Julian Randall is a Living Black poet from Chicago. A 2016 Callaloo fellow and two time national college slam competitor, he traveled to the 2015 National College Slam (CUPSI) earning the title of Best Poet. He currently works as a teaching artist with the Philly Youth Poetry Movement. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Offing, Winter Tangerine Review, The Killens Review, and Pluck! A Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture. He is a candidate for his MFA in Poetry at Ole Miss.
I am a Pittsburgh, PA based poet engaged in exploration of the esoteric and liminal spaces of the marginalized, particularly via the black body within the context of the white literary establishment. My work has previously appeared in Off The Coast, Glasgow Review of Books, Uppagus, The Squawk Back, Rune Literary Magazine, and the APA Newsletter on Philosophy and the Black Experience.
Erin Jones is an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Florida. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Fourteen Hills, Passages North, Parcel, The Journal, Boxcar Poetry Review, and elsewhere.
Ting Gou is an MD candidate at the University of Michigan Medical School. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the Bellevue Literary Review, Best of the Net 2014, decomP, Ghost Ocean Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, r.kv.r.y., Superstition Review, and elsewhere.
Adam Falkner is an writer, educator and consultant. His work has appeared in a range of literary and academic journals, and has also been featured on HBO, NBC, NPR, BET, Upworthy, in the New York Times, and elsewhere. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the pioneering diversity consulting initiative, the Dialogue Arts Project, and Chief Operating Officer of Urban Word NYC, a nationally acclaimed youth literary arts organization. He teaches at Columbia University’s Teachers College, where he is an Arthur Zankel Fellow and PhD candidate in the English and Education program. www.adamfalknerats.com
Laura Esposto (Sac and Fox/Miwok) is currently a student at Ohio State University studying English with a concentration in Creative Writing.
Marco Yan is a Hong Kong-born poet, who currently lives in Brooklyn. His poems can be found in Whiskey Island, Folio, Sixth Finch, the Margins and more. www.marcoyan.com
Jake Skeets is Diné from the Navajo Nation. He is pursuing an MFA in poetry at the Institute of American Indian Arts. His work has appeared in Red Ink Magazine, The James Franco Review, and Teenage Sewage. He was the recipient of the 2014 Native Writer Award. Recently, he founded and launched a magazine dedicated to queer Indigenous and queer poets of color called Cloudthroat.
Sarah Scott holds an MFA in Writing from California Institute of the Arts and is a published journalist, fiction writer, and poet. Her short story “Alaina” appeared in Bartleby Snopes literary magazine. She writes regularly for the Freedom Socialist newspaper, and two of her articles were published in TALKING BACK: VOICES OF COLOR by Red Letter Press. She is currently seeking representation for her novel. In her spare time, she lives on a sailboat and travels the Puget Sound with her dog Assata.
Bo Schwabacher’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in CutBank, diode, Muzzle, Redivider, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, WomenArts Quarterly Journal, and elsewhere. She teaches at Northern Arizona University.