Issue 31 Contributors


Devon Balwit writes in Portland, OR. She has five chapbooks out or forthcoming: How the Blessed Travel (Maverick Duck Press); Forms Most Marvelous (dancing girl press); In Front of the Elements (Grey Borders Books), Where You Were Going Never Was (Grey Borders Books); and The Bow Must Bear the Brunt (Red Flag Poetry). Her individual poems can be found in The Cincinnati Review, The Stillwater Review, Red Earth Review, The Fourth River; Tap Mag; Noble Gas Quarterly; Muse A/Journal, and more.

Maggie Blake Bailey has poems published or forthcoming in The San Pedro River ReviewTar River,Tinderbox, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, Bury the Lede, is available from Finishing Line Press and at  She has been nominated for The Pushcart and also for The Best of the Net. For more work, please visit

Claudia Cortese is a poet, essayist, and fiction writer. Her debut full-length book, Wasp Queen, was recently published by Black Lawrence Press. Her work has appeared in Blackbird, Black Warrior Review, Crazyhorse, Gulf Coast Online, and The Offing, among others, and she writes reviews for Muzzle Magazine. The daughter of Neapolitan immigrants, Cortese grew up in Ohio and lives in New Jersey. She also lives at

Jade Hurter  is the author of the chapbook Slut Songs (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2017). She was a finalist in the 2016 Tennessee Williams Poetry Contest, judged by Yusef Komunyakaa, and her recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Columbia Poetry ReviewTinderboxPassages NorthNew South, and elsewhere.

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 others. 

Taylor Kensel is an MFA Poetry student at Eastern Washington University. Otherwise, she has spent her whole life in a small Southeast Idaho town.

Kathleen Kirk is the poetry editor for Escape Into Life. Her work appears in a variety of print and online journals, including Arsenic LobsterMenacing HedgeNimrodRHINO, and Poetry East. She is the author of several chapbooks, including ABCs of Women’s Work (Red Bird, 2015), Interior Sculpture (dancing girl press, 2014), and The Towns, forthcoming from Unicorn Press in 2018.

Lili Leader-Williams lives in Washington State with her husband and two cats. She has been published previously in CahoodaloodalingSlim Volume: This Body I Live In (Pankhearst), The Rising Phoenix Review, and Alliterati Magazine. Her dearest ambition is to make sure you don’t feel alone.

Elaine Lesgold creates art that crosses genres and invites curiosity. Her previous works have included published poetry, as well as multimedia art installations which explore topics relating to structural inequality and disability. She holds a BA in psychology and gender and women’s studies from Carlow University, and a graduate certificate in Adult Education from Point Park University. Past and current projects can be found at

Cameron Morse taught and studied in China. Diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2014, he is currently a third-year MFA candidate at UMKC and lives with his wife, Lili, in Blue Springs, Missouri. His poems have been or will be published in over 50 different magazines, including New Letters, pamplemousse, Fourth & Sycamore and TYPO. His first collection, Fall Risk, is forthcoming from Glass Lyre Press.

Jesse Rice-Evans is a queer Southern poet and rhetoric scholar. She collects round stones, teaches writing at City College of New York and the Cooper Union, and loves skullcap. Read her work in tenderness yea, the Wanderer, Monstering, and in the chapbooks Soft Switch (Damaged Goods Press) and The Rotting Kind (Ghost City Press). Find her online @riceevans

Roy White is a blind person who lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota with a lovely woman and a handsome dog. His poems and essays have appeared in BOAAT JournalTinderboxLascaux Review and elsewhere, and he blogs at