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Olivia Alger spent three years at Interlochen Arts Academy as a creative writing major. She was a semifinalist for the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts designation, as well as a finalist in the 2016 YoungArts Awards and for the 2017 Adroit Prize for Prose. She has participated in the Between the Lines Program and the Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program, and has been recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. She has edited multiple issues of literary journals, and her work has been published nine times. She’s from the Chicago area, but has also lived in Wisconsin and Minnesota.


Yongyu Chen studies Comparative Literature at Cornell University, where he helps edit the undergraduate poetry journal Marginalia. His work has been published or is forthcoming in journals such as Black Warrior Review, BOAAT, DIAGRAM, Foundry, Indiana Review, PANK, and Sonora Review. He was born in Beijing and grew up in Knoxville, TN and is currently abroad in the UK.


Kathryn Fitzpatrick is a senior at Central Connecticut State University, where she serves as editor-in-chief of the Helix Literary Magazine. Her essays have been previously published in Out Magazine, Gravel, Crack the Spine, and the anthology Flash Nonfiction Funny, among others. She was a recipient of the Connecticut Young Writers Trust Award for Prose and lives in Thomaston, Connecticut.


Theresa Gaffney is nowhere near done paying off her undergraduate student loans to Brandeis University. Despite this, she works in book publicity at Viking Press/Penguin Books/Penguin Classics. In 2018, she participated in Boundless Tales: A Reading Series for Emerging Writers in Queens, NY.  She’s tweeting about her period @_gaffknee.


Iryna Klishch is from Nadvirna, Ukraine, but grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, where she quickly fell in love with language. Her work has previously appeared in Phantom Drift, the Blue Route, and Pidgeonholes, among others. She hopes the right words find you.


Hadiyyah Kuma is a fiction and nonfiction writer from Toronto, Ontario. Her stories are published in or forthcoming from Jellyfish Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, and Pink Things Magazine. She is the editor of Double-Take Mag, an online zine that seeks to engage with the micro-world through the creations of emerging artists.


Rebekkah Leigh LaBlue studies creative writing, book publishing, and ornithology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Glass: A Journal of Poetry, and has been shortlisted by Glimmer Train. A finalist for the 2018 Split Lip Poetry Contest, she is pseudo-native to Asheville, North Carolina.


Alice Maglio is a writer living in New York. Her fiction appears or is forthcoming in Cosmonauts Avenue, Gone Lawn, and Black Warrior Review. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College and a BA in Comparative Literature from Georgetown University.


Klara Pokrzywa is originally from Michigan, but now spends most of her time in New York, where she is studying English and Creative Writing at Columbia University. She currently working on a research project on the post-WWII poetry of T.S. Eliot and H.D. Her work can be found in Canvas Literary Journal and the Pea River Journal.


Eric Shattuck is a freelance writer living in Austin, Texas. His stories have appeared in over a dozen journals, including Neon, the Austin Chronicle, the Nottingham Review, and Gone Lawn. His work has been featured on Wigleaf‘s Top 50 list, and he was nominated for the 2018 Pushcart Prize and Best Small Fictions 2018.


Crystal Sung is a senior at Classical Academy High School in Escondido, California. A graduate of the 2018 Iowa Young Writers’ Studio, she has been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards in various genres, most recently receiving a 2018 National Gold Medal in Poetry. Her work often examines power dynamics in family, relationships, and society.


Oriana Tang studies English at Yale University. Her poetry and prose have been recognized by the Connecticut Poetry Circuit, the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the Poetry Society of the United Kingdom, and the Adroit Prizes, among others, and appear in the Yale Literary Magazine, Plan A Magazine, DIALOGIST, PANK, the Sierra Nevada Review, and Killing the Angel, among others, and is forthcoming in BRINK: A Review of Books. She was a 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts and a 2015 Davidson Fellow in Literature, and grew up in New Jersey.


Jenny Tinghui Zhang is a Chinese-American writer and educator. She holds an MFA in nonfiction from the University of Wyoming and is a 2016 VONA/Voices fellow. Her work has appeared in/is forthcoming from Apogee, Catapult, and the Rumpus, among others. Her story “Curiosities” was shortlisted in Cosmonauts Avenue’s 2018 Nonfiction Contest, judged by Ocean Vuong. Find her at


‘s debut novel-in-stories, The Book of Jeremiah, was the runner up for the 2018 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction and will be published by Press 53 in May 2019. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Okay Donkey, Crab Orchard Review, Salt Hill, The SFWP Quarterly, Ellipsis, Sixfold, Five:2:One, The Coil, and The MacGuffin, among others. A native of Connecticut, she now lives in Israel with her husband and four children. Find her on Twitter at @jbzuckerman.