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Fisayo Adeyeye blckfsh / bird enthusiast / benign boy / fisayo adeyeye has works published in noble / gas qtrly, nailed magazine, the birds we piled loosely / and his first full length collection cradles is forthcoming from nomadic press in 2017.
 
Yusra Amjad is a poet and comedian from Lahore, Pakistan. She studied Literature at Forman Christian College and is one of the members of the Girls at Dhabas Collective, and initiative to reclaim public spaces for women in Pakistan. She organises and performs with the Auratnaak comedy troupe in Lahore. She has been published by The Missing Slate, Crossed Genres, Cities+Secrets, Where Are You Press, Rising Phoenix Press, and L’Ephemere Review, and was an honourable mention for the 2016 Judith Khan Memorial Prize. She was also nominated for the 2016 Pushcart Prize by The Missing Slate under the pseudonym Amna Y. Khan for her poem “Muhammad” (the pseudonym being necessary for her protection). Her work also appeared in the Mongrel Book of Voices,the first publication by Mongrel Books, an new independent publisher in Karachi.
 
M. J. Arlett is an MFA candidate at Florida International University. She was born in the UK, spent several years in Spain and now lives in Miami. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Lunch Ticket, Poet Lore, Mud Season Review, The Boiler Journal, Portland Review and elsewhere.
 
Jason Barry‘s poems have appeared in Angle (UK), The Cortland Review, The Citron Review, and several other journals. In 2015, he was awarded a scholarship to Poetry by the Sea, an international conference of poetry and poetics. He is currently living in Xi’an, China, where he works as a Lecturer in English at Jiaotong University.
 
Craig Burnett was born in Dundee and lives in south London, where he writes about awkward conversations, nasty surprises and the weight of the past. He has stories published or forthcoming in Storgy, Flexible Persona, Fictive Dream and the Glasgow Review of Books. He tweets @cburnettwriter.
 
Ava C. Cipri is a poetry editor for The Deaf Poets Society: An Online Journal of Disability Literature & Art. She holds an MFA from Syracuse University, where she served on the staff of Salt Hill. Ava’s poetry appears or is forthcoming in After the Pause, Crab Fat Literary Magazine, The Fem, Literary Orphans, and Room Magazine, among others. Her first chapbook Queen of Swords is forthcoming this fall 2017 from dgp. She resides at: www.avaccipri.com and tweets at @AvaCCipri.
 
Hannah Cohen lives in Virginia and is a MFA candidate at Queens University of Charlotte. She’s a contributing editor for Platypus Press. Recent and forthcoming publications include The Shallow Ends, Severine, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, and others.
 
Kate DeBolt holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and is an Assistant Poetry Editor for The Four Way Review. She has work forthcoming in The High Window; her work also appears in The Adroit Journal, DIALOGIST, Bluestem, and Plain Spoke. She can be found online at katedebolt.net.
 
Glyn Edwards is described by Wales Arts Review as ‘one of Wales’ most exciting young poets’. He is described by his wife as ‘a less pretty, poor man’s Ted Hughes’. He can’t reveal what his son says about him. Glyn was a recent poet-in-residence at The Dylan Thomas Boathouse and his debut collection, Conversations, will be published in early 2018.
 
Rita Feinstein is a graduate of Oregon State University’s MFA program. Her work has appeared in The Cossack Review, Hypertrophic Literary, Menacing Hedge, and Queen Mob’s Tea House, among other publications.
 
Beth Gilstrap is the author of I Am Barbarella: Stories (2015) from Twelve Winters Press and No Man’s Wild Laura (2016) from Hyacinth Girl Press. She thinks she’s crazy lucky to work as Fiction Editor over at Little Fiction | Big Truths. Her work has been selected as Longform.org’s Fiction Pick of the Week, nominated for storySouth’s Million Writers Award, Best of the Net, and The Pushcart Prize. Her fiction and essays have appeared in Bull, WhiskeyPaper, The Minnesota Review, Literary Orphans, and Little Patuxent Review, among others. She lives in Charlotte with her husband and enough rescue pets to make life interesting.

 
 
 

 
Rachana Hegde collects words and other oddities. She is dissonant in the company of strangers. Her poetry has been published in Alexandria Quarterly, Moonsick Magazine, and Hypertrophic Literary. You can find her reading, drowsy-eyed, or at www.rachanahegde.weebly.com.
 
Draws out the daydreams, the longings. Shoko Ishida (a.k.a. yodaka) is an Illustration graduate from the College of Creative Studies in Detroit, and her works have been published in Communication Arts and featured at the Society of Illustrators. Inspired by fashion, nature, and the nostalgic culture of Japan, she uses mixed media such as pastel, acrylic, ink, and oil to create works that sparks a story. Visit her website here: http://shoko-ishida.com/.
 
Wilson Josephson is a spry sapling spreading his roots in Southern Minnesota. His first book, Literary Starbucks, came out in August of 2016. He is the poetry editor for The Rain, Party, and Disaster Society, and loves those who use the word “earthquake” as an adjective.
 
Shawn McClure is a visual artist and writer who resides in central New Jersey with her family. Her work has been published in Unbroken Journal, Kindred Magazine, and Entropy, among others. She has a photo journal at https://tookapic.com/shawn and tweets at @cohaesi.
 
Anika Prakash is a sophomore in high school and the editor-in-chief of Red Queen Literary Magazine. She currently serves as a co-news editor for Two Views Magazine, a prose editor at TRACK//FOUR, and a poetry editor at Parallel Ink. Her work has appeared in Venus Magazine, L’Ephemere Review, deLuge, Hobart, Halo Lit Mag, and Moledro Magazine.
 
Rushda Rafeek serves as a Fiction Editor for The Missing Slate magazine. Her works have appeared/are forthcoming in Yellow Chair Review, Visual Verse,Through the Gate, Strange Horizons, among others. She is currently based in Sri Lanka.
 
Lisa Schapiro Flynn earned her MFA from Emerson College. Her poems have been published in journals including 13th Moon: A Feminist Literary Magazine, The Beacon Street Review, and UCity Review. She lives in New York.
 
Margarita Serafimova has published one book of poetry, “Animals and Other Gods”, in the Bulgarian (Sofia University Press, 2016). Her second book, “Demons and World”, also in the Bulgarian, is forthcoming in April 2017 (Black Flamingo Publishing, Sofia). In the US, pieces of Margarita’s have appeared in Outsider Poetry, Heavy Athletics, Anti-Heroin Chic, and the Peacock Journal. Margarita is a human rights lawyer by profession.
 
Shruti Swaminathan is an Indian writer and a pig headed idealist. She was the youngest candidate to be admitted into UCLA’s MFA Screenwriting program and graduated in 2015. She is nearly as bad at writing bios as she is at writing tweets, which she does using the handle @ashramsinanut.
 
Brandon Thurman is a behavior analyst and poet living in Fayetteville, Arkansas with his husband and son. His poetry can be found or is forthcoming in PANK, Zone 3, and Glass. He tweets @bthurman87.
 
Benjamin Winkler lives and writes in Philadelphia, PA. His work has previously appeared in RHINO, Blunderbuss Magazine, and The Ilanot Review. Find him online at www.benjaminwinkler.com or on Twitter at @cmdrcallowhill.
 
Tara Isabel Zambrano lives in Texas and is an Electrical Engineer by profession. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Lunch Ticket, Storm Cellar, Juked, Parcel, Gargoyle, Mojo and others.