Our Collective

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Aaron Banks was born and lives, with his wife and two daughters, in Rochester, NY. He received his undergrad from the University of Rochester in English Literature with a Concentration in Creative Writing. He is currently a Candidate at The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and an educator at a local Rochester high school.

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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.

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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. 

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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 Schooner, and The Ninth Zine. He currently resides on a rural farm in Kentucky, where he thinks on clouds and endings.

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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 Review and the Harvard Advocate.  

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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.

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Max Lasky is a poet from New Jersey, currently living in Maryland where he is finishing up his final year in the MFA program at the University of Maryland. He earned his B.A. from Ramapo College, 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 Trillium and Frontier Poetry, and are forthcoming from Painted Bride Quarterly.  

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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. 

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Anna Newman holds an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Maryland. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best New Poets, Rattle, Poetry Northwest, [PANK], and elsewhere. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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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.

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Chika Onyenezi is a Nigerian-born fiction candidate enrolled in the University of Maryland's MFA program. His works has been published or forthcoming in TriQuarterly, Image Journal, Prairie Schooner, Chicago Quarterly Review, Ninth Letter Magazine, Evergreen Review, J Journal: New Writing on Justice, and elsewhere. He is a semifinalist for the Boston Review 2020 Aura Estrada Short Story Contest and has placed in competitions by Glimmer Train. In addition to writing short stories, he has a novel in progress.

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Züleyha is a poet from Turkey currently living in Maryland. She works at Reading Partners Baltimore, a non-profit focused on closing the literacy gap & empowering students to become lifelong readers. She obtained her B.A. in English Language & Literature at the University of Maryland. She is currently translating a series of Turkish poems from the Garip & the  Second New literary movement. 

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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.

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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.