Issue 54 Contributors


Elizabeth Johnston Ambrose is a poet and humorist whose writing tends to focus on themes of feminist resistance. Nominated for two Pushcarts and a Best of the Net award, her work can be found in places like McSweeney's, The Atlantic, The Belladonna, Feminist Formations, Women Studies Quarterly, Room, Mom Egg Review, and many others. She teaches writing as healing at the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester, NY, where she is the co-founder of Straw Mat Writers Find her on Twitter @libbyjohnston74.

Jennifer Jackson Berry is the author of The Feeder (YesYes Books, 2016), and her most recent chapbook Bloodfish was published in 2019 by Seven Kitchens Press as part of their Keystone Chapbook Series. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Gracy Boes is a recent college graduate with a degree in creative writing from North Central University in Minneapolis, MN. Her work appeared twice in their literary magazine, The Wineskin. Post-grad she is staying in the Twin Cities frantically seeking a purpose that will also pay the bills. When she isn't working or writing you can find her napping, playing D&D, or playing little ditties on her purple ukulele.

Dené Dryden is a creative writing student at Kansas State University who would quite love a job as a science, technology and/or health reporter after her May 2020 graduation. In addition to her journalistic work, Dené's poetry is also featured in Lammergeier and forthcoming in the 2019 Flint Hills Review.

Jeannine Hall Gailey served as the second Poet Laureate of Redmond, Washington. She's the author of five books of poetry: Becoming the Villainess, She Returns to the Floating World,Unexplained Fevers, The Robot Scientist’s Daughter, and Field Guide to the End of the World, winner of the Moon City Press Book Prize and the SFPA's Elgin Award. Her work appeared in journals such as American Poetry Review and Prairie Schooner. Her website is Twitter and Instagram: @webbish6.

Tim McCoy holds an MFA from Syracuse University, and has had pieces published in Interim, Ekphrasis, Stone Canoe, and other places. He toils in the composition mines at two different colleges in the Syracuse area.

Jessi McKellar holds a BFA with a double major in Creative Writing and Gender & Women's Studies from Western Michigan University. She has published work in The Laureate. She currently lives in Grand Rapids, MI with her partner and their cat and dog.

Emily K. Michael’s work centers on ecology, disability, and music. She develops grammar workshops for multilingual learners and delivers poetry workshops for writers at all levels. She regularly reads at Jax By Jax, a yearly literary festival celebrating Jacksonville writers. Emily is passionate about grammar, singing, birding, and guide dogs. Find more of her work at

Cameron Morse lives with his wife Lili and son Theodore in Blue Springs, Missouri.His first collection, Fall Risk, won Glass Lyre Press’s 2018 Best Book Award. His subsequent collections are Father Me Again (Spartan Press, 2018), Coming Home with Cancer (Blue Lyra Press, 2019) and Terminal Destination(Spartan Press, 2019). For more information, check out his Facebook page or website.

Dante Novario currently lives in Louisville, KY and works as a behavior therapist with special needs individuals. His work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in Dream Pop Journal and The Ariel Magazine. He previously studied writing at Bellarmine University and can be reached at

Leslie Contreras Schwartz is the fourth Houston Poet Laureate, serving from 2019-2021. She is a multi-genre writer whose book Nightbloom & Cenote (St. Julian Press, May 2018), was a semi-finalist for the 2017 Tupelo Press Dorset Prize, judged by Ilya Kaminsky. She is also the author of Fuego, and was a featured poet for the 2018 Houston Poetry Fest. Her forthcoming book, Who Speaks for Us?, is scheduled for spring 2020 publication with Skull + Wind Press. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in The Missouri Review, The Collagist, [PANK], Iowa Review, Verse Daily, Catapult, and Tinderbox Poetry Journal, among others. She is a graduate of The Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and earned a bachelor's at Rice University.