Anthology

Publication Date: Forthcoming Spring 2023

The diode anthology is edited by Patty Paine, the founding editor in chief of Diode Editions and diode poetry journal; and Law Alsobrook, editor and art director of Diode Editions.

About

Paine has been collecting old photos and negatives for 15 years and recently began posting these recovered images on Instagram in the collection titled "Negative Recovery Project." She has also used some of the vintage negatives as the basis of an experimental photography art project that is also posted on Instagram titled "Wrecked Archive."

 

For the diode anthology, poets have selected a photo from either of these collections to use as a poetry prompt. In the printed anthology, poems will appear alongside the photo that is the source of inspiration.

 

Contributors are to receive two contributor copies. Additionally, ten select poems from the anthology are to be published as individual limited edition broadsides.

Contributors

Maureen Alsop, PhD is the author of five books of poetry, most recently, Pyre (What Books, 2021), and several chapbooks, including Sweetwater Ardour (Yavanika Press, forthcoming). She is the winner of the Tony Quagliano International Poetry Award through the Hawai’i Council for the Humanities, Harpur Palate's Milton Kessler Memorial Prize for Poetry and Bitter Oleander’s Frances Locke Memorial Poetry Award. Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize on six occasions. Her poems have appeared in various journals including Laurel Review, AGNI, Blackbird, Tampa Review, DIAGRAM, Action Yes, Drunken Boat, Memorious, Kenyon Review, Typo Magazine and featured on Verse Daily. Her translations of the poetry of Juana de Ibarbourou (Uruguay, 1892-1979) and Mario Domínguez Parra are available through Poetry Salzburg Review. She teaches online with the Poetry Barn. She is a book review editor and associate poetry editor at Poemeleon. She holds a MFA from Vermont College. www.maureenalsop.com.au

Cynthia Atkins (she, her, hers) is the author of Psyche’s Weathers, In The Event of Full Disclosure (CW Books), and Still-Life With God (Saint Julian Press, 2020), and a chapbook forthcoming from Harbor Editions in 2022. Her work has appeared in many journals, including Alaska Quarterly Review, Anti-Heroin Chic, BOMB, Cider Press Review, diode, Green Mountains Review, Indianapolis Review, Los Angeles Review, Rust + Moth, North American Review, Permafrost, SWWIM, THRUSH, Tinderbox, and Verse Daily. Formerly, Atkins worked as the assistant director for the Poetry Society of America, and has taught English and Creative Writing, most recently at Blue Ridge Community College. She is an interviews editor for American Micro Reviews and Interviews. She earned her MFA from Columbia University and has earned fellowships and prizes from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Writer’s Voice, and Writers@Work. Atkins lives on the Maury River of Rockbridge County, Virginia, with artist Phillip Welch and their family. More work and info at www.cynthiaatkins.com.

Jake Bailey is a schiZotypal experientialist, scholar, and librarian. He has forthcoming or published academic work in Persuasions and The Journal of Librarianship and Information Science and published or forthcoming creative work in Abstract, American Journal of Poetry, Carolina Quarterly, Constellations, diode, Frontier Poetry, Guesthouse, Mid-American Review, Palette Poetry, PANK, Passages North, Storm Cellar, Tab Journal, and elsewhere. Jake received his MA from Northwest Missouri State University, his MFA from Antioch University, Los Angeles, and his MLIS from Dominican University. He is a former editor for Lunch Ticket and lives in Illinois with his wife, his service dog, and his emotional support dogs. Find him on Twitter and Instagram @SaintJakeowitz and at saintjakeowitz.xyz.

Ariana Benson was born in Norfolk, Virginia. Her manuscript, Black Pastoral, was selected by Willie Perdomo as the winner of the 2022 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. A 2022 recipient of the Furious Flower Poetry Prize and the Porter House Review Poetry Prize, Benson also won the 2021 Graybeal-Gowen Prize for Virginia Poets, and an Academy of American Poets Prize. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Poetry, Copper Nickel, Colorado Review, World Literature Today, and elsewhere. She serves as a Helen Degen Cohen Summer Reading Fellow with RHINO Poetry and a nonfiction editor of Auburn Avenue Literary Journal. Benson has received fellowships and support from Poets & Writers, Bread Loaf Environmental Writers' Conference, Palm Beach Poetry Festival, The Seventh Wave, Indiana University Writers' Conference, Oak Spring Garden Foundation, and others. Through her writing, she strives to fashion vignettes of Blackness that speak to its infinite depth and richness.

Rachel S. Brooks studies English at Princeton University, and is pursuing certificates in classics and creative writing. Her interests include language and literature, ancient medicine/philosophy, and inequities in health.

Prince Bush is a poet from Nashville, Tennessee with poems in Black Warrior Review, The Journal, PANK, and others. A student at Iowa Writers’ Workshop for poetry, he volunteers as a poetry reader for Poetry Northwest.

Nicole Callihan writes poems and stories. Her books include SuperLoop (Sock Monkey Press, 2014) and the poetry chapbooks: A Study in Spring (with Zoë Ryder White, Rabbit Catastrophe Press, 2015), The Deeply Flawed Human (Deadly Chaps, 2016), Downtown (Finishing Line Press, 2017), Aging (Yes Poetry, 2018), and ELSEWHERE (with Zoë Ryder White, Sixth Finch Books, 2020). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House, Kenyon Review, Colorado Review, Conduit, American Poetry Review, and as a Poem-a-Day selection from the Academy of American Poets. Her novella, The Couples, was published by Mason Jar Press in summer 2019. Nicole collaborates with artists and composers around the world, and her work has been translated into Spanish, German, Arabic, and Russian. A longtime professor of Expository Writing at New York University, Nicole now teaches privately. Find out more at nicolecallihan.com.

Doug Paul Case is assistant director of Creative Writing at Indiana University, where he teaches publishing courses and undergraduate poetry workshops. A former longtime editor at Hobart, his work has appeared in Court Green, Salt Hill, Juked, and The Adroit Journal. He is the author of four chapbooks, including Contemporary Aesthetics (Seven Kitchens, 2019), and his debut collection of poems, Americanitis, is due out from Black Spring Press Group in spring 2023.

Michael Chang (they/them/theirs) is the author of several collections of poetry, including Boyfriend Perspective (Really Serious Literature, 2021), Almanac Of Useless Talents (CLASH Books, 2022), and Synthetic Jungle (Northwestern University Press, 2023). Editor of the 2021 Lambda Literary anthology Emerge, their poems have been nominated for Best New Poets, Best of the Net, and the Pushcart Prize. They are a recipient of the Poetry Project's 2021 Brannan Prize, and serve as a poetry editor at Fence.

Paula Cisewski's fourth poetry collection, Quitter (2017), won the Diode Editions Book Prize. She is also the author of The Threatened Everything (Burnside Review Press, 2017), Ghost Fargo (Nightboat Poetry Prize winner, selected by Franz Wright, 2010), Upon Arrival (Black Ocean, 2006), and several chapbooks, including the lyric prose Misplaced Sinister (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2015). Her poems have been featured in Verse Daily and anthologized in Privacy Policy: The Anthology of Surveillance Poetics, 78: A Tarot Anthology, Rocked by the Waters: Poems of Motherhood, Rewilding: Poems for the Environment, and New Poetry from the Midwest. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies from organizations including the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Oberholtzer Foundation, and the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts. Cisewski lives in Minneapolis, where she serves as the poetry curator for The Waves, teaches writing privately and academically, makes things at Yew Who Studio and Beauty School Editions.

Will Cordeiro has work published in AGNI, Bennington Review, Copper Nickel, Threepenny Review, THRUSH, and elsewhere. Will won the 2019 Able Muse Book Award for Trap Street. Will is also coauthor of Experimental Writing: A Writers’ Guide and Anthology, forthcoming from Bloomsbury. Will co-edits Eggtooth Editions and teaches in the Honors College at Northern Arizona University.

Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach is the author of The Many Names for Mother (The Kent State University Press, 2019), selected by Ellen Bass as the winner of the 2018 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize and finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. Her second collection, Don’t Touch the Bones (2020) won the 2019 Idaho Prize for Poetry and is available from Lost Horse Press. Her newest collection, 40 WEEKS, is forthcoming from YesYes Books in 2023. Find her poems in Poetry, American Poetry Review, and The Nation, among others.

Noah Falck is the author of Exclusions (Tupelo Press, 2020) finalist for The Believer Book Award for poetry. His work has appeared in Kenyon Review, Literary Hub, Poetry Daily, and Poets.org. He lives in Buffalo, New York, where he works as education director at Just Buffalo Literary Center and founded the Silo City Reading Series, a multimedia poetry series inside a 130-foot-high abandoned grain elevator.

Alexis Rhone Fancher is published in Best American Poetry, Rattle, Verse Daily, American Journal of Poetry, Plume, diode, Spillway, Nashville Review and elsewhere. She’s authored seven poetry collections, most recently, Junkie Wife (Moon Tide Press, 2018), The Dead Kid Poems (KYSO Flash Press, 2019), DUETS (Small Harbor Editions, 2022) and EROTIC: New & Selected (NYQ Books, 2021). Her next book, BRAZEN, again from NYQ Books, publishes in early 2023. Her photographs are featured worldwide, including the covers of Pithead Chapel, Witness, Pedestal Magazine, and Chiron Review. A coffee table book of her photos of Los Angeles poets is forthcoming in 2023 from Moon Tide Press. A multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, Alexis has been poetry editor of Cultural Daily since 2012. She lives with her husband on the bluffs of San Pedro, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, just a stone’s throw from downtown Los Angeles. They have an extraordinary view. alexisrhonefancher.com

Cal Freeman is the author of the books Fight Songs (Eyewear, 2017) and Poolside at the Dearborn Inn (R&R Press, 2022). His writing has appeared in many journals including Sugar House Review, Oxford American, Image, Poet Lore, Poetry Review, and Hippocampus. He is a recipient of the Devine Poetry Fellowship (judged by Terrance Hayes) and winner of Passages North’s Neutrino Short-Short Prize (judged by T Fleischmann). He teaches at Oakland University and serves as Writer-In-Residence with InsideOut Literary Arts Detroit. He is also music editor of The Museum of Americana: A Literary Review.

Naoko Fujimoto was born and raised in Japan. She was an exchange student and received a BA and MA from Indiana University. Her recent publications are in Prairie Schooner, Hotel Amerika, Passages North, Potomac Review, Natural Bridge, and many other journals. She was a finalist for the 2015 Kundiman Poetry Prize.

Joan Kwon Glass' first full-length poetry collection, Night Swim, won the 2021 Diode Editions Book Contest. She is the author of the chapbooks How to Make Pancakes for a Dead Boy (Harbor Editions, 2022) & If Rust Can Grow on the Moon (Milk & Cake Press, 2022). In 2021 she was a Runner-Up for the Sundress Publications Chapbook Contest, a finalist for the Harbor Review Editor’s Prize, the Subnivean Award & the Lumiere Review Writing Contest. Joan serves as Poet Laureate for the city of Milford, CT & as poetry co-editor for West Trestle Review. Her poems have recently been published or are forthcoming in diode, The Rupture, Nelle, Rattle, Pirene’s Fountain, SWWIM, Dialogist, South Florida Poetry Journal, Honey Literary, Mom Egg, Rust + Moth, Lantern Review & many others. She tweets @joanpglass. Read her previously published work at www.joankwonglass.com.

Lucy Griffith lives beside the Guadalupe River near Comfort, Texas. As a retired psychologist, she explored the imagined life of the Burro Lady of West Texas in her debut collection, We Make a Tiny Herd (Main St Rag, 2019), earning both the 2020 Western Heritage Award and the 2020 WILLA Literary Award for poetry. Her second collection, Wingbeat Atlas (FlowerSong Press, 2022), pairs her poems with images by wildlife photographer Ken Butler to celebrate our citizens of the sky. She has been a Bread Loaf scholar, a certified master naturalist and is always happiest on a tractor named Mabel.

Carolyn Guinzio is the author of seven collections, most recently A Vertigo Book (The Word Works, 2021), winner of the Tenth Gate Prize and of the 2021 Foreword INDIE Gold Winner for Poetry. Her work has appeared in The New YorkerThe NationPoetry, and many other journals. Her website is carolynguinzio.tumblr.com

Jessica Guzman is the author of Adelante (Switchback Books, 2020), selected by Patricia Smith as winner of the 2019 Gatewood Prize. Her poems have appeared in Shenandoah, jubilat, the Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day, and elsewhere. She teaches at Widener University and lives in Philadelphia.

James Harms is the author of eight books and four chapbooks of poetry including, most recently, Rowing with Wings, Comet Scar, and After West (all from Carnegie Mellon University Press). He has received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, PEN, and the West Virginia Arts Commission, among others, as well as three Pushcart Prizes.

Bob Hicok has published ten collections of poetry, including, most recently, Hold (Copper Canyon Press, 2019), for which he has been nominated for the 2019 Library of Virginia Literary Award for poetry. Other poetry collections include Elegy Owed (Copper Canyon Press, 2013), a finalist for the 2014 Library of Virginia Literary Award; Animal Soul (Invisible Cities Press, 2001), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Clumsy Living (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006), winner of the 2008 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt national award for poetry from the Library of Congress. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, The Paris ReviewThe Southern Review, and American Poetry Review, as well as in eight volumes of The Best American Poetry and six times in the Pushcart Prize anthology.

Laura Reece Hogan is the author of Butterfly Nebula (University of Nebraska Press, 2023), winner of the Backwaters Prize in Poetry; Litany of Flights (Paraclete Press, 2020), winner of the Paraclete Poetry Prize; the chapbook O Garden-Dweller (Finishing Line Press, 2017); and the nonfiction book I Live, No Longer I (Wipf & Stock, 2017). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Sugar House Review, Scientific American, RHINO, America, Connecticut River Review, Lily Poetry Review, Cloudbank, DMQ Review, and other publications. She can be found online at www.laurareecehogan.com.

Lisa Huffaker creates poetry, collage, assemblage, artist’s books, and many combinations of these. Her poetry appears in diode, 32 Poems, Michigan Quarterly Review, CTRL+V, DIAGRAM, Cincinnati Review, THRUSH, Phoebe, and other journals. She was recently a finalist for Dallas Poet Laureate, and leads community writing projects as Teaching Artist in Residence at the Writer’s Garret. Her work as a teaching artist brings her to the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, and The Dallas Contemporary, where creation and destruction duke it out in her bookish workshops. Her award-winning project, White Rock Zine Machine, offers tiny books of poetry and art through sculptural vending machines. Her assemblages have recently been exhibited at Ro2 Art and Bath House Cultural Center. She is currently working on a book of visual poetry, transforming an anti-feminist "self help" book from 1963 through collage and poetic erasure. Cornell Tech and Delft University of Technology recently exhibited her manuscript-in-progress in their 3rd Workshop on Obfuscation. She comes from a background of classical singing; she holds a master’s degree in vocal performance from the New England Conservatory, and sings with The Dallas Opera. Find her online at lisahuffaker.com.

Ren Koppel Torres is a Jewish Chicano teen and editor in chief of Alebrijes Review, a literary magazine dedicated to whimsical, colorful, monstrous art by and for Latinos. Ren is passionate about fighting to decolonize the publishing industry and helping to create community-based platforms for marginalized artists. He served as a member of the inaugural Austin Youth Poet Laureate cohort (2021-2022), working to cultivate a space for poetry and civic engagement within the Austin community. He currently serves as the managing editor for the interdisciplinary arts collective INKSOUNDS and as a community events organizer for the LGBTQIA+ literary magazine the winnow. Named a winner of the 2022-2023 National Poetry Quarterly, Ren’s writing is published or forthcoming in Writer's Digest, TIMBER, Lumiere Review, COUNTERCLOCK, Letras Latinas, "ATLAS: skin/bone/blood" with Apogee Journal, and elsewhere. His writing often focuses on his multicultural identity, absurdity, and/or soup. The latter is the theme of his forthcoming bilingual poetry chapbook, Caldo Poetics. In addition to writing and editing, Ren creates as a photographer, graphic designer, and rock musician. A proud Tejano, he loves pickup trucks, rattlesnakes, cacti, and the local music scene. Learn more about his work at KoppelTorres.carrd.co.

Koss is a queer writer and artist with over 150 publications in journals such as Hobart, diode, Kissing Dynamite, Anti-Heroin Chic, Rogue Agent, Spillway, Five Points, Chiron Review, Prelude, Mom Egg Review, Lumiere Review, Gone Lawn, BULL, Anvil Tongue, Bending Genres, San Pedro River Review, Harpy Hybrid Review, Hyacinth Review, petrichor, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Moist, Isacoustic, Cincinnati Review (miCRo), Lunch Ticket, Outlook Springs, and many others. They had work included in the Best Small Fictions: 2020 Anthology and won the 2021 Wergle Flomp Humor poetry contest. Bending Genres and Kissing Dynamite nominated Koss for Best of the Net awards for fiction and poetry in 2021. Find links to their work at koss-works.com.

Travis Chi Wing Lau (he/him/his) is assistant professor of English at Kenyon College. His research and teaching focus on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature and culture, health humanities, and disability studies. Alongside his scholarship, Lau frequently writes for venues of public scholarship like Synapsis: A Journal of Health Humanities, Public Books, Lapham’s Quarterly, and Los Angeles Review of Books. His poetry has appeared in Wordgathering, Glass, South Carolina Review, Foglifter, and Hypertext, as well as in three chapbooks, The Bone Setter (Damaged Goods Press, 2019), Paring (Finishing Line Press, 2020), and Vagaries (Fork Tine Press, 2022). travisclau.com

Anna Leahy is the author of the poetry collections What Happened Was: (Small Harbor Publishing, 2021), Aperture (Shearsman Books Limited, 2017), and Constituents of Matter (The Kent State University Press, 2007) and the nonfiction book Tumor (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017). Her work has appeared in Aeon, Atlanta Review, The Atlantic, Bennington Review, BuzzFeed, Crab Orchard Review, The Journal, Poetry, Scientific American, Southern Review, Southern Humanities Review, and elsewhere, and her essays have won top awards from Mississippi Review, Los Angeles Review, Ninth Letter, and Dogwood. She has been a fellow at MacDowell and the American Library in Paris, edits the international Tab Journal, and directs the MFA in Creative Writing program and the Health Humanities program at Chapman University in California. See more at amleahy.com. Follow on Twitter @AMLeahy.

Keith Leonard is the author of the poetry collection Ramshackle Ode (Ecco/Harper Collins, 2016) and chapbook Still, the Shore (YesYes Books, 2013). His poems have appeared recently or are forthcoming in The Believer, Gettysburg Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. Keith has received fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Sewanee Writers' Conference, Sustainable Arts Foundation, and Ohio Arts Council. He lives and teaches high school in Columbus, Ohio.

Mingpei Li was born in China and lives in New York City. Her poems have appeared in Black Warrior Review, Cherry Tree, Massachusetts Review, Muzzle, Waxwing and elsewhere, and her fiction has appeared in Hobart, HAD, and the Micro podcast. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and for Best New Poets. Find her on Twitter @biaryl.

Nancy Chen Long is the author of two poetry books: Wider than the Sky (Diode Editions, 2020), which was selected for the Diode Editions Book Contest, and Light into Bodies (University of Tampa Press, 2017), which won the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry. Her work has been supported by a National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship in poetry, a Poetry Society of America Robert H. Winner Memorial Award, and an Oxbow School of the Arts Writer’s Residency. She is a poetry reader for Guesthouse and is employed at Indiana University in the Research Technologies division. nancychenlong.com

Amit Majmudar is the author of five critically-acclaimed novels, four collections of award-winning poetry, a book for younger readers, and a translation of the Bhagavad-Gita with commentary. Three new books are forthcoming in 2023: a memoir (Twin A, with Slant Books), a book of essays (Black Avatar and Other Essays, with Acre Books), and a three-volume retelling of the Mahabharata (with Penguin India). The former first Poet Laureate of Ohio as well as a diagnostic and nuclear radiologist, he lives in Westerville, Ohio, with his wife and three children.

Christine Malvasi earned her MFA in creative writing from New York University, where she now teaches as a clinical associate professor. She’s the editor of Challenges for the Delusional (Jane Street Press, 2012), an anthology of writing exercises and the poems that they inspired. As a writer and performer, she’s participated in residencies and fellowships throughout the United States and Italy.

Neha Maqsood is a Pakistani writer and poet. Her essays and op-eds on race-relations, global feminism, and South Asian culture have been published globally in Teen Vogue, Al Jazeera, Foreign Policy, Business Insider, DAWN, and other places. Her poetry, too, has been published in Kenyon Review, Ambit, Ninth Letter, and Aleph Review. Her debut poetry chapbook, Vulnerability was awarded the 2019-2020 Hellebore Poetry Scholarship Award and was published by Hellebore Press in 2021. Find her on Instagram @ItsNehaMaqsood.

Jennifer Martelli (she/her/hers) is the author of The Queen of Queens (Bordighera Press, 2022) and My Tarantella (Bordighera Press, 2018), which is a 2019 Italian-American Studies Association Book Award Honorable Mention, a 2019 Massachusetts Center for the Book “Must Read” selection, and a 2019 finalist for the Housatonic Book Award. She is also the author of the chapbooks In the Year of Ferraro (Nixes Mate Press, 2020) and After Bird (2017), winner of the 2016 Grey Book Press open reading. Her work has appeared in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, Tahoma Literary Review, THRUSH, Cream City Review, Verse Daily, Iron Horse Review (winner, PhotoFinish contest), and Poetry. Jennifer Martelli has twice received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for her poetry. She is co-poetry editor for Mom Egg Review and co-curates the Italian-American Writers Series. Jennifer Martelli received degrees from Boston University and the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.

Sadia Mir co-created I ME WED, an interactive installation that debuted concurrently with Nuit Blanche (Toronto, 2009). Soon after, she directed her first short documentary, I was here before, that screened at SJIFF (St. John’s, 2010). More recently, she co-created a place-based project that geotags personal narratives to physical landscapes through immersive technology. As founder of the Young Writers Program, she encouraged critical and creative writing in English for youth in Qatar, a first in the country. She also served as editor of the Young Writers Journal, the annual print anthology of creative writing by its participating writers during the program’s five year run from 2014-2019. She is author of the children's book, Spring Bloom: A Math Adventure Story (HBKU Press, 2019). She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia, and an MFA in documentary media from the Toronto Metropolitan University.

Matthew Moore is the author of a poetry collection, The Reckoning of Jeanne d'Antietam (University of Nevada Press, 2023). He is the translator of Tomaž Šalamun’s Opera Buffa (Black Ocean, 2022) and Padova by Igo Gruden (Adjunct Press, 2022).

Weston Morrow is a poet and former print journalist. He holds an MA in English literature from Central Washington University and currently attends the MFA program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he teaches composition and creative writing and serves as associate director of the rhetoric program. His recent poetry has appeared in Meridian, The Journal, Lake Effect, Sundog Lit, Western Humanities Review, and elsewhere. His essays, criticism, and inanities have appeared in Ninth Letter, Poetry Northwest, Blackbird, McSweeney's Internet Tendency and elsewhere. His visual art has appeared in Ninth Letter. He can be found on Twitter @WMorrow and on his website at westonmorrow.com.

Matthew Murrey’s poems have appeared widely, recently in Autofocus, Mom Egg Review and Under a Warm Green Linden. He’s the recipient of an NEA Fellowship, and his collection, Bulletproof, was published in 2019 by Jacar Press. Murrey was born and raised in Florida. After college he moved to Chicago to live in a Catholic Worker house—where he met his partner. He worked in community mental health centers until becoming a librarian in 2001. After twenty-one years, he retired from being a public-school librarian. He lives in Urbana, Illinois with his partner; they have two grown sons. His website is at matthewmurrey.net and he is on Twitter @mytwords.

Reuben Gelley Newman (he/him/his) is a writer, editor, musician, and library worker who specializes in music-inspired poetry, ekphrastic poetry, and choral singing. His work is available or forthcoming in The Journal, Fairy Tale Review, diode, Alien, Variant Lit, Moist, and DIALOGIST, among other venues. He was a runner-up for the Golden Shovel Poetry Prize, Undergraduate Division, in 2017, for his poem “(B)Less(ed) Ground(ed) in Queer(ed) Sky,” published in The Golden Shovel Anthology, 2nd Edition. Gelley Newman is a 2021 graduate of Swarthmore College, where he was awarded the 2021 John Russell Hayes Poetry Award for his poem “Litany,” judged by Mary Jean Chan; the 2020 Morrell-Potter Summer Stipend in Creative Writing for research and poetry on musicians Arthur Russell and Julius Eastman; and the 2021 Philip M. Hicks Prize for Literary Criticism, among other honors. As a musician, he sings as a bass with Amor Artis, a chamber chorus in Manhattan. He also gave a joint senior recital at Swarthmore with soprano and composer Hannah C. Sobel, who has set his poems to music. A content editor at The Adroit Journal and a co-editor at Couplet Poetry, Gelley Newman lives in Brooklyn. Find him on Instagram and Twitter @joustingsnail.

Evan Nicholls is a poet and collage artist from Virginia. His work appears or is forthcoming in DIAGRAM, Sporklet, Guesthouse, Hobart and HAD, among others. He is the author of a chapbook of poems and collages, Holy Smokes (2021). He is also the coauthor of THERE HAS BEEN A MURDER (2022), a micro-chapbook of poems co-written with Evan Williams and Benjamin Niespodziany. Both books are available from Ghost City Press. Find more of his work at enicholls.com.

Gaia Rajan is the author of the chapbooks Moth Funerals (Glass Poetry Press, 2020) and Killing It (Black Lawrence Press, 2022). Her work is published or forthcoming in Best of the Net, Kenyon Review, THRUSH, Split Lip Magazine, diode, Palette Poetry, and elsewhere. She is the cofounder of the WOC Speak Reading Series, the junior journal editor for Half Mystic, and the web manager for Honey Literary. Gaia is an undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon University studying computer science and creative writing. She lives in Pittsburgh. Find her at @gaiarajan on Twitter or Instagram.

Tina Schumann is the author of Praising the Paradox (Red Hen Press, 2019), which is a finalist of the National Poetry Series, Four Way Books Intro Prize, the New Issues Poetry Prize and the Julie Suk Award; Requiem: A Patrimony of Fugues (Diode Editions, 2017), which is a winner of the Diode Editions Chapbook Contest; and As If (Parlor City Press, 2010), a recipient of the Stephen Dunn Poetry Prize. She is editor of the IPPY-award winning anthology Two Countries: U.S. Daughters and Sons of Immigrant Parents (Red Hen Press, 2017.) Her poems have appeared widely in publications and anthologies since 1999, including the American Journal of Poetry, Ascent, Cimarron Review, diode, Hunger Mountain Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Midwest Quarterly, Nimrod, Parabola, Palabra, Paterson Literary Review, Poetry Daily, Poemeleon, Rattle, Verse Daily, and read on NPR's The Writer's Almanac.

Mara Adamitz Scrupe is the author of six award-winning poetry collections, most recently, in the bare bones house of was (Brighthorse Press, 2020). She has won or been shortlisted for Canterbury International Arts Festival Poet of the Year, Narrative Prize, Brighthorse Poetry Book Prize, Grindstone International Competition, Fish Prize, Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s Award, and UK National Poetry Competition. Her poems have been published widely in national and international literary magazines and journals including London Magazine, Mid America Review, Nimrod, MsLexia, 30West, Black Mountain Press, Sequestrum, Maine Review, RHINO, Comstock Review, Off the Coast, Narrative, Cincinnati Review, Bare Fiction, Matador Review, Ruminate, Crosswinds Review, Crab Creek Review and Sentinel Quarterly Literary Review (UK). A fellow of MacDowell Colony and Tyrone Guthrie Centre, she serves concurrently as Lance Williams Resident Artist in the Arts & Sciences, University of Kansas/ Lawrence, and dean and Professor Emerita, School of Art, University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Mara lives with her husband on their farm bordering the James River in the Blue Ridge Piedmont countryside of central Virginia. scrupe.com

Karthik Sethuraman is an Indian-American living in California. His works have appeared or are forthcoming in The Rumpus, AAWW, Fugue, Fairy Tale Review, and Berkeley Poetry Review, among others. One work, “Saramakavi,” was performed at the Asian Art Museum where he was a KSW writing fellow. His chapbook, Prayer under eyelids, is available from Nomadic Press.

Susan Terris’s poetry books include Familiar Tense (Marsh Hawk Press, 2019), Take Two: Film Studies (Omnidawn Publishing, 2017), Memos (Omnidawn Publishing, 2015), Ghost Of Yesterday: New & Selected Poems (Marsh Hawk Press, 2013), The Homelessness Of Self (Arctos Press, 2011), Contrariwise (Time Being Books, 2008), Natural Defenses (Marsh Hawk Press, 2004), Fire Is Favorable To The Dreamer (Arctos Press, 2003), Poetic License (Adastra Press, 2004), and Eye Of The Holocaust (Arctos Press, 1999). Her work has appeared in many publications including The Iowa Review, Georgia Review, FIELD, Arts & Letters, The Journal, Colorado Review, Prairie Schooner, Spillway, The Southern Review, Volt, Denver Quarterly, and Ploughshares. She had a poem from FIELD published in Pushcart Prize XXXI. A poem from Memos, “Memo to the Former Child Prodigy,” which appeared in the Denver Quarterly, was selected by Sherman Alexie for Best American Poetry 2015.

Eric Tran is a queer Vietnamese poet and the author of Mouth, Sugar, and Smoke (Diode Editions, 2022) and The Gutter Spread Guide to Prayer (Autumn House Press, 2020). He serves as an associate editor for Orison Books and a poetry reader for the Los Angeles Review. He has received awards and recognition from Prairie Schooner, New Delta Review, Best of the Net, and others. His work appears in RHINO, 32 PoemsMissouri Review and elsewhere. He is a physician completing his fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry in Portland, Oregon.

Cindy Veach is the author of Her Kind (CavanKerry Press, 2021), a finalist for the 2022 Eric Hoffer Montaigne Medal; Gloved Against Blood (CavanKerry Press, 2017), a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize and a Massachusetts Center for the Book “Must Read”; and the chapbook, Innocents (Nixes Mate, 2020). Her poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, AGNI, Michigan Quarterly Review, Poet Lore, and Salamander, among others. She is the recipient of the Philip Booth Poetry Prize and the Samuel Washington Allen Prize. Cindy is co-poetry editor of Mom Egg Review. cindyveach.com

Donna Vorreyer is the author of To Everything There Is (2020), Every Love Story is an Apocalypse Story (2016) and A House of Many Windows (2013), all from Sundress Publications. She lives in the suburbs of Chicago where she serves as an associate editor for RHINO Poetry and hosts the monthly online reading series A Hundred Pitchers of Honey.

Lucy Zhang is the author of the chapbooks Hollowed (Thirty West Publishing, 2022) and Absorption (Harbor Review, 2022). Her work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, DIAGRAM, New Orleans Review, The Offing, Passages North, The Rumpus, West Branch, Wigleaf and elsewhere.

Jane Zwart teaches at Calvin University, where she also co-directs the Calvin Center for Faith & Writing. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Threepenny Review, Poetry Review (UK), and TriQuarterly, in addition to other journals and magazines. She also writes book reviews, most recently for Plume and Tupelo Quarterly, and edited versions of her onstage interviews with Zadie Smith, Christian Wiman, Amit Majmudar, and Jonathan Safran Foer have appeared in print as well.