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Paige Lewis, Kaveh Akbar, Leah Umansky, Kathleen Ossip, and Joshua Mehigan

Joshua Mehigan’s second book, Accepting the Disaster, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2014, and has since been cited as a best book of the year in The New York Times Book Review, The TLS, and elsewhere. His first book, The Optimist, was a finalist for the 2004 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His poems have appeared in many periodicals, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and Poetry, which awarded him its 2013 Levinson Prize. Mehigan was the Alan Collins Fellow at the 2015 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and has received writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (2011) and the Guggenheim Foundation (2015).

Kathleen Ossip is the author of The Do-Over, a New York Times Editors' Choice; The Cold War, which was one of Publishers Weekly's best books of 2011; The Search Engine, which was selected by Derek Walcott for the American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize; and Cinephrastics, a chapbook of movie poems. She teaches at The New School, and she is the co-editor of the poetry review website SCOUT.

Leah Umansky is the author of the sci-fi/dystopian chapbook, Straight Away the Emptied World, forthcoming from Kattywompus Press in Spring 2016, the Mad Men-inspired Don Dreams and I Dream, and the full-length collection Domestic Uncertainties. She is also the curator and host of the COUPLET Reading Series in NYC.

Paige Lewis currently serves as an assistant poetry editor for Narrative Magazine. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in New Orleans Review, Columbia Poetry Review, WomenArts Quarterly and elsewhere.

Kaveh Akbar founded and edits Divedapper, a home for dialogues with the most vital voices in contemporary poetry. He has new poems forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Pleiades, Prelude, and elsewhere. He currently writes and teaches in Florida.