Georgia Hertz is a queer musician, poet, painter, and photographer. She was born and raised in the Carolinas, graduated from the College of Charleston with a B.A. in History, but has recently relocated to the quaint town of Holland, MI with her partner. Her first EP of original music will be forthcoming this autumn, as will her next poetry publication in Peculiar Journal. She enjoys spending time with her dog and looks forward to teaching him to swim in Lake Michigan – but misses the good southern food back home. You can find her on Twitter @thegeorgiamoon and on Instagram.
How’d you get that scar?
Ekphrasis on the Coat of Arms I Inherited from the Plantation Master
Brittany Lee Frederick is a Black femme, bisexual poet from Boston. She studied English at Stonehill College. Her work has appeared in “Glass,” “Tinderbox,” “Drunk Monkeys” and is forthcoming elsewhere. When she isn’t writing she is dancing to reggaeton. Follow her on Twitter @Britt_LF.
Orlantae Duncan is a writer, foodie, and avid reader who resides in Richmond, Virginia. His poetry and prose occupy an interest with history, religion, and expressions of black queerness. His work is forthcoming in Allegory Ridge’s poetry anthology, Aurora. He has served on the editorial staff of The Rappahannock Review and manages his own blog, Between the Blog & Me. (link: https://btbamblog.wordpress.com/)
The Tuesday Principle
Divya Iyer is a queer nonbinary poet from India. Their work has been previously published in Barren Magazine, Rose Quartz Mag, The Brown Orient and other places. They love going to the beach, drinking masala chai and listening to punk rock music. You can find them on Twitter @ divwhine and on Instagram @ ivymouth.
Watching Selena’s Open-Casket Funeral
Melissa Lozada-Oliva is the author of peluda (Button Poetry, 2017) & the co-host of podcast, Say More, with Olivia Gatwood. She has been featured in The Guardian, Vulture, Bustle, Glamour Magazine, Huffington Post, Muzzle Magazine, The Adroit Journal & BBC Mundo. You can follow her at @ellomelissa everywhere or visit melissalozadooliva.com.
Matt Mitchell is an intersex writer from Ohio trying to make his work as beautiful as “Into the Groove” by Madonna, the quintessential pop banger. He is a former Best Hair winner in high school, as well as the self-elected Poet Laureate of Vanilla Coke drinkers. His chapbook, you & me & the pink moon & these portraits, if forthcoming from Ghost City Press in late August. He’s also had poems published in Glass: A Journal of Poetry, BARNHOUSE, and Drunk Monkeys, among others.
Kunjana Parashar is a poet from Mumbai who holds an MA in English Literature from Mumbai University. Her poetry appears or is forthcoming in Lammergeier, Kissing Dynamite, UCity Review, Riggwelter, Glintmoon, The Hellebore, The Rumpus (ENOUGH Section), and elsewhere. You can find her on Twitter @wolfwasp.
Brian Michael Barbeito is a writer, poet, and landscape photographer. He is the author of Chalk Lines (Fowl Pox Press, 2013). Recent work appears at Fiction International.
Stephanie Ginese (she/her) is a queer, first generation Boricua-Italian writer & poet living in Cleveland, OH with her two sons. She is the Special Programs Coordinator for Twelve Literary Arts. Stephanie has been published in zines, journals, & anthologies throughout the country. She has also been a contributor for multiple digital Latinx platforms. She is currently assembling her first collection of poetry & when she isn’t writing, working, or raising; can be found summoning wisdom through tarot, co-hosting The Fallen Fruit podcast, reading three books at once, finding any excuse to dance, or plotting ways to dismantle the system.
Ode to Bottoming
Shay Alexi is a writer and performance artist based out of Atlanta, GA. They are the author of “Diary of a Ghost Girl” (Glass Poetry Press), and their work has been featured by or is forthcoming from The Rumpus, PANK, Tinderbox Poetry, and phoebe, amongst others. Connect with Shay at @_shayalexi_ or at shayalexipoetry.com