MENAGERIE

 
 
Fisayo Adeyeye has works published in The Collapsar, The Birds We Piled Loosely, The Wildness, and work forthcoming in Print Oriented Bastards, New American Writing, and This Magazine. He is the current Poetry Editor of Fourteen Hills, a Co-Curator of the VelRo Graduate Reading Series. His chapbook Blackfish was a finalist for the 2015 Best Prize Chapbook Contest (Big Lucks). His first full length book Cradles is forthcoming from Nomadic Press in April 2017.

 
Devon Balwit was her parents’ only attempt to pass on their genetic legacy. She moped about the Midwest until finally moving her moods across the country to the Pacific North. After marrying and passing on her own genetic treasures, she settled into the serious business of teaching and writing poetry. At all of these efforts, she fancies she has had some success.
 
Robert Beveridge makes noise (xterminal.bandcamp.com) and writes poetry just outside Cleveland, OH. Recent/upcoming appearances in Ghost City Review, Minor Literature[s], and Barking Sycamores, among others.
 
Ace Boggess is author of the novel A Song Without a Melody (Hyperborea Publishing, 2016) and two books of poetry, most recently, The Prisoners (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2014). Forthcoming is a third poetry collection: Ultra-Deep Field (Brick Road). His writing has appeared in Harvard Review, Mid-American Review, RATTLE, River Styx, North Dakota Quarterly and many other journals. He lives in Charleston, West Virginia.
 

Kevin Casey is the author of And Waking… (Bottom Dog Press, 2016), and the chapbooks The wind considers everything (Flutter Press) and For the Sake of the Sun (Red Dashboard). His poems have appeared recently or are forthcoming in Rust+Moth, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Green Briar Review, Chiron Review, and Ted Kooser’s syndicated newspaper column American Life in Poetry. For more, visit andwaking.com.
 
Kmye Chan was born in April 1985 in France, and has been attracted to drawing, painting and all sorts of crafts since a very young age. She started displaying her artwork on the internet for fun in her late teens while pursuing her biology studies. These days she works as a scientist by day, but come night Dr Camille transforms into Ms Kmye in pursuit of mischief in general and art in particular. She has been working as an artist and freelance illustrator as time permits since 2008, and her work has been exhibited in group and solo shows across Europe and the US. She currently resides in Paris, France. You can find her at kmye-chan.com.
 
Marlena Chertock‘s first collection of poetry, On that one-way trip to Mars, is available from Bottlecap Press. She is the Poetry Editor for District Lit. Her poems and short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Deaf Poets Society, The Fem, The Little Patuxent Review, Moonsick Magazine, Paper Darts, and Wordgathering. Find her at marlenachertock.com or @mchertock.
 
Doug Cornett is a writer living in Portland, Oregon. He earned his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Portland State University. He was awarded first prize in the 2016 William Van Dyke Short Story Contest from Ruminate Magazine, and his work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Permafrost Magazine, Propeller Magazine, Lime Hawk, and elsewhere. He is a regular blogger for Ploughshares, and his fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Best of the Net Award.
 
Emily Corwin is an MFA candidate in poetry at Indiana University-Bloomington and the Poetry Editor for Indiana Review. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Gigantic Sequins, glitterMOB, Hobart, smoking glue gun, and Word Riot. Her first chapbook, My Tall Handsome was recently published through Brain Mill Press. You can follow her at @exitlessblue.
 
Shannon Elizabeth Hardwick‘s first full-length book, Before Isadore, is forthcoming from Sundress Publications. She is an associate poetry editor for The Boiler Journal and work has appeared or is forthcoming in the following: Stirring, Versal, The Texas Observer, Devil’s Lake, Four Way Review, among others. Hardwick also has chapbooks out with Thrush Press and Mouthfeel Press. She writes in the deserts of West Texas.
 
Kathryn Hargett is a senior at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. Her work has been recognized by universities and organizations such as Princeton University, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, the National YoungArts Foundation, the Alabama Writers’ Forum, the UK Poetry Society, and others. She is the editor-in-chief of TRACK//FOUR, a literary magazine for writers and artists of color. Her work has been published in or is forthcoming from the Adroit Journal, the Blueshift Journal, A-Minor Magazine, Gigantic Sequins, DIALOGIST, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Sierra Nevada Review, and elsewhere. She is a Chinese-American poet from the outskirts of Birmingham, Alabama.
 
Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Vrenios‘s poetry has been featured in many online and print journals such as: Clementine, Kentucky Review, Two Cities Review, GFT Press, Page and Spine, Form Quarterly, Bethlehem Writers Roundable, and in issues of Hurricane Press, Poeming Pidgeon, Unsplendid, The Binnacle, Evening Street Review and The Edison Review. Her prize winning chapbook, Special Delivery was published by Yellow Chair Press in the spring of 2016, and she has been a 30/30 poet for Tupelo Press. She is a Professor Emerita from American University, and has spent most of her life performing as a singing artist across Europe and the United States.
 
Michele Leavitt, a poet and essayist, is also a high school dropout, hepatitis C survivor, and former trial attorney. Her essays about reuniting with her birth family appear in Sycamore Review, Narratively, Guernica, and Catapult. Poems are published most recently in North American Review, concis, Gravel, and Hermeneutic Chaos. She’s the author of the Kindle Singles memoir, Walk Away.
 
Courtney LeBlanc is the author of chapbooks Siamese Sisters and All in the Family (Bottlecap Press). Her poetry is published or forthcoming in Public Pool, Rising Phoenix Review, The Legendary, Germ Magazine, Quail Bell Magazine, Brain Mill Press, and others. She loves nail polish, wine, and tattoos. Read her blog at www.wordperv.com, follow her on twitter: @wordperv, or find her on facebook.

 
 
 

 
Elisa Luna-Ady is a soft-eyed Chicana who enjoys reading texts on revolution and picking fights with people. She’s the co-founder and managing editor of Kerosene. Her work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in Cosmonauts Avenue, Spy Kids Review, Sula Collective, and elsewhere. She tweets @astronomyhoe.
 
Ashley Mares is the author of two forthcoming chapbooks, A Dark, Breathing Heart (dancing girl press) and The Deer Longs for Streams of Water (Flutter Press). Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Whiskey Island, Menacing Hedge, Whale Road Review, Prelude, Hermeneutic Chaos, and others. She is currently completing her J.D. in Monterey, Ca, where she lives with her husband. Read more of her poetry at ashleymarespoetry.wordpress.com and follow her @ash_mares2.
 
Nate Maxson is a writer and performance artist. The author of several collections of poetry, he lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
 
Raised in the shadow of Houston refineries, Emily Pinkerton currently lives and writes in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is an MFA candidate at San Francisco State University, and her writing has previously appeared or is forthcoming in Juked, Anthropoid, BlazeVOX, Pith, and LEVELER, among others. Her first chapbook, Natural Disasters, was recently released with Hermeneutic Chaos Press. More of Emily’s literary activities can be found at thisisemilypinkerton.tumblr.com, and she tweets as @neongolden. Her favorite color is fog.

 
Timothy Otte has appeared in or is forthcoming from Denver Quarterly, Sundog Lit, Structo, Painted Bride Quarterly, the minnesota review, and others. He is from and lives in Minneapolis, where he works at Coffee House Press, but keeps a home on the internet: www.timothyotte.com.
 
Alex Reece Abbott is an award-winning emerging writer working across genres, forms and hemispheres, with stories upcoming and appearing in over 40 publications. Her short fiction has won the Northern Crime Competition and the Arvon Prize, and often shortlists, including for the Sunday Business Post/Penguin Short Story Prize, Bridport Prize, Fish, Mslexia, the Elbow Room Prize and Lorian Hemingway. A multiple nominee for 2016 Best Short Fictions, the Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Awards and the writing.ie Short Story of the Year, her literary, historical novel, The Helpmeet was a winner in the 2016 Greenbean Irish Novel Fair, while her contemporary novel Last of the Lucky Country, shortlisted for the 2015 Northern Crime Competition.

 
George Salis received a B.A. in English and psychology from Stetson University. He is the recipient of the 2015 Sullivan Award for Fiction, the 2015 Ann Morris Prize for Fiction, and the 2015 Davidson Award for Integrity in Journalism. His fiction is featured or forthcoming in The Dark, The Missing Slate, Black Heart Magazine, CultureCult Magazine, NILVX: A Book of Magic, Crab Fat Magazine, Story Shack, and elsewhere. His criticism has appeared in Atticus Review and The Tishman Review. He has taught in Bulgaria and recently finished writing his first novel.
 
Lori Sambol Brody lives in the mountains of Southern California. Her short fiction has been published in Tin House Flash Fridays, New Orleans Review, The Rumpus, Little Fiction, Necessary Fiction, and elsewhere. Her fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She can be found on Twitter at @LoriSambolBrody and her website is lorisambolbrody.wordpress.com.

 
Jamie Samdahl is a poet and naturalist from Princeton, Massachusetts. She has been published in Washington Square Review, Mandala Journal, Mountain Record: The Zen Practitioner’s Journal, Canopic Jar, Chagrin River Review, and elsewhere. In the spring of 2013, she was named winner of the 90th Annual Glascock Intercollegiate Poetry Prize. Read more at jamiesamdahl.com.
 
Mike Shier has an MFA in creative writing from Florida Atlantic University and is currently in the last year of his PhD program for the same at Illinois State University. His poetry has most recently appeared in grist and juked, and his creative nonfiction can be found in Menacing Hedge as well as the upcoming Other Orlandos anthology from Burrow Press. He currently serves as the Assistant Creative Nonfiction Editor for The Florida Review.
 
Sneha Subramanian Kanta is a postgraduate student of literature and culture at the University of Plymouth, United Kingdom and has been awarded the GREAT scholarship. Postcolonial literature and literary theory and criticism are her areas of research interest. Her work has appeared or is to appear in Quiddity (IL, USA), Front Porch Review (IL, USA), Ann Arbor Review (MI, USA), Sahitya Akademi (India), Otoliths (Australia) and elsewhere.
 
Steph Wang is a Taiwanese-Canadian artist of colour currently in high school. She is a contributor for Ascend Magazine. On top of writing, she swims and tries to convince her family to get a dog. Find her on twitter: @halethos.
 
Melissa Wiley is the author of Antlers in Space and Other Common Phenomena, an essay collection forthcoming from Split Lip Press in February 2017. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in places like DIAGRAM, The Offing, Juked, Drunken Boat, PANK, and Queen Mob’s Tea House. She also serves as assistant editor for Sundog Lit, and her travels in Lapland are anthologized in Whereabouts: Stepping out of Place.
 
Linda Wojtowick is writer from Montana now living in Portland, Oregon. Her current project is a poetry collection based around the theme of animal, vegetable, mineral, wherein each poem takes its name from a famous racehorse, a type of tomato strain, or a mineral. Off the Coast recently nominated her poem Mr. Stripey for a Pushcart Prize. Her work has also appeared in Spoon River Poetry Review, Two Hawks Quarterly, The American Aesthetic, Unbroken, Clementine Poetry Journal, The Prompt, Minetta Review, Ink In Thirds, The Communal Table, Aberration Labyrinth, Eyedrum Periodically, The Slag Review, and Visitant.