Special Feature

Carina Milena Maceira: Loveless Identity

Carina Milena Maceira is a 19-year-old, first generation American of Cuban Spaniard/Colombian decent. Maceira was also primarily raised by her indigenous Mexican-Arab Persian step-family, further adding to her multicultural identity. Maceira grew up in America between the states of Florida, Virginia and Maryland. Today she resides in the Middle East as an English teacher in an Islamic Institute in the small country of Kuwait. Because of her traditionally conservative family and environment Maceira shares her work anonymously on social media accounts by the handle of C. Medusa and performs her work within the safe comfort of the open minded and liberal art, music and poetry community of Kuwait. 

Carina Milena Maceira: Loveless Identity

Aqdas Aftab: Pretend You Breathe Life

Aqdas Aftab is a pakistani queer nonbinary writer, currently getting their PhD in decolonial trans of color literature at the University of Maryland. Their writing has been published or is forthcoming in Bitch Media, Vulture Bones, Crab Fat Magazine, and The Rumpus. These days, Aqdas is thinking about spirituality and love through the framework of prison abolition.

Aqdas Aftab: Pretend You Breathe Life

Andi Talarico: I Want Everything

Andi Talarico is a Brooklyn-based writer and reader. She’s the curator and host of At the Inkwell NYC, an international reading series whose New York branch meets at KGB Bar. She’s taught poetry in classrooms as a rostered artist, and acted as coach and judge for Poetry Out Loud. In 2003, Paperkite Press published her chapbook, Spinning with the Tornado, and Swandive Publishing included her in the 2014 anthology, Everyday Escape Poems. She also penned a literary arts column for Electric City magazine for several years. When she’s not working with stationery company Baron Fig, she can be found reading tarot cards, supporting independent bookstores, and searching for the best oyster Happy Hour in NYC.

Andi Talarico: I Want Everything

Katherine DeCoste: Leave All the Lights On

Katherine DeCoste is a writer working towards her BA in English and History in Edmonton, Alberta. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Structural Damage, Sybil Journal, Rag Queen Periodical, Long Long Journal, and In Medias Res. You can follow her adventures in writing, killing houseplants, and drinking coffee @katydecoste on Instagram. 


Katherine DeCoste: Leave All the Lights On

Tyler Robert Sheldon: Tells Me in a Letter He Has Cancer

Tyler Robert Sheldon’s newest books are the poetry collection Driving Together (Meadowlark Books, 2018) and the chapbook Consolation Prize (Finishing Line Press, 2018). He received the 2016 Charles E. Walton Essay Award and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His poetry, fiction, and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in The Los Angeles Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Pleiades, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and other venues. Sheldon holds an MA in English from Emporia State University and is an MFA candidate at McNeese State University. He lives in Baton Rouge. View his work at TylerRobertSheldon.com.

Tyler Robert Sheldon: Tells Me in a Letter He Has Cancer

Spencer Silverthorne: I Fail at Portraying Anne Sexton in Drag

Spencer Silverthorne's chapbook Premium Brawn was a finalist in the Bateau Press Keel Chapbook Contest. His work is forthcoming or featured in Assaracus, The Birds We Piled Loosely, Permafrost Magazine, Tammy, Title, Unbroken, Vagabond City, and others.  Originally from Philadelphia, he lives and teaches English in Limpopo Province, South Africa. 

Spencer Silverthorne: I Fail at Portraying Anne Sexton in Drag

Jody Chan: Not a Woman, Not Not a Woman

Jody Chan is a writer and organizer based in Tkaronto/Toronto. They are a 2017 VONA alum and the 2018 winner of the Third Coast Poetry Contest, judged by Sarah Kay. Their first chapbook is forthcoming in 2018 with Damaged Goods Press, and their poetry is published or forthcoming in BOAAT, Nat. Brut, The Shade Journal, and elsewhere. They can be found online at https://www.jodychan.com/ and offline in bookstores or dog parks.


Jody Chan: Not a Woman, Not Not a Woman

Katie McClendon: Words That Might Not Work

Katie McClendon is a queer writer who recently graduated from the University of Washington and currently teaches a Fiction & Memoir class to LGBTQ students in Seattle through the Bent Writing Institute. She has published poems in Mare Nostrum (2009) and The Bent Anthology (2007).

Katie McClendon: Words That Might Not Work

Visual Poetry by Natalie Solmer

Natalie Solmer grew up in South Bend, Indiana. She is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Indianapolis Review. After 13 years of working as a grocery store florist, she now teaches composition and writing in various institutions all over Indianapolis. Her work has been published in journals such as Willow Springs, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Cimarron Review, MidWest Review and forthcoming from North American Review. More of her work can be found at www.nataliesolmer.com.


Visual Poetry by Natalie Solmer

Anis Shivani: In the Dust

Anis Shivani’s work appears in Black Warrior Review, The Journal, Volt, Prairie Schooner, West Branch, Third CoastSubtropics, Georgia Review, Yale Review, and elsewhere.  A poetry omnibus called Logography is out later this year. My recent books include Karachi Raj: A Novel, Soraya: Sonnets, and Literary Writing in the 21st Century: Conversations.

Anis Shivani: In the Dust