Gabby Amrhein is a trans farmer and naturalist with a penchant for admiring birds as they do their thing. Her work is primarily focused within poetry, phenology, agriculture, and sculpture, and is rooted in historiographies of body and place. Gabby will be receiving a BA in literature from Antioch College in the winter of 2018, and currently resides in Yellow Springs, Ohio with her fiancée, their rat Alonzo, and thirty houseplants.
Nhung An is an international student from Hanoi, Vietnam, studying journalism and English at Quinnipiac University. She is the winner of the 2017 Connecticut Poetry Circuit Award, recipient of the Quinnipiac Donald Hall Poetry Prize, a writer in distress, a revolutionist in progress, and a walking lesbian. Nhung still lives on campus with her four roommates and two-year-old beta fish, Sushi, and dreams about the day she is a reporter or the first female president of Vietnam.
Lisa Baird is a poet, a community acupuncturist and a queer white settler living on Attawandaron/ Attawandaronk/Neutral territory (Guelph, Ontario). Her work appears in Arc Poetry Magazine, Rattle, Plenitude, and elsewhere.
Yana Calou is a Brazilian American writer and activist living in Brooklyn. They are a Lambda and VONA fellow, and their work appears in Foglifter, Gaslight, and No, Dear journals. They are an organizer at Coworker.org, run programming for the CLAGS Center for LGBTQ Studies at the City University of New York (CUNY), coordinated CUNY's first LGBTQ leadership program, serve on the board of MIX Queer Experimental Film Festival, and work on various queer oral history projects.
Stella Corso is a writer and performer living in Brooklyn, NY. She is a founding member of the Connecticut River Valley Poets’ Theater (CRVPT) and a graduate of the MFA Program for Poets & Writers at UMass Amherst. Her first book, TANTRUM, was chosen by Douglas Kearney as the winner of the 2016 Black Box Poetry Prize from Rescue Press. Read her essay on the conception of a poem here.
Ryan C. Daily is a writer, journalist and trans-woman from the Chicago suburbs. Some of her previously published work can be seen in River Teeth's Beautiful Things column, *82 Review, and Solstice. Ryan earned a bachelor’s in English from Northern Illinois University and a master's at DePaul University.
Jennie Chantal Duguay is a disabled queer femme and white settler living on unceded Coast Salish territories in Vancouver, Canada. Her writing has been published in GUTS, The Peak Magazine, CV2, The Capilano Review and Monstering.
Sarah Evenson is a printmaker, papermaker, zinemaker, and illustrator based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Prior to living in Minneapolis, they lived in Denver, Providence, New York City, and overseas in Germany. They earned a BFA in book arts from The Minneapolis College of Art And Design in 2016.
Heron Greenesmith is a policy attorney for LGBT people. She lives in Boston, MA with her small family. Heron's fiction can be found in Entropy, Broad! Magazine, milk journal, and Out of the Cave, an anthology of YA horror. Follow Heron on twitter @herong. For over twenty years, Ginger S. Huebner has used the mediums of collage and chalk pastel to translate and capture artistically what often transcends expression in mere words. Her work embodies people’s hearts, their dreams, their passions in life, and the moments and individuals that define and refine them. She believes that understanding only comes through real connection. As a visual artist with a background in architecture and education, her art practice thrives on dialogue. Her investigations have created a substantial body of work that examines the fragments of experience, place and circumstance that combine to create the essence of identity. Her connecting the ANDs projects offer the opportunity to transform, connect and build instead of be caught in a world full of divisiveness and negativity. She sees her work as collaborations, woven with her individual works, as small attempts to change the world through visual translations of love, hope and peace; and the many struggles in between.
Leah Horlick is the author of Riot Lung (Thistledown Press, 2012), and For Your Own Good (Caitlin Press, 2015), which was named a Stonewall Honor Book by the American Library Association. In 2016, she was awarded the Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers. She lives on unceded Coast Salish territories in Vancouver, BC.
Natalie E. Illum is a poet, disability activist and singer living in Washington DC. She is a 2017 Jenny McKean Moore Poetry Fellow, and a recipient of an 2017 Artists Grant from the DCCAH, as well as a nonfiction editor for The Deaf Poets Society Literary Journal. She was a founding board member of mothertongue, a women's open mic that lasted 15 years. She competed on the National Poetry Slam circuit for several years and was the 2013 Beltway Grand Slam Champion. Her work has appeared in various publications and on NPR’s Snap Judgement. Natalie has an MFA in creative writing from American University and teaches workshops across the country. You can find her on Instagram and Twitter as @poetryrox and as one half of All Her Muses, her music project. Natalie also enjoys Joni Mitchell, whiskey and giraffes.
Kyle Liang is a 22-year-old first-generation-born Asian American and author of the forthcoming chapbook, HOW TO BUILD A HOUSE, winner of the 2017 Swan Scythe Press Chapbook Contest. His work has appeared or will be appearing in Stirring, Apogee, Crab Fat Magazine, Entropy, Hobart and more. Kyle is also a Best of the Net nominee, reader at Frontier Poetry, playwright, actor, choreographer, and teary-eyed PA student at Quinnipiac University, struggling to keep up with the demands of the healthcare field and grad school.
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Ph.D., the 2009-13 Kansas Poet Laureate is the author of two dozen books, including the forthcoming Miriam's Well, a novel, and most recently, Everyday Magic: A Field Guide to the Mundane and Miraculous, and Following the Curve, a collection of embodied and yoga poems. She also wrote The Sky Begins At Your Feet: A Memoir on Cancer, Community, and Coming Home to the Body. Her poetry and essays have been published in over 50 journals and anthologies. Founder of Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College where she teaches, Mirriam-Goldberg also leads writing workshops widely. With singer Kelley Hunt, she co-leads writing and singing retreats.
Gala Mukomolova earned an MFA from the University of Michigan. Her work has appeared in the PEN, POETRY, PANK, VINYL and elsewhere. In 2016 Mukomolova won the 92nd Street Y Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize. Her first chapbook, 1 Above / 1 Below: Positions & Lamentations, is forthcoming from Yes Yes Books.
Kerfe Roig is a resident of New York City who enjoys transforming words and images into something new. She likes to recycle materials, but she does not limit herself to any particular media. Her poetry and art have been featured online by Right Hand Pointing, Silver Birch Press, Yellow Chair Review,The song is..., Pure Haiku Visual Verse, and The Wild Word, and published in Ella@100, Incandescent Mind, Pea River Journal, Fiction International: Fool and several Nature Inspired anthologies. You can follow her explorations on the blog she does with her friend Nina, https://methodtwomadness.wordpress.com/.
Ximena Keogh Serrano moves between spheres of language and sites of impermanence. Currently, she is completing a PhD in Latin American Literature at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research, like her writing, work to uncover historical wounds and call upon historical memory. Ximena’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming from Kórima Press’s Anthology of Queer Latina Voices, The Chiricú Journal, and Le Petit Press’s Mo(u)rning/Morning Anthology.
Nina Sharma is a writer from Edison, New Jersey. Her work has been featured in Anomaly, Longreads, The Grief Diaries, Banango Street, The Margins, The Blueshift Journal, Teachers & Writers Magazine, The Asian American Literary Review, Drunken Boat, Certain Circuits Magazine, The Feminist Wire and Reverie: Midwest African American Literature. She was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her essay, "Not Dead." Her essay, "The Bride's Goodbye" was nominated for Best of the Net 2017 anthology. Her essay “The Way You Make Me Feel” won first place in the 2016 Blueshift Prizes for writers of color, judged by Jeffrey Renard Allen and appears in The Blueshift Journal‘s Brutal Nation feature. She also was recently awarded a fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center and a diversity scholarship from The Magnet Improvisation Theater. She is formerly the Director of Public Programs at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and with Quincy Scott Jones, she co-created the Nor’easter Exchange: a multicultural, multi-city reading series. She has an MA from Columbia University’s American Studies, Liberal Studies program and an MFA from Columbia’s School of the Arts writing program, where she concentrated in nonfiction. A 2017 Asian Women Giving Circle grantee, she will lead her AWGC-funded workshop, "No-Name Mind: Stories of Mental Health from Asian America" in the Spring of 2018.
Ross Showalter is a queer deaf feminist interested in stories that examine gender and sexuality, and the definition of disability. His short plays have been performed in the Seattle area. He currently resides in Portland, where he is pursuing his B.F.A. degree in creative writing at Portland State University. You can find him browsing shelves at bookstores, drinking coffee, or on Twitter under the handle @rossshowriter
Amita Swadhin is a genderqueer, pansexual South Asian American femme who spends much of their time as an educator, organizer and storyteller fighting interpersonal and institutional violence against children. They are the founder of Mirror Memoirs, an oral history project centering the narratives, healing and leadership of LGBTQI survivors of color in the movement to end child sexual abuse.
Jeanann Verlee is a 2017 NEA Poetry Fellow and the author of two books, Said the Manic to the Muse (Write Bloody Publishing, 2015) and Racing Hummingbirds (2010), winner of a silver medal in the Independent Publisher Awards. Her third book, prey, was first runner-up for the 2016 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award and will be published by Black Lawrence Press in 2018. She is a recipient of the Third Coast Poetry Prize and the Sandy Crimmins National Prize, and her work appears in Adroit, BOAAT, Rattle, and BuzzFeed, among others. Verlee collects tattoos and kisses Rottweilers. She believes in you.
Meg Weber writes memoir and creative nonfiction, crafting collections of true stories from the pages of her days. Meg’s memoir writing gives voice to the ways her life continues to unfold outside the boundaries prescribed for her. She writes about transgression, about creating her own home in community, and about finding her way back into connection with her family through tragedy. Her work has been published at Manifest Station, MUTHA, the Quotable, and is forthcoming at Rabble.
Shadows and Light by Kerfe Roig[Image: Dark blues and blacks seep together in this monoprint and paper collage.]