Alysa has had an itinerant career working extensively across television, film and entertainment prior to completing her MFA at Sarah Lawrence with a concentration in fiction. She began teaching at Pace in 2016 and also teaches at Purchase College. In her creative life, she is interested in experimenting and the constraints of form. She is writing a short linked story collection.
Andrés Cerpa is the author of Bicycle in a Ransacked City: An Elegy (2019), and The Vault (2021) from Alice James Books. A recipient of fellowships from McDowell and Canto Mundo, his writing has appeared in Ploughshares, Poem-a-Day, The Kenyon Review, The Nation, The BreakBeat Poets Vol 4: LatiNext, West Branch + elsewhere.
Ariana Reines is a poet, playwright, and translator. Her books of poetry include The Cow (2006), Coeur de Lion (2007), Mercury (2011), Thursday (2012), Beyond Relief (2013), The Origin of the World (2014), Ramayana (2015), Tiffany’s Poems (2015), and A Sand Book (2019). Reines has taught at Tufts University, Columbia University, The New School, and The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University.
Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of five poetry collections, including The Octopus Museum (coming in March 2019 from Knopf); So Much Synth (2016, Copper Canyon Press); Our Andromeda (2012), which was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award, The International Griffin Prize, and the PEN Open Book Award. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, Harpers, The New York Times, The New Yorker, O Magazine, Paris Review, Poetry Magazine, and elsewhere. Recent collaborative projects include writing a libretto for a Mass commissioned by Trinity Church Wall Street for composer Paola Prestini, and a poem-essay for the exhibition catalog for Toba Khedoori’s solo retrospective show at LACMA. A 2013 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, she is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Rutgers University-Newark. She lives in Verona NJ with her family.
Chukwuma Ndulue is the author of the chapbook Boys Quarter (Ugly Duckling Presse). His work has appeared in BOAAT, Muse/A Journal, Tinderbox, PANK, Brooklyn Poets and other publications. He has been the recipient of fellowships from Columbia University and Kenyon College.
cole zanne is based in Philly making art, nail polish, and very good soup. Their art has taken shape in many mediums & thrives in creative play in early childhood care. In their work, cole stretches ephemeral moments, hoping to give them a longer shelf-life. With no formal institutional training, they are inspired by the literary concept of magical realism & the science of the way the body & brain hold trauma. They carve labyrinths of new neuropathways within the brain around ethereal colors and shapes: finding safety in routine, then making magic within it.
DeMisty D. Bellinger
DeMisty D. Bellinger lives and teaches in Massachusetts. Her work has appeared in Contrary Magazine, Okay Donkey, The Rumpus and many other journals online and in print. Her chapbook, Rubbing Elbows, is available at Finishing Line Press and her debut full-length collection is forthcoming with Mason Jar Press in 2021.
Dorothea Lasky is the author of five full-length collections of poetry and one book of prose. She is the author of Animal (Wave Books), ROME (Liveright/W.W. Norton) and Milk, Thunderbird, Black Life, and AWE, all out from Wave Books. She is the co-writer of Astro Poets: Your Guides to the Zodiac (Flatiron Books, 2019) and two monthly columns (Horoscope and Advice) with him at W Magazine with the poet, Alex Dimitrov. She has also written several chapbooks, including Snakes (Tungsten Press, 2017) and Poetry is Not a Project (Ugly Ducking Presse, 2010). Her writing has appeared in POETRY, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Atlantic, and Boston Review, among other places. She is co-editor of Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry (McSweeney’s, 2013).
Jane Collins teaches literature, film and creative writing at Pace University in Pleasantville, NY. Her poems have appeared in Puerto Del Sol, The Greensboro Review, Confrontation and other journals. Her interviews of poets Rafael Campo and Kay Ryan appeared in The Seattle Review and Drunken Boat respectively.
Jimin Han’s (she/her/hers) writing can be found or is forthcoming in NPR’s “Weekend America,” Platypus Press’s Digital Shorts Series, Catapult Magazine, Poets & Writers Magazine, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. She’s featured in the “Love and Democracy” podcast (Asian American Writers Workshop). A Small Revolution, her first novel, was among Entropy’s Best Fiction of 2017, Pleiades Editors’ Choice 2017, Redbook Magazine’s 20 Books By Women You Must Read This Spring, Buzzfeed’s 6 Binge-worthy Literary Books of May, CNN’s Summer Beach Reads, and Electric Literature’s list of 34 Books By Women of Color To Read This Year and list of Ten Galvanizing Books About Political Protest. She teaches at The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College and Pace University.
Marisa Fernandez (they/them/theirs) hails from the southeastern United States, where they grew up in metro Atlanta and attended school at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. In addition to being the Jewish Life Coordinator for Hillels of Westchester, Marisa also is a freelance writer and storyteller. In their free time, Marisa can be found drinking too much coffee, brainstorming new writing projects, and browsing (online) bookstores for radical queer, disabled, and Jewish texts.
Morgan Parker is a poet, essayist, and novelist. She is the author of the young adult novel Who Put This Song On?; and the poetry collections Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé, and Magical Negro, which won the 2019 National Book Critics Circle Award. Parker’s debut book of nonfiction is forthcoming from One World. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, winner of a Pushcart Prize, and has been hailed by The New York Times as “a dynamic craftsperson” of “considerable consequence to American poetry.”
Rachel M. Simon
Rachel M. Simon (she/her/hers or they/them/theirs) is the Interim Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Pace University Pleasantville where she also runs the LGBTQA Center. She is also a poet who has published two collections, Theory of Orange and Marginal Road. Her poems have appeared in many journals and magazines including the Poetry Foundation’s Poem of the Day.
Roberto Santiago is a poet and performer based in Sf, Cali.
Safia Jama was born to a Somali father and an Irish American mother in Queens, New York. A Cave Canem graduate fellow, she has published poetry in Ploughshares, RHINO, Cagibi, Boston Review, Spoken Black Girl, and No Dear. Her poetry has also been featured on WNYC’s Morning Edition and CUNY TV’s Shades of US series. Jama is the author of Notes on Resilience, which was selected for the New-Generation African Poets chapbook box set series, edited by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani (Akashic Books 2020).
Tina Gonzalez is a LatinX poet, who spends her time living and teaching as an English professor throughout NY and NJ. Her poetry evokes the spirit of the feminine, the body as transcendent landscape, the LatinX experience within white America and urban spaces, motherhood and natural mythology. Tina teaches through the lens of social justice, emphasizing the importance of inclusivity, equality, and the celebration of all voices from all backgrounds to assist in bringing humankind closer in unconditional acceptance, love and compassion. She is a graduate of NYU (BA) and Sarah Lawrence (MFA).
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