Issue 23 Contributors


Alessandra Bava is a poet and a translator. Her poems and translations have appeared in journals such as Gargoyle, Arsenic LobsterPlath ProfilesThrush Poetry Journal and Waxwing. Two of her chapbooks, They Talk About Death and Diagnosis, have been published in the States. A third chapbook, Love and Other Demons will be published later this year. She is currently writing the biography of a contemporary American poet.

Laurin DeChae is a Ph.D. candidate in Composition & Rhetoric at SUNY Albany, where she acts as the poetry editor for Barzakh. She received her M.F.A. in poetry from the University of New Orleans. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Harpur PalateburntdistrictRust + MothCrack the Spine, and elsewhere.

Danielle Dreese teaches English at Northern Kentucky University. She has authored three collections of poetry, Sophrosyne (Aldrich Press), A Wild Turn (Finishing Line) and Looking for A Sunday Afternoon (Pudding House). Dreese is the author of the novella Dragonflies in the Cowburbs (Anaphora Literary), the ecofiction novel Deep River Burning (WiDo Publishing), and Cave Walker (Moon Willow Press). Her work has appeared in many literary journals including Blue Lyra ReviewRoanoke Review, and Louisville Review

Jen Karetnick is the author of three full-length poetry collections, including American Sentencing (Winter Goose Publications, 2016), which is about the body and chronic, invisible illness, as well as four poetry chapbooks. Her recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in TheAtlantic.comThe Evansville ReviewGuernicaNegative CapabilityOne, Painted Bride Quarterly, Spillway and Verse Daily. She works as the Creative Writing Director for Miami Arts Charter School and as a freelance lifestyle journalist and dining critic. 

Travis. Chi Wing Lau is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania English Department.. His research interests include long eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature, the history of medicine, disability studies, body studies, and gender and sexuality studies. His work has been published in the Journal of Homosexuality (forthcoming) and Romantic Circles (forthcoming). His creative writing has appeared in WestwindThistleSpiresFeminine InquiryWordgathering, Synaesthesia, and QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology (Handtype Press, 2015).

Jennifer Met lives in North Idaho with her husband and children. She has work appearing/forthcoming in Gulf Stream, Zone 3, Kestrel, Harpur Palate, Nimrod, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Juked, Sleet Magazine, Weirdery, the Lake, and elsewhere.  Her first chapbook is forthcoming from Glass Poetry Press in 2017.  Nominated for a Pushcart Prize, a finalist for Nimrod’s Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, and winner of the Jovanovich Award, she serves as Poetry Editor for the Indianola Review

Sarah Nichols lives and writes in Connecticut. She is the author of three chapbooks, including She May Be a Saint (Hermeneutic Chaos Press) and Edie (Whispering): Poems from Grey Gardens (dancing girl press, 2015). Her work has also appeared in Emerge Literary JournalThe Ekphrastic Review, and The RS 500.

Nicole Oquendo is a nonbinary, Latinx writer living in Orlando. Her essays and poetry have appeared in the chapbooks some prophetsself is wolfwringing gendered we, and Space Baby, and the hybrid memoir Telomeres. Her visual poetry collection we, animals is forthcoming from ELJ Publications in 2017. She is currently serving as an Assistant Editor for Sundress Publications, and as the Nonfiction Editor of the Best of the Net anthology and The Florida Review.

Christopher Stephen Soden's poetry collection, Closer was released by Rebel Satori Press on June 14th, 2011. He received a Full Fellowship to Lambda Literary's Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices. His performance piece: Queer Anarchy received The Dallas Voice's Award for Best Stage Performance. Christopher received his MFA in Poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts in January of 2005. He teaches craft, theory, genre and literature. He writes poetry, plays, literary, film and theatre critique.

McKenzie Lynn Tozan lives and writes in South Bend, Indiana. She received her MFA in Poetry from Western Michigan University, where she worked as the Layout and Design Editor for New Issues Poetry and Prose. Her poems have appeared in Encore MagazineSleet MagazineThank You for SwallowingBirds Piled LooselyJames Franco ReviewNew Mexico ReviewWhale Road ReviewThe Spooklet, and Analecta, among others. For more, please visit her at

Bill Wolak is a poet, photographer, and collage artist.  He has just published his twelfth book of poetry entitled Love Opens the Hands with Nirala Press. His most recent translation with Mahmood Karimi-Hakak, Love Me More Than the Others: Selected Poetry of Iraj Mirza, was published by Cross-Cultural Communications in 2014.  His collages have been published in over a hundred magazines including: The Annual, Peculiar Mormyrid, Danse Macabre, Dirty Chai, Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal, Lost Coast Review, Mad Swirl, Otis Nebula, and Horror Sleaze Trash. In 2016, he was a featured poet at The Mihai Eminescu International Poetry Festival in Craiova, Romania; Europa in Versi, Lake Como, Italy; The Pesaro International Poetry Festival, Pesaro, Italy, and The Xichang-Qionghai Silk Road International Poetry Week, Xichang, China.  Mr. Wolak teaches Creative Writing at William Paterson University in New Jersey.