MENAGERIE

 
 

 
Terry Abrahams lives and writes quietly in Toronto. His work has been a part of BALDHIP, (parenthetical), the Puritan, and Peach Mag (among others), & is forthcoming in tenderness, yea and ÖMËGÄ (among others). They tweet @trabrahams
 
Stephanie Adams-Santos is the author of Swarm Queen’s Crown (finalist for a 2017 Lambda Literary Award) and several chapbooks: Total Memory; Little Fugues and The Sundering (Winner of the New York Chapbook Fellowship). Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets, and she is the recipient of a 2016 Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship. Stephanie’s work has been featured at Poetry Press Week and the Pickathon Independent Music Festival, and has appeared in various print and online journals and magazines, including Guernica, The Boston Review, Orion, and others. More at: www.obscurobeach.com.
 
David Appelbaum treads a thin line between poetry and philosophy. A professor of philosophy at SUNY New Paltz, his work, in a series of books, focuses on the transcendent nature of ordinary things, including Everyday Spirits [SUNY Press, 1995]. In addition, his thought shows a special interest in the performance of the speaking voice. For ten years, he was editor-in-chief of Parabola Magazine, with its concern for wisdom traditions and the search for meaning. Publisher of Codhill Press, an independent literary small press which he founded fifteen years ago, he has produced a booklist of nearly one hundred titles, including authors of international reputation. A number of collections of his own poems have been published, including most recently Jiggerweed [Finishing Line Press, 2011] and Letters and Found Poems of Edisa and Chloe [Codhill Press, 2013].
 
Devon Balwit writes in Portland, OR. She has five chapbooks out or forthcoming: How the Blessed Travel (Maverick Duck Press); Forms Most Marvelous (dancing girl press); In Front of the Elements (Grey Borders Books), Where You Were Going Never Was (Grey Borders Books); and The Bow Must Bear the Brunt (Red Flag Poetry). Her individual poems can be found here in an earlier issue of Noble / Gas Quarterly as well as in The Cincinnati Review, Sierra Nevada Review, The Stillwater Review, Red Earth Review, Psaltery & Lyre, The Ekphrastic Review, Emrys Journal, and more.

 
Alexis Bates is a poet and writer that explores the intersection of body and womanhood in her work. You can read her words in Luna Luna Magazine, Five:2:One, Vagabond City Lit, and elsewhere. Her micro-chap is forthcoming from Ghost City Press.
 
Brandon Best is currently pursuing a B.A. in English at Cedarville University. He enjoys reading Flannery O’Connor, Wallace Stegner, and James Galvin. His other work has appeared in Foliate Oak, The Ibis Head Review, and Burnt Pine Magazine.
 
Alexis Briscuso lives in brooklyn, ny. she has been featured in voicemail poems, queen mob’s teahouse, and vagabond city. she is going cross country to see harry styles in concert and thought you oughta know. she tweets @nikonamerica, usually a little drunk.
 
Seth Canner attends the University of Greenwich where he studies Creative Writing and English Writing. He serves as co-editor of Lit.cat, an online literary journal.
 
Marlena Chertock has two books of poetry, Crumb-sized (Unnamed Press, 2017) and On that one-way trip to Mars (Bottlecap Press, 2016). She lives in Washington, D.C. and serves as the poetry editor of District Lit. Marlena is a graduate of the Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House and uses her skeletal dysplasia and chronic pain as a bridge to scientific poetry. Her poems and short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Breath & Shadow, The Deaf Poets Society, The Fem, Paper Darts, Wordgathering, and more. Find her at marlenachertock.com or @mchertock.
 
Seanse Lynch Ducken received her MFA in Poetry through Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Her work has appeared in the 2nd edition of the online anthology, A Sense of Place: The Washington State Geospatial Poetry Anthology, Windfall: A Journal of Poetry of Place, Mudfish 19, and Ecotone. She currently teaches English at Central Washington University.
 
Meg Eden‘s work has been published in various magazines, including Rattle, Drunken Boat, Poet Lore, RHINO and Gargoyle. She teaches creative writing at the University of Maryland. She has five poetry chapbooks, and her novel “Post-High School Reality Quest” is published with California Coldblood, an imprint of Rare Bird Books. Find her online at www.megedenbooks.com or on Twitter at @ConfusedNarwhal.

 
Logan February is a happy-ish Nigerian owl who likes pizza & typewriters. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in(b)OINK, Wildness, Vagabond City, and more. His chapbooks,Painted Blue with Saltwater(Indolent Books) and How to Cook a Ghost (Glass Poetry Press) are forthcoming. Say hello on Instagram & [email protected]
 
Mariel Fechik is a musician and writer from Chicago, where she works for an educational nonprofit. She sings in the band Fay Ray, and she is a music writer for Atwood Magazine and Third Coast Review. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Lines + Stars, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Bottlecap Press, and others.
 

Bruna Figueredo is a writer from São Paulo, Brazil, known for having won all the literary prizes of her elementary school. On a regular day, if she is not thinking about how she should be writing she is either reading or playing video games. She’s also a mechanical engineer in her spare time.
 

 
 
 
 
 
Abel M. Folgar was born and raised in Caracas, VZ and currently resides in Miami, FL. His work has appeared in journals like Hinchas de Poesía, Sliver of Stone, and LaFovea.com. Much to this mother’s dismay, his first word was “gol” and would probably be more poetically productive if soccer wasn’t a year-round sport.
 
Elizabeth R. Hitchcock is an Alaskan-grown poet living in Sparks, Nevada. She began writing poetry two years ago, almost by accident. You can find her work in Furrow Magazine, The Linnet’s Wings, The Wild Word, Rogue Agent Journal, Common Ground Literary Magazine, and the Columbia Review.
 
Shilpa Iyyer is a graduate student who lives and writes in Boston. Her work has appeared in PANK and Spires. She holds a degree in literature and cognitive science from Washington University.
 
Michele Finn Johnson’s stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Colorado Review, Mid-American Review, DIAGRAM, The Adroit Journal, SmokeLong Quarterly, Split Lip, jmww journal, Wigleaf, and elsewhere. Her nonfiction won an AWP Intro Journals Project award. More at www.michelefinnjohnson.com and on twitter @m_finn_johnson.
 
Emily Lubanko is an illustrator, designer, and teacher living and working in the Boston area. When not working on her leviathan a 78-card tarot deck project, she is usually painting. Both her tarot and other works approach themes of global myths, power structures and relationships—-societal and personal, queerness, the subconscious, and cycles of nature. Her work can be found at her website, 
emilylubanko.com, or on twitter @emilylubanko.

 
Nate Maxson is a writer and performance artist. He is the author of several collections of poetry including The Whisper Gallery and The Age Of Jive. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
 
Ashley Costanzo Nebelsieck was born in Hyannis, Massachusetts. She graduated from Arizona State University with an undergraduate degree in Art and Religious Studies and has a Master’s in Counseling Psychology. Her credits include “The Backdoor to Enlightenment” (co-authored with Tibetan monk Za Rinpoche, Random House, 2008), and her work has been featured in the Baltimore Review, the Association of Writers’ Pedagogy Papers, and many others. She currently paints and writes in Phoenix, Arizona.
 
Nikoletta Nousiopoulos published “all the dead goats” in 2010 with Little Red Tree Publishing. Some of her poetry has appeared in Tammy, Pioneertown Literary Journal, Thin Noon, Meadowland Review, and others. She works as an adjunct professor of writing at various colleges in New England, and resides in Connecticut with her husband. They are expecting their first child in the Spring of 2018.
 
Selby Perkins is the oldest of six sisters. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia, and is now working at the Atlanta Dream Center with women caught in prostitution and trafficking, children and families from section 8 housing, and the homeless population of Atlanta. She likes to run in the rain and play in rivers at night.
 
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, Hobart, and LEVELER, among others. Her first chapbook, Natural Disasters, was recently published by Hermeneutic Chaos Press.
 
More of Emily’s publications can be found at thisisemilypinkerton.tumblr.com, and she tweets as @neongolden. Her favorite color is fog.
 
Cindy Song is a high school senior from Rockville, Maryland. Her poetry appears in Cicada Magazine, Words Dance, and Cadaverine Magazine, among many others. When not writing, she is taking walks in nature or discovering new music.
 
Millie Tullis graduated from Utah State University in 2017. In 2015 she won the Sandy River Review’s Undergraduate Poetry Prize. In 2016 she won the Elizabeth R. Curry Poetry Contest. She lives in Logan, Utah. She can be reached at http://millietullis.weebly.com.
 
Cathy Ulrich is a writer from Montana. Her work has been published in a variety of journals, including Newfound, Jellyfish Review and Monkeybicycle.
 
Clio Velentza is a winner of ‘Best Small Fictions 2016’ and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in several literary journals, such as Wigleaf, (b)OINK, Lost Balloon, Jellyfish Review, Atticus Review and People Holding. Find her at @clio_v.
 
Sam Wilcox is a writer and current undergraduate at Columbia University, studying English and Philosophy. He is also a member of the Columbia Review.
 
Melissa Wiley is the author of Antlers in Space and Other Common Phenomena (Split Lip Press). Her creative nonfiction has appeared in places like The Rumpus, DIAGRAM, Phoebe, Waxwing, The Offing, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Juked, The Collapsar, and PANK. She lives in Chicago.
 
Lauren Yarnall is a second year Master of Fine Arts candidate in Poetry at the University of Idaho, where she currently works as the Managing Editor for Fugue. She is from Ellicott City, Maryland and received her bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from Salisbury University. Her work has previously appeared in Harpur Palate, Permafrost Magazine, Slipstream Magazine, Barely South Review, Superstition Magazine, Spillway Magazine, and elsewhere.