MENAGERIE

 
 
 
Tabitha Blankenbiller is a graduate of the Pacific University MFA program who lives outside of Portland, Oregon. Her essays have been featured in a number of journals including The Rumpus, Electric Lit, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Hobart, Brevity, and Barrelhouse. She also enjoys constructing tiny paper houses and making overly complicated dinners. Her debut essay collection “Eats of Eden” is forthcoming from Alternating Current Press in Fall 2017.
 
Karen Chen is a 17 year old from New York City, New York. Her writing has been honored regionally and nationally by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards; in 2016, she was an American Voices Nominee. She was also a winner of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Promising Young Writers Program in 2013. In addition, she is a monthly columnist for English Salon magazine, which is a publication used in many schools in China as a high-level academic resource that teaches English to high schoolers. Her work has been published in Visceral Brooklyn and is forthcoming in Yo-NEW YORK! In her spare time, Karen enjoys reading, fencing, and doing math.
 
Joyce Chong is a poet and writer living in Ontario, Canada. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming from One Throne Magazine, Wildness, Hypertrophic Literary, and Spy Kids Review, among others. Her micro-chapbook, “Inventory,” was recently released from Ghost City Press. You can find her at joycechong.ca or you can follow her on Twitter at @_joycechong.
 
After a rather extended and varied second childhood in New Orleans,
Matt Dennison’s work has appeared in Rattle, Bayou Magazine, Redivider, Natural Bridge, The Spoon River Poetry Review and Cider Press Review, among others. He has also made videos with poetry videographers Michael Dickes, Swoon, and Marie Craven.
 
Joel Hans is the managing editor of Fairy Tale Review, and his fiction has been published in Caketrain, West Branch, Redivider, Yemassee, Booth, and others. His novel, What Stills Never Survives, was an honorable mention in the 2016 Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer’s Residency Prize. Find him online at joelhans.com or @joelhans.
 
Jessica Hilt is a graduate of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop and University of California San Diego. When she’s not writing odd little stories, has a fabulous career as a tech socialite. Her work has appeared in Bourbon Penn magazine, on stage at The Old Globe, and in various bars around town — with or without provocation. You can find her on Twitter @bzztbaa.
 
Julia Rose Lewis is working on her PhD in poetry at Cardiff University. When not in school, she lives on Nantucket Island and is a member of the Moors Poetry Collective. Her poems have appeared in their anthologies, 3am Magazine, Poetry Wales, and Missing Slate. Zarf Poetry is publishing her chapbook this autumn.
 
Douglas Luman is the Book Reviews Editor for the Found Poetry Review, Head Researcher at appliedpoetics.org, Art Director for Stillhouse Press, Poetry Editor for Phoebe, a book designer, teacher, and digital human.
 
Devin Kelly earned his MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and co-hosts the Dead Rabbits Reading Series in New York City. He is the author of the collaborative chapbook with Melissa Smyth, This Cup of Absence (Anchor & Plume) and the forthcoming books, Blood on Blood (Unknown Press), and In This Quiet Church of Night, I Say Amen (ELJ Publications). He has been nominated for both the Pushcart and Best of the Net Prizes. He works as a college advisor in Queens, teaches poetry at Bronx Community College, and lives in Harlem. You can find him on twitter @themoneyiowe.
 
Essentially a cat with anxiety and opposable thumbs, Zoha Batool Khan is a Pakistani intersectional feminist who’s into trolley problem memes and jewelry. She tweets at @nightwitchling and blogs at spitgreenfire.wordpress.com. Her work has appeared in Heather Press, Rising Phoenix Press, Thought Catalog and Feminism in India. Currently studying for her A-Levels, she’s working to ensure no kid is as shaped by abuse as she is.
 

 
 
 
 
 
Jessica Morey-Collins is a Pushcart nominated MFA student at the University of New Orleans, where she works as associate poetry editor for Bayou Magazine. She won the 2016 Andrea Sanders Gereighty/AAP Award and was a finalist for the 4th Annual Gigantic Sequins Poetry Contest and the 2016 Iron Horse Chapbook Contest. Her poems and nonfiction can be found or are forthcoming in Pleiades, scissors & spackle, The Pinch, The Boiler Journal, Animal Literary Journal and elsewhere. She blogs on craft for the North American Review.
 
Emily O’Neill is a writer, artist, and proud Jersey girl. Her debut collection, Pelican, is the inaugural winner of YesYes Books’ Pamet River Prize for women and non-binary writers. She is the author of three chapbooks: Celeris (Fog Machine), You Can’t Pick Your Genre (Jellyfish Highway), and Make a Fist & Tongue the Knuckles (Nostrovia! Press). She teaches writing and tends bar in Boston, MA.
 
John Rodzvilla is an artist, writer, publisher and teacher. He currently teaches at Emerson College. His work has appeared in Harvard Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Verbatim and Bad Robot Poetry. His work can be found at rodzvilla.com.
 
Keith Rosson has appeared in PANK, Cream City Review, Gulf Stream, December, and more. His debut novel, The Mercy of the Tide, will be published by Meerkat Press in February 2017.
 
He is also a legally blind illustrator and graphic designer (which, in his words, can be as challenging as it sounds) with clients that include Warner Bros, Green Day, Against Me, the Goo Goo Dolls, and more.
 
Sarah Shields is a mother, artist, and writer living in Southern California. Her artwork has appeared in The Tishman Review, Boston Accent Lit, and Lockjaw Magazine. She loves to post new art stuff here: http://905-15th-avenue.tumblr.com/. Her written work has appeared in Berfrois, Cheap Pop, Hermeneutic Chaos, and Scintilla. She also writes and illustrates stories for children with work forthcoming in Spider.
 
Daryl Sznyter received her MFA in poetry from The New School and her BA in creative writing from Pepperdine University. Previous and forthcoming publications include Best American Poetry blog, Word Fountain and Theories of HER.
 

Owen Vince is a writer and visual artist living in London, UK. His book, THE ADRIFT OF SAMUS ARAN, is forthcoming from Fathom Books. He runs PYRAMID Editions art press and tweets @abrightfar.
 

Donna Vorreyer is the author of Every Love Story is an Apocalypse Story (Sundress Publications, 2016) and A House of Many Windows (Sundress Publications, 2013) as well as seven chapbooks, most recently Encantado, a collaboration with artist Matt Kish from Redbird Chapbooks. She serves as the reviews editor for Stirring: A Literary Collection and teaches middle school in the suburbs of Chicago.
 
Margaret Wack has had her work previously published in Strange Horizons, Eclectica, and Liminality, among others. More can be found at margaretwack.com.
 
Ian C. Williams is an MFA student at Oklahoma State University. He has received the Florence Kahn Memorial Award from the National Federation of State Poetry Societies for his chapbook, House of Bones, and his poems have appeared in Blue Earth Review, The Altar Collective, Appalachian Heritage, and Arsenic Lobster, among others. He lives in Stillwater, Oklahoma, with his wife, Bailey, along with their dog, two cats, and chameleon.
 
Robert Young was born in Fort Wayne, IN. He was the Lead Poetry Editor for the 2015 issue of The Broken Plate. His work has been published in Easy Street, The Odyssey, and Exceptions Journal. He is currently an MA student in creative writing at Ball State University.