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Abraham Smith, Nathan Parker, Dawn Lundy Martin & Ashley Chambers




Abraham Smith is the author of Hank (Action Books, 2010) and Only Jesus Could Icefish in Summer (Action Books, 2014). He teaches at University of Alabama and lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Ladysmith, Wisconsin.

Nathan Parker's poetry has appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Colorado Review, Conduit, DIAGRAM and other places. His book The Locust Diagrams is just out from Noemi Press. He lives with his wife and three children in Northport, Alabama.


Dawn Lundy Martin is author of three books of poetry, and three chapbooks. Of her latest collection, Life in a Box is a Pretty Life (Nightboat Books 2015), Fred Moten says, “Imagine Holiday singing a Blind alley, or Brooks pricing hardpack dandelion, and then we’re seized and thrown into the festival of detonation we hope we’ve been waiting for.” Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Pittsburgh, Martin is a member of the three-person performance group, The Black Took Collective. She is also a member of the global artist collective, HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, the group that withdrew its work from the 2014 Whitney Biennial to protest the museum’s biased curatorial practices. Martin is currently working on a hybrid memoir, a tiny bit of which appears as the essay, “The Long Road to Angela Davis’s Library,” published in the December 2014 New Yorker magazine.  

Ashley Chambers is a writer and performance artist living in NYC, where she is an Master of Divinity candidate at Union Theological Seminary. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama in 2015. Her writing appears in Sonora Review, The Pinch Journal, and The Seattle Review, among others. She was a finalist for the 2014 and 2015 Sawtooth Poetry Contests at Ahsahta Press. Her prose has received honorable mentions in contests at Gulf Coast and Bellevue Literary Review. Her website is