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Kimberly Lambright, Lucy Ives, Asiya Wadud, Emily Skillings & Vanessa Jimenez Gabb

Vanessa Jimenez Gabb is the author of IMAGES FOR RADICAL POLITICS (Rescue Press, 2016) and the chapbooks midnight blue (Porkbelly Press, 2015) and Weekend Poems (dancing girl press, 2014). She received her MFA in Poetry from CUNY Brooklyn College and is from and lives in Brooklyn.

Emily Skillings is the author of two chapbooks: Backchannel (Poor Claudia) and Linnaeus: The 26 Sexual Practices of Plants (No, Dear/ Small Anchor Press). Recent poems can be found/are forthcoming in Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, LitHub, Jubilat, Pleiades, Phantom Limb, Philadelphia Review of Books and Washington Square. She lives in Brooklyn, where she is a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative, a feminist poetry collective and event series. With poet Adam Fitzgerald, she co-curated the exhibit “John Ashbery Collects: Poet Among Things” at Loretta Howard Gallery. Her first full-length book, FORT NOT, is coming out with The Song Cave in 2017.

Lucy Ives is the author five books of poetry and prose, including an essay and poetry collection, ORANGE ROSES (Ahsahta, 2013), A NOVELLA, NINETIES (Little A, 2015), and THE HERMIT (The Song Cave, 2016). Her first full-length novel, Impossible Views of the World, will be published by Penguin Press in 2017. Editor of Triple Canopy, Ives lives in New York City and teaches at the Pratt Institute.

Kimberly Lambright is a poet and scholar living in Austin, Texas. She studied cultural theory at NYU and creative writing at Eastern Washington University. She's a MacDowell Colony fellow and her poems have appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, ZYZZYVA, Sink Review, Bone Bouquet, The Boiler, Wicked Alice, and Big Bridge. Her first full-length collection of poems, ULTRA-CABIN (2016), is the winner of the 2015 42 Miles Press Poetry Award.

Asiya Wadud recently completed a collection of poems, crosslight for youngbird, which are largely poems about the refugee crisis sweeping Europe. She also writes about the spaces where human and animal life forms meet. Asiya holds masters degrees in City and Regional Planning and African Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University, respectively and her grad school work on place and right-to-the-city informs much of her present writing. You can find her poems in The Felt, The Recluse, and the PEN Poetry Series. A 2016 Brooklyn Poets Fellow and the recipient of a 2017 Dickinson House fellowship in Belgium, Asiya teaches second grade in the daytime at Saint Ann’s School and English to recently arrived immigrants in the nighttime. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.