Elizabeth Acevedo holds a BA in Performing Arts from The George Washington University and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Maryland. She is a CantoMundo Fellow and a member of the 2013 Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop.
Jenn Blair has published in Berkley Poetry Review, Adirondack Review, South Carolina Review, and Tulane Review among others. Her chapbook “The Sheep Stealer” is forthcoming from Hyacinth Girl Press. She is from Yakima, WA.
Vivian Calderón Bogoslavsky is a Colombian native born to Argentinian parents. She holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology with a minor in history and a postgraduate degree in Journalism from Universidad of Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. She has studied art for over 13 years with an art master, Carlos Orrea, and has studied in Florence, Italy. Today she is studying Fine Arts & Design in the USA. Vivian has shown her work in both individual and collective shows in Colombia and the USA. She has been published in multiple books, magazines, and webpages, and has received multiple awards.
Allison Boyd lives in Tennessee, where she teaches gifted students and improvises new squash recipes. She once spent a year watching sunrises. Allison’s writing has appeared in The Penwood Review, Nibble, and Eunoia Review.
Beth Cavener Stichter is a sculptor whose creations—articulated through animal and human forms—explore psychological themes that have been decontextualized and stripped of rationalization. “Tangled Up in You” was made in collaboration with Alessandro Gallo, the artist’s husband, who was responsible for the surface design and tattooing of the 22-foot Anaconda featured in the piece. Stichter’s work has been exhibited in numerous solo shows around the country, and was featured on the cover of Hi-Fructose Volume 26. More of her work may be found at http://www.followtheblackrabbit.com/.
Tim Eberle is a Brooklyn, NY based writer and performer whose writing has appeared in, among other publications, DNA Info, Splitsider, Jewish Life Television, Heeb Magazine, and Jewlicious.com. He is a frequent performer at the Magnet Theater, the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, and the People’s Improv Theater, all in New York City. He is the author of the character-driven stage shows “No Breaks,” “Standing Reason,” and “Sad Men and the People Who Love Them.”
Trista Edwards is a poet living in Denton, Texas. She is the co-director of Kraken Reading Series and currently serves as Reviews Editor at American Literary Review. Her poems are published or forthcoming in The Journal, 32 Poems, Birmingham Poetry Review, Sou’wester, and elsewhere.
Eelus is a multidisciplinary artist currently based in Brighton, UK. Known for his street art, posters, and paper art, Eelus sold his first hand-drawn posters to classmates for chocolate money. Since then he’s built an international reputation, taking part in the famed 2008 Cans Festival and exhibiting his art in London, Paris, Los Angeles, and New York. His artwork may be found at eelus.com.
Mark Gmehling began writing graffiti in 1988, then dove into street art, financing the guerrilla fight with freelance illustration and animation while exhibiting his work worldwide. He still enjoys painting murals—the bigger the better. His art may be found at http://markgmehling.weebly.com/.
Janet Gool grew up in Greenbelt, Maryland, and now lives in Beit Shemesh, Israel. Her writing has appeared in Creative Non-Fiction and received an honorable mention from Glimmer Train.
Agostino Iacurci is an Italian artist currently based in Rome. His murals employ original figures and bright colors that, together, create an essential language enhanced by multiple layers of translation. His work spans the threshold between innocence and artifice, sincerity and catastrophe, creating a magnetic tension that defines our very existence. More of Agostino’s work may be found at http://www.agostinoiacurci.com/category/works/.
Marc Joan spent the early part of his life in eccentric schools in Asia and England, and the early part of his career in biomedical research and development, mainly in Europe. His writing, which at present focuses on the short story, draws on these experiences, and often touches upon philosophical points raised by medical research. He lives in England with his family.
JoKa is a Philadelphia-based artist whose work depicts a skewed sense of reality that elicits, alternately, laughter and discomfort. JoKa employs hyper-pointillism in his work, spending hours dotting his canvases with a toothpick as a form of meditative practice. He often skews and distorts his figures, obscuring faces and presenting the viewer with depersonalized, symbolic versions of humanity that, though markedly different from our own, are also disarmingly familiar. More of his work may be found at http://dotjoka.com/gallery/.
Jeannine Jones is a writer living in New York City. She has written, directed, and produced theater and film in New York City for the past 18 years and is a founding member of Dora Mae Productions (http://www.doramae.com). She is currently working on her memoir, Memory Jones. Her work has recently been published by XOJane.com and The Southampton Review. She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, and her M.A. in Comparative Literature and History from SUNY Stony Brook.
Hannah Keene is a Colorado native now living and working in Illinois. She is currently a Masters of Fine Art in Writing student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her written and performance work is an alchemical reaction between myth, landscape, and trauma.
Matthew Olzmann is the author of Mezzanines (Alice James Books 2013), which was selected for the Kundiman Prize. His poems have appeared in Kenyon Review, New England Review, Poetry Northwest, Gulf Coast, The Southern Review and elsewhere. Currently, he is a Visiting Professor of Creative Writing in the undergraduate writing program at Warren Wilson College.
Elena Passarello is the author of LET ME CLEAR MY THROAT, a collection of essays on the human voice. Elena lives in Corvallis, Oregon, where she teaches in Oregon State University’s MFA program. As you read this, she’s probably working on her second book, a bestiary of celebrity animals.
Pernille Smith Larsen splits her time between North Carolina and Denmark, which means she’s either suffering from the absence of kettle corn or Danish remoulade. She is currently pursuing her MFA in poetry at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She has been published in Hartskill Review.
Mahreen Sohail has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has appeared in Unsaid. She lives and works in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Nicole Steinberg is the author of Getting Lucky (Spooky Girlfriend Press, 2013) and two chapbooks released in 2014: Undressing from dancing girl press and Clever Little Gang, winner of the Furniture Press 4X4 Chapbook Award. Her other publications include Forgotten Borough: Writers Come to Terms with Queens (SUNY Press, 2011) and Birds of Tokyo (dancing girl press, 2011). She’s the founder of the EARSHOT reading series, based in Brooklyn, NY, and she lives in Philadelphia.
thirtythr33 was born in central Germany in 1980 and came into contact with graffiti when he was about 16. Graffiti writing and characters, along with a lot of contemporary comics, have fascinated him ever since and have became a steady part of life. After completing university with a degree in computer/media science in 2010, he discovered screenprinting in 2013 as an excellent medium to carry his ideas and as a new (and more accepted) way of creating.
David J. Thompson is a former prep school teacher and coach. His poems and photos have appeared in a number of print and online journals. His interests include jazz and minor league baseball.
Samantha Turk is the Assistant Fiction Editor of No Tokens, a journal of literature and art. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence, and hangs her hat in Upper Manhattan. This is her first publication.
Brian Uhl was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. Upon reaching his late twenties he migrated to various cities along the West Coast before finally settling in Portland, Oregon. There he hikes, bikes, cooks, draws and generally zones out into his own world.
Joanna Valente received her MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. Previous work has appeared in The Paris-American, El Aleph Press, The Atlas Review, La Fovea, The Destroyer, and Thrush Poetry Journal, among others. In 2011, she received the American Society of Poets Prize. She currently edits Yes, Poetry, which she founded in 2010, and writes and edits for Luna Luna Magazine. She is the author of Sirs & Madams, published by Aldrich Press.
Will Vincent’s poems and articles have appeared in Scout, HTML Giant, The Iowa Review, El Aleph, The Boiler, Scythe, and elsewhere. He co-wrote the script for the film New Year, displayed at 11 Rivington in Manhattan. He lives in Oakland, CA.
Robert Vivian is the author of four novels and two books of meditative essays. He’s currently working on a collection of dervish essays.