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Jeanann Verlee, Jon Sands, Nicole Homer & Derrick C. Brown

Jon Sands was a winner of the 2018 National Poetry Series, selected by Richard Blanco, for his second book, It's Not Magic (Beacon Press, 2019). He’s the author of The New Clean (Write Bloody Publishing, 2011), and the co-host of The Poetry Gods Podcast. His work has been published in The Millions, Hanging Loose, Muzzle, Lumina, and Rattle, as well as anthologized in The Best American Poetry. He teaches creative writing for adults at Bailey House in East Harlem (an HIV/AIDS service center), and is a recent MFA Graduate in Fiction from Brooklyn College, where his work won the Himan Brown Award for short stories. He lives in Brooklyn.

Jeanann Verlee is a 2017 NEA Poetry Fellow and the author of preySaid the Manic to the Muse, and award-winning Racing Hummingbirds. She received the Third Coast Poetry Prize and the Sandy Crimmins National Prize, and her work appears in AdroitBOAAT, and BuzzFeed, among others. Find her at

Nicole Homer's writing has appeared in Muzzle, The Offing, FreezeRay Poetry, Cease Cows, Yellow Chair Review and else where. Her work has been nominated for Best of the Net. Her debut poetry collection, Pecking Order,  was published by Write Bloody Publishing in the Spring of 2017. She is an Editor and regular contributor at BlackNerdProblems. 

Derrick C. Brown is a novelist, comedian, poet, and storyteller. He is the winner of the 2013 Texas Book of The Year award for Poetry. He is a former paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne and is the owner and president of Write Bloody Publishing, which Forbes and Filter Magazine call “…one of the best independent poetry presses in the country.” He is the author of eight books of poetry and three children’s books. The New York Times calls his work, “…a rekindling of faith in the weird, hilarious, shocking, beautiful power of words.” He lives in Los Angeles, California.