Issue Nine Contributors

Stephanie Berger is the CEO of The Poetry Society of New York and co-creator of The Poetry Brothel, The New York City Poetry Festival, and The Typewriter Project. She is the author of IN THE MADAME’S HAT BOX (Dancing Girl Press, 2011) and translator of THE GREY BIRD: THIRTEEN EMOJI POEMS IN TRANSLATION (Coconut Books, 2014). Stephanie’s poetry and translations have appeared in dozens of magazines including Fence, Hyperallergic, Sixth Finch, Prelude, The Volta, Smoking Glue Gun, and H_NGM_N. Other honors include an &NOW Writing Award and grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Fractured Atlas, and The Casement Fund. Stephanie earned a B.A. in Philosophy at the University of Southern California, received an M.F.A. in Poetry from the New School, and has taught in the English Departments at Pace University and Berkeley College.

Caroline Davidson is a writer and musician from Columbus, Ohio. She received an MFA in poetry from the University of Colorado in Boulder, and her poems have appeared in places including Sixth Finch, Coconut, Tinge, and Pouch, among others. She currently works, writes, sings, and scrapes by in New York City.

Knar Gavin attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop and is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Pennsylvania. Her poetry appears in places like Foundry, Birdfeast, Poetry, Glittermob and HFR. Her tumbles can be found at

Alexandria Hall is a poet and musician from Vermont. She is an MFA candidate at NYU and Web Editor of Washington Square Review. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Narrative, BOAAT, Jellyfish, Memorious, and the Bennington Review. She lives in Brooklyn.

Laura E. Hoffman is a United States Marine Corps veteran currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in English at The University of North Florida. Her most recent work appears or is forthcoming in: Bop Dead City, Clear Poetry, and Wowsdom: The Girl's Guide to The Positive and The Possible by Donna Orender, (to be released in Fall 2017). When she is not writing or studying, Hoffman enjoys performing improvised comedy and volunteering with the nonprofit organization Pinups For Patriots.

Alexis Marshall has been writing and performing music for two decades. He lives, with his family, on Cape Cod.

Jon Riccio is a PhD candidate at the University of Southern Mississippi's Center for Writers. His work appears in apt, Booth, Cleaver, Hawai'i Review, Switchback, Visitant, The Volta, and Waxwing, among others. He received his MFA from the University of Arizona.

Andy Stallings lives in Deerfield, MA, where he teaches English and coaches distance running at Deerfield Academy. This poem is from Paradise, which will come out as his second collection of poems from Rescue Press in spring 2018.

Caroline O'Connor Thomas is a living poet who quietly resides in Oakland, CA. Her work has appeared in Sixth Finch, Tin House, Salt Hill, and others. More at

Matthew Wallenstein is the author of the poetry collection Tiny Alms (Permanent Sleep Press, 2017). His work has also been published by: The University of Chicago, The University of Maine Farmington, Easy Village and others. He is from New Hampshire and now lives in a small town in western Pennsylvania.

Kimmy Walters is the author of the poetry collections Uptalk (Bottlecap Press, 2015) and Killer (Bottlecap Press, 2016). She lives in San Diego, CA and tweets at @ka_waltz

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