Issue Two Contributors
Akusua A. Akoto is originally from Dallas but Denver is home. Currently working on two manuscripts of poetry including one based on generational trauma, mental illness and complexities of Black womanhood woven into music and history.
Callum Angus's work has appeared in Nat. Brut, The Common, The Offing, LA Review of Books, Catapult, and elsewhere. He has received fellowships from Lambda Literary and Signal Fire Foundation for the Arts, and was a 2018 Writer-in-Residence at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in central Oregon. He lives in Portland, Oregon where he edits smoke + mold, a journal of 'nature writing', broadly defined, by trans and Two Spirit people (www.smokeandmold.net).
Jessica Baer received their MFA from Brown University in 2017. They have a chapbook called Holodeck One (Magic Helicopter Press, 2017) and their work has been featured in journals such as Pinwheel, Prelude Mag, and Bone Bouquet. They live anywhere and they love horses.
Mairead Case (she/her/hers) is a working writer and teacher in Denver. She teaches English full-time in DPS, and poetry and narrative part-time at the Kerouac School and the Denver Women's Jail. Mairead reads, publishes, and organizes widely, and is the author of the forthcoming novel Tiny (featherproof 2020), as well as the novel See You In the Morning (featherproof), the poetry chapbook TENDERNESS (Meekling), and, with David Lasky, the forthcoming Georgetown Steam Plant Graphic Novel (Seattle Arts and Culture). She holds a PhD from the University of Denver and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, attended anti-racism trainings at the Highlander Center, and has been a Legal Observer for over a decade. Before Denver Mairead lived in Chicago for a decade, where she worked and wrote for places like Pitchfork and the Poetry Foundation. Before that, she was a birthday party clown.
Moonseok Choi is a writer and Korean-English translator with an MFA in poetry from the University of Notre Dame. Moon’s work has been published in A Bad Penny Review. He is currently writing and developing narrative indie games.
Ron Estrada is a writer from Chicago, Illinois and is a current MFA candidate at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. He recently finished his first novel and lives with his wife, two sons, and a dog named Rocco. He enjoys eating garlic and listening to Tom Waits while lounging in his hammock. You can read some of his written work on his website: www.eightoneeightseven.com
Kay Gabriel is a poet and essayist. She’s the author of Elegy Department Spring / Candy Sonnets 1 (BOAAT Press, 2017), the recipient of fellowships from the Poetry Project and Lambda Literary, and a PhD candidate at Princeton University. With Andrea Abi-Karam she’s co-editing an anthology of radical trans poetics, forthcoming 2020 from Nightboat Books.
Evan Gray is from Jefferson, North Carolina and is the author of three chapbooks: Blindspot (the Rest (Garden-Door Press, 2018), BODY BIRTH (Above/Ground Press, 2019), and Dusk Melody (Shirt Pocket Press, 2019). His essays and poems have been featured in DIAGRAM, Tarpaulin Sky, Yalobusha Review, Word For / Word, and others. He currently teaches at the University of Pittsburgh.
Aby Kaupang is the author of, most recently NOS, disorder not otherwise specified (w. Matthew Cooperman, Futurepoem), Disorder 299.00 (w. Matthew Cooperman, Essay Press), Little “g” God Grows Tired of Me (SpringGun), Absence is Such a Transparent House (Tebot Bach) and Scenic Fences | Houses Innumerable (Scantily Clad Press). She has had poems appear in The Seattle Review, FENCE, La Petite Zine, The Laurel Review, Dusie, Verse, Denver Quarterly, & others. She holds master’s degrees in both creative writing and occupational therapy and lives in Fort Collins where she served as the Poet Laureate from 2015-2017. More information here.
Denise Jarrott is the author of NYMPH (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press) and two chapbooks, Nine Elegies (Dancing Girl Press) and Herbarium (Sorority Mansion Press). Her poetry and essays have appeared recently in Reality Beach, COVER, The Boiler, and elsewhere. She is currently at work on a series of essays in conversation with Roland Barthes’ A Lover’s Discourse. She grew up in Iowa and currently lives in Brooklyn.
Babak Lakghomi is the author of Floating Notes. His fiction has appeared or forthcoming in NOON, Ninth Letter, New York Tyrant, Egress, and Green Mountains Review, among other places.
Amy Lawless is the author of the poetry collections My Dead and Broadax (both from Octopus Books). The chapbook A Woman Alone is out from Sixth Finch. She is also the co-author of the hybrid book I Cry: The Desire to Be Rejected from Pioneer Works. She lives in Brooklyn.
Jessica Lawson is a Pushcart-nominated poet whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Rumpus; Dreginald; Entropy; The Fanzine; Yes, Poetry; Cosmonauts Avenue; The Wanderer; FLAG + VOID; and elsewhere. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and an MFA from CU-Boulder, where she served as an editor for Timber Journal. Her manuscripts and chapbooks have placed as finalists with Nightboat, New Delta Review, and Dream Pop. She lives and teaches in Colorado, and you can find her online at www.lawsonlit.com
Ella Longpre is the author of How to Keep You Alive (from CCM Press). A French translation of her chapbook Apocalune, illustrated with etchings from Emmanuel Leger, is forthcoming from Les Écrits 9 in 2019. She has work, currently, in blush lit, and previously in the Volta, Denver Quarterly, elimae, and other locations. Ella lives and writes in Denver, where she is earning her PhD at DU. She can be found in the woods. https://ellalongpre.tumblr.com/