MENAGERIE

 
 
Linda Ashok is the 2017 Charles Wallace India Trust Fellow in Creative Writing (Poetry) at the University of Chichester, UK. Linda is the Founder/President of RædLeaf Foundation for Poetry & Allied Arts and funds the annual RL Poetry Award (since 2013). For features, press coverage, works, and more, visit lindaashok.com.
 
Anna Cabe is a MFA candidate in fiction at Indiana University and the web editor and incoming nonfiction editor of Indiana Review. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Toast, SmokeLong Quarterly, Necessary Fiction, Cleaver, and Split Lip Magazine, among others. She was a 2015 Kore Press Short Fiction Award semifinalist, a finalist for Midwestern Gothic’s Summer 2016 Flash Fiction Series, and a finalist for the 2015 Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers. You can find Anna at annacabe.com.
 
Renee Christopher is an MFA candidate at Iowa State where she serves as poetry editor for Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment. She is a recipient of ISU’s 2017 Dark Horse Award and will attend the 2017 Tin House Summer Conference. Her work has been published in Crab Fat Magazine and Alyss Lit‘s 2017 Inauguration Edition. She tweets @reneesunok.
 
Justin Lawrence Daugherty lives in Atlanta and is the Publisher at Jellyfish Highway Press. His novel, You Are Alive, is forthcoming from Civil Coping Mechanisms in 2018.
 
Darren C. Demaree is the author of seven poetry collections, most recently “Unfinished Murder Ballads” which is due out August 2017 from Jellyfish Highway. He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry. He is currently living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.
 
Puloma Ghosh is a writer based in Boston, MA. She was born in Kolkata when it was still called Calcutta, and grew up in Massachusetts. She has a BA in English from Tufts University.
 
William Godbey’s work has appeared in several publications, including the Chiron Review, Misfit Magazine, and Slipstream Press. He is currently pursuing a BA in English from California State University Long Beach, where he currently lives. He is 21 years old.
 
Stacey Gruver is a poet and artist who lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2014, she was a recipient of the Maryland Individual Artists Award. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Eye to the Telescope, and The Puritan.
 
Liz Harms is a poet currently living in Arkansas. She is an Editorial Assistant for C&R Press and graduated from the Writing Program at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith. While attending the university, she served as the editor of Applause Literary Journal. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in 3Elements Review, Duende Literary Journal, and Applause. She is the aspiring owner of a tortoise and a Boston apartment. You can follow her clumsy navigation on Twitter at @liz_harms.
 
Angela He is an LA native and an incoming student in writing and literature at UCSB’s College of Creative Studies. Her work has appeared in Exposition Review and The Huffington Post, and she has been recognized as a LA Youth Poet Finalist.
 
Ana Hurtado was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, and grew up in Quito, Ecuador. She is a recent graduate of Iowa State University’s MFA program in Creative Writing & Environment. Her work has appeared in Hinchas de Poesia, Rhino Poetry, Word Riot, Azahares, and more.
 
Harshbir Singh Kang has just finished his bachelor’s degree in History and Classics at the University of Alberta, where he also completed a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. His essay, The Spanish House, was published in the Winter 2017 issue of Glass Buffalo and another essay, Searching for Darkness, will be published in the upcoming Spring 2017 issue of Burning Water. Harshbir enjoys cooking, travelling and learning new instruments.
 
KS Lack is a writer and letterpress printer residing in New York. Her work has appeared in galleries and publications such as Proteus Gowanus, the Art Directors Club, the London Centre for Book Arts, The Tishman Review and the temenos journal. You can view highlights of her work here: www.zitternpress.com. Mixing cocktails, teasing her brother and the sound of waves in winter are a few of her favorite things. She has been living with disability and chronic pain since the age of eleven.
 

 
 
 
 
Theo LeGro is a Vietnamese-American woman poet living and writing out of Brooklyn, NY. A high, lonesome fiddle paves the way to her heart. Her work has previously appeared in Third Point Press, with more work forthcoming in Juked.
 
Kristie Betts Letter‘s work has just been recognized in Best American Short Fictions 2016 and pieces have appeared in The Massachusetts Review, The North Dakota Quarterly, Washington Square, Passages North, Pangolin Papers and The Southern Humanities Review (among others.) Her poetry collection Under-Worldly was just published by Editorial L’Aleph. She’s won several teaching awards for forcing Hamlet on high school seniors, and plays a mean game of pub trivia. Visit her website here: kristiebettsletter.com.
 
Rachel Mindell is writer and teacher living in Montana. Her chapbook, A Teardrop and a Bullet, was released last year by Dancing Girl Press. Individual poems have appeared in Pool, DIAGRAM, Bombay Gin, BOAAT, and elsewhere.
 
Ryan Napier lives in Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Stetson University and Yale Divinity School. His stories have appeared in Storgy, minor literature[s], Queen Mob’s Tea House, The Cossack Review, and others. More information at ryannapier.tumblr.com.
 
Megan Perra is a Canadian-American naturalist illustrator from Portland, Oregon. She has a BSc in Zoology from the University of British Columbia (Okanagan) and a Graduate Diploma in Visual Journalism from Concordia University (Montreal). Her work is informed by a childhood spent barefoot in the woods and her pursuit of knowledge on ecological issues in the arctic; when she can keep up, she goes backcountry skiing in the Cascades. She’s spent time at artist residencies in Iceland and the Faroe Islands, and will be sea-kayaking in Alaska this July as part of the Voices of the Wilderness Artist Residency with the US Forest Service. In the spring of 2018 she returns to Iceland for a collaborative project on arctic foxes with several researchers.
 
Cassandra Peurala is an MFA candidate at Hamline University. She loves dogs more than most humans.
 
Christopher Porcaro is a poet and painter from Los Angeles. His first collection of poetry, Movable Parts will be available next fall.
 
Ricky Ray was born in Florida and educated at Columbia University. His recent work can be found in The American Scholar (blog), Matador Review, Fugue, Lodestone, Sixfold and Chorus: A Literary Mixtape. His awards include the Ron McFarland Poetry Prize and Katexic’s Cormac McCarthy prize. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, three cats and a dog; the bed is frequently overcrowded.
 
Isabella Rosario is a first-year student at the University of Iowa and a journalist at The Daily Iowan. She is a queer feminist who enjoys bagels and nuanced conversation. You can follow her on Twitter @isabellacyt.
 
Josh Silver is a Master of Architecture student at the University of Toronto. His work explores the intersection of the infra-ordinary of everyday life with literary constraint, revealing the interesting results of this confluence. His other projects include ‘zines, photos, community gardens and and others.
 
Jessica Lynn Suchon is a poet, essayist, and women’s rights advocate. She recently received her MFA from Southern Illinois University where she was recognized by The Academy of American Poets. Jessica was named a 2016 Emerging Writer Fellow by Aspen Words, a partner of The Aspen Institute and was a finalist for the 2017 Indiana Review Prize. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Yemassee, Hermeneutic Chaos, Radar Poetry, Connotation Press, decomP magazinE, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Rust + Moth, and A Shadow Map: An Anthology by Survivors of Sexual Assault, among others.
 
Gu Zhongsheng was born in 1983 in Yanji, a small town on the border of China and North Korea, near by Russia. The residents in his hometown speak Mandarin, Korean and some are fluent in Russian. But he grew up two deaf people, his grandmother and his brother. Thus he had no use for learning any of those languages and instead, he tried to find his own way to talk, outside the realm of words, with shape, movement and image — Photography came to him naturally. He then went to study photography at Beijing Film Academy, one of the top colleges for photography in China, and graduated in the year of 2006. He now moved to New York since 2014 to continue his artwork creation.