Zack Anderson holds an MFA from the University of Notre Dame, where he interned for Action Books, and an MA from the University of Wyoming. He currently works as an adjunct in Denver, Colorado.

Britny Brooks writes and reads in Philadelphia. She has a dual MFA/MA, and her weird experimental stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Airgonaut, Ghost Parachute, and more. She likes to drink coffee while geeking out about novellas, podcasts, short story collections, and tiny houses. During the day she works as an editorial assistant at a publishing house and is the Head Serial Fiction Editor for Helios Quarterly, and at night she likes to binge watch tv and movies. You can follow her train of thought at @Britny_Brooks.

Abby Burns is a queer feminist currently studying prose at University of Notre Dame. Her work has appeared in Entropy, (b)OINK zine, Longridge Review, and elsewhere. Originally from Wisconsin, she is overly fond of beer and cheese curds.

Guia Cortassa was born, lives, and works in Milan, Italy. After working as a Contemporary Art curator, she went back to writing, mainly about culture and arts. Her work appeared, among others, on the Rumpus, where she runs a weekly column, the Quietus, the Intentional, Flash Art and Noisey. You can find her here.

Edward A. Dougherty is the author of 10 books and chapbooks of poetry, including Grace Street (2016, Cayuga Lake Books) and Everyday Objects (2015, Plain View Press). His reviews have been published in Rain Taxi, The Colorado Review, Pleiades, and many others. He is Professor of English at Corning Community College and was awarded the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Creative and Scholarly Activities.

Kelly Lucero is an MA student in English / Linguistics, Literacy, and Composition at New Mexico Highlands University. Her graduate thesis is an exploration of taboo language in American television shows. She is also the editor-in-chief of the New Mexico Review. When Kelly isn’t researching swear words, she spends her time reading and writing fiction and poetry, and taking photographs.

Sarah J. Schlosser is a writer, reader, and designated listener based in San Diego, California. She earned a BA in literature from Missouri State University and has been trying to reconcile that degree with a career in call center management ever since. Her writings can be found in The Rumpus and on her website.

Marc Watkins is a teacher, wood worker, tile setter, and occasional writer. He teaches writing at the University of Mississippi and has served as a guest fiction editor for the Pushcart Prize and nonfiction editor for New Stories from the Midwest.



Cynthia Atkins is the author of Psyche’s Weathers and In The Event of Full Disclosure. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including Alaska Quarterly Review, Apogee, BOMB, Cleaver Magazine, Cultural Weekly, Diode, Florida Review, Green Mountains Review, Harpur Palate, Le Zaporogue, North American Review, Rust+Moth,Seneca Review, Tampa Review, Tinderbox, Thrush, Valparaiso Review and Verse Daily. She was formerly the assistant director for the Poetry Society of America and has taught English and Creative Writing, most recently at Blue Ridge Community College, where she curated a quarterly reading series, Lit-Salon. Atkins earned her MFA from Columbia University and has earned fellowships and prizes from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, The Writer’s Voice, and Writers@Work. Atkins lives on the Maury River of Rockbridge County, Virginia, with artist Phillip Welch and their family. More work and info on her website or on Facebook.

Vi Khi Nao is the author of a novel, Fish in Exile (Coffee House Press, 2016), and The Old Philosopher (Nightboat Books, 2016), a poetry collection. Vi’s work includes poetry, fiction, film and cross-genre collaboration. She was the winner of 2014 Nightboat Poetry Prize and the 2016 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest. Find more of her work here.

Octavio Quintanilla is the author of the poetry collection, If I Go Missing (Slough Press, 2014). His poetry and translations have appeared, or are forthcoming, in numerous journals including, Fugue, Salamander, Southwestern American Literature, Pilgrimage, RHINO, and others. He is the South Texas regional editor for Texas Books in Review and teaches in the MA/MFA program at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX. You can reach him on Twitter: @OctQuintanilla.

Preeti Kaur Rajpal is a poet who grew up in California's San Joaquin Valley. She first began writing poetry as a student of June Jordan in her Poetry For The People program. She was most recently a Loft Literary Mentor Series Fellow and a Poetry Incubator Fellow with the Poetry Foundation. She tweets at @Kitaab_e_Preet.

Leslie Contreras Schwartz is a writer living in Houston. Her first collection of poems, Fuego, was published by Saint Julian Press in March 2016. Her poetry has appeared or is upcoming in The Collagist, Texas Review, Tinderbox, and other journals. Her personal essays have appeared or are upcoming in Catapult, the Houston Chronicle, and The Toast. In 2017, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was also named a finalist for the Houston Poet Laureate. Schwartz holds an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College and a BA in English from Rice University.

Danielle Susi is the author of the chapbook The Month in Which We Are Born (dancing girl press, 2015). Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Knee-Jerk Magazine, Hobart, and The Rumpus, among many other publications. She received her MFA in writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Newcity has named her among the Top 5 Emerging Chicago Poets. Find her online here.

Megan Valley is a recent graduate of Notre Dame with a BA in English and the Program of Liberal Studies. She’s a contributor for The Hard Times and is originally from Flint, MI. Occasionally, she’s funny on Twitter @meganevalley.



Michael Levan received his MFA in poetry from Western Michigan University and PhD in English and Creative Writing from the University of Tennessee. His work can be found in recent or forthcoming issues of Indiana Review, Radar Poetry, Valparaiso Fiction Review, Mid-American Review, Rock & Sling, American Literary Review, and Heron Tree. He is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Saint Francis and lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with his wife, Molly, and son, Atticus.

Elise Matthews has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of North Texas. She’s thinking about PhD programs but not too seriously just yet. She is a writer, adjunct professor, and cat lady. Her fiction can be found at Necessary FictionHobart, and Jersey Devil Press. She has served on staff for American Literary Review and North Texas Review.

Tom Simpson teaches courses on human rights, gender, philosophy, and religion at Phillips Exeter Academy. His nonfiction essays about postwar Bosnia-Herzegovina have appeared in Numéro Cinq; his literary reviews have been published in Tar River Poetry, The Iowa Review Online, and The Kenyon Review Online; and in 2016 the University of North Carolina Press published his first book, American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1867-1940. You can find more of his work on his website and follow him on Twitter: @tomsimpsonphd.



Kyle McCord is the author of five books including You Are Indeed an Elk, But This is Not the Forest You Were Born to Graze (Gold Wake, Forthcoming 2015) and Gentle, World, Gentler (Ampersand Books, Forthcoming 2015). He has work featured in Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly and elsewhere. He’s received grants or awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Iowa Poetry Association. He’s the 2012 recipient of the Baltic Writing Residency. He is the co-curator of the Kraken Reading Series and co-edits iO: A Journal of New American Poetry. He teaches in Des Moines, Iowa