Poetry | July 23, 2016

Four Poems by Billie R. Tadros


Billie R. Tadros is a doctoral student in English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the author of two chapbooks, Containers (Dancing Girl Press, 2014) and inter: burial places (forthcoming from Porkbelly Press). You can find her and more of her work at www.BillieRTadros.com.

Poetry | July 23, 2016

TORNADO WARNING by Ephraim Scott Sommers

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A singer-songwriter and poet from Atascadero, California, Ephraim Scott Sommers recently won the 2016 Patricia Bibby First Book Award for his collection, The Night We Set the Dead Kid on Fire (forthcoming in 2017). His poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Copper Nickel, Harpur Palate, The Journal, Prairie Schooner, TriQuarterly, Verse Daily and elsewhere. Having received his PhD from Western Michigan University, Ephraim lectures full-time in the creative writing department at the University of Central Florida. For music and poems, please visit: www.reverbnation.com/ephraimscottsommers.

Poetry | July 23, 2016

Two Poems by Luis Neer

Luis Neer [b. 1998] is the author of multiple books of poetry, including the chapbooks ‘Autobiography’ (Bottlecap Press, March 2016) and ‘h.a.g.s.’ (Ghost City Press, June 2016). Their first full-length collection, ‘Extinction’, is due out from Sad Spell Press in December. They live in West Virginia and on twitter @luisneer.

Poetry | July 23, 2016

Two Poems by Raffi Kiureghian


I live in Brooklyn, attend Brooklyn College’s MFA, and am poetry editor at the Brooklyn Review.

Poetry | July 23, 2016

How to Be Slaughtered by Ajanae Dawkins


Ajanae Dawkins is a Michigan and New York Native, currently receiving a dual degree in English Creative Writing, and Communication arts from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She is on a full tuition scholarship with the OMAI First Wave, Hip-hop and Urban Arts scholarship for her poetry. She has performed and featured at venues across the country including the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. She has opened for the United Nations Secretary of Sexual Violence in Conflict. She is a two time indi finalist for the Rustbelt regional slam. In 2015, she debuted her one woman show, Atlantic, directed by Tony award winning, Karen Olivo. Ajanae has spent the past year living in Spain and Morocco, learning Spanish and Arabic, while conducting research, and perfecting the art of being a care free Black girl. The only thing she believes in more than poems is the transformative power of Christ.

Poetry | June 21, 2016

1974 by Raisa Imogen


Raisa Imogen was born in Portland, Oregon, grew up in Chicago, and is currently a student at Bowdoin College. Her poems and essays can be found at The Kenyon Review, Best Poem, The Manifest-Station, The Bowdoin Orient, and at www.raisaimogen.net.

Poetry | June 21, 2016

Self-Portrait with Pesticide by Karla Lamb

Karla Lamb earned a B.A. in poetry from GVSU, where she served as a copy-editor for Fishladder and as a contributor for INwriting newsletter. Her poetry has appeared in Pittsburgh City Paper, Voices from the Attic Vol. XIX, Runaway Hotel, Brooklyn-based A Women’s Thing Magazine, and Pittsburgh Poetry Review. She is a current MFA candidate in Carlow University’s Creative Writing program. Lamb edits for After Happy Hour Review and curates DOUBLE MIRЯOR EXHIBIT.

Poetry | June 21, 2016

Fragments Toward a Metaphysics of Southwestern Canada by Jackson Holbert


Jackson Holbert’s work has appeared in Vinyl, Muzzle, Thrush, Gulf Stream, and the minnesota review, among others. He is an undergraduate at Brandeis University and a poetry editor at the Adroit Journal.

Poetry | June 21, 2016

Two Poems by Courtney Gustafson


Courtney Gustafson is a poet & writer living in Tucson, Arizona. Her work has appeared in Alternating Current, Synaesthesia Magazine, Rust + Moth, and elsewhere. Her first chapbook, Unapology, was the winner of Dirty Chai’s Dirty Chaps Chapbook Competition and is forthcoming fall 2016.

Poetry | June 21, 2016

Three Poems by Benjamin DeVos

Benjamin DeVos is a 23-year-old writer from Philadelphia. His collect ‘Madness Has a Moment and Then Vanishes Before Returning Again’ is forthcoming this summer with Dostoyevsky Wannabe.