Issue 45 Contributors


Based in Austin, TX, E Kristin Anderson has been published widely in magazines. She’s also the author of nine chapbooks, including A Guide for the Practical Abductee, Pray, Pray, Pray: Poems I wrote to Prince in the middle of the night, 17 seventeen XVII and Behind, All You’ve Got (forthcoming). Kristin is an assistant poetry editor at The Boiler and an editorial assistant at Sugared Water. Once upon a time she worked nights at The New Yorker.

Willa Carroll is the author of Nerve Chorus (The Word Works, September 2018). A finalist for The Georgia Poetry Prize, she was the winner of Narrative Magazine's Third Annual Poetry Contest and Tupelo Quarterly's TQ7 Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in AGNI, LARB Quarterly Journal, The Rumpus, Tin House, and elsewhere. Carroll holds an MFA from Bennington Writing Seminars. A former experimental dancer and actor, she has collaborated with numerous performers and artists, including text-based projects with her filmmaker husband. Video readings were featured in Narrative Outloud. She lives in New York City and can be found on the internet at

Brian Clements s the author or editor of over a dozen print and digital collections, most recently the anthology Bullets into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence (Beacon Press). He teaches at Western Connecticut State University. 

Mary Jo Firth Gillett’s poetry collection, Soluble Fish, won the Crab Orchard Series First Book Award (Southern Illinois University Press) and she's  also published four award-winning chapbooks. Mary Jo's poems have appeared in The Southern Review, New Ohio Review, Salamander, Green Mountains Review, Third Coast, and other journals as well as the Verse Daily website. She's won the N.Y. Open Voice Poetry Award and a Kresge Artist Fellowship in the Literary Arts.

Clyde Kessler lives in Radford, Virginia with his wife Kendall and their son Alan. Several years ago they built an art studio and named it Towhee Hill. Last year Cedar Creek Press published his book Fiddling At Midnight's Farmhouse. Kendall illustrated the book.

Nasreen Khan grew up in West Africa and Indonesia and is new to Indy.  She  teaches college English for a living, and writes poetry to stay sane.  On a Friday night she can be found cooking various organ meats or chasing down a stellar mint julep.

John Paul Martinez is a Filipino-Canadian poet and holds a BA in Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. He was selected as a finalist for the 2018 Black Warrior Review Poetry Contest and has been nominated for Best of the Net. His poetry is forthcoming or has appeared in Figure 1wildnessMatador Review, and elsewhere. You can locate him digitally at

Agnes Hanying Ong is an academic research assistant, a writer and an illustrator. Her poetry has recently appeared in HaikuniverseBreadcrumbs Mag and Failed Haiku. She has written for small public relations firms, past and forthcoming print publication. In a parallel universe, she eats a burrito bowl every weekend. She is usually reading when she is not thinking of burrito bowls, with extra rice.

Christian Sammartino is the co-founder and Editor-In-Chief of Rising Phoenix Review. He studied religion and philosophy at West Chester University. He is a Library Communications Technician at Francis Harvey Green Library. His poetry is influenced by life in the Pennsylvania Rustbelt near his hometown of Coatesville. His work has appeared in magazines such as Ghost City Review, Voicemail Poems, and Yes, Poetry. His first chapbook, Keystones, was released by Rising Phoenix Press in December 2014. 

Shivangi Sandhu is nineteen and pursuing Political Science in Delhi University, and has been struggling at everything since two years except for poems. She says she has no value for critics or liberalists. She hasn’t been nominated for anything and likes to paint. Her work has appeared in college magazines and she has also recited some on particular occasions. Feel free to contact her at:  

Meg Yardley lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications including Hanging Loose, Rattle, the East Bay Review, AMP, the Peauxdunque Review, and SWWIM.