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Current Issue : Number Twenty-Five

Contributor Bios


Jennifer Amell’s work has appeared in Montreal Literature Colloquim, Literary Manhattan, and The New Guard, BANG! “Saudi-Camp” is an excerpt from a novel in progress, entitled The Last Caliph. Jennifer lives in Chester County, PA, where she studies Arabic/the Middle East at West Chester University and teaches piano. For more information, visit


Jari Bradley is a poet and scholar from San Francisco, California currently working on their masters degree in Ethnic Studies with an emphasis in both Africana and Sexuality studies at San Francisco State University. Their work focuses on similar themes. Jari is a 2015 Callaloo fellow and has most recently participated in the Interdisciplinary Writers Lab: For Emerging Writers of Color. Their work has been published in Callaloo and Nomadic Ground Press.


Nancy Huang grew up in America and China. She is the winner of the 2016 Write Bloody Poetry Chapbook contest, a James F. Parker Award in Poetry, and the Michigan Young Playwrights Festival Contest. She won the Michigan Grand Prize in Letters About Literature and was shortlisted as #6 nationally by the Library of Congress, is a two-time 2013 recipient of Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and a 2015 YoungArts Finalist. Her work has appeared in sin θ, Vinyl, TRACK//FOUR, Bodega Magazine, Winter Tangerine Review, and others. Her first chapbook will be out in fall 2017 (Write Bloody Press).


Luther Hughes is a Seattle native, but is currently an MFA candidate in the Writing Program at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Shade Journal and Associate Poetry Editor for The Offing. Winner of the Brutal Nation Poetry Prize and Windy City Times Chicago, 30 Under 30 Honoree, Luther’s work has been published or is forthcoming in Columbia Poetry Review, Vinyl, NAILED, Solstice Literary Magazine, and others. You can follow him on Twitter @lutherxhughes. He thinks you are beautiful.


Mah-ro Khan is a student, scientist, and writer affiliated with Spitshine Poetry. She writes because she cannot defeat her demons with swords. She has been previously published in Blue Minaret and is currently learning how to live life at the University of Texas at Austin.


Elizabeth Martin is an Instructor in the Writing Studies Department at Montclair State University in New Jersey and a staff writer for American Mircoreviews & Interviews. She is the recipient of two New Jersey Press Association awards, and her poetry has been published by Arsenic Lobster, Eunoia Review, Menacing Hedge, and Drunk Monkeys. Currently, she is at work on a series of essays that blend the political and historical contexts of motherhood with the anxieties, fears, and hopes of women.


Emily O’Neill is a writer, artist, and proud Jersey girl. Her debut collection, Pelican, is the inaugural winner of YesYes Books’ Pamet River Prize for women and nonbinary writers and the winner of the 2016 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Series. She is the author of three chapbooks: Celeris (Fog Machine), You Can’t Pick Your Genre (Jellyfish Highway), and Make a Fist & Tongue the Knuckles (Nostrovia! Press). She teaches writing and tends bar in Boston, MA.


Bonita Lee Penn, a Pittsburgh poet, received her MFA from Lesley University. Her works have appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Women Studies Quarterly, Pittsburgh City Paper, RUNE Literary Journal, Voices from the Attic the Madwomen the Attic Anthology. She is active in the Pittsburgh literary scene; volunteers as the facilitator of UMBRA/Pittsburgh, a monthly poetry workshop.


DM Philips is a queer immigrant storyteller and birthworker who explores themes of diaspora, homecoming, and unmothering in her work. She studied community health at Columbia University and is a proud VONA alumni.


Ana Prundaru is the author of Unstable Tales (Dancing Girl Press). Recent work appears in Elke Journal, 3:AM, Gargoyle, Diagram, Journal of Compressed Creative Arts and elsewhere. For more, visit


Noel Quiñones is an AfroBoricua writer, performer, and educator born and raised in the Bronx. He has received fellowships from Poets House, CantoMundo, the Watering Hole, and Brooklyn Poets. His poetry will be included in the forthcoming collection of Afro-Latino Poets published by Arte Publico Press and he has been published in Pilgrimage Press, Kweli Journal, Winter Tangerine Review, Asymptote, & elsewhere. He was most recently a member of the 2016 Bowery Poetry Club slam team, placing amongst the top twenty teams in the nation. Visit him at or @NQNino322.


Sarah Roth (@selizabethroth) is a writer and translator with an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Notre Dame. Her work can be found at Entropy, The Bend, Spires, and elsewhere. Find out more at:


darlene anita scott is an insatiable daydreamer and so-so runner whose poems and art have recently appeared in Star 82 Review, the jonestown report, and Zaira Journal. You can read more about her work at


Andrew Thurman is a Pittsburgh native pursuing an MFA at the University of Pittsburgh.


Michael Torres is a CantoMundo fellow, born and brought up in Pomona, California where he spent his adolescence as a graffiti artist. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tinderbox, Cream City Review, Huizache and Green Mountains Review among others. He has been awarded grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Jerome Foundation. Currently, he resides in Mankato, Minnesota where he teaches creative writing and hosts art workshops for homeless youth at the Reach drop-in center through Good Thunder Reading Series Community Outreach.


Matthew Vollmer is the author of two collections of stories, Gateway to Paradise and Future Missionaries of America, as well as a collection of essays, inscriptions for headstones. With David Shields, he is the editor of Fakes: An Anthology of Pseudo-Interviews, Faux-Lectures, Quasi-Letters, “Found” Texts, and Other Fraudulent Artifacts. He is also the editor of A Book of Uncommon Prayer, which collects the work of over 60 writers. He teaches at Virginia Tech, where he directs the undergraduate creative writing program. Visit him at


Anni Wilson is a print-maker working in linoleum. A classically-trained cellist, she values formal elements of the arts over present-day conceptualism. Her most recent set of linocuts illustrates Ben Jonson’s “The Alchemist” and she is currently working on Middleton and Dekker’s “The Roaring Girl.” She resides at Twin Oaks Intentional Community in Virginia.


David E. Yee is a fiction MFA candidate at the Ohio State University where he was an Associate Editor for The Journal. Sometimes he misses Baltimore. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Gulf Coast Online, Sycamore Review, NANO Fiction, and Bartleby Snopes.