Issue 25 Contributors


Jessica Abughattas is a Palestinian American writer from Los Angeles. She is an MFA candidate at Antioch University, where she is the Poetry Editor of Lunch Ticket. Before pursuing an MFA in poetry, she interned at Write Bloody Publishing and served as Editor of Currents Magazine. Her poems appear (or are forthcoming) in Drunk in a Midnight Choir, Roanoke Review and elsewhere.

Born in Italy to Russian immigrants, Jenni Belotserkovsky grew up in Germany where she studied graphic design.  There she worked as a graphic designer and a typesetter before setting out to explore the world. She now lives in Vermont, where she teaches art and curates an art kiosk. Jenni has had her art exhibited throughout Central Vermont. You can find her paintings and drawings at

Lauren Camp is the author of three books, including One Hundred Hungers (Tupelo Press, 2016), which won the Dorset Prize. Her poems have appeared in Poetry International, Boston Review, Pangyrus, Beloit Poetry Journal and elsewhere. Other literary honors include the Margaret Randall Poetry Prize, the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award, prizes from RHINO and Western Humanities Review, and a Black Earth Institute Fellowship. She is a staff writer for Poets Reading the News and the producer/host of “Audio Saucepan” on Santa Fe Public Radio.

Carl Dumicich works as an artist, theatre consultant, set designer, scenic artist, technical director and teaches theatre at Western Iowa Tech CC. He has an AAS from Suffolk County CC, and both a BFA In Theatre Production and MFA in Design from Brooklyn College. He enjoys working in both 2-D and 3-D formats and on murals and has art displayed at galleries in the Omaha area. .

Fernando Esteban Flores graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in English. His work has appeared in:  the San Antonio Express-News, Voices de la Luna, The Americas Review, Written with a Spoon: a Poet’s Cookbook, (Sherman-Asher Press) Is This Forever or What? (Green Willow Books), Lost Children of the River, (The Raving Press), and; nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry.  Visit his webpage:

María José Giménez s a Venezuelan-Canadian poet and translator. Recipient of a 2016 Gabo Prize for Translation and fellowships from the NEA, The Banff International Literary Translation Centre, and the Katharine Bakeless Nason Endowment, María José is co-director of Montreal’s collective The Apostles Review and Assistant Translation Editor for Drunken Boat.

Su Hwang was recently awarded the 2016-17 Minnesota Emerging Writers Grant from the Loft Literary Center and the Coffee House Press In The Stacks Residency Fellowship at Dickinson House in Belgium. Born in Seoul, South Korea, she grew up in New York then moved to San Francisco before transplanting to the Twin Cities to attend the University of Minnesota, where she received her MFA in Poetry. Several of her poems have appeared in Ninth LetterDrunken BoatTinderbox Poetry JournalPrairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland, and Her first poetry collection Bodega was a finalist for the 2017 Lena-Miles Wever Todd Book Prize with Pleiades Press. Su currently lives in Minneapolis.

Nawal Nader-French is an MFA candidate at Regis University and holds a BA in English and Secondary Education, as well as an MA in Curriculum and Instruction. After ten years of teaching English, developing curriculum, and coordinating blended learning in school districts and other educational institutions, she stopped working in education to pursue writing full-time. Her work has appeared in By&By Poetry and is forthcoming in Bayou Magazine and AMP: Hoftstra's Digilit Magazine. She tweets @nawalnader.

Uche Ogbuji born in Calabar, Nigeria, lived in Egypt, England and elsewhere before settling near Boulder, Colorado. His chapbook, Ndewo, Colorado (Aldrich Press) is a Colorado Book Award Winner and a Westword Award Winner ("Best Environmental Poetry"). His poems, published worldwide, fuse Igbo culture, European classicism, American Mountain West setting, and Hip-Hop. He co-hosts the Poetry Voice podcast, featured in the Best New African Poets anthology, and was shortlisted for Nigeria's Eriata Oribhabor Poetry Prize.

Malka Older s a writer, aid worker, and PhD candidate. Her science fiction political thriller, Infomocracy, was named one of 2016's best books by both Kirkus and BookRiot, and the sequel, Null States, will be published in September. You can find links to her writing at Named Senior Fellow for Technology and Risk at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs for 2015, she has more than a decade of experience in humanitarian aid and development. She is currently pursuing her PhD at SciencesPo.

Monica Rico is a second generation Mexican American feminist. Her chapbook Twisted Mouth of the Tulip is forthcoming from Red Paint Hill Publishing. Follow her at

Leila Zonouzi is an Iranian native currently living in Santa Barbara, CA. She’s a first-year PhD student in Global Studies at UC Santa Barbara with hopes of one day becoming a university professor, helping the younger generation to be more mindful of the world around them. She has received her MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University, Pittsburgh PA. When she isn’t reading, she thinks about going to the beach, but then resumes reading.