SARAH GRIDLEY is an associate professor of English at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Her poetry collections include: Weather Eye Open (University of California Press, 2005); Green is the Orator (University of California Press, 2010); and Loom (Omnidawn, 2013). A recipient of the 2018 Cecil Hemley Award from The Poetry Society of America, and a 2009 Creative Workforce Fellowship from Cleveland’s Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, she holds a B.A. in English and American Literature from Harvard University, and an MFA in poetry from the University of Montana. 

Originally from San Francisco, TONGO EISEN-MARTIN is a poet, movement worker, and educator. His latest curriculum on extrajudicial killing of Black people, We Charge Genocide Again, has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. His book Someone's Dead Already was nominated for a California Book Award. His latest book Heaven Is All Goodbyes was published by the City Lights Pocket Poets series, was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and won a California Book Award and an American Book Award.

GABRIEL BLACKWELL is the author of four books, the most recent of which is Madeleine E. (Outpost19, 2016). His essays and fictions have appeared in ConjunctionsTin HouseDIAGRAMPost Road, and elsewhere. He is the editor of The Collagist.

CHRISTA ROMANOSKY is a native of southwestern Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared in Glimmer Train, The Kenyon Review Online, The Massachusetts Review, The Missouri Review, and elsewhere. She was a 2017-2018 fiction fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and a 2018 Writer-in-Residence at the James Merrill House. She is a current fiction fellow with the Tulsa Artist Fellowship.

VI KHI NAO is the author of Sheep Machine (Black Sun Lit, 2018) and Umbilical Hospital (Press 1913, 2017), and of the short stories collection, A Brief Alphabet of Torture, which won FC2’s Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize in 2016, the novel, Fish in Exile (Coffee House Press, 2016), and the poetry collection, The Old Philosopher, which won the Nightboat Books Prize for Poetry in 2014.  Her work includes poetry, fiction, film and cross-genre collaboration. Her stories, poems, and drawings have appeared in NOONPloughsharesBlack Warrior Review, and BOMB, among others. She holds an MFA in fiction from Brown University, where she received the John Hawkes and Feldman Prizes in fiction and the Kim Ann Arstark Memorial Award in poetry.