Cynthia Manick is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet with a MFA in Creative Writing from the New School; she has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Fine Arts Work Center, the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences, Hedgebrook, Poets House, and the Vermont Studio Center. She was a 2014 finalist for the New York Foundation of Arts Fellowship in Poetry; serves as East Coast Editor of the independent press Jamii Publishing; and is Founder of the reading series Soul Sister Revue. Manick's work has appeared in African American Review, Bone Bouquet, Callaloo, Fjords Review, Kweli Journal, Muzzle Magazine, Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, St. Ann's Review, Spillway Magazine, and elsewhere. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Erik Stinson is a writer and commercial creative living in New York City. His writing has appeared in Vice, Playboy DIS Magazine and The Atlantic. He edited the New York-based men's magazine Sense Europa. His book, MICROAGGRESSIONS, just published by Test Centre, combines minimalist, incidental observations of life in New York City – reminiscent of Frank O'Hara – with the concise, rhythmic imagism of William Carlos Williams, transplanted into 21st-century, digital reality. Divided into six titled sections, the book is composed of series of short, 'micro' poems that offer observations on subjects ranging from politics to shopping, fashion to ancient history, computer games and celebrity culture to more personal experiences of work and play, love and desire.
Tommy "Teebs" Pico is the author of IRL, published by Birds, LLC. He was a Queer/Art/Mentors inaugural fellow, a 2013 Lambda Literary fellow in poetry, and has poems in BOMB, Guernica, and the Offing. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now lives in Brooklyn and with Morgan Parker co-curates the reading series Poets With Attitude (PWA).
Catherine Chambers studied poetry and creative non-fiction at Goddard College in Vermont, where she served as the senior editor for Duende Literary Journal. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Gulf Stream Literary Magazine, Third Point Press, and The Indianola Review. Her work has been supported by The Writer's Hotel and the Tin House Writer's Workshop. She lives in Brooklyn with her dog, Bob Dylan.