is a poet, educator, and proud alumna of Ann Arbor Public Schools. She is the author of I Wore My Blackest Hair (Little A, 2017), and Alien Miss (University of Wisconsin Press, 2021), and is the Poetry Editor of Michigan Quarterly Review.
Gavin Yuan Gao
is a poet and translator based between Meanjin/Brisbane, Australia and Austin, Texas. Their debut poetry collection, At the Altar of Touch, was published in 2022 by the University of Queensland Press and won the 2023 Victorian Premier's Poetry Prize. They received their BA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Michigan and are currently a James A. Michener Fellow in the Michener Center for Writers.
is a writer, musician, and artist based in Colorado. She is the author of The Inevitable (Gesture Press) and Violence Beside (Essay Press) and has been featured in The Rumpus, Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism, the Ed Bowes film Gold Hill, and the Natalia Gaia short film A Spark Catches. She holds an MFA from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University and plays drums in a few different musical projects.
Jason B. Crawford
(They/He/She) born in Washington DC and raised in Lansing, MI, is the author of Year of the Unicorn Kidz. They have poems in or forthcoming in POETRY Magazine, Cincinnati Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO Poetry, among others. The are a 2023 Emerging Writers Fellow for Lambda Liteary and hold their MFA in Poetry from The New School.
Jennifer Sperry Steinorth
Jennifer Sperry Steinorth’s books include A Wake with Nine Shades (2019) and Her Read, A Graphic Poem (2021), recipient of Foreword Review’s bronze prize in poetry and Texas Institute of Letters’ Fred Whitehead Award for Design. She lectures at the University of Michigan and is a 2023-2024 Beinecke Fellow at Yale, conducting research for a biography of C.D. Wright. Her poetry appears or is forthcoming from The Cincinnati Review, Denver Quarterly Review, Kenyon Review, Missouri Review, Pleiades, Plume, and TriQuarterly. She attended Lamar Elementary, Wilkerson Intermediate, Knox Jr. High and McCullough High in Texas.
is the author of three books of poetry, Smother (Norton 2024), Hundred-Year Wave (Carnegie Mellon, 2016) and Copperhead (Carnegie Mellon, 2011). She is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow and National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, and her work has appeared in The New York Times, American Poetry Review, Orion, Yale Review, on The Slowdown, and elsewhere. Born and raised in the Bay Area, she teaches in the MFA program at Saint Mary’s College of California and co-directs Left Margin LIT, a literary arts center in Berkeley.
Sean Thomas Dougherty
is the author or editor of 20 books. His most recent is Death Prefers the Minor Keys, a top 10 Publisher's Weekly pick in new poetry from BOA Editions. He lives in Erie PA.
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was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and raised in Houston, Texas. His poems have
appeared in Smartish Pace, Scalawag, Nashville Review, jubilat, The Hopkins Review, Prairie Schooner, and Best American Poetry 2020. He is a Cave Canem fellow and author of the chapbook Low Parish and author of The Understudy’s Handbook which won the Jean Feldman Poetry Prize from Washington Writers Publishing House. Steven holds an MFA from the University of Baltimore, where he is an associate professor in the Klein Family School of Communications Design.