Two Poems – Aaron Kent

Aaron Kent is a poet from Cornwall, UK. He has recently had a art-verse-novella released through zimZalla titled ‘Subsequent Death’. He has a collaborative book with photographer William Arnold – The Last Hundred – due out in late 2018 / early 2019 with Guillemot Press, and a pamphlet – Tertiary Colours – due out in 2018 with Knives, Forks and Spoons Press

Aaron also runs the Saboteur Award longlisted site Poetic Interviews, where he interviews poets using poetry. Aaron is also a poetry and film lecturer, and his wife gave birth to their first child in July. Follow him on Twitter @GodzillaKent

Where I learned to play with fire – Jasper Wirtshafter

Jasper Wirtshafter is a trans spoken word poet from Athens Ohio, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Currently, he lives in the least terrible town in Indiana. He performed with F Word Performers, a queer feminist art collective, for four years. His work has been published in A Quiet Courage and is forthcoming in Star 82 Review and the Not My President anthology.

Bittersweet – Brenda Taulbee

Brenda Taulbee is writing her way across all of the South and West this country has to offer. From Portland, Oregon by way of Montana, she is a candidate for an MFA in Poetry from San Diego State University. Her work explores the messy overlap zones in human relationships and intimacies. Her second collection of poems is slowly materializing from the ether. Her first, The Art of Waking Up, is available on Amazon, used, for real cheap.

Speaking in Bootongue – Blickley & Bassin



New York fine arts photographer Amy Bassin and writer Mark Blickley work together on text based art and videos. Their text based art collaboration, Dream Streams, was featured as an art installation at the 5th Annual NYC Poetry Festival Their video, Speaking In Bootongue, was selected for the London Experimental Film Festival. They recently published a text based art chapbook,Weathered Reports: Trump Surrogate Quotes From the Underground (Moria Books, Chicago  Bassin is co-founder of the international artists cooperative, Urban Dialogues. Blickley is the author of Sacred Misfits (Red Hen Press) and proud member of the Dramatists Guild and PEN American Center.

Royally Flushed – Timmy Chong

Timmy Chong is an east coast millennial with an addictive personality. He’s the only frat boy who studies news writing and poetry at the University of Maryland. He has been published with or has work forthcoming at New Pop Lit, Stylus, and Atticus Review, among others. His Tumblr is TheAdventuresOfTim-Tim.

Three Poems – Belal Mobarak

Belal Mobarak was born in Alexandria, Egypt. Raised in Queens. As a middle child, writing is how he learned to finish his stories and poetry is how he learned to tell them with the least amount of words. You can find his work published in Columbia Poetry Review, Newtown Literary, Blueshift Journal, and forthcoming work in Flock and Apogee Journal. He currently works for Higher Education in New York City.

Three Poems – Sergio Ortiz

Sergio A. Ortiz is a poet, a two-time Pushcart nominee, a four-time Best of the Web nominee, and 2016 Best of the Net nominee. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Valparaiso Poetry Review, Loch Raven Review, Drunk Monkeys, Algebra Of Owls, Free State Review, and The Paragon Journal.

Ortiz is currently living in devastated Puerto Rico where he has been without electricity and water for over two months. He is able to accept donations via ATH Móvil (ATH Mobile), which can be downloaded at both the Apple App and Google Play stores. Then you can donate via his phone number: 939-218-8450,

Two Poems – Catherine Weiss

Catherine Weiss is a poet and illustrator based in Western MA. Her poetry has been published in Freezeray Poetry, Voicemail Poems, Gravel Mag, Jersey Devil Press, and elsewhere. She was the 2017 Grand Slam Champion of Northampton Poetry, competing at the National Poetry Slam in Denver, CO. Catherine is the editor-in-chief of the lit mag Slamchop and the founder of the poetry show Pulp Slam in Easthampton, MA. More about Catherine can be found at

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