Chad Davidson’s latest collection is From the Fire Hills (2014). He is a professor of literature and creative writing at the University of West Georgia near Atlanta. He also co-directs Convivio, a writing conference in Umbria, Italy.
Claire Dockery grew up in Chicago and Las Vegas. She studied German, Economics, and English at Tulane University and is the recipient of a Fulbright grant and Tulane’s Academy of American Poets Prize for 2017. She can be found on Twitter at @ClaireDockery.
Katherine Jamison is a freelance writer/ editor based in Queens. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and a BA from Rutgers College. She can be found online Not_the_Whiskey and Return_Of_The_Exmac on Instagram and cursing on a delayed N train before Queensboro Plaza.
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 dotjoka.com.
In the in-between paradigms of art and life, Sneha Subramanian Kanta delves in to attempt to find history. When not taking writing workshops for ecology in literature, she takes long walks. Her work is forthcoming in Cultural Kapital Magazine, Babbling of the Irrational, Dialog and elsewhere. A GREAT scholarship awardee, Sneha is pursuing her second postgraduate degree in literature in the United Kingdom.
Sam Martone lives and writes in New York City.
Emmet Martin Penney’s work has previously appeared in Paste Magazine, Hollow, Madcap Review, The Bad Version, and Silo. He lives in New Mexico.
Scarlett Peterson is a Georgia native who received her B.A. in English and creative writing from Kennesaw State University. She’s currently working on an M.F.A. in poetry at Georgia College and State University. Her poetry has appeared or is coming soon to Five2One, Serendipity, and Pennsylvania English.
Stephanie Rael divides her free time between reading, writing, eating cheese, and delighting in the antics of squirrels and other small rodents. She has a fondness for Central/Eastern European and Russian literature and two of her favorite authors are Fyodor Dostoevsky and Witold Gombrowicz. Stephanie currently resides in Boise, Idaho, USA.
Robert Ricardo Reese’s writing has appeared in Asia Literary Review (alongside Nobel five-time front-runner Ko-Un), Blackbird, Drunken Boat, Entropy, Poems Against War, Santa Clara Review, and in other journals. A finalist for the California Writers Exchange Award (Poets & Writers Magazine), he is also a Cave Canem Fellow and a graduate at he M.F.A. Program at San Francisco State University. He was an Emerging Artist for Kearny Street Workshop in 2014 (sponsored by Poets & Writers Magazine) and taught poetry as a Writer-in-Residence at the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts.
Leah Schnelbach earned her MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College. Her fiction has been published or is upcoming in Anamesa, The Boiler, Vol 1. Bklyn, Lumina, and her criticism has appeared in Speculative Fiction 2015, The Crooked Timber Symposium, and Electric Literature. She is a staff writer for Tor.com, a pop culture website focusing on science fiction and fantasy, and is one of the founding editors of No Tokens journal.
Dereck Seltzer aka The Castle Steps and formerly Haunted Euth, is a Detroit-based artist known for a visual lexicon drawing on forgotten pop culture, skateboard graphics, graffiti, narcotics, and a touch of stained nostalgia left over from a childhood spent wandering the streets of Hollywood, CA. Seltzer is co-creator of TMRWLND, a collaborative project and zine currently metamorphosing into a gallery space and storefront. His work has appeared in various L.A. galleries, on many walls, and in Issues 4 and 6 of Madcap Review. For more of his work, visit https://castlestepstudio.tumblr.com/ or read our interview here.
Natalie Sharp is a native of Savannah, GA, a graduate of Georgia College & State University, and a current MFA candidate in Poetry at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her work has previously appeared in Poemeleon, Prick of the Spindle, Cactus Heart Press, and elsewhere. Natalie is a proud black Southern queer who seeks to use her writing for community and personal healing, to advance the liberation of marginalized peoples, and to celebrate resiliency in the face of continued struggle.
Davd Shillinglaw is an artist whose work includes a variety of disciplines, ranging from small drawings and hand made books, paintings on canvas, and large scale wall murals and installation. David has also worked as an illustrator and designer for a range of clients. Since graduating from Central Saint Martins in 2002 he has exhibited his artwork in galleries internationally. He has also engaged in a number of community projects and artist residencies. For more information, visit http://davidshillinglaw.co.uk/.
Tina St. Claire, also known as TFail, was an L.A.-based artist and co-creator of TMRWLND. Though she passed away in 2016, her fiancé and artistic collaborator, Dereck Seltzer, is working to preserve her artwork and her memory. To see more of Tina’s work, visit http://www.tfailmakesart.com/.
Avril Thurman was born in a log cabin in Brown County, IN. She is a poet and visual artist currently operating out of Cincinnati, OH.
Julia Gari Weiss is the author of the poetry book Being Human, published by Thought Catalog Books. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is the recipient of the Academy of American Poet’s John B. Santoianni Award for Excellence in Poetry. Julia has been published in The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog, The Australian Women’s Weekly, Old Red Kimono, Project HEAL, The Deadly Writers Patrol, and more.
R.S. Williams taught college writing for 19 years. Nowadays, she works as a freelance writer and photographer. Her academic work has appeared in Postscript (vol. 24, no. 4, “The Imaginary South of Country-Western Music,” 2007). Other publications include Country Universe (“Album Review: Buddy Miller & Friends,Cayamo Sessions at Sea,” February 2016), Columbus and the Valley Magazine (“The Lipstick Queen,” Dec 2016/Jan 2017), and the liner notes for Grammy-nominated artist Grayson Hugh’s 2015 album Back to the Soul. Two of her pieces, “Clearcut” and “In the Studio,” will appear in the spring 2017 issue of Interstice. Currently, she is at work revising her debut novel, Songs My Father Barely Knew.
Lauren YS is a Bay-Area-based artist whose murals and illustrations seek to express a sense of urban myth and storytelling. YS began painting murals as a way to work larger, travel, connect with urban landscapes and other artists who share a lifestyle of wanderlust. She is inspired by forests and oceans, nasty feelings, things that grow while we are sleeping, ultraviolet colorscapes, little girls who fight monsters, black holes, cybernetic organisms, love, death, and jelly. See more of her work at http://laurenys.com/