Issue 5.2 Contributors
Nora Almeida is a writer and librarian. Her essays have appeared in Entropy, The Offing, Essay Daily, Ghost Proposal, The Normal School, Diagram, and other journals. She lives in Brooklyn, works at the New York City College of Technology, and volunteers at Interference Archive.
Eric Altemus is a graduate of Oregon State University’s MFA program in Creative Writing. Currently, he lives in Michigan, and his work is forthcoming in Sou’wester.
David Braga’s film and fiction writing have been published by Redivider, Necessary Fiction, Typehouse Magazine, BrightWall/DarkRoom (should be out by May) and Pantheon Magazine, among others. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts. www.david-braga.com
Julie Phillips Brown is a poet, painter, scholar, and book artist. After earning an M.F.A and a Ph.D. at Cornell University, she served as the N.E.H. Post-Doctoral Fellow in Poetics at Emory University’s Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry. Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Angels of the Americlypse (Counterpath), Columbia Poetry Review, Conjunctions (special web edition), Contemporary Women’s Writing, delirious hem, Denver Quarterly, Mixed Messages (Manchester UP), Peregrine, Talisman, and elsewhere. She currently lives in Lexington, Virginia, where she teaches creative writing, studio art, and American literature.
Mackenna Chandler is a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh, hoping to zero in on her English major in poetry. She enjoys creating new formats for more typical writing styles, which can be seen in her pieces. In her free time, she reads and writes plenty of styles, and recites slam poetry, passionately, in the shower.
Kemuel DeMoville is an award-winning playwright whose work has been produced
internationally every year since 2005. Recently his work was performed at The Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles and was the recipient of both the Residents Prize for Playwriting and the Hawaii Prize for Playwriting from Kumu Kahua Theatre. He is also the recipient of the 2017 MilkenPrize for playwriting. Kemuel DeMoville is an Aurand Harris Fellow by designation of the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America. He was also named as a Fellow of the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) in 2016. He holds an MFA in playwriting from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and an MA in Syncretic Theatre is from Victoria University of Wellington in Aotearoa New Zealand. His work has been published by Spider Magazine, Youth PLAYS, Heuer Publishing, Sediments Literary-Arts Journal, and is included in 222 MORE Comedy Monologues, an anthology from Smith and Kraus Publishers.
Richard Foerster was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1949, the son of German immigrants. He holds degrees in English literature from Fordham College and the University of Virginia. His numerous honors include the “Discovery” / The Nation Award, Poetry magazine’s Bess Hokin Prize, a Maine Arts Commission Fellowship, the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, and two National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowships—as well as two Maine Literary Awards for Poetry. In 2019, Tiger Bark Press will publish his eighth collection of poetry, a New & Selected volume, titled Boy on a Doorstep.
Wendy A. Gaudin is a historian, and a writer of creative nonfiction and poetry. She is the grandchild of Louisiana Creoles who migrated to California. Her essay “Beauty” is the 2016 winner of the Torch Memorial Prize from the North American Review. Other recent publications include her essay “The Women Who Loved Beauty,” which is featured in the Winter 2017 issue of Puerto Del Sol, and the essay “The Marian Apparition,” featured in the current Winter issue of the Indiana Review. She lives in New Orleans.
Jayne Guertin is a Rhode Island-based writer and photographer. Her work has appeared in Entropy, Literary Mama, Los Angeles Review of Books, [PANK] Magazine, Smokelong Quarterly, The Tishman Review, and elsewhere. She received her MFA in Writing from Bennington College and is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee. Her photography has been shown in juried exhibitions throughout the country. She is currently working on a collection of visuals erasure poems inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s letters.
Youssef Helmi is an Egyptian-American writer and poet at Florida State University studying Creative Writing, Political Science, Arabic and French. His fiction has been featured in Cleaver Magazine and Scribendi Magazine, and this is his first published poem. When not writing, he stress drinks flavored lattes at local coffee shops, indulges in Wes Anderson movies, and muses over the musical merits of death metal.
Natalie E. Illum is a poet, disability activist and singer living in Washington D.C. She is a 2017 Jenny McKean Moore Poetry Fellow, as well as a non-fiction editor for the Deaf Poets Society Literary Journal. She is a founded board member of mothertongue, a women’s open mic that lasted 15 years. She competed on the National Poetry Slam circuit and is the 2013 Beltway Grand Slam Champion. Her work has appeared in various publications, and on NPR’s Snap Judgement. Natalie has an MFA from American University and teaches workshops across the country. You can find her on Instagram and Twitter as @poetryrox.
Steven Knepper teaches in the Department of English, Rhetoric, and Humanistic Studies at Virginia Military Institute. His poems have appeared in Pembroke Magazine, SLANT, The American Journal of Poetry, Pennsylvania English, The James Dickey Review, Third Wednesday, and other journals.
Tara Mae Mulroy is the author of the full-length poetry collection Swallow, forthcoming from Kelsay Books in 2018, and the chapbooks Bye, baby Bunting, forthcoming from Etched Press in 2018, and Philomela, released from dancing girl press in 2014. Her poems, stories, and essays have been published in Third Coast, CutBank, Juked, Waccamaw, The Journal, and others found at taramaemulroy.com. She currently edits Nightjar Review, teaches Latin, and is writing a memoir tentatively titled Mother Monster.
Michael William Palmer’s work has appeared in Georgetown Review, The Collagist, Bellingham Review, and numerous other publications. He lives in Forest Park, IL.
Kelly R. Samuels lives and works as an adjunct English instructor in the upper Midwest. Her poetry has been nominated for Best of the Net, and has appeared or is forthcoming in various journals including apt, Burningword, The Summerset Review, Kestrel, The Carolina Quarterly, Chiron Review, and Common Ground Review.
JW Young’s writing has been anthologized by Random House, Dzanc Books, and Pinchback Press. She teaches writing in Georgia, where she lives with her husband and three children. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter: @joyousinhell.