Aozora Brockman was raised on an organic vegetable farm in Central Illinois by a Japanese mother and an American father. She is the recipient of the 2015 Jean Meyer Aloe Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and is the author of two chapbooks, The Happiness of Dirt and Memory of a Girl. Aozora’s poems have also appeared in Hermeneutic Chaos, the Cortland Review, Fifth Wednesday, and other journals. Read more of her writing at: .
Danika Dinsmore is an author, educator, and spokenword artist. She currently works in speculative and literary fiction with an emphasis on juvenile and young adult literature. When not on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia with her corporeal family, she takes her interactive Imaginary Worlds Tours events on the road to schools, libraries, conferences, and festivals across North America. She is author of children’s fantasy adventure series Faerie Tales from the White Forest. For more info:
Giselle Leeb grew up in South Africa and lives in Nottingham, UK, where she works as a web developer when she is not writing short stories. These have appeared in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Ambit, Supernatural Tales, Mslexia, Litro, and other places. She recently won the third prize for short fiction in the Aurora and Elbow Room competitions and was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize 2016. http://giselleleeb.com/, @gisellekleeb
Born in the USSR, lives in Russia. Always gay, often sad. A human, a mother, a voice.
Johannes Punkt writes with an accent. Previously published in Minor Literature[s], Pamphlets for the Apocalypse, among others. Studies translation at Lund University, Sweden. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. (Photograph courtesy of Josefin Tollgren.)
Michael J. DeLuca is a fernlike, woody perennial native to the Eastern US, found on hilltops and in woodland clearings from Massachusetts to Michigan. Leaves astringent; strongly tannic; used in teas, to flavor ales and as an aromatic smudge. Flowers late summer in cylindrical catkins. @michaeljdeluca; mossyskull.com.
Mohammad Shafiqul Islam is the author of three books: Wings of Winds (Poetry, 2015), Humayun Ahmed: Selected Short Stories (Translation, 2016) and Aphorisms of Humayun Azad (Translation, 2017). His poetry and translation have appeared or are forthcoming in Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Poem, Reckoning, Critical Survey, Dibur, Light, SNReview, LossLit, Arts & Letters, Bengal Lights, and elsewhere. His work has been anthologised in a number of books, including The Book of Dhaka: A City in Short Fiction. He is a PhD candidate in the Department of English, Assam University, India, and teaches English at Shahjalal University of Science & Technology, Sylhet, Bangladesh. He is currently at work on a collection of poetry and a translation project.
Sakara Remmu is the Founder of Black Owned Media Broadcasting Company (BOMBCo).
Sakara was first published in 2001 after witnessing a violent crime and police shooting in Seattle. In 2007 she started writing The Sable Verity Social Commentary, and became a regular contributor to local and national online, print and radio outlets.
Sakara has more than 20 years of experience in education, strategic communications, as well as human services and criminal justice advocacy, administration and direct service on behalf of victims as well as the accused.
In 2016 Sakara founded BOMBCo. to create a multimedia journalism and storytelling platform to reclaim the media narratives around the social issues directly impacting the lives of Black and other people of color in Seattle and beyond.
Sakara is the Host and Executive Producer of Under the Redline, a miniseries podcast exploring experiences, stories, opinions, and issues historically and actively misrepresented or ignored by local and national mainstream media, and which impact the lives of those in marginalized communities in and around Seattle.
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