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Aaron Banks was born and raised in Rochester, NY. He obtained his MFA, focusing on poetry, at The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College in 2022. He works at the University of Rochester as an Academic Advisor for the Ronald E. McNair Program. He still lives in Rochester with his wife, two daughters, and dog. He is sitting on his first poetry manuscript, Cottonwood Man, and working on other short essays and fiction projects. He can be contacted via email:


Eric Christiansen is a poet from Waldwick, New Jersey, where he has lived for more than twenty years before moving to California.  After transferring from Grinnell College in Iowa, he received his B.A. in literature and creative writing from Ramapo College of New Jersey. Eric has been featured in such events as the Brick City Speaks reading series in Newark and attended the 2017 New York Writers Institute at Skidmore College. His poems have appeared in Small Orange. He is pursuing an MFA in poetry at St. Mary's College of California.


Alexandra Davies is a writer from New Jersey. She graduated from Ramapo College in 2019 with a degree in Literature and Creative Writing. At the moment, Alexandra works a variety of odd jobs which include: zoom tutor, fine arts model, and coffee roaster. She writes essays, poems, and short stories. Alexandra enjoys her dog, surrealism, music from around the world, art history, and any book she can get her hands on. 


Derek Ellis is a writer from the small town of Owenton, Kentucky. He earned an MFA in poetry from the University of Maryland, where he also taught courses in introductory composition and creative writing. His poems have been published in “Hot Rocks,” a feature in Five Points: A Journal of Literature and ArtPrairie SchoonerThe Ninth Zine, and BODY. He currently resides on a rural farm in Kentucky, where he thinks on clouds and endings.


Nica Giromini lives and teaches in Iowa City, Iowa, where he received his MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His work has appeared in the Colorado ReviewHarvard Advocate, and Bennington Review


Danny Landers is a skateboarder and fiction writer, residing in Ridgewood, NJ. A graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey, he majored in Literature, with a concentration in Creative Writing. In his spare time he enjoys creating illustrations, filming skateboarding with friends, and spending time with family. His stories have appeared in Trillium and Entropy Mag.


Max Lasky is a poet from New Jersey, currently living in Tallahassee where he is a PhD student in creative writing at Florida State University. He earned his B.A. from Ramapo College, his MFA from the University of Maryland, and has received scholarships to attend the New York State Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore College and the Summer Seminar for Writers at Sarah Lawrence College. His poems have been published by Painted Bride QuarterlyAcademy of American Poets Anaïs Nin Poetry PrizeFrontier Poetry, and elsewhere.  


Anna Mack is an artist and educator living and working in Rochester, NY. Her work is interested in the relationship between people and the places they inhabit: how we mark the landscape, and how the landscape marks us. She is glad to be a part of the beginning of something new. 


Anna Newman holds an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Maryland. Their work has appeared in Best New Poets, Poetry Northwest, Rattle, [PANK], and elsewhere. They live in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Joanna Omestad is a senior undergraduate at the University of Maryland from Bethesda, Maryland. She is obtaining a B.A. in psychology, a certificate in women’s studies, and a creative writing minor.


Züleyha Özturk Lasky is a poet from Turkey, currently living in Tallahassee, Florida. She obtained her B.A. in English Language & Literature at the University of Maryland, and is currently pursuing an MFA in poetry at Florida State University. Her poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from The Adroit Journal, Small Orange, Epiphany, and Salamander


Nelson graduated from Ramapo College in 2018 with a Literature degree and a Concentration in Creative Writing. He has pursued further education at the Second City school in Chicago as well as the Upright Citizen’s Brigade in NYC. Currently living in New Jersey, Nelson maintains his interests and craftwork in poetry, comedy writing, voice acting, and analytical theory.


Rana ​Yalçın is an Istanbul born, Baltimore based visual artist. She mainly works as a graphic designer, but she also does photography and video on the side. She is currently getting her BFA degree at Maryland Institute College of Art.

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