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

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:

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.

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;

Mohammad Shafiqul IslamMohammad Shafiqul Islam

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 in Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Poem, Reckoning, Critical Survey, Dibur, Armarolla, 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.

Sakara RemmuSakara Remmu

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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