Issue 27 Contributors


Aaron Berkowitz earned his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and is an educator for the CUNY Start Program at Bronx Community College. He is co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Jewish Literary Journal. His work has been published in or is forthcoming from New York DreamingThe Society of Classical PoetsCrack The Spine Literary Magazine, and Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, among others.

Jennifer Jackson Berry is the author of The Feeder (YesYes Books, 2016). She is also the author of the chapbooks When I Was a Girl (Sundress Publications, 2014) and Nothing But Candy (Liquid Paper Press, 2003). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in journals such as Booth, Harpur Palate, Poet Lore, Verse Daily, and Whiskey Island, among others. She is the Editor of Pittsburgh Poetry Review and an Assistant Editor for WomenArts Quarterly Journal. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Sossity Chiricuzio is a queer femme outlaw poet, a working class radical storyteller. What her friends parents often referred to as a bad influence, and possibly still do. A 2015 Lambda Fellow, recent publications include: Adrienne, Vine Leaves, Atlas and Alice, NANO fiction, Mash Stories, and Glitterwolf. More info at: 

Lara Coley Lara Coley, a San Franciscan francophone, is Co-Curator for the VelRo Reading Series. Former poetry editor and EIC, she is pursuing an MFA in Poetry at SFSU. Lara's writing and art appear in journals including New American Writing, Visible Ink Anthology, Transfer, and Opium. She has been featured in readings for the DeYoung Museum, LitQuake, Beast Crawl, Quiet Lightning, and Red Light Lit, and she is the recipient of the Daniel J Langton Poetry Award for "un cadeau, un couteau."

M.E. Gallucci's poetry and prose have been featured in HangingLoose, Monkeybicycle, and The Lyric, among others. 

Erin Marie Hall is a poet and visual artist from South Bend, IN. Her work, which explores the body, sexuality, mental illness, and the apocalyptic, appears or is forthcoming in Grimoire, Rust + Moth, and (b)OINK. You can find her on Twitter @erinmariehall and on instagram @oftalonsandteeth. 

Jessica Fordham Kidd is a lifelong Alabamian. She is the associate director of first-year writing at the University of Alabama, and her poems have appeared in Drunken Boat, Storyscape, Tinderbox, and The Paris Review among others.

Jasminne Mendez received her B.A. in English Literature and her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston. Mendez has had poetry and essays published both nationally and internationally. Her book Island of Dreams (Floricanto Press, 2013) was awarded Best Young Adult Latino Focused Book by the International Latino Book Awards in 2015. She is an MFA candidate in the creative writing program at the Rainier Writer's Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. 

Laura Romain is a writer, editor, and writing coach from the wilds of suburban New Jersey. Her work has appeared in Stirring, Penny, The Hartskill Review, Day, and The Manifest-Station, among other venues. She is currently finishing her first novel, and she writes about creativity, mental wellness, and the writing life at

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.

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 

Dana L. Stringer is a poet, playwright, and screenwriter.  She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles, where she also serves as an online poetry instructor and book coach in the Inspiration to Publication Program.  She is the author of In Between Faith (2014), and she has work forthcoming in the African American Review.  Dana’s work as a playwright and screenwriter includes five productions, three staged readings, and a semifinalist status in the Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition (2017).  Visit her at: