Joshua Bennett hails from Yonkers, NY. He is a third-year doctoral candidate in the English Department at Princeton University, Callaloo Fellow, and, as of this past summer, teacher of 8th grade Composition. His poetry has either been published or is forthcoming in Callaloo, The Collagist, Anti-,Tidal Basin Review, Drunken Boat, Word Riot and Muzzle. Joshua is also the founding editor of Kinfolks Quarterly, and a member of The Strivers Row, a performance collective based in New York City.
Deirdre Camba is a recent graduate of the Literature and Creative Writing programs of the Ateneo de Manila University. She participated as a fellow for poetry in both the 17th Ateneo Heights Writers Workshop in 2011, and the 11th Ateneo National Writers Workshop in 2012. She graduated in 2013, with a Loyola Schools Award for the Arts. Deirdre lives in the Philippines with her dad, her brother, and her dog, Chinny.
Chen Chen received his BA from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA and is currently a University Fellow in Syracuse University's MFA program. He also teaches composition to undergraduates and serves as Assistant Poetry Editor for Salt Hill. His work has recently appeared in or is forthcoming from Connotation Press, Pif Magazine, Anti-, Ghost Proposal, and Birdfeast, among others. He was a finalist for Sycamore Review’s 2012 Wabash Poetry Prize and the winner of Driftwood Press’s 2013 Ghazal Contest. He has received fellowships from Kundiman and Tent: Creative Writing.
Jess X. Chen is a Chinese-American poet, filmmaker and illustrator. Her work has been featured in Beasts of the Southern Wild, Write Bloody, Taproot, The Dark Mountain Project, and the College Union Poetry Slam, where her Brown University team was honored with the Pushing the Art Forward Award. She strives to breathe life into the complexity of the Asian-american experience, oftentimes representing its’ stories from the perspective of the land itself. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, she is the co-founder of LoveHoldLetGo, a shadow-theater and film collective whose first play, "Silence and the Earth" imagines what the Earth would say to its’ colonizers if it hadn’t been casted as an exploitable space for its’ four billion old life. She is currently working on adapting that play into a feature length film. (www.jessxchen.com)
Originally from Stoke-on-Trent, England, Tim Craven was a neuroscientist living in London until he began a poetry MFA at Syracuse. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Anon, Fourteen, The Interpreter’s House, Obsessed with Pipework, Envoi, New Delta Review, Rattle, Lascaux Review, Moon City Review, Natural Bridge and New Madrid Review.
Erica Ehrenberg is a poet and teacher. She has been a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University, a poetry fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, a writer-in-residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and a poetry fellow at the Vermont Studio Center. Her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies including Slate, The New Republic, Octopus, Jubilat, The St. Ann’s Review, and Everyman’s Library Poetry series from Knopf. She currently teaches at Fordham University and for the Stanford Online Writer’s Studio.
Samiah Haque is a Colby Fellow at University of Michigan's Helen Zell Writers' Program. She edits for The Michigan Quarterly Review and her poetry appears in Santa Clara Review, Paper Darts, apt, The Dirty Napkin, and elsewhere.
Trisha Katipunan is a visual artist and illustrator dabbling in traditional mixed media. Aside from fine arts, she has also done production design for a short film and creative direction in photography. Her works have been featured in several creative websites such as Eat Sleep Draw, Candy magazine and Abuzeedo. Trisha had her first solo exhibition in 2013 entitled "Dirty Laundry Excavations," she also participates in local group shows, and has given talks at top universities in Manila. She completed her bachellor's degree in Psychology at Ateneo de Manila University in March 2014. She currently writes and illustrates for STACHE online magazine and designs window displays to pay the bills fresh after college.
Alfred Marasigan is a visual artist from the Philippines. He graduated magna cum laude from the Ateneo de Manila University in 2013 with a BFA in Information Design and a Loyola Schools Award for the Arts (Graphic Design). For his undergraduate thesis, he implemented HistoRiles, a public design installation that aims to disseminate historical trivia via commute. In 2012, he has placed 2nd in the Maningning Miclat National Art Competition, and has participated in group exhibitions such as Insectosize (Maitland Regional Art Gallery), Sining sa Kongreso 3 (House of Representatives), and Parables (Artes Orientes), a back-to-back show with Pam Celeridad. Now, he is a part-time faculty member of the Ateneo Fine Arts. Check out his works at http://cargocollective.com/alfredmarasigan.
Cate Marvin's third book of poems, Oracle, is forthcoming from Norton in March 2015. She is Professor of English at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York.
Jason Nelson is known as one of the top digital poets and net-artists internationally, he has won eight major awards for his work, including the Paris Biennale Media Poetry Prize, The Newcastle New Media Poetry Prize, A Webby Award for his Art Portal (the Oscars of the web) and the Jury Award for top work at the ELO conference in West Virginia University. In addition, he was the first writer/artist appointed to represent digital writing and art on the Australia Council’s Literature Board and the first Australian Writer on the Board of the Electronic Literature Organization headquartered at MIT. but in the web based realm where his work resides, Jason is most proud of the millions of visitors his artwork/digital poetry portal http://www.secrettechnology.com attracts each year.
Soham Patel is a Kundiman fellow. Two of her chapbooks, 'and nevermind the storm' (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs), and 'Riva: A Chapter' (kitchen-shy press) came out in 2013. Her work has been featured at Fact-Simile Editions, Copper Nickel, Denver Quarterly and various other places. She has an MA from Western Washington University's English Department, an MFA from the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh, and is currently a PhD Candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.
Within poetry Roberto F. Santiago has discovered a booming collective of voices, and a rickety soapbox whereupon he can shout obscenities and prayers simultaneously. Roberto received his MFA from Rutgers University and BA from Sarah Lawrence College. He is the recipient of the 2011 Alfred C. Carey Prize for Poetry. Currently, he works as Lead Academic Advisor at a high school in the South Bronx. Travel has also greatly influenced Roberto as a poet. Be it pedaling past canals in Amsterdam or the smell of rain in rural Québec, he has begun to rewrite his own passport. Roberto also writes and produces his own music, and has been known to dance until he rips his pants.
Paul Tran is an Asian American activist, historian and spoken word poet from Providence, RI. He's won "Best Poet" and "Pushing the Art Forward" at the national college poetry slam and numerous fellowships from Kundiman, Coca Cola and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. His work combines oral history and performance the reimagine the violences inherited from the American war in Vietnam. Paul is the cofounder of the Gravediggers Poetry Collective, a workshop for emerging writers of color, and coaches the 2014 Providence youth slam team heading to Brave New Voices.
Stefani Tran is a Creative Writing major at the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. She was a fellow for English poetry at the 13th IYAS National Writers’ Workshop in Bacolod, and her work has been published in Heights, Transit, and Quarterly Literary Review Singapore. She is currently in a relationship with Hainanese chicken rice. Steftran would now like to thank the following for their help and support: Pat Cendaña, the next genius visionary of the publishing world; Nica Bengzon, Paolo Tiausas, and Joanna Mungcal, writers who possess infinite wisdom and life-saving humor; Ingrid Espinosa, crit friend and science essayist extroardinaire; the amazingly kind Ms. Jen Crawford and everyone in HZ301; and Gab Gatchalian, the best thing to happen to the world since Hainanese chicken rice.