Hadara Bar-Nadav is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Society of America. Her newest book of poetry, The New Nudity, is forthcoming from Saturnalia Books in 2017. She is the author of Lullaby (with Exit Sign) (Saturnalia Books, 2013), awarded the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize; The Frame Called Ruin (New Issues, 2012), Runner Up for the Green Rose Prize; and A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight (Margie/Intuit House, 2007), awarded the Margie Book Prize. She is also author of two chapbooks, Fountain and Furnace (Tupelo Press, 2015), awarded the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize, and Show Me Yours (Laurel Review/Green Tower Press 2010), awarded the Midwest Poets Series Prize. In addition, she is co-author with Michelle Boisseau of the best-selling textbook Writing Poems, 8th ed. (Pearson/Longman, 2011). Her poetry has recently appeared in American Poetry Review, Iowa Review, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. She is a Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
David Barber is the author of two books of poems, Wonder Cabinet and The Spirit Level. His forthcoming collection is Secret History.
Nathan Blansett lives in Atlanta and studies literature at Emory University.
Lorie Broumand is a librarian. She plays guitar, hurdy gurdy, and Tetris. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Confrontation, SmokeLong Quarterly, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Slush Pile MagazineWhiskey Island, and Fiction Southeast.
Critz Campbell is a native of West Point, Mississippi and received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and his Masters in Furniture/Design from Parnham College, Beaminster, England. He completed an artist residency at the Crab Tree Farm Foundation, IL, a CORE Fellowship at Penland School of Crafts, NC, and he participated in an artist exchange at Arco Centro de Communicao Visual, Lisbon, Portugal.

Campbell has served on the faculty of SAIC and is currently associate professor of sculpture at Mississippi State University and a member of the board of trustees at Penland School of Crafts. His work has shown at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York; De Cordoba Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts; International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York; the LIMN Gallery of San Francisco and is in the permanent collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art.
Charlie Clark’s work has appeared in Pleiades, Smartish Pace, Threepenny Review, West Branch, and elsewhere. He studied poetry at the University of Maryland and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He lives in Austin, Texas.
Lee Conell’s story collection Subcortical was released this September from Johns Hopkins University Press. Her fiction has won the grand prize in the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Literary Arts award and her stories have appeared in Indiana ReviewKenyon Review online, The CollagistGlimmer TrainGuernica, and elsewhere. She teaches for Vanderbilt University Southern Word, and the Sewanee Young Writers Conference.
Monica Ferrell’s second collection, Oh You Absolute Darling, is forthcoming from Four Way in 2018. She is the author of the novel The Answer Is Always Yes and of the poetry collection Beasts for the Chase, a finalist for the Asian American Writers’ Workshop Prize in Poetry.
Gary Jackson was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas, and he is the author of the poetry collection Missing You, Metropolis, which received the 2009 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in Callaloo, Tin House, 32 Poems, Crab Orchard Review, and elsewhere. He is the associate poetry editor at Crazyhorse and currently teaches in the MFA program at the College of Charleston.
Brionne Janae is a California native, poet and teaching artist living in Brooklyn. She received her MFA from Emerson College, and is the recipient of the 2016 St. Botoloph Emerging Artist award, a Hedgebrook Alumni, and proud Cave Canem Fellow. Her poetry and prose have been published in Bitch Magazine, The Cincinnati Review, jubilat, Sixth Finch, Plume, Bayou Magazine, The Nashville Review, and Waxwing among others. Brionne’s first full length collection of poetry After Jubilee was selected for publication by Dorianne Laux and will be published by Boaat Press this fall.
Trevor Ketner holds an MFA from the University of Minnesota. They have been or will be published in Best New Poets 2015, Day One, Ninth Letter, West Branch, Pleiades, The Offing, Lambda Literary, Devil's Lake, Boxcar Poetry Review and elsewhere. Their essays and reviews can be found in The Kenyon Review, Boston Review, The Rumpus, and The Collagist. They were a resident at the Vermont Studio Center, received the 2014 Gesell Award in Poetry, and are Associate Poetry Editor for Slice Magazine.
Anna Leigh Knowles is a MFA candidate at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Her nonfiction and poetry have appeared in Tin House (the open bar), Pleiades, The Missouri Review online, Indiana Review (finalist for the 2016 Poetry Prize), storySouth and THRUSH. She is currently an assistant editor for the journal Crab Orchard Review.
Sonya Larson’s short fiction and essays have appeared in The Best American Short Stories 2017, American Short Fiction, American Literary ReviewPoets & WritersThe Writer’s ChronicleAudible.comWest Branch, Salamander, Del Sol Review, The Red Mountain Review, and The Hub. She has received honors and fellowships from The Best American Short Stories 2015, the Vermont Studio Center, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the St. Botolph Club Foundation, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, among others.

She is Director of GrubStreet’s Muse and the Marketplace literary conference, and is studying fiction in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.
Rebecca Lehmann is the author of the poetry collection Between the Crackups (Salt, 2011). Her poems have been published in Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, Boston Review, Fence, Tin House and other journals. She lives in South Bend, Indiana, where she is an Assistant Professor of English at Saint Mary's College.
Dora Malech is the author of Shore Ordered Ocean (Waywiser Press, 2009), Say So (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2011), and Flourish (forthcoming from Carnegie Mellon University Press). Her poems have appeared in publications that include The New YorkerPoetry, and Best American Poetry. A recipient of Ruth Lilly, Civitella Ranieri, and Amy Clampitt Fellowships, she lives in Baltimore, where she is an assistant professor of poetry in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.
Michael Martone was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he learned at a very early age, about flight. His mother, a high school English teacher, read to him of the adventures of Daedalus and Icarus from the book Mythology written by Edith Hamilton, who was born in Dresden, Germany, but who also grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Martone remembers being taken by his father to Baer Field, the commercial airport and Air National Guard base, to watch the air traffic there. He was blown backward on the observation deck by the prop-wash of the four-engine, aluminum-skinned Lockheed Constellation with its elegant three-tailed rudder turning away from the gates. At the same time, the jungle-camouflaged Phantom F-4s did touch-and-goes on the long runway, the ignition of their after-burners sounding as if the sky were being torn like blue silk. As a child growing up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Martone heard many stories about Art Smith, “The Bird Boy of Fort Wayne,” and the adventures of this early aviation pioneer. In the air above the city, Martone, as a boy, imagined, “The Bird Boy of Fort Wayne” accomplishing, for the first time, the nearly impossible outside loop and then a barrel-roll back into a loop-to-loop in his fragile cotton canvas and baling wire flying machine he built in his own backyard in Fort Wayne, Indiana, whose sky above was the first sky, anywhere, to be written on, written on by Art Smith, “The Bird Boy of Fort Wayne,” the letters hanging there long enough to be read but then smeared, erased by the high altitude wind, turning into a dissipating front of fogged memories, cloudy recollection.
Natalie Mesnard is a literary novelist, game designer, and poet interested in human relationships with new technology. Natalie's writing—short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, book reviews, and interviews—can be read online, and in print at literary magazines such as Kenyon Review OnlineThe Gettysburg Review, and Green Mountains Review. She blogs at, and is currently completing a speculative near-future science fiction novel centered on Millennial culture, augmented reality, and secular spirituality.
Eric Pankey’s twelfth collection of poetry, Augury, is due out from Milkweed Editions. His visual art can be found at
Hai-Dang Phan is a 2017 NEA Literature Fellow and the author of a chapbook of poems, Small Wars (Convulsive Editions 2016). His poems have been published in New England Review, Poetry, The New Yorker, Boston Review, Best American Poetry, Prelude, and jubilat. Born in Vietnam and raised in Wisconsin, he currently lives in Iowa and teaches at Grinnell College.
Jane Renaud is a writer and filmmaker from Northern California. After studying film and English at NYU, she produced segments about public education for PBS NewsHour. Her short film “Damn It, Andy!” premiered at the Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham, Alabama. Her fiction has appeared in The Texas Review and is forthcoming in descant. Jane currently works in feature film post production and lives in Brooklyn with her husband, cat, and gecko.
Molly Spencer’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Copper Nickel, Georgia Review, The Missouri Review poem-of-the-week web feature, Ploughshares, Poetry Northwest, New England Review, and other journals. Her critical writing has appeared at Colorado Review, Kenyon Review Online, and The Rumpus. She holds an MFA in poetry from the Ranier Writing Workshop and is a poetry editor at The Rumpus. Find her online at
Jermaine Thompson is from Louisville, Mississippi. He holds a BA in English from Stillman College and an MA in English from Mississippi State University. He now lives in Missouri and is an MFA candidate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Yanyi is a poet and critic based in Brooklyn, New York. He is a 2017­­­–2018 Asian American Writers’ Workshop Margins Fellow and contributing editor at Foundry. He formerly served as Director of Technology and Design at The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, senior editor at Nat. Brut, and curatorial assistant at The Poetry Project. The recipient of a 2015 Emerging Poets Fellowship from Poets House, Yanyi’s poems and criticism have appeared in Model View Culture, cellpoems, The Cortland Review, and DIARY, chaplet #193 at Belladonna* Collaborative. Find him at
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