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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

Leonor de Pourtalès | Assistant Editor
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Leonor de Pourtalès is an independent Art Curator, literary Translator and Editor from Mexico City, but originally from Oaxaca. They are a two-spirit; people that, in some native cultures of the Americas, are considered “third gender”, and are usually associated with religious service. Two-spirit people, as well as the Oaxacan indigenous muxe, are said to be both sexes, and none at the same time. They are currently working on a large translation Project, an anthology featuring writers from marginalized, mainly indigenous communities in Mexico. You can find them on twitter @leonordelalma.

Christina Orlando | Assistant Editor
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Christina Orlando is a queer, nonbinary, latinx writer and creative from NYC. In addition to her work as Communications Manager with CLMP, she is a contributing writer for Book Riot and the assistant poetry editor at Bodega Magazine. Christina is a champion for inclusivity in the literary world and has worked with Duende District and Latinx in Publishing to promote Latinx voices.

Luis Gómez | Social Media Outreach / Contributing Editor
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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

Jasper Modha | Assistant Poetry Editor
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Jasper M. is a poet, writer, and editor. They are currently working on their B.S. in Environmental Science, and are also interested in studying literature, journalism, and gender studies, particularly in relation to environmental justice. Jasper is currently the Managing Editor of OutWrite Newsmagazine. When they’re not studying climate patterns or going on queer feminist rants, you can probably find them tweeting at @jaspielicious.

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 San Diego where she spends most of her days consuming carne asada french fries. 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.

Mercy Ananeh-Frempong | Assistant Creative Nonfiction Editor
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Mercy Ananeh-Frempong is a technical/copy editor and development consultant from Ghana, currently living in Cambodia, Southeast Asia. Mercy’s poems have been published in Paper and Ink Literary Zine (UK), on Burning House Press, and in two anthologies by The Writers’ Project of Ghana: Look where you have gone to sit and According to sources. She tweets at @mersy711 and blogs at thegriffinsinkpot.tumblr.com and magicmersy.tumblr.com.

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

Catherine Garbinsky | Poetry Reader
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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.

Rebecca Kokitus | Poetry Reader
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Rebecca Kokitus is a poet residing in the Philadelphia area. She is a student at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, where she studies English with a concentration in Writing. Her work has been published and is forthcoming in over a dozen literary journals. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram at @rxbxcca_anna, and you can read more of her writing on her website: https://rebeccakokitus.wixsite.com/rebeccakokitus.

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.

Joseph Buss | Poetry Reader
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J. L. is a literary consultant with JST Editorial Services. They hold a BA from the University of Iowa. They live in Illinois. Follow them on twitter: @JL_x_

Harley Claes | Flash Fiction Reader
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Harley Claes is a poet and novelist from Detroit, Michigan. Her first self-published anthology is titled ‘Pity The Poetics,’ a collection of Poetry and Short Stories. She attended an all arts school majoring in Creative Writing, and was voted ‘Most Likely to be a New York Times Bestseller’ in her senior mock elections. Her various pastimes include caring for her plants, reading books, and making perfumes. You can find her in various other journals such as; Terse Journal, Anti-Heroin Chic Mag, Rose Quartz Journal, and more! Keep up with her work here: harleyclaes.com.

Matt Whitney | Creative Nonfiction Reader 
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Matt Whitney is a queer Korean American student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studies Journalism and Environmental Studies. He has written for UW-Madison’s student newspaper, The Daily Cardinal, and interned in various Marketing/Communications positions, including at the Wisconsin State Capitol. In his free time, you can probably find him in the midst of an emotional renaissance to Lorde’s Melodrama or obsessing over any and all Timothée Chalamet content.

Samuel J Fox | Creative Nonfiction Reader
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Samuel J Fox is a queer essayist/poet living in the Southern US. He is poetry editor for Bending Genres. He appears in places such as Muse/A Journal, Cahoodaloodaling, and Vagabond City Lit. He frequently enjoys coffee shops, graveyards, and dilapidated places depending. He tweets: @samueljfox

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.

Kara Goughnour | Editorial Assistant
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Kara Goughnour is a queer writer and documentarian currently unpacked in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is the 2018 winner of the Gerald Stern Poetry Award and has work published or forthcoming in Pamplemousse Literary Magazine, Oyster River Pages, Riggwelter Press, and Third Point Press. You can find her on twitter @kara_goughnour

Maura Lee Bee | Editorial Assistant
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Maura Lee Bee is a queer, LatinX writer based out of New York City. Her work has previously been published in Who Writes Short Shorts, Bad Pony, and Huffington Post. Her first book, “Peter & the Concrete Jungle” was published in 2017. When she isn’t busy dismantling an otherwise oppressive system, she enjoys reading books, baking pies, and meeting new dogs.

Dionecia Petit | Editorial Assistant
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Dionecia Petit is a queer, Hispanic writer and musician from Texas. She earned her B.A. in Journalism from the University of North Texas in 2017 and has served as the editor of her hometown newspaper. Over the years, her writing has evolved from fictional stories written on notebook paper during free time at school to a growing collection of non-fiction stories and poetry. When she’s not spending time with her dog or listening to music, you can find her on Twitter at @brunettedog. You can also read her self-published work on her blog at https://brunettedog.wordpress.com/.