Issue 42 Contributors


Lysbeth Em Benkert's first chapbook, #girl stuff, is forthcoming later this year with Dancing Girl Press.

Douglas Cole has published four collections of poetry and a novella. His work has appeared in anthologies and in The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Galway Review, Chiron, The Pinyon Review, Confrontation, Two Thirds North, Red Rock Review, andSlipstream. He has been nominated twice for a Pushcart and Best of the Net, and has received the Leslie Hunt Memorial Prize in Poetry and the Best of Poetry Award fromClapboard House. His website is  

Holly Day's poetry has recently appeared in The Cape Rock, New Ohio Review, and Gargoyle. Her nonfiction publications include Music Theory for Dummies, Music Composition for Dummies, Guitar All-in-One for Dummies, Piano and Keyboard All-in-One for DummiesWalking Twin CitiesNordeast Minneapolis: A History, and Stillwater, Minnesota: A History.   Her newest poetry collections, A Perfect Day for Semaphore (Finishing Line Press),  I'm in a Place Where Reason Went Missing (Main Street Rag Publishing Co.), andWhere We Went Wrong (Clare Songbirds Publishing)  will be out mid-2018, with The Yellow Dot of a Daisy already out on Alien Buddha Press.

Freda Epum is a Nigerian-American writer and artist from Tucson, AZ. She makes work about black bodies, displacement, dis/abilities, and longing. Her work has been published or is forthcoming from Bending Genres, Cosmonauts Avenue, and Rogue Agent. She is a Voices of Our Nation/VONA fellow and is currently working on crafting experimental vignettes of prose and poetry for a memoir about depression. She is a creative writing MFA candidate at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. 

Elliott Freeman is a poet, writer, and educator in the mountain hinterlands of Virginia. His work has previously appeared in Issue 16 of Rogue Agent, in addition to Rust+Moth, Blue Monday Review, and Liminality. If you want to stalk him, he makes it pretty easy at

Sonia Greenfield was born and raised in Peekskill, New York, and her book, Boy with a Halo at the Farmer's Market, won the 2014 Codhill Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of places, including in the 2018 and 2010 Best American PoetryLos Angeles Review, Massachusetts Review, and Willow Springs. Her chapbook, American Parable, won the 2017 Autumn House Press/Coal Hill Review prize and was released this past April. She lives with her husband and son in Hollywood where she edits the Rise Up Review and directs the Southern California Poetry Festival  

Heather KIrn-Lanier is the author of two award-winning poetry chapbooks along with the nonfiction book, Teaching in the Terrordome (U of Missouri, 2012). Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Image, Rhino, and Barrow Street. She teaches at Southern Vermont College and her second nonfiction book, a memoir about raising a daughter with a rare chromosomal syndrome, is forthcoming from Penguin Press.  

Akira Devine Mattingly is an emerging writer and an undergraduate student at the University of Louisville pursuing a BA in English with minors in Creative Writing and Philosophy. She lives in Louisville, KY with her two cats.   

MIguel Angel Soto is a queer, brown boy, who writes for the exploration of political identities, and intellectual and emotional intelligence. He’s an editor for Jet Fuel Review, a literary journal based out of Lewis University in Romeoville, IL. He also blogs under the guise  

Jennifer Stewart Miller holds an MFA from Bennington College and a JD from Columbia University. Her poetry has appeared in Green Mountains Review, Harpur Palate, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Jabberwock Review, Raleigh Review, and other journals. She’s a Pushcart nominee, the author of A Fox Appears: a biography of a boy in haiku (self-published 2015), and lives in New York.

Christine Stoddard is a Salvadoran-American artist, CUNY grad student, and the founder of Quail Bell Magazine. Her work has appeared in the New York Transit Museum, FiveMyles Gallery, the Ground Zero Hurricane Katrina Museum, the Poe Museum, the Queens Museum, and beyond. Last summer, Christine was the artist-in-residence at Annmarie Sculpture Garden, a Smithsonian affiliate in Maryland. Her latest book, Water for the Cactus Woman, is now out from Spuyten Duyvil Publishing (New York City).