Sebastián Hasani Páramo is a CantoMundo Fellow and son of Mexican immigrants. His writing has appeared in or is forthcoming in Bennington Review, New South, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, 32 Poems, New England Review, & elsewhere.  He has received scholarships and support from the Dobie Paisano Fellowship, 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 and Poetry Editor for Deep Vellum. Learn more about him here.


K Iver was born in Mississippi. Their poems have appeared in or are forthcoming in Boston Review, Gulf Coast, BOAAT, Puerto del Sol, Salt Hill, and elsewhere. They have a Ph.D. in poetry from Florida State University.


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, Gabrielle Graceffo, 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 is the author of The Last Karankawas (forthcoming from Holt) and her 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.


Rebecca Bernard is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of North Texas. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Colorado ReviewSouthwest Review, Fugue, Pleiades and elsewhere. She received her MFA from Vanderbilt University where she served as Fiction and Music editor for the Nashville Review. Her work received notable mention in the Best American Short Stories of 2018.

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.


Amanda Yanowski’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Passages NorthBellingham ReviewHobartThe Carolina QuarterlySouth Dakota Review, and elsewhere. She holds a master’s degree 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 Minnesota, she lives in Denton, Texas, where she works as a writer and editor.