Issue Eighteen Contributors


Melissa Eleftherion grew up in Brooklyn. A high school dropout, she went on to earn an MFA in Poetry from Mills College and an MLIS from San Jose State University. She is the author of huminsect, prism maps, Pigtail Duty, the leaves the leaves, green glass asterisms, and several other chapbooks. Her first full-length collection, field guide to autobiography is forthcoming from H_NGM_N Books. Melissa lives in Mendocino County where she works as Teen Librarian, teaches creative writing & manages the Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange. More of her work can be found at

Sarah Escue is an MFA candidate at Naropa University and the Assistant Editor at The Adirondack Review. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Gulf Stream, DIALOGIST, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, So To Speak, Hermeneutic Chaos Journal, Wildness, Damselfly Press, Milk Journal, and elsewhere. You can find her on Twitter at @SarahEscue. 

An activist for mental illness, anti-rape culture, neurodiversity, and disability rights issues, Charlotte Farhan has dual nationality between France and Britain, and lives in the vibrant city of Portsmouth, UK, with her husband Mohammed, 3 cats, and her psychiatric assistance dog. Farhan is an international visual artist, a published illustrator, feature writer, Editor-in-Chief of ASLI Magazine, and Managing Director / co-founder of the non-profit Art Saves Lives International. She says that receiving art therapy has taught her more about art than any lesson or teacher. Find her on the web at Charlotte Farhan Art—Creating Change.

Jeannine Hall Gailey recently served as the second Poet Laureate of Redmond, Washington. She is the author of five books of poetry: Becoming the VillainessShe Returns to the Floating WorldUnexplained FeversThe Robot Scientist’s Daughter and, forthcoming in fall 2016, Field Guide to the End of the World. Her web site

William James is a poet, punk rocker, and train enthusiast from Manchester, NH. He's the founder & editor-in-chief of Beech Street Review, a contributing editor for Drunk In A Midnight Choir & the author of rebel hearts & restless ghosts (Timber Mouse, 2015). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in SOFTBLOW, Word Riot, Radius Lit, Hobart, Atticus Review, and elsewhere. Follow him on Twitter (@thebilljim) or at

Sarah Katz has work in MiPOesias, RHINO, and The Rumpus. She earned an MFA at American University and has been awarded the 2015 District Lit Prize and a residency at Vermont Studio Center. Her poetry manuscript was a finalist for Tupelo Press's 2016 Dorset Prize. Sarah works at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs and is Poetry Editor of The Deaf Poets Society, an online journal of disability literature and art (

Casey Zella Moir is a 12th grade English teacher in Boston, MA who gives poems to students as gifts. She graduated in 2012 from Hampshire College with a degree in many subjects. She loves the desert, the ocean, the moon, and trigger warnings. She recently received the following feedback from a young person she taught: "Ms. Moir should make fewer faces at students."

Born and raised in a semi-suburban ravine in Toronto, Canada, Emily Paskevics is the author of The Night Was Animal, or: Methods in the Art of Rogue Taxidermy (Dancing Girl Press, 2014). Her poetry, essays, and short fiction can be found in Hart House ReviewVallum MagazineActa Victoriana, and Luna Luna Magazine, among others. Her poetry translations have appeared in various international publications. Find her at her website,, or reach out on Twitter @epaskev. 

Hali F. Sofala is a Samoan-American poet and teacher originally from Eatonton, GA. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a PhD in English and Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her most recent work can be found in Blue Mesa Review, Fugue, The Missouri Review, and The Bitter Oleander. Sofala-Jones lives in Milledgeville, GA where she teaches literature at Georgia College.

Connor Stratton is an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Minnesota. His work has been published or is forthcoming in DIAGRAMEveryday Genius, and Artichoke Haircut. He received Oberlin College's Academy of American Poets prize in 2013. Raised just outside Chicago, he most recently lived in lower Manhattan and worked as a paralegal.

Elizabeth Tsung is a poet in Queens, NY. Feel free to follow her on Twitter @ElizabethTsung.