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Poetry Readers


Ellie Black is a recent graduate of Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, where she received a BA in English – Creative Writing, served as the editor-in-chief of the Aonian, and held an internship with the Oxford American. She received first prize in the 2017 Jeanie Dolan Carter Memorial Collegiate Contest, and her work can be found in or is forthcoming from Gingerbread House and Split Lip Magazine. She is a 2018 June fellow at the Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets, and currently works as an Associate Editor with Sibling Rivalry Press.


Tom Bosworth grew up around Fort Worth, Texas, and is studying English and Creative Writing in the woods of Hanover, New Hampshire. His work is forthcoming.


Hannah Boysko is a poet, essayist, and educator based in Brooklyn. Since graduating from Barnard College in 2016, she has worked as a creative writing teacher. Her poetry has been published in Femme Mâché, and her one-act play Leveling Up was read at TheaterLab.


Sage Calder Hahn grew up in rural Northwest Connecticut and currently lives in Boston. She recently graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Brandeis University in Creative Writing and English, and currently works as a sex-educator in Brookline. Her writing has either been featured in or is forthcoming from Open Letters Monthly and Tinderbox Poetry Journal.


Emily Cinquemani is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she worked as a Poetry Editor for the Greensboro Review. Her poetry has recently appeared in Meridian and Gravel.


Kell Connor is a queer poet living in Nebraska. Her work appears in Columbia Poetry ReviewBig LucksBennington ReviewVerse, and others. She is author of the chapbook For Destruction (Doom Town, 2018).


Lisa Favicchia is a PhD candidate in the Creative Writing program at the University of Kansas. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Midwestern Gothic, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Hobart, Inscape Journal, Switchback, and Peregrine Journal, among others.


Michael Frazier is brought to you by his Mother’s Prayers & his Brother’s Flute Jams. He received his BA from New York University, where he was part of the 2017 Co-Champion Team of the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational. A Callaloo alum, he has poems published in Amazon: Day One, the Speakeasy Project, Confluence, & others. Find him drinking tea, writing, & teaching in Kanazawa, Japan. Find him on Insta @fraziermichael.


Samantha Leigh Futhey received her MFA from the Creative Writing and Environment program at Iowa State University. She has poetry published in and forthcoming from Zone 3, Ninth Letter Online, Louisville Review, and Salamander, among others. She lives and works in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


Gavin Gao graduated with a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Michigan, where he received two Avery Hopwood Awards and the Arthur Miller Arts Award for his writing. His works have appeared in or are forthcoming from Poet Lore, Michigan Quarterly ReviewRise Up Review, Inscape Journal, and elsewhere. He lives in Brisbane, Australia.


Cassie Garison lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania but is originally from New Jersey. She studied English and Classical Languages & Literature at Franklin & Marshall College. Her work has appeared in River Styx, Nimrod International, the Penny Dreadful, and others. On her free time, she hikes and translates poetry from Ancient Greek and Latin.


Kate Gaskin‘s poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from Cimarron Review, Guernica, Alaska Quarterly Review, Puerto del Sol, and Blackbird, among others. She is a recipient of a Tennessee Williams Scholarship in Poetry to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, as well as the winner of the Pinch’s 2017 Literary Award in Poetry.


Matty Layne Glasgow is the author deciduous qween, selected by Richard Blanco as the winner of the 2017 Benjamin Saltman Award and forthcoming from Red Hen Press in 2019. Matty’s poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming from the Missouri Review, Crazyhorse, BOAAT, Muzzle Magazine, the Collagist, Puerto del Sol, and elsewhere. He lives with his partner in Houston, Texas, where he teaches with Writers in the Schools.


Cory Hutchinson-Reuss grew up in Arkansas and holds a PhD in English from the University of Iowa. Her poems have appeared in journals such as the Pinch, Drunken Boat, Four Way Review, Salamander, and Crazyhorse, as the recipient of 2016 Lynda Hull Memorial Prize for Poetry. She lives in Iowa City with her family.


jelal huyler is an oakland, ca. born poet, emcee, and demi-human who does not condone linear time. his voice and work have been featured in several documentaries, namely Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequality, which explores race and restorative justice in the U.S. publications include the Gorilla Press, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, the Change Agent, 3Elements Review, Ink & Nebula, Eleven Eleven, 580 Split, and Likely Red Press.


Christos Kalli, born in Larnaca, Cyprus, holds a First Class MA in English Literature from the University of Glasgow, and will be attending the University of Cambridge to further advance his studies. His poetry has been translated into French and shortlisted for the Jane Martin Poetry Prize, and his chapbook INT. NIGHT was a finalist for the Sutra Press Chapbook Contest. His poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from the American Journal of Poetry, the Adroit Journal, the Los Angeles Review, the minnesota review, PANK, the Hollins Critic, Harpur Palate, and Dunes Review, among others. He is a Poetry Reader for the Adroit Journal and a nominee for Best New Poets (2018). Visit him at


Esther Lin was born in Rio de Janeiro, and lived in the United States as an undocumented immigrant for 21 years. She is the author of The Ghost Wife, winner of the 2017 Poetry Society of America’s Chapbook Fellowship. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Copper Nickel, Drunken Boat, Indiana Review, the Missouri Review Online, TriQuarterly, Vinyl, and elsewhere. She was awarded the Crab Orchard Review’s 2018 Richard Peterson Poetry Prize, was a recipient of the inaugural Undocupoets fellowship, and a Poets House Emerging Poets Fellowship in 2015. Currently she is a 2017–19 Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and an organizer for Undocupoets. Please visit for more information.

Chloe Martinez‘s poetry has appeared in or is forthcoming from Waxwing, PANK, the Collagist, Crab Orchard Review, the American Journal of Poetry, and elsewhere, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. A graduate of Boston University’s Creative Writing MA and the MFA for Writers at Warren Wilson College, she lives in Claremont, CA, where she teaches on South Asian religions at Claremont McKenna College. Find her online at


Kathryn Merwin is a graduate of the MFA program at Western Washington University originally from Washington, D.C. Her poems have appeared in BlackbirdSugar House Review, CutBank, Booth, and Prairie Schooner, among others. She has been awarded such honors as the Blue Earth Review Prize for Poetry, the Nancy D. Hargrove Editor’s Prize, and the 2017 Sixfold Award.


Jackson Neal is a poet and performance artist from Houston, Texas. He is a two time Space City Grand Slam Champion, a National YoungArts Foundation Winner in Writing, and a double major is English and Arts Leadership at the University of Houston. Neal’s work can be found in the Houston Chronicle, Apricity Magazine, the Claremont Review, and elsewhere. A proud member of Clutch City, he reps H-Town wherever he goes.


Olatunde Osinaike is a Nigerian-American poet and software developer originally from the West Side of Chicago. A nominee for the Bettering American Poetry Anthology and alumnus of Vanderbilt University, his work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in ApogeeHEArt OnlineHobartGlass: A Journal of PoetryKweliPuerto del Sol, and Columbia Poetry Review, among other publications.


Meghann Plunkett was the winner of the 2017 Third Coast Poetry Prize. She was also a finalist for North American Review’s 2017 Hearst Poetry Prize, as well as Narrative Magazine‘s 2016 30 Below Contest. Meghann is currently an MFA candidate at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, where she was awarded the 2016 & 2017 Academy of American Poets College Prizes. Her poems appear in or are forthcoming from Narrative Magazine, North American Review, Adroit Journal, The Paris-American, Muzzle Magazine, Winter Tangerine, decomP Magazine, and storySouth, among others.


Michael Pontacoloni‘s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Copper NickelSmartish PacePleiadesColorado ReviewMississippi Review, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and has received awards and support from the University of Connecticut and the Vermont Studio Center. He lives in Hartford, Connecticut.


Andy Powell is a Teaching Artist for DreamYard in the Bronx and for Cooper Union’s Saturday Program, has poems out with or forthcoming from Winter Tangerine Review, Voicemail Poems, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, took 3rd prize in Ambit’s 2016 competition, selected by Sarah Howe, and is a 2018 fellow to the Poetry Foundation & Crescendo Literary’s Poetry Incubator.


Ben Read is a sophomore at Reed College, where he studies Comparative Literature and serves on the review board for the Reed College Creative Review. His work has been recognized by Gigantic Sequins and Tinderbox Poetry Journal. He writes and reads and speaks all kinds of words, bags groceries, loves the river, and dances tango.


Emily Tian is a high school senior from Rockville, Maryland. She is the recipient of the Poetry Society of America’s Louise Louis/Emily F. Bourne Student Poetry Award. She is a featured Gigantic Sequins Teen Poet, and her work has previously been honored by the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, and the Claremont Review, among others.


Ben Togut is a senior at Columbia Preparatory School in New York City. In his free time, he enjoys writing songs, drinking lattes with an inordinate amount of cinnamon, and having an existential crisis watching the nightly news. He has received national recognition from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and has work forthcoming from Bitterzoet Magazine.


Lloyd Wallace is an undergrad at George Mason University.


Kara Kai Wang is a Chinese American poet based out of San Francisco. Her work has been published in Indiana Review, TriQuarterly, the Adroit Journal, Ninth Letter, Best New Poets, and others. She is the recipient of fellowships from Vermont Studio Center and MacDowell Colony. A graduate of University of Oregon’s MFA program, she is currently a medical student at UCSF.


Shelley Whitaker is a graduate of Hollins University, where she received an Academy of American Poets Prize and a nomination for the AWP Intro Journals Project. She is also the recipient of the 2013 Adroit Prize for Poetry, selected by Garth Greenwell. Her poems have appeared in Punchnel’sVerse DailyNinth Letter Online, and


Roy White is a blind person who lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota with a lovely human and an affable lab mix. His work has appeared, or is about to appear, in PoetryBOAATBaltimore ReviewTinderbox Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. He can be found on Twitter at @surrealroy.


Jim Whiteside’s debut chapbook, Writing Your Name on the Glass, is forthcoming from Bull City Press in 2019. His poems have received support from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he earned his MFA. Jim’s recent poems have appeared or will soon appear in journals such as the Southern Review, Pleiades, Crazyhorse, and Washington Square Review. Originally from Cookeville, Tennessee, he has recently relocated to Madison, Wisconsin.


Lizabeth Yandel is a writer and musician based in San Diego, CA and originally from Chicago. She is currently completing a lyric novella about the city of New Orleans, and is an MFA candidate at San Diego State University. Her work can be found in Rattle, Lumina Journal, and Popshot Magazine, and was chosen as runner up for the 2018 Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry.


Chun San Yong lives in Singapore, a humid land of heat and thunderstorms where a founding father once remarked, “Poetry is a luxury we cannot afford.” He currently studies English at the National University of Singapore.


Alex Zitzner is an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and an active member of the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild. His poems have recently been featured in or are forthcoming from Volume OneSink Hollow, and Zaum. When he isn’t working on poems, his hobbies include skateboarding, painting, and listening to Lou Reed.