Sebastián Hasani Páramo is a CantoMundo Fellow and son of Mexican immigrants. His writing has appeared in or is forthcoming in New England Review, Crazyhorse, Salamander, TriQuarterly, Missouri Review, Blackbird, & other venues.  He has received scholarships and awards from Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Vermont Studio Center. He received his MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College and holds a PhD in English and creative writing at the University of North Texas, where he was the Managing Editor of American Literary Review. He is co-founder of the Pegasus Reading Series in Dallas. Learn more about him here.


Bina Ruchi Perino holds a BA in English, Creative Writing from the University of North Texas. Her work has appeared in Euphony, New Plains Review, GASHER, Sink Hollow, and elsewhere. She lives in Denton with her dog Maya. In the fall, she will begin her MFA at Emerson College.


Shannon Elizabeth Hardwick‘s work has appeared in Salt Hill, Versal, The Texas Observer, Devil’s Lake, Four Way Review, Sugar House Review, Huffington Post UK, among others. A graduate from Sarah Lawrence College’s MFA program, and her first full-length, Before Isadore, was recently published by Sundress Publications.


Megan J. Arlett was born in the UK, grew up in Spain, and now lives in Texas where she is pursuing her PhD. She is an editor at the Plath Poetry Project. The recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best New Poets 2019, The Kenyon Review, Ninth Letter, Passages North, Third Coast, and elsewhere.


Dolapo Demuren is a Nigerian-American poet from the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. He received his B.A. in Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins University and M.F.A from Columbia University. His honors include a fellowship from the Cave Canem Foundation and scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. His poems are featured in Frogpond JournalPrelude MagazineSmall OrangeZeniada and Stylus. He currently lives in New York City, where he is an English and Poetry teacher at St. Ann’s School in Brooklyn.

POETRY READERS: Mark Allen Jenkins, Bina Perino, William Durham


Joe Pfister studied Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison & received his MFA from  Sarah Lawrence College. His fiction has appeared in PANK, JukeddecomPA Clean, Well-Lighted Place, Extract(s), and others. His short story, “The Wake,” was long-listed by The Wigleaf Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions 2013. He lives in Brooklyn with his fiancée and is currently at work on his first novel.  You can read more about him here.


Kimberly Garza’s prose has been published or is forthcoming in Copper Nickel, DIAGRAM, Creative Nonfiction, TriQuarterly, Bennington Review, and elsewhere. Originally from Uvalde, Texas, she has served as a reader and editor at American Literary Review. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Texas-San Antonio.


Jahzerah Brooks is a writer and mother who recently earned her MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles. Jahzerah lives in the Midwest and has served as both reader and lead fiction editor at Lunch Ticket. Her fiction has been published in Mock Turtle Zine. Jahzerah is currently working on her first novel.


AprilJo Murphy is a writer, editor, and sometimes teacher. She has a decade of experience in the publishing industry and a keen understanding of the writing process. AprilJo earned her PhD in Creative Writing at the University of North Texas, where she led fiction, nonfiction, and poetry workshops. She is the author of Beyond Normal: How to Make Your Writing Devilishly Good (SUNY Fredonia Press, 2008) and a contributor to Heroines of Comic Books and Literature (Rowan & Littlefield, 2014). Her work has been published in AutostraddleWomen’s Studies QuarterlySinister Wisdom, and Hippocampus among other journals.


Jamie Lyn Smith is from Knox County, Ohio. She earned her BA in English and Theatre from Kenyon College, her Masters in Education from Fordham University, and her MFA in Creative Writing from Ohio State. She manages a writing program at a public library and is working on Hometown, a novel about millennial crises and the rise of white nationalism in the rural Midwest. Jamie Lyn’s work has appeared in The Pinch, The Kenyon Review, American Literary Review, The Boiler, Barely South, The Watershed Review and other fine literary magazines. More info can be found on her website here.


Amanda Yanowski’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Carolina Quarterly, South Dakota Review, Essay Daily, Pleiades, and elsewhere. She holds a master’s in creative writing from the University of North Texas, and has served as fiction, reviews, and interviews editor for the American Literary Review. Originally from central Minnesota, she lives in Denton, Texas where she recently left a decade-long teaching career to work as a writer and communications specialist for the philanthropic arm of a university.


Gardiner Brown graduated from Hampshire College with a concentration in Creative Writing and Cultural Anthropology. He now lives in his hometown of Austin, Texas.