Michael Agugom is a W. Morgan and Lou Claire Rose Fellow at Texas State University, where he’s also an MFA candidate. He is a recipient of a 2018 Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award. His works have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Cantabrigian Magazine, Queer Africa 2: New Stories, and other places.
Timilehin Alake is a Ph.D. student at Washington University in St Louis from Lagos, Nigeria. He studies comparative literature in the International Writers Track where he is currently working on a debut novel. He has been published in The Florida Review, Kalahari Review, and Contrary Magazine.
Alex J. Barrio is a political consultant and progressive advocate living in Washington, DC. He is a Cuban-American who grew up in New Jersey and spent most of his adult life in Florida. He can be found on Twitter for poetry (@1001Tanka) and fiction (@AlexJBarrio).
Zoey Birdsong, originally from Taos, New Mexico, is a third-year Creative Writing major at Oberlin College.
Michelle D’costa is a writer, editor, and creative writing mentor from Mumbai. She co-hosts the author interview podcast Books and Beyond with Bound. Her poetry chapbook Gulf was published by Yavanika Press in 2021. Her work can be found in Litro UK, Berfrois, Eclectica, Out Of Print, and others. www.michellewendydcosta.wordpress.com/
Malina Douglas conjures rich imagery by the encounters that shape us. She was awarded Editor’s Choice in the Hammond House International Literary Prize and longlisted for the Reflex Press Prize. Publications include The National Flash Fiction Day Anthology, Typehouse, Wyldblood, Opia, Ellipsis Zine, Back Story Journal, and Consequence For
Malina Douglas conjures rich imagery by the encounters that shape us. She was awarded Editor’s Choice in the Hammond House International Literary Prize and longlisted for the Reflex Press Prize. Publications include The National Flash Fiction Day Anthology, Typehouse, Wyldblood, Opia, Ellipsis Zine, Back Story Journal, and Consequence Forum. She is an alumna of Smokelong Summer and tweets @iridsecentwords.
Neethu Krishnan is a writer based in Mumbai, India, who holds postgraduate degrees in English and Microbiology. A 2022 Best Of The Net poetry nominee and recipient of the Creative Non-fiction Award in Bacopa Literary Review 2022 contest, Neethu’s works have appeared in over a dozen literary journals.
Kimaya Kulkarni (she/her/hers) is a writer and editor living in and being constantly inspired by her hometown, Pune. She is an editor at Bilori Journal, Spooky Gaze and decoloniszing our bookshelves (dob), and holds an MSc in Comparative Literature from the University of Edinburgh. Her prose has appeared in Wizards in Space, Honey and Lime, Cobra Milk, Lily Poetry Review and ROM Mag.
Anna Lapera is a middle school teacher by day and fiction writer in the early hours of the morning. She is primarily a Young Adult fiction writer but loves writing short stories for the grownups. Her forthcoming debut upper middle grade novel Mani Semilla Finds Her Quetzal Voice is scheduled to be published in Spring 2024 through Levine Q
Anna Lapera is a middle school teacher by day and fiction writer in the early hours of the morning. She is primarily a Young Adult fiction writer but loves writing short stories for the grownups. Her forthcoming debut upper middle grade novel Mani Semilla Finds Her Quetzal Voice is scheduled to be published in Spring 2024 through Levine Querido. She is a 2022 Macondista with the Macondo Writers Workshop, a Kweli Journal mentee, and a 2021 mentee with the Las Musas Mentorship Program for unpublished Latinx kidlit writers. You can find her on Twitter @WriterOfCuentos.
Susan L. Lin is a Taiwanese American storyteller who hails from southeast Texas and holds an MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts. Her novella Goodbye to the Ocean won the 2022 Etchings Press novella prize and is available to purchase at susanllin.wordpress.com.
Sienna Liu is a writer of prose and poetry based in London. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cotton Xenomorph, A Velvet Giant, HAD, Lit 202, Occulum, among others. She is the author of the poetry chapbook Square (Black Sunflowers Poetry Press, 2022).
Sam Moe lives in Normal, Illinois. She is the first-place winner of Invisible City’s Blurred Genres contest in 2022. Her chapbook, Heart Weeds, is out from Alien Buddha Press and her second chapbook, Grief Birds, is forthcoming from Bullshit Lit in April 2023. You can find her online as @SamAnneMoe.
Dylan Reber is a writer and graduate student. He resides in the Atlanta metropolitan area, where he is finishing up his thesis and working on a collection of short stories in the company of his dog and four very dusty bookshelves.
Kris Riley is from Houston, currently residing in New Orleans. They are a co-editor for Scar Tissue Magazine and work with Upturn Arts as a teaching artist. They have works featured in The Ember Chasm Review, The Raw Art Review, Beyond Words, and HUMID. Visit them on Instagram at ampersand_anyway.
Rosario Santiago is a queer Boricua writer. Their poetry has been published in mag 20/20, celestite poetry, and the OutWrite D.C 2022 Festival Journal. “Meet Me in the Universe” is their first published short story.
Previously published in The Acentos Review 2020 December issue, and the Big Muddy Journal 2021 issue, Christian Vazquez is a 26-year-old gay writer from Brownsville, Texas. Today, he is a professor at Houston Community College. Also, he is cohost of El Unnamed Podcast on YouTube. His Instagram: christian77vazquez Twitter: @christian77v.
Severin Wiggenhorn has worked as a Senate staffer, software engineer, and technical writer. She has degrees in classical ballet, philosophy, law, and is an MFA candidate at Randolph College.
Ashley Wolfe is the author of Pachamama, and has published work in Superstition Review, Parentmap, IRLS and the London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research Narrating Lives Conference. She holds a BA in journalism from Arizona State University and will soon complete an MFA at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. www.ashleymwolfe.com
April Yu is a young writer from New Jersey with an affinity for language, running, and human anatomy. Her work has or is slated to appear in Milk Candy Review, The Aurora Journal, and more. She is a graduate of the Alpha Workshop for Young Writers.
Ivelisse Rodriguez’s debut short story collection Love War Stories was a 2019 PEN/Faulkner finalist and a 2018 Foreword Reviews INDIES finalist. She has published fiction in the Boston Review, Obsidian, Kweli, the Bilingual Review, Aster(ix), and other publications. She is a contributing arts editor for the Boston Review, where she acquires fiction. She was a senior fiction editor at Kweli and is a Kimbilio fellow and a Las Dos Brujas and VONA/Voices alum. She earned an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College and a Ph.D. in English-creative writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago.