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Paul BLUMER (@sirstirsalot) studied English at the University of Michigan, and writing at California College of the Arts. He is currently living in Virginia, and is head bartender at The Rogue Gentlemen in Richmond. Find his drink recipes, cocktail menus and writing about mixology at

Fabiana CABRAL hails from Caracas, Venezuela, and has been living in Boston since 2006. A Master's graduate in English literature, she is currently the editor of the My Theatre (Boston) and My Books branches of My Entertainment World. Her writing has appeared in HowlRound and American Theatre. She writes about culture at

Sean CAMPBELL (@seancampb) has written for venues including Boston Review, The Battersea Review, The Critical Flame, and Clarion. He holds an MFA from Emerson College. He currently resides in Somerville, Massachusetts, and works for Pearson Education.

Kush GANATRA is an aspiring literary critic whose name used to be Herschel, until his parents got a better idea. Ever since, his only recourse has been books, especially those by one of his favorite superheroes—Whitman. He enjoys the essay, but feels the best criticism is done within ten words.

Gwendolyn GARCIA is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Area Program in Poetry Writing. She lives and works in Boston.

Uttaran Das GUPTA (@uttarandasgupta) was born in Calcutta, India, in 1986, and read English at Jadavpur University. His poems and articles have appeared or are forthcoming in CITY (Karachi), Fulcrum (Cambridge, MA), Magnapoets (Toronto), Indian Literature, Reading Hour, Open Road Review, The Dhauli Review, Café Dissensus, The Bombay Review, The Bangalore Review, Muse India, and Raiot, and have been featured in The Unsettled Winter, The Sangam House Reader, The Mongrel Book of Voices, and Modern Indian Poetry in Greek. He is a journalist with Business Standard (New Delhi), where he frequently reviews books and films. At present, he is working on his novel, Hungry, and was at the Sangam House Residency in January. His poetry was shortlisted for the Raedleaf Poetry Competition 2016 and his short stories have been shortlisted for the Juggernaut Short Story Prize and Open Road Review Short Story Contest. His book of poems Visceral Metropolis and novel Ritual are forthcoming this year.

Jack HANSON is a graduate student in philosophy of religions at the University of Chicago. Some of his writing can be found in The Hopkins Review, Open Letters Monthly, and PN Review.

Michael HEALY (@michaelhealy) is a doctoral candidate in comparative literature at The Graduate Center, CUNY, working primarily in the literature of the Americas in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He can be reached by email.

Daniel HUDON (@daniel_hudon) is a collegiate lecturer in astronomy and math. He is the author of a popular astronomy book, The Bluffer’s Guide to the Cosmos (Oval Books); a chapbook of prose and poetry, Evidence for Rainfall (Pen & Anvil); and a collection of short texts about the biodiversity crisis, Brief Eulogies for Lost Animals (Pen & Anvil). He lives, writes and dances Argentine tango in Boston, MA.

Chukwuebuka IBEH lives in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. He has just begun university. His works have appeared in PenEgg, Clarion, Dwart Online, Jotters United and the website of Short Story Day Africa. He counts among his literary influences the writers Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Chinua Achebe, Zadie Smith, Alice Munro, Tami Hoag, O. Henry, Chinelo Okparanta, Helon Habila, and Ali Smith.

Natalie JANES (@janesnat) is an aspiring writer - slash - funny person, and a senior at Bard College.

Diana KEARNEY (LinkedIn) is the Telford Taylor Fellow and Visiting Instructor in the Benjamin B. Ferencz Human Rights and Atrocity Prevention Clinic at Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University.

Alexandra KULIK lives in a house overcrowded with books, musical instruments, and dog fur in suburban Illinois. She loves nature but forgets to wear her eyeglasses.

Susan LANDRY writes short-form prose has been published in Brevity, Pindeldyboz, Word Riot, and Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood. Her poetry has appeared in Little Star and Cape Cod Poetry Review. She founded and edited the online journal about memoir, Run to the Roundhouse, Nellie, and was co-founder and managing editor of the print literary magazine, Lifeboat: A Journal of Memoir. Both journals have crossed the threshold into the literary afterlife. Born and raised in Massachusetts, she lived most of her adult life in New York City, and now enjoys quiet contemplation in Maine. She continues to work as a freelance copy editor; feel free to contact her about editing services.

Gregory LAWLESS is the author of Far Away (Red Mountain Books, 2015), Dreamburgh, Pennsylvania (Dreamhorse Press, forthcoming), and I Thought I Was New Here (BlazeVOX Books, 2009)

Jon MANISCALCO is a contributing editor to Clarion magazine. He is presently based in Japan, teaching English. Connect with him on LinkedIn.

Ben MAZER was born in New York City in 1964. His published books include the collections New Poems (Pen & Anvil), The Glass Piano (MadHat) and White Cities (Barbara Matteau Editions), and editions of the Selected Poems of Frederick Goddard Tuckerman (Harvard University Press) and the Collected Poems of John Crowe Ransom (Un-Gyve Press).

Robert MORRIS (@theseusinboston) is a multimedia writer and designer working out of Boston, MA. His work has previously appeared in Stillwater, Clarion and various outdoor Green Line stops. He graduated from Ithaca College.

Chris NELLES is influenced by the Russian and Latin writers including Mandelstam, Akhmatova, Tsvetaeva, Merini, Corca, and Vallejo. In his native tongue he is influenced by Hart Crane, Dylan Thomas, and T. S. Eliot. The landscape and seascape of the Pacific Northwest inform his lyric, lend authenticity and immediacy to the ambient moods it is his intention to create.

A. J. ODASSO's poetry has strange and wonderful publications including Sybil's Garage, Mythic Delirium, Jabberwocky, Cabinet des Fées, MidnightEcho, Not One of Us, Dreams & Nightmares, Goblin Fruit, Strange Horizons, Stone Telling, Farrago's Wainscot, Through the Gate, Liminality, inkscrawl, The Battersea Review, and SWAMP Writing (just to name a few). Her début collection, Lost Books (Flipped Eye Publishing, 2010), was nominated for the 2010 London New Poetry Award and for the 2011 Forward Prize, and was also a finalist for the 2011 People's Book Prize. Her second collection with Flipped Eye, The Dishonesty of Dreams, was released in 2014. She holds degrees from Wellesley College (B.A. in English), University of York (M.A. in Medieval Studies), and Boston University (M.F.A. in Creative Writing). She serves as Senior Poetry Editor at Strange Horizons magazine.

Maya RAMAKRISHNAN (@maya_ramak) lives and writes in Somerville, MA. She is the 2014 recipient of the Katherine Rogers Murphy Prize for Original Poetry at Colby College.

Sara Danielel RIVERA (@sdr_arts) is a Cuban/Peruvian writer, artist, and educator from Albuquerque, NM. She is the recipient of a 2017 St. Botolph's Emerging Artist Award in Literature. In Boston, she works as a teaching and collaborating artist at GrubStreet and the Urbano Project. Sara is currently working on a fantasy novel, a poetry collection, and translations of Peruvian poet Blanca Varela.

Paul ROWE (@paulsrowe) holds a degree in English from Suffolk University. He lectures at Suffolk and at Merrimack College. He lectures at Suffolk and Merrimack College, and is co-editor of The Charles River Journal.

Jayce RUSSELL is a graduate of the MFA poetry program at UNH. When he isn't dancing for his dinner at a community college local to his home of Reidsville, NC, he works as poetry editor and warlock for Outlook Springs.

Vlad SAVICH was born in the USSR, where he was educated, married and fathered his daughter. As soon as the chance appeared to leave, he did. At present he lives in Montreal, where he writes, directs for the theatre and breathes the air of freedom. (He prefers Vlad to Vladimir, so as not to be associated with the disreputable activity of a certain barnardine Russian leader.) His short story collection A Russian Disease is published by Pen & Anvil. Contact him via his website.

Anis SHIVANI is a poet, fiction writer, and critic in Houston, Texas. His books include Anatolia and Other Stories (Black Lawrence Press, 2009), Against the Workshop: Provocations, Polemics, Controversies (Texas Review Press, 2011), and The Fifth Lash and Other Stories (C&R Press, 2012). A Pushcart Prize winner, he studied economics at Harvard College. Contact him through his website.

Daniel SIMONDS has a recent review on the stories of Peter Caputo at and is studying nonfiction at the University of New Hampshire.

Chris SITEMAN (@chrissiteman) lives in Brookline, MA. He holds an MFA from Emerson College, a JD from Suffolk University Law School, and teaches English at Suffolk University and Bridgewater State University. In his spare time he teaches writing workshops for veterans with PTSD and TBI isssues through the Writer's Guild Institute. His poetry has or is soon appearing in publications including Ellipsis, Drafthorse, Boxcar Poetry Review, Stoneboat, Poetry Ireland Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Salamander, The Carolina Quarterly, Consequence Magazine and The Worcester Review.

Onna SOLOMON (@onnaPLAY) is a social worker and training director of The PLAY Project, an autism early intervention training program. A graduate of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, she studied creative writing in the graduate program at Boston University.

Sassan TABATABAI teaches at Boston University and Boston College. He is the editor of Pusteblume journal of translation, and author of the books Uzunburun and Rudaki: Father of Persian Verse.

Christopher TORMEY is an English language educator in Massachusetts.

Meg TYLER was the 2016 Fulbright Professor of Anglophone Irish Writing at Queen's University in Belfast. She teaches Humanities at Boston University where she also directs a poetry series and chairs the Institute for the Study of Irish Culture. Her book on Seamus Heaney, A Singing Contest, was published by Routledge in their series, Major Literary Authors. Her poetry chapbook Poor Earth came out from Finishing Line Press in 2014. Her poems and prose have appeared in Agni, Literary Imagination, Kenyon Review, Harvard Review, Irish Review and other journals. A chapter on Heaney's last two volumes recently appeared in "The Soul Exceeds Its Circumstances": The Later Poetry of Seamus Heaney, edited by Eugene O'Brien (Notre Dame University Press, 2016).

Joanna C. VALENTE (@joannasaid) is a human who lives in Brooklyn, NY, and the author of Sirs & Madams (Aldrich Press, 2014), The Gods Are Dead (Deadly Chaps, 2015), Marys of the Sea (The Operating System, 2017), Xenos (Agape Editions, 2016) and the editor of A Shadow Map: An Anthology by Survivors of Sexual Assault (CCM, 2017). Joanna earned her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College, and is also the founder of Yes, Poetry; a managing editor for Luna Luna Magazine and CCM; and an instructor at Brooklyn Poets. Some of their writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Brooklyn Magazine, Prelude, Apogee, Spork, The Feminist Wire, BUST, and elsewhere. Instagram: @joannacvalente.

Sam WRIGHT FAIRBANKS (@thesamwf) iwas born in Massachusetts and raised on the Internet. He writes short stories, poetry, miscellany and holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia University. He is constructing his first collection of writings, tentatively titled Gay Bread.

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