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Tenley Sablatzky grew up just outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in English and creative writing and went on to complete a masters of library science at Wayne State University focusing on health informatics and data management. Since early 2020 she has worked as the medical librarian for the Undergraduate Medical Academy at Prairie View A&M University in Texas. In 2022, she will earn her MFA in fiction from Arcadia University.

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Lunchable Day
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Ayla Samli studied British and American literature as an undergraduate but later turned her sights toward living people. Earning a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology and an MFA in Creative Writing, she teaches and writes in North Carolina.

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Linds Sanders habits in saying “yes” to things that scare her. She yessed herself into whitewater kayaking, working with preteens, and saving house spiders. She’s not frightened by teaching art classes, serving on boards of directors, or living in a 60-square-foot van with her husband. She repurposed her BA in Journalism into an equally underpaying pursuit in poetry and art.

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Your Breath on my Arm
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Madhurika Sankar is an impact investor and freelance journalist whose work frequently appears in The Hindu, India’s leading national newspaper, in the Op Ed. She’s an engineer and holds a Master’s in Biotechnology from Columbia University, New York. She loves to write but lives for music. She plans on pursuing her Ph.D. in Cancer Biology, soon. She lives in Chennai, India. Madhurika’s short fiction was recently published in The Bangalore Review, a prestigious literary journal.

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Mário Santos lives in Lisbon, Portugal. Coming from languages and arts but passionate for the new technologies, he writes his first novel, “A Máquina não gosta de gatos” (The machine hates cats), published in 2015 in Portugal by a traditional publishing house, Guerra & Paz Editores. His short stories and poetry have been published in The Opiate Magazine, The Fictional Café, The Tiger Moth Review, Nightingale and Sparrow, and others. Visit him online at

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I Wait for You Among the Seagulls
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j.a. savage is a South African living in a small town outside Utrecht in the Netherlands. At the time of writing, he is in good health (twitter @savagefokus)

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Joyce Schmid is a grandmother and psychotherapist living in Palo Alto, California. Her recent work has appeared in Literary Imagination, New Ohio Review, Antioch Review, Missouri Review, Poetry Daily, and other journals and anthologies.

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Climate Change
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Judy Schneier is a writer and psychotherapist living and working in Brooklyn. Judy has read extensively at Brooklyn Poets and Sweet Action Poetry Collective. Judy has two sons and a dog.

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Biyalis and Salsa
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Amanda Schroeder is from Utah but is currently based in San Francisco, California. She has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Utah and her work has appeared in Cathexis Northwest Press, The Crack the Spine 2019 Anthology, and others. She is the co-founding editor of F3LL Magazine and currently serves as the web editor for Split Lip Magazine.

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Steven Schroeder is a 30-year-old salesman living in Boston. He uses the air fryer for everything, wears a facemask, and has a blog of additional writing at Lay Low Magazine.

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Sylvia Schwartz studied literary fiction at The Writers Studio and One Story in New York. Her stories have appeared in the Potato Soup Journal; Ariel Chart International Literary Journal; Savant-Garde; The Write Launch; Bold + Italic Magazine; Bull & Cross; Edify Fiction; The Airgonaut; The Vignette Review; and The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society. She is an assistant editor at Narrative Magazine and can be reached at or @aivlys99.

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Fair Dinkum
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Remi Seamon is a Lower Sixth student in Cambridge, England. She was commended in the Foyle Young Poet of the Year Award and has been published in a scattering of small publications. She considers her primary inspiration to be her dog.

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Knowing He Would Never Come Back
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Kyle Seibel is 36 years old and lives in Santa Barbara, CA. He works as a copywriter and is a Navy veteran.

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Oliver C. Seneca was born and raised in the suburbs of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. His first foray into storytelling came in high school when he was accepted to the Capital Area School for the Arts where he focused on filmmaking. Oliver is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and, in addition to writing, he works in his family’s law practice.

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From a Wish
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The Tide
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Natalia A. Pagán Serrano is a poet from Puerto Rico. She currently resides in Oregon drenched in tree-magic and rain. She adores her fiancé, Daniel, and her cat, Esteban. Natalia’s poems have been published in [PANK] magazine, Portland Review, and The Acentos Review, among others.

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A Short Talk on Translation
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For the past 30 years, Wendy Shaia has worked in social service and government organizations. She is currently a faculty member at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, and the Executive Director of the Social Work Community Outreach Service, a community-facing agency working across Baltimore and Maryland to reduce the effects of poverty and structural oppression in communities. Wendy writes and teaches extensively on the topic of racism and developed the SHARP framework for providing services to people who have experienced poverty and oppression. “Waiting for Something” is her first work of fiction.

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Waiting for Something
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Thomas-Matthew Elijah Shands, 23, is an African-American singer-songwriter, musician, poet, and philosopher. Having pursued music at 6 years old, Thomas-Matthew accompanied his ambition with writing lyrics, poetry, and philosophy. The young artist went to the University of Central Florida, BFA Vocal Performance, and has recently been published as a writer in “The Lumiere Review” and “ILLUMINATION/ILLUMINATION-Curated” on Medium. Each poem you read in this document echoes the epiphanies and spiritual revelations I’ve experience in saving my life through listening forward, intuitively, and embracing the nature of my being; rather than the expectations of those around me.

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Isn’t It Odd?
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Sheree Shatsky writes wild words. Her work has appeared in a variety of journals, most recently BLACKCACKLE at Entropy, Tiny Molecules, The Wild Hunt, and Ellipsis Zine with work forthcoming at Ghost Parachute. She is twice-nominated for Best Microfiction 2020. Read more of her work at . Find her on Twitter @talktomememe.

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Hot Off the Press
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Amanda Shaw is a new writer from St. Louis, MO. She is finishing a degree in Chemistry at the University of Kentucky where she also leads a nonprofit group in efforts to alleviate loneliness and provide assistance for the older generation. She will be attending medical school next year.

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Desolation’s Resolve
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John Sheirer (pronounced “shy-er”) lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, with his wonderful wife Betsy and happy dog Libby. He has taught writing and communications for 27 years at Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield, Connecticut, where he also serves as editor and faculty advisor for Freshwater Literary Journal (submissions welcome). His books include memoir, fiction, poetry, essays, political satire, and photography. His most recent book is Fever Cabin, a fictionalized journal of a man isolating himself during the current pandemic. (All proceeds from this book benefit pandemic-related charities.) Find him at

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Conversations Like This
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Chain of Events
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Penny Senanarong is a Bangkok-born poet whose work can be found in Better Than Starbucks, Burnt Pine Magazine, 50-Word Stories, and ENIGMA Journal. She is a human rights advocate with interests in queer theory, mythology, and the occult. During her free time, she likes to sing to musical show tunes.

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Fiat Justitia
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Kelsey Erin Shipman is a writer and educator. She earned her MFA at Texas State University and is the founder of The Freehand Arts Project, a non-profit that brings creative writing classes to Texas jails and prisons. Her work has been widely published in places such as The African American Review, The Austin Chronicle, Sagebrush Review, and Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review. She served as the 2013-2014 Writer-In-Residence at the Katherine Anne Porter Literary Center and was the recipient of the 2007 San Jacinto & Althean Literary Societies’ Grand Prize in Poetry. A native Texan, she loves big dogs and breakfast tacos.

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Age 8
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Hayden Sidun is a high school student and an author of short fiction. Outside of school and work, he is involved in local politics and enjoys writing stories and listening to country music in the early hours of the morning. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, of which he is a proud native.

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Journey Homebound
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Manjot Singh is a rising poet living in Los Angeles, CA. He is a political consultant by day and plans to attend law school this fall. He explores issues of diaspora, nature, nostalgia and connection in his dynamic creative writing. He is working on a poetry chapbook which he hopes to publish in the next year.

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Noah Sisson is a graduate of Beloit College with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. While completing his degree, Noah also worked as the News Editor for Beloit College’s student newspaper, The Round Table, where he received training and experience in journalism. Noah found his love for poetry in high school after his poem “Tickets” was published from a writing contest in Eloquence. During his time at Beloit College, Noah continued to write poetry and produced several individual poems as well as small poetry portfolios for various classes.

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His Angel
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Henry Smith makes poems in Oregon. His work has appeared in Jabberwock Review, River River, Gravitas, DMQ Review, Peach Velvet Mag, Ode to the City, and others. He is a co-founder of The Calamity, a former resident at Chicago Art Department, and an MFA Poetry student at Oregon State University. @chenrysmith

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Brad Snyder is an essayist and humor writer whose recent nonfiction work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Gay & Lesbian Review and Multiplicity Magazine. Brad is pursuing his MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing at Bay Path University. For more of his work, visit

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Twin A and Twin B
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Byron Spooner retired as the Literary Director of the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library after 21 years.  There he ran the Friends’ bookselling operation grossing $1.5 million in book sales through open bookstores, the Annual Big Book Sale, and online book sales. He also produced literary events including a highly-successful weekly poetry series featuring a diverse array of California poets, with co-producer San Francisco Poet Laureate Emeritus Jack Hirschman; three San Francisco International Poetry Festivals; and Latinx and Vietnamese poetry festivals. Byron founded and edited The Readers Review, the Friends’ literary blog, where he wrote about books, music, film and bookselling. With his wife, writer Judith Ayn Bernhard, he co-edited Arcana: A Festschrift for Jack Hirschman (Andover Street Archives Press, 2014). His writing has been published in LEON Literary Review, Arthropod Literary Journal, Passengers Journal, Manifest-Station, the San Francisco Examiner, the Anderson Valley Advertiser, Autobiography and Isis. He has written introductions to several anthologies published by FSFPL. His short story, A Book for Christmas was published by Red Berry Editions in 2011. Byron served for ten years on the San Francisco Poet Laureate Nominating Committee and the One City, One Book Selection Committee of the SFPL. He is on the Board of Litquake and California Public Library Advocates and the advisory board of the Beat Museum. He has recently completed a novel. He is a co-owner of Andover Street Archives, brokering cultural archives to university libraries, and Andover Street Archives Press, publishing the work of Bay Area writers.

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A Whole New Year
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Tom Squitieri is a three-time winner of the Overseas Press Club and White House Correspondents’ Association awards for work as a war correspondent. His poetry appears in more than 30 publications, in the book “Put Into Words My Love,” in the film “Fate’s Shadow: The Whole Story” and in Color: Story 2020. He has taught writing, journalism, media studies, political systems and realities, foreign policy, and practical street knowledge at Washington & Jefferson College and American University, and writes most of his poetry while parallel parking or walking his dogs, Topsie and Batman.

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Lithe Love
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Beth Stevens is an Emmy-winning writer, editor, and producer. She is a founding editor of, where she continues to serve as Managing Editor. She has an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. There are a lot of people named Beth Stevens. This one is not the Harvard neuroscientist, country singer, finance consultant, or young performer in Liverpool.

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Isabelle Stillman is a writer, teacher, and musician. Her fiction has appeared in The Voices Project. She teaches high school English in California and released her second album, Heartrender, in the fall of 2020. Isabelle is currently pursuing her MA in English and MFA in Creative Writing at Chapman University. You can find her work at and on Instagram at @isabellestilmanmusic.

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Yelling People
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Christine Sloan Stoddard is an author, artist, and filmmaker living in Brooklyn. Her books include Heaven is a PhotographDesert Fox by the SeaNaomi & The ReckoningBelladonna Magic, and other titles. Her work has appeared in The Huffington PostCosmopolitanThe Feminist Wire, and beyond. She is the founder of Quail Bell Magazine, the namesake publication of Quail Bell Press & Productions. Visit:

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$3 Pastrami on Rye
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d w Stojek is a poet, photographer and general nuisance to those within earshot. He is eagerly awaiting the day when ‘Build-a-Bear’ re-opens as a series of genetic labs that will enliven the blighted strip malls of Suburbia.

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l’homme sans odeur
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Rose Strode is a poet and essayist. Her work has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Poet Lore, and The Broad River Review, and is forthcoming in Sugar House and New Ohio Review. She is a recipient of the Gulick Fellowship at Valparaiso University, a student in the Creative Writing MFA program at George Mason University, and a managing editor at Stillhouse Press.

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Tim Suermondt’s sixth full-length book of poems A Doughnut And The Great Beauty Of The World will be forthcoming from MadHat Press in 2021. He has published in Poetry, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, The Georgia Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Stand Magazine, december magazine, On the Seawall, Poet Lore, and Plume, among many others. He lives in Cambridge (MA) with his wife, the poet Pui Ying Wong.

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The Supermarket Down the Road
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Vijaya Sundaram is a Massachusetts-based poet, song-writer, singer, and teacher of East Indian origin. Vijaya’s work has been published in publications like The Rising Phoenix Press and the Stardust Review, among others. Poetry, music, reading, teaching at the local community college, and talking long walks in the Fells, are some the things she loves to do. In these perilous times, poetry, music, and nature are restorative to the spirit, but she also loves the theatre, and miss seeing her actor friends. When life is hard, it’s the arts that sustain us (apart from family, food, and shelter).

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Old Year
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Sara Sutton is an emerging writer with a single previously published work. She is currently finishing up her Creative Writing degree at Florida State University. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her family and many pets. Sara has an avid passion for stories and hopes to spend her life telling them.

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Eye Color
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F. Cade Swanson is a queer dad who grew up in Southeast Virginia. He runs a community center in Seattle, Washington, and his work has appeared in Soliloquies Anthology, Nine Cloud Journal, Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing, Day Without Art 30, Ailment: Chronicles of Illness Narratives, HIV Here & Now from Indolent Books, and Stonewall’s Legacy Anthology. Check out some of his published works at

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On Being a Man
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Alan Swyer is an award-winning filmmaker whose recent documentaries have dealt with Eastern spirituality in the Western world, the criminal justice system, diabetes, boxing, and singer Billy Vera. In the realm of music, among his productions is an album of Ray Charles love songs. His novel The Beard was recently published by Harvard Square Editions. @AlSwyer

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La Jolla
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Sophie Szew is an 18-year-old first-generation Jewish-Latina-American from LA who started writing poetry while she was literally on what was supposed to be her deathbed. Now fully recovered from a life-threatening illness, she uses her writing as a platform to advocate for social justice. She is an apprentice at BreakBread and is published in TABC’s Poetry Collection, Jewtina, and FEAST. She is also forthcoming in Tipping the Scales’s She Speaks Anthology. When not writing, Sophie spends her time volunteering with unaccompanied, undocumented child immigrants or building up the numerous advocacy organizations she founded, including the youth Latinx Leadership Conference and DemystifiED Corp. 

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Prisoner #09092002
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Carl Tait is a software engineer and author of two books for older children: Tales from Valdemere Castle and Lavinia’s Ghosts. His short stories for adults have appeared in the Eunoia Review, the Oddville Press, Idle InkAfter Dinner Conversation, and others. Carl grew up in Atlanta and currently lives in New York City with his wife and twin daughters.  

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Leslie Tate is a non-binary author and poet with six published novels who studied writing with the University of East Anglia. Leslie interviews creative and community-involved people every week on his website Leslie Tate.

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Una Corda
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Myles Taylor (they/them) is a transmasculine poet, organizer, award-winning poetry slam competitor, barista, Emerson College alum, Capricorn-Aquarius cusp, and glitter enthusiast. They run Moonlighting: A Queer Open Mic and host at the Boston Poetry Slam. Their work can be found in The Shallow Ends, Academy of American Poets, Washington Square Review, Underblong, Crab Fat Magazine, Slamfind, and others. Follow them @mylesdoespoems.

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Brett Thompson has been writing poetry since his graduate days at the University of New Hampshire where he earned an M.A. in English Writing with a concentration in poetry. He has been published in various journals, including Plainsongs, Tilde, District Lit, The Literary Nest, and the Cobalt Review. He teaches and lives in New Hampshire with his wife and two young daughters.

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The Sunflower that Ate the World
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Neurodivergent Seattle writer Jason M. Thornberry’s work appears in Route 7 Review, The Stranger, Adirondack Review, Hash Journal, Entropy, and elsewhere. His work examines disability, family, and social justice. An MFA candidate at Chapman University, Jason taught creative writing at Seattle Pacific University. He reads poetry for TAB Journal.

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Diamond Sea
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Nicholas E. Timm is an Native American graduate of The Evergreen State College in Washington State and is currently a Masters student at The University of Washington. At The Evergreen State College he earned a BS in Business Science with a minor in Statistical Analysis. He serves as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force and flies on C-17A aircraft.  

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A.Tingstad is a student currently on a gap year before starting college. She’s vibrantly queer, the proud owner of an ever-growing collection of sweatshirts, and is never seen without her giant blue water bottle, Ophelia. In 2018, she attended a Poetry Intensive at Wellesley College, during which she began the practice of writing a poem every day. She’s recently graduated from the Get Lit Emerging Writers Fellowship, during which she wrote her debut chapbook, Wanton Need.

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Nick Trelstad is a poet based out of Northern Minnesota. He was a 2020 Pushcart Prize nominee, and his poems have appeared in literary magazines including Sink Hollow Journal, The Blue Marble Review, and The Scriblerus Review.

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The Doe
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Gabriel Tronson lives in Minnesota with his girlfriend where he has a warehouse job and spends most of his monotonous working hours thinking up stories. He received an AFA in creative writing from Anoka-Ramsey College and published work in the Havik Literary Anthology and Stoneboat Fiction.

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I Didn’t See Her
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E. P. Tuazon is a Filipinx-American writer from Los Angeles. He has published his works in several publications, most recently Five South, Peatsmoke Journal, Third Point Press, 3Element Review, Allegory Ridge, Adelaide Magazine,  and a forthcoming piece in The Rumpus. He has two books, The Superlative Horse and The Last of The Lupins: Nine Stories and The Comforters. He is currently a member of Advintage Press and The Blank Page Writing Club. In his spare time, he likes to wander the seafood section of Filipinx markets to gossip with the crabs.

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Grocery Run
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