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Emma Brown Sanders has worked in academic publishing, web development, market research and most recently as social media strategist for the American Poetry Review. They are a proud resident of Philadelphia.

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Levi Bentley is a LAMBDA Literary Fellow, and an artist member at Vox Populi. They teach workshops, write reviews, and make publications with friends. "Bucolic Eclogue" was released from Lamehouse Press. Chapbooks "Obstacle, Particle, Spectacle", "&parts", and "Stub Wilderness" were released from 89plus/LUMA Foundation, Damask Press, and Well Greased Press, respectively. Poems have appeared through Apiary, Bedfellows, BlazeVOX, Elective Affinities, Fact-Simile, Gigantic Sequins, Madhouse, Maestra Vida, Magic Pictures, Painted Bride Quarterly, Stillwater Review, The Wanderer, and a variety of other venues. Check out their creative and critical work at


Warren Longmire is a writer, a software engineer, and an educator from North Philadelphia. He is the co-founder of the Excelano Project Spoken Word Collective, and a former contributing poetry editor for Apiary Magazine.He's a 2015 Pushcart Nominee, was an honorable mention for the Susan Crimmins Prize and has been published in journals including American Poetry Review, Eleven Eleven, Graviton and The Painted Bride Quarterly. He has released three chapbooks: Ripped Winters (Seventh Tangent 2006), Do.Until.True. (Two Pens and Lint 2012) and the Wyoming default (Moonstone Press 2018).


Emma Copley Eisenberg’s fiction, essays, and reportage have appeared in McSweeney’s, The Paris Review online, Granta, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Tin House, Guernica, AGNI, The Los Angeles Review of Books, American Short Fiction, Electric Literature's Recommended Reading, The New Republic, Pacific Standard, Slate, VICE, 100 Days in Appalachia, and others. She is the recipient of fellowships or awards from the Tin House Summer Workshop, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Wurlitzer Foundation, the Millay Colony for the Arts, & Lambda Literary. Her first book, The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia, will be published by Hachette Books on 1/21/2020.


Emma Wu grew up in Houston, Texas before moving to the Philadelphia area six years ago. She enjoys talking and writing about the climate crisis, public art, maternity, and radical politics. Outside of writing, she enjoys biking, crossword puzzles, and a good center city happy hour. Emma is currently a project manager at Mural Arts Philadelphia and is working on her first novel.


Michael Deagler's fiction has appeared in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Kenyon Review Online, Electric Literature's Recommended Reading, and elsewhere. He has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City.


Boston Gordon is a poet and writer living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They run the You Can't Kill A Poet reading series - which highlights queer and trans identified writers in Philadelphia.. Their work can be found in places such as Apiary, Bedfellows, Tinderbox, PRISM International, and Guernica.


Maya Arthur
Janet Benton
Heather Blakeslee
Arielle Brousse
Thomas Devaney
Warren Longmire
Carmen Maria Machado
Fajr Muhammad
Nathaniel Popkin
Eric Smith
Yolanda Wisher