Issue #2 Contributors

Amber Aspinall is a Creative Writing student from Kent, England who writes in pirouettes but struggles to speak in anything other than trips over air. You can follow her sometimes rather odd ramblings here.

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Rizzalyn Bernarte is a poet and political activist from the Philippines. She has poems on the forthcoming issues of Constellate Journal and Pangolin Review. She’s currently working on self-publishing her first poetry book, In the Belly of a Beast. You can find more of her works on Instagram and Twitter: @literizzature.

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Christine A. Brooks is a graduate of Western New England University with her B.A. in Literature, and is currently attending Bay Path University for her M.F.A. in Creative Non Fiction. Most recently a series of poems, The Ugly Five, are in the summer issue of Door Is A Jar Magazine and her poem, The Writer, is in the June, 2018 issue of The Cabinet of Heed Literary Magazine. Three poems, Puff, Sister and Grapes are in the 5th issue of The Mystic Blue Review. Her vignette, Finding God, will be in the December issue of Riggwelter Press, and her series of vignettes, Small Packages, was named a semifinalist at Gazing Grain Press in August 2018. Her poem, The Monarch, will be published in October, 2018 and The Man will be published in November, 2018 in the Amethyst Review.

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Alexandra Corinth is a disabled writer and artist based in DFW. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Entropy, Crab Fat Magazine, SWWIM, Glass: Poets Resist, Thimble Literary Magazine, and Atticus Review, among others. She is also an editorial assistant for the Southwest Review. You can find her online at typewriterbelle.com.

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Jennifer Criss graduated from Ball State University and is currently working on a second degree in Creative Writing. Her poetry has been published in Poebita Magazine, Whispers in the Wind, Tuck Magazine, The Poet Community, NY Literary Magazine, and Indiana Voice Journal. Her work also appears in several print anthologies. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016.

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Wanda Deglane is a capricorn from Arizona. She is the daughter of Peruvian immigrants and attends Arizona State University. Her poetry has been published or forthcoming from Rust + Moth, Glass Poetry, L’Ephemere Review, and Former Cactus, among other lovely places. Wanda is the author of Rainlily (2018), Lady Saturn (Rhythm & Bones, 2019), and Venus in Bloom (Porkbelly Press, 2019).

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Carla Sofia Ferreira is a teacher and poet from the Ironbound community of Newark, New Jersey. The daughter of immigrants from Portugal, she currently teaches English language development in the Bay Area. When she is not reading poetry or grading, she is likely teaching her cat Moonshadow how to fetch and/or watching telenovelas. Past and forthcoming poems can be found in journals such as Moonchild Magazine, Crab Fat Magazine, amberflora, and Cheat River Review. Find her on twitter @csferreira08.

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Will Long is a designer, illustrator, writer and poet with art and poems featured in Blkgrlswurld zine, and poems featured in Turnpike magazine. Will is currently writing a chapbook of poems focusing on depression and toxic masculinity. In addition to his BFA in Printmaking, he is pursuing a degree in filmmaking at Columbia College Chicago. His work in art and poetry can be found on his instagram @willustrator_long and he tweets  @WiGiS101.

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The author of five chapbook collections, three micro-chapbooks and a mini-digital chapbook, Robert Okaji lives in Texas with his wife, two dogs and some books. His work has also appeared in such publications as MockingHeart Review, Crannóg, Reservoir, Vox Populi, Eclectica, Boston Review, The High Window, Oxidant|Engine and elsewhere.

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Paige Poe is a lesbian poet, writer, editor, and theatre artist living in Houston, Texas. She recently graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in theatre and English, and her work has been published in eleven40seven and in the anthology Texas’ Best Emerging Poets of 2017. Inspired by poets like Mary Oliver and Sylvia Plath, Paige believes in the magic of theatre, the healing power of dessert, and the panacea of poetry. She is currently working as a freelance writer and editor. You can find Paige at paigegpoe.com or contact her directly at paigebypage@outlook.com.

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Chi Sherman is an Indianapolis-based writer whose preferred mediums are poetry and creative nonfiction. She has produced four chapbooks of writing, a solo spoken-word CD, and a poetry CD with her father. Her work has appeared in HuffPo, The Body Is Not An Apology, NUVO Newsweekly, and — sporadically — on her blog, Chi Rising (http://chirising.blogspot.com).

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Frankie Spring is a poet and zine artist living in South Bend, Indiana and working towards an undergraduate degree in English and philosophy. They rarely understand jokes and are easily distracted, but they can write their friends killer love poems to make up for it. Frankie is on instagram and twitter sharing their art and not-so-hot takes @popemodernist.

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Jackie Weisenfelder is a poet from Fremont, Indiana. She is a self-described “soft human” and a recovering apologist. When she’s not writing, Jackie can be found drinking coffee, being crafty, or hanging out with her friends at Ball State, where she studies Secondary Life Science Education.

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Madeleine Corley is a poet by internal monologue. She loves making friends through poetry, whether on a bar crawl in Dublin or on Twitter (where you can find her @Madelinksi). Her work has been featured in Barren Magazine, Anti-Heroin Chic, Moonchild Magazine, and DARK MARROW. She currently serves as the Poetry Editor at Barren Magazine. You can see what she’s up to at her website, wrotemadeleine.com.

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Constance Bougie is an undergraduate English major with focuses in creative writing and LGBTQ+ studies. He/they have previously published poems and short stories in Bramble, Vulture Bones, Polemical Zine, and Passionfruit. He/they edit the queer/Victorian lit mag wilde boy. Find more of his/their work at cpbwrites.wordpress.com, or follow him/them on Twitter @cpbwrites.

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Jase Brown is a senior undergraduate student at Ball State University majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in French, German, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Upon graduation, she hopes to move to France while she figures out what she wants to do with her life. She writes primarily creative nonfiction, and her nonfiction work has appeared in thread. Find her on twitter @jasebrown2406.

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Erin Davenport is a recent graduate of Ball State University. In her free time, she loves napping with her kittens and binge-watching New York’s finest, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. She plans to attend graduate school and pursue her dream of working in academia. Reach her on Instagram: @erinodessa.

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Ellen Maloney is a writer of both poetry and non-fiction. A recent student of the New School Writers Colony in New York, she’s currently working on an essay collection. Previously published in The Guardian, YWCA Anti-Heroin Chic, and guest blogger for the Center for Youth and Criminal Justice. Read more of Ellen’s work at medium.com/@eatsleeplaugh

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Sam Rose is a writer and editor from Northamptonshire, England. She is the editor of Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine and The Creative Truth. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Scarlet Leaf Review, Rat’s Ass Review, The Bitchin’ Kitsch, Haiku Journal, In Between Hangovers, and others. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to rock music and eating too much chocolate.

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Steve Carr, who lives in Richmond, Va., began his writing career as a military journalist and has had over 240 short stories published internationally in print and online magazines, literary journals and anthologies since June, 2016. He has two collections of short stories, Sand and Rain, that have been published by Clarendon House Publications. His third collection of short stories, Heat, was published by Czykmate Productions. His YA collection of stories, The Tales of Talker Knock was published by Clarendon House Publications. His plays have been produced in several states in the U.S. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize twice. His website ishttps://www.stevecarr960.com/. He is on Twitter @carrsteven960.

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Leah Francis enjoys writing short stories and flash fiction, and is never not working on a novel. She co-wrote an original, true-crime play, Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm, which was performed in London in 2018. She is also studying towards an MA in Creative Writing and Publishing whilst working, and in her spare time she loves reading, snowboarding, and spending time with her house bunnies Teddy and Lotta. Follow her on twitter @Leazabet

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Jenny Darmody is an Irish journalist and editor working for sci-tech website, Silicon Republic. She has previously been published in The Incubator, Microfiction Monday Magazine and The Galway Review. She was also one of the Young Writer Delegates at the 2018 Dublin Book Festival.

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Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at Shorter University. Author of novels and poetry, his work has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and dozens of other magazines. His photography has been published in The Front Porch Review, the San Pedro River Review as well as other publications.

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Mason Pippenger is from a small amish town called Nappanee, Indiana. He is currently at Ball State studying Magazine Journalism and Digital Media. He usually spends his days drinking too much coffee, overcoming existential dread, and defending his use of the Oxford comma.

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