Issue 36 Contributors


Juliet Cook is a grotesque glitter witch medusa hybrid brimming with black, grey, silver, purple, and dark red explosions. Her poetry has appeared in a peculiar multitude of literary publications. You can find out more at

For money, Krista Cox is a paralegal. For joy, she’s an associate poetry editor at Stirring: A Literary Collection and Pittsburgh Poetry Review, and Program Director of Lit Literary Collective, a nonprofit serving her local literary community. Her poetry has appeared in Columbia JournalRappahannock ReviewThe Humanist, and elsewhere.

The poet Ed Roberson told Sammie Downing, “You only have one life and you only have one work.” Advice she's taken to heart–she's filed taxes in 7 U.S. States, and worked on cattle and deer station in the depths of New Zealand. Find her fiction at Entropy Mag, her poetry at Yes Poetry and 3amMagazine, and her blog at:

Angele Ellis's latest book is a slightly bloody Valentine to her adopted city--Under the Kaufmann's Clock: Fiction, Poems, and Photographs of Pittsburgh, with photos by Rebecca Clever (Six Gallery Press, 2016). She also is the author of Spared (A Main Street Rag Editors' Choice Chapbook, 2011), and Arab on Radar (Six Gallery, 2007), whose poems won her an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. A contributing editor to Al Jadid: A Review & Record of Arab Culture and Arts, Angele resides in the neighborhood of F/friendship.

Natalie E. Illum is a poet, disability activist and singer living in Washington DC. She was a founded board member of the mothertongue, a DC women's open mic and poetry organization that lasted 15 years. She is currently a Jenny McKean Moore Poetry Fellow, an instructor for Poetry Out Loud, and the recipient of 2017 Artist Grant from the DCCAH.  Once upon a time, she was the 2013 Beltway Grand Slam Champion and toured the country with some famous people leading creative workshops and performing poems. Natalie has been featured in various anthologies, as well as in The Huffington Post, Salon Magazine and on NPR's Snap Judgment. In addition to writing, she enjoys Joni Mitchell, whiskey and giraffes. You can find her on Instagram and Twitter as @poetryrox and as one half of All Her Muses, her musical project.  

Dynas Johnson is an English major at Temple University and a contributing editor for Hyphen, Temple's undergraduate literary magazine. Two of her poems are forthcoming in Sooth Swarm Journal and Ghost Proposal. When she is not writing, she can be found on Instagram @dynasaur0 volunteering at the Eastern Service Workers Association, studying, or looking for new bubble tea places.

Courtney LeBlanc is the author of the chapbooks All in the Family (Bottlecap Press) and The Violence Within (Flutter Press, forthcoming) and is an MFA candidate at Queens University of Charlotte. Her poetry is published or forthcoming in The Legendary, Germ MagazineQuail Bell Magazine, Brain Mill PressHaunted Waters Press, and others. She loves nail polish, wine, and tattoos. Read her blog:, follow her on twitter:@wordperv, or find her on facebook:  

Toti O'Brien mixed media have been exhibited in group and solo shows, in Europe and the US, since 1995. She has illustrated several children books and two memoirs. Her artwork has most recently appeared in Brain of Forgetting, Riddled With Arrows, Longridge Review, and Scryptic.

Benjamin Pine is a medical student in New York City, who enjoys the fear and relief that comes with writing poetry. He's been previously published in BMC Systems Biology, a literary journal only in the most abstract sense.   

Laura Ring's poetry has appeared in StirringYellow Chair Review, and Juked, among other places. She grew up in Vermont, in the shade of Mount Hunger, and now lives somewhere between skyscraper and shoreline on the South Side of Chicago.

Elizabeth Theriot grew up in Louisiana and earned her undergraduate degree from University of New Orleans. She currently lives in Tuscaloosa, where she is an MFA candidate at the University of Alabama. Elizabeth works with the Black Warrior Review as an Assistant Editor in poetry and nonfiction, and teaches freshman composition. Her other publications can be found online in Tinderbox, Requited, Pretty Owl, and Alyss, and in print in the Mississippi Review