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Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, raised in Essex County, New Jersey, Poetry Reader for Muzzle Magazine, and author of Memories of an Old World (Wilde Press, 2016)Julio Cesar Villegas is the writer that your abuelos warned you about. His scriptures can be found in Rigorous Mag, Subprimal Poetry Art, Waccamaw, Into The Void, as well as the inescapable mouth of the abyss. Puerto Rico Se Levanta. Villegas is the winner of the 2017 Atlantis Award

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Marjorie Stelmach’s 7th volume of poems, The Angel of Absolute Zero, is upcoming in 2022 from Cascade. Her work has appeared in American Literary Review, Gettysburg Review, Hudson Review, Image, Notre Dame Review, Poet Lore, Prairie Schooner, and others. She is the winner of the 2017 Pangaea Prize

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A PhD candidate in English at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Gregory Emilio‘s poetry and essays appear or are forthcoming in Best New Poets, Crab Orchard Review, Duende, North American Review, Nashville Review, [PANK], Tahoma Literary Review, and The Southeast Review. He’s the Nonfiction Editor at New South, and recently won White Oak Kitchen’s 2020 Prize in Southern Poetry. His IG handle is @emilioepicure.

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Bon Vivants Hereafter won the 2015 Pangaea Prize.

Alison Palmer is the author of the poetry chapbook, The Need for Hiding (Dancing Girl Press, 2018). She earned an MFA in Poetry from Washington University in St. Louis and a B.A. in Creative Writing from Oberlin College, where she was the recipient of the Emma Howell Memorial Poetry Prize. The Poet’s Billow chose Alison for their 2015 Atlantis Poetry Prize, and in 2017 she was a Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets nominee. Her poems have appeared in FIELD, The Los Angeles Review, River Styx, Bear Review, Glass, The Cortland Review and elsewhere. Alison currently lives and writes just outside Washington, D.C.

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L.I. Henley was born and raised in the Mojave Desert town of Joshua Tree, California. She is the author of two chapbooks, Desert with a Cabin View, and The Finding(Orange Monkey Publishing). Her second full-length collection, Starshine Road, won the 2017 Perugia Press Prize. She is the recipient of The Academy of American Poets University Award, The Duckabush Prize in Poetry chosen by Lia Purpura, and two prizes through The Poet’s Billow. She edits the online literary and art journal, Aperçus.Visit her at and check out her blog where she chronicles life with multiple autoimmune diseases.  Read poems by L.I. Henley.

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Argentinian American poet, Lucian Mattison, was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1987. He is the author of Peregrine Nation (The Broadkill River Press, 2014) which won the 2014 Dogfish Head Poetry Prize. His second collection “Reaper’s Milonga” is forthcoming from YesYes Books in the fall of 2017. His poetry has appeared in The Adroit Journal, The Boiler, Everyday Genius, Four Way Review, Hobart, Muzzle, Nashville ReviewPowder KegSpork, Valparaiso Poetry Reviewand other journals. His fiction appears in Per Contra and Fiddleblack, and will soon appear in Nano Fiction. He received his MFA from Old Dominion University in 2015. He is an associate editor for Big Lucks. He currently lives in Arlington, Virginia, and works at The George Washington University. To read more visit

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Brittany Cagle is the winner of the 2014 Pangaea Prize. She works as a visiting instructor and writing consultant at the University of South Florida. Her poetry and prose has most recently appeared in Spry Literary Journal Issues 2 and 4, Sweet: A Literary Confection, The Poet’s Billow, Welter, Mad Swirl, The Stray Branch and Broad! Magazine. Her poetry was nominated for the 2014 and 2015 AWP Intro Journals Award. She has worked as the nonfiction and art editor for Saw Palm: florida literature and art.

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Alex Stinton was born on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  He is the recipient of the 2014 Sophie Kerr Award, the nation’s largest undergraduate literary award. He is currently completing an MFA in poetry at Purdue University. Listen to his interview on NPR’s All Things Considered from May 2014.

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Lisa Summe was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and earned her BA and MA in English at the University of Cincinnati. Her poems have appeared in Fourth River, Mead, The Licking River Review, and others. This year she received honorable mention in the Jean Chimsky Poetry Prize and was nominated twice for a 2014 Pushcart Prize. Currently an MFA candidate in poetry at Virginia Tech, she lives in Blacksburg, Virginia with her very handsome cat, Ozzy.

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Caitlin Scarano is originally from southern Virginia but now lives in interior Alaska, where she is a poet in the University of Alaska Fairbanks MFA program and editor-in-chief of Permafrost.

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Francine Witte lives in NYC.  She received her MA from SUNY Binghamton and her MFA from Vermont College. Her flash fiction chapbook, “The Wind Twirls Everything,” was published by MuscleHead Press. She is the winner of the Thomas A. Wilhelmus Award in fiction from Ropewalk Press, and her chapbook, Cold June was published in 2010. Her poetry chapbook, “First Rain” was published Summer 2009 by Pecan Grove Press. Her poetry chapbook, “Only, Not Only” was recently published by Finishing Line Press. She is a high school English teacher. Please visit her website:

Read the Interview From 2012