Lauren K. Carlson, a white woman with blonde hair wearing a hat, neutral expression

(Editor) Lauren K. Carlson (she/her) is the author of Animals I Have Killed (Comstock Review Chapbook Prize 2018). A poet and spiritual director, her work has appeared in Waxwing, Salamander Magazine, Pleiades and others. In 2022 she was awarded the Levis Stipend for her work in progress. She lives with her family in Michigan. 

Threa Almontaser, a woman in a black hijab (headscarf) and a long trench coat.

(Poetry Editor) Threa Almontaser is the author of the debut poetry collection The Wild Fox of Yemen (Graywolf Press 2021), winner of the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American poets, the Maya Angelou Book Award, and the Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize—and nominated for the National Book Awards and the NAACP. She is a recipient of writing fellowships from Duke University and the Fulbright Program. She earned her MFA from North Carolina State University and teaches English to immigrants and refugees in her area.

(Poetry Editor) A writer from Ohio, Geramee Hensley (they/them) is the Social Media Manager for The Kenyon Review. Their work has appeared in Button Poetry,, The Journal, the lickety~split, Indiana Review, and elsewhere. They’ve received numerous awards including a 2022 Academy of American Poets Prize, Booth Journal’s 2022 Beyond the Margins Contest Prize, and Frontier Poetry’s 2nd Place Winner for the 2023 Hurt and Healing Prize. They earned their MFA from the University of Arizona, and their work has been supported by the Tin House Summer Workshop. 

Emily Wolahan, a white woman with long brown, curly hair and a sparrow tattoo on her right bicep wearing a gray sleeveless T-shirt and sitting at a desk.

(Poetry Editor) Emily Wolahan (she/her) lives in San Francisco. She is the author of the poetry collection Hinge (National Poetry Review Press, 2015). Her poetry has appeared in the Boston Review, the Georgia Review, Oversound, and other publications. Her prose can be found in Arts & Letters, Among Margins (Ricochet Editions, 2016), and The New Inquiry. She has won the Loraine Williams Poetry Prize and the Unclassifiables Contest from Arts & Letters. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University and an MA in Literature from the University of Houston and is currently pursuing a PhD in Anthropology and Social Change at CIIS. She has received fellowships from the Headlands Center of the Arts and Vermont Studio Center. More can be found at

Jacqui Zeng, a white woman with long brown hair and glasses in a teal suit

(Social Media Editor) Jacqui Zeng’s poems appear in Mid-American, Black Warrior Review, and Yes Poetry, among others. In 2018, Jacqui received an MFA from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. 

Amanda Hope, a white woman with short graying brown hair and red glasses, wearing jeans and a purple button-down shirt, sits on a concrete stair with an iron railing behind her.

(Web Editor) Amanda Hope (she/her) lives in eastern Massachusetts with her partner and cats. A graduate of Colgate University and Simmons College, she works as a librarian. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Palette Poetry, Small Orange Journal, Stirring Lit, Gasher Journal, and more. Her chapbook, The Museum of Resentments, was published by Paper Nautilus in 2020. You can find out more at her website,

SK Grout, a white person with long brown hair, black T-shirt and cardigan standing in front of a beach, blue sky and white sand.

(Feedback Editor) SK Grout (she/they) is a writer, editor and poet. She grew up in Aotearoa New Zealand, lived in Germany and now splits her time between London and Auckland Tāmaki Makaurau. Her debut pamphlet, ‘What love would smell like’, is published with V. Press (2021). She holds a post-graduate degree in creative writing from City, University of London. Her poetry and reviews are widely published in the US, UK, Europe and the Pacific, including Ambit, Cordite Poetry Review, dialogist, Glass, Magma, Poetry Wales and Finished Creatures. Website:

Brandon Reim, a smiling white man with short blond hair, wearing dark glasses and a blue button-down collared shirt with a loose-fit red patterned tie.

(Reviews Editor) Brandon Reim is a poet, grant writer, screenwriter and actor who grew up in the wonderful, wet state of Washington and now lives in sunny So Cal. He holds a BFA in screenwriting from USC and a MA in English from Loyola Marymount University, where he was awarded the Graduate Essay Prize, as well as the Graduate Poetry Prize twice. As Development Director for the Hollywood Food Coalition in 2020, his grant proposals received over $880,000 in funding that helped sustain and grow their program serving a hot meal to the unhoused every night of the year. He currently serves on their Board of Directors and works as a freelance grant writer for them and other nonprofits. He lives in West Hollywood with his partner and no kitties (yet!)

Alicia Elkort, a white woman with short reddish brown hair, glasses, freckles, and a smile.

(Reader) Alicia Elkort’s first book of poetry, A Map of Every Undoing, was published in 2022 by Stillhouse Press with George Mason University. Her poetry has been nominated several times for the Pushcart, Best of the Net, and the Orison Anthology, and her work appears in numerous journals and anthologies. Alicia works as a Life Coach and resides in Santa Fe, NM where praise and clouds are part of her everyday experience. 

Jess Gagne, a woman wearing glasses and a white shirt, smiles in a selfie taken on a city street.

(Reader) Jess Gagne (she/her) is a Montessori educator and poet from Connecticut who is currently living, teaching, and writing in Brooklyn, New York. She is a Programming Associate at Brooklyn Poets, a member of the Sweet Action Poetry Collective, and is honored to be published in Anti-Heroin Chic. Jess enjoys reading, music, very hot water, the outdoors, and buying other people’s items that have been used and loved (or perhaps not yet loved enough). You can follow her on Instagram @infinitejess__.

Nicole Higgins, a Black woman with a dark brown curly afro puff and bangs, wearing a black sweater and gold drop earrings.

(Reader) Nicole Higgins is a poet, teacher, co-director of the Greater Kansas City Writing Project, and PhD candidate in English at Duke University. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem and Callaloo, and her poems appear in the museum of americana, Dream Pop, PleiadesStoryscapeBear Review, Sink Review, Vinyl, and elsewhere.

Lynne Jensen Lampe, a white woman with wavy brown hair, black glasses, and a smile, wears a black and white paisley shirt and stands in front of evergreen trees.

Lynne Jensen Lampe’s poems appear or are forthcoming in many journals, including Stone Circle Review, The Inflectionist Review, THRUSH, LIT Magazine, Rise Up Review, Yemassee, and One. Her debut collection, Talk Smack to a Hurricane (Ice Floe Press, 2022) concerns mother-daughter relationships, mental illness, and antisemitism; it was a 2023 Eric Hoffer Book Award winner (honorable mention–poetry, grand prize shortlist). A finalist for the 2020 Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize and BOTN nominee, she edits academic books and journals in mid-Missouri, where she lives with her husband, two dogs, and a friendly number of dust bunnies. Visit her at; on Bluesky; or Instagram @lynnejensenlampe.

Gabrielle Martin, a white person in glasses in front of light pink spring flowers

(Reader) Gabrielle Martin is a poet living and working in Philadelphia. Originally from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, much of their formative years were spent shucking corn. They are the author of the chapbook Gritty City, recently published by Moonstone Press. Find them on Twitter @crabbygabie.

Bo Hee Moon, a Korean woman with dark hair wears a light blue shirt and jeans. Behind her, there are oak trees in the winter, late morning light.

(Reader) Bo Hee Moon is a South Korean adoptee. Her poems have appeared in Cha, Cream City Review, Gulf Coast, The Margins, Salt Hill, Tupelo Quarterly, and others. Omma, Sea of Joy and Other Astrological Signs, published by Tinderbox Editions, is her debut collection of poems. She previously published under a different name.

Todd Osborne, a white man with curly brown hair and a short beard, wearing a light-blue button down Oxford shirt and black glasses, in front of a tree.

(Reader) Todd Osborne is a poet and educator originally from Nashville, TN. His poems can most recently be seen in Scrawl Place, The Shore, EcoTheo Review, and CutBank. In addition to his work for Tinderbox, he is also a poetry reader for Memorious. He lives and writes in Hattiesburg, MS, with his wife and their cats.

Alycia Pirmohamed, a brown woman with long brown hair, wearing a mustard colour shirt under a black jacket. She is standing outdoors.

(Reader) Alycia Pirmohamed is a Canadian-born poet based in Scotland. She is the author of Another Way to Split Water (YesYes Books and Polygon Books), as well as the chapbooks HingeFaces that Fled the Wind, and the collaborative essay, Second Memory, which was co-authored with Pratyusha. Alycia received an MFA from the University of Oregon and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, and she currently teaches on the MSt. Creative Writing at the University of Cambridge. She is the recipient of several awards, including the 92Y Discovery Poetry Contest, the Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest and a Pushcart Prize.

stevie redwood, represented here by The Little Mermaid's Ursula the Sea Witch, a lavender-skinned (illustrated) person with a human upper half & a squid's lower body. she has a shock of short white hair combed upward. she wears teal eyeshadow, bright red lipstick, purple shell earrings, a black strapless dress, & a sandy-colored shell necklace on a black cord. she's perched inside an underwater tunnel, her eyes rolled up & her mouth wide open in a look of despair. her right arm rests against the side of the tunnel, long red fingernails clutching at the wall.

(Reader) stevie redwood is a disabled sino-jewish neuroinsurgent aquarius homotrash bitch from frisco. they like shittalk, porchsitting, leaflitter, & riffraff. find them trolling yimbys on twitter @trash_whisperer

Ashley Roach-Freiman, a white woman in dark clothes, stands smiling in front of green leaves and trees.

(Reader) Ashley Roach-Freiman is a librarian and poet with work appearing in Poet Lore, Dialogist, Bone Bouquet, Fugue, THRUSH Poetry Journal, The Literary Review, Ghost Proposal, and Nightjar Review. She is the Poetry Editor for Just Place. The chapbook Bright Along the Body is available from dancing girl press. Find out more at

Shakeema Smalls

(Reader) Shakeema Smalls is from Georgetown, South Carolina.  Her work has been published in a variety of outlets including Blackberry: A Magazine, Tidal Basin Review, The Fem, The Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Radius Lit, Free Black Space, Vinyl Poetry and Prose, and Rigorous, among others. She was a Tin House 2022 Winter Workshop participant and is a 2022 PEN Emerging Voices Fellow.

Grace H. Zhou, an East Asian woman with dark brown hair, wearing a quilted red jacket.

(Reader) Grace H. Zhou is a poet and cultural anthropologist. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Ninth LetterNarrativeFrontier PoetryLongleaf Review, AAWW’s The MarginsThe Lumiere ReviewKweliThe Hellebore and elsewhere. She is an alumna of Tin House Workshops and Kearny Street Workshop’s Interdisciplinary Writers Lab and holds a PhD from Stanford University. 

(Founding Editor) Brett Elizabeth Jenkins lives and writes in Saint Paul, where she teaches college freshmen how to write sentences. She is the author of the chapbook Ether/Ore (out of print), and co-author of the ebook Love Stories/Hate Stories.

(Founding Editor) Molly Sutton Kiefer is the author of the lyric essay Nestuary as well as three poetry chapbooks. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Orion, Nimrod, The Journal, and many others. She currently runs the nonprofit press Tinderbox Editions, which was born from the journal. Molly is pursuing her Ph.D in literature at Old Dominion, is a professor of literature for SNHU, and also teaches high school ELA in Minnesota, where she lives with her family on three acres of woods. She can be found on Instagram @thediaryofanenglishteacher 

(Editor Emeritus) Jennifer Givhan is a Mexican-American poet from the Southern California border. Her full-length poetry collection Landscape with Headless Mama won the 2015 Pleiades Editors’ Prize. Her second collection  Protection Spell was chosen by Billy Collins for inclusion in the Miller Williams Poetry Series from University of Arkansas Press. Givhan received an NEA in poetry, a PEN/Rosenthal Emerging Voices fellowship, and a Latin@ Scholarship to The Frost Place. She’s won poetry prizes from The Pinch Journal, The DASH Literary Journal, and The Blue Mesa Review. She earned her MFA from Warren Wilson College, her Master’s from Cal State Fullerton, and her work has appeared in Best New Poets 2013, Best of the Net 2015, AGNI, POETRY, Boston Review, Southern Humanities Review, TriQuarterly, Kenyon Review, Blackbird, Crazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, and others. She teaches online at Western New Mexico University and The Poetry Barn, and lives with her family beside the Sleeping Sister volcanoes.

Majda Gama, a middle-aged Arab American woman in a black and white photograph glances to the side from beneath large, slightly cat’s eye glasses. She’s pictured waist up wearing a biker jacket with buttons and patches. Her urban backdrop is a fence with a pattern reminiscent of fishnet tights.

(Editor Emeritus) Majda Gama was born in Beirut to a Saudi father and an American mother. Raised in Jeddah and the United States, she lived/studied during her formative years in Egypt and England as well. She is the author of the chapbook The Call of Paradise, selected by Diane Seuss as winner of the 2022 Two Sylvias chapbook prize. Her full-length manuscript won the Wandering Aengus Book Award and will be published in 2025. Poems have recently appeared, or are forthcoming in, The Adroit Journal, Four Way Review, The Offing, Ploughshares, POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah,, and We Call to the Eye & the Night (Persea) an anthology of love poems by Arab Anglophone poets, Majda is Shenandoah Journal’s 2023 Graybeal-Gowen award winner for Virginia poets. She is based in Northern Virginia where she tends to a native plant garden that was certified as a home wildlife sanctuary by the Audubon Society. Majda is currently a co-host of the long running DC literary salon Café Muse, a role she took on in 2020 after stepping down from her position as editor at Tinderbox Poetry Journal. She loves cardamom in her tea, saffron in her chocolate, and rosewater in everything. (Photo credit: Sara T. Gama)

Levi Todd, a nonnbinary white person with a teal headband and suit, wears blue rimmed glasses and stands in front of a brick wall.

(Editor Emeritus) Levi Todd is a gender/queer poet and lifelong Chicagoan. Outside of poetry, they work in government and organize their community for justice and a life beyond capitalism. To read their poems and interviews, or to connect, visit

Hannah Dow

(Editor Emeritus) Hannah Dow is the author of ROSARIUM (Acre Books, 2018). Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Southern ReviewRHINO, Pleiades, Ninth Letter, and The Cincinnati Review, among others. She lives, writes, and teaches in Southern California, and you can find her online at

(Reviews Managing Editor Emeritus) Sarah Ann Winn’s first full length poetry collection, Alma Almanac, won the 2016 Barrow Street Book Prize and will be published by Barrow Street Press in 2017. She is the author of four chapbooks: Portage (Sundress Publications, 2015), Haunting the Last House on Holland Island, Fallen into the Bay (Porkbelly Press, 2016), Field Guide to Alma Avenue and Frew Drive (Essay Press, 2016), and Ever After the End Matter (forthcoming, Hermeneutic Chaos Press). Other work has appeared in such journals as Five Points, Massachusetts Review, and Tupelo Quarterly. She is the founder of Poet Camp, a roving residency for women writers. She lives in Manassas, Virginia, where she teaches poetry workshops and lives with her husband, two lovely dogs, and one bad cat.

(Reviews Editor Emeritus) Anne Graue is a poet, reviewer, and editor with work in The Kenyon Review and FF2 Media as well as in literary journals. She is the author of two books of poetry: Full and Plum-Colored Velvet and Fig Tree in Winter and is a poetry editor for The Westchester Review.

(Reviews Editor Emeritus) Dana Kinsey is a writer, actor, and teacher published in Writers Resist, One Art, Broadkill Review, Fledgling Rag, Silver Needle Press, For Women Who Roar, Porcupine Literary, Sledgehammer Lit, West Trestle Review, Prose Online, and Teaching Theatre. Dana’s play, WaterRise, was produced at the Gene Frankel Theatre.  Visit, Twitter @wordsbyDK, or Instagram @dana.kinsey.

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