Hot Metal Bridge

Current Issue : Number Twenty-Five

Contributor Bios


Jennifer Jackson Berry’s first full length collection of poetry, The Feeder, is forthcoming from YesYes Books in 2016. Her poems have most recently appeared in journals such as The Paterson Literary Review, Red Paint Hill Poetry Journal, and Whiskey Island, among others. She lives in the Braddock Hills neighborhood outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is the Editor-in-Chief of Pittsburgh Poetry Review.

Melissa Dias-Mandoly is a poet living in Pittsburgh with her cat, Catrick Bateman. She studied poetry, film, and gender studies at the University of Pittsburgh, where she was twice awarded the undergraduate poetry award. Her work has previously appeared in PANK, Storm Cellar, Bone Bouquet, and more. She currently works for the University of Pittsburgh Press.

Jasper Evans, originally from Fort Washington, MD, is a 4th year Political Science student with a minor in Brazilian Portuguese. On his free time he enjoys exploring the neighborhoods of Pittsburgh while equipped with his DSLR or a trusty film camera. Jasper’s goal is to capture the essence of any given moment though his photography and highlight the beauty in the mundane. In practicing photography, Jasper has learned the importance of adapting to changing situations, observation, and appreciating the majesty of nature and innovative design.

Graphic artist and painter Allen Forrest was born in Canada and bred in the U.S. He has created cover art and illustrations for literary publications and books. He is the winner of the Leslie Jacoby Honor for Art at San Jose State University’s Reed Magazine and his Bel Red painting series is part of the Bellevue College Foundation’s permanent art collection. Forrest’s expressive drawing and painting style is a mix of avant-garde expressionism and post-Impressionist elements reminiscent of van Gogh, creating emotion on canvas.

Rae Gouirand’s first collection of poetry, Open Winter, was selected by Elaine Equi for the Bellday Prize, won an Independent Publisher Book Award and the Eric Hoffer Book Award, and was a finalist for the Montaigne Medal, the Audre Lorde Award, and the California Book Award for poetry. Her new work has appeared most recently in American Poetry Review, ZYZZYVA, VOLT, The Brooklyner, The Rumpus, FANZINE, The California Journal of Poetics, and in a Distinguished Poet feature for The Inflectionist Review. She is currently at work on her third collection of poems and a work of nonfiction and can be found online at

Hannah Hindley is a wilderness guide who divides her time between Southeast Alaska and Mexico’s Gulf of California. Her work has been published in River Teeth, The Harvard Review, Cirque, and various periodicals and anthologies. She is the recipient of the Thomas Wood Award in Journalism (2009) and the winner of the New Conrads Writing Contest for Jack Tar Magazine (2011).

Moriah Howell is currently an M.F.A student at Temple University studying fiction. She obtained her undergraduate degrees at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

Lisa Marie Jakab received her Master of Fine Arts Degree with Distinction at American University and her BFA, Magna Cum Laude, from Alfred University. She has experience teaching at universities, arts organizations, and arts camps. Jakab has exhibited internationally, working in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, and video. She tweets at @LisaMarieJakab.

Sally Rosen Kindred is the author of two books from Mayapple Press, Book of Asters (2014) and No Eden (2011), and a chapbook, Darling Hands, Darling Tongue (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013). Her poems have appeared in journals including Quarterly West, Blackbird, Linebreak, and Verse Daily.

Kate Koenig is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh studying English, History, and German. She grew up in the South Hills of Pittsburgh and was influenced by the nature in the surrounding area. Her work has previously been published in Teenink Magazine, Hot Metal Bridge, and The Original Magazine. Her photography website is

Ignacio Lopez is a local artists and student who creates hyper-realistic artwork with pencil. He has been shown in the Westmoreland Art Festival, GalleriE CHIZ, and Collision Magazine. More of his works can be found at

John Marshall is a content writer and startup marketer living in Pittsburgh, PA. This is his first piece of published fiction. He can be found online at @marshallvariety.

Alison D. Moncrief Bromage‘s poems have appeared in the Paris Review, Denver Quarterly, Barrow Street, and elsewhere. She is a writing tutor at Yale University and lives in Stony Creek, CT with her husband and children.

Elizabeth Rakow has a BA in Writing & Literature from the University of Pittsburgh. She is currently enrolled in Pitt’s MOSAIC program pursuing her Masters of Education and teaching certifications in English and Special Ed.

Nick Romeo is self-taught, and he always strives to absorb and learn from his environment. He incorporates the multitude of subject matters into his artwork. Nick’s main forms of expression are 3D digital renderings, poetry, fractal generations, and photography.

Pedro Trevino is a film director and photographer, currently an assistant director and cinematographer for an adaptation of Dante’s Inferno. He has lectured on the political and cultural history of subversive cinema. Attendees were baffled.

Aimee Valentine is a writer and comics creator. “Madonna dei Mambo” is part of a series of interview-based narratives about women’s lives, completed for her M.F.A. thesis at San Francisco State, where it was the writing program’s premiere collection of graphic stories. Other stories from the series have appeared in Witness, No Tokens, and The Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies. Aimee is also the founder/editor of inkt|art, a comics journal for female artists and writers. She is currently pursuing a PhD in English Literature with Creative Writing dissertation at Western Michigan University where she is at work on a graphic novel. Diane (Fontaine) McCarthy, the subject of “Madonna dei Mambo,” read her graphic story shortly before her death in February of 2014. Aimee is grateful to have known her.

Lauren Valley is currently a third year student in Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Art, where she is working to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Joshua Marie Wilkinson is the author of a book called Meadow Slasher (Black Ocean 2016). He lives in Tucson, Arizona.