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Poetry | October 22, 2016

I Would Go, but Then I’d Have To Put a Bra On by Nicole Shanté White

Nicole Shanté White is definitely the quiet one yo mama warned you about. Currently residing in Brooklyn, this cluster of Midwest accents and Southern hospitality writes, dances, and teaches from a black queer womanist lens. She is a recipient fellowships from Poets House, Willow Arts Alliance, and The Poetry Project. Her work can be found in Wussy Mag,The Feminist Wire, 92Y, Glitter Mob Mag, Wall Street, and Yes, Poetry. Nicole Shanté is a contributing staff writer for Sula Collective, a Work/Study Fellow at the Mark Morris Dance Center, and a Writer in Performance at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. This Brave New Voices alumna has performed at several notable venues, but would rather you be impressed by her functional addiction to Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked ice cream.

Poetry | October 22, 2016

Two Poems by Sam Herschel Wein

Sam Herschel Wein is a Chicago resident who has begun to build his own furniture. He is a poetry reader for The Blueshift Journal, is the editorial assistant for Construction Magazine, and is co-founder of a new journal, Underblong, with his friend, Chen Chen. Recent work has appeared in Salt Hill, Nightblock Magazine, and Cahoodaloodaling, among others. See what he’s up to at www.shmoowrites.com.

Poetry | October 22, 2016

I Have Two Mothers by Mae Remme

Mae earned her MFA from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2015. Her work has appeared in F(r)iction’s online imprint, F(r)Online. She lives at the end of the Sterling Highway with her friends and family in Alaska.

Poetry | October 22, 2016

Sunday Night by Sandra Marchetti

Sandra Marchetti is the author of Confluence, a full-length collection of poetry from Sundress Publications (2015). She is also the author of four chapbooks of poetry and lyric essays, including Sight Lines (Speaking of Marvels Press, 2016), Heart Radicals (ELJ Publications, 2016), A Detail in the Landscape (Eating Dog Press, 2014), and The Canopy (MWC Press, 2012). Sandra’s poetry appears widely in Subtropics, Ecotone, Green Mountains Review, Sugar House Review, Blackbird, Southwest Review, and elsewhere. Her essays can be found at The Rumpus, Words Without Borders, Mid-American Review, Whiskey Island, and other venues. Sandy is a Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies at Aurora University outside of her hometown of Chicago. This is her second appearance in Word Riot.

Poetry | October 22, 2016

Two Poems by Krysten Hill

Krysten Hill is an educator, writer, and performer who has showcased her poetry on stage at The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Blacksmith House, The Haley House, Cantab Lounge, Merrimack College, and many others. She received her MFA in poetry from UMass Boston where she currently teaches. Her work can be found or is forthcoming in The Baltimore Review, B O D Y, Muzzle, PANK, Winter Tangerine Review, apt, Amethyst Arsenic, Damfino, and other places. She is the recipient of the 2016 St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award. Her forthcoming chapbook, How Her Spirit Got Out, will be released by Aforementioned Productions in December of 2016.

Poetry | October 22, 2016

Two Poems by Benjamin Hertwig

Benjamin Hertwig is a writer and artist whose work has appeared or is forthcoming on NPR, in the New York Times, Pleiades Magazine, The Literary Review of Canada, THIS, and GEEZ. He lives in Vancouver, on the unceded land of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. His first book of poems, Slow War, is coming out in 2017.

Poetry | October 22, 2016

Along the 15 near Baker by Gustavo Hernandez

Gustavo Hernandez is a first generation Mexican immigrant. He is thirty-seven years old and was raised in Santa Ana, California. He recently returned to school to pursue a bachelor’s degree in English and thoroughly enjoys overstuffing his backpack with school supplies at the beginning of each semester. His work has been published in Assaracus and Cactus Heart. You can follow him on Instagram @gus1679

Poetry | October 22, 2016

Two Poems by D. Gilson

D. Gilson is the author of I Will Say This Exactly One Time: Essays (Sibling Rivalry, 2015); Crush with Will Stockton (Punctum Books, 2014); Brit Lit (Sibling Rivalry, 2013); and Catch & Release (2012), winner of the Robin Becker Prize. He is Assistant Professor of English at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and his work has appeared in Threepenny Review, PANK, The Rumpus, and as a notable essay in Best American Essays.

Poetry | October 22, 2016

Two Poems by Amee Nassrene Broumand

Amee Nassrene Broumand is an Iranian-American writer from the Pacific Northwest. Homeschooled until college, she has a B.A. in English and Philosophy from Boise State University, where she tutored logic for six semesters, graduated Summa Cum Laude, and was named a Top Ten Scholar. Since then she has done this and that. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in several journals including Rivet, The Ghazal Page, Duende, and Modern Haiku. Follow her on Twitter @AmeeBroumand.

Poetry | October 22, 2016

Anemone by Zaina Alsous

Zaina Alsous is the daughter of Palestinian Muslim refugees and currently lives and organizes in the U.S. South. Her work has appeared in The Offing and elsewhere.

Poetry | August 22, 2016

Two Poems by Monet P. Thomas

Monet Patrice Thomas is a poet and writer from North Carolina. She earned an MFA from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, Washington. Her work can be found online at Hobart, Split Lip Magazine, & Specter, to name a few. Follow her on Twitter at @monetwithlove for a daily dose of frivolity and ennui.

Poetry | August 22, 2016

Two Poems by Scherezade Siobhan

Scherezade Siobhan, creator and curator of The Mira Project,is an Indo Rroma behavioural scientist and hack scribbler of 2 poetry collections – Bone Tongue (Thought Catalog Books, 2015), Father, Husband (Salopress, 2015) and 1 poetry pamphlet – to dhikr, i (Pyramid Editions, Forthcoming). Her work has been translated into multiple languages and featured in anthologies, journals, art galleries, rehab centres and the bios of okcupid users. She can be found squeeing about militant bunnies at viperslang or @zaharaesque on twitter/facebook/ig.

Poetry | August 22, 2016

While Sculpting the Head of a Clown by Thomas Renjilian

Thomas Renjilian is a graduate of Vassar College, where he received the Ann E. Imbrie Prize for Excellence in Fiction Writing. Originally from Scranton, Pennsylvania, he currently lives in Brooklyn and is working on his first novel.

Poetry | August 22, 2016

Two Poems by Trenton Pollard

Trenton Pollard’s poems are forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, Lambda Literary, The Journal, and elsewhere. He lives in New York City.

Poetry | August 22, 2016

Cloaking by Deonte Osayande

Deonte Osayande is a former track and field sprinter turned writer from Detroit, Mi. He writes nonfiction essays and his poems have been nominated for the Best of the Net Anthology, a Pushcart Prize and published in numerous publications. He has represented Detroit at multiple National Poetry Slam competitions. He’s currently a professor of English at Wayne County Community College, and teaching youth through the Inside Out Detroit Literary Arts Program. His first full collection of poems entitled Class, is going to be out with Urban Farmhouse Press in 2017.