Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib is a poet and essayist from Columbus, Ohio. His first full-length collection of poems, The Crown Ain't Worth Much, was released by Button Poetry in 2016.
manuel arturo abreu
manuel arturo abreu, born in Santo Domingo, is a poet and artist from the Bronx. Currently based in Portland, they work in text, ephemeral sculpture, and photography. They are the managing editor at Civil Coping Mechanisms, as well as cofounder of home school, a free pop up art school in Portland, OR. Find manuel at twigtech.tumblr.
Aleph Altman-Mills is an autistic writer who has been published in The Legendary, Words Dance, and Mobius, among others. Aleph blogs and posts poetry snippets at really-fucking-confused.tumblr.com.
Fatimah Asghar is a nationally touring poet, photographer, and performer. She created Bosnia and Herzegovina’s first spoken word poetry group, REFLEKS, while on a Fulbright studying theater in post-violent contexts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry, PEN Poetry Series, The Paris-American, The Margins, and Gulf Coast. She is a Kundiman Fellow and a member of the Dark Noise Collective. Her chapbook After is available from YesYes Books.
Amber Atiya is a poet, performer, and self-taught book artist-in-training. Her work has appeared in Boston Review, Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color, and on Poetry Foundation’s radio and podcast series PoetryNow. Amber's chapbook, the fierce bums of doo-wop, was chosen for The Volta’s Best Books of 2014. She resides in Jamaica, Queens (by way of Brooklyn) and is a member of a women's writing group celebrating 14 years, and counting.
Malaka Badr is a poet, journalist, and a translator based in Cairo, Egypt. She published her first book in 2011, a collection of poems entitled Without Heavy Losses. Her poems have also appeared in The Tahrir of Poems, an anthology of seven contemporary poets from Egypt, published in 2014. She has contributed to a book documenting the Egyptian revolution, on 25th of January 2011, titled The Diaries of Rage.
Robin Moger is a professional Arabic to English translator with an interest in contemporary Egyptian writing. He has translated a number of modern Arabic novels, most recently Youssef Rakha’s The Crocodiles (Seven Stories Press, 2014). His translation of for Writing Revolution: Voices from Tunis to Damascus (I.B. Tauris, 2013) won the English PEN award for outstanding writing in translation. Alongside his published translations of poetry and prose, he also posts occasional translations of unpublished literature and essays at qisasukhra.wordpress.com. A former resident of Cairo, Robin now lives in Cape Town.
Aziza Barnes is blk & alive. Born in Los Angeles, Aziza currently lives in Oxford, Mississippi. Their first chapbook, me Aunt Jemima and the nailgun, was the first winner of the Exploding Pinecone Prize and published from Button Poetry. Winner of the 2015 Pamet River Prize Aziza’s first full length collection i be but i ain’t, is from YesYes Books in 2016.
Samiya Bashir’s books of poetry, Field Theories (forthcoming), Gospel, and Where the Apple Falls, and anthologies, including Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature & Art, exist. Sometimes she makes poems of dirt. Sometimes zeros and ones. Sometimes variously rendered text. Sometimes light. She lives in Portland, Ore, with a magic cat who shares her obsessions with trees and blackbirds and occasionally crashes her classes and poetry salons at Reed College.
Jenny Boully is the author of The Body: An Essay, The Book of Beginnings and Endings: Essays, not merely because of the unknown that was stalking toward them, and other books.
Marcelo Hernandez Castillo
Marcelo Hernandez Castillo is a Canto Mundo fellow and the first undocumented student to graduate from the University of Michigan’s MFA program. He teaches summers as the resident artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida. He was a finalist for the New England Review Emerging Writer Award and his manuscript was a finalist for the Alice James Book Prize and the National Poetry Series. His poems and essays can be found in Indiana Review, New England Review, The Paris American, Gulf Coast, and Southern Humanities Review, among others. He helped initiate the Undocupoets campaign which successfully eliminated citizenship requirements from all major first poetry book prizes in the country.
Wo Chan is a queer Fujianese poet and drag performer. A recipient of fellowships from the Asian American Writers' Workshop, Poets House, Kundiman, and Lambda Literary, Wo’s work has been published in cream city review, Cortland Review, VYM Magazine, and elsewhere. As a member of Brooklyn-based drag alliance, Switch n’ Play, Wo has performed at venues including Brooklyn Pride, The Trevor Project, and the Architectural Digest Expo.
Hayan Charara is a poet, children’s book author, essayist, and editor. His poetry books are Something Sinister (2016), The Sadness of Others (2006), and The Alchemist’s Diary (2001). His children’s book, The Three Lucys (2016), received the New Voices Award Honor, and he edited Inclined to Speak (2008), an anthology of contemporary Arab American poetry. With Fady Joudah, he is also a series editor of the Etel Adnan Poetry Prize. Born in Detroit in 1972 to Arab immigrants, he spent a decade in New York City and in 2004 moved to Texas, where he now lives.
Jos Charles is a trans poet and author of Safe Space (Ahsahta Press, 2016). They are founding-editor of THEM: a trans literary journal. They have writing published (and/or publications forthcoming) with Denver Quarterly, Washington Square Review, PEN America, Action Yes, GLAAD, LAMBDA Literary, and elsewhere. Jos Charles received their MFA from the University of Arizona in Tucson where they currently reside.
Don Mee Choi
Don Mee Choi is the author of Hardly War (Wave Books, 2016), Petite Manifesto – chapbook (Vagabond, 2014), The Morning News Is Exciting (Action Books, 2010), and translator of contemporary Korean women poets. She has received a Whiting Writers Award and the 2012 Lucien Stryk Translation Prize.
Franny Choi is the author of Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014). She has received awards and fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, Kundiman, and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Her work has appeared in Poetry Magazine, the Poetry Review, Indiana Review, The Journal, and others. She is an MFA candidate at the University of Michigan, a Project VOICE teaching artist, and a member of the Dark Noise Collective.
Aaron Coleman is Third Year Fellow in Poetry in Washington University's MFA Program and Public Projects Assistant at Pulitzer Arts Foundation. A Fulbright Scholar from MetroDetroit, Aaron has lived and worked with youth in locations including Kalamazoo, Chicago, Spain, and South Africa. Winner of the Tupelo Quarterly TQ5 Poetry Contest and a semifinalist for the 2015 92Y/Discovery Poetry Contest, his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Boston Review, The Greensboro Review, Meridian, Pinwheel, Southern Indiana Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere.
Eduardo C. Corral
Eduardo C. Corral is the author of Slow Lightning (Yale University Press, 2012), which was chosen by Carl Phillips as the 2011 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets. He is the recipient of a “Discovery”/The Nation Award, the J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize from Poetry, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Whiting Award. He lives in New York.
Rio Cortez is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the MFA program at NYU. Her manuscript, I Have Learned to Define a Field as a Space Between Mountains, was selected by Ross Gay as the winner of the 2016 inaugural Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize, and is available from Jai-Lai Books.
Cynthia Cruz is the author of Wunderkammer, The Glimmering Room, and Ruin. She has published poems in numerous literary journals and magazines including the New Yorker, Kenyon Review, the Paris Review, and the Boston Review, and in anthologies including Isn't it Romantic: 100 Love Poems by Younger Poets, and The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries. She is the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and a Hodder fellowship from Princeton University. Cruz teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College. She has published essays, interviews, book and art reviews in the LA Review of Books, Hyperallergic, Guernica, The American Poetry Review, and The Rumpus. She lives in Brooklyn.
Kyle Dargan is the author of four collections of poetry, Honest Engine (2015), Logorrhea Dementia (2010), Bouquet of Hungers (2007), and The Listening (2003)—all published by the University of Georgia Press. He has received the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and his books have been finalists for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and the Eric Hoffer Awards Grand Prize.
Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in California. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press. She is a Lannan Literary Fellow and a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow. She was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship, the Holmes National Poetry Prize, a Hodder Fellowship, a PEN/Civitella Ranieri Foundation Residency, and a US Artists Ford Fellowship. Diaz teaches at Arizona State University and the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is working to revitalize the Mojave language.
Tafisha A. Edwards
Tafisha A. Edwards can sing with the voices that ascend from the deep. She is the author of THE BLOODLET, winner of Phantom Books’ 2016 Breitling Chapbook Prize. Her work has appeared in The Offing, PHANTOM, The Atlas Review, Bodega Magazine, Fjords Review, The Little Patuxent Review, and other print and online publications. She is currently an MFA candidate at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She is the Assistant Poetry Editor at Gigantic Sequins, and a graduate of the University of Maryland’s Jiminéz-Porter Writers’ House. She is the recipient of a Zoland Poetry Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center and has received scholarships to other writing workshops and conferences. She is currently writing her first collection of poetry, Confusing the Wind.
Natalie Eilbert is the author of the debut poetry collection Swan Feast (Bloof Books, 2015). She is also the author of two chapbooks, Conversation with the Stone Wife (Bloof Books, 2014) and And I Shall Again Be Virtuous (Big Lucks Books, 2014). Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from The New Yorker, jubilat, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, Sixth Finch, and elsewhere. She is the founding editor of The Atlas Review.
Joshua Jennifer Espinoza
Joshua Jennifer Espinoza is a trans woman poet living in California. Her work has been published in The Offing, The Feminist Wire, Alice Blue, and elsewhere. Her first book I’m Alive / It Hurts / I Love It was released by Boost House in 2014, and her full length collection There Should Be Flowers was published in 2016 by Civil Coping Mechanisms.
t’ai freedom ford
t’ai freedom ford is a New York City high school English teacher and Cave Canem Fellow. Her first poetry collection, how to get over is forthcoming from Red Hen Press in Spring 2017. t’ai lives and loves in Brooklyn, but hangs out digitally at shesaidword.com.
Sarah Gambito is the author of the poetry collections Delivered (Persea Books) and Matadora (Alice James Books). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, The New Republic, and other journals. She is Associate Professor of English / Director of Creative Writing at Fordham University and cofounder of Kundiman, a non-profit organization serving Asian American writers.
Kenyatta JP Garcia
Kenyatta JP Garcia is the author of several books including: This Sentimental Education, ROBOT, and Playing Dead. They were raised in Brooklyn, NY before moving to Albany, NY where they received a degree in linguistics. In addition, Garcia spent a dozen years as a cook and currently spends their nights being paid to put boxes on shelves while using the daylight hours to write poetry and humor, read lots of comic books and edit Horse Less Review.