Juliana Amir is the author of Midnight Magic. She is currently in the NEOMFA for fiction and has an assistantship with the McDowell School of Law at the University of Akron. In the past she has served as a research assistant for the Hower House, a Victorian mansion, as well as a tutor for the Office of Multicultural Development and the English Language Institute.

Zack Anderson studies poetry at Notre Dame, where he also works as an editorial assistant for Action Books. His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared/are forthcoming in Entropy, Smoking Glue Gun, Muse/A Journal, The Brillantina Project, Notre Dame Review, and Kenyon Review.

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.

Bobby Fischer has an MFA in Fiction from William Paterson University. He's the fiction editor for Map Literary, a journal of contemporary art and literature. He is an adjunct at multiple schools in New Jersey, where he lives. His fiction can be found in Ghost Town, Bodega, The Writing Disorder, and Drunk Monkeys among other places.

Kimberly Gibson received her BA in English from Baylor University where she studied linguistics and poetry. In 2015, she graduated from the University of North Texas with an MA in linguistics. Her research is in literary pragmatics, and she's particularly interested in the linguistic ramifications of intertextuality. When not teaching college composition, she's writing bad poems or book-clubbing in the Dallas area.

Jane Hawley is a writer from California. She received her BA from the University of Wyoming and is an MFA candidate in Fiction at Texas State University, where she serves as the managing editor of Front Porch Journal. She’s also a part of the editorial board for Anthropoid, a literary collective and magazine of the humanesque. Her fiction, non-fiction, and graphic narratives have been published by Day One, The Pinch, and Memoir Journal.

Jack Hill is from Northern California and is a creative writing MFA student at the University of Idaho.

Davy Knittle's poems and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Fence, Jacket2, Denver Quarterly, and Boston Review, and his collaborations with Sophia Dahlin are forthcoming in Eleven Eleven. His chapbook, cyclorama, was released by The Operating System in April 2015. He lives in Philadelphia, where he is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Pennsylvania.

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.

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.

Liz Martin is an Instructor in the English Department at Montclair State University in New Jersey and a poetry editor for Map Literary, a contemporary journal of writing and art. Her journalism has appeared in Parsippany Life, Neighbor News, and The Suburban Trends. Her poetry has been published by Arsenic Lobster, Eunoia Review, Menacing Hedge, and Drunk Monkeys. She is the recipient of two New Jersey Press Association awards. Currently, she is at work on a series of essays that blend the political and historical contexts of motherhood with the anxieties, fears, and hopes of women.

AprilJo Murphy is a Doctoral Candidate in Creative Writing at UNT. Her essays and fiction have been published/are forthcoming in in Women's Studies Quarterly, Blueline, Sinister Wisdom, Hippocampus and other literary places. She has worked for American Literary Review. If you want, you can follow her writing and see pictures of her dog at

JoAnna Novak is the Pushcart-Prize-nominated author of Laps (Another New Calligraphy, 2014) and Something Real (dancing girl press, 2011). She holds an M.F.A. in fiction from Washington University and an M.F.A. in poetry from University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her writing has appeared in journals such as Guernica, DIAGRAM, Conjunctions, Pank, and Joyland. With Thomas Cook and Tyler Flynn Dorholt, she publishes Tammy, a print journal of poetry and prose. She lives in Massachusetts, where she is working on a memoir find her online at

Timothy O'Donnell is a writer from Northern New Jersey. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from William Paterson University. His fiction, poetry, and book reviews have appeared in 3:AM MagazineAtticus ReviewCease, CowsCosmonaut's AvenueFour Chambers Press, and WhiskeyPaper among others.

Caitlin Pryor's poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Pleiades, Gulf Coast, Cold Mountain Review, Redivider, Poet Lore, Boxcar Poetry Review, The Mississippi Review, and elsewhere. Her reviews and interviews are forthcoming or have appeared in The American Literary Review, Cutbank, and Pleiades. Nominated for the Best New Poets anthology series, she has won the Mississippi Review Prize, the Ron McFarland Prize for Poetry, an Avery Hopwood Award, and has been a participant at the Sewanee Writers' Conference. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan, an MFA from The New School, and a PhD from The University of North Texas, where she is currently a lecturer in the Department of English. Visit to learn more and read her work.

Wesley Rothman's poems and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming in 32 Poems, Crab Orchard Review, Drunken Boat, Prairie Schooner, The Rumpus, and Vinyl, among others. He has worked widely in publishing including Copper Canyon Press and Ploughshares, and now edits Toe Good Poetry. Recent acknowledgement of his work includes a Pushcart nomination and a Vermont Studio Center grant, and he teaches writing and cultural literatures in Boston.

Robert Torres graduated from the University of North Texas with BA in English: Creative Writing. He runs the Punk Poet Society in Denton and hosts the Free Word on Deep Ellum on Air.

Jordan Williams writes short fiction and analytical essays. He studied at the University of North Texas, receiving a BA in Creative Writing and MA in Literature. He's dabbled in political podcasting and currently works at UNT, where he helps to plan various conferences, events, and lifelong learning programs. When he's not writing, Jordan plays bass guitar and freelances as a musician in the North Texas area.

Annie Won is a poet, yoga teacher, and medicinal chemist who resides in Somerville, MA with her two adorable fuzzy Maine Coon cats. Annie is particularly interested in somatic spaces of mind, body, and page and creative opportunities within these domains. She is a Kundiman Fellow and her chapbook with Brenda Iijima, Once Upon a Building Block, is forthcoming from Horse Less Press this summer. Her work has appeared in Shampoo and RealPoetik.



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 at

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.

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 Puschart 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 at



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 crazy-cat-lady-in-training. 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.

Charlie Riccardelli is a PhD student/teaching fellow in Creative Writing at the University of North Texas. His fiction and articles have appeared in Circa, The Copperfield Review, American Literary Review, Wilde Magazine, Lamplighter, Essay Magazine, and Rivercraft. He writes historical fiction, primarily set in and around his home state of New Jersey. He is currently working on his first novel.

Melissa Studdard’s books include the poetry collection I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast and the novel Six Weeks to Yehidah. Her writings have appeared in a wide range of publications, such as Poets & Writers, Southern Humanities Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and Psychology Today. Her awards include The Forward National Literature Award, the International Book Award, and other prizes. In addition to editing for AMRI, she is the executive producer and host of VIDA Voices & Views for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Learn more at



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