Megan Fernandes - Megan Fernandes is a poet and academic. She holds a PhD in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MFA in poetry from Boston University. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Tin House, Ploughshares, The Boston Review, The Common, The Adroit Journal, among many others. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of English at Lafayette College and lives in NYC.
Joanna Hershon - Joanna Hershon has written four novels: Swimming, The Outside of August, The German Bride and A Dual Inheritance. Her work has been published in Granta, The New York Times,One Story, The Virginia Quarterly Review, the anthologies Brooklyn Was Mine and Freud's Blind Spot. She's an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University and is currently working on a novel.
Tyler Knott Gregson - Tyler Knott Gregson is a poet, photographer, artist, and author of the nationally bestselling Chasers of the Light, All the Words Are Yours, the children’s book North Pole Ninjas and a third book of poetry Wildly Into The Dark, and a soon-to-be-released book, Miracle in the Mundane. He lives in the mountains of Helena, Montana along with his giant golden retriever, Calvin, and his fiancé Sarah Linden. When he's not being struck by lightning or chased by orca whales, he's traveling the globe and always cooking up new tall tales and wild yarns
Kate Gilmore - Kate Gilmore is a New York multimedia based artist and Associate Professor of Art and Design at Purchase College at SUNY Purchase. Her work has been shown at numerous institutions including: Museum of Modern Art, MCA Chicago, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, ICA Philadelphia and The Rose Art Museum. Notable exhibitions and awards include: The Guggenheim Fellowship 2018; The Art Prize 2015; the Whitney Biennial 2010; The Moscow Biennial, Moscow; and PS1 Greater New York 2005 & 2010. Gilmore’s work is included in many public institutional collections: Museum of Modern Art, New York; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California; Rose Art Museum, Waltham, Massachusetts; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana, Indianapolis; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois.
Jay Frankston - Jay Frankston was raised in Paris, France. Narrowly escaping the Holocaust, he came to the U.S. in 1942, became a lawyer and practiced on his own in New York for nearly twenty years, reaching the top of his profession, sculpting and writing at the same time. In 1972, he gave up law and New York, and moved himself and his family to Northern California, where he became a teacher and continued to sculpt and write. He is the author of several books, and of a true tale entitled "A Christmas Story" which was published in New York, condensed in Reader's Digest, translated into 15 languages, and called a Christmas Classic by many reviewers.
E Martin Pedersen - E. Martin Pedersen, originally from San Francisco, has lived in eastern Sicily for over 35 years. He teaches English at a local university, and his stories have appeared in Grey Sparrow Journal, American Athenaeum, Literary Orphans, Bareback Magazine and others. Martin is a 2011 alum of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.
Frank De Caino - Born and bred in New Jersey, Frank De Caino is currently employed in New York. He has taken part in a poetry workshop at the National Arts Club, and often attends a cafe philosophique in the Lower East Side. His love music of spans from pop to opera, Bach to Amy Winehouse, and he regards Shakespeare, Dylan Thomas, and Sylvia Plath as literary inspirations.
Christina Elia - Christina Elia is pursuing her BA in Art History Communications at Fordham University and is currently employed as a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in online publications like The Odyssey and Select City Magazine, and she has a story forthcoming in The Tishman Review. When she isn't writing, you'll find her wandering the streets of Chelsea, taking advantage of whatever free galleries she can find, and wondering if she'll ever be able to make rent in New York.
Mahlika Hopwood - Mahlika Hopwood is a poet, scholar, and teacher, who holds a PhD in English from Fordham University, where she is the recipient of a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship for 2018-2019. Her work in medieval and early modern literature, and her own poetry explore the intersections of solitude, community, and the transformative spaces which define the spiritual life.
Carlos Franco - Carlos Franco-Ruiz was born in Managua, Nicaragua and in 1988, immigrated to Miami, Florida. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Miami, and is now an artist who mainly works with painting. He currently lives and works in both Miami, Florida and Sauce, Uruguay.
Rae Monroe - Rae Monroe was born in Mississippi, and has since lived all over the world. She has taken writing courses with Stanford University’s gifted youth program, and her short stories have been published in Banyan Literary and Arts Magazine, The Writing Disorder, and The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature. Her poetry has also been published in three literary journals, including Down in the Dirt and CC&D magazine.
Sibel Iskender - Sibel Iskender is an undergraduate student at Fordham Lincoln Center and pursuing a major in English. She has spent the majority of her life in the outskirts of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is a classically trained pianist. She currently works for FLASH Magazine at Fordham.
Cliff Saunders - Cliff Saunders has an MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Arizona. His poems have appeared recently in Serving House Journal, Five 2 One, The Big Windows Review, Snow Jewel, and Rumble Fish Quarterly. Others are forthcoming in The Wayne Literary Review, Pinyon, West Trade Review, SurVision, Wilderness House Literary Review, and Cardinal Sins. He currently lives in Myrtle Beach.
Joe Gross - Joe Gross is a soon-to-be Bachelor of Science from Fordham University and aspiring physician, exploring the ecological underpinnings of disease, the influence of Buddhism on Western art, his Italian and Polish folk heritage, and the intersection of art and activism. He is working on a poetry collection, Dustsceawung, Or Contemplation of the Dust, and enjoys the little things, like hearty food and quick commutes.
Ezra Lee - Ezra Lee is a graphic designer, writer, and person. Originally hailing from San Marino, California, Ezra now lives in New York. His dream is to graduate, but he doesn't quite know how to get there. In the meantime, you can find Ezra in bed watching Netflix, standing on the street looking at birds, or aggressively walking to campus from Starbucks with a cup of coffee in one hand and furiously eating a croissant. You can find him on Instagram at @ezradesignedthat.
Nels Hanson - Nels Hanson grew up on a small raisin and tree fruit farm in the San Joaquin Valley of California, earned degrees from U.C. Santa Cruz and the U of Montana, and has worked as a farmer, teacher and contract writer/editor. His fiction received the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award and Pushcart nominations in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016, and his poems have received a 2014 Pushcart nomination, Sharkpack Review’s 2014 Prospero Prize, and 2015 and 2016 Best of the Net nominations. He currently lives with his wife Vicki in California’s Central Coast.
Jonathan Ferrini -Jonathan Ferrini received his AB Magna Cum Laude from Cornell University, and his MFA in Motion Picture and Television Production from UCLA. His work has been published in The Opiate Magazine, Red Fez, The Bangalore Review, Quail Bell Magazine, Pilcrow & Dagger, Adelaide Magazine, Eastlit, Review Americana, Ficta Fabula, Calliope, Chollas Needles, Scarlet Leaf, Sincerely Magazine, Badlands Literary Journal, TWD Magazine, and Red Earth Review. He currently lives in San Diego.
Leah Mueller - Leah Mueller is an indie writer from Tacoma, Washington. She is the author of two chapbooks, “Queen of Dorksville” (Crisis Chronicles Press) and “Political Apnea” (Locofo Chaps) and three books, “Allergic to Everything”, (Writing Knights Press) “Beach Dweller Manifesto” (Writing Knights) and “The Underside of the Snake” (Red Ferret Press). Her work appears in Blunderbuss, Summerset Review, Outlook Springs, Crack the Spine, Atticus Review, Your Impossible Voice, and many other magazines and anthologies. She was a featured poet at the 2015 New York Poetry Festival, and a runner-up in the 2012 Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry contest.
M Nasorri Pavone - M. Nasorri Pavone’s poetry has appeared in The Cortland Review, River Styx, New Letters, Harpur Palate, DMQ Review, Rise Up Review, Wild Goose Reivew, Slant, Roanoke Review, Bluestem, Stirring, Chaparral, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Quiddity, Confrontation, Sycamore Review, Poemeleon, Pirene’s Fountain and elsewhere. Her first manuscript, The Unraveling Wind-up has been a finalist for many competitions. Her work has received multiple Pushcart Prize nominations and also appears in a recent anthology: Beyond the Lyric Moment (Tebot Bach, 2014). She is also a playwright, she was nominated last year for the Nick Darke Award.
Seigar - Seigar is an English philologist, a highschool teacher, and a curious photographer. His penchant for reflections, saturated colors, details, religious icons, and passion for pop culture shows in his series of works. He considers himself both a travel and an urban street photographer, and his aim as an artist is to tell tales with his camera. His three most ambitious projects so far are his “Plastic People", a study on anthropology and sociology that focuses on the humanization of the mannequins he finds in the shop windows all over the world, "Response to Ceal Floyer for the Summer Exhibition" a conceptual work that understands art as a form of communication, and his "Tales of a City", an ongoing photo-narrative project taken in London. He has also participated in several exhibitions, and his works have also been featured in international publications. He currently writes for The Cultural Magazine in Spain about photography, and for Memoir Mixtapes, about music, in Los Angeles.
Kathleen Gunton - Kathleen Gunton is a poet and photographer. She believes one art feeds another. She has published over 35 cento poems in publications such as Rhino, Studio One, First Things, Caveat Lector, and Hawaii Review, among others. She currently runs her own online blog titled “Discursion.”
Nicholas Catapano - Nick Catapano is a sophomore at Fordham University, focusing on a major in Economics and a minor in Classical Language. He is interested in the study linguistics, and in performing in both comedic and dramatic contexts. His work aims to create a balance between these three elements.
Robert Wooten - Robert Wooten's poems have appeared recently in Voices: The Art and Science of Psychotherapy, The Main Street Rag, THEMA, Lost Lake Folk Opera, and Spire Light. He earned an MFA in poetry at the University of Alabama (1998) and an MA with a creative writing focus at North Carolina State University (1994). His work also has appeared in The Southern Poetry Anthology.
Sarah Bigham - Sarah Bigham teaches, writes, and paints in Maryland where she lives with her kind chemist wife, their three independent cats, an unwieldy herb garden, several chronic pain conditions, and near-constant outrage at the general state of the world tempered with love for those doing their best to make a difference. A Pushcart nominee, her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in Bacopa, descant, indicia, The Quotable, Rabbit, Serving House Journal, Touch, and other great places for readers, writers, and listeners. Find her at www.sgbigham.com.
Christopher Strople - Christopher Strople continues to explore and experiment with both the written and the visual. His work is partially derived from a fondness for color and an appreciation for aesthetics. He has been published in the Art Times, Fox Cry Review, Aries, Parnassus Literary Journal, and Red Owl. After a decade of teaching public elementary school in southern California, he now teaches at a public university, and currently resides in central Maine.
Felicia Luna Lemus - Felicia Luna Lemus is the author of the novels Trace Elements of Random Tea Parties (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) and Like Son (Akashic Books). Her writing has appeared in BOMB, The Believer, ZYZZYVA, The California Sunday Magazine, and Latina, and has been widely anthologized. Sharpie Ultra Fine black markers and crossword puzzles are among her favorite things. She lives in Los Angeles with her spouse, their wild ones, and two Great Horned owls.
Lee Upton - Lee Upton’s most recent books are Visitations: Stories and Bottle the Bottles the Bottles the Bottles: Poems. Her poetry has appeared in the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, American Poetry Review, and three editions of Best American Poetry.
Dominique Dobransky - Dominique Dobransky was born in Leominster, Massachusetts, and is currently pursuing a BFA in Dance, as well as a minor in Creative Writing, from the Ailey BFA program at Fordham University. She began dancing at age three, and aspires to be a professional dancer in a modern/contemporary company, traveling the world to share the gift of dance. She is fascinated by the communicative power of dance, and the universality of art to transcend boundaries, and she hopes to fuse her passion for dance with her interests in storytelling, languages, travel, photography, interdisciplinary art collaborations, and global outreach to inspire audiences.
Victoria Pitz - Victoria Pitz is currently a junior at Fordham University, studying both music and English, in pursuit for a career in pediatric music therapy. While her spirit is most often reflected in her music, she is also a writer and aspiring novelist. She greatly values service-oriented social justice, and has served in both Navajo, New Mexico and New Orleans, Louisiana. Her unique cultural experiences are often reflected in both her musical and literary works.
Elena Ciottia - Originally from Buffalo, New York, Elena Ciotta is a junior at Fordham College at Lincoln Center majoring in Communications and Culture. She is passionate about the arts in all forms, and currently holds a position in the communications department at The Broadway League. She hopes to continue a career in the arts in some capacity.