Issue 21 Contributors


Ashwini Bhasi lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan and writes poems to make sense of the mind-body connection of trauma and chronic pain, life in India, and the duality of her experiences as a genomic data analyst and poet. Her work has appeared in The Feminist Wire, Driftwood Press, Eunoia Review, and Cyclamens and Swords. A poem she wrote in response to the 2016 presidential election recently won the Yellow Chair Review’s Rock the Chair challenge. 

Ace Boggess is the author of two books of poetry: The Prisoners (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2014) and The Beautiful Girl Whose Wish Was Not Fulfilled (Highwire Press, 2003). Forthcoming are his novel, A Song Without a Melody (Hyperborea Publishing), and a third poetry collection, Ultra-Deep Field (Brick Road). His writing has appeared in Harvard Review, Mid-American Review, RATTLE, River Styx, and many other journals. He lives in Charleston, West Virginia. 

McKenzie Chinn lives in Chicago and has performed her poetry as part of the city’s long-running, curated show-case Salonathon and in The Inconvenience’s The Fly Honey Show. Her work has appeared in Voicemail Poems. She also wrote, produced, and appears in the independent feature film Olympia, currently in post-production.

Elizabeth Davidson currently resides in southern Ohio and is an MFA candidate at Lindenwood University. Her work has most recently appeared in Vagabond City, Apeiron Review, By&By Poetry, and Tamsen

Carlos Franco-Ruiz (°1987, Managua, Nicaragua) is an artist who mainly works with painting. He graduated with his Bachelors in Fine Art from the University of Miami. In 2013, he moved to Uruguay and continues to follow his passion for painting where he recently had a group exhibition "La Mirada del otro" at Museo Del Azulejo to showcase his latest body of work. Currently lives and works in Sauce, Uruguay.  

Farryl Last is a 2015 MFA graduate from Hunter College. She has developed and taught undergraduate courses and works in the field of study abroad. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Maine Review, Entropy, HOUND, Hermeneutic Chaos, Word Riot, and Glass: A Journal of Poetry, among others. She once lived in Mantua, Italy, and taught English there. Follow her on Twitter @FarrylLast.

Courtney Leigh is The Bowhunter of White Stag Publishing. Her chapbook the unrequited <3<3 of red riding hood & her lycan lover waspublished by Dancing Girl Press, & her poems were most recently published in Alyss Lit, Hermeneutic Chaos & are forthcoming in Menacing Hedge & Yellow Chair Review.

Melisa Malvin-Middleton is a Los Angeles poet, playwright, and musician who teaches writing at California State University, Northridge and College of the Canyons. Her poetry has appeared in Silver Birch Press, The Ofi Press, and Clear Poetry among others, while her plays have been performed by Fresh Produce’d and Savage Players. In 2017, her chapbook Hover the Bones (Yak Press) will be released. For more information visit:

Tanaka Mhishi is a poet, playwright and performer. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Words DanceBlack Heart Magazine and the Rialto among other publications, and on stage at various venues in London and the southeast of England. Much of his work wrestles with trauma; most of the time it wins. For more details visit 

Krista Sarraf holds a Master’s in English from James Madison University and teaches writing at University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and Seton Hill University. She is the founding director of the youth literacy nonprofit Write Local and editor of the organization’s literary magazine, Voices. She lives in Latrobe, Pennsylvania with her husband.  

Margaret Yapp is a nasty woman from Iowa. She currently lives and works in Minneapolis. Her poems and essays have appeared in The Tishman ReviewMidwestern GothicDriftward Press, and elsewhere.