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Fall 2022


Laura Ahola-Young received her MFA from San Jose State University in 2001. She currently resides in Pocatello, Idaho, where she is an associate professor of art at Idaho State University. Originally from northern Minnesota, Ahola-Young has been influenced by landscapes, winters, ice and resilience. She is currently developing work that incorporates scientific research and personal narrative.


Luciana Arbus-Scandiffio is a poetry fellow at the University of Texas at Austin’s Michener Center for Writers, where she currently serves as the poetry editor for Bat City Review. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming from Gulf Coast, phoebe, New Ohio Review, and elsewhere. In 2018, she received an Academy of American Poets prize (selected by Dorothea Lasky). Arbus-Scandiffio has two lesbian moms, and is originally from New Jersey.

Emma Aylor’s poems have appeared in New England Review, AGNI, Colorado Review, 32 Poems, and The Yale Review Online, among other journals. She lives in Lubbock, Texas.

Bryce Berkowitz is the winner of the Austin Film Festival’s AMC TV Pilot Award (2021). He is the author of Bermuda Ferris Wheel, winner of the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award (forthcoming 2022). His writing has appeared in Best New Poets, New Poetry from the Midwest, The Missouri Review, The Sewanee Review, and other publications. Berkowitz teaches at Butler University.

Katie Berta is the managing editor of The Iowa Review. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ploughshares, The Cincinnati Review, Kenyon Review Online, Prairie Schooner, The Yale Review, The Massachusetts Review, and Black Warrior Review, among other magazines. You can find her book reviews in The American Poetry Review, West Branch, Harvard Review, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. She has received a residency from Millay Arts, fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writingand an Iowa Review Award.

Ashley Colley ’s poems have appeared in Orion, Colorado Review, Black Warrior Review, Prelude, The Spectacle, and elsewhere. She lives and teaches in Memphis.


Chiyuma Elliott is assistant professor of African American studies at the University of California, Berkeley and the author of At Most, California Winter League, and Vigil. A former Stegner Fellow, Elliott has published poems in the African American Review, Notre Dame Review, PN Review, and Callaloo, among others. She has received fellowships from the American Philosophical Society, Cave Canem, and the Vermont Studio Center.

Katherine Yee jin Hur is a Korean American writer from Atlanta, Georgia. Her writing has appeared in and won awards from Black Warrior Review, The Southern Review, Best New Poets, Hayden's Ferry Review, and elsewhere. Hur is currently at work on her first novel. You can find her on Twitter @_khur_.

Vandana Khanna’s work has appeared in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, The New Republic, New England Review, and The Poetry Review. Her third collection of poems is forthcoming from Alice James Books and previous collections have won the Crab Orchard Review First Book Prize and The Miller Williams Poetry Prize. Khanna is a poetry editor at The Los Angeles Review.

Hannah Loeb is an English PhD candidate at the University of Virginia. She earned her BA from Yale in 2012 and her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2015. Her poetry has appeared in Booth, Ninth Letter, Sequestrum, Apricity Press, Ornery Quarterly, Plainsongs, American Chordata, Prodigal, and elsewhere.

Oksana Maksymchuk is a bilingual Ukrainian-American poet, scholar, and literary translator. Her poetry appeared or is forthcoming in AGNI, The Cincinnati Review, The Irish Times, The Poetry Review, and other journals. She is the author of poetry collections Xenia and Lovy and a recipient of Bohdan-Ihor Antonych and Smoloskyp prizes, two of Ukraine’s top awards for younger poets. Maksymchuk holds a PhD in philosophy from Northwestern University. Based in Lviv, Ukraine, she currently resides in Poland.

Jeffrey Morgan is the author of two collections of poetry, Crying Shame andThe Last Note Becomes Its Listener, winner of the Mind’s on Fire Prize. Recently poems have appeared in Copper Nickel, Kenyon Review Online, Ninth Letter, Poetry Northwest, and Verse Daily.

Jennifer Perrine is the author of four books of poetry: Again; The Body Is No Machine; In the Human Zoo; and No Confession, No Mass. Perrine’s recent poems, stories, and essays appear in The Missouri Review, New Letters, The Seventh Wave Magazine, Buckman Journal, and The Gay & Lesbian Review. A resident of Portland, Oregon, Perrine co-hosts the Incite: Queer Writers Read series, teaches creative writing, and serves as a wilderness guide.

Karisma Price is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection I'm Always So Serious (Sarabande Books, 2023). Her work has appeared in POETRY, Four Way Review, Wildness, The Adroit Journal, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem and New York University, was a finalist for the 2019 Manchester Poetry Prize, and awarded The 2020 J. Howard and Barbara M.J. Wood Prize from The Poetry Foundation. Price is from New Orleans, Louisiana, and holds an MFA in poetry from New York University. She is currently an assistant professor of poetry at Tulane University.

Justin Rogers is a Black poet and literary program coordinator from Detroit, Michigan, and an advocate for the amplification of Black voices. With InsideOut Literary Arts, Rogers coordinates after-school intensive creative writing programming. His work is published in Tinderbox, Verse Daily, The Metro TimesDetroit Action and on display at Scarab Club Detroit. Rogers is the author of Nostalgia As Black Matilda and Black, Matilda.

Aumaine Rose Smith has received support from the Chautauqua Writer’s Workshop, the Allerton artist-in-residence program, and the Illinois Department of Dance’s Choreographic Platform. Her work appears or is forthcoming in New England Review, AGNI, Kenyon Review, Pleiades, Meridian, and other journals. Currently the operations manager for Beloit Poetry Journal, Smith is at work on her debut collection.

Laura Villareal is the author of Girl's Guide to Leaving (University of Wisconsin Press, 2022) and the chapbook The Cartography of Sleep. She has been a Stadler Fellow, National Book Critics Circle Emerging Critic, and a Dobie Paisano Fellow. Her writing has appeared in Guernica, The American Poetry Review, AGNI, and elsewhere.

A Black writer from New Orleans, Bernardo Wade tries at poems and rides his bike around Bloomington, Indiana, because Indiana University funds his present period of studying with others. He currently serves as the editor-in-chief of Indiana Review, is a Watering Hole Fellow, and is infatuated with Ed Roberson’s question, “Can you O.D. on life?” He was recently awarded the 2021 Puerto del Sol Poetry Prize and has words in or forthcoming in Crazyhorse, Black Warrior Review, Southern Review, Guernica, The Cincinnati Review, and others.

Julie Marie Wade is a member of the creative writing faculty at Florida International University in Miami. A winner of the Marie Alexander Poetry Series and the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir, her collections of poetry and prose include Wishbone: A Memoir in Fractures, Small Fires: Essays, Postage Due: Poems & Prose Poems, When I Was Straight, Same-Sexy Marriage: A Novella in Poems, Just an Ordinary Woman Breathing, and Skirted. Her collaborative titles include The Unrhymables: Collaborations in Prose, written with Denise Duhamel, and Telephone: Essays in Two Voices, written with Brenda Miller. Wade reviews regularly for Lambda Literary Review and The Rumpus and makes her home in Dania Beach with her spouse, Angie Griffin, and their two cats.

Hannah Whiteman received her MFA from the University of Florida. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Nimrod, The Baltimore Review, Poetry South, and North Dakota Quarterly. She lives in Miami Beach where—when she is not teaching literature to middle schoolers—she enjoys the water and the wildlife.

Robert Wrigley has won numerous awards for his work, including the Kingsley Tufts Award, the San Francisco Poetry Center Book Award, and a Pacific Northwest Book Award. He lives in the woods of Idaho with his wife, the writer Kim Barnes. Wrigley’s latest book, The True Account of Myself As a Bird, is his twelfth collection of poems. He is also the author of a collection of personal essays, mostly about poetry, called Nemerov’s Door.


Melissa Benton Barker’s fiction appears in Longleaf Review, Cleaver, Best Small Fictions, and elsewhere. She is the flash fiction section editor at CRAFT. Barker lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Mary Biddinger’s stories have appeared in Always Crashing, DIAGRAMGone Lawn, On the Seawall, and West Trestle Review. Her most recent book is Department of Elegy (Black Lawrence Press, 2022). She teaches at the University of Akron and in the NEOMFA program. Biddinger's current project is a flash fiction novella that chronicles the adventures of two graduate school roommates living in Chicago in the late 1990s.

Kalila Holt has been published in Wigleaf, Salamander, and The Los Angeles Review, among others. She also produces the podcast Heavyweight. Whenever she makes a salad, people say, “Wow, that salad looks great.” You can find her on Twitter @kalilaholt.

Scott Lambridis’s stories have appeared in Slice, Fence, Cafe Irreal, and other journals. He completed his MFA from San Francisco State where he received the Miriam Ylvisaker Fellowship. Before that, he earned a degree in neurobiology and co-founded, through which he co-hosts the Action Fiction! performance series. He’s currently shopping a novel. Read more at

Christopher Notarnicola is an MFA graduate of Florida Atlantic University. His work has been published with American Short Fiction, Bellevue Literary Review, Best American Essays, Chicago Quarterly Review, Epiphany, ImageThe Southampton Review, and elsewhere. Find him in Pompano Beach, Florida, and at

A writer from West Virginia, Matthew Neill Null is author of the novel Honey from the Lion and the story collection Allegheny Front. He has received the O. Henry Award, the Mary McCarthy Prize, the Michener-Copernicus Award, and the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize Fellowship in Literature from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Oxford American, Ecotone, Kenyon Review, American Short Fiction, Electric Literature, and The Missouri Review, among other journals, and his books have recently been published in translation in France and Italy. Null is assistant professor of creative writing at Susquehanna University.

Dale Trumbore is a writer and composer based in Azusa, California. Her short fiction appears or is forthcoming in failbetter, Santa Fe Writer’s Project QuarterlyJabberwock Review, and Tupelo Quarterly. Trumbore has also been interviewed in Kenyon ReviewOnline for her first book, Staying Composed.

Nathan Sindelar grew up in rural Nebraska. His stories have appeared in Wigleaf, TheFiddlehead and Mid-America Review. Sindelar lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where he works in the public schools’ autism program.