Hot Metal Bridge

Current Issue : Number Twenty-Five

Contributor Bios


Jenny Bhatt’s Pushcart-nominated writing has appeared or is upcoming in, among others: Amazon’s Day One Literary Journal, Gravel Magazine, Lunch Ticket, Hofstra’s Windmill, Eleven Eleven Journal, The Indian Quarterly, York Literary Review, The Nottingham Review, Litro UK, The Vignette Review, NonBinary Review, and an anthology, ‘Sulekha Select: The Indian Experience in a Connected World.’ Having lived and worked her way around India, England, Germany, Scotland, and various parts of the US, she now splits her time between Atlanta, Georgia, USA and Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. She is currently working on her first short story collection. Find her at: //


Isabella “Isa” Borgeson is a queer, multiracial Filipina American national slam poet and teaching artist from Oakland, California who views her poetry as an extension of her activism and community organizing. In 2012, Isa won “Best Poem” of the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI), where she represented UC Berkeley for three years. Isa has received fellowships from Voices of Our Nation Art Foundation and the Poetry Incubator through Poetry Foundation and Crescendo Literary. In December 2015, she performed at the United Nations Climate Change negotiations in Paris for COP21, where she spoke about the impact of climate change on her Philippines homeland and other island nations. Isa’s poetry and activism have been featured on CNN, NBC, Inquirer, and the Guardian. Her passion and commitment toward social justice issues and teaching poetry as a tool for resistance keeps her grounded in her communities across the Pacific Ocean – a homeland from Oakland to Tanauan. (


Alan Chazaro is a public high school teacher pursuing his MFA in Writing at the University of San Francisco. He is the current Lawrence Ferlinghetti Fellow and a graduate of June Jordan’s Poetry for the People program at UC Berkeley. His work has received an AWP Intro Journals Award and appears or is forthcoming in Huizache, The Cortland Review, Borderlands, Iron Horse Review, Juked, decomP, and others.


Karl Chwe studied at Princeton University and the University of Alabama, where he earned a J.D. He currently attends the University of Colorado at Denver, where he helps edit Copper Nickel. This is his first publication.  You can follow him at @karlchwe, though most of the content is about politics and activism.


S. Brook Corfman is a poet who also writes plays, as well as the Editor-in-Chief and sometime reviewer here at Hot Metal Bridge. More information and links to other work can be found at


Lou Dellaguzzo’s stories have appeared in many anthologies and literary journals. These include Best Gay Stories 2014 and 2016, Jonathan, Glitterwolf, Chroma, ImageOutWrite, HGMLQ, and two editions of Best Gay Love Stories and Best Gay Romance. His chapbook The Hex Artist won first place in the Treehouse Press (London) Fiction Contest. His short story “His Own Secret Sharer” will appear in Best Gay Stories 2017.


Gabe Hales is an 18-year-old high schooler based out of Okemos, Michigan who has worked with major corporate companies such as Context Summits on photography and videography of their events. He also does freelance work on the side for local businesses, bands, and other events.


Marlin M. Jenkins was born and raised in Detroit and studied poetry in University of Michigan’s MFA program. His writings have been given homes by The Collagist, Four Way Review, The Journal, and Bennington Review, among others. He is an editor for HEArt Online and you can find him on Twitter @Marlin_Poet.


Tennessee Jones is a Brooklyn-based writer from southern Appalachia. Jones is the author of the short story collection Deliver Me From Nowhere, Soft Skull Press (2005). His work has received support from Lambda Literary Foundation (2016), Creative Capital On Our Radar (2016), The Christopher Isherwood Foundation (2009), and Jacob K. Javits Foundation (2008-2010). His residencies and awards include the Philip Roth Writer in Residence at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA (2013) and the George Bennet Fellow at Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH (2010-2011). Jones holds a B.A in Religion from CUNY Graduate Center and an M.F.A in Fiction from Hunter College.


Romella Kitchens is a published writer in the areas of poetry and short stories. Poems from her can be found in the online Medusa’s Kitchen, Uppagus, The Pittsburgh Post (multiple times), Rune (Robert Morris University) and many other publications.


Nicholas Lepre’s stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Threepenny Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Minnesota Review, Bayou, and elsewhere. Nicholas was a finalist in the 2015 Blue Mesa Review Summer Writing Contest and The Florida Review’s 2016 Fiction Contest. He is in the process of finishing his first book, a novel in stories.


Grace Hwang Lynch is a journalist and essayist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work has been published in Mamas and Papas: On the Sublime and Heartbreaking Art of Parenting and Lavanderia: A Mixed Load of Women, Wash and Word (both by City Works Press). She is currently working on a memoir centering around food, family, and identity.


Stacey Messier is a practicing fine artist and designer with a focus on saturated color and geometric storytelling. While she resides in Boston currently, she applied her talent and refined her skills while at the Hartford Art School (University of Hartford) graduating with a BFA in Painting in 2005. You can learn more about Stacey’s work at


Cynthia Dewi Oka is a poet and author of Nomad of Salt and Hard Water (Thread Makes Blanket, 2016). A 2017 and 2015 Pushcart Prize Nominee, her poems have appeared in Guernica, The Massachusetts Review, Meridian, Black Renaissance Noire, Painted Bride Quarterly, Kweli Journal, and others. She is a contributor the anthologies Read Women (Locked Horn Press, 2014), Dismantle (Thread Makes Blanket, 2014), and Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Frontlines (PM Press, 2016). Cynthia has been awarded the Fifth Wednesday Journal Editor’s Prize in Poetry, the Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant, and scholarships from the Voices of Our Nations (VONA) Writing Workshop and the Vermont Studio Center. Originally from Bali, Indonesia, she is the creator of Sanctuary: A Migrant Poetry Workshop for immigrant poets in Philadelphia. Her second book of poems, Salvage, will be available in 2017 from Northwestern University Press.


Ann Petroliunas is currently participating in a year-long prose certificate program at the Independent Publishing Resource Center in Portland, OR. She is an educator, traveler, and mother to a growing herd of mischievous farm animals. Her work has previously been published in Bridges: A Lithuanian American-Journal.


Sandra Torcuato grew up in a Mediterranean town from Spain, spending in the “Sierra de segura” mountain range. She studied Fine Arts in Cuenca and currently lives in Southern California, where she continues to study human behavior and painting. She has worked as a graphic designer for ceramic industries as well as in publishing.