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Miranda Williams

Editor-in-Chief, Founder

Miranda Williams is a writer from New Mexico and Arizona who's currently an MFA candidate at Northern Michigan University. She received her BA and MA in English Literature from Arizona State University where her research focused on feminist and queer theory. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Lunch Ticket, Blue Earth Review, BOOTH, and The MacGuffin, among others, was selected for the 2021 Best Small Fictions anthology, and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Find her on Instagram @mirandaiswriting or website, www. mirandawilliamswriter.com.

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Nathaniel Buckingham

Editor-in-Chief, Founder

Nathan is a student and writer from Arizona. His work has been published in Ghost Parachute, Maudlin House, Rust+Moth, Red Rock Review, and Exposition Review, among others, and nominated for Best of the Net. He's the two-time 1st Place winner of the Glendon & Kathryn Swarthout Award for Creative Writing judged by Amber Sparks and Jac Jemc, won 2nd Place in Exposition Review’s “Bright Spot” Contest, and he was chosen as a Virginia E. Piper Desert Nights, Rising Stars scholar. When not working, you can find him revising his poetry chapbook, “We All Need to Eat,” making too many cocktails, or crying over writing his second novel. You can find him on Twitter @shapeofletters or Instagram @theshapeofletters.

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Camden Beal

Poetry Editor

Camden Beal is a student and writer from Arizona, studying English Literature at Arizona State University. His work particularly focuses on complicated grief, LGBTQIA+ identity, and familial ties. Originally working as a student journalist, Cam made the switch to poetry this past academic year. Having just finished his first submission cycle, his work appears in Mosaic – UCR’s undergraduate Art and Literary Journal – and the Lux Creative Undergraduate Review. In his free time, he enjoys meditating, cooking, practicing piano, and working on his upcoming chapbook titled “oui ou non.” Find him on instagram @camdenbeal or by email at cbeal4@asu.edu

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Allie Craig

Reader

Allie Craig is a painter and experimental writer from Alabama. She has a BA in English, minor in Studio Arts, and can be found hiking through the woods to talk to the river, hanging out with her dogs, or cooking up a storm. Her work in the arts can be described as abstract, dancing with spontaneity and narrative expressed through half-remembered stories, figure study, and minimalism. Her written works have been featured in Aura, Light, and Wanderlust magazines. Currently, she is working towards a novel and chapbook of poems.

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David Prather

Reader

David B. Prather is the author of the poetry collection, We Were Birds. His poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in many print and online journals, including Prairie Schooner, Colorado Review, Pif Magazine, Poet Lore, Potomac Review, Sheila-Na-Gig, and several others. He also acted as a first-reading juror for the anthology, I Thought I Heard a Cardinal Sing: Ohio's Appalachian Voices. He studied acting at the National Shakespeare Conservatory, and he studied writing at Warren Wilson College.

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Nisâ Sevsay

Reader

Born under the Anatolian sky, Nisâ Sevsay received her BA and MA in American Literature. Her work revolves around exile, borders, postcolonialism, and the cultural mosaic of regions. Her poetry and short-stories have been published in The Merrimack Review, The Least Magazine, and Cumhuriyet. She is currently working on her experimental book which centers on political conflict over language.

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Hayley Maine

Reader

Hayley Maine is an emerging writer out of Columbus, Georgia. She has won the 2015 Brick Road Greear Prize for Poetry, the Sara Ayres Jordan Prize for Creative Nonfiction, and has been published in The Arden literary journal. Hayley hopes to reduce the stigma around mental health through her writing. 

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Alisan Keesee

Reader

Alisan is a 24-year-old Seattle based writer who lives alone with her cat. Originally from a small, unincorporated Washington town, she has a penchant for boybands, black coffee, and true crime. She is a graduate of Western Washington University and her work has appeared in Impostor Poetry Journal.

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Ed Doerr

Reader

Ed is a teacher and the author of 'Sautéing Spinach With My Aunt' (Desert Willow Press, 2018). Recently, he was selected as a featured poet for Cathexis Northwest Press. Other words can be found in or forthcoming from Water/Stone Review, Hippocampus Magazine, One Teen Story, Perhappened, Parentheses Journal, Flypaper Lit, Drunk Monkeys &  more. Readers can follow him on Twitter (@EdDoerrWrites) and visit his website (eddoerr.com).

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Smrithi Senthilnathan

Reader

Smrithi Senthilnathan is a 16 year old writer from India. From a very young age she's nurtured a passion for reading books and writing stories. Recently, she started to channel that passion into working on more longer projects, like novels. Some of her stories have been published in online literary magazines. When she's not writing maniacally, you can find her playing the piano or reading with a cup of hot chocolate in her hand.

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Kelly "Native Child" Mays

Reader

Kelly "Native Child" Mays, is a  licensed counselor, community outreach coordinator for Hegira Health, Inc, community activist, writer, webcast host, whose work has appeared in Ponder Review, Cathexis Northwest Press, and Button Poetry.  She hosts a monthly webcast called, "Wellness Talks" which focuses on suicide prevention and special populations, and  received the 2021 employee of the year award for her work in suicide prevention.

 

Kelly is a published author, and slam poet. She has had the opportunity to conduct poetry workshops all over the country and most recently had one of poems featured in an art exhibit, "Mixed Race in America," at East Tennessee University where she will be a visiting teaching poet in the fall of 2021.  Other creative accomplishments include, Motown's Spoken Word Artist of the year finalist in 2018 and 2019, Motown's Spoken Word Artists Round Robin winner in 2017,  and recently a 2022 finalist in the Black Arts Matter Poetry Slam, as well as a host of others.

 

She also divides her talents as a mixed media artist and has had her Nina Simone inspired work featured at the Northwest Art Gallery in Detroit. She believes telling the stories of all things beautifully-flawed and human is the best gift an artist can offer the world. Kelly says the greatest poems she has ever written are her daughters.

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Megan Denese Mealor

Reader

Megan Denese Mealor resides in her native land of Jacksonville, Florida. A survivor of bipolar disorder, she often incorporates kaleidoscopic emotions into her writing. Her poetry and fiction have been featured in literary journals worldwide, most recently in Spillwords, Eunoia Review, and The Stray Branch. Nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize, Megan has authored two full-length poetry collections: Bipolar Lexicon (Unsolicited Press) and Blatherskite (Clare Songbirds). Megan is studying English at the University of North Florida while caring for her autistic son and cultivating her writing career. She and her husband Tony, son Jesse, and three mollycoddled cats occupy a cavernous, yet cozy townhouse ornamented with ads for Victorian inventions.