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.
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.
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.
Trenton Pollard’s poems are forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, Lambda Literary, The Journal, and elsewhere. He lives in New York City.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I live in Brooklyn, attend Brooklyn College’s MFA, and am poetry editor at the Brooklyn Review.
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.