Amir Rabiyah is a mixed-race, queer, trans, and disabled poet. They've been published in Sukoon, The Cream City Review, Enizagam, Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics among others. For more, visit www.amirrabiyah.com
Asani Charles begins her days with the ringing of a school bell. She teaches AP English and Creative Writing in Dallas and thoroughly loves her second job as a fanatic softball mom.
Carmina Masoliver is a writer, poet, performer and educator from London, England. She runs a feminist arts night called She Grrrowls and is a member of Burn After Reading and Kid Glove collectives. www.carminamasoliver.com
Randall Hartman Hartman released his 7th book, "A Slip of the Cog", an ambitious full length novel of a man attempting to ride out the recession by starting up his own faith based business sham in the modern era. It is being well received; and lauded as a "laugh out loud riot"
Daisy Franco enjoys writing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction and is a member of the Chicago Latino Writers Initiative. She has read her poetry at several venues and most recently shared her work at the 2015 Chicago Humanities Festival. She holds a BA in Communication from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MA in New Media Studies from DePaul University.
Elizabeth Marino is a poet and educator based in Chicago. Her two chapbooks and assorted publishing adventures can be found on her Facebook book page Debris Poems and memoir and the online portfolio www.Voices.e-book.net/MarinoE.
New Orleans-born Gabrielle Daniels is going back to the source that brought her to writing from the first--poetry. She hopes to go home to California next year.
Dr. Grisel Y. Acosta is a writer from Chicago who currently teaches creative writing and Latino/a literature in the Bronx through the City University of New York. Her creative and scholarly work is published widely. http://writetoright.blogspot.com
Ira Lightman lives in England. He is a copy editor, an occasional broadcaster on BBC radio and a poet / performer
Howie Faerstein’s full-length book of poetry, Dreaming of the Rain in Brooklyn, was published in 2013 by Press 53 and his work can be found in numerous journals, including Great River Review, Nimrod, CutThroat, Upstreet, The Comstock Review, Off the Coast, Cape Cod Review, Mudfish, and on-line in Gris-Gris, Connotation Press, et al. He lives in Florence, Massachusetts and teaches American Literature at Westfield State University.
Kenneth Salzmann lives in Woodstock, NY, and Ajijic, Mexico. His poetry has appeared in Stories of Music, Riverine: An Anthology of Hudson Valley Writers, Beloved on the Earth: 150 Poems of Grief and Gratitude, Rattle, The Stockholm Review of Literature, The Comstock Review, and elsewhere. www.kensalzmann.com
A former assistant editor at Marvel Comics, and co-editor of the comics anthology African-American Classics, Lance Tooks' artwork has since appeared in more than 100 television commercials, films and music videos. The Madrid based Graphic Novelist has created several award winning works, such as Narcissa, (Doubleday/Random House) the four volume Lucifer's Garden of Verses, (NBM Press) The Black Panthers for Beginners (written by Herb Boyd for Writers & Readers Books) and Lance is currently at work on a Thelonious Monk biography for Duke University Press.
Martin Willitts Jr is a former Jazz musician. He has 11 full-length collections, plus 20 chapbooks of poetry including “Late All Night Sessions with Charlie “the Bird” Parker and the Members of Birdland, in Take-Three” (A Kind of a Hurricane Press, 2015)
Dr. Mikal J. Gaines is scholar of African American Literary and Cultural Studies as well as American film. He's currently adjunct instructor of writing at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA.
Meri Culp writes and teaches in Tallahassee, FL
Roberto Carlos Garcia loves music, painting and writing in all genres. His website is robertocarlosgarcia.tumblr.com.
Sandra Santiago Pickett is a second generation Puerto Rican woman born and bred in Humboldt Park, Chicago, Illinois, She is an educator, an activist, published artist/illustrator, artisan, performance poet and actress whose work is intentional in the journey of writing as a healing art; healing herself while healing others
Poet/collagist Steve Dalachinsky was born in Brooklyn after the last big war and has managed to survive lots of little wars. His book The Final Nite (Ugly Duckling Presse) won the PEN Oakland National Book Award. His most recent books are Fools Gold (2014 feral press), a superintendent's eyes (revised and expanded 2013/14 -unbearable/autonomedia) and flying home, a collaboration with German visual artist Sig Bang Schmidt (Paris Lit Up Press 2015). His latest cd is The Fallout of Dreams with Dave Liebman and Richie Beirach (Roguart 2014). He is a 2014 recipient of a Chevalier D’ le Ordre des Artes et Lettres.
Toni Stuart is a South Africa poet, performer and spoken word educator. She has an MA Writer/Teacher from Goldsmiths, University of London and works between Cape Town and London. Website: www.tonistuart.com Twitter: @nomadpoet
Vincent Toro is winner of the 2015 Sawtooth Poetry Prize. His collection of poems, "Stereo.Island.Mosaic.," is forthcoming in January/February 2016 from Ahsahta Press.
Winston Plowes shares his floating home with his lucky black cat Fatty who occasionally helps compose his poems. He is interested in found poetry, collaborating with artists from different genres and after this project even more hooked by the musical voice of the vibraphone.
Yolanda Nieves is a researcher-activist-scholar from Chicago. Published extensively, she is working on her third book of poetry.