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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.


Geramee Hensley

(Poetry Editor) Geramee Hensley is a writer living in Ohio. He wants to know about hunger. His work has been featured or is forthcoming in Button Poetry, Indiana Review, New Poetry from the Midwest 2019, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, The Shallow Ends, The Margins, The Recluse, and elsewhere. You can find him on geramee.com where he curates the Bleeding Hearts Club, a new digital community centered around exploring heartbreak in poetry.


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 www.emilywolahan.com.


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. 


A white woman with graying shoulder-length brown hair, wearing red glasses and a blue gingham button-down shirt, in front of a bookcase.

(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, http://www.amandahope.net. (Photo credit: Lilia Volodina)


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: https://skgroutpoetry.wixsite.com/poetry


Mary Rose Manspeaker

(Catching Up Editor) Mary Rose Manspeaker was born and raised in West Virginia. They currently live in Brooklyn, where they are an editor at Three Rooms Press and teach at St. Joseph’s College. Their recent work appears or is forthcoming in TYPO, Longleaf Review, Hobart Pulp, and elsewhere.


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 (she/her) has been nominated thrice for the Pushcart, twice for Best of the Net and once for the Orisons Anthology. Her first book of poetry, A Map of Every Undoing, will be published in the fall of 2022 by Stillhouse Press with George Mason University.  She was the finalist in the 2019 Two Sylvias Press Book Prize and has been published in numerous journals and anthologies. She works as a Life Coach and as an editor with Shiversong LLC. Alicia lives in the gorgeous light of Santa Fe, NM.


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.


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.


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 ashleyroachfreiman.com.

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.


Kelly Grace Thomas

(Reader) Kelly Grace Thomas is the winner of the 2017 Neil Postman Award for Metaphor from Rattle, a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and a Best of the Next nominee. BOAT/BURNED, her first full-length collection, is forthcoming from YesYes Books. Kelly’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in: DIAGRAM, Tinderbox, Nashville Review, Sixth Finch, Muzzle, PANK and more. Kelly currently works to bring poetry to underserved youth as the Manager of Education and Pedagogy for Get Lit-Words Ignite. She is also the co-author of Words Ignite: Explore, Write and Perform, Classic and Spoken Word Poetry (Literary Riot). Kelly was a 2016 Fellow for the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop. She is the founder of FeministWrites, a creative collective that connects and champions feminist voices. She is currently a reader for Tinderbox Poetry Journal. She lives in Walnut Creek. For more please visit www.kellygracethomas.com


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.


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 hannahdowpoet.com.


(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 wordsbyDK.com, Twitter @wordsbyDK, or Instagram @dana.kinsey.


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