Jen Rouse is the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Cornell College. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Gulf Stream, Parentheses, Cleaver, Always Crashing, Mississippi Review, and elsewhere. Rouse is a two-time finalist for the Charlotte Mew Prize. Headmistress Press has published her books Acid and Tender, CAKE, and Riding with Anne Sexton. Find her at jen-rouse.com and on Twitter @jrouse.
Risa Denenberg is the curator at The Poetry Cafe.
She is a co-founder and editor at Headmistress Press, publisher of lesbian/bi/trans poetry. She has published three chapbooks, and three full length collections of poetry, most recently, slight faith (MoonPath Press, 2018).
Burgi Zenhaeusern is the author of Behind Normalcy (CityLit Press, 2020), winner of the 2019 Harriss Poetry Prize. Her work appears in various online and print journals. She volunteers for a local reading series and lives in Chevy Chase, MD. Find more at burgizenhaeusern.com
Arya F. Jenkins is a Colombian-American poet and writer whose work has been published in numerous journals and zines, most recently, IO Literary Journal, Rag-Queen Periodical, and The Ekphrastic Review. Her poetry and fiction have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Poetry is forthcoming in Poetica Review. Her poetry chapbooks are: Jewel Fire (AllBook Books, 2011), Silence Has A Name (Finishing Line Press, 2016), and Love & Poison (Prolific Press, 2019). Her short story collection Blue Songs in an Open Key (Fomite Press, 2018) is available here: www.aryafjenkins.com.
Lauren Davis is the author of Home Beneath the Church, forthcoming from Fernwood Press, and the chapbook Each Wild Thing’s Consent, published by Poetry Wolf Press. She holds an MFA from the Bennington College Writing Seminars, and she teaches at The Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books. She is a former Editor in Residence at The Puritan’s Town Crier and has been awarded a residency at Hypatia-in-the-Woods. Her work has appeared in over fifty literary publications and anthologies including Prairie Schooner, Spillway, Ibbetson Street, Ninth Letter and elsewhere.
Linera Lucas won the Crucible Fiction Prize and has had poetry and short stories published in Boomtown Anthology, Change Seven Magazine, Clover, Crucible, Elohi Gadugi Journal, Pindeldyboz, RKVRY, Spillway, The Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber, VerbSap, VoiceCatcher Anthology and elsewhere. She has a BA from Reed College and an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte, and has taught creative writing at the University of Washington Women’s Center, the Reed College Alumni Writers Workshop, and Hugo House.
Meet Guest Reviewer: Siân Killingsworth
Siân Killingsworth’s poetry has appeared in journals such as Stonecoast Review, Glass: A Journal of Poetry (Poets Resist),Columbia Poetry Review, Mom Egg Review, Ekphrastic Review, Oakland Review, and Mudfish. She has an MFA in poetry from the New School, where she served on the staff of Lit. She is a current board member of the Marin Poetry Center.
Read more about her at www.sianessa.com.
Meet Guest Reviewer: Jeri Frederickson
Jeri is a writer and freelance editor finishing her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Antioch University. Her poetry has most recently appeared in print in Thought Collection and Vines Leavesand online at Thank you for swallowing. She is the editor of online magazine Awakened Voices. She is also a freelance theater director and an ensemble member of Irish Theatre of Chicago where she has served as the Literary Manager and Associate Artistic Director. She currently fosters healing through the arts in Chicago as the Creative Director of literary, movement, and visual arts at a Chicago nonprofit organization for survivors of sexual violence. Instagram: @lifeplayedonstage
Meet Guest Reviewer: Sarah Stockton
A life-long bibliophile and poetry autodidact, Sarah Stockton also holds a BA/English and MA/Education, and has extensive training as an addiction counselor, creativity coach, and spiritual director. Along with raising two kids, Sarah has held various university positions over the years as both staff and adjunct professor (in literature and theology). Sarah is also a freelance writer and editor, and the author of two nonfiction books on spirituality. Most recently her poems have appeared in The Shallow Ends, Rise Up Review, American Journal of Poetry, Crab Creek Review, Empty Mirror, and Glass Poetry, among other publications.
www.sarahstockton.com Twitter and Insta: @sarahpoetica