John Amen is the author of five collections of poetry, including Illusion of an Overwhelm, finalist for the 2018 Brockman-Campbell Award, and work from which was chosen as a finalist for the 2018 Dana Award. He was the recipient of the 2021 Jack Grapes Poetry Prize. His poems and prose have appeared recently in Rattle, American Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, Tupelo Quarterly, and RHINO, and his poetry has been translated into Spanish, French, Hungarian, Korean, and Hebrew. He founded and is managing editor of Pedestal Magazine.
Andrew Arthur is a writer and budding standup comic based in Silicon Valley who used to work in special education before COVID hit. Recently he received an M.F.A. in creative writing from San Francisco State University. Since graduating, portions of his novel have been published in The Collidescope, Ambidextrous Bloodhound Press, Gone Lawn, and Fleas on the Dog. Further sections are set to be published in Poetry Express Newsletter in winter 2022/23.
Sarah Cipullo lives in Turin, Italy. She writes in English as a foreigner and sometimes comes back to Italian to seek warmth. Her work has been published in New Reader Magazine, Fantastico!, Hook Magazine, and The /tƐmz/ Review. More is forthcoming in Crack. She was selected as a finalist for the inediTO prize.
Joanna Cleary (she/her) is an emerging queer artist and recent graduate of the University of Waterloo. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Hunger, Gordon Square Review, Always Crashing, Apricity Press, Digging Through The Fat, Typehouse Magazine, The Gravity of the Thing, Funicular, and Canthius, among others. Follow her on Instagram @joannacleary121.
Peter Krumbach lives and writes in Southern California. His new collection, Degrees of Romance, the winner of the 2022 Antivenom Poetry Award, will be published by Elixir Press in 2023. His most recent work appears in Denver Quarterly, Matter, and Passages North.
Ra’Niqua Lee (@raniqualee) has an M.F.A. from Georgia State University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cream City Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, Indiana Review, Passages North, and elsewhere. In 2021, the Georgia Writers Association awarded her the inaugural John Lewis Writing Grant for fiction. Her flash collection, For What Ails You, is forthcoming from ELJ Editions in 2023.
AE Reiff’s most recent publication is Memoir of Angels, a narrative of David Ben-Gurion musing the founding of Israel in the life of Balaam and his ass.
Claire Scott is an award-winning poet who has received multiple Pushcart Prize nominations. Her work has appeared in the Atlanta Review, Bellevue Literary Review, New Ohio Review, Enizagam, and The Healing Muse, among others. Claire is the author of Waiting to be Called (IF SF Publishing, 2015) and Until I Couldn’t (Prolific Press, 2018). She is the co-author of Unfolding in Light: A Sisters’ Journey in Photography and Poetry (She Writes Press, 2015).
Kay Sexton has had over 100 short stories published and been a finalist for awards including the Sunday Times Short Story Award. She’s won the Fort William Festival Contest and the Wollongong Literary Festival Short Story Contest, and had two non-fiction books and one novel published.
E.N. Walztoni’s writing appears in New World Writing, Eclectica, Peripheries, The Schuylkill Valley Journal, and elsewhere. She is short fiction editor at Five South and a reader for Cutbank. Her work has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize.