Hot Metal Bridge

Current Issue : Number Twenty-Five

Contributor Bios


Pearse Anderson is an environmental photographer and author from Central New York. His photography has been featured in ANGLES, Memoryhouse Magazine, Blink-Ink, Bad Pony Magazine, The Tishman Review, and more. He is especially indebted to Jeremy, Max, Quinton, Paul, and the rest of his fellow adventurers for driving him to many of these locations. More of Pearse’s work can be found at, or on his Instagram/Twitter, @pearseanderson.


Caylin Capra-Thomas‘s second chapbook, Inside My Electric City, is available from YesYes Books. She is the winner of the Baltimore Review‘s 2017 Summer Contest and Yemassee‘s 2016 Nonfiction Prize. Her poems have appeared in journals including New England Review, Crazyhorse, Willow Springs, The Journal, Salt Hill, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. In 2018, she will be a writer-in-residence at the Studios of Key West as well as the Vermont Studio Center, where she was awarded a fellowship.


Jody Chan is a writer and organizer based in Toronto. Their writing focuses on themes of family, queerness, and mental illness. They are a 2017 VONA alum, and their poetry is published or forthcoming in BOAAT, Nat. Brut, Lunch Ticket, and Crab Fat Magazine, among others.


Laura Eppinger is a Pushcart-nominated writer of fiction, poetry, and essay. She graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2008 with a degree in Journalism, and she’s been writing creatively ever since. She’s the blog editor at Newfound Journal.


Winner of the 2018 CantoMundo Poetry Prize, Ángel García’s collection Teeth Never Sleep, is forthcoming from University of Arkansas Press in the Fall. His work has been included in the American Poetry Review, McSweeney’s, Tinderbox, The Good Men Project, and Huizache among others. He currently lives and writes in Lincoln, Nebraska.


Ki Ki Hobbs is a third-year student at the University of Maryland and a writer in the competitive program, Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House. Her writing analyzes everyday relationships and the power dynamics that exist in those relationships. She also writes fantasy and adventure stories that feature diverse voices. She can be found on twitter @ki_ki_monsterr.


Sarah Jie is an undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh, where she studies Literature an Psychology. She intends to pursue a career in academia.


Amanda Laabs is a writer and teacher living in Salt Lake City. She is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Utah.


John LaPine is a recent recipient of an MA in Creative Writing and Pedagogy from Northern Michigan University (NMU), and former Associate Editor of creative nonfiction and poetry at Passages North, NMU’s literary journal. His work has appeared online in the Foliate Oak Literary Journal and is forthcoming in Glint Literary Journal and Midwestern Gothic. He will begin teaching English at Butte College in the fall.


Brigitte Lewis is a poet and prose writer born in California Gold Country, destined for speculation. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in EntropyPermafrost, Foglifter and DIAGRAM, and she is currently working on a hybrid memoir called Speculative Histories. She lives in Bend, OR and can always smell a mixture of juniper and sage in the air.


Anand Prahlad is a professor who teaches creative writing, folklore, disability studies and film at the University of Missouri. His publications include several books of poetry, including the collection As Good As Mango (2011), and several books on black folklore, including Reggae Wisdom: Proverbs in Jamaican Music (2001). His memoir, The Secret Life of a Black Aspie, recently won the Permafrost Nonfiction Book Prize, and was published in 2017.


Julian Randall is a Living Queer Black poet from Chicago. He has received fellowships from Callaloo, BOAAT and the Watering Hole and was the 2015 National College Slam (CUPSI) Best Poet. Julian is the curator of Winter Tangerine Review’s Lineage of Mirrors. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as Washington Square Review, Prairie Schooner and The Adroit Journal and in the anthologies Portrait in Blues, Nepantla and New Poetry from the Midwest. He is a candidate for his MFA in Poetry at Ole Miss. His first book, Refuse, is the winner of the 2017 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and will be published by University of Pittsburgh Press in Fall 2018.


Sara Ryan is a third-year poetry MFA candidate at Northern Michigan University and an associate poetry editor for Passages North. Her work has been published in or is forthcoming from Slice Magazine, Sonora Review, Third Coast, Fairy Tale Review, Yemassee, Prairie Schooner, Hunger Mountain and others. Her chapbook, Never Leave the Foot of an Animal Unskinned, is forthcoming from Porkbelly Press.


DJ Shoemaker is a graduate of Penn State Behrend’s Creative Writing B.F.A. program with a focus on fiction writing. While attending, he served as a student editor for the program’s literary journal, Lake Effect. He currently works as a television captioner in the Pittsburgh area.


Tara Isabel Zambrano lives in Texas and is an electrical engineer by profession. Her work has has been published or is forthcoming in Tin House Online, Slice, Cincinnati Review, Gargoyle, Yemassee, The Minnesota Review and others.