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Savannah Slone | Founding Editor / Editor-in-Chief 
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Savannah Slone is a queer writer who is completing her M.F.A. in the Pacific Northwest. Her poetry and short fiction has appeared in or will soon appear in Heavy Feather Review, Boston Accent Lit, The Airgonaut, Ghost City Press, decomP magazinE, Maudlin House, FIVE:2:ONE, Pidgeonholes, TERSE Journal, Glass, and elsewhere. Her debut poetry chapbook, Hearing the Underwater, is forthcoming publication with Finishing Line Press. She enjoys reading, knitting, hiking, and discussing intersectional feminism. You can read more of her work at www.savannahslonewriter.com. You can find her on twitter @sslonewriter

Luis Gómez | Assistant Editor / Social Media Outreach
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Luis Gomez co-hosts the podcast Supergroup Presents, which reviews a band one album at a time. You can find him on Twitter @itsluisgomez

Dujie Tahat | Poetry Editor
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Dujie Tahat is a Filipino-Jordanian immigrant living in Washington state. His poems have been published or are forthcoming in Sugar House Review, Nashville Review, The Southeast Review, Shenandoah, Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, The American Journal of Poetry, and elsewhere. Dujie has earned fellowships from the Richard Hugo House and Jack Straw Writing Program. He serves as a poetry editor for Moss and co-hosts The Poet Salon podcast. He got his start as a Seattle Poetry Slam Finalist, a collegiate grand slam champion, and Seattle Youth Speaks Grand Slam Champion, representing Seattle at HBO’s Brave New Voices. You can find him on twitter @dujietahat

Ahja Fox | Assistant Poetry Editor
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Ahja Fox can be found around Denver, Colorado reading at various events, cheering on her community, or co-hosting Art of Storytelling. She publishes in online and print journals like Five:2:One, LEVELER, Driftwood Press, Rigorous, Okay Donkey, The Perch (Yale), and more. She has also been included in the 2018 Punch Drunk Anthology, YANYR Anthology, and Reclaim: An Anthology of Women’s Poetry. Follow and contact her on Instagram or Twitter at @aefoxx.

Catherine Garbinsky| Assistant Poetry Editor
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Catherine Garbinsky is a bipolar bisexual poet living in Northern California. She holds a degree in The Poetics of Transformation: Creative Writing, Religion, and Social Justice from the University of Redlands. Catherine’s chapbook of Ursula Le Guin erasures, All Spells Are Strong Here, is part of the Ghost City Press 2018 Summer Series. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in L’éphémére Review, Rose Quartz Journal, Venefica Magazine, Cauldron Anthology, and others.

Janelle Marie Salanga | Flash Fiction Editor

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Janelle Salanga is a second-year student at the University of California, Davis, currently studying cognitive science and English; when she’s not biking to her favorite coffee shops, studying, or binge-watching Brooklyn 99, she reads poetry for The Cerurove and edits the Kinabukasan Magazine. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in The Margins, Occulum, L’Ephemere Review, The Poetry Annals, Memoir Mixtapes, and Tenth Street Miscellany. She tweets (read: laughs at memes, agonizes at news) @jvnelly and believes in the importance of diverse representation in both the arts & STEM.

Valorie Ruiz | Assistant Flash Fiction Editor
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Valorie K. Ruiz is a Xicana writer fascinated by language and the magic it evokes. She currently lives in Las Vegas. You can follow her on twitter at @Valorie_Ruiz and keep up with her work on  http://www.valorieruiz.com.

Briyana ClarelCreative Nonfiction Editor
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Briyana D. Clarel is a black queer writer, performer, and educator passionate about musical theatre, mangoes, and memoirs. Briyana is the founder of The Starfruit Project, an initiative bringing creativity for healing and growth to people of color. Learn more on Twitter and Instagram @briyanaclarel and on briyanaclarel.com.

Isabella Zellerbach | Assistant Creative Nonfiction Editor
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Isabella is a graduate from Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor’s degree in Writing Seminars. Her writing habits include deleting the same sentence six times before leaving it alone and she likes to read upside down. She has made tamales that made her grandmother cry and actively avoids the beach due to her hatred of sand. She currently lives in Long Beach, California with her two dogs and stack of half-filled notebooks.

Dena Rod | Assistant Creative Nonfiction Editor
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Dena works to illuminate their diasporic experiences of Iranian American heritage and queer identity, combating negative stereotypes of their intersecting identities in the mainstream media. Their poetry and creative nonfiction essays have appeared in Endangered Species, Enduring Values: An Anthology of San Francisco Area Writers and Artists of Color, Forum Literary Magazine, The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Beyond Bloodlines zine, Imagoes: a Queer Anthology, and the forthcoming anthology My Shadow is My Skin: Voices from the Iranian Diaspora to be published by University of Texas Press. They were selected for RADAR Productions’ Show Us Your Spines Residency, Kearny Street Workshop’s Interdisciplinary Writer’s Lab, and Winter Tangerine’s Summer Writer’s Workshop. Dena received their MA in English Literature from San Francisco State University and you can find them on Twitter and at denarod.com

Julie Rae Powers | Visual Art Editor
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Julie Rae Powers received her MFA in Photography from The Ohio State University and her BFA in Photography from James Madison University. She currently teaches at Columbus College of Art and Design in the Photography department. She also is the founder and grand ideator of a photography publishing entity, Soft Lightning Studio. In her spare time, she plays with her pup, reads poetry, and watches drag shows.

Killian Nelson | Assistant Visual Art Editor
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Killian is a non-binary, lesbian visual artist and photographer based in New York. They currently attend the Fashion Institute of Technology for Photography and Related Media. Killian specializes in portraiture and documentary work. Killian’s focus is on exploring topics like mental health, intimacy, and the queer experience through multimedia artistry.

Vaishnavi Sharma | Poetry Reader
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Vaishnavi is an 18-year-old student, walking through life losing her pens, temper, paints, mind, etc. She likes to talk (a lot) about poetry, history, sciences, and politics. Can always be found with her nose in between the pages of a book, uninterested in the torments of this world. She inconsistently publishes her poems and other works at www.umvaishnavi.wordpress.com. You can find her chirping around on Twitter @artandinbetween and Instagram @umvaiishnavi.

Carly Hubbard | Poetry Reader
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Carly Maria Hubbard is a queer poet who earned her BA in Creative Writing from DePaul University. Her poetry has appeared in Crook & Folly, Pentimento, and Hooligan Magazine, and her first piece of flash fiction is forthcoming from formercactus. She is an accidental one time winner of the Uptown Poetry Slam and often suspects that the spirit of Lucille Clifton is trying to contact her. You can come play with her on twitter at @carly_maria

Kyle Carrero Lopez | Poetry Reader
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Kyle Carrero Lopez is an American poet of Afro-Cuban descent living in New York. A North Jersey native, he is an MFA Candidate in poetry and a Goldwater Fellow at New York University. His poems are published or forthcoming in THE BOILERThe Florida Review, office magazine, Luna Luna Magazine, Cosmonauts Avenue, The Acentos Review, Pigeon Pages, and elsewhere. He, with Garrett Allen, also recently co-created BLK MLK (blackmilk),a performance at Spectrum NYC incorporating video, movement, dialogue, and poetry to explore issues affecting black men & male-bodied people, in the tradition of Tongues Untied.

Keana Marie Águila Labra-Asunción | Poetry Reader
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Keana Marie Águila Labra-Asunción (she/her) is the Editor-in-Chief of the literary magazine, Marias at Sampaguitas and contributing co-editor of Chopsticks Alley Pinoy. Her work may be found in the January and February 2018 issues of the defunct The Aoi Kuma Journal and the January 2019 issue of Anti-Heroin Chic. She has forthcoming work with Peeking Cat Poetry, The Reclaim Anthology, and La Scrittrice. She is a regular contributor for Aristeia Anthology, Royal Rose Magazine, and Rose Quartz Magazine. Knowing the importance of representation, she would like her work to be evidence that Filipino Americans are present in the literary world.

Marita Forget | Poetry Reader
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Marita is a Tkaronto (unceded colonial Treaty 13 Toronto) based writer, poet and director. They are the Editor-In-Chief of Camwood Literary Magazine, and their poems can be found in Crêpe and Penn, Issue 1, and forthcoming in The Hellebore. Their directorial début ‘Twenty Bucks’ premiered at the 2019 Toronto Short Film Festival, taking home Best Short Short. Poetry and a steaming mug of tea go hand in hand for them while writing. They can be found with their face buried in a book somewhere, or on Twitter @maritaforget.

Ariana Maria Herbert | Poetry Reader
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Ariana’s modes of being include occupying a state of constant curiosity, dancing at any given moment and exploring all sorts of storytelling. In her recent years she has assisted in managing Caribbean Young Adult and Adult literary prizes, been a National Poetry Slam finalist, a Roundhouse Talking Doorsteps participant, and performed in Trinidad and Tobago and the UK. Ariana upholds spaces for tenderness and truth and her work seeks to navigate narratives of Childhood, Culture, Gender and Inclusion. A Trinbagonian, you can find her on twitter @arianamherbert.

Leslie Joy Ahenda | Poetry Reader
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Leslie Joy Ahenda is a queer black diasporic poet living and working on unceded Lekwungen & WSANEĆ territory. While pursuing a BA in Writing at the University of Victoria, she is an intern on the Malahat Review poetry board. Her work can be found in Poetry is Dead, Honey & Lime Lit and NōD Magazine, among others. Find her on Twitter at @leslieahenda

Tai Farnsworth | Creative Nonfiction Reader
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Tai Farnsworth is a mixed-race, queer writer based in Los Angeles and uses she/her pronouns. In 2015, she earned her MFA in writing from Antioch University LA. Tai’s work can be found in The Quotable, CutBank Literary, The Evansville Review, Homology Lit, and forthcoming in Sinister Wisdom and Drunk Monkeys. She’s presently shopping around her young adult book about a girl discovering her bisexuality in the wake of her boyfriend’s death. She was also a 2018 mentee through We Need Diverse Books. Both Tai’s Twitter and Instagram handles are @taionthefly.

Bola C. King-Rushing | Creative Nonfiction Reader
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Bola C. King-Rushing is a writer and educator in southern California. He wants to see a world in which the creation of art—including and especially all forms of writing—is considered more impressive, more powerful, and more important than the creation of wealth. The parts of his life that are valued by society are on display at https://www.linkedin.com/in/bolakingrushing/. He’s also on Twitter @BolaKingRushing

marcus scott williams | Creative Nonfiction Reader
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marcus scott williams is a writer and artist living in New York City by way of Kansas City Missouri. His work is predicated on themes such as body exploration, the creation of comfortable spaces, memory, and radical vulnerability. He is the author of  “Sparse Black Whimsy: A Memoir” (2fast2house, 2017) and has attended workshops at the Cave Canem Foundation and Winter Tangerine. He is a recipient of The Bronx Council on the Arts BRIO Award for artistic excellence and is a 2019 fellow at the Saltonstall Arts Colony.  He loves you. Visit his website here and follow him on Instagram at @marcusscottwilliams

Corey Qureshi | Flash Fiction Reader
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Corey Qureshi is a queer writer and musician based in Philadelphia. Apart from reading and writing, they’re busy co-parenting, making music and playing fútbol or Nintendo. They’re Blue Stoop alumni, and also make the Café Con Leche zine with their partner. You can find a list of their published or forthcoming work at neutralspaces.co/q_boxo. Find them being vain on ig or twitter @q_boxo.

Yannise Jean | Flash Fiction Reader
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Yannise Jean is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn. She is an MFA candidate at The New School and the Senior Lookbook editor at The Tempest. She enjoys spending all her money on books, scouring the streets of NYC for the perfect pizza slice and watching movies in which women scam men. You can follow her on twitter for memes and existential musings @yjeanwrites.

JJ Peña | Flash Fiction Reader
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JJ Peña holds an MFA from the University of Texas at El Paso. He has been published in Passages North and Splitlip Magazine.

Srishti Uppal | Editorial Assistant
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Srishti Uppal is an eighteen-year-old poet and essayist from New Delhi, India. She is Editor-in-Chief of Teen Belle Magazine, and blog correspondent for The Brown Orient Literary Journal. Her work may be found in The Mystic Blue Review and Paper Trains Literary Journal. She is a submissions reader for Marias at Sampaguitas, a non-fiction writer for Ayaskala, and a mental health advocate for Fortis Healthcare. You can read her work here.

Karaline Stamper | Editorial Assistant
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Karaline Stamper is a recent graduate of Central Washington University with a degree in Professional and Creative Writing. When she’s not reading, she’s writing high fantasy, talking about galaxies and supernovas, and engaging in Harry Potter discourse. Her work has been published in Sweet Tree Review, The Manastash Literary Journal, and The Acorn Review.