Issue 26 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.

Shevaun Brannigan is a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars, as well as The Jiménez-Porter Writers' House at The University of Maryland. Her poems have appeared in such journals as Best New Poets, Rhino, Redivider, and Crab Orchard Review. She is a 2015 recipient of a Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant.  Her work can be found at

Jacklyn Janeksela is a wolf and a raven, a cluster of stars, & a direct descent of the divine feminine. she can be found at Thought CatalogLuna Luna, The Feminist Wire, Split Lip; & elsewhere. she is in a post-punk band called the velblouds. her baby @ femalefilet. her chapbook fitting a witch//hexing the stitch forthcoming (The Operating System, 2017). she is an energy. find her @ hermetic hare for herbal astrology readings.

Stephen Langlois' work has appeared in Glimmer Train, The Portland Review, Lit Hub, Maudlin House, 3AM Magazine, Monkeybicycle, Matchbook, Necessary Fiction, and Heavy Feather Review, among others. He is a recipient of a The Center for Fiction’s NYC Emerging Writers Fellowship as well as a writing residency from the Blue Mountain Center. He also hosts BREW: An Evening of Literary Works and serves as the fiction editor for FLAPPERHOUSE. Visit him at

Amy Miller Amy Miller’s poetry has appeared in NimrodTinderboxWillow SpringsZYZZYVA, and other journals. Her chapbooks include I Am on a River and Cannot Answer (BOAAT Press) and Rough House (White Knuckle Press), and she won the Cultural Center of Cape Cod National Poetry Competition, judged by Tony Hoagland, and has been a finalist for the Pablo Neruda Prize and 49th Parallel Award. She lives in Ashland, Oregon, and blogs at  

Cheyenne Nimes is a cross-genre writer living by the Great Salt Lake. Recipient of an NEA in poetry, she attended San Francisco State University and Iowa. 

Leslie Contreras Schwartz is a writer concerned with the experiences of women and girls, and turning stories of victimhood into stories of survival. She is currently working on a novel about human trafficking based in Houston, her hometown and where she continues to live with her family. Her first book, Fuego, was published in March 2016 by St. Julian Press. She earned an MFA in poetry Warren Wilson College. Her work has appeared or is upcoming in The Collagist, Tinderbox Literary Journal, Texas Review and other publications.

Ana C. H. Silva lives in NYC and Olive, NY. Her poetry has been published in Podium, Mom Egg Review, the nth position, Snow Monkey, Anemone Sidecar, Chronogram, and Stepaway Magazine. She won the inaugural Rachel Wetzsteon Memorial Poetry Prize at the 92nd St. Y Unterberg PoetryCenter.  Ana recently created a community-based collaborative poetry project called "Olive Couplets."

ire'ne lara silva ire’ne lara silva is the author of two poetry collections, furia (Mouthfeel Press, 2010) and Blood Sugar Canto (Saddle Road Press, 2016), an e-chapbook, Enduring Azucares, (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2015), as well as a short story collection, flesh to bone (Aunt Lute Books, 2013) which won the Premio Aztlán. She and poet Dan Vera are also the co-editors of Imaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzaldúan Borderlands, (Aunt Lute Books, 2017), a collection of poetry and essays. ire’ne is the recipient of the final Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Award, the Fiction Finalist for AROHO’s 2013 Gift of Freedom Award, and the 2008 recipient of the Gloria Anzaldúa Milagro Award. ire'ne was recently named a 2016-2018 Texas Touring Roster Artist. Visit her website at 

Kim Sousa was born in Goiânia, Goiás (Brazil) and raised in Austin, Texas. She currently lives in Pittsburgh with two illiterate pugs. Her work was most recently published, or is forthcoming, in Poet LorePEN & The Rattling Wall’s post-election anthology, Only Light Can Do That, and The Pittsburgh Poetry Review. You can find her at 

Jessica L. Walsh is author of How to Break My Neck (ELJ, 2015) as well as two chapbooks. Her second collection, Banished, will be published in 2017 by Red Paint Hill. Most recently her work has appeared in Yellow Chair Review, Whale Road Review, Tinderbox, Midwestern Gothic, and more. She has been nominated for Best New Poets, Bettering the Net, and the Pushcart Prize.

Leah Welborn is a feminist poet/writer who lives in Denver, Colorado with her two cats. By day, she's a copywriter for a major cannabis company. She earned an MFA from Antioch University and her work has appeared in Contrary, Connotation Press, Poets and Artists, Mental Floss, and various other print and online journals and magazines. She tweets @welbornleah.