Matty Bennett is a second-year poet working toward his MFA in creative writing at Virginia Tech. He teaches freshman composition, coaches cross country and track & field, and works as a freelance journalist for Philadelphia Gay News. In his spare time he enjoys playing Pokémon, watching Gilmore Girls, and trolling Grindr for poetic inspiration.
Session — Sally Burnette
Sally Burnette is an MFA candidate at Emerson College. Recent work has appeared in Sein und Werden and Melancholy Hyperbole and is forthcoming in The Outrider Review, Clockwise Cat, and The Great American Poetry Show.
He Won’t Stop Falling because There is No Bottom — Thomas Kearnes
Thomas Kearnes is a 38-year-old author living near Houston and studying to become a licensed chemical dependency counselor. His work has appeared recently in Gadfly, Necessary Fiction, Sundog Lit, Five Quarterly, Litro and elsewhere. He still dates the man who inspired his story.
To Mary Oliver and Journey to the Tamponnement — Annabel Lang
Annabel Lang lives in Chicago, but is not originally from the city. She writes poetry, essays,
and, recently, short plays. When she is not writing or attempting to get the bills paid with some odd job, she spends her time thinking, doing yoga, and running the numbers to figure out when, within the next 5-10 years, she might be able to afford a dog.
Empires — Suzanne Magee
A queer writer and musician living in Belfast, North Ireland, Suzanne has been previously published by Oxford University Press in Tower Poetry: Panado. Suzanne is a Graduate of English (Queen’s University, Belfast) with a postgraduate in Classical Studies (Open University).
Give Things Away for Free — Joe Marchia
On Pompano Beach after My Father’s Funeral, Graveside: Conversations with my Dad, and I love you more than Mariska Hargitay — Carolyn Martin
After sixteen years in academia and twenty-four in the business world, Carolyn Martin is blissfully retired in Clackamas, Oregon where she gardens, writes and plays with creative friends. Her poems have appeared in publications such as Antiphon, Stirring, Naugatuck River Review and Persimmon Tree. Her second poetry collection, The Way a Woman Knows, will be released in February 2015 by The Poetry Box, Portland, Oregon (www.TheWayAWomanKnows.com).
Emotional Refrigerator — Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko
The Llama Lady of the Barn Dance, The Biography of Calamity Jane, and Body Tetris — Sea Sharp
Sea Sharp is a Creative Writing and Literature graduate of Kansas State University with forthcoming or recently published work in Coe Review, Medical Literary Messenger, Gone Lawn, Storm Cellar, Flyover Country Review, NEAT, and others. Sharp is a vegan, American expatriate in England, and a decent hula hoop dancer.
The Demiurge — B R Sanders
B R Sanders is a genderqueer writer who lives and works in Denver, Colorado, with their family and two cats. Outside of writing, B has worked as a research psychologist, a labor organizer and a K-12 public education data specialist.
Arizona — Alaina Symanovich
Alaina Symanovich is currently working toward her MA in creative writing at Penn State University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Word Riot, Switchback, Fogged Clarity, The Voices Project, and other journals.
The Night it was Decided Dublin Needed a New Gay Sauna — Mark Ward
Mark Ward is a writer from Dublin, Ireland. His plays include The Middle Distance, Saliva and Blue Boy. His prose has been featured in Jonathan and the Queer in Brighton anthology. He is the 2015 Poet Laureate for Glitterwolf and his poetry has appeared in Assaracus, Storm Cellar, The Good Men Project, Emerge and the anthology Out of Sequence: The Sonnets Remixed. He has recently completed his first full-length poetry collection, Circumference, which will form the first part of his American G.I. series.
It Pricks Sour in My Mouth: Call me Isabella, For Hannah, if I See You Again, and Sapphic — Ariel Zitny
Ariel Zitny is a queer poet in the Southern California area. She received her BFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and her MFA from Chapman University. She is passionate about feminism and cats.