is a poet, essayist, editor, arts director, speaker, scholar, actress, & multidisciplinary artist. Among their internationally award-winning & critically-acclaimed creative credits include working as the author of three books (most recently Portrait of My Body as a Crime I’m Still Committing, 2019), writer & star of the short film SUPERNOVA (dir. Ishan Modi, 2017), speaker of the TEDx talk Healing Is a Verb (2017), & creator of the digital art installation Love Lives Bot (est. 2018). Their peer-reviewed research on poetry, identity, & the sociopolitical underpinnings of queerness in Singapore is published in the Journal of Homosexuality. They are the youngest Singaporean ever to be nominated for the Pushcart Prize, the youngest writer ever to be published by Math Paper Press, & the youngest scholar ever to be published in the Journal of Homosexuality. They were born in 1999 & study literature & film at Princeton University. They enjoy chai lattes, classic rock, wildflowers, & the colour of the sky when nothing is dreaming of it.

is a poet, essayist, and activist living between Western New York and rural Ohio. She studies public policy, sociology, and English at Kenyon College. Her writing has appeared in Glass: A Journal of Poetry, L’Éphémère Review, Honey & Lime, The Ellis Review, and other publications, and has won awards from Brain Mill Press, Pen 2 Paper, University at Buffalo, and Chautauqua Journal. She interns at the Kenyon Review and serves as the editor-in-chief of (inter)change journal. She is a big fan of tea, breakfast food, the Japanese House, and soft blankets.

is a second year MFA candidate in fiction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She completed her undergraduate degree in 2016 at the University of Iowa. Danie's fiction, non-fiction and poetry can be found in the Vassar Review, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Hypertrophic Literary, Occulum, and Plain China Press, among others. She was one of the winners of the 2017 Ellis Review New Colossus Award and the 2018 winner of the Wasafiri Prize in Poetry.

holds an MFA in Writing from Pacific University in Oregon. Her flash-fiction collection, Mars, was published by Ravenna Press in December 2017. Thea's stories can be found in many journals, including Literary Orphans, Fiction Southeast and Mid-American Review. Thea writes novels while riding the bus and ferry and still thrills that Kirkus described her first book, The Curious Solitude of Anise, as a “powerful life study.” She delights in fiction that slips seamlessly in and out of reality without losing clarity or emotional resonance. She revels at the juncture of precision and risk, of beauty and abnormality.  

Hana Widerman, blog correspondent

is a student at Princeton University. Her writing resides where barriers collapse, in womanhood, desire, lost intimacy, foreignness, and disconnect. She was recognized by the Poetry Society’s Foyle Young Poets Award, and her poetry has been published in The Washington Square Review.

is a Bangladeshi-American writer from New York. Her work has been published by Winter Tangerine Review, Augur Magazine, The Poetry Annals, and others. She has also self-published a chapbook entitled Incarnate and was a winner of the 2018 Golden Shovel Poetry Prize. You can find her on Twitter @amarinthas, or on Instagram @duskenrose.

Lexi Covalsen, blog correspondent

is a 19 year old student, writer, and music lover. She currently attends Oglethorpe University where she is majoring in English literature with a double minor in history and creative writing. Her work has been recognized by The Young Georgia Author’s Association and has been published by Winter Tangerine Review and Screen Door Review. Lexi lives in Atlanta, Georgia where the sun is hot and the people sing with sweet tea-tinted tongues.

is a writer, poet, and editor from the Philippines. Her literary work has appeared or is forthcoming in Rust + Moth, Hypertrophic Literary, and The Philippine Graphic, among others; anthologized in The Poetry Annals and L’Éphémère Review; adapted into film and exhibited in Bacolod City and Quezon City, Philippines. She is the publisher of RECLAIM: An Anthology of Women’s Poetry and founder of The Brown Orient.

is a 21 year old writer who believes in quiet bravery. A graduate of the University at Buffalo with a BA in English and Creative Writing Certificate, Caitlin is an aspiring poet that has previously been published via Thought Catalog, Bottlecap Press, Germ Magazine, Tongue Tied Mag, and Up The Staircase Quarterly. In September of 2017 she self-published her first chapbook, Cavity, and is currently at work on a longer manuscript. She enjoys plants, the color yellow, crewneck sweatshirts, and working at her local library.

lives in Salt Lake City, Utah and attends Westminster College. They serve as a poetry editor for ellipsis… Literature & Art and Rose Quartz Magazine. Three of their poems were selected for the Academy of American Poets Student Poetry Prize and their work can be found with Pressure Gauge Press, Philosophical Idiot, and Write About Now, among others.