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Contributor Bios


Bryce Berkowitz‘s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best New Poets, The Sewanee Review, Ninth Letter, Third Coast, Nashville Review, Salt Hill, the minnesota review, and other publications. In August 2019, he will begin teaching at Butler University. Find him online here.

Michael Chin was born and raised in Utica, New York and currently lives in Georgia with his wife and son. He has two full-length short story collections on the way: You Might Forget the Sky was Ever Blue from Duck Lake Books and Circus Folk from Hoot ‘n’ Waddle. He has also published three chapbooks: Autopsy and Everything After with Burrow Press, Distance Traveled with Bent Window Books, and The Leo Burke Finish with Gimmick Press. Find him online here and follow him on Twitter here.


Sandy Coomer is an artist and poet living in Brentwood, TN. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals and anthologies and she is the author of three poetry chapbooks, including the recent Rivers Within Us (Unsolicited Press). Her art has been featured in local art shows and exhibits and has been published in journals such as Lunch Ticket (Antioch University Los Angeles), Gravel, The Wire’s Dream Magazine, Up the Staircase, Taxicab, Spider Mirror, and The Magnolia Review, among others. Sandy is the director of Rockvale Writers’ Colony in College Grove, TN. She is a teacher, a dreamer, a seeker, and an explorer. Her favorite word is “Believe.” Find her online here and on Twitter here.

jayy dodd is a black trans womxn, literary & performance artist, & exists across multiple dimensions. Find Jayy online here and on Twitter here.

LaTesha Harris (BSJ20/MSJ20) is a writer and current student at Northwestern University. Harris’s work reflects the terror in the mundane―her literary prose interrogates personal truths behind our most disturbing headlines. Harris has studied under prize-winning authors such as Shauna Seliy, recipient of the Mary Roberts Rinehart National Award for emerging writers, and Sheila Donahue, Randall Jarrell Fellow and recipient of the Academy of American Poets prize. In her free time, Harris can be found analyzing Alfonso Cuarón’s Y Tu Mamá También (2001) from a Queer-Marxist lens. Follow her on Twitter here.


Jennifer Harvey is a Scottish writer now living in The Netherlands. Her writing has appeared in various journals and anthologies including: Folio, Carve, The Lonely Crowd, and Bare Fiction. She is a resident reader for Carve Magazine and a member of the editorial board for Ellipsis Magazine. You can find her online here.

E. Hughes is a poet from San Jose, California. She’s an MFA+MA candidate in poetry and University Fellow at Northwestern University. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in Entropy Magazine and BOAAT Journal, among others. In 2018, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Hughes has been a fellow at the Tin House Winter Workshop and the Hurston/Wright Foundation. Follow her on Twitter here.

Tamzin Mitchell holds an MFA from the University of New Hampshire and works as a proofreader and editor. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Waxwing, Cosmonauts Avenue, Crannóg, and elsewhere, and have been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. She was last seen in Berlin.


Kike Ogunsemore lives in Dacula, Georgia and is completing her degree in Cell & Molecular Biology at Augusta University in May 2019. She plans on starting medical school in the fall at the Medical College of Georgia. In her free time, she loves to read fiction novels and work on her writing in the hopes that they will one day be published. This is her first nonfiction piece and her first published work. Find Kike on Instagram here.


Lola Opatayo is an editor and blogger (at where she blogs writing tips, resources and news). Her work has appeared in Obsidian. She is a recipient of the Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award, and is currently working on a collection of short stories. Follow her on Twitter here.


Karthik Sethuraman is an Indian-American living in San Francisco. His works have appeared or are forthcoming in sPARKLE & bLINK, Kestrel, Hematopoiesis, Berkeley Poetry Review, Vassar Review, and Barren Magazine, among others. Recently, he was shortlisted for Glass Poetry‘s 2019 Chapbook series. Along with English language poetry, he spends time reading and translating poems from the Tamil diaspora. Follow him on Twitter here.


Kelly Grace Thomas is the winner of the 2017 Neil Postman Award for Metaphor from Rattle, a 2018 finalist for the Rita Dove Poetry Award, a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and a Best of the Next nominee. Boat Burned, her first full-length collection, is forthcoming from YesYes Books in 2019. Kelly’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in: DIAGRAM, Tinderbox, Diode, Nashville Review, Sixth Finch, Muzzle and more. Kelly currently works to bring poetry to underserved youth as the Director of Education and Pedagogy for Get Lit-Words Ignite. She is also the co-author of Words Ignite: Explore, Write and Perform, Classic and Spoken Word Poetry (Literary Riot). She is currently a reader for Tinderbox Poetry Journal. Kelly is also a screenwriter and novelist. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband. Find her online here and follow her on Twitter here.