Aishvarya Arora is a poet, arts worker, and double Taurus from Queens, NY, where they write about grief, desire, and birds. They’ve received support from the Fulbright Program and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, where they were a Poetry Coalition Fellow. Find them on instagram @cool_slug_.
Kinsey Cantrell lives in Brooklyn, NY. Her poetry is featured or forthcoming in Protean Magazine, SICK Magazine, Booth, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and elsewhere, and her manuscript was a finalist for the 2022 Nightboat Poetry Prize. She studies epidemiology and biostatistics at the City University of New York and writes for an indie video game. Find her online at www.kinseycantrell.com or on Twitter @kinseymads.
Daphne DiFazio is a poet, performer, and graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was an OMAI–First Wave scholar. An alumna of Hedgebrook’s Writer-in-Residence Program, she has won poetry prizes from the Crab Creek Review, Mikrokosmos Journal, and Epiphany Magazine. A recent Best New Poets nominee, her work can be found in Poetry Online, bath magg, Foglifter, and ANOMALY, among other publications. Find her at daphnedifazio.com.
Kyle Raymond Fitzpatrick is a queer Latinx writer based in Los Angeles and Barcelona. His fiction has been published by PRISM International, Midnight Breakfast, The Exposition Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and more. He is at work on his first novel and is a 2022 Lambda Literary Fellow. He writes the weekly culture newsletter The Trend Report™ and loves dogs, pét-nat, and short shorts.
Meesha Goldberg was born in Queens, NY and is a Korean American poet and artist living in Virginia. Her experiences growing food, serving as an activist, and journeying to sacred places have made her a powerful advocate for the Earth. She has exhibited her artwork in galleries across the country with solo shows in Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, and Charlottesville. Her debut poetry collection The Seed is Waiting in the Dark (Finishing Line Press) is forthcoming in 2024.
Melissa Joseph is a New York based artist and independent curator. Her work considers themes of memory, family history, and the politics of how we occupy spaces. She intentionally alludes to the labors of women as well as experiences as a second generation American and the unique juxtapositions of diasporic life. Her work has been shown at the Delaware Contemporary, Woodmere Art Museum, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Jeffrey Deitch Projects, MOCA Arlington and List Gallery at Swarthmore College. She has been featured in Hyperallergic, Artnet, New American Paintings, Le Monde, CNN, and Architectural Digest and participated in residencies including Dieu Donné Workspace Residency, Fountainhead, BRIClab Video Artist Residency, the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts, the Museum of Arts and Design and upcoming at Greenwich House Pottery in 2023.
Christina Yuna Ko is a Korean American artist living and working in Queens, NY. Her work, grounded in painting and installation, attempts to reclaim the living language of the Asian diasporic experience as a site of potential imaginaries and make visible the richness present in persistent everyday practices. She received her BFA from Cornell University in 2013, and has since then shown her work in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and NYC. Selected exhibitions include: “Étude for Some Place in Between”, One River Gallery, Woodbury, NY; “Late Night Enterprise”, Perrotin, New York, NY; “Bathing in Public”, Selenas Mountain, Brooklyn, NY; “Night Scenes”, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Brooklyn, NY; “In Good Taste”, Dinner Gallery, New York, NY; “Futures Ever Arriving”, Chelsea Market, New York, NY; “Internal Arrangements”, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; and “Downloading Place”, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY. Her work has been featured in Artforum, Ballpit Magazine, Correspondence Archive, Gallery Gurls, Hiss Magazine, Mint Tea, The Arcade Project Zine, The Fader magazine and The Washington Post.
Kuzhali Manickavel’s collections (Insects Are Just like You and Me except Some of Them Have Wings, Things We Found During the Autopsy, and Conversations Regarding the Fatalistic Outlook of the Common Man), chapbooks (How to Love Mathematical Objects, The Lucy Temerlin Institute for Broken Shapeshifters Guide to Starving Boys, Eating Sugar, Telling Lies), and comic (it’s my passion it’s my style. ok?) are available from Blaft Publications, Chennai. Her work has also appeared in Granta, Strange Horizons, The White Review, Agni, Subtropics, Michigan Quarterly Review and DIAGRAM. More information can be found at www.kuzhalimanickavel.com.
Helina Metaferia is an interdisciplinary artist working across collage, assemblage, video, performance, and social engagement. Her work integrates archives, somatic studies, and dialogical practices, creating overlooked narratives that amplify BIPOC/femme bodies. Metaferia’s work was included in the Sharjah Biennial in the United Arab Emirates (2023) and the Tennessee Triennial in Nashville, TN (2023). Recent solo exhibitions include Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA (2022); RISD Art Museum, Providence, RI (2022); New York University’s The Gallatin Galleries, New York, NY (2021); and Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA (2017). Her work is in the permanent collection of several institutions including Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, NY. Metaferia received her MFA from Tufts University’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her work has been written about in publications including The New York Times, Financial Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Artnet News, The Art Newspaper, and Hyperallergic. Metaferia is an Assistant Professor at Brown University in the Visual Art department, and lives and works in New York City
Joiri Minaya (1990) is a Dominican-United Statesian multidisciplinary artist whose recent works focus on destabilizing historic and contemporary representations of an imagined tropical identity. Minaya attended the Escuela Nacional de Artes Visuales in Santo Domingo (2009), Altos de Chavón School of Design (2011) and Parsons the New School for Design (2013). She has participated in residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Guttenberg Arts, Smack Mellon, the Bronx Museum’s AIM Program and the NYFA Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists, Red Bull House of Art, the Lower East Side Printshop, ISCP, Art Omi, Vermont Studio Center, New Wave, Silver Art Projects and Fountainhead. She has received awards, fellowships and grants from NYSCA / NYFA, Jerome Hill, Artadia, the BRIC’s Colene Brown Art Prize, Socrates Sculpture Park, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, the Nancy Graves Foundation, amongst other organizations. Minaya’s work is in the collections of the Santo Domingo Museo de Arte Moderno, the Centro León Jiménes, the Kemper Museum, El Museo del Barrio and several private collections.
Sihle Ntuli is a poet from Durban, South Africa, and a recipient of the 2023 Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Studies Writing Fellowship for his poetry. He is the current Editor-In-Chief of New Contrast Literary Journal and has had his work featured previously in leading journals and anthologies including Years of Fire and Ash: South African Poems of Decolonialisation (Jonathan Ball Publishers 2021), The Johannesburg Review of Books, SAND Journal, ANMLY and ADDA magazine. He is the author of the poetry chapbooks Rumblin’ (uHlanga 2020) & The Nation (River Glass Books 2023). He has also recently authored his second full-length poetry collection Zabalaza Republic (Botsotso 2023).
Adrienne Jacobson Oliver (she/her) works with words, time, proximity, breath, silence. Often, this is on the page or stage, or at home, or about town. Adrienne concerns herself with repetition, juxtaposition, intimacy. Always, she is a mother, educator, curator. Adrienne tends some wounds, nurtures some souls. Her work is to become a worthy ancestor. Adrienne often weeps, sighs, observes. Recent works have appeared in and been supported by the Virginia Film Festival, Puerto del Sol Black Voices series, The Night Heron Barks, Plentitudes, McGuffey Art Center, Second Street Gallery, and PEN American where she was a 2021 Emerging Voices Fellow. Adrienne has been here and there. Currently, she is completing her MFA at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and serves as Director of New Works for Live Arts Theater in Charlottesville, Virginia. She lives with her child in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Jeni Prater (she/they) has work published or forthcoming in Hooligan Mag, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Wax Poetry: 45 Poems of Protest & elsewhere and was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize at Wellesley College. Their poems explore queer joy and nonbinary parenthood. She is an MFA candidate at Randolph College and Accessibility Coordinator for Feminine Empowerment Movement Slam. Jeni lives in Northampton, Massachusetts with their wife.
Maxwell Rabb is the author of the chapbook Faster, the Whirl Wheel (Greying Ghost, forthcoming 2023). He lives in Chicago, leaving his heart in New Orleans and Atlanta. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the Action Books Blog, Sleeping Fish, mercury firs, and Tagvverk, among others. He is currently an MFA candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He co-edits GROTTO.
Samia Saliba (she/her) is an LA-based writer, artist, and PhD student in American Studies & Ethnicity. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Palette Poetry, AAWW, Mizna, & elsewhere. Find her on twitter @sa_miathrmoplis or in real life petting a cat.
Charlie Sorrenson is a queer, trans writer who grew up in Indiana and New Zealand. A third-year fiction candidate at UC Irvine, he has attended workshops at Lambda, Tin House, and Clarion and was a finalist for the 2023 Barry Hannah Prize in Fiction. Find him on Instagram @charliesorrenson.
Roscoè B. Thické III (b. 1981) is a Miami lens based artist whose work examines themes of family, community, and intimacy through his narrative arrangements and presentation of his images. Roscoè’s work ranges from traditional photography to experimental printing techniques and unique framing concepts. Roscoè’s work is inspired by literature and contemporary documentary practices. He creates environmental lifestyle images that give context clues to his subject state of being. Roscoè’s education into the arts started while enlisted in the U.S Army. While stationed at Camp Casey, Korea Roscoè studied Photography and Art. Roscoè continued his studies of Photography and Design at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. His work has been exhibited at the The Bass Museum, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), and several other institutions. He has participated in multiple residencies like Oolite Arts Studio Residency in Miami, Fl., Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, African American Research Library residency in Fort Lauderdale, Fl., Mass Moca Studio Residency in North Adams, Massachusetts. He has won numerous grants and awards like the Ellie Schneiderman award from Oolite Arts, a Suncoast Emmy Award for his 1402 Pork N Bean project, A Wavemaker Grant from The Locust Foundation.
Ilias Tsagas is a Greek poet writing in English and in Greek. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in journals like: Ambit, Under the Radar, Poetry Wales, Beir Bua, Sand, FU Review, Plumwood Mountain; and in anthologies like: Addiction and Recovery by Acid Bath Publishing, Deviance by Toothgrinder Press and Disease by Carnaval Press. Instagram: @Ilias.Tsagas Twitter: @Ilias_Energia
Alice Evelyn Yang is a Chinese American writer from Norfolk, Virginia. Her fiction is published or forthcoming in MQR, AAWW’s The Margins, Sine Theta, among others. Her work has been sponsored by Tin House Workshop and is the recipient of the 2022-23 Jesmyn Ward Prize from MQR. She completed her MFA at Columbia University, where she was awarded the Felipe De Alba Fellowship and nominated for the Henfield Prize.
Dana Tenille Weekes navigates the worlds of law and policy in the swirl of Washington, DC. Some of her poems have been published in A Gathering of the Tribes, Torch Literary Arts, and South 85 Journal, and will be in forthcoming issues of Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora and The Elevation Review. She is a 2022 Pushcart Prize nominee and finalist in Rhino Poetry’s 2022 Founders’ Prize. Dana is the daughter of Bajan immigrants and is the first in her family to be born in the United States.