Lisa Baird’s poetry has been featured in various journals, including Arc, Rattle and Plenitude. She was a contributor to the Lambda-award-winning anthology The Remedy: Queers and Trans Voices on Health and Healthcare (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016). She has performed her work nationally and internationally. She works as a community acupuncturist on Attawandaron/Attawandaronk/
Simon Mermelstein is an internationally touring poet and performer from Ann Arbor, MI. His poetry has appeared in Atlanta Review, RHINO, Spillway, HEArt Online, FreezeRay, Hawaii Pacific Review, Cleaver, Mobius, Radius,The MacGuffin, and a healthy handful of other places, and has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize. His latest chapbook is “The Continuing Adventures of Orthomax” (now with BOMBASTIC PENTAMETER!!!). He works in the Writing Center at Washtenaw Community College, and currently is the organizer and host of Ann Arbor Poetry. You can find more of his work on his website.
Grace Durand is a chef and poet living outside Portland, Oregon. She is largely unpublished beyond a few recipes and poems published here and there. In college she was lucky enough to study writing with Lucia Berlin and Lorna Dee Cervantes. She then ran away to join the kitchens but attempts to fulfill her promise to let people see her scribblings from time to time.
Olatunde Osinaike is a Nigerian-American poet originally from the West Side of Chicago. He is Black, still learning and eager nevertheless. An alumnus of Vanderbilt University, his most recent work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Apogee, HEArt Online, Hobart, Glass, Anomaly, Puerto del Sol, and Columbia Poetry Review, among other publications. You can find him online at www.olatundeosinaike.com.
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.
Kristina Ten is a Russian-American writer living in Oakland, California. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has appeared or is forthcoming in Word Riot, The Awl, Jellyfish Review, Pantheon Magazine, and elsewhere. See more of her writing at kristinaten.com.
Khaya ‘Khalypso’ Osborne is an 18 year old poet and actor born in Berkeley, CA and currently residing in Elk Grove. They are the Social Media Manager of Black Napkin Press and Poetry Editor of Cerurove Magazine as well as Culaccino Magazine. Their work centers primarily around charting the complicated existence of being colored and woman and alive—a metaphysical dilemma they wish they could conquer and whose defeat they would whisper the secrets of into Ntozake Shange’s ear. Their work has been published in or is forthcoming in Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Crab Fat Magazine, Calamus Journal, Vending Machine Press, and Black Napkin Press. They will rep South Sac ’til their dying days and live for black celebrities dragging the Kardashians for filth. Follow her on Twitter @KhalypsoThePoet.
Hannah Ingram (she/her) has been teaching in public and private schools in New York and California since 2005. During that time, Hannah has also taught at Teacher’s College as clinical faculty to support student teachers in applying theory to practice in New York City classrooms, and as an adjunct professor at LIU Brooklyn. Hannah is committed to ongoing professional development, organizing and curriculum design around anti-racism, dis/ability studies, and queer studies. Hannah has been writing since she could form letters, and her practice has been built through poetry workshops in college and graduate programs. Hannah’s work has been published in college journals at Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon and The Evergreen State College. Hannah continues to grow in her writing practice by participating in workshops at Brooklyn Poets and started her own workshop group, which has met twice a month for the last year. This year, Hannah was invited to apply for the Queer/Art/ Mentorship fellowship program in poetry. Most importantly, Hannah makes poems with children.