Issue 51 Contributors


Anthony AW (he/they) is an LA-based writer. Their work has been or will be published in Boston Accent Lit, Drunk Monkeys, FIVE:2:ONE, & Mojave He[art] Review. His micro-chapbook, Pantoum'd!, will be published by Ghost City Press for their 2019 Summer Series. AW’s a part of the Pink Plastic House 2019 summer online residency. @an__o__

Callista Buchen is the author of Look Look Look, forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in October 2019, and the chapbooks The Bloody Planet (Black Lawrence Press, 2015) and Double-Mouthed (dancing girl press, 2016). Her work appears in Harpur Palate, Puerto del Sol, Fourteen Hills, and many other journals, and she is the winner of the Langston Hughes Award and DIAGRAM's essay contest. She teaches at Franklin College, where she advises the student literary journal and directs the visiting writers' reading series.

Gemma Cooper-Novack’s debut poetry collection We Might As Well Be Underwater, a finalist for the Central New York Book Award, was published by Unsolicited Press in 2017. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in more than twenty journals and been nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes and Best of the Net Awards. Her plays have been produced in Chicago, Boston, and New York. Gemma was a runner-up for the 2016 James Jones First Novel Fellowship; she has been awarded artist’s residencies from Catalonia to Virginia and a grant from the Barbara Deming Fund. She is a doctoral candidate in Literacy Education at Syracuse University.

Jasper Kennedy is an organizer and avid crocheter from north Alabama. A medical student by day, they write to reconcile home, profession, identity, and disability. Their work has been published in Screen Door Review and The Healing Muse and is forthcoming in The New Southern Fugitives

Raymond Luczak is the author and editor of 22 books, including Flannelwood (Red Hen Press) and Lovejets: Queer Male Poets on 200 Years of Walt Whitman (Squares & Rebels). His work is included in Zoeglossia Fellows’s anthology We Are Not Your Metaphor: A Disability Poetry Anthology (Squares & Rebels). He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and online at

Jacob Kobina Ayiah Mensah is the author of the new hybrid works The Sun of a Solid Torus, Conductor 5, Genus for L Loci, and Handlebody. His individual poems are widely published and recently appearing in Rigorous, Beautiful Cadaver Project Pittsburgh, The Meadow, Juked, North Dakota Quarterly, Cathexis Northwest Press, and The Sandy River Review. He is an algebraist and artist, and lives in the southern part of Ghana, Spain, and Turtle Mountains, North Dakota.

Ellen Samuels earned her M.F.A. at Cornell University and has published poetry and creative nonfiction in numerous journals including NimrodSow’s Ear Poetry Review, The American Voice, Disability Studies Quarterly, Mid-American Review, and the Journal of the American Medical Association, and in a chapbook, December Morning (Finishing Line Press, 2004). She has received two Lambda Literary Awards and a Pushcart nomination and is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Rochelle Jewel Shapiro is the author of Miriam the Medium (Simon & Schuster) and Kaylee’s Ghost, an Indie finalist. Her essays have appeared in The NYT (Lives), (Newsweek), and more. Her poems and short stories have appeared in The Iowa Review, Permafrost, Spry Journal, The MacGuffin, Reunion, and Cimarron Review. One of her poems was nominated for 2019 Best of the Net. She teaches writing at UCLA Extension. Find her on the internet at

Christine Taylor identifies as multiracial and is an English teacher and librarian residing in her hometown Plainfield, New Jersey.  She is the EIC of Kissing Dynamite: A Journal of Poetry and the author of The Queen City (Broken Sleep Books, 2019).  Christine has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and her work appears in Glass, Turtle Island Responds, Haibun Today, and The Rumpus among others.  Right now, she’s probably covered in cat hair and drinking a martini.  Visit her at

Hannah Yerington runs the Bolinas Poetry Camp for Girl, and is a spoken word artist, and poet. She primarily writes about the space between Judaism and feminism, talking flowers, post-memory, and the body. Her work has been published in Werd, The Bolinas Hearsay, The Fem, Bearings Online, and Algebra of Owls.