Emma Bolden (she/her) is the author of House Is an Enigma (Southeast Missouri State University Press), medi(t)ations (Noctuary Press), and Maleficae (GenPop Books). The recipient of an NEA Fellowship, her work has appeared in The Norton Introduction to Literature, The Best American Poetry, The Best Small Fictions, and such journals as the Mississippi Review, The Rumpus, StoryQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, New Madrid, TriQuarterly, Shenandoah, and the Greensboro Review. She currently serves as Associate Editor-in-Chief for Tupelo Quarterly.
Kai Coggin(she/her)is a widely published poet and author of three full-length collections Periscope Heart, Wingspan, and Incandescent. She is a queer woman of color who thinks Black lives matter, a teaching artist in poetry with the Arkansas Arts Council, and host of the longest running consecutive weekly open mic series in the country—Wednesday Night Poetry. She lives with her wife and their two adorable dogs in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas.
teri elam (she/her), an Atlanta resident has work, most recently, in Slice Magazine, Prairie Schooner, and the Visual Poetry Project. A recent semi-finalist for the Two Sylvias Press Wilder Prize, she has an essay included in Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19. she has work forthcoming for the Greenwood Art Project and the Black Comics & Afrofuturism Anthology. teri is a Cave Canem Graduate Fellow and alumna of The Watering Hole and VONA/Voices.
Noah Falck (he/his)is the author of the poetry collections Exclusions, You Are In Nearly Every Future, and Snowmen Losing Weight. He co-edited the anthology My Next Heart: New Buffalo Poetry, and has been anthologized in Poem-A-Day: 365 Poems for Every Occasion. He lives in Buffalo, New York.
Diamond Forde's (she/her)debut book, Mother Body, is forthcoming with Saturnalia Books in Spring 2021. Her work has appeared in Sixth Finch, Great River Review, Massachusetts Review and more.
Beth Gylys (she/her) is an award-winning poet and professor of creative writing at Georgia State University. Her 4th collection of poetry, Body Braille, was recently released by Iris Press. Her other books include Sky Blue Enough to Drink, Spot in the Dark, and Bodies that Hum; she has also published two chapbooks Matchbook and Balloon Heart.
Travis Chi Wing Lau (he/his) is Assistant Professor of English at Kenyon College. His research and teaching focus on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature and culture, health humanities, and disability studies. His poetry has appeared in Barren Magazine, Wordgathering, Glass, South Carolina Review, Foglifter, and The New Engagement, as well as in two chapbooks, The Bone Setter (Damaged Goods Press, 2019) and Paring (Finishing Line Press, 2020 forthcoming).
Pulitzer Prize finalist Dorianne Laux’s (she/her) most recent collection is Only As The Day Is Long: New and Selected (W.W. Norton). She is also author of The Book of Men, winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize and Facts about the Moon, winner of the Oregon Book Award. She teaches poetry at North Carolina State and Pacific University. In 2020, Laux was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
Michael Montlack (he/his)is author of two books of poetry, most recently DADDY (NYQ Books, 2020), and editor of the Lambda Finalist essay anthology My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them (University of Wisconsin Press). Recently his work has appeared in North American Review, The Offing, Prairie Schooner, Cincinnati Review, Court Green, and Los Angeles Review. His essays have appeared in Huffington Post and Advocate.com. He lives in NYC.
Maureen Seaton (she/her) has authored twenty-one poetry collections, both solo and collaborative, most recently, Sweet World (CavanKerry, 2019), winner of the Florida Book Award for Poetry. Other honors include the Lambda Literary Award, Audre Lorde Award, NEA, and Pushcart. Her memoir, Sex Talks to Girls (University of Wisconsin, 2008, 2018), also garnered a “Lammy”. She teaches creative writing at the University of Miami.
Donna Vorreyer (she/her)is the author of To Everything There Is (2020), Every Love Story is an Apocalypse Story (2016) and A House of Many Windows (2013), all from Sundress Publications. Her work has appeared in Rhino, Tinderbox Poetry, Poet Lore, Sugar House Review, Waxwing, and other journals, and she serves as an associate editor for Rhino Poetry. Recently retired from 36 years in public education, she can’t wait to see what happens next.
Brendan Walsh (he/his) has lived and taught in South Korea, Laos, and South Florida. His work appears in Rattle, Glass Poetry, Indianapolis Review, American Literary Review, and other journals. He is the winner of America Magazine's 2020 Foley Poetry Prize, and the author of five books, including Go (Aldrich Press), Buddha vs. Bonobo (Sutra Press), and fort lauderdale (Grey Book Press).
Julie E. Bloemeke (she/her) is the author of Slide to Unlock (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2020). A fellow with the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, her poems have been widely anthologized, most recently in Mother Mary Comes to Me: A Popculture Poetry Anthology (2020). Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals including Gulf Coast, Prairie Schooner, Poet Lore, Cortland Review and others. A freelance writer and editor, her interviews have been featured in AWP Writer’s Chronicle and Poetry International.
Regie Cabico (he/his) is the first Asian American and Queer poet to win top honors in 3 National Poetry Slams. He resides in Washington, DC where he produces Captuirng Fire Queer International Poetry Slam & Press.
Genevieve Cobb (she/her) is from the Land of 10,000 Lakes through the Pacific Northwest to Hotlanta...Recipient of a bachelors degree that took 10 years and cycled through theater, women’s studies, education, city planning, poetry, and nursing... A girl living in Atlanta who fell in love with a single dad raising three kids... Halloween costume designer, stuffed animal surgeon, private duty nurse, sourdough dabbler, and kisser of fish...Lover of words. And the people she meets who also love words.
Neil de la Flor (he/his) is a writer, educator, artist and Executive Director of Reading Queer, a Knight funded organization dedicated to promoting queer literary culture in South Florida.
Aaron DeLee (he/his) received his MFA from Northwestern University, where he was the former poetry editor of TriQuarterly. His poems have appeared in Gertrude Press, Assaracus, The Good Men Project, Mad Hatters' Review, and Jet Fuel among other journals. Additionally, he is a visual artist, focusing on the practice of sumi-e. He lives in Chicago with his husband and their dog.
Denise Duhamel’s (she/her) most recent book of poetry is Second Story (Pittsburgh, 2021). Her other titles include Scald; Blowout;Ka-Ching!; Two and Two; Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems; The Star-Spangled Banner; and Kinky.She and Maureen Seaton have co-authored four collections, the most recent of which is Caprice. She and Julie Marie Wade co-authored The Unrhymables: Collaborations in Prose. She is a Distinguished University Professor in the MFA program at Florida International University in Miami.
Gregg Shapiro (he/his) is the author of seven books including the 2019 chapbooks, Sunshine State (NightBallet Press) and More Poems About Buildings and Food (Souvenir Spoon Books). An expanded reissue of his short story collection How to Whistle is forthcoming from Rattling Good Yarns Press in early 2021. An entertainment journalist, whose interviews and reviews run in a variety of regional LGBTQ+ and mainstream publications and websites, Shapiro lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his husband Rick and their dog Coco.