Issue 30 Contributors


Renee Carson holds a BA in gender, women, and sexuality studies from the University of Washington and an MA in women and gender studies from San Francisco State University. Both her research and work focus on disability justice. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Entropy and The Fem.

Ava C. Cipri is a poetry editor for The Deaf Poets Society: An Online Journal of Disability Literature & Art. She holds an MFA from Syracuse University, where she served on the staff of Salt Hill. Ava’s poetry and nonfiction appears or is forthcoming in CimarronThe Fem, FRiGG, Literary Orphans, and Noble / Gas Qtrly, among others. Her first chapbook Queen of Swords is forthcoming this fall 2017 from dancing girl press. She resides at: and tweets at @AvaCCipri.

Darren Demaree's poems have appeared, or are scheduled to appear in numerous magazines/journals, including the South Dakota Review, Meridian, New Letters, Diagram, and the Colorado Review. I am the author of six poetry collections, most recently Many Full Hands Applauding Inelegantly (2016, 8th House Publishing). I am the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry. I am currently living and writing in Columbus, Ohio with my wife and children. 

Melissa Eleftherion  grew up in Brooklyn. A high school dropout, she went on to earn an MFA in Poetry from Mills College and an MLIS from San Jose State University. She is the author of five chapbooks: huminsect, prism maps, Pigtail Duty, the leaves the leaves, & green glass asterisms. Her first full-length collection, field guide to autobiography, has just been published by H_NGM_N Books. Founder of the Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange for San Francisco State University, Melissa now lives in Mendocino County where she works as a Teen Librarian, teaches creative writing & curates the LOBA Reading Series at Ukiah Library. More of her work can be found @

Tasha Fouts has a nomadic sensibility.  She was raised in Alaska and Hawaii, went to undergrad at California State University at Long Beach, received her MFA from Bowling Green State University, and currently resides among the vast Illinois cornfields. When her autopsy is performed, they will find she is made of rivers of heavy cream and sugar.  You can find more of her work at

Amanda Gaines is an MFA candidate in Creative Nonfiction in WVU's creative writing program. She was a poetry reader for Calliope, a poetry editor for Mind Murals, the Eastern Region's literary journal for Sigma Tau Delta, and was just made the nonfiction and co-poetry editor of Into the Void. Her poetry and fiction have been published in both. Her poetry, nonfiction, and fiction are published or awaiting publication in The Oyez ReviewStraylightGravelThe MeadowBrilliant Flash FictionDewpoint, and Into the Void.

Geula Geurts is a Dutch born poet living in Jerusalem. She completed her MFA in Poetry at Bar Ilan University. Her chapbook Where the Sea is Quenched of Thirst is forthcoming with Red Paint Hill Press (2017). Her mini-chapbook Like Any Good Daughter was published by Platypus Press in 2016. Further work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Tinderbox EditionsHermeneutic Chaos, Cactus Heart, The Fem, and Jellyfish Review. She works as a Foreign Rights Agent at The Deborah Harris Literary Agency. 

Anna Kelley is pursuing an MFA in poetry at Syracuse University. She is a reader for Salt Hill. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Citron Review, Literary Orphans, Up the Staircase Quarterly, CICADA, Split Lip Magazine, and elswhere. 

Susan Milchman's poetry is forthcoming or has appeared in Glass: A Journal of Poetrybramble & thorn (an anthology from Porkbelly Press, 2017), Rust + MothRufous City Review, and elsewhere. Her published work can be found at She lives in Minneapolis by way of Washington, DC and holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland. Wander with her on Instagram @susan.milchman.

Ellie White holds an MFA from Old Dominion University. She writes poetry and nonfiction, and is the creator of the online comic strip “Uterus & Ellie.” Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Harpur Palate, Tincture, Up the Staircase Quarterly and several other journals. Ellie’s chapbook, Requiem for a Doll, was released by ELJ Publications in June 2015. She is a nonfiction and poetry editor at Four Ties Literary Review, and the Social Media Editor for Muzzle Magazine. She currently lives near some big rocks and trees outside Charlottesville, Virginia.

Bill Wolak has just published his fifteenth book of poetry entitled The Nakedness Defense with Ekstasis 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 appeared recently in Naked in New Hope 2016 and The 2017 Seattle Erotic Art Festival. 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, The Xichang-Qionghai Silk Road International Poetry Week, Xichang, China; and Ethnofest, Pristina, Kosovo.  Mr. Wolak teaches Creative Writing at William Paterson University in New Jersey.

Riley Woods is a recent graduate of Stetson University. His work covers a variety of topics, often in an attempt to peel back the layers of self and societal formations. He will be attending the University of Montana's MFA program for poetry in the fall. His work has appeared in Oberon Poetry Magazine, Backlash Press, Obra/Artifact, The Bees are Dead, and The Murmur House.