muslim is the author of nine books of fiction and poetry, including The Drone Outside (Eibonvale Press, 2017), Black Arcadia (University of the Philippines Press, 2017), Meditations of a Beast (Cornerstone Press, 2016), Butterfly Dream (Snuggly Books, 2016), Age of Blight (Unnamed Press, 2016), and Lifeboat (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2015), as well as translator of Marlon Hacla’s Melismas (forthcoming from Oomph Press) and Mesándel Virtusio Arguelles’s Three Books (forthcoming from Broken Sleep Books), Hollow (forthcoming from Fernwood Press), and Twelve Clay Birds: Selected Poems (forthcoming from De La Salle University Publishing House). Widely anthologized, Muslim’s short stories have appeared in ConjunctionsDazed DigitalTin House, and World Literature Today. She grew up and continues to live in a rural town in southern Philippines.

Paul Riker is an MFA candidate at Purdue University. A finalist for the Iowa Review Award in Fiction, his work has been featured in Crack the Spine, Drunk Monkeys, Five on the Fifth, and elsewhere. He lives in Lafayette, IN. Follow him on Twitter @Pauljriker.

Michelle Ross is the author of There’s So Much They Haven’t Told You (2017), which won the 2016 Moon City Press Short Fiction Award. Her fiction has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Colorado Review, Epiphany, The Southeast Review, and other venues. Her work has been selected for Best Microfictions 2020 and the Wigleaf Top 50 2019, and won prizes from Gulf Coast and other journals. She is fiction editor of Atticus Review.