Shawk Alani was born in Baghdad in the aftermath of the Gulf War, escaped the sanctions with her family in the 90s and lived in eight cities before calling Toronto a chosen home. In the mornings, she is a graduate student writing about personal narrative, storytelling and translation. In the evenings, she tends to a deep passion in her heart, The Iraqi Oral History Project, and indulges, often excessively, in Arabic literature.

Beeta Baghoolizadeh is an Iranian-American, and she draws a series of Iran/diaspora inspired graphics called Diaspora Letters. This is her first short story. 

Camila Cossío is an Animal Law LL.M Candidate at Lewis & Clark Law School. She received her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and her B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. Camila's writing is forthcoming in the Animal Studies Journal. 

tala e is a Muslim Syrian artist living in Montreal, Canada. Their works focus on their identities and struggles as a Syrian in exile from a homeland under destruction.

Whitney Davis is currently a graduate student at the Center for Experimental Humanities at New York University. After one whole year of teaching high school English near her home in Kansas City, MO, she decided to return to school to study the phenomenal effect of social media on contemporary youth culture. Thematically, she often writes on the many ways in which anxiety manifests in individuals across the spectrum of age, gender, class and sexuality. 

Carlos Franco-Ruiz (°1987, Managua, Nicaragua) is an artist who mainly works with painting. In 1988, as the civil war was winding down his parents immigrated to Miami, FL. Carlos was raised in Miami, in the neighborhood of Little Havana. At the age of 14, he was accepted into the Commercial Art Magnet Program at South Miami Senior High School in 2002. After graduating, he would continue to pursue art as a career and completing his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Miami in 2011. In 2013, he moved to Uruguay and continues to follow his passion for painting where he recently had a solo exhibition "Fractured Moments" at Roggia Galerie to showcase his latest body of work. He currently lives and works in Sauce, Uruguay.

Becca Rose Hall lives in Seattle, where she is finishing a novel, expecting a baby, running a children's writing program, and probably also walking her dog. She studied writing at Stanford and the University of Montana, and has had work appear in The Bellingham Review, Contrary, Grist, and inside Seattle's buses, among other places.

J.C. Johnson was born and raised in Compton, California, and published a poetry collection called Keep Striving. He assisted in the creation of the Kuumba Journal at San Diego State University and has been published in the SoMa Literary Review and Caesura Journal. He received his BS from Oregon State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles.

Nabanita Kanungo is from Shillong. Her poems have appeared in Caravan, Planet (The Welsh Internationalist), Prairie Schooner, The Bombay Review, Café Dissensus and Coldnoon, among others. Her work has also been anthologised in Ten: The New Indian Poets (Nirala Publications, 2013), Gossamer (Kindle Magazine, 2015) and 40 under 40 (Poetrywala, 2016). A Map of Ruins, her first book of poems, was published by Sahitya Akademi in 2014.

Suhit Kelkar is a journalist who lives and works in Mumbai, India. His journalistic pieces have been published by various Indian and international publications. His haiku have appeared in The Heron's Nest (USA), the Asahi Haikuist Network (Japan), and Naad Anunaad (an Indian anthology of haiku). His poetry has appeared in Vayavya (India) and has been accepted for publication in The Bombay Literary Magazine.

Poornima Laxmeshwar resides in the garden city Bangalore and works as a content writer for a living. Her poems have appeared in ColdNoon, Vayavya, MuseIndia, Writers Asylum, The Aerogram, Stockholm Literary Review, Northeast Review, Brown Critique, Cafe Dissensus amongst many others. Her haiku, haiga have found space in several magazines.

Peter Leight has previously published poems in Paris Review, AGNI, FIELD, Beloit Poetry Review, Raritan, Matter, and other magazines.

Ann Manov graduated from the University of Florida with B.A.'s in French, Spanish, and English literature. She then taught high school as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Strasbourg, France. She is now a PhD student in French at Yale University and beginning a JD at Yale Law School. Her creative and critical writing can be found in SAND Journal, Delos, The Lake, Intersect: The Stanford Journal of Science, Technology, and Society and more. 

Melissa Ostrom teaches English at Genesee Community College and lives with her husband and children in rural western New York. Her fiction has appeared in The Florida Review, Quarter After Eight, The Baltimore Review, and Word Riot, among other journals. Her first novel, The Beloved Wild, is forthcoming from Macmillan in the winter of 2018.

Ghada Mourad is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature and a Schaeffer fellow in literary translation at the University of California, Irvine. She translates from Arabic and French. Her translations have appeared in Banipal, Al-Jadid, The Literary Review, The Denver Quarterly, Jadaliyya, The Missing Slate, The Common, among others.

Alejandro Puyana is a Venezuelan writer living in Austin, TX. His work has appeared on Tin House Open Bar, Huizache, The Toast, The Huffington Post, NPR's The Salt and has been adapted for radio by NPR's The Texas Standard. He's currently working on a novel titled Freedom is a Feast set in Venezuela. Tweet to @Puyana.

Jim Snowden’s first short story about the characters in “Two Ways To Say Goodbye to Milford” appeared in Across the Margins in August, 2017. A graduate of the University of Washington’s MFA program, Jim has placed fiction in Pulphouse, Mind In Motion, The Seattle Review, The King’s English, and MAKEDismantle the Sun and Summer of Long Knives, his first two novels, were published by Booktrope in 2012 and 2014, respectively. His one-act play, Dr. Kritzinger’s 12 O’Clock won the Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwright’s Festival in 2015.

Omar Youssef Suleiman, 29, is a Syrian poet and journalist. In 2011 he participated in the uprisings against the Syrian regime, and soon became a target of the secret services of the Assad regime. He escaped to Jordan, and then to France where he has been accorded political asylum since 2012. Suleiman’s family members still reside in Syria, and he currently writes for Syria Untold.

Erica Trabold is a writer of family and memory. Her essays have appeared in Seneca Review, The Rumpus, The Collagist, and Essay Daily, among other journals. A graduate of Oregon State University’s MFA program, she writes and teaches in Portland.

Siamak Vossoughi was born in Tehran, grew up in Seattle, and lives in San Francisco. He has published in Glimmer Train, Missouri Review, Kenyon Review Online, and several other journals. His collection, Better Than War, received a 2014 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction.

Jan Wiezorek has taught writing at St. Augustine College, Chicago, and his poetry has appeared or is forthcoming at The London Magazine, Southern Pacific Review, Scarlet Leaf Review, Bindweed Magazine, Literary Juice, FIVE:2:ONE, Random Sample, Squawk Back, Tuck Magazine, Panoplyzine, Better Than Starbucks, and Schuylkill Valley Journal. He is author of Awesome Art Projects That Spark Super Writing (Scholastic, 2011) and holds a master's degree in English Composition/Writing from Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago. Visit him at

Nadeem Zaman was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh and grew up there and in Chicago. His work has appeared in Roanoke Review, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal,, Open Road Review, The Milo Review, The East Bay Review, The Copperfield Review, China Grove, Eastlit, 94 Creations, Dhaka Tribune, and