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Poetry Readers


Ellie Black, a graduate of Hendrix College, is originally from Arkansas. Her poetry can be found in or is forthcoming from Best New Poets 2018, Split Lip Magazine, DIAGRAM, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, and elsewhere. She was a June fellow at the Bucknell Seminar for Undergraduate Poets and has held internships at Copper Canyon Press and the Oxford American; currently, she is an associate editor at 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 writes and performs essays, poetry, and sketch comedy. She graduated from Barnard College and has worked in New York’s literary nonprofit world as an educator, program developer, and administrator since then. She currently serves as Director of Partnerships for Visible Poetry Project. Her work has been published in Femme Mâché, a feminist docu-zine and zine collective, and is featured or forthcoming in Visible Poetry Project’s Autumn 2019 Series and in Digital Wheat Paste.


Sage Calder Hahn is a writer living in Boston. Her writing has been featured in BOAAT, the Great American Literary Magazine, and Tinderbox Poetry Journal, among others.


Emily Cinquemani is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she currently teaches. Her poetry has recently appeared in 32 Poems, Cherry Tree, Nashville Review, and Meridian.


Kell Connor is a queer poet living in Nebraska. Her work appears in Columbia Poetry Review, Big Lucks, Bennington Review, Verse, and others. She is author of the chapbook For Destruction (Doom Town, 2018).


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


Michael Frazier is brought to you by his Mother’s Prayers & his Brother’s Flute Jams. He received his BA from Gallatin at New York University, where he was the 2017 Poet Commencement Speaker. The same year, he was a Co-Champion as part of NYU’s Slam Team at the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational. A Callaloo alum, he has poems published in or forthcoming from the Visual Poetry Project, Amazon’s Day One, the Speakeasy Project, Confluence, & others. Find him reading poems for the Adroit Journal, analyzing anime, & teaching high school in Kanazawa, Japan.


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 Yuan Gao holds a BA in English and Creative Writing from University of Michigan. His writing was highly commended in the 2018 State Library of Queensland Young Writers Award and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His recent work can be found in New England Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Stilts Journal and wildness.


Cassie Garison lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and studied English and Classical Languages & Literature at Franklin & Marshall College. Cassie’s work has appeared in River Styx, Nimrod International, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art Online, Third Point Press, and others, and will be on display as part of the Pennsylvania Center for the Book’s Public Poetry Project.


Kate Gaskin is the author of Forever War (YesYes Books, 2020), which won the Pamet River Prize. Her poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from Guernica, Pleiades, The Southern Review, and Blackbird, among others. She is a recipient of a Tennessee Williams Scholarship to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, as well as the winner of the Pinch’s 2017 Literary Award in Poetry. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska.


Matty Layne Glasgow is the author of the poetry collection, deciduous qween, forthcoming from Red Hen Press in June 2019. His recent poems appear in the Missouri Review, Denver Quarterly, Crazyhorse, Poetry Daily, Collagist, BOAAT, Puerto del Sol, Nimrod, & elsewhere. He received his MFA in Creative Writing & Environment from Iowa State University & currently lives in Houston, where he teaches with Writers in the Schools. Find him on Twitter @Matty_Layne or visit him at


Cory Hutchinson-Reuss grew up in Arkansas and holds a PhD in English from the University of Iowa. Her poems have appeared or will appear in Drunken Boat, Four Way Review, Pangyrus, basalt, the Missouri Review’s Poem of the Week, and RHINO, among others. She has been a Best New Poets nominee and the recipient of the Lynda Hull Memorial Prize for Poetry from Crazyhorse, as well as a finalist for the Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Prize from Persea Books and the Lindquist and Vennum Prize from Milkweed Editions. She lives in Iowa City.


jelal huyler is an oakland, ca. born poet and emcee 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 United States. jelal published his first book of poetry Fractals (Gorilla Press) some years back. he reads for the Adroit Journal. publications of his own work include Drunk in a Midnight Choir, the Change Agent, 3Elements Review, Ink & Nebula, Eleven Eleven, 580 Split, and Likely Red Press.


Christos Kalli, born in Cyprus, is currently studying American Literature at the University of Cambridge. His poetry has been translated into French, shortlisted for the Jane Martin Poetry Prize (2017), named a finalist for the Ellis Award (2018), and nominated for Best New Poets (2018). His chapbook INT. NIGHT was a finalist for the Sutra Press Chapbook Contest (2017). 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. 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 Blackbird, Sugar 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 freshman at the University of Houston and a three-time member of Houston’s premier youth poetry slam team, Meta-Four Houston. He is the 2017 and 2018 Space City Grand Slam Champion, a 2018 National YoungArts Foundation Winner in Writing, and the 2019 Southwest Regional Youth Poet Laureate. His writing and performances can be found in the Claremont Review, Muzzle Magazine, the Houston Chronicle, Houston Public Media, and elsewhere. A proud member of Clutch City, Neal carries H-Town wherever he goes.


Olatunde Osinaike is a Nigerian-American poet and software developer from the West Side of Chicago. He is the author of the forthcoming chapbooks Speech Therapy (TAR Chapbook Series) and The New Knew (Thirty West). A Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net and Bettering American Poetry nominee, he is the author of work that has appeared in Best New Poets 2018, RHINO, Cosmonauts Avenue, Lunch Ticket, Palette Poetry, and Columbia Poetry Review, among other publications.


Meghann Plunkett is the recipient of the 2017 Missouri Review Editors’ Prize, as well as the 2017 Third Coast Poetry Prize, judged by Natalie Diaz. She has been recognized by the Academy of American Poets in both 2016 and 2017. Her work can be found in or is forthcoming from Best New Poets 2018, Pleiades, Rattle, Washington Square Review, and, among others. She serves as the Poetry Reader for the New Yorker, as well as for the Adroit Journal. Visit her at


Michael Pontacoloni‘s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Copper Nickel, Smartish Pace, Pleiades, Colorado Review, Mississippi 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 a 2018 fellow to The Poetry Foundation & Crescendo Literary’s Poetry Incubator. Andy has poems out or forthcoming from Winter Tangerine Review, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Peach Mag, and Voicemail Poems, and he has written for the Paris Review Daily. He coordinates DreamYard’s Rad(ical) Poetry Consortium.


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 Poetry Award. Her work has previously been honored by the New York Times, the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, Gigantic Sequins, and the Claremont Review, among others.


Ben Togut is a queer poet and composer living in New York City. In his free time, he enjoys voguing and having an existential crisis watching the nightly news. He has received recognition in the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and has work appearing or forthcoming in Rust + Moth and Bitterzoet Mag. He will attend Wesleyan University in the fall.


Lloyd Wallace is an undergrad at George Mason University and a staff member at the Adroit Journal, Stillhouse Press, and Poetry Daily. A recipient of a fellowship from the Folger Shakespeare Library, you can find him on Twitter @jockeycornsilk.


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 the recipient of the 2013 Adroit Prize for Poetry and an Academy of American Poets Prize. Her poems have appeared in Sundog Lit, Hobart, Ninth Letter Online, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. She has taught Creative Writing at Interlochen Arts Camp.


Jim Whiteside is the author of a chapbook, Writing Your Name on the Glass (Bull City Press, 2019), and 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. His recent poems have appeared or will soon appear in journals such as Ploughshares, the Southern Review, Pleiades, Crazyhorse, and Sycamore Review. Originally from Cookeville, Tennessee, he lives in Madison, Wisconsin. He tweets @whiteside_jim.


Lizabeth Yandel is a writer and musician based in San Diego and originally from Chicago. She is currently an MFA candidate in the creative writing program at San Diego State University and a poetry reader for the Adroit Journal. Her poetry can be found in Rattle, Lumina Journal, Popshot Magazine, Nashville Review, and elsewhere. Her work was chosen as 1st 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 One, Sink Hollow, and Zaum. When he isn’t working on poems, his hobbies include skateboarding, painting, and listening to Lou Reed.