Hannah Dow

(Editor-in-Chief) 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

(Poetry Editor) Threa Almontaser is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection, THE WILD FOX OF YEMEN (Graywolf Press, 2021) selected by Harryette Mullen for the 2020 Walt Whitman Award from The Academy of American Poets, and a finalist for the 2020 Tupelo Press Dorset Prize. She teaches English to immigrants and refugees in Raleigh and will be working in Malaysia as a 2021 Fulbright candidate. For more, please visit

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 where he curates the Bleeding Hearts Club, a new digital community centered around exploring heartbreak in poetry.

(Poetry Editor) Emily Wolahan 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 & Lettters. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University and an MA in Literature from the University of Houston. She has received fellowships from the Headlands Center of the Arts and Vermont Studio Center. More can be found at

(Reviews Managing Editor) 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.

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(Social Media Editor) Jacqui Zeng is a poet from the Chicago suburbs. Her poems appear in Mid-American, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Natural Bridge, Nightjar Review, and in the anthology Rust Belt Chicago. She received her MFA from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

Brandon Melendez, Web Editor

(Web Editor) Brandon Melendez is a Mexican-American poet from California. He is the author of Gold That Frames The Mirror (Write Bloody Publishing, 2019). He is a National Poetry Slam finalist and a recipient of the 2018 Djanikian Scholarship from The Adroit Journal, as well as the 2018 and 2019 Academy of American Poets Award. His poems can be found in Black Warrior Review, Muzzle Magazine, Ninth Letter, The Journal, Shenandoah, PANK, and elsewhere. He currently lives in Boston where he is pursuing a passion for software engineering. Follow him on Twitter at @onbrandbrandonn.

(Feedback Editor) Noelia Cerna is a Latina poet based in Fayetteville, AR. Noelia was born in Costa Rica and immigrated to the United States at the age of 7 and received a Bachelor’s degree in English from Westminster College in Missouri. Noelia is currently working on a book of poems discussing the experience of being a first generation immigrant and a book of essays about the Arkansas prison system. Noelia is a reader and poetry feedback editor for Tinderbox Poetry Journal, a writing mentor for Pen America’s Prison Writing Mentorship program and an Associate Editor with Sibling Rivalry Press.  She has been featured in Little Rock, Hot Springs and Northwest Arkansas and has performed poetry at the University of Arkansas and the Northwest Arkansas Community College. She has featured for the Open Mouth Reading Series as well as the Ozark Poets and Writers Collective and was recently featured in the Westminster College Alumni newsletter, The Sentinel Record and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette regarding her writing.  Her poems have appeared in Terse Journal, The North Meridian Review and The Revolution Relaunch. She recently presented her poetry for the gallery conversation series at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and was the keynote speaker for the Northwest Arkansas Center For Sexual Assault’s MeToo Voices Event.

(Feedback Editor) SK Grout grew up in Aotearoa/New Zealand, has lived in Germany and now splits her time as best she can between London and Auckland. She is the author of the micro chapbook to be female is to be interrogated (2018, the poetry annals). She holds a post-graduate degree in creative writing from City, University of London and also is a Poetry Editor for honeyandlime Literary Journal. Her work appears in Crannóg, Landfall, Rising Phoenix Press, Banshee Lit, Parentheses Journal, L’Éphémère Review, Barren Magazine and elsewhere. Read more at

(Manuscript Matchmaker) Sam Ferrante (she/her) is a queer poet, teacher, and editor who received her MFA from Butler University. Her manuscript, No More Odes to My Mouth, won the 2020 First-Book Scholarship from Gasher Journal. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming from Hobart After Dark, Foundlings, Ghost City Review, Hypertext, Turnpike, and elsewhere. She’s beyond stoked to read your work (yes, you) and think about that line break for a long time. 

(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.

(Reviews Editor) Anne Graue, Reviews Editor, 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) Dana Kinsey, Reviews Editor, 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.

(Reader) Jihyun Yun is a Korean-American poet from California. A Fulbright Junior Research Fellow, she received her BA in Psychology from UC Davis and MFA from New York University. A four-time Pushcart Prize nominee and 2018 Blue Mesa Review contest winner, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Bat City Review, Narrative Magazine, Adroit Journal, 32 Poems and elsewhere.

(Reader) Sneha Subramanian Kanta is a recipient of The Charles Wallace Fellow at The University of Stirling (2019). A GREAT scholarship awardee, she has earned a second postgraduate degree in literature from England. She is the founding editor of Parentheses Journal and reader for Palette Poetry. She is the author of Land: Body / Ocean: Muscle (forthcoming from dancing girl press).

(Reader) Alexa Winik is a Canadian poet and writer currently living in Edinburgh. She holds an MLitt in Women, Writing, and Gender and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of St Andrews, where she served as the poetry editor for The Scores. Her work is published or forthcoming in The ScoresPoetry Reviewamberflora, and Structo. She occasionally tweets @aj_winik. 

(Reader) Koh Xin Tian is a writer and editor from Singapore. She is a subeditor for a Southeast Asian lifestyle portal, poetry mentor of students at the Creative Arts Programme (Singapore), has written for the Ploughshares blog, and has an MFA in poetry from West Virginia University, where she was poetry editor of the Cheat River Review. Xin Tian’s poems are featured in Twelfth House JournalSoftblow, and Hayden’s Ferry Review.

(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

(Reader) Alicia Elkort’s poetry has appeared in AGNI, Black Lawrence Press, Califragile, Georgia Review, Heron Tree, Hunger Journal, Menacing Hedge, Rogue Agent, Stirring: A Literary Collection, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and many others. Alicia’s poems have been nominated for the Orisons Anthology (2016), the Pushcart (2017), and Best of the Net (2018). She lives in California and will go to great lengths for an honest cup of black tea and a cool breeze.

(Reader) Alycia Pirmohamed is a Canadian-born poet living in Scotland. She is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Edinburgh, where she is studying poetry written by second-generation immigrant authors. Her work has recently appeared, or is forthcoming, in Prairie Schooner, Third Coast Magazine, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Poetry Book Society, The Adroit Journal, Room Magazine, and others. Alycia is the author of the chapbook Faces that Fled the Wind (forthcoming, BOAAT Press) and the winner of the 2018 Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest in poetry. She received an M.F.A. from the University of Oregon.

(Reader) Todd Osborne is a poet from Nashville, TN. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming at The Missouri ReviewBig MuddyRedactions, Juked, and elsewhere. He currently lives and writes in Hattiesburg, MS.

Clark with Book

(Reader) Clark is a trans southerner currently based in Tuscaloosa. You can find their work in the Indianapolis Review, the Shadow Map Anthology, and – aha! – Tinderbox. They are an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Alabama.

(Reader) Rabiu writes from Lagos. An art/photography/music/design enthusiast. He published Daylight (2018), a microchapbook on Ghost City Press. His works have either appeared since on Arsonita, Ghost City Review, Ric Journal,  Mojave heart Press, Selcouth Station, Marias at Sampaguitas, Bone and Ink, Riggwelter journal, Nightingale & Sparrow, Agbowo, African Writer, Twist in Time Mag, etc. Most of his poems published in the pseudonym Visar. He runs a Medium  @idleSaturdays Twitter: @rabiutemidayo.


(Reader) Hussain Ahmed is a Nigerian writer and environmentalist. His poems are featured or forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Poetry, The Cincinnati Review, The Journal and elsewhere. He is currently an MFA candidate in Poetry at the University of Mississippi.

(Reader) Nicole Higgins is a poet from Kansas City, MO. She is currently a PhD candidate in English at Duke University. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem and Callaloo, and her poems appear or are forthcoming in Dream Pop, PleiadesStoryscapeBear Review, Sink Review, Vinyl, and elsewhere.

(Reader) Sarah Ghazal Ali is a Pakistani poet based in California. She is an MFA candidate and Juniper Fellow at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she also teaches composition and creative writing. Her poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from MemoriousNarrativePalette PoetryWaxwingWildness, and others. Find her online at

(Reader) Grace H. Zhou is a poet and cultural anthropologist living in Oakland, California. Her poems have recently appeared in Frontier Poetry, Longleaf Review, AAWW’s The MarginsKweliThe Hellebore and elsewhere. She is a PhD candidate at Stanford University and an alumna of Tin House Workshops and Kearny Street Workshop’s Interdisciplinary Writers Lab. 

(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.

(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.