Sebastian Hasani Paramo is the son of Mexican immigrants. His writing has appeared in or is forthcoming in Blackbird, The Kenyon Review Online, Cosmonauts Avenue, Southwest Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, & other venues.  He has received scholarships and awards from Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Vermont Studio Center. He holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Denton, Texas as a teaching fellow in the doctoral program at the University of North Texas, where he is the Rossetti Broadside Editor for American Literary Review.  He co-founded the Pegasus Reading Series in Dallas. Learn more about him here.


Kaitlyn Coalson is currently pursuing her MA in Literature at the University of North Texas with a concentration in Renaissance studies. She has served as the Editor-in-Chief for the North Texas Review, and she is the current Product Manager for Scribbler, a subscription box company for aspiring writers. Most importantly, she is a lover of drip coffee, anything lavender-scented, and the color yellow.


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.

POETRY READERS: Mark Allen Jenkins, Bina Perino


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, mother and MFA candidate at Antioch University Los Angeles. She currently serves as Lead Fiction Editor for Lunch Ticket. Jahzerah lives in the Midwest with her son and two rescue dogs.


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 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.