MENAGERIE

 
 

Faizan Adil is a documentary and conceptual photographer based in Lahore, Pakistan. In 2015, he graduated in journalism from Beaconhouse National University, Pakistan. Currently, he is undertaking a photography fellowship at Pakistan Photo Festival. His photographic expression derives life as a chapter of isolation, intertwined with hope, yet poetically distressed in the embrace of reality. He is interested in working for himself to understand the concealed eminence of integrated nature developed by the society.
 
Hussain Ahmed is a Nigerian writer and environmentalist. His poems are featured or forthcoming in Puerto del Sol, Prairie Schooner, Yemassee, Vinyl, Hobart, Nashville Review and elsewhere. His chapbook was a finalist for the 2017 Hyacinth Girl Press contest.
 
Clair Dunlap grew up just outside Seattle, Washington, and started writing poems at the age of six. She is the author of In the Plum Dark Belly (Beard Poetry 2016) and her work also appears in Souvenir, The Fem, The Harpoon Review, and more. She currently lives in the Midwest.
 
Mariel Fechik is a musician and writer from Chicago. She sings in the band Fay Ray and is a music writer for Atwood Magazine and Third Coast Review. She was recently chosen as a finalist for Rabbit Catastrophe Review‘s 2017 Real Good Poem Prize. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Crab Fat Magazine, Occulum, Sundog Lit, Glass, and others.
 
Being a native Floridian and current resident, Michelle Lizet Flores is happy to have returned to the land where trees don’t sleep. A graduate of FSU and NYU creative writing programs, she currently works as a 5th grade reading teacher where she fosters the next generation of American writers. She has previously been published in magazines such as Badlands and The Miami Rail.
 
Erik Fuhrer is a PhD and MFA candidate in English at The University of Notre Dame. His work has been published, or is forthcoming, in BlazeVox, Figroot Press, Dream Pop Press, Third Wednesday, and various other venues.
 
Gretchen Gales is a writer, artist, and the managing editor of Quail Bell Magazine. Her written work has appeared in Ms., Underscore Review, Bustle, Yes Poetry, The Establishment, and many more. You can find all of Gretchen’s work at writinggales.wordpress.com.
 
Kelsie Hahn‘s chapbook “Last Days of the Microsaurs” is forthcoming from The Cupboard Pamphlet. Her chapbook “Responsibility” is available from Lit House Press, and other fiction has appeared in Passages North, Caketrain, Cartridge Lit, NANO Fiction, and others. She holds an MFA in fiction from New Mexico State University and lives near Seattle. More at kelsiehahn.com.
 
Rachana Hegde is an 18 year old Indian writer from Hong Kong. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in DIALOGIST, diode poetry journal, and The Blueshift Journal. Her work has been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and nominated for Best of the Net. Find her at www.rachanahegde.weebly.com.
 
Caylie Herrmann is a Masters of Fine Arts candidate at Eastern Washington University. Her work can be found in burntdistrict, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Rust+Moth, the minnesota review, and others. She is (thankfully) better at writing poetry than she is at writing bios.
 
Marissa Higgins is a lesbian writer and editor based in Washington, DC. Her poetry has appeared in Apogee, Bone Bouquet, Rogue Agent, Calamus, and Softblow. Her first chapbook, SHOPGIRLS, is forthcoming with Headmistress Press.
 
Melissa Fite Johnson’s poems have appeared in Rattle, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Rust + Moth, and elsewhere. Her first collection, While the Kettle’s On (Little Balkans Press, 2015), and her second, Ghost Sign (Spartan Press, 2016), which she co-authored, were both named Kansas Notable Books. She is also the author of A Crooked Door Cut into the Sky, winner of the 2017 Vella Chapbook Award (Paper Nautilus Press, 2018). Melissa and her husband live with their dog and chickens in Kansas, where she teaches English at her old high school. Please feel free to connect with Melissa at melissafitejohnson.com.
 
Abbie Lahmers is a fiction MFA candidate at Georgia College and State University and a managing editor of Arts & Letters. Her fiction has appeared in Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment (winner of the 2016 Sweet Corn Contest), Beecher’s, Barnstorm, Lime Hawk, SLAB, and Pif Magazine.
 
Sarah Ann LaFleur is the author of Lioness Heart (2017) and Atoms and the Void (2017). Sarah has been published in elephant journal, Natural Awakenings Magazine, and The Burlington County Times. She also serves as Creative Nonfiction Editor for national literary magazine Duende. Sarah lives in New Jersey with her calico cat Fae.

 
 
 
 
Tom Lakin is a graduate of Emerson College’s MFA program, where he was a full-tuition fellow. His fiction is forthcoming in Lunch Ticket and Pleiades, which awarded his story the 2018 G.B. Crump Prize in Experimental Fiction. He was a finalist in the Narrative Magazine Spring 2014 Story Contest, and his journalism has appeared in ESPN The Magazine and on ESPN.com and ESPNBoston.com. He lives with his wife, daughter, and Boston terrier in Boston’s South End.
 
Claire S. Lee is a student from Southern California. Her writing has been recognized by Tinderbox Poetry Journal and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and can be found or is forthcoming in Alexandria Quarterly, Rising Phoenix Review, Blue Marble Review, Amaryllis, and *82 Review, among others. She works as the managing editor for COUNTERCLOCK and as an editorial intern for The Blueshift Journal. Though she loves poetry and nonfiction, her favorite genre is historical fiction.
 
Cara Lorello is a former journalist-turned freelance editor and poet currently residing in Spokane, Washington. A lifelong northerner, she grew up writing creatively when not riding horses around her rural eastern Washington home. Inspired by an artist grandmother and mother who encouraged her writing pursuits, she published her first poem at age 12. Her writing and poetry have appeared in past issues of Vending Machine Press, SlushPile, The Sun, The Smoking Poet, The Human Touch Journal, SnapDragon Journal, Riverlit, and the 2014 poetry anthology Railtown Almanac.
 
Rebekah Matthews lives in Boston and watches a lot of TV. Her stories have appeared in such publications as Wigleaf, Barrelhouse, Smokelong Quarterly, Necessary Fiction, and decomP. Her novella, Hero Worship, was published by Vagabondage Press. Her website is http://rebekahmatthews.com and she tweets at http://twitter.com/9dollarcandle.
 
Jonathan May grew up in Zimbabwe as the child of missionaries. He lives and teaches in Memphis, TN, where he recently served as the inaugural Artist in Residence at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. In addition, May teaches writing as therapy at a residential facility for women with eating disorders. Read more at https://memphisjon.wordpress.com/.
 
Kevin A. Risner is currently ESL Coordinator at the Cleveland Institute of Art. His work can be found multiple places online: L’Ephemere Review, Rise Up Review, the murmur house, and others. His chapbook, My Ear is a Sieve, is available through Bottlecap Press.
 
Jen Rouse’s poems have appeared in Poetry, Poet Lore, Pretty Owl, The Tishman Review, The Inflectionist Review, Midwestern Gothic, Sinister Wisdom, the Plath Poetry Project, Occulum, Lavender Review, and elsewhere. She has work forthcoming in Up the Staircase‘s 10th anniversary issue. She’s the 2017 winner of Gulf Stream’s summer poetry contest. Rouse’s chapbook, Acid and Tender, was published in 2016 by Headmistress Press. Find her at jen-rouse.com and on Twitter @jrouse.
 
Teresa Sutton lives in Poughkeepsie, NY. Her third chapbook, “Breaking Newton’s Laws,” won first place in the 2017 Encircle Chapbook Competition. She was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
 
Katelyn Thomas is a writer, poet and photographer who works in the children’s department of her local library. She spends her free time hiking, reading and watching her rambunctious hens cavorting in the sunlight. She has recently been published in or accepted by Bones Journal, Failed Haiku, Ariel Chart and Califragile. You can find more of her work at www.katelynthomas.com.
 
Emily Townsend is a graduate student in English at Stephen F. Austin State University. Her works have appeared in Superstition Review, Thoughtful Dog and others, and are forthcoming in cream city review, Santa Clara Review, Saw Palm, Third Wednesday and Sheepshead Review. A 2017 AWP Intro Journals Award nominee, she is currently working on a collection of essays in Nacogdoches, Texas.
 
Bonnie Rae Walker is a writer living in San Diego. Her work has appeared in Right Hand Pointing, Red Paint Hill Poetry Journal, Whale Road Review and more. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and can be found forthcoming in Typehouse Literary Magazine and the 2018 Sixteen Rivers Press political anthology. To read more visit www.bonnieraewalker.com.
 
Catherine Weiss‘s poetry has been published in Freezeray Poetry, Voicemail Poems, Gravel Mag, Jersey Devil Press, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, Buck Off Mag, and elsewhere. Catherine was the 2017 Grand Slam Champion of Northampton Poetry. She is also the co-founder of the poetry show Pulp Slam in Easthampton, MA. More about Catherine at http://catherineweiss.com.
 
Lauren W. Westerfield is a prose writer and poet from the Northern California coast. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Sonora Review, [PANK], Phoebe, Permafrost, Redivider, and The Rumpus, where she has also served as an Assistant Essays Editor. Lauren is a Centrum Fellow and MFA candidate in Creative Nonfiction at the University of Idaho, where she recently earned Honorable Mention for the Academy of American Poets Prize. She currently co-hosts the POP-UP PROSE reading series in Moscow, Idaho, and is the Nonfiction Editor of Fugue.