(Editor-in-Chief / Poetry Editor) Jennifer Givhan is a Mexican-American poet from the Southern California border. Her full-length poetry collection Landscape with Headless Mama won the 2015 Pleiades Editors’ Prize. Her second collection Protection Spell was chosen by Billy Collins for inclusion in the Miller Williams Poetry Series from University of Arkansas Press. Givhan received an NEA in poetry, a PEN/Rosenthal Emerging Voices fellowship, and a Latin@ Scholarship to The Frost Place. She’s won poetry prizes from The Pinch Journal, The DASH Literary Journal, and The Blue Mesa Review. She earned her MFA from Warren Wilson College, her Master’s from Cal State Fullerton, and her work has appeared in Best New Poets 2013, Best of the Net 2015, AGNI, POETRY, Boston Review, Southern Humanities Review, TriQuarterly, Kenyon Review, Blackbird, Crazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, and others. She teaches online at Western New Mexico University and The Poetry Barn, and lives with her family beside the Sleeping Sister volcanoes.
(Reviews Co-Editor) Randon Billings Noble is an essayist. Her work has appeared in the Modern Love column of The New York Times; The Millions; Brain, Child; Los Angeles Review of Books; The Georgia Review; Shenandoah; The Rumpus; Brevity; Fourth Genre and elsewhere. A fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and a resident at the Vermont Studio Center, she was named a 2013 Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow to attend a residency at The Millay Colony for the Arts. Currently she is a nonfiction editor at r.kv.r.y quarterly, and a regular reviewer for The A.V. Club.
(Reviews Co-Editor) Sarah Ann Winn’s first full length poetry collection, Alma Almanac, won the 2016 Barrow Street Book Prize and will be published by Barrow Street Press in 2017. She is the author of four chapbooks: Portage (Sundress Publications, 2015), Haunting the Last House on Holland Island, Fallen into the Bay (Porkbelly Press, 2016), Field Guide to Alma Avenue and Frew Drive (Essay Press, 2016), and Ever After the End Matter (forthcoming, Hermeneutic Chaos Press). Other work has appeared in such journals as Five Points, Massachusetts Review, and Tupelo Quarterly. She is the founder of Poet Camp, a roving residency for women writers. She lives in Manassas, Virginia, where she teaches poetry workshops and lives with her husband, two lovely dogs, and one bad cat.
(Social Media Editor / Reader) Siaara Freeman is a touring artist from Cleveland Ohio, who uses poetry as an outlet for activism but she prefers the term: friendly neighborhood hope dealer. She has been on 3 national tours, 2 Canadian tours, and countless Midwestern tours. Siaara speaks heavily on intersectionality, on what it means to be black, queer, woman, and urban in America. Siaara is a Victim of Violent Crime spokesperson and an advocate for mental health, especially but not limited to: post-traumatic stress disorder. She has been published in Elementz Review, Chicago Lit Review, Tinderbox, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Texas Borderland Review, Rats’ Ass, and others. She was nominated by Up the Stair Case Quarterly for Best New Poet 2016 and by Cahoodling Journal for Best of The Net 2016. She is Editor & Chief of her own Lit Mag – WUSGOOD.BLACK. She has a book being released by hmo publisher on selfies and social media activism with a workshop that coincides. She is a Slytherin. That is important. Always.
(Reader) Nandini Dhar is the author of the full-length collection Historians of Redundant Moments (Sundress Publications, 2017) and the chapbook Lullabies Are Barbed Wire Nations (Two of Cups Press, 2015). Her poems and stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Puerto del Sol, Tusculum Review, Southern Humanities Review, Moon City Review and elsewhere. Nandini hails from Kolkata, India and works as an Assistant Professor of English at Florida International University. She also co-edits the journal Elsewhere with fiction writer Dena Afrasiabi.
(Reader) Candace Williams is a black, queer nerd living a double life. By day, she’s Head of Community Operations at a podcasting startup. By night and subway ride, she’s a poet. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Hyperallergic, Sixth Finch, Bennington Review, Lambda Literary Review, and Copper Nickel, among other places. She graduated cum laude from Claremont McKenna College with a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) and earned her MA in Elementary Education from Stanford University. She’s been awarded a Brooklyn Poets Fellowship, Cave Canem scholarships, and a Best of the Net 2016 nomination. You can find her walking her pit bull down Nostrand Ave, watching too many episodes of Murder, She Wrote, and subtweeting the white supremacist capitalist patriarchy (@teacherc).
(Reader / Website Assistant) Koh Xin Tian is a writer, editor, and translator from Singapore. She writes for the Ploughshares blog and has an MFA in poetry from West Virginia University, where she served as poetry editor of the Cheat River Review. Xin Tian’s poems are featured in Twelfth House Journal, Softblow, and Hayden’s Ferry Review.
(Reader / Website Assistant) Majda Gama is a Saudi-American poet (precariously) based in the Washington, DC area where she has roots as a DJ and activist. Two of her poems were honorable mentions in The Fairy Tale Review’s inaugural contest. Other poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Freeze Ray, Gargoyle, Hunger Mountain, Jahanamiya (the first Saudi feminist literary magazine) Mizna, The Rising Phoenix Review & War, Literature & the Arts. Poems are forthcoming from Duende, the feminist anthology Hysteria and the 90’s anthology Come As You Are. Majda loves that poetry in pre-Islamic Arabia was referred to as sihr halal (which means “legitimate magic”) and she aspires to always write with the aesthetics of ancient Arabia in mind.
(Reader) Carlina Duan hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan. As a Fulbright grant recipient, she lived and taught in Malaysia before returning to the States to pursue work as a literary arts educator and freelancer. Her poems have been anthologized and published in Uncommon Core, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, The Margins, and Berkeley Poetry Review, among others. “I Wore My Blackest Hair,” her first full-length poetry collection, is forthcoming from Little A in November 2017. She loves sprinting, and sugar.
(Reader) Levi Todd is an emerging poet from Chicago, always trying to make his way back home. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Reacting Out Loud, an organization devoted to uplifting poetry and affirming community in Muncie, Indiana. His work has been published or is forthcoming in The Indianola Review as well as Winter Tangerine Workshop and Blueshift Journal Workshop anthologies.
(Founding / Contributing Editor) Molly Sutton Kiefer continues to stay connected to the journal by initiating an interview series with authors whose books have recently come out. Molly runs the sister-press Tinderbox Editions, which is a nonprofit press in southeastern Minnesota. Her book Nestuary is a full-length lyric essay explore themes of (in)fertility, the body as medical object, and pregnancy. She has three poetry chapbooks, most recently Thimbleweed, and her work has appeared in The Rumpus, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Collagist, and Fiddlehead Review, among others. She lives in Minnesota with her family, where she teaches Montessori elementary school.
(Founding / Contributing Editor) Brett Elizabeth Jenkins lives and writes in Saint Paul, where she teaches college freshmen how to write sentences. She is the author of the chapbook Ether/Ore (out of print), and co-author of the ebook Love Stories/Hate Stories.