Executive Editor
Alexandra Watson

Managing Editor
Mina Seçkin

Poetry Co-Editors
Joey De Jesus, Muriel Leung, Zef Lisowski

Fiction Co-Editors
Victoria Cho, Rose Gorman

Nonfiction Co-Editors
Crystal Hana Kim, Alejandro Varela

Visual Arts Editor
Legacy Russell

Anya Lewis-Meeks, Brian Lin, Chelsea Tokuno-Lynk, Arriel Vinson, Crystal Yeung

Digital Director
Ingrid Pangandoyon

Stine Westergaard

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 teaches essay writing and literature of the Americas at Barnard College. Her fiction, poetry, and interviews have appeared in Nat. Brut., Redivider, PANK, Lit Hub, and Apogee. She’s a graduate of Brown University and Columbia’s School of the Arts.

Mina Seçkin is a writer from New York City. Her work has been published in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, the Adroit Journal, and elsewhere.

Muriel Leung is the author of Bone Confetti, winner of the 2015 Noemi Press Book Award. 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 a recipient of fellowships to Kundiman and VONA/Voices Workshop. She is a contributing editor to the Bettering American Poetry anthology and is also Poetry Co-Editor of Apogee Journal. 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 Fiction Co-Editor for Apogee Journal, a workshop leader for New York Writers Coalition, and a VONA/Voices alumna. She lives in New York City, where she helps manage career- and college-readiness programming for high school students.

Alejandro Varela is a writer and public health worker based in New York. His work has appeared in the New Republic, the Southampton Review, Pariahs: An Anthology (SFA Press, 2016), Blunderbuss Magazine, the Offing, the Brooklyn Rail, Joyland Magazine, the Scholar and Feminist Online, and has received honorable mention from Glimmer Train Press. Alejandro recently completed a story collection, The First 200 Years of Eduardo, and he is working on his first novel, Don’t You Dare Move to Sweden Without Me.

Crystal Hana Kim’s debut novel, If You Leave Me, is forthcoming from William Morrow in August. She was a 2017 PEN America Dau Short Story Prize winner and has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Hedgebrook, Jentel, among others. Her work has been published in or is forthcoming from The Washington Post, Elle Magazine, Nylon, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. Photo Credit: Nina Subin

Legacy Russell is a writer and curator. For more about her practice, visit:

Zefyr Lisowski also goes by Zef and is a trans artist living in Brooklyn. She teaches at Hunter College, and was an 2018 writer-in-residence at Sundress Academy for the Arts; Zef’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Muzzle, DIAGRAM, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and the Texas Review, among other places.

Rose Gorman is an Assistant Professor at Marygrove College and the Resident Fellow for The Tuxedo Project, a community-based literary center in Detroit, MI. Rose is also an organizer and writing instructor for WriteSL in Unawatuna, Sri Lanka. Her writing has appeared in The Bridge, Paste Magazine, and elsewhere. Learn more about her work at

Crystal Yeung received her MFA from the College of New Rochelle and is a Brooklyn native and an almost-poet. She is a recipient of the 2017 Poets & Writers Amy Award and her poetry has been published in Rabbit Catastrophe Review and Poets & Writers. Crystal is also currently serving as a committee chairwoman and poetry judge for the annual PEN Prison Writing Contest and also Poetry Reader for Apogee Journal.

Arriel Vinson is an Indiana native who writes about being young, black, and in search of freedom. She is an MFA Fiction candidate at Sarah Lawrence College and received a BA in Journalism from Indiana University. Her poetry has been published in [PANK] Magazine and won third prize in LUMINA Journal, judged by Donika Kelly. Her fiction has been featured in Lunch Ticket. She has had essays/articles published on Blavity, HuffPost, and elsewhere. Photo Credits: Leah Johnson

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 writes, reads, and teaches. He’s participated in the Tin House Summer Workshop and the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. He is an incoming Ph.D. candidate in the creative writing and literature program at University of Southern California.

A fourth generation Japanese-American who grew up in Kāneʻohe, Hawaiʻi, Chelsea Tokuno-Lynk graduated from the University of Hawaiʻi in 2011 and worked in Special Education for three years at a charter school network in San Jose, CA and Milwaukee, WI. She has lived in Milwaukee since 2013 and serves as a Manager of School Partnerships for Teach For America Milwaukee. She is a short story writer with a passion for centering and elevating the stories of communities of color.

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