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Staff

Executive Editor
Alexandra Watson

Managing Editor
Mina Seçkin

Poetry Co-Editors
Muriel Leung, Zef Lisowski, Crystal Yeung

Fiction Co-Editors
Brian Lin, Miriam Kumaradoss

Nonfiction Co-Editors
Crystal Hana Kim, Alejandro Varela, Anya Lewis-Meeks

Visual Arts Editor
Legacy Russell

Associate Editors
Joey De Jesus, Arriel VinsonVictoria Cho

Social Media Manager
Mary Clare Edwards

Readers
Chelsea Tokuno-Lynk

Digital Director
Ingrid Pangandoyon

Designer
Stine Westergaard

Graphic Designer
Brian Lin

Founders
Zinzi Clemmons, Melody Nixon, Jennifer Ohrstrom, Chris Prioleau, Aaron Shin

Advisory Board

Cathy Park Hong
Margo Jefferson
Marie Myung-Ok Lee
Victor LaValle
Roger Reeves
Keith Solomon
David Mura
Paul Beatty
Gary Shteyngart
Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Zinzi Clemmons


Alexandra Watson is a founding editor of Apogee Journal, where she has helped secure grant funding for community arts projects from the New York State Council on the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Brooklyn Arts Council. She is a full-time Lecturer in the First-Year Writing program at Barnard College. Her fiction, poetry, and interviews have appeared in Yes, Poetry, Nat. Brut., Breadcrumbs, Redivider, PANK, Lit Hub, and Apogee. She’s the recipient of the PEN/Nora Magid Prize for Literary Magazine editing. Find her work at alexandrawatson.net.

Mina Seçkin is a writer from New York City. Her debut novel, The Four Humors, is forthcoming from Catapult. Her work has been published in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, the Rumpus, the Adroit Journal, and elsewhere.

Muriel Leung is the author of two poetry collections, Imagine Us, the Swarm (Nightboat Books) and Bone Confetti (Noemi Press). A Pushcart Prize nominated writer, her writing can be found or is forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Drunken Boat, The Collagist, Fairy Tale Review, and others. She is the co-host of The Blood-Jet Writing Hour podcast with Rachelle Cruz and MT Vallarta. Currently, she is a Dornsife Fellow in Creative Writing and Literature at University of Southern California. She is from Queens, NY.

Joey De Jesus is a recipient of the 2017 NYFA/NYSCA Fellowship in Poetry and lives in Queens. Poems have appeared recently in The Literary ReviewBrooklyn Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, Beloit Poetry Journal, Guernica, and have been installed in The New Museum and Artists Space. Links to their work are available here.

Victoria Cho is a Korean American writer who was born in Virginia. Her writing has appeared in SmokeLong Quarterly, The Collagist, Perigee, Quarter After Eight, Word Riot, and Mosaic. She is a 2021 Kundiman Fiction Fellow and a VONA/Voices alumna. Victoria has received support from Vermont Studio Center and led creative writing workshops for New York Writers Coalition. She lives in New York City, where she helps manage a career- and college-readiness program for high school students.

Alejandro Varela (he/him) is a writer based in New York. Varela’s work has appeared in various journals and magazines. He’s a 2019 Jerome Fellow in Literature. He was a resident in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s 2017–2018 Workspace program and a 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Nonfiction. You can find his writing here: alejandrovarela.org.

Crystal Hana Kim’s debut novel If You Leave Me was named a best book of 2018 by multiple outlets, including The Washington Post, Booklist, Literary Hub, and Nylon. It was also longlisted for the Center for Fiction Novel Prize. Kim was a 2017 PEN America Dau Short Story Prize winner and has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Hedgebrook, and Jentel, among others. Her work has been published in Elle Magazine, The Paris Review, Guernica, and elsewhere. She teaches at Columbia University.

Legacy Russell is a writer and curator. Born and raised in New York City, she is the Associate Curator of Exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Recent exhibitions include Projects 110 : Michael Armitage, organized with Thelma Golden and The Studio Museum in Harlem at MoMA (2019); Dozie Kanu : Function (2019), Chloë Bass : Wayfinding (2019), Radical Reading Room (2019) at The Studio Museum in Harlem; and MOOD : Studio Museum Artists in Residence 2018-19 (2019) at MoMA PS1. Russell’s ongoing academic work and research focuses on gender, performance, digital selfdom, internet idolatry, and new media ritual. She is the recipient of the Thoma Foundation 2019 Arts Writing Award in Digital Art and a 2020 Rauschenberg Residency Fellow. Her first book, Glitch Feminism, is forthcoming from Verso Books in Fall 2020.

Zefyr Lisowski is a Southern trans poet and the author of the short poetry collection Blood Box (Black Lawrence Press, 2019). She’s received support from Tin House Summer Writers Workshop, Sundress Academy for the Arts, Blue Mountain Center and elsewhere; her work has appeared in Muzzle, DIAGRAM, Literary Hub, Nat. Brut., and more, and she’s a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Zef’s the recipient of a 2020 Center for the Humanities Incubator Grant for Wolf Inventory, a collaborative film about ghost stories and sexual violence, and lives in Brooklyn.

Crystal Yeung is a queer femme Asian American poet with an MFA in Poetry from the College of New Rochelle. She holds a BA in English literature and was a part of the CCNY Language & Literacy MA program. Her writing can be found in Rabbit Catastrophe Review, Poets & Writers, Perigee, TAYO, and descant. She is recipient of Poets & Writers Amy Award and descant Betsy Colquitt Poetry Award, serves as chairwoman for the PEN Prison Writing Program, and Poetry and Reviews Co-Editor at Apogee Journal. She is currently serving her AmeriCorps year at Asian Americans for Equality. 

Arriel Vinson is a Tin House Winter Workshop alumna and Hoosier who writes about being young, black, and in search of freedom. She earned her MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College and received a B.A. in Journalism from Indiana University. Her poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Catapult, Shondaland, BOOTH, Cosmonauts Avenue, Waxwing, Lunch Ticket, Electric Literature, and others. She is a 2019 Kimbilio Fellow.

Anya Lewis-Meeks is a writer from Kingston, Jamaica. She is currently an MFA candidate at Columbia University, where she is working on a novel set in a Jamaican high school. She’s an avid fan of young adult literature and is always looking for more writing about POC teens.

Brian Lin is a Ph.D. student in the creative writing and literature program at USC. He has participated in the Tin House Summer Workshop and the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. He is a 2020 Ragdale resident and a Desert Nights, Rising Stars fellow. Fiction editor for Apogee Journal and community outreach coordinator for The Offing, Brian is also working on his first books of prose.

Miriam Kumaradoss‘s writing has been published in Apogee, Cosmonauts Avenue, and Literary Hub, among others, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. They currently live with their family and several frogs and geckos in Tamil Nadu, India, where they are at work on their first novel.

Mary Clare Edwards is a Chinese American nonfiction writer from the Midwest. She was a 2019 summer editorial intern at VQR and currently studies narrative journalism at Denison University.

Chelsea Tokuno-Lynk is a fourth-generation Japanese American who grew up in Kane’ohe, Hawai’i. She graduated with degrees in Japanese and English from the University of Hawaiʻi. A 2015 and 2018 VONA/Voices Fellow, Chelsea is a short story writer with a passion for centering and elevating the stories of communities of color.

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