Issue 39 Contributors


Candace Black teaches creative writing at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her poems have been published in many journals, including (most recently) Poetry City USA, Hubbub, and December, and are forthcoming in Miramar. She has two books of poetry published—Whereabouts (Snake Nation Press, 2017) and The Volunteer (New Rivers Press, 2003)—and a chapbook, Casa Marina (RopeWalk Press, 2010).

Natasha Burge is a Pushcart Prize and Sundress Best of the Net nominated writer from the Arabian Gulf region where she is the writer-in-residence at the Qal'at al-Bahrain Museum. Her writing can be found in Pithead Chapel, The Establishment, Tinderbox Poetry, and The Smart Set, among others. More can be found at

Maia Carlson is a Kansas transplant from Canada, who joined her first poetry class in graduate school largely by accident.  Since then, she's enjoyed combining her growing poetry skills with her background in biology (she earned a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Kansas State University in 2011, before staying at the same university to get her Masters in English this 2018).

Originally from Minnesota, Julie Hart has lived in London, Zurich and Tokyo and now in Brooklyn Heights. Her work can be found in PANK Magazine, The Rumpus, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Poets Anthology and at She is a founder with Mirielle Clifford and Emily Blair of the poetry collective Sweet Action.

Petra Kuppers is a disability culture activist, a community performance artist and a professor. Her most recent poetry collection is PearlStitch (2016). Poems and stories have appeared in PANK, Adrienne, Sinister Wisdom, Beauty is a Verb: New Poetics of Disability, textsound, Streetnotes, Drunken Boat/Anomaly, PodCastle, The Sycamore Review, Future Fire, Accessing the Future: A Disability-Themed Anthology of Speculative Fiction, and elsewhere. She is the Artistic Director of The Olimpias, an international disability culture collective, and lives with her partner Stephanie Heit in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Her speculative queercrip short story collection Ice Bar is forthcoming in 2018. 

Minadora Macheret is a Ph.D. student and Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas. She is a Poetry Editor for Devilfish Review and the Co-Coordinator of Poets in Pajamas Reading Series. Her work has appeared in Tinderbox Poetry JournalRed Paint HillRogue AgentConnotation Press, and elsewhere. She is the author of the chapbook,Love Me Anyway, from Porkbelly Press, 2018. She likes to travel across the country with her beagle, Aki. 

Jamie O'Connell lives in the Bay Area, where she received her MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts. Recent poems can be found in FIVE:2:ONE, CalifragileOcculumbad ponyReality HandsMemoir Mixtapes, and elsewhere. She spends most of her time with her majestic zebra-striped dog/direwolf, Daisy. Visit her site here:

Lana Pochiro is a proud Rust Belt native from Youngstown, Ohio. She currently lives in Queens, New York and works in nonprofit communications and fundraising.  

K Rodriguez is a non-binary, Puerto Rican writer, and a doctoral student in English at Emory University. 

Amy Watkins grew up with the rattlesnakes and armadillos in the central Florida scrub, surrounded by a big, loud, religious family--the kind of upbringing that's produced generations of southern writers. She married her high school sweetheart, had a baby girl, and earned her MFA in writing from Spalding University. She is the author of Milk & Water (Yellow Flag Press, 2014) and the art editor for Animal: A Beast of a Literary Magazine.

Nicolette Wong is the editor in chief of A-Minor Magazine and A-Minor Press. Her poetry has appeared in PositBellingham ReviewCrab Orchard ReviewThrush Poetry Journal, and other venues. She is based in Hong Kong.