Issue Three Contributors
Hari Alluri is the author of The Flayed City (Kaya), Carving Ashes (CiCAC/Thompson Rivers), and the chapbook The Promise of Rust (Mouthfeel). An editor at Locked Horn Press and 2020 Pushcart Prize nominee, his current projects are funded by grants from the BC Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. His work appears in the latest Poetry In Voice anthology and recently in the following journals and online venues: Counterclock, POETRY, Quiddity, The Capilano Review, and Wildness.
Mary-Kim Arnold is the author of The Fish and the Dove (Noemi Press, 2020) and Litany for the Long Moment (Essay Press, 2018). She lives in Rhode Island, where she teaches in the Nonfiction Writing Program at Brown University.
Amy Badgett Beck is a film photographer based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She delights in collaborating with other humans using her peering delight and keen attention to create new and meaningful images and experiences. Her work can be found on instagram, @amyjenna, and at www.amybadgettbeck.com.
James Belflower is Teaching Assistant Professor at Siena College. As an intermedia poet/critic his work investigates how we mingle with matter. He is the coauthor of the multimedia project Canyons (Flimb Press 2016) with Matthew Klane, The Posture of Contour (Spring Gun Press 2013), Commuter (Instance Press 2009), and Bird Leaves the Cornice, winner of the 2011 Spring Gun Press Chapbook Prize. His work appears, or is forthcoming in: Postmodern Culture, SOBER., Barzkh, & Fence, among others. He is the content developer and graphic designer for Fence Digital, the electronic publishing platform of Fence Books.
Sommer Browning is a poet and writer living in Denver. Her books include Backup Singers (Birds, LLC; 2014), Either Way I'm Celebrating (Birds, LLC; 2011), Poet-Librarians in the Library of Babel (Litwin Books, 2018), You're on My Period (Counterpath, 2016), and several others. She is the founder and director of GEORGIA, a non-commercial art space she runs out of her garage when it's warm. She works as a librarian at Auraria Library.
Dara Cerv is based in New York City. Her visual art and poetry have appeared in several online and print journals. She has produced cover art for two poetry books (Human Achievements by Lauren Hunter [Birds, LLC] and Crawlspace by Nikki Wallschlaeger [Bloof]) and an academic textbook (Producing Queer Youth:The Paradox of Digital Media Empowerment by Lauren S. Berliner [Routledge]). She is the author of a chapbook, Bath Poems (Sixth Finch, 2015). Work can be found on Instagram: @dara.cerv.on.paper.
Serena Chopra is a teacher, writer, dancer, filmmaker, soundscape designer and a visual and performance artist. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Denver, an MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and was a Kundiman Fellow, a 2011-2013 Redline artist in Residence, a 2016-2017 Fulbright Scholar (Bangalore, India), and has received a month-long artist residency at Understudy Denver for September 2020. She has two books, This Human (Coconut Books 2013) and Ic (Horse Less Press 2017), as well as two films, Dogana/Chapti (2018, winner of ArtHyve's Archives as Muse Film grant, Official Selection at Frameline43, Oregon Documentary Film Festival and Seattle Queer Film Festival) and Mother Ghosting (2018). She was recently a featured artist in Harper's Bazaar (India) as well as in the Denver Westword’s “100 Colorado Creatives.” She has recent publications in Foglifter and Matters of Feminist Practice (Belladonna). Serena is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Seattle University. You can find out more at SerenaChopra.com
Kelly Clare is a visual artist and writer currently pursuing a MFA in Sculpture at the University of Iowa. Before attending Iowa, she graduated from Knox College in Galesburg, IL. Her visual and literary work can be found at Hobart, Natural Bridge, and Dead Alive, with video work showing at the Vermont Studio Center this spring.
Andrew E. Colarusso is author of The Sovereign, a novel about Puerto Rican independence, and Creance; or Comest Thou Cosmic Nazarite, 2018 co-winner of the Drinking Gourd Poetry Prize.
Darcie Dennigan is a poet and playwright alive in Providence, RI and exploring otherworldliness and female absurdists. Her books include Slater Orchard (FC2), The Parking Lot and other feral scenarios (Forklift), and Madame X (Canarium).
Katy Didden is the author of The Glacier’s Wake (Pleiades Press, 2013) and her poems and essays appear in journals such as Poetry Northwest, Ecotone, 32 Poems, and The Kenyon Review. She is an Assistant Professor at Ball State University.
Ren Evans is a teacher and writer in New York.
Yanara Friedland is a German-American writer and translator. She is the author of Uncountry: A Mythology and Abraq ad Habra: I will Create As I Speak. "Amulets" is part of a collection of writings on and beyond sleeplessness. Most recently her nonfiction and translation work has appeared in Western Humanities Review, Asymptote, and Matters of Feminist Practice. She teaches at Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies.
Janalyn Guo is the author of the short story collection Our Colony Beyond the City of Ruins (Subito Press, 2018). She is currently an NEA literature fellow in prose.
Katherine Indermaur is the author of the chapbook Pulse (Ghost City Press, 2018), winner of the Black Warrior Review 2019 Poetry Contest and the 2018 Academy of American Poets Prize, and editor for Sugar House Review. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Alpinist, Coast|NoCoast, Colorado Review, Entropy, Frontier Poetry, Ghost Proposal, the Hunger, New Delta Review, Oxidant|Engine, and elsewhere. She holds a BA from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MFA from Colorado State University. She lives in Salt Lake City.
Matthew Klane is co-editor at Flim Forum Press. His books include Canyons (with James Belflower, Flimb Press 2016), Che (Stockport Flats 2013), and B (Stockport Flats 2008). An e-chapbook from Of the Day is online at Delete Press and an e-book My is online at Fence Digital. Recent work is online or forthcoming at Barzakh, Homonym, pulpmouth, and The Spectacle. He currently lives and writes in Albany, NY, where he curates the The REV Poetry Series and teaches at Russell Sage College.
Janice Lee is a Korean-American writer, editor, publisher, and shamanic healer. She is the author of 7 books of fiction, creative nonfiction & poetry: KEROTAKIS (Dog Horn Press, 2010), Daughter (Jaded Ibis, 2011), Damnation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2013), Reconsolidation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2015), The Sky Isn’t Blue (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016), Imagine a Death (The Operating System, 2021), and Separation Anxiety (CLASH Books, 2022). She writes about interspecies communication, plants & personhood, the filmic long take, slowness, the apocalypse, architectural spaces, inherited trauma, and the concept of han in Korean culture, and asks the question, how do we hold space open while maintaining intimacy? She combines shamanic and energetic healing with plant & animal medicine and teaches workshops on inherited trauma, healing, and writing. She is Founder & Executive Editor of Entropy, Co-Publisher at Civil Coping Mechanisms, Contributing Editor at Fanzine, and Co-Founder of The Accomplices LLC. She currently lives in Portland, OR where she is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Portland State University.
Kenji C. Liu is author of Monsters I Have Been (Alice James Books, 2019) and Map of an Onion, national winner of the 2015 Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prize (Inlandia Institute). His poetry is in American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, Poetry Northwest, Water~Stone Review, and two chapbooks, Craters: A Field Guide (2017) and You Left Without Your Shoes (2009). An alumnus of Kundiman, VONA/Voices, the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, and the Community of Writers, he lives in Los Ángeles where he lectures at UCLA and Occidental College.
Erinrose Mager's work appears in jubilat, Fence, Prelude, DIAGRAM, and elsewhere. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Denver.
Shelby McAuliffe is an interdisciplinary artist in photography and installation work. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in May 2015 with a BA in Art, emphasis in photography and a BA in French Studies. She has spent the last ten years photographing the environment and urban landscapes throughout various countries. Her area of focus encourages study of the relationship humans have to their surroundings and how wildlife has adapted to metropolitan areas. She is interested in investigating the coexistence of urban and natural environments. She works specifically with environmental/ecological and anthropological research. Combining the arts and the humanities through a visually engaging multi-media experience that extends beyond the gallery walls to the immediate surroundings. Recent work includes her installation project Urban Biophony exhibited at Museum of Natural History and the University of Colorado, Boulder and Sierra Arts Gallery in Reno, NV. Initially funded, in part, by the Candace Garlock Curatorial Grant through the Sierra Arts Foundation. In 2018 McAuliffe has had work up at PhotoNOLA, and Araguato in Colombia, South America. She is currently attending University of Colorado, Boulder as a candidate for her Masters of Fine Art in Photography. Find her on instagram @mcauliffe.photography.
Lucien Darjeun Meadows is a writer of English, German, and Cherokee ancestry born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains. An AWP Intro Journals Project winner, Lucien has received fellowships and awards from the Academy of American Poets, American Alliance of Museums, Colorado Creative Industries, National Association for Interpretation, and University of Denver, where he is working toward his PhD.
Tyler Mills is the author of two full-length books of poems, Hawk Parable (winner of the Akron Poetry Prize, University of Akron Press 2019) and Tongue Lyre (winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award, Southern Illinois University Press 2013). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Guardian, The Believer, and Poetry, and her essays in AGNI, Copper Nickel, and The Rumpus. Her mixed media visual works have appeared in Poetry and Tupelo Quarterly. The recipient of residencies from Yaddo, Ragdale, and the Vermont Studio Center, and fellowships from Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, Tyler Mills is on faculty at 24PearlStreet, the online writing program for the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and serves as editor-in-chief of The Account. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Sawako Nakayasu is an artist working with language, performance, and translation – separately and in various combinations. She has lived mostly in the US and Japan, briefly in France and China, and translates from Japanese. Her books include Some Girls Walk Into The Country They Are From (forthcoming, Wave Books), Pink Waves (forthcoming, Omnidawn), and The Ants (Les Figues Press), Texture Notes (Letter Machine Editions), and the translation of The Collected Poems of Chika Sagawa (Canarium Books), as well as Mouth: Eats Color – Sagawa Chika Translations, Anti-translations, & Originals (reprint forthcoming, Wave Books), a multilingual work of both original and translated poetry. She is co-editor, with Eric Selland, of an anthology of 20th Century Japanese Poetry (forthcoming, New Directions). She teaches at Brown University.
Brianna Noll is the author of The Era of Discontent, forthcoming from Elixir Press in 2021, and The Price of Scarlet (University Press of Kentucky, 2017), which was named one of the top poetry books of 2017 by the Chicago Review of Books. She is poetry editor of The Account, which she helped found, and her poems and translations have appeared widely in journals, including the Kenyon Review Online, The Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, Crazyhorse, and Waxwing. She lives in Los Angeles.
Never Angeline Nørth is author of the books Sea-Witch (Inside the Castle, 2020), Sara or the Existence of Fire (Horse Less Press, 2014), and Careful Mountain (CCM, 2016). They are lead designer of Undying Apparel and live in Olympia, WA.
JoAnna Novak is the author of the novel I Must Have You and two books of poetry: Noirmania and Abeyance, North America. Her essay “My $1000 Anxiety Attack” was anthologized in About Us: Essays from the Disability Series of The New York Times. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, The New York Times, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, and other publications. She is a co-founder of the literary journal and chapbook publisher, Tammy.
Claire Marie Stancek is the author of Oil Spell and MOUTHS. With Jane Gregory and Lyn Hejinian, she co-edits Nion Editions, a chapbook press. She lives in Oakland, California. These selections are taken from her third book, wyrd] bird, which is forthcoming from Omnidawn in fall 2020.
Kailey Tedesco is the author of She Used to be on a Milk Carton (April Gloaming Publishing) and Lizzie, Speak (winner of White Stag Publishing's 2018 MS contest). Her newest collection, FOREVERHAUS, will be released from White Stag in 2020. She is a senior editor for Luna Luna Magazine, and she teaches an ongoing course on the witch in literature at Moravian College. You can find her work featured or forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, Gigantic Sequins, Bone Bouquet Journal, Fairy Tale Review, and more. For further information, please follow @kaileytedesco.
S. Tourjee lives in Rhode Island and is the author of Sam Says, Sam.
Poet and writer Jennifer Tseng is currently collaborating with her sister, visual artist Amanda Tseng, on a collection of essays, images, and ephemera about growing up multiracial in America. Essays from the collection have recently appeared or are forthcoming on the Paris Review Daily, Catapult Magazine, POETRY Magazine, and Ecotone. She and her sister also collaborate on Instagram @tseng.sisters, using the hashtag #sistersreadingsisters. Together, Amanda’s images and Jennifer’s micro reviews celebrate books by women of color, queer women and women in translation—past, present, and future. Their project is gender inclusive.
Kevin Tseng is an illustrator and author (One Snowy Morning and Ned’s New Home, both picture books with Penguin Random House). He currently lives in Los Angeles, where he continues to paint, write, and dream of chocolate layer cake.
S. Yarberry is a trans poet and writer. Their poetry has appeared in, or is forthcoming in, Tin House, Indiana Review, The Offing, Berkeley Poetry Review, jubilat, The Boiler, Sixth Finch, Notre Dame Review, Nat Brut, miscellaneous zines, among others. Their other writings can be found in Bomb Magazine and Blake/An Illustrated Quarterly. S. has a MFA in Poetry from Washington University in St. Louis where they now hold the Junior Teaching Fellowship in Poetry. They currently serve as the Poetry Editor of The Spectacle.
Khaty Xiong is a poet from Fresno, California. She is the author of Poor Anima (Apogee Press, 2015), which holds the distinction of being the first full-length collection of poetry published by a Hmong American woman in the United States. She received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Montana and has had work featured in Poetry, the New York Times, How Do I Begin?: A Hmong American Literary Anthology (Heyday, 2011), as well as Academy of American Poets and Poetry Society of America websites, and elsewhere. In 2018, her poem, “On Visiting the Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens” was highlighted in an immersive poetry installation at the Poetry Foundation Gallery in Chicago (June–September) centering on the conversation of grief and loss. She’s been awarded fellowships and grants from Vermont Studio Center, Jack Jones Literary Arts, The MacDowell Colony, and the Ohio Arts Council.
Kyoko Yoshida writes fiction in English and translates from/into Japanese. Her story collections are Disorientalism (Vagabond) and Spring Sleepers (Strangers Press). Her stories appear in BooksActually’s Gold Standard 2016 (Math Paper Press), After Coetzee: An Anthology of Animal Fictions (Faunary Press) and others. With poet Forrest Gander, she has translated Nomura Kiwao’s Spectacle & Pigsty (OmniDawn); with playwright Andy Bragen, Proud Son by Shu Matsui, Like a Butterfly, My Nostalgia by Masataka Matsuda, and others. She teaches American Literature at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto.
Leni Zumas is the author of three books of fiction: Red Clocks (Little, Brown), The Listeners (Tin House), and Farewell Navigator: Stories (Open City). She lives in Oregon and teaches creative writing at Portland State University.
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