Colleen Abel

Colleen Abel


Colleen Abel is the winner of Unicorn Press' 2015 Editors Prize for her collection Remake, which is forthcoming in fall 2016. She is also the author of a chapbook, Housewifery (dancing girl press, 2013) and a former fellow at University of Wisconsin's Institute for Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in Colorado Review, Pleiades, The Southern Review, Phoebe, West Branch, and many other outlets. She was recently named a 2017-2018 Tulsa Artist Fellow.

Albert Abonado


Albert Abonado's poems have appeared in Boston Review, Pleiades, The Margins, Zone 3, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and has received a fellowship for poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Every Thursday from 2-3PM, he hosts the poetry radio show Flour City Yawp on WAYO 104.3 FM-LP. He also curates the CityVerse column for City Newspaper. He teaches creative writing at SUNY Geneseo. He lives in Rochester with his wife.

Neil Aitken

Neil Aitken


Neil Aitken is a former computer games programmer, the founding editor of Boxcar Poetry Review, and the author of The Lost Country of Sight, which won the 2007 Philip Levine Prize and was published by Anhinga Press, as well as Leviathan, a poetry chapbook forthcoming from Hyacinth Girl Press. Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, he was raised in Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, and various parts of the western United States and Canada. His poems have appeared in American Literary Review, The Collagist, Crab Orchard Review, Lantern Review, Ninth Letter, The Normal School, and elsewhere. A proud Kundiman Poetry Fellow, he holds both an MFA in Creative Writing from UC Riverside and a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. After a few years of writing and working in the Pacific Northwest, he recently moved back to Canada and now resides in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Tyurina Allen

Tyurina Allen


Tyurina Allen no longer uses the name Tyurina Allen. She is almost a grown up now. She lives somewhere in the Midwest where she is pursuing a PhD in English and teaches writing and literature at two local universities. Doing all this leaves her little time for anything else, but she loves her job every day. She is the co-author of Especially the Deer, which was first published in 2003 and was re-released in paperback in 2011.

Eloisa Amezcua


Eloisa Amezcua is from Arizona. Her debut collection, From the Inside Quietly, is the inaugural winner of the Shelterbelt Poetry Prize selected by Ada Limón. A MacDowell fellow, she is the author of three chapbooks and founder/editor-in-chief of The Shallow Ends: A Journal of Poetry. Her poems and translations are published or forthcoming in Poetry Magazine, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, and others. Eloisa lives in Columbus, OH and is the founder of Costura Creative.

Ruth Awad


Ruth Awad is a Lebanese-American poet and author of Set to Music a Wildfire (Southern Indiana Review Press, 2017), winner of the 2016 Michael Waters Poetry Prize and the 2018 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. She is the recipient of a 2016 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, and she won the 2013 and 2012 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize and the 2011 Copper Nickel Poetry Contest. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Poetry, Poem-a-Day, The New Republic, Pleiades, The Missouri Review, The Rumpus, and elsewhere.

Margaret Bashaar

Margaret Bashaar


Margaret Bashaar's poetry has been previously collected into two chapbooks, Letters from Room 27 of the Grand Midway Hotel (Blood Pudding Press) and Barefoot and Listening (Tilt Press), as well as in many literary journals and anthologies including Rhino, Caketrain, New South, Copper Nickel, and Time You Let Me In. She lives in Pittsburgh where she edits the chapbook press Hyacinth Girl Press and is a staff writer for Luna Luna Magazine. Her debut collection, Stationed Near the Gateway, will be published by Sundress in 2015.

Jessica Rae Bergamino

Jessica Rae Bergamino


Jessica Rae Bergamino is the author of two previous chapbooks: The Mermaid Singing and Blue in All Things: a Ghost Story (dancing girl press 2015). Individual poems have most recently appeared or are forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review, Slice, So to Speak, West Branch, and elsewhere. She splits her time between Seattle and Salt Lake City, where she is a PhD student in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Utah.

Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo

Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo


Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo is the 2013 poetry winner of the Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange. She has work published in American Poetry Review, CALYX, Acentos Review, Los Angeles Review, and The Nervous Breakdown among others. A short dramatization of her poem "Our Lady of the Water Gallons," directed by Chicano activist and Hollywood director, Jesús Salvador Treviño can be viewed at latinopia.com. She is the creator and curator of the quarterly reading series HITCHED and a co-founding member of Women Who Submit.

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Jennifer Jackson Berry


Jennifer Jackson Berry is the author of the chapbook When I Was a Girl (Sundress Publications, 2014), as well as The Feeder (YesYes Books, 2016) and Bloodfish (Seven Kitchens Press, 2019). She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Charlie Bondhus


Michael McKeown (formerly Charlie) Bondhus is an Irish-American writer. He's the author of Divining Bones (Sundress, 2018) and All the Heat We Could Carry (Main Street Rag, 2013), winner of the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. His work has appeared in Poetry, Poetry Ireland Review, The Missouri Review, Columbia Journal, Hayden's Ferry Review, Bellevue Literary Review, and Copper Nickel. He has received fellowships from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Sundress Academy for the Arts, and the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers (UK). He is associate professor of English at Raritan Valley Community College (NJ).

Kristy Bowen

Kristy Bowen


A writer and visual artist, Kristy Bowen is the author of several books, chapbooks, and zines, including girl show (Black Lawrence Press, 2014), the shared properties of water and stars (Noctuary Press, 2013), in the bird museum (Dusie Press, 2008) and the fever almanac (Ghost Road, 2006). She lives in Chicago, where under the guise of dancing girl press & studio, she curates an annual series of chapbooks by women authors, edits the online lit zine, wicked alice, and creates a variety of paper based arts & crafts. Her poetry chapbook, I*HATE*YOU*JAMES*FRANCO, was released in 2012 by Sundress Publications, and her full-length collection, major characters in minor films, was published by Sundress in 2015.

Marcel Brouwers

Marcel Brouwers


Marcel Brouwers is the author of the chapbook, The Rose Industrial Complex (Finishing Line Press, 2009). He lives in Knoxville, TN, with his wife, LA Hoffer, and works at the University of Tennessee. A lecturer in the English Department, he is currently the Acting Director of the Writing Center and teaches creative writing, literature, and composition classes. His first full-length poetry collection, The Old Cities, was released by Sundress Publications in 2012.

Katie Burgess


Katie Burgess holds a PhD in fiction from Florida State University. She lives downwind of a mayonnaise factory in South Carolina and performs with Alchemy Comedy Theater. She is also editor-in-chief of Emrys Journal.

Josephine "Ina" Cariño


Josephine "Ina" Cariño's work has appeared in such journals as New American Fiction, One, and december Magazine, among others. Influenced by the natural backdrop of her childhood home in the mountains of the Philippines, as well as an interest in the interplay between life and death, Ina draws on both nature imagery and folklore in her work. She currently resides in Raleigh, NC, where she is finishing her MFA in creative writing at North Carolina State University.

David Cazden

David Cazden


Born in Vienna, Austria in 1958, David Cazden received an Al Smith Individual Artist's Fellowship for poetry from the Kentucky Arts Council in 2008, his home state for over 40 years. David began writing poetry as an engineering undergraduate at the University of Kentucky in the 1970s. Although he stopped writing for over twenty years, he began again in 1999. David worked as poetry editor for Miller's Pond for six years. He has one book, Moving Picture (Word Press, 2005). His work has been published in various places, including Passages North, The Connecticut Review, Rattle, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. David's poetry has been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology, and his recent work has received various honors (2nd place, Fugue's Ron McFarland Poetry Award, finalist for Nimrod's Pablo Neruda Poetry Award). David is philanthropic in his local arts community and is currently co-editing the "Animals In The City" issue of the zine, qarrtsiluni. His book, The Lost Animals, was released from Sundress Publications in 2013.

Sarah A. Chavez


Sarah A. Chavez, a mestiza born and raised in the California Central Valley, is the author of the poetry collections, Hands That Break & Scar (Sundress Publications, 2017) and All Day, Talking (dancing girl press, 2014). Her most recent work can be found or is forthcoming in Xicanx: Mexican American Writers of the 21st Century, IDK Magazine, and Five:2:One #thesideshow. Her new poetry project, Halfbreed Helene Navigates the Whole received a 2019-2020 Tacoma Artists Initiative Award. She recently joined the faculty at the University of Washington Tacoma where she teaches creative writing and Latinx/Chicanx-focused courses. A proud member of the Macondo Writers Workshop, Chavez serves as the poetry coordinator for Best of the Net Anthology and is currently in the market for her first multispeed bicycle.

Chen Chen


Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities (BOA Editions, 2017), which was long-listed for the National Book Award and won Thom Gunn Award, among other honors. Bloodaxe Books published the UK edition in June 2019. Chen's work appears in many publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Poem-a-Day, The Best American Poetry (2015 & 2019), The Best American Nonrequired Reading, Best of the Net, and Bettering American Poetry. He holds an MFA from Syracuse University and a PhD from Texas Tech University. He is a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Creative Writing. He has also received fellowships and scholarships from Kundiman, Lambda Literary, the Saltonstall Foundation, and Sundress Academy for the Arts. He co-edits Underblong and teaches at Brandeis University as the Jacob Ziskind Poet-in-Residence. He lives with his partner and their pug dog, Mr. Rupert Giles.

Lisa M. Cole

Lisa M. Cole


Lisa M. Cole is the author of a variety of chapbooks, including Tinder// Heart (2012), The Bodyscape (2013), Living in a Lonely House (2014) all from Dancing Girl Press; Renegade//Heart from Blood Pudding Press (2013), and The Love Machine from Yellow Flag Press. She also wrote two full-length poetry collections Heart Full of Tinders (2016) and Dreams of the Living (2016), both released by the now defunct ELJ Editions.

Karen Craigo

Karen Craigo


Karen Craigo is the author of two Sundress titles, No More Milk (2016) and Passing Through Humansville. She is also the author of three chapbooks. She is the editor of a weekly newspaper, The Marshfield (Missouri) Mail, and she maintains Better View of the Moon, a blog on writing and creativity. She lives in Springfield, Missouri where she serves as the Poet Laureate of the state of Missouri.

Daniel Crocker

Daniel Crocker


Daniel Crocker used to bullseye womp rats in his T-16 back home. He can remember when he was a little boy. He and his grandmother could hold conversations entirely without ever opening their mouths. She called it "shining". And for a long time, he thought it was just the two of them that had the shine. Just like you probably thought you was the only one.

Kristina Marie Darling

Kristina Marie Darling


Kristina Marie Darling is the author of thirty-four books, including DIFFICULT: Essays on Contemporary Feminist Poetry (Black Ocean, forthcoming); Look to Your Left: A Feminist Poetics of Spectacle (Akron Poetry Series, forthcoming); Angel of the North (Salmon Poetry, forthcoming in 2023); Je Suis L'Autre: Essays & Interrogations (C&R Press, 2017), which was named one of the "Best Books of 2017" by The Brooklyn Rail; DARK HORSE: Poems (C&R Press, 2018), which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly; and two critical studies on contemporary poetry, which are forthcoming from Clemson University Press and Spuyten Duyvil Press, respectively. Her work has been recognized with three residencies at Yaddo, where she has held both the Martha Walsh Pulver Residency for a Poet and the Howard Moss Residency in Poetry; a Fundación Valparaíso fellowship; a Hawthornden Castle Fellowship, funded by the Heinz Foundation; an artist-in-residence position at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris; four residencies at the American Academy in Rome; two grants from the Whiting Foundation; a Faber Residency in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities; a Morris Fellowship in the Arts; and the Dan Liberthson Prize from the Academy of American Poets, which she received on three separate occasions, among many other awards and honors. Her poems appear in Guernica, The Harvard Review, Poetry International, New American Writing, Nimrod, Passages North, The Mid-American Review, and on the Academy of American Poets' website, Poets.org. She has published essays in Agni, Ploughshares, The Brooklyn Rail, The Gettysburg Review, Gulf Coast, The Green Mountains Review, The Iowa Review, The Literary Review, and numerous other magazines. Kristina currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Tupelo Press and Tupelo Quarterly, an opinion columnist at The Los Angeles Review of Books, a contributing writer at Publishers Weekly, a staff blogger at The Kenyon Review, and a freelance book critic at The New York Times Book Review. In 2019, she was named to the U.S. Fulbright Commission's roster of Senior Specialists.

Jehanne Dubrow

Jehanne Dubrow


Jehanne Dubrow is the author of seven poetry collections, including most recently American Samizdat (Diode Editions, 2019), and a book of creative nonfiction, throughsmoke: an essay in notes (New Rivers Press, 2019). Her eighth collection of poems, Simple Machines, won the Richard Wilbur Poetry Award and will be published by the University of Evansville Press at the end of 2019. Her work has appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Pleiades, and The Southern Review. She is a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of North Texas.

Stephanie McCarley Dugger

Stephanie McCarley Dugger


Stephanie McCarley Dugger's chapbook, Sterling (Paper Nautilus, 2015), was co-winner of the 2014 Vella Chapbook contest. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Arts & Letters, Cider Press Review, Gulf Stream, Meridian, The Southeast Review, Taos Journal of International Poetry and Art, and other journals. She is an assistant professor at Austin Peay State University, where she teaches writing and literature, and is Associate Managing Editor for Zone 3 Press.

Erika Eckart


Erika Eckart is a mother, writer and English teacher living in Oak Park, IL. Her prose poems have appeared in Double Room, Quarter After Eight, Quick Fiction, Women's Studies Quarterly, Nano Fiction, and Quiditty, among many others. She is currently working on a novel about the intersections between an evil energy mega-corporation, a communist cult leader, and a popular high school student found dead in a river.

Lauren Eggert-Crowe

Lauren Eggert-Crowe


Lauren Eggert-Crowe is the author of four poetry chapbooks: Bitches of the Drought (which was selected as finalist in the 2016 Sundress Publications Chapbook Competition), The Exhibit (Hyacinth Girl Press 2013), In the Songbird Laboratory (Dancing Girl Press, 2013), and Rungs (co-authored with Margaret Bashaar, Grey Book Press 2015). Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Gigantic Sequins, Black Warrior Review, Hobart, DUM DUM Zine, Big Lucks, Tupelo Quarterly, Sixth Finch, DIAGRAM, Puerto Del Sol, and Water-Stone Review, among others. Her essays and interviews have appeared in The Rumpus, Salon, The Millions, Midnight Breakfast, and L.A. Review of Books. She serves on the leadership team for Women Who Submit.

Sarah Einstein

Sarah Einstein


Sarah Einstein is the author of Mot: A Memoir (University of Georgia Press 2015), and Remnants of Passion (Shebooks 2014). Her essays and short stories have appeared in The Sun, Ninth Letter, PANK, and other journals. Her work has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, a Best of the Net, and the AWP Prize in Creative Nonfiction. She teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and is the founding editor of the literary journal Signal Mountain Review. Her nonfiction chapbook, The Tripart Heart, was released in 2019 from Sundress Publications.

Ruth Foley

Ruth Foley


Ruth Foley is from Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband and two retired racing greyhounds and teaches English at Wheaton College. Her work appears in numerous web and print journals, including Adroit, Sou'wester, and Valparaiso Poetry Review. Her poems can also be found in several anthologies, including Best Indie Lit New England, and have been nominated for Best of the Net, Best New Poets, and the Pushcart prizes. She is the author of the chapbooks Dear Turquoise, Creature Feature, and Sink and Drift. Her first full-length collection, Abandon, is forthcoming from Brick Road.

Robert Long Foreman


Robert Long Foreman has won a Pushcart Prize and the hearts of his wife and daughters. His first book, Among Other Things, a collection of essays, was published by Pleiades Press in 2017. His first novel, Weird Pig, is coming from SEMO Press in 2020. His short stories and essays have appeared in magazines like Agni, Copper Nickel, Willow Springs, Crazyhorse, Electric Literature, and Barrelhouse. He lives in Kansas City.

Fox Frazier-Foley


Fox Frazier-Foley is the author of two prize-winning poetry collections: The Hydromantic Histories (Bright Hill Press, 2015), which was selected by Vermont Poet Laureate Chard deNiord as the recipient of the Bright Hill Press Poetry Award, and Exodus in X Minor (Sundress Publications, 2014). Her most recent volume of poetry, Like Ash in the Air After Something Has Burned (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2017) was nominated for an Elgin Award. She edited the anthologies Political Punch: Contemporary Poems on the Politics of Identity (Sundress Publications, 2016) and Among Margins: Critical and Lyrical Writing on Aesthetics (Ricochet Editions, 2016). Fox was graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Binghamton University and was honored with merit-based fellowships at Columbia University, where she earned an MFA. She was a Provost's Fellow at the University of Southern California, where she earned a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing. Fox created and manages Agape Editions. She is currently at work on a long-form journalism project about violent crime in upstate New York titled Carousel.

Fox Frazier-Foley

Ángel García


Ángel García, the proud son of Mexican immigrants, is the author of Teeth Never Sleep, winner of the 2018 CantoMundo Poetry Prize and finalist for the Pen America Open Book Award. His work can be found in American Poetry Review, Crab Orchard Review, Huizache, Miramar, and The Good Men Project, among others. He currently lives, works, studies, and writes from the Midwest.

Natalie Giarratano

Natalie Giarratano


Natalie Giarratano's first collection of poems, Leaving Clean, won the 2013 Liam Rector First Book Prize in Poetry (Briery Creek Press, 2013). Recent poems appear in Sakura Review, Isthmus Review, Black Tongue Review, Beltway Poetry, Tupelo Quarterly, Tinderbox, and TYPO, among others. She co-edits Pilot Light, an online journal of 21st century poetics and criticism and lives in Northern Colorado.

Rodney Gomez

Rodney Gomez


Rodney Gomez is the author of Citizens of the Mausoleum (Sundress Publications, 2018), a finalist for the John A. Robertson Award from the Texas Institute of Letters, Ceremony of Sand (YesYes Books, 2019), Arsenal with Praise Song (Orison Books, 2020), and Geographic Tongue (Pleiades Press, 2020), winner of the Pleiades Press Visual Poetry Series. He is the recipient of the Drinking Gourd Prize from the Poetry and Poetics Colloquium at Northwestern University, the Editors' Prize from RHINO, the Gloria Anzaldúa Poetry Prize, the Rane Arroyo Prize, and the Orison Anthology Award. His work appears in Poetry, Poetry Northwest, The Gettysburg Review, Blackbird, North American Review, Pleaides, Rattle, Denver Quarterly, Verse Daily, and other journals. He is a member of the Macondo Writers' Workshop and works at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. In 2020 he will serve as the Poet Laureate of the city of McAllen, Texas.

Aaron Graham


Aaron Graham hails from Glenrock, Wyoming, which boasts seven bars, six churches, a single 4-way stop sign, and a population of 1159. He has twice served as the editor of the Squaw Valley Review. Graham is a veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq where he served with The Marine Corps' Human Intelligence and Counterterrorism Task Force Middle East as an analyst and linguist. He is an alumnus of Squaw Valley Poets and the Ashbury Home School and was the Cecilia Baker Memorial Visiting Scholar at Seaside Writers. His collection Arabic with a Redneck Accent won the Moonstone Center for the Arts Poetry Prize and his newest collection Casualties is forthcoming from The Main Street Rag. His poetry has won the Penumbra Prize and f(r)iction Magazine's Best Poem for Summer 2017, and he has been nominated for Best of the Net. Aaron is working on a PhD from Emory University and an MFA in Poetry from UNCG. He resides in Greensboro with his amazing wife Alana, their three daughters Alexi, Nora and Naomi, and their brand new baby boy, Aaron Jr.

Bernard Grant

Bernard Grant


Bernard Grant's stories and essays have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, New Delta Review, The South Carolina Review, among others, and he has received fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, Jack Straw Cultural Center, Mineral School, and The University of Cincinnati where he is a doctoral student.

Chera Hammons


Chera Hammons serves as Writer-in-Residence at West Texas A&M University. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Foundry, Maine Review, Penn Review, Rattle, Ruminate, Texas Observer, THRUSH, Tupelo Quarterly, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She is a winner of the 2017 PEN Southwest Book Award for Poetry and nominee for 2018 and 2019 Best of the Net. Forthcoming books include a volume of poetry through Sundress Publications and a novel through Torrey House Press. She lives in Amarillo, TX.

Shannon Elizabeth Hardwick

Shannon Elizabeth Hardwick


Shannon Elizabeth Hardwick received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. She is an associate poetry editor for The Boiler Journal. Her work has appeared in Thrush Poetry Journal, Night Train, Versal, Sugar House Review, Four Way Review, among others. She is also the author of chapbooks from Thrush Press and Mouthfeel Press.

féi hernandez


féi hernandez is a Mexican trans non-binary immigrant spiritual healer, visual artist and artist. They grew up undocumented in Inglewood, California and has continued community work through their writing and art. féi's is a VONA fellow and their writing has been featured in NPR, Immigrant Review, Non Binary: Memoirs of Gender and Identity, forthcoming in The BreakBeat Poets Volume 4: LatiNEXT, Good Mood, Live Wire, and Hayden's Ferry Review. Their art work has been exhibit at Galer&iacuete;a de La Raza, is featured in the Latino Book Review 2019, and is currently creating art work for the 2019 Trans Day of Resilience Art Project cultural campaign led by Forward Together. They are the Art Director of Palms Up Academy and Lorenzana Services Inc. and teach Crafting Eternity, a writing class for developing writers in Los Angeles.

Zoë Estelle Hitzel


Zoë Estelle Hitzel earned her MA in Creative Writing studying poetry at Northern Arizona University, and her MFA in Creative Nonfiction at Oregon State University. Her work has appeared in Blue Lyra Review, entropy, pacificREVIEW, The Chariton ReviewB, and elsewhere. She keeps a blog of her transgender experience at znoted.wordpress.com. When not writing, she schemes to dismantle the cishetero patriarchy. Hitzel is a citizen of the wind, and she currently scores standardized tests remotely from wherever will have her.

Danny M. Hoey, Jr.


Dr. Danny M. Hoey, Jr., an Associate Professor of English, joined Indian River State College in 2011 as an Assistant Professor of English. He currently serves as the Chair of the English, Communications, & Modern Languages Department. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree and a Master of Arts degree in English and Creative Writing, along with a Master of Arts degree in Africana Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He actively participates in the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, the Modern Language Association and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. His essay, "Dutchman, The Black Body, and The Law," was published this past May in the Modern Language Association's Series Approaches to Teaching Amiri Baraka's Dutchman. The Butterfly Lady, his first novel, won the ForeWord Firsts' Winter 2013 debut fiction award and the Bronze Award in the IndiFab Book of the Year Award.

Amorak Huey

Amorak Huey


Amorak Huey, a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in poetry, is author of the poetry collection Ha Ha Ha Thump (Sundress, 2015) and the chapbooks The Insomniac Circus (Hyacinth Girl, 2014) and A Map of the Farm Three Miles from the End of Happy Hollow Road (Porkbelly, 2016). A former newspaper editor and reporter, he teaches writing at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, and his writing can be found in The Best American Poetry 2012, The Southern Review, The Cincinnati Review, Ninth Letter, Brevity, Booth, Oxford American, and elsewhere. He is also co-author with W. Todd Kaneko of the textbook Poetry: A Writer's Guide and Anthology (Bloomsbury, 2018).

H.K. Hummel


H.K. Hummel is the co-author of Short-Form Creative Writing: A Writer's Guide and Anthology (Bloomsbury, 2018), and the author of two poetry chapbooks: Boytreebird (Finishing Line Press, 2013) and Handmade Boats (Whale Sound, 2010). She is an Assistant Professor of creative writing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a founding editor of Blood Orange Review. Her poems have recently appeared in Hudson Review, Museum of Americana, Booth, and Iron Horse Review.

Moira J.


moira j. is an agender, Dzil Łigai Si'an N'dee(White Mountain Apache) poet who resides in Massachusett/Nipmuc/Wampanoag land. They are the winner of the 2018 Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize and are Frontier Poetry's 2019 Frontier New Voices Fellow. Their work is published/upcoming with The Shallow Ends, WILDNESS, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, and Black Warrior Review.

Ever Jones


Ever Jones is a queer/trans writer based in Seattle. Their first poetry collection, Wilderness Lessons, was described as a love letter to the earth. Jones teaches creative writing at the University of Washington Tacoma and has recently adopted a kitten named Cielo.

Melanie Jordan

Melanie Jordan


Melanie Jordan's chapbook, Ghost Season, is available from Ropewalk Press; her work has been published in the Iowa Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Poetry Southeast, Third Coast, DIAGRAM, Southeast Review, and others. She studied Creative Writing at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga before receiving her MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and her doctorate from the University of Houston. She currently teaches Creative Writing, literature, and composition at the University of West Georgia. Her debut collection, Hallelujah for the Ghosties, was published by Sundress in 2015.

Les Kay

Les Kay


Les Kay holds a PhD from the University of Cincinnati's Creative Writing program and an MFA from the University of Miami. His poetry has appeared in a variety of literary journals including Whiskey Island, Sugar House Review, Stoneboat, Menacing Hedge, Third Wednesday, Santa Clara Review, The White Review, PANK, South Dakota Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Cincinnati with his wife, Michelle, three dogs, and their collective imaginations. His chapbook, The Bureau is forthcoming from Sundress Publications.

Jill Khoury

Jill Khoury


Jill Khoury is interested in the intersection of poetry, visual art, representations of gender, and disability. She is a Western Pennsylvania Writing Project fellow and has taught writing and literature in high school, university, and enrichment environments. She holds an MFA from The Ohio State University. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous journals, including Arsenic Lobster, Copper Nickel, Inter|rupture, and Portland Review. She has also been anthologized in Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence, Pudding House Press released her chapbook, Borrowed Bodies, in 2009. Her debut full-length collection, Suites for the Modern Dancer will be released by Sundress Publications in 2016.

Lisa Kwong


Born and raised in Radford, Virginia, Lisa Kwong identifies as an AppalAsian, an Asian from Appalachia. She is a distinguished creative writing alumna of Appalachian State University and holds an MFA in poetry from Indiana University (IU). Her poems and creative nonfiction are forthcoming or have appeared in Best New Poets 2014, A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia, Anthology of Appalachian Writers, the minnesota review, Banango Street, Still: The Journal, Naugatuck River Review, Appalachian Heritage, Pluck!, The Sleuth, and other publications. Her honors include poetry scholarships and fellowships from Indiana University, The Frost Place, and Sundress Academy for the Arts, where she was the 2017 Appalachian Writer-in-Residence.

Jan LaPerle

Jan LaPerle


Jan LaPerle lives outside of Fort Knox, Kentucky with her husband, Clay Matthews, and daughter, Winnie. She has published a book of poetry, It Would Be Quiet (Prime Mincer Press, 2013), an e-chap of flash fiction, Hush (Sundress Publications, 2012), a story in verse, A Pretty Place To Mourn (BlazeVOX, 2014), and several other stories and poems. In 2014 she won an individual artist grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission. She is a Sergeant First Class in the US Army.

Kristin LaTour

Kristin LaTour


Kristin LaTour's first full-length collection is What Will Keep Us Alive (Sundress 2015.) Her poetry has appeared in journals such as Rhino, Packingtown Review, Oven Bird, Fifth Wednesday, Cider Press Review, Escape into Life, and Massachusetts Review and in the anthology Obsession: Sestinas in the 21st Century. She teaches at Joliet Jr. College and lives in Aurora, IL with her writer husband, a cockatiel, and two doggos.

Katie Longofono


Katie Longofono received her MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, where she directed the 2014 SLC Poetry Festival. She is the curator of Dead Rabbits Reading Series. Her first chapbook, The Angel of Sex, was published by Dancing Girl Press in 2013; she also has a collaborative chapbook with Mary Stone, titled Honey and Bandages, out from Folded Word Press. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from South Dakota Review, Juked, WEAVE, Midwestern Gothic, Rust + Moth, Slipstream Press, LUNALUNA Magazine, and more. She may or may not be on Twitter. She lives in Brooklyn.

M. Mack


M. Mack is a genderqueer poet, editor, and fiber artist in Virginia. Ze is the author of the chapbooks Traveling (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2015) and Imaginary Kansas (dancing girl press, 2015). Ze holds an M.F.A. from George Mason University and is former managing editor of So to Speak: a feminist journal of language and art. Mack's work has appeared recently in Adrienne: a poetry journal of queer women, APARTMENT Poetry Quarterly, Gargoyle, Wicked Alice and the anthology The Queer South (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014). Ze is founding co-editor of Gazing Grain Press, an explicitly inclusive feminist chapbook press.

Mary Beth Magin

Mary Beth Magin


Mary Beth Magin was born in Seoul and adopted and raised in upstate New York. She earned a degree in Economics with a focus on Asian Studies from the University of Pittsburgh in 2004, all the while maintaining a covert affection for critical theory, linguistics, film studies, and feminist art. She currently resides in Memphis, Tennessee with her husband and two cats. Her favorite writers include John Ashbery, Alice Notley, Issa, George Herriman, and Gina Berriault. She is the co-author of Especially the Deer, which was first published in 2003 and was re-released in paperback in 2011.

Sandra Marchetti

Sandra Marchetti


Sandra Marchetti is the author of Confluence, a full-length collection of poetry from Sundress Publications (2015). She is also the author of four chapbooks of poetry and lyric essays, including Heart Radicals (About Editions, 2018), Sight Lines (Speaking of Marvels Press, 2016), A Detail in the Landscape (Eating Dog Press, 2014), and The Canopy (MWC Press, 2012). Marchetti's poetry appears widely in Poet Lore, Blackbird, Ecotone, Southwest Review, River Styx, and elsewhere. Her essays can be found at The Rumpus, Whiskey Island, Mid-American Review, Barrelhouse, Pleiades, and other venues. Marchetti earned an MFA in Creative Writing—Poetry from George Mason University and now serves as the Coordinator of Tutoring Services at the College of DuPage in the Chicagoland area.

Sarah Marcus

Sarah Marcus


Sarah Marcus is the author of BACKCOUNTRY (2013, Finishing Line Press) and Every Bird, To You (2013, Crisis Chronicles Press). Her other work can be found at NPR's Prosody: Pittsburgh Radio for Contemporary Literature, The Huffington Post, McSweeney's, Cimarron Review, CALYX Journal, Spork, Luna Luna, and Marie Claire, among others. She is an editor at Gazing Grain Press, a spirited VIDA: Women in Literary Arts volunteer, and the Series Editor for As Is Ought To Be's High School Poetry Series: Gender, Identity, & Race. She holds an MFA in poetry from George Mason University and currently teaches and writes in Cleveland, OH. You can find her at sarahannmarcus.com.

Rachel Mennies


Rachel Mennies is the author of The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards, the 2014 winner of the Walt McDonald First-Book Prize in Poetry and finalist for a National Jewish Book Award, and the chapbook No Silence in the Fields. Her writing has recently appeared, or will soon, at The Believer, Kenyon Review, The Poetry Foundation, Indiana Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Chicago and is a member of AGNI's editorial staff.

Bayo Ojikutu


Bayo Ojikutu is the author of the critically-renowned novels 47th Street Black and Free Burning. His work has been recognized by the Washington Prize for Fiction, the Great American Book Award and Pushcart—along with various other bullet-points of renown, along the way. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, much of the essay/exercise made available here, he originally produced while earning his Master's in English/Creative Writing at DePaul University. Ojikutu has taught creative writing, literature, film studies, the business of publishing, etc. at DePaul, the University of Chicago, Roosevelt University (and elsewhere) for more than fifteen years. Ojikutu and his family currently live in the Greater Chicagoland area.

Nicole Oquendo


Nicole Oquendo is especially interested in nontraditional, multimodal compositions and translations in all genres. Their work can be found in numerous literary journals, as well as in the chapbooks some prophets, self is wolf, wringing gendered we, and Space Baby, and the hybrid memoir Telomeres. They have also curated the Sundress Publications anthology Manticore: Hybrid Writing from Hybrid Identities. Nicole has also been serving the community since 2000, giving time as an editor to several literary journals and presses, and has been working as a writing educator since 2008.

Laura Page

Laura Page


Laura Page is a graduate of Southern Oregon University and editor of the poetry journal, Virga. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming from Rust + Moth, Crab Creek Review, The Rumpus, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, TINGE, and elsewhere. She is the author of two previous chapbooks, Children, Apostates (dancing girl press, 2016) and Sylvia Plath in the Major Arcana (Anchor & Plume, forthcoming).

Angel Perez


Angel E. Perez is a mainly self-taught artist who works in 2D art, charcoal, graphite, ink and some color. His work is often on display in Aurora, IL. He has worked in veterinary hospitals for over 15 years and enjoys finding humor in any situation. He commissions drawings of family pets as well.

Emilia Phillips

Emilia Phillips


Emilia Phillips (she/her/hers) is the author of three poetry collections from the University of Akron Press, most recently Empty Clip (2018), and four chapbooks, including Hemlock (Diode Editions, 2019). Her poems and lyric essays appear widely in literary publications including Agni, American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, The Kenyon Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, and elsewhere. She's an assistant professor in the MFA Writing Program and the Department of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Erin Elkins Radcliffe

Erin Elkins Radcliffe


Erin Elkins Radcliffe is the oldest child of an oldest child of an oldest child. Originally from Indiana, she now lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Adroit Journal, The Hopper, Coal Hill Review, and TAB.

Christine Jessica Margaret Reilly

Christine Jessica Margaret Reilly


Christine Jessica Margaret Reilly lives in New York, New York. She teaches English at the Professional Children's School and the craft of writing at the University Settlement. She has been published in over fifty journals. She received her Bachelor's from Bucknell University and her Master's from Sarah Lawrence College. Her chapbook, Too Animal, Not Enough Machine, was released by Sundress in 2013.

Virginia Smith Rice

Virginia Smith Rice


Virginia Smith Rice is the author of When I Wake It Will Be Forever (Sundress Publications, 2014), and the chapbook Whose House, Whose Playroom (Dancing Girl Press, 2017). Collaborative poems, co-written with Christine Pacyk, appear in They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing (Black Lawrence Press, 2018), and are collected in the chapbook, The Internet Confirms How They Broke Down The Door, forthcoming in 2020 from Dancing Girl Press. She is poetry editor at Kettle Blue Review and associate editor at Canopic Publishing.

Katherine Riegel

Katherine Riegel


Katherine Riegel is the author of Love Songs from the End of the World (Main Street Rag 2019), Letters to Colin Firth (winner of the 2015 Sundress Publications chapbook award), and two more books of poetry. Her work has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Offing, Orion, Poets.org, Tin House, and elsewhere. She is co-founder and poetry editor for Sweet Lit, and teaches independent online classes in poetry and creative nonfiction.

Julie Ruble

Julie Ruble


Julie Ruble lives in Charlotte, NC with a poodle and an aquatic turtle. She teaches middle school language arts and writes Willow Bird Baking, a food blog. She wrote the poems found in Especially the Deer while in high school and at Davidson College, where she was awarded both the Patricia Cornwell Creative Writing Scholarship and the Vereen Bell Memorial Award in poetry. She is the co-author of Especially the Deer, which was first published in 2003 and was re-released in paperback in 2011.

Steven Sanchez

Steven Sanchez


Steven Sanchez is a CantoMundo Fellow, a Lambda Literary Fellow, and his first full-length poetry collection, Phantom Tongue, was selected by Mark Doty as the winner of Marsh Hawk Press' Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award and is forthcoming from Sundress Publications. He is also the author of two chapbooks: To My Body (Glass Poetry Press, 2016) and Photographs of Our Shadows (Agape Editions, forthcoming). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Nimrod, Poet Lore, Crab Creek Review, Assaracus, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and The Cossack Review, among other journals. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Fresno State University and teaches at Fresno City College.

Danielle Sellers

Danielle Sellers


Danielle Sellers is from Key West, FL. She has an MA from The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and an MFA from the University of Mississippi where she held the John Grisham Poetry Fellowship. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Subtropics, Smartish Pace, The Cimarron Review, Poet Lore, and elsewhere. Her first book, Bone Key Elegies, was published by Main Street Rag. She teaches Literature and Creative Writing at Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth, Texas.

MR Sheffield


MR Sheffield's work has been published in Black Warrior Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, and other journals. marvels of natural history is her first book.

Leah Silvieus


Leah Silvieus is the author of three poetry collections, most recently, Arabilis (Sundress Publications 2019), and is the co-editor with Lee Herrick of The World I Leave You: An Anthology of Asian American Poets on Faith and Spirit (Orison Books 2020). She currently serves as Books Editor for Hyphen magazine, is a National Book Critics Circle emerging fellow, and serves on the Junior Board of Kundiman, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing writers and readers of Asian American literature. She holds a B.A. from Whitworth University as well as an M.F.A. from the University of Miami and is currently studying Religion and Literature at Yale Divinity School.

Hali F. Sofala-Jones


Hali F. Sofala-Jones is a Samoan American teacher and writer from Georgia. She's earned an MFA in Poetry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her poems have been published in Nimrod International Journal, The Bitter Oleander, CALYX, Blue Mesa Review, online at The Missouri Review, and elsewhere. She is currently a Lecturer at Georgia College where she teaches courses on Multiethnic Literatures. Outside of teaching and writing, she enjoys introducing the world to her toddler, playing Assassin's Creed, and cooking for friends and family. Afakasi | Half-Caste is her debut poetry collection.

Charity Stebbins

Charity Stebbins


Charity Stebbins grew up in Ghana and Colorado and currently lives in Iowa City. She is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop in poetry. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in New American Writing, Hannah, Lumina, and the St. Sebastian Review. Her chapbook, Isla, winner of the 2012 Sundress Publications chapbook contest, is now available through Sundress Publications.

Angela Narciso Torres


Angela Narciso Torres is the author of Blood Orange, winner of the Willow Books Literature Award for Poetry. Recent work appears or is forthcoming in POETRY, Missouri Review, Quarterly West, Cortland Review, and PANK. A graduate of Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and Harvard Graduate School of Education, Angela has received fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Illinois Arts Council, and Ragdale Foundation. She received First Prize in the 2019 Yeats Poetry Prize (W.B. Yeats Society of New York). New City magazine named her one of Chicago's Lit 50 in 2016. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Manila, she currently resides in South Florida. In 2020 she joins the conference faculty of the Palm Beach Poetry Festival as a manuscript consultant. She serves on the editorial panel of New England Review and is a senior and reviews editor for RHINO Poetry.

Letitia Trent

Letitia Trent


Letitia Trent's latest poetry collection is Match Cut (Sundress Publications, 2018). Her poetry, prose, and nonfiction have appeared in Fence, Black Warrior Review, 32 Poems, Gamut, The Daily Beast, and Bright Wall/Dark Room, among others. Trent has received fellowships from The Vermont Studio Center and the MacDowell Colony. She lives in the Ozarks with her husband, son, and three black cats.

Grey Vild

Grey Vild


Grey Vild is a Queer Art Mentorship & Brooklyn Poets fellow & a MFA candidate in poetry at Rutgers University. His work can be found at Them, Vetch, Harriet: The Blog and elsewhere.

Donna Vorreyer

Donna Vorreyer


Donna Vorreyer is the author of Every Love Story is an Apocalypse Story (2016) and A House of Many Windows (2013), both from Sundress Publications. Her poems and reviews have appeared in Rhino, Tinderbox Poetry, Poet Lore, Sugar House Review, Waxwing, and many other journals. Her third full-length collection is forthcoming in 2020 from Sundress.

Jim Warner

Jim Warner


Jim Warner's poetry has appeared in various journals including The North American Review, RHINO, Hobart, No Tokens, New South, and is the author of two collections from PaperKite Press. He is the Assistant Editor of Frogpond and teaches in the MFA program at Arcadia University. Jim serves as host of the literary podcast Citizen Lit.

Hannah V Warren


Hannah V Warren's works have recently appeared in Prism Review, Whiskey Island, and Room Magazine. She is a creative writing PhD student at the University of Georgia where she studies fairy tales and other speculative narratives.

Amy Watkins


Amy Watkins is the author of three poetry chapbooks (Milk & Water, Lucky, and Wolf Daughter), a graduate of the Spalding University MFA in Writing, and a parent of a human girl. Find her online at RedLionSq.com or @amykwatkins on Twitter. She lives in Orlando, Florida.

Sarah Ann Winn

Sarah Ann Winn


Sarah Ann Winn lives in Fairfax Virginia. Her poems have appeared or will appear in Bayou Magazine, [d]ecember, Massachusetts Review, Quarterly West, and RHINO among others. Her chapbook, Portage, is available from Sundress Publications. Her life as a poet-free-range-librarian-workshop-leader is a hybrid work in progress. Visit her at bluebirdwords.com or follow her @blueaisling on Twitter.