Amanda Dettmann is a poet, teacher, and performer whose current work can be found in her published poetry book Untranslatable Honeyed Bruises. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the South Florida Poetry Journal, The Oakland Review, Atlas & Alice, Underwood Press: Black Works (Dark Imagery Issue), and The National Poetry Quarterly, among others. Dettmann received first place at the Terry Plunkett Maine Poetry Festival, and her recent work has been featured on Maine Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum’s podcast Voices of the Future. She is currently an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at New York University where she teaches in the undergraduate Creative Writing Program.
Andy Havens writes Pacific Northwest poetry from his home in West Seattle. His work has been published by Seattle University and by the online publication Whatever Keeps the Lights On. He recently won the Welcome the Orcas poetry contest, held by The Whale Trail. His hobbies include wondering where the time goes, and waiting for the emergence of the Kraken.
Ana Pugatch is a Harvard graduate who taught English in China and Thailand for several years. She recently completed her MFA at George Mason University, where she was awarded the ’20-’21 Poetry Heritage Fellowship. Her work has been featured in publications such as The Los Angeles Review, Pinesong, and Literary Shanghai. She lives in Raleigh with her partner and son.
Mary K O’Melveny, a retired labor rights lawyer, lives with her wife near Woodstock, New York and in Washington DC. Mary’s work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has received many other honors and awards, including being chosen as a Finalist for the 2017 Pangaea Prize. Her poetry has appeared in numerous print and on-line literary journals and anthologies and on national blog sites. Mary is the author of “A Woman of a Certain Age” and “Merging Star Hypotheses” (Finishing Line Press 2018, 2020) and a co-author of the anthology “An Apple In Her Hand” (Codhill Press 2019). Her latest poetry collection “Dispatches From The Memory Care Museum” will be published in 2021 by Kelsay Books.
Claire Scott is an award winning poet who has received multiple Pushcart Prize nominations. Her work has appeared in the Atlanta Review, Bellevue Literary Review, New Ohio Review, Enizagam and The Healing Muse among others. Claire is the author of Waiting to be Called and Until I Couldn’t. She is the co-author of Unfolding in Light: A Sisters’ Journey in Photography and Poetry.
Marlo Starr writes and teaches in Baltimore. She holds an MFA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins and a PhD in English from Emory University. Her poetry and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in BOAAT, The Threepenny Review, Berfrois, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, and elsewhere.
Jackie Yang is an emerging poet based out of New York City. Her work has previously been published in Storm Cellar, Tupelo Quarterly, and is set to appear in The Hero’s Journey. Her favorite subjects to write about are family, the natural world, and outer space.