Reckoning is a communal effort. Our editorial staff, in random order:

Aozora BrockmanAozora Brockman

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:

Arkady MartineArkady Martine

Arkady Martine is a speculative fiction writer and, as Dr. AnnaLinden Weller, a historian of the Byzantine Empire and a city planner. Under both names she writes about border politics, rhetoric, propaganda, and the edges of the world. Arkady grew up in New York City and, after some time in Turkey, Canada, and Sweden, lives in Baltimore with her wife, the author Vivian Shaw. Find her online at or on Twitter as @ArkadyMartine.

Aïcha Martine ThiamAïcha Martine Thiam

Aïcha Martine is a musician, artist and film fanatic who writes in French and English, two of her native languages. Her parents’ occupation brought around the world as a child, and this wanderlust infuses her fiction, nonfiction and her poetry. Her writing can notably be found in Hair Trigger, L’ARgot, Bright Wall/Dark Room, and on Medium, as well as her own website., @Maelllstrom

Mohammad Shafiqul IslamMohammad Shafiqul Islam

Mohammad Shafiqul Islam is author of Wings of Winds (debut poetry collection); translator of Humayun Ahmed: Selected Short Stories, and Aphorisms of Humayun Azad. His poetry and translation have appeared in Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Poem, Reckoning, Critical Survey, Dibur, Lunch Ticket, Armarolla, Light, SNReview, Bengal Lights, and elsewhere. His work is anthologized in a number of books, including The Book of Dhaka: A City in Short Fiction. A PhD on poetry, he teaches English at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet, Bangladesh.

Johannes PunktJohannes Punkt

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: (Photograph courtesy of Josefin Tollgren.)

Michael J. DeLucaMichael J. DeLuca

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;

Sakara RemmuSakara Remmu

Sakara Remmu 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. In 2016 Sakara founded Black Owned Media Broadcasting Company (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.

African Heritage/First Nation

Danika DinsmoreDanika Dinsmore

Danika Dinsmore is an author, educator, spokenword artist, and activist. Her early writing career was built on experimental and performance poetry. Her inspired performances earned her the Washington Poets Association award for Performance Poetry. She has published three books of poetry, an award-winning spokenword CD, and a middle grade fantasy series (Faerie Tales from the White Forest). She spends her time with trees & children and teaches creative writing & world-building in schools, libraries, conferences & festivals across North America.

Giselle LeebGiselle Leeb

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., @gisellekleeb

Goldie LocksGoldie Locks

Born in the USSR, lives in Russia. Always gay, often sad. A human, a mother, a voice.