Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His first collection of poems, The Crown Ain't Worth Much was released in 2016 and was nominated for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His first collection of essays, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, was released in fall 2017 by Two Dollar Radio.
Kaveh Akbar is the author of Calling a Wolf a Wolf and the chapbook Portrait of the Alcoholic. Born in Tehran, Iran, he currently teaches at Purdue University and in the low-residency MFA program at Randolph College.
Cynthia Arrieu-King was raised in Louisville, Kentucky, and earned her PhD from the University of Cincinnati. A former Kundiman Fellow, Arrieu-King is the author of the poetry chapbook The Small Anything City (2006) and the full-length poetry collections People Are Tiny in Paintings of China(2010), Manifest (2013), and FuturelessLanguages(2018). With Sophia Kartsonis, she coauthored the chapbook By Some Miracle a Year Lousy with Meteors (2013). She also cowrote the collection Unlikely Conditions (1913 Press, 2016) with the late Hillary Gravendyk. Arrieu-King is an assistant professor at Stockton University and has been a featured poet at the Dodge Poetry Festival.
Cameron Awkward-Rich, a poet and critic, is the author of Sympathetic Little Monster (Ricochet Editions, 2016) and the chapbook Transit (Button Poetry, 2015). A Cave Canem fellow and poetry editor for Muzzle Magazine, his poetry has appeared in Narrative, The Baffler, Indiana Review and elsewhere. Cam received his PhD in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University and is currently a postdoctoral associate with the Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies program at Duke University.
C. Bain is a gender-liminal writer-performer. His full-length poetry collection, Debridement, was a finalist for the 2016 Publishing Triangle Awards. He currently works to create beautiful, interdisciplinary, intersectional performance texts via Tiresias Projekt. He lives in Brooklyn. More at tiresiasprojekt.com.
Amy Sayre Baptista’s book of small fiction, Primitivity, won the 2017 Black River Chapbook Contest (Black Lawrence Press). Her writing has appeared in The Best Small Fiction Anthology, SmokeLong Quarterly, Ninth Letter, The Butter, Alaska Quarterly Review, Sou’wester, LUNA LUNA, and other journals. She is a SAFTA fellow (2015), a CantoMundo fellow (2013), and a scholarship recipient to the Disquiet Literary Festival in Lisbon, Portugal (2011). She performs with Kale Soup for the Soul, a Portuguese-American artists collective, and is a co-founder of Plates&Poetry, a community table program focused on food and writing. She holds an M.F.A. in Fiction from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Kimberly Blaeser, writer, photographer, and scholar, is the author of four poetry collections—most recently Copper Yearning(forthcoming 2019) and Apprenticed to Justice; and the editor of Traces in Blood, Bone, and Stone: Contemporary Ojibwe Poetry. A Professor of English and Indigenous Studies at the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, Blaeser is also on faculty for the Institute of American Indian Arts low rez MFA program in Santa Fe. She served as Wisconsin Poet Laureate for 2015-16. Her poetry is widely anthologized and her new work in “picto-poems” has been featured in various venues including the exhibits “Ancient Light” and “Visualizing Sovereignty.” Anishinaabe, an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Blaeser grew up on White Earth Reservation.
Tara Betts is the author of Break the Habit and Arc & Hue as well as the chapbooks 7 x 7: kwansabas and THE GREATEST!: An Homage to Muhammad Ali. Tara holds a Ph.D. from Binghamton University and a MFA from New England College. She is part of the MFA faculty at Chicago State University and Stonecoast-University of Southern Maine.
Destiny O. Birdsong is a poet, fiction writer, and essayist whose work has either appeared or is forthcoming in African American Review, Bettering American Poetry Volume II, The BreakBeat Poets Volume 2: Black Girl Magic, The Cambridge Companion to Transnational American Literature, Split This Rock’s Poem of the Week, storySouth, and elsewhere. Destiny has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo, Jack Jones Literary Arts, The Ragdale Foundation, and The MacDowell Colony. Read more at destinybirdsong.com.
Cheryl Boyce-Taylor is a poet, curator, and workshop facilitator. A finalist for the 2018 Paterson Poetry Prize, and the judge for The Maureen Egan 2018 Poetry Prize, Cheryl is the author of four collections of poetry: Raw Air, Night When Moon Follows, Convincing the Body and Arrival. A VONA Fellow, her work has been published in Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Pluck, The Mom Egg Review, Adrienne and Killens Review of Arts & Letters. Cheryl earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Stonecoast at The University of Southern Maine. She curates the Calypso Muse Reading Series in New York City. More at cherylboycetaylor.net.
Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and of fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in The New Republic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry anthologies. His first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. He is an associate professor of English and Creative Writing and the Director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University in Atlanta. Copper Canyon Press will release his new book, The Tradition, in April of 2019.
Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press), recombinant (Kelsey Street Press, 2018 winner of the Lambda Literary Award) and to make black paper sing (SpeCt! Books). Chen is co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities and Here Is a Pen: an Anthology of West Coast Kundiman Poets. A poetry editor of the Texas Review, they teach creative writing at Sam Houston State University. www.chinginchen.com
Tyree Daye is a poet from Youngsville, North Carolina. He is the author of two poetry collections: River Hymns, a 2017 APR/Honickman First Book Prize winner, and Cardinal, forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in 2020. Daye is a 2017 Ruth Lilly Finalist and Cave Canem fellow. Daye’s work has been published in Prairie Schooner, the New York Times, and Nashville Review. Daye won the 2019 Palm Beach Poetry Festival Langston Hughes Fellowship, was a 2019 Diana and Simon Raab Writer-In-Residence and is a 2019 Kate Tufts Award finalist.
Tarfia Faizullah is the author of two poetry collections, Registers of Illuminated Villages (Graywolf, 2018) and Seam (SIU, 2014). Tarfia’s writing appears widely, is translated into multiple languages, and has been displayed at the Smithsonian, the Rubin Museum of Art, and elsewhere. Born in Brooklyn, NY to Bangladeshi immigrants and raised in Texas, Tarfia currently teaches in the Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is a 2019 United States Artists Fellow in Writing.
Ross Gay is the author of three books of poetry: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His collection of essays, The Book of Delights, was released by Algonquin Books in 2019. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Ross teaches in Indiana University’s MFA program.
Jenn Givhan and Alicia Elkort began writing together after having met in an online poetry class. Their collaborative poems have been published in AGNI, Black Lawrence Press, Georgia Review, Missouri Review & forthcoming in Southeast Review. They most love writing under a desert sky while sharing a slice of raw chocolate cake.
Tyehimba Jess is the author of two books of poetry, Leadbelly and Olio. Olio won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize. Leadbelly was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series. The Library Journal and Black Issues Book Review both named it one of the “Best Poetry Books of 2005.” Jess, a Cave Canem and NYU alum, received a 2004 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was a 2004–2005 Winter Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center.
Born in the Philippines, Janine Joseph is the author of Driving without a License (Alice James Books, 2016), winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize, 2018 da Vinci Eye Award, and a finalist for the 2018 Eric Hoffer Award and 2017 Oklahoma Book Award. A librettist, her commissioned work for the Houston Grand Opera/HGOco include What Wings They Were: The Case of Emeline, “On This Muddy Water”: Voices from the Houston Ship Channel, and From My Mother's Mother. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, World Literature Today, The Poem’s Country: Place & Poetic Practice, Kenyon Review Online, Best New Poets, Zócalo Public Square, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, and elsewhere. An organizer for Undocupoets, Janine is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Oklahoma State University.
Emily Jungmin Yoon is the author of Ordinary Misfortunes (Tupelo Press 2017), winner of the Sunken Garden Chapbook Prize, and A Cruelty Special to Our Species (Ecco Books 2018). Her poems and translations appear or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, POETRY, The Literary Review, The New York Times Magazine, and elsewhere. She has received awards and fellowships from Ploughshares’ Emerging Writer’s Contest, AWP’s WC&C Scholarship Competition, The Home School in Miami, the Aspen Institute, New York University, the University of Chicago, and Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. In 2017, she received the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. She currently serves as the Poetry Editor for The Margins, the literary magazine of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and is a PhD student in the East Asian Languages and Civilizations Department at the University of Chicago.
Ariana-Sophia Kartsonisteaches at Columbus College of Art & Design, where she serves as faculty advisor to Botticelli Literary/Art Magazine. Her stories have appeared in a number of journals and won awards in Glimmer Train, Story magazine,Los Angeles Review and others. A collaborative chapbook: Aloha, Vaudeville Doll was published in 2014 by Dancing Girl Press. Her previous collection Intaglio, winner of the Wick Poetry Prize was published in 2006 by Kent State University Press. Her second collection of poetry, The Rub, winner of the Elixir Press Editor’s Prize, was published in 2014. She and her husband, Mitch Lear host a writers’ and artists’ residency at Aggy Road Farm, and a slew of critters at Our Farm Sanctuary.
Joseph O. Legaspi is the author of the poetry collections Threshold and Imago, both from CavanKerry Press; and three chapbooks: Postcards (Ghost Bird Press), Aviary, Bestiary (Organic Weapon Arts), and Subways (Thrush Press). His works have appeared in POETRY, New England Review, Massachusetts Review, World Literature Today, and Best of the Net. He co-founded Kundiman (www.kundiman.org), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing generations of writers and readers of Asian American literature. He lives with his husband in Queens, NY.
Ada Limón is the author of five books of poetry, including Bright Dead Things, which was named a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry, a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her new collection, The Carrying, was released by Milkweed Editions in August of 2018 and was named one of the top five poetry books of the year by the Washington Post. She serves on the faculty of Queens University of Charlotte Low Residency M.F.A program, and the online and summer programs for the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. She also works as a freelance writer in Lexington, Kentucky.
Irène Mathieu is a pediatrician, writer, and public health researcher. She is the 2016 winner of the Bob Kaufman Book Prize and Yemassee Journal's Poetry Prize, and author of the book orogeny (Trembling Pillow Press, 2017) and poetry chapbook the galaxy of origins (dancing girl press & studio, 2014). Irène has received fellowships from the Fulbright Program and the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. She is a poetry book reviewer for Muzzle Magazine, an editor for the Journal of General Internal Medicine's humanities section, and a contributing author on the Global Health Hub blog. Irène holds a BA in International Relations from the College of William & Mary and a MD from Vanderbilt University. She is on the speakers' bureau for Jack Jones Literary Arts and currently resides in Philadelphia.
Carlo Matos has published ten books of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction, including The Quitters (Tortoise Books) and It's Best Not to Interrupt Her Experiments (Negative Capability Press). He has also published poems, stories, and essays in Diagram, Rhino, and PANK, among many others. Carlo has received grants and fellowships from the Disquiet International Literary Program in Lisbon, the Illinois Arts Council, and the La Romita School of Art in Italy. He currently lives in Chicago, is a professor at the City Colleges of Chicago, and a former kickboxer and MMA fighter. He blogs at carlomatos.blogspot.com.
Rachel McKibbens is a two-time New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow and author of blud, Pink Elephant, Into the Dark & Emptying Field, and the chapbook, MAMMOTH. She founded The Pink Door Writing Retreat and co-curates the acclaimed literary series Poetry & Pie Night.
Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Oceanic, 2019 winner of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award in poetry. Her honors include a Pushcart Prize and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her collection of nature essays is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions and she is professor of English in The University of Mississippi’s MFA program.
Margaret Noodin received an MFA in Creative Writing and a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Minnesota. She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she also serves as the Director of the Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education. She is the author of Bawaajimo: A Dialect of Dreams in Anishinaabe Language and Literatureand Weweni, a collection of bilingual poems in Ojibwe and English. Her poems have been anthologized in Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas, Poetry Magazine, The Michigan Quarterly Review, Water Stone Review, andYellow Medicine Review. With her daughters, Shannon and Fionna, she is a member of Miskwaasining Nagamojig (the Swamp Singers) a women’s hand drum group. To see and hear current projects visit www.ojibwe.net where she and other students and speakers of Ojibwe have created a space for language to be shared by academics and the native community.
Alison C. Rollins holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Howard University and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Born and raised in St. Louis city, she currently works as a Reference & Instruction Librarian for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, New England Review, Poetry, and elsewhere. A Cave Canem and Callaloo Fellow, she is also a 2016 recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship. Rollins has most recently been awarded support from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and is a recipient of a 2018 Rona Jaffe Writers' Award. Her debut poetry collection Library of Small Catastrophes is forthcoming with Copper Canyon Press April 2019. More info at www.alisoncrollins.com.
Jacob Saenz was born in Chicago and raised in Cicero, Illinois. He earned a BA in creative writing from Columbia College in Chicago. His first collection of poetry, Throwing the Crown, was awarded the 2018 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize and is forthcoming from Coppery Canyon Press. He has been an editor at Columbia Poetry Review and an associate editor at RHINO. He works as an acquisitions assistant at the Columbia College library and has read his poetry at a number of Chicago venues. A CantoMundo fellow, he has also been the recipient of a Letras Latinas Residency Fellowship and a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship.
Nicole Sealey: Born in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. and raised in Apopka, Florida, Nicole Sealey is the author of Ordinary Beast, finalist for the 2018 PEN Open Book Award, and The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named, winner of the 2015 Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize. Her other honors include a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, the Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from The American Poetry Review, a Daniel Varoujan Award and the Poetry International Prize, as well as fellowships from CantoMundo, Cave Canem, MacDowell Colony and the Poetry Project. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming to Best American Poetry 2018, The New Yorker, The New York Times and elsewhere. Nicole holds an MLA in Africana studies from the University of South Florida and an MFA in creative writing from New York University. She is the executive director at Cave Canem Foundation and the 2018-2019 Doris Lippman Visiting Poet at The City College of New York.
Tim Seibles is the author of six collections of poetry, including Body Moves (1988), Hurdy-Gurdy (1992), Hammerlock (1999), Buffalo Head Solos (2004), and Fast Animal (2012), which won the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize, received the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award, and was nominated for a 2012 National Book Award. His latest work of poetry, One Turn Around the Sun was published by Etruscan Press in 2017. His poems has been published in the Indiana Review, Black Renaissance Noire, Cortland Review, Ploughshares Massachusetts Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and numerous other literary journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry. Seibles lives and teaches at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.
Keith S. Wilson is an Affrilachian Poet, Cave Canem fellow, and graduate of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. He has received three scholarships from Bread Loaf as well as scholarships from MacDowell, UCross, Millay Colony, and the Vermont Studio Center, among others. Keith serves as Assistant Poetry Editor at Four Way Review and Digital Media Editor at Obsidian Journal. Keith's first book, Fieldnotes on Ordinary Love, will be published by Copper Canyon in 2019.
Jane Wong's poems can be found in Best American Poetry 2015, American Poetry Review, AGNI, Poetry, and others. A Kundiman fellow, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the U.S. Fulbright Program, the Fine Arts Work Center, Hedgebrook, and Bread Loaf. She is the author of Overpour (Action Books, 2016) and is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Western Washington University.