Bill Abbott, originally from Tennessee, has been involved in Poetry Slam since 1992 and is the author of Let Them Eat MoonPie, the history of poetry slam in the Southeast. He has attended regional and national competitions, hosted three regional events, is credited with creating the Rust Belt Regional events, and organized and hosted poetry events across multiple cities and states. He has been published in Ray’s Road Review, Radius, The November 3rd Club, Flypaper Magazine, Jokes Review, The Broken Plate, Ghost City Review, and The Sow’s Ear. Having earned his MFA from Miami University in 2018, Mr. Abbott lives in Ohio and teaches creative writing at Central State University.
Susana H. Case is the author of six books of poetry. Drugstore Blue (Five Oaks Press) won an IPPY Award in 2019. She is also the author of four chapbooks, two of which won poetry prizes. Her first collection, The Scottish Café, from Slapering Hol Press, was re-released in a dual-language English-Polish version, Kawiarnia Szkocka by Opole University Press. Her work has appeared in Calyx, The Cortland Review, Portland Review, Potomac Review, Rattle, RHINO and many other journals. Case is a Professor and Program Coordinator at the New York Institute of Technology in New York City.
AKaiser’s poems and photos can be found or are forthcoming in Amsterdam Quarterly, Lavender Review, Manzano Mountain Review, Mudfish, and The Rumpus. She is the Sow’s Ear Poetry Prize winner (2017) and has placed in the North American Review James Hearst Poetry Prize, the Dogwood Journal Prize, the Wasafiri NewWriting Prize, Eggtooth Editions Chapbook Contest, and elsewhere. She is a Sweet Action Poetry Collective member. AKaiser has degrees in poetry, political science, and a doctorate from the Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona on first translations of Whitman’s Leaves of Grass into Catalan, French & Spanish, with emphasis on Catalan translator and transatlantic democrat, city-garden advocate Cebrià Montoliu, whose biography she is writing.
Megan Leonard lives and works on the New Hampshire seacoast. Her poetry has appeared most recently in Mom Egg Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Transom, the Bellevue Literary Review, and Sharkpack Annual; she is the recipient of the Prospero Prize and the Puerto Del Sol Prize. Meg’s digital micro-chap, where the body ends, is available through Platypus Press. book of lullabies is her first full-length collection.
Sarah Nichols lives and writes in Connecticut. She is the author of eight chapbooks, including She May Be a Saint (Porkbelly Press, 2019), and Dreamland for Keeps (Porkbelly, 2018.) She writes extensively on popular culture, with poems and essays appearing in Menacing Hedge, Yes, Poetry, Thirteen Myna Birds, and the Twin Peaks poetry anthology, These Poems Are Not What They Seem(Apep Publications, 2020.)
Yamini Pathak is a former software engineer, born and raised in India. Her poetry and non-fiction have appeared in Waxwing, Anomaly, The Kenyon Review blog, The Hindu newspaper, and elsewhere. Her poems are forthcoming in Rise Like a Wave: Anthology of poems by Asian-American women poets, edited by Alycia Pirmohamed and Christine Kitano. A Dodge Foundation Poet in the Schools, she is poetry editor for Inch magazine (Bull City Press) and an MFA candidate at Antioch University, LA. Yamini is an alumnus of VONA/Voices (Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation), and Community of Writers. She lives in New Jersey with her family.
Dena Rod is a non-binary poet whose work has been highlighted in My Shadow is My Skin: Voices from the Iranian Diaspora, Butter Press, and Imagoes: A Queer Anthology. In 2020, Dena toured with Sister Spit, debuted the chapbook swallow a beginning, and joined The Rumpus‘s features team. A fellow of Kearny Street Workshop’s Interdisciplinary Writer’s Lab, Dena writes to illuminate their experiences in the Iranian American diaspora and queer communities through creative nonfiction essays and poetry. Connect with Dena on Twitter/Instagram: @alightningrod or at their website, denarod.com.
Joanna Thomas is both poet and visual artist, residing in the small university town of Ellensburg, Washington. Her poems have appeared in the journals Found Poetry Review, petrichor, OTOLITHS, and Picture Sentence, as well as several anthologies; and her erasures, collages, and one-of-a-kind artist books have been exhibited in galleries across the nation. Her chapbooks include rabbit: an erasure poem and cuddle fluttering my feather heart. She likes to read first drafts to the dog, and when he says no, no, no, you gotta sigh like a goose, honk like a duck, quack like a bunny, she revises.
Dameion Wagner lives and works in Columbus, Ohio. His poetry has appeared in Columbus Creative Cooperative’s Anthology The Ides of March, Shot Glass Journal, Crab Creek Review, Ohio Poetry Association’s Common Threads, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, The Gordian Review, As It Ought To Be Magazine, Tilde: A Literary Journal, and most recently in Cider Press Review. His reviews appear in Heavy Feather Review, The Rumpus, and The Adroit Journal. He won Miami University’s 2017 Jordan- Goodman Poetry Prize and is a 2018 recipient of the Academy of American Poets University Prize. (“Momma’s Boy,” poets.org). Bird Wild is his first full-length collection. He earned his MFA from Miami University’s Low Res Program.