Kenyatta Rogers is a Cave Canem Fellow and has been awarded scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. He has also been nominated multiple times for both Pushcart and Best of the Net prizes. His work has been previously published in Jubilat, Vinyl, Bat City Review, the Volta, PANK, and MAKE Magazine, among others. Kenyatta is a lead teacher for the Poetry Foundations Teacher Institute and Chautauqua Institution’s Young Writer Institute. He is a cohost of the Sunday Reading Series with Simone Muench and serves on the creative writing faculty at the Chicago High School for the Arts.
Hadara Bar-Nadav is an NEA fellow and author of several award-winning books of poetry, among them The New Nudity, Lullaby (with Exit Sign), The Frame Called Ruin, and A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight, as well as the chapbooks Fountain and Furnace and Show Me Yours. She is also co-author of the best-selling textbook Writing Poems, 8th ed. Her poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, The New Republic, Ploughshares, Poetry, and Tin House. She is Professor of English and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Daniel Suárez is a first generation Cuban American born and raised in Chicago, IL. He holds an MA in English, and an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. His poem can be found in the Columbia Poetry Review, RHINO, Eleven Eleven, 5x5, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Third Coast, [PANK] LATINX/Latinidad Folio, and other journals.
Beth McDermott is the author of How to Leave a Farmhouse, a chapbook published by Porkbelly Press. Her work has been published in journals such as Tupelo Quarterly, Terrain.org,
DIAGRAM, Southern Humanities Review, Kenyon Review Online, The Trumpeter, After the Art, American Book Review, and Kudzu House Quarterly, where she was also Poetry Editor. She’s an Assistant Professor of English at the University of St. Francis and coordinator of the St. Francis Writers’ Conference, for which she received an Illinois Speaks Micro-Grant in 2017.
Mike Puican’s debut book of poetry, Central Air, was released by Northwestern Press last August. He’s had poems in Poetry, Michigan Quarterly Review, and New England Review among others. He was a member of the Chicago Slam Team and has been a long-time board member for the Guild Literary Complex. He has taught poetry to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals at the Federal Metropolitan Correctional Center and St. Leonard’s House in Chicago.
Ignatius Valentine Aloysius earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Northwestern University. Born and raised in India, he is a naturalized U.S. citizen and lives in Evanston with his wife. Ignatius is a lecturer, designer, and musician. He is the author of the novel Fishhead. Republic of Want.(Tortoise Books, 2020) and his writing has appeared in several venues. He is a 2020 juror for the National Scholastic Writing Awards (NYC), and serves on the curatorial board at Ragdale, an artist residency in Lake Forest, Illinois. He is also co-curator of Sunday Salon Chicago, a bi-monthly reading series in Chicago.
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Molia Dumbleton’s debut collection of fiction was a finalist for the 2018 Iowa Short Fiction Award. Individual stories from that collection have been awarded the Sean O’Faolain International Story Prize, the Columbia Journal Winter Fiction Prize, and other honors, and can be read in New England Review, Kenyon Review, Cincinnati Review, Witness, SmokeLong Quarterly, the Bath and Bridport Prize Anthologies, and elsewhere. She writes, edits, and teaches for various universities and arts organizations around the city.
CM Burroughs is Associate Professor of Poetry at Columbia College Chicago. She is the author of two collections: THE VITAL SYSTEM (Tupelo Press, 2012) and MASTER SUFFERING (Tupelo Press, 2020.) Burroughs has been awarded fellowships and grants from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, Djerassi Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Cave Canem Foundation. She has received commissions from the Studio Museum of Harlem and the Warhol Museum to create poetry in response to art installations. Burroughs' poetry has appeared in journals and anthologies including Poetry magazine, Callaloo, jubilat, Ploughshares, VOLT, Best American Experimental Writing Anthology, and The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks.
Becca Klaver is a writer, teacher, editor, scholar, and literary collaboration conjurer. She is the author of the poetry collections LA Liminal (Kore Press, 2010), Empire Wasted (Bloof Books, 2016), and Ready for the World (Black Lawrence Press, 2020), as well as several chapbooks. Midwinter Constellation, a book cowritten with 31 other poets in homage to Bernadette Mayer’s Midwinter Day, will be published in 2022. As an editor, she cofounded Switchback Books; is currently coediting the anthology Electric Gurlesque; and has created pop-up journals such as Women Poets Wearing Sweatpants and Across the Social Distances. She lives in Chicago.
Faisal Mohyuddin is the author of The Displaced Children of Displaced Children and the chapbook The Riddle of Longing. Recently, his work has been featured and published in Poetry, Poet Lore, and The Aleph Review, and on the Poetry Unbound podcast and the YouTube series Ours Poetica. He teaches at Highland Park High School in suburban Chicago and at the School of Professional Studies at Northwestern University, and serves as an educator advisor to the global not-for-profit Narrative 4
Ananda Lima’s poetry collection Mother/land (Black Lawrence Press) is the winner of the Hudson Prize. She is also the author of two poetry chapbooks (Amblyopia, Bull City Press, and Translation, Paper Nautilus), a fiction chapbook (Tropicália, Newfound, winner of the Newfound Prose Prize), and a poetry and photography chapbook (Vigil, Get Fresh Books). Her work has appeared in the American Poetry Review, Poets.org, Kenyon Review Online, Gulf Coast, Pleiades, Poet Lore, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. She has an MA in Linguistics from UCLA and an MFA in Creative Writing in Fiction from Rutgers University, Newark.
Aviya Kushner is the author of WOLF LAMB BOMB (Orison Books, 2021), which has been shortlisted for the Chicago Review of Books Award in Poetry, and The Grammar of God: A Journey into the Words and Worlds of the Bible (Spiegel & Grau / Penguin Random House, 2015), which was a National Jewish Book Award Finalist, a Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature Finalist, and one of Publishers' Weekly’s Top 10 Religion Stories of the year. She is The Forward’s language columnist and an associate professor at Columbia College Chicago, where she currently directs the MFA program in Creative Writing.
Jameka Williams holds a MFA in poetry from Northwestern University. Her poetry has been published in Prelude Magazine, Gigantic Sequins, Muzzle Magazine, Yemassee Journal, Tupelo Quarterly, Jet Fuel Review, and Oyez Review, to name a few. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has performed her poetry at AWP in 2016 and POETRY Magazine's Open Door Reading Series in 2021. She is a Best New Poets 2020 finalist, published annually by the University of Virginia, and is featured in New American Press’ Best Poetry of the Midwest 2019-2020. Jameka is at work on her first book. She is a 2021-2022 Mellon University Press Diversity Fellow.
Barrie Jean Borich is author of Apocalypse, Darling which PopMatters said “… soars and seems to live as a new form altogether. It's poetry, a meditation on life as ‘the other,’ creative non-fiction, and abstract art.” Her memoir Body Geographic won a Lambda Literary Award and her book-length essay, My Lesbian Husband won the Stonewall Book Award. Borich is a professor at DePaul University in Chicago where she directs the interdisciplinary LGBTQ Studies minor and edits Slag Glass City, a journal of the urban essay arts.
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Nathan Hoks is the author of Reveilles, The Narrow Circle, and Nests in Air. He has also published several chapbooks, including a translation of Vicente Huidobro’s Arctic Poems and Moony Days of Being, which won the 2017 Tomaž Šalamun Prize. He teaches in the Program in Creative Writing at the University of Chicago, and in the MFA Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
J K Chukwu is a writer and visual artist from the Midwest. Her debut novel, The Unfortunates, will published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in August 2022. She holds an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University. She was a 2019 Lambda Fellow, and her work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, DIAGRAM, and TAYO.
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Zackary Sholem Berger is a poet, translator and short-story writer working in and among Yiddish, English and Hebrew. His work has appeared in POETRY, Words Without Borders, BODY, and elsewhere. His translation of the Yiddish prose poetry of Avrom Sutzkever was published in 2020. By day he is a mild-mannered physician living in Baltimore, and can be found on Twitter at @DrZackaryBerger.
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Dr. Rita Mookerjee is the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Postdoctoral Fellow at DePaul University. She holds a PhD in Literature from Florida State University. In 2020, she was a Fulbright fellow in Kingston, Jamaica. Her poetry is featured in Juked, Hobart Pulp, New Orleans Review, the Offing, and the Baltimore Review. She is the co-founder of Honey Literary and the Assistant Poetry Editor at Split Lip Magazine.
Hannah Gamble is a poet, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, and director. Her first book of poems Your Invitation to a Modest Breakfast, won the National Poetry Series in 2011. In 2014, she received the Ruth Lilly/ Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg fellowship from the Poetry Foundation in Chicago. She is the writer and director of “Rad Program” (a short play about the midwest’s first community college to offer an associate’s degree in not getting raped) and is currently working on a web series called Choose Me: An Abortion Story.
Keli Stewart is founder of Front Porch Arts Center. Keli has received artists fellowships from Hedgebrook, where she was awarded the Adrienne Reiner Hochstadt Award, and the Augusta Savage Gallery’s Arts International Residency. An alum of the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation and Callaloo Summer Writing Workshops, Keli’s writing was selected 1st place in the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award. She received her BA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College in 2002, and her MFA in Poetry from Chicago State University. She was selected as a 2021-2022 School of the Art Institute Nichols Tower Artist-in-Residence. Her poetry collection Small Altars was published by Bronzeville Books in 2021.