MENAGERIE

 
 
David M. Alper is a high school AP English teacher in New York City, residing in Manhattan. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Northridge Review, The Platform Review, Shantih Journal, Dragon Poet Review, Tilde Lit, Obra/Artifact, Glassworks Magazine, and Red Earth Review.
 
E. Kristin Anderson is a poet and glitter enthusiast living mostly at a Starbucks somewhere in Austin, Texas. A Connecticut College alumna with a B.A. in classical studies, Kristin’s work has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including The Texas Review, The Pinch, Barrelhouse Online, Puerto del Sol, and FreezeRay Poetry. She is the editor of Come as You Are, an anthology of writing on 90s pop culture (Anomalous Press) and is the author of nine chapbooks of poetry including Pray Pray Pray: Poems I wrote to Prince in the middle of the night (Porkbelly Press), Fire in the Sky (Grey Book Press), 17 seventeen XVII (Grey Book Press), and Behind, All You’ve Got (Semiperfect Press, forthcoming). Kristin is an assistant poetry editor at The Boiler and an editorial assistant at Sugared Water. Once upon a time she worked the night shift at The New Yorker. Find her online at EKristinAnderson.com and on twitter at @ek_anderson.
 
Josh Anthony is an M.F.A. candidate (please vote for me) at Eastern Washington University. Josh has appeared in a fingerful of magazines including Crab Fat Magazine, Gone Lawn, and Anomaly Literary Journal.
 
Sara Backer did a tri-state trifecta: an MFA in Poetry at Vermont College of Fine Arts, a home in New Hampshire, a job at UMass Lowell. She has two chapbooks: Scavenger Hunt (dancing girl press 2018) and Bicycle Lotus (Left Fork 2015). Her writing has been honored with residency fellowships from the Norton Island and Djerassi programs and with eight Pushcart prize nominations. Her cats are named Zbigniev and Wislawa. Website: sarabacker.com.
 
Stephanie Brooks is a 2017 graduate of Georgia State University with a BA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Poetry and a minor in Music. She has been published in Underground, Every Pigeon, Riggwelter and Z Publishing’s anthology Georgia’s Best Emerging Poets 2017. Her poem ‘Dating (a fugue poem)’ is also nominated for best of the net 2018. She currently lives in Atlanta where she surrounds herself with books, guitars, and tarot decks.
 
Chiara Di Lello is a writer and teacher. Her loyalties lie solidly with public transportation, public art, and public libraries. Her lessons are peppered with Star Wars references.
 
Todd Dillard is the recipient of the 2018 Birdwhistle Prize in Poetry. Originally from Houston, Texas, he received his MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in New York. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Best New Poets, Electric Literature, Nimrod, Crab Creek Review, and The Boiler Journal, and has received nominations for the Best of the Net, Best Small Fictions (finalist) and Pushcart prizes. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and daughter where he works as a writer for a hospital.
 
Scott Ferry helps our veterans heal as a RN. Recent work can be found in Cultural Weekly, Slippery Elm, Bitter Oleander, and Cobalt, among others. His first book “The only thing that makes sense is to grow” will be published by Moon Tide Press in early 2020.
 
Maris Finn is a writer from New York, currently living and writing in Austin, Texas. She has her MFA in Fiction from Columbia University. Her work has appeared in Molotov Cocktail, Literal Latte, Gandy Dancer, and Noble / Gas Quarterly. Her story ‘Whale Summer,’ which appeared in Noble / Gas Quarterly, was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was the runner-up for the Birdwhistle Prize in Fiction.
 
Parker Galloway is 19 years of age and is from Clinton, Mississippi. He has been photographing for the past 3 years and is currently based in North Mississippi.
 
Joshua Hamilton is a Louisville, KY native who migrated to Corpus Christi, TX with his family. Between Kentucky and Texas, he has traveled and lived in several places, including Spain, Appalachia, Panamá, Peru, the Philippines, and the Colorado River. He teaches Spanish at TAMUCC, has published a chapbook, Slow Wind, with Finishing Line Press, and has poems appearing in Driftwood Press, Windward Review, and Corpus Christi Writers 2018: An Anthology.
 

 
 
 
 
Riley Hart is an emerging poet and creative writing student living in California. Her work can be found in the forthcoming issues of the Santa Ana River Review and The Colorado Crossing, her college’s student publication.
 
Kayla King is a graduate of the Mountainview MFA. She is the author of These Are the Women We Write About, a micro-collection of poetry published by The Poetry Annals. Kayla’s fiction and poetry has been published by or is forthcoming from Firewords Magazine, Sobotka Literary Magazine, Fearsome Critters, Barren Magazine, and Dear Movies Zine, among others. You can follow Kayla’s writing journey over at her website: kaylakingbooks.com or her twitterings @KaylaMKing.
 
Nicole Mason received her MA in Literature from Northern Michigan University and is currently an MFA candidate in Poetry at Western Michigan University. She is the assistant poetry editor at Third Coast Magazine and lives in Kalamazoo, MI with her husband and three ungrateful dogs. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Roanoke Review, Midwestern Gothic, Slipstream, Atticus Review and others.
 
Khristian Mecom is the author of the novella Love & Black Holes (Black Hill Press/1888Center) and the chapbook Things That Cannot Be Tamed (Honeysuckle Press). Born in Oklahoma, she grew up and lives in Florida where she earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Florida Atlantic University. Her short fiction has appeared in Slice Magazine, Fourteen Hills, Passages North, and elsewhere. Find her online at https://khristianmecom.wordpress.com/.
 
Andrew Miller was born in Fresno, California. His poetry has appeared in such literary magazines as Laurel Review, Spoon River Review, and Iron Horse Literary Review. In addition, Mr. Miller is the author of Poetry, Photograph, Ekphrasis: Lyrical Representations of Photography from the 19th Century to the Present and the co-editor of The Gazer Within, the Selected Prose of Larry Levis. He lives in Copenhagen, Denmark, with his family.
 
Megan Neville is a writer and educator based in Cleveland, Ohio. She is the author of Rust Belt Love Song (Game Over Books), and her work has been published by English Journal, Belt Magazine, Whiskey Island, Into the Void, and many others. Keep up with her via Twitter @MegNev and online at MeganNevillePoetry.com.
 
Robert Okaji lives in Texas, where he occasionally works on a ranch. He once won a goat-catching contest, and has authored five chapbooks. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Kissing Dynamite, Vox Populi, North Dakota Quarterly, Panoply and elsewhere.
 
Dani Putney is a queer, non-binary, Asian American poet exploring the West. Their poetry most recently appears in Brine Literary, Brushfire Literature & Arts, and Juke Joint Magazine. Presently, they’re infiltrating a small conservative town in the middle of the Nevada desert.
 
Ronnie Sirmans is an Atlanta newspaper digital editor whose poetry has appeared in The South Carolina Review, Tar River Poetry, The American Journal of Poetry, and elsewhere.
 
Emry Trantham is an English teacher in Western North Carolina, where she is raising three daughters and writing poems. Her poetry has been published in The Adirondack Review and Rust + Moth, and she is a 2019 Gilbert-Chappell Emerging Poet.
 
Michael Welch is the winner of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies’ Florence Kahn Memorial Award and the author of the chapbook, ‘But Sometimes I Remember.’ His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Kenyon Review Online, Iron Horse Literary Review, and elsewhere. He is a masters candidate in fiction at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is fiction editor for cream city review. Find him at www.michaelbwelch.com and @MBWwelch.