Sebastian Hasani Paramo is the son of Mexican immigrants. His writing has appeared in or is forthcoming in Cosmonauts Avenue, Southwest Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Salt Hill, Huizache, & 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 Managing Editor for American Literary Review.  He co-founded the Pegasus Reading Series in Dallas. Learn more about him here.


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, Hardwick serves as the poetry editor for The Boiler Journal and her first full-length, Before Isadore, was recently published by Sundress Publications.


E. Kristin Anderson is a poet, Starbucks connoisseur, and glitter enthusiast living in Austin, Texas. She is the editor of Come as You Are, an anthology of writing on 90s pop culture (Anomalous Press), and Hysteria: Writing the female body (Sable Books, forthcoming). Kristin is the author of eight chapbooks of poetry including A Guide for the Practical Abductee (Red Bird Chapbooks), Pray, Pray, Pray: Poems I wrote to Prince in the middle of the night (Porkbelly Press), Fire in the Sky (Grey Book Press), We’re Doing Witchcraft (Hermeneutic Chaos Press), and 17 seventeen XVII (Grey Book Press). Kristin is a reader at Sugared Water and was formerly a poetry editor at Found Poetry Review. Once upon a time she worked nights at The New Yorker. Find her online at and on twitter at @ek_anderson.

POETRY READERS: Alex Greenberg, Mark Allen Jenkins, Will 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 Creative Nonfiction, TriQuarterly, Bennington Review, Puerto del Sol, Cutbank, Huizache, and elsewhere. Originally from Uvalde, Texas, she is a Ph.D candidate in fiction at the University of North Texas. She serves as reviews editor for American Literary Review.


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.


Marissa Isabel Gonzalez is a native Houstonian finishing up her studies in creative writing and studio art at the University of Houston. She is a writer and an artist, and has been an editor for Glass Mountain Literary Journal since Spring 2014. Currently, Marissa is working on the first drafts of a novel, and a collection of fiber art.


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