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“MELODY GREENFIELD” has an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. She has been published under this pseudonym in The Los Angeles Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and The Manifest-Station. Her work can also be found under a different name in Brevity, Lunch Ticket, Annotation Nation, and Meow Meow Pow Pow. 

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Lynne Schmidt is the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor, and mental health professional with a focus in trauma and healing. She is the winner of the 2020 New Women’s Voices Contest and author of the chapbooks, Dead Dog Poems (forthcoming from Finishing Line Press), Gravity (Nightingale and Sparrow Press) which was listed as one of the 17 Best Breakup Books to Read in 2020, and On Becoming a Role Model (Thirty West), which was featured on The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed for PTSD Awareness Week. Her work has received the Maine Nonfiction Award, Editor’s Choice Award, and was a 2018 and 2019 PNWA finalist for memoir and poetry respectively. Lynne was a five time 2019 and 2020 Best of the Net Nominee, and an honorable mention for the Charles Bukowski and Doug Draime Poetry Awards. In 2012 she started the project, AbortionChat, which aims to lessen the stigma around abortion. When given the choice, Lynne prefers the company of her three dogs and one cat to humans.

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Robin Sinclair (they/them) is a queer, genderqueer writer of mixed heritage and mixed emotions.

Their debut book of poetry, Letters To My Lover From Behind Asylum Walls (Cosmographia Books, 2018), discusses themes of identity, gender, and mental illness.

Their chapbook, Jeanette Killed Her Husband (And Buried Him Off Of Shades of Death Road) is a 2020 Ghost City Press Summer Series selection that discusses themes of revenge, causality, and local folklore.


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Molly Fuller is the author of For Girls Forged by Lightning: Prose & Other Poems (All Nations Press) and two chapbooks Tender the Body (Spare Change Press) and The Neighborhood Psycho Dreams of Love (Cutty Wren Press). She is the winner of the Gris Gris 2020 Summer Poetry Contest.
 

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Robert Beveridge (he/him) makes noise (xterminal.bandcamp.com) and writes poetry in Akron, OH. Recent/upcoming appearances in Failed Haiku, Dreich, and Tarot Poetry, among others.

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Bio: Sarah Fletcher is a writer who is currently researching a PhD on pain and narrative at Aberystwyth University. Her poetry has appeared in The Poetry Review, The White Review, and Poetry London. Her fourth pamphlet ‘Caviar’ is forthcoming with Out-Spoken Press.   

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V.C. McCabe is the author of Give the Bard a Tetanus Shot (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, 2019) and a Contributing Poetry Editor of Barren Magazine. Her work has been featured in exhibits and journals worldwide, including the Kurt Vonnegut Museum & Library, Poet Lore, Prairie Schooner, The Minnesota Review,  Five:2:One, Yes Poetry, and Coffin Bell.

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Emily Perkovich is from the Chicago-land area. She is an Art Evaluator for Persephone’s Daughters and she spends her free time in the city with her family. Her work strives to erase the stigma surrounding trauma victims and their responses. She is previously published with Wide Eyes Publishing, Potted Purple, Prometheus Dreaming, and Awakened Voices among others. Her chapbook Expulsion was released in April 2020 with Witches N Pink.

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Carly Madison Taylor is a poet, songwriter, painter, and essayist living in Buffalo, NY. They earned their BA in Creative Writing and Dance Studies from Knox College in 2016. More of their work can be found at Variant Lit, Crêpe & Penn, Boston Accent Lit, 
Ghost City Review, Kissing Dynamite Poetry, and elsewhere. They’re on Twitter @carma_t and Instagram @car_ma_t. Their website is
https://taylormcarly.wixsite.com/carlymadisontaylor.  

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Nick Creel is a poet and MFA candidate at UMass Boston. Their interests include visual poetry, experimental poetry, and interactive poetry, and their writing often centers topics such as (trans)gender experience and life as survivor of childhood exploitation. Their work can be found in The Daily Drunk, Rejection Letters, Petrichor, and Perhappened, among other wonderful lit mags. You can find them on Twitter @toofyMaw and on the world wide web at https://nickcreel.com. 

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Jane-Rebecca Cannarella is a writer and editor living in Philadelphia. She is the editor of HOOT Review and Meow Meow Pow Pow Lit, as well as the author of Better Bones and Marrow, both published by Thirty West Publishing House, and The Guessing Game published by BA Press.


She occasionally drinks wine out of a mug that has a smug poodle on it; she believes that the poodle is the reincarnated spirit of the television show Parker Lewis Can’t Lose.

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Ashley Elizabeth (she/her) is a writing consultant, teacher, and poet. Her works have appeared in SWWIM, Rigorous, and Kahini Quarterly, among others. Her chapbook, you were supposed to be a friend is available from Nightingale & Sparrow (June 2020). When Ashley isn’t serving as assistant editor at Sundress Publications or working as a member of the Estuary Collective, she habitually posts on Twitter and Instagram (@ae_thepoet). She lives in Baltimore, MD with her partner and their cat. 

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Elodie Barnes is a poet, reviewer and essayist. She can be found writing in Paris, Spain or the UK (usually mixing up her languages), and is guest editor of the Life in Languages series at Lucy Writers’ Platform. Find her online at http://elodierosebarnes.weebly.com and on Twitter @BarnesElodie.

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 Elizabeth Hoyle is from southern West Virginia. Her fiction has been featured in The Daily Drunk, Blind Corner Literary Magazine, 365 Tomorrows, and other print and online publications.Her poetry has been featured in The Daily Drunk, What Rough Beast, and Boned: A collection of skeletal writings. Follow her on Twitter @ERHoyle. 

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Shawn Berman runs The Daily Drunk. Some of his recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Hobart, Rejection Letters, and No Contact. Follow him on Twitter @sbb_writer.

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Chloe is a poet & short story author based in Cheltenham, UK. Her poetry explores gothic & romantic themes aiming to bring a dark beauty to her work. She has had several poems published in journals including Black Bough, Ravens in the Attic, Mookychick & Royal Rose.

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Rachael is a writer and poet based in Lincolnshire, UK. She recently studied for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Lincoln, and has work published or forthcoming with Truffle, can we have our ball back?, Burning House Press, Streetcake Magazine, 3 Moon Magazine, Horla, and Fly on the Wall Press. She has also worked as a poetry editor for The Lincoln Review. Follow her on Twitter @rachaelg2601 and Instagram @rachaelcharlottewriter

 

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Lindsey is a  writer born and raised in Upstate South Carolina. She has words in Trampset, Red Fez, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Coffin Bell Journal, Emerge Literary Journal,  and more. She spends her time at home raising a strong, confident daughter. Find her on Twitter: @rydanmardsey and on her website: https://r3dwillow.wixsite.com/rydanmardsey

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Carly Madison Taylor is a poet, songwriter, painter, and essayist living in Buffalo, NY. They earned their BA in Creative Writing and Dance Studies from Knox College in 2016. More of their work can be found at Variant Lit, Crêpe & Penn, Boston Accent Lit, Ghost City Review, Kissing Dynamite Poetry, and elsewhere. They’re on Twitter @carma_t and Instagram @car_ma_t. Their website is https://taylormcarly.wixsite.com/carlymadisontaylor.

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Bio: Sam Jowett is a writer living in Toronto Canada. They love to dance to dead disco and refract themselves in ethereal prisms. You can find their work in Moonchild Magazine, TERSE Journal, and whispering along the edges of cirrus clouds. They have two chapbooks, “Goddexx Unbloomed” at Bone&Ink Press and “Self” with Lazy Adventure Publishing, out in the wild this summer. Follow them on Twitter @adabsurdeum

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Bio: Clayre Benzadón is an MFA student at the University of Miami, Sinking City’s editor, and Broadsided Press’s Instagram editor. Her chapbook, “Liminal Zenith” was published by SurVision Books. She was awarded the 2019 Alfred Boas Poetry Prize for “Linguistic Rewilding”. Additionally, her work has been featured in places including Pussy Magic, Kissing Dynamite, Hobart,and forthcoming in ANMLY.
 

Author of A Quarter Life. Tyler’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Torrid Literature Journal, Havik, Coraddi, perhappened, Emerge Literary Journal, The Daily Drunk Mag and has been anthologized in Poetry Diversified 2019.

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Jonathan Kinsman (he/they) is a trans poet from Manchester, England. As well as being founding editor of Riggwelter Press, he is also a BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam finalist. His debut pamphlet & won the Indigo Dreams Pamphlet Prize in 2017 and his second, witness, is out now with Burning Eye Books.