HEATHER CHRISTLE is the author of the poetry collections The Difficult Farm; The Trees The Trees, which won the Believer Poetry Award; What Is Amazing; and Heliopause. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, London Review of Books, Poetry, and many other journals. She teaches creative writing at Emory University in Atlanta. The Crying Book is her first book of nonfiction.

LUCA DIPIERRO is an animator and illustrator born in Italy and living in Portland, OR. His cut-out animations, filmed in stop motion with marionettes made out of paper and old book cloth, have been called “a perfect balance between creepy and charming” (The Huffington Post) and “sad and beautiful” (L Magazine). His work has been shown in theaters, galleries, and film festivals in the USA and Europe, and appears regularly on book and record covers. In 2014, Dipierro started touring with the show Paper Circus, a screening of his animations with a live soundtrack that he performs together with the band Father Murphy. Dipierro is the author of the art zine Das Ding, published by The Walk; the illustrated novel in cards A Wooden Leg (The Walk, 2014); the collection of short prose Biscotti Neri (Madcap, 2011); and numerous art booklets. He is currently working on his first animated feature, The Cadence.

Luca contributed the cut-out featured on our cover page.

BRANDON DOWNING’s collections of poetry include The Shirt Weapon (2002), Dark Brandon (2005), AT ME (2010) and, most recently, Mellow Actions (2013). In 2007 he released a feature-length collection of short digital films, Dark Brandon: Eternal Classics, while a monograph of his literary collages from 1996 to 2008, Lake Antiquity, was published by Fence Books in 2010.  He's recently completed a sixteen-book cycle based around Euripides' The Bacchae. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area in California, he has lived in New York City since 2001.

MEGAN FRESHLEY and her cat Milkshake live in Portland, OR, where she attended the Portland State University MFA program. Her poems and essays have appeared in Witch Craft Magazine, Susan the Journal, Portland Review, Poor Claudia, Stay Wild Magazine, and elsewhere. She was a 2013 recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize and is writing her first book.

EMILY KENDAL FREY is the author of The Grief Performance and Sorrow Arrow. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is a teacher and therapist.

ALICE HALL is a working poet based in Buffalo, NY where they are pursuing a PhD at SUNY-Buffalo's Poetics Program. Previously, they taught writing and poetry in Portland, Oregon. Their poems can be found online at Dream Pop, DIAGRAM, Paint Bucket, and elsewhere.

T.S. LEONARD is an author and performer. His experimental fiction has appeared in Buckman Journal and Frontera, and in his ongoing series “The Best Worst Times.” Writing about culture and community, his essay work has been featured in magazines like Civilian Journal and The New Territory. He was a featured guest at the 4th Annual Mother Foucault's Airstream Poetry Festival. He shouts queer obscenities in the band Soft Butch. He lives in Portland, OR with his friends. 

TYLER MEESE’s fiction has appeared in Tin House Online, Midwestern Gothic, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He is completing a collection of stories about the Midwest and outer space. He answers every email sent to

ERIN PERRY lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

SPENCER POND is a queer nonbinary artist living in Portland, Oregon. They are a sleepy femme who makes photography, listens to synthy music, and writes the occasional poem. Their photographs have been shown at Blue Moon Camera and they are currently a curator of the Persistence Existence Festivals.

CATHERINE WAGNER's fifth book of poems, Of Course, is forthcoming from Fence next fall. Her previous collection, Nervous Device, appeared from City Lights in 2012.  She is a writer whose interests include labor, ecology, and connections between poetic form, social practices and embodied experience. Her work has been anthologized in the Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry, The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem, Best American Experimental Writing/BAX, Out of Everywhere: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in North America and the UK, Gurlesque, Poets on Teaching,  Best American Erotic Poems and elsewhere. Recent poems appear in Poetry and Chicago Review. Cathy is professor of English at Miami University, Ohio, where she is president of the AAUP Advocacy Chapter for academic labor advocacy and co-coordinator of the Environmental Humanities Research Collaborative.


JOHN BEER is the author of The Waste Land and Other Poems (Canarium Books, 2010), winner of the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America, a chapbook, Lucinda (Spork Press, 2013), and the full-length verse novella of Lucinda, published by Canarium Books in 2016. He is also the editor of a selection of Robert Lax's poems, published by Wave Books in 2013. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

LUCIE BONVALET is a writer, a visual artist and a teacher. Her fiction and nonfiction can be found in Fugue, Oregon Humanities, Catapult, Cosmonauts Avenue, Hobart, Word Riot, and Shirley Magazine. Her drawings and paintings can be found on Instagram.

BROOKE BUDY is a painter, French teacher, wine tour guide, and real estate remodel specialist based in Portland, Oregon.

SHEILA DONG grew up in Tucson, AZ and attained an MFA in poetry from Oregon State University. Their work has appeared in Arcturus, Moonsick Magazine, Menacing Hedge, and other places. Sheila's first chapbook, Moon Crumbs, is out now from Bottlecap Press.

ROB GRAY lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

A 2016 Jack Straw Fellow, Artist Trust Fellow, and nominee for a Stranger Genius Award, ROBERT LASHLEY has had poems published in such journals as Feminete, Seattle Review of Books, NAILED, Gramma, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, and The Cascadia Review. His work was also featured in Many Trails to the Summit, an anthology of Northwest form and lyric poetry, and It Was Written, an anthology of poetry inspired by hip hop. His full-length books include THE HOMEBOY SONGS (Small Doggies Press, 2014) and UP SOUTH (Small Doggies Press, 2017). His chapbook, THE GREEN RIVER VALLEY, will be out in March.

DAVID NAIMON is the co-author of Ursula K. Le Guin: Conversations on Writing (Tin House Books) and the host of the radio broadcast and podcast Between the Covers. His writing has appeared in AGNI, Boulevard, VQR, Black Warrior Review, DIAGRAM and elsewhere, been cited in Best American Essays and Best American Travel Writing, and reprinted in the Pushcart Prize anthology and The Best Small Fictions.  

JAC NELSON is a multimedia poet living between the ancestral lands of the Nisqually people (at Puget Sound) and of the Očeti Šakówiŋ (at the Minnesota River). Their work begins with art and artist as ethical questions that emerge from inherited context: ancestry, language, land, trauma, coercion, and decision activate their aesthetic search for multigenerational healing and connection. Jac continues to learn about, engage with, and resist the ways they benefit from white supremacy originating in genocide, slavery, and other violences. Recent work was shown at Gay City in Seattle Wa, published in Black Warrior Review, Fanzine, Blackbox Manifold and Otoliths, and is forthcoming in soft surface. Gram them @jacxnelson

ERIN PERRY lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

ROB SCHLEGEL is the author of The Lesser Fields (Center for Literary Publishing 2009), selected by James Longenbach for the Colorado Prize for Poetry, and January Machine (Four Way Books 2014), selected by Stephanie Burt for the Grub Street National Book Prize. His third collection is In the Tree Where the Double Sex Sleeps (University of Iowa Press 2019), selected by Brenda Shaughnessy for the Iowa Poetry Prize. With the poets Daniel Poppick and Rawaan Alkhatib, he co-edits The Catenary Press. Most recently, he has taught at Whitman College, and in the MFA Program at Portland State University.

ROSE SWARTZ is a writer-photographer-painter-musician-carpenter living in Portland, Oregon. Her last chapbook, Panhandle, came out on Abandon Press (Nehalem, OR) in 2016. Most of her other recent work involves sheet rock and steel studs and is visible/invisible in various commercial buildings in the Portland area. Early next year, she plans to display a series of large-scale paintings based on Polaroid photos found at the Goodwill bins. Follow her film photography on Instagram: @roseswartz

ANNIE SWIDERSKI (b. late 20th century, California), is an artist and sentimental human who lives in the desert. In addition to maintaining a personal art practice she also runs the American Institute of Thoughts and Feelings, an experimental project based out of her home in Tucson. Recent solo presentations of her work include: POM---PALM (Williamson | Knight, Portland, OR; 2018), Brushing Out the Brood Mare's Tale (Nationale, Portland, OR; 2017), and the good the bad and the ugly (Open Gallery, Portland, OR; 2015). She's participated in group exhibitions across the US and Europe steadily since 2012, and in 2015 she received a degree from an institution. She continues to seek forms of legitimization in her life and practice as a means of survival and in hopes of impressing you, though she's primarily interested in sincerity, connection, and finding the heart of the matter.

Annie contributed fire flower (burning bush), the painting displayed on our cover page.

STACEY TRAN is a writer from Portland, OR. Her writing can be found in BOMB Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, diaCRITICS, and others. She is the author of Soap for the Dogs (Gramma, 2018; Black Ocean, 2019) and the creator of Tender Table, a storytelling series about food, community, identity. Stacey is currently based in Providence, RI, where she is a candidate in the MFA Literary Arts program at Brown University.

JENESSA VANZUTPHEN’s work has appeared or is forthcoming.

TYRONE WILLIAMS teaches literature and theory at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of several chapbooks and six books of poetry: c.c., On Spec, The Hero Project of the Century, Adventures of Pi, Howell and As Iz. A limited-edition art project, Trump l’oeil, was published by Hostile Books in 2017. He and Jeanne Heuving edited the anthology, Inciting Poetics (2019).


COLLEEN BURNER is a Midwestern-raised writer and artist, co-editor of Shirley Magazine, and Oregon Literary Fellowship recipient. Their work has appeared in Quaint Magazine, Permafrost, Black Candies: Gross and Unlikable, and Entropy.

DARCIE DENNIGAN is the author of four books, including The Parking Lot and other feral scenarios, out from Forklift Ohio in fall 2018.

DOMINIC DULIN is a multidisciplinary artist out of the Northeast Ohio Area, currently residing in Kent, Ohio. He tends to work in painting, sculpture, collage, and assemblages. Dominic is inspired and informed by imperfection, and more concretely, Dadaism, Surrealism, and Abstract Expressionism. Dominic sees his work as a challenge to capitalism and the waste of consumerist culture and in his work he tries to reuse objects and fabrics such a culture would see as worthless and expendable trash.

ELLEINADART is a New Jersey based artist looking to spread her love of drawing, dreams, sketches, cats, and life. Her comics have been published in "Blocked: Stories from the World of Online Dating" by Little Red Bird. You can find more work on Instagram, Society6, Etsy, or at

CARL-CHRISTIAN ELZE, born in 1974, lives in Leipzig and writes poems, short stories, and plays. He studied biology and German studies at the University of Leipzig, and later creative writing at the Deutsche Literaturinstitut Leipzig. Recent awards for his work include the Joachim-Ringelnatz Prize (2015) and residencies at the Künstlerhaus Edenkoben (2017) and the Deutsche Studienzentrum in Venice (2016), where he wrote the poems for his forthcoming book langsames ermatten im labyrinth. Other recent books include, diese kleinen, in der luft hängenden, bergpredigenden gebilde: poems (Verlagshaus Berlin, 2016), and Oda und der ausgestopfte Vater (kreuzerbooks, 2018), a book of short stories about growing up with the animals at the Leipzig Zoo where his father was head veterinarian.

GENEVIEVE HUDSON is the author of A Little in Love with Everyone (Fiction Advocate, 2018), a book on Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, and the story collection Pretend We Live Here (Future Tense Books, 2018). Her writing has been published in Catapult, Hobart, Tin House online, Joyland, The Millions, Lit Hub, The Collagist, No Tokens, Bitch, The Rumpus, and other places. Her work has been supported by the Fulbright Program and artist residencies at the Dickinson House, Caldera Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center.

ALEXA MAL’s work has appeared in Whiskey Island, Heavy Feather Review and elsewhere. They received an MFA in poetry from Portland State University. They live in Cleveland, Ohio.

ERIN PERRY lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

CAROLINE WILCOX REUL is the translator of Wer lebt / Who Lives by Elisabeth Borchers (Tavern Books, 2017) and the current poetry editor for the Timberline Review. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the PEN Poetry Series, Tupelo Quarterly, Poetry International, Lunch Ticket, The Los Angeles Review and others.

YONI SHRIRA lives and works in Los Angeles. By day he is a cinematographer. By night he is not a photographer.

ED SKOOG is the author of three books of poems, most recently Run the Red Lights (Copper Canyon Press, 2016). His poems have appeared in Paris Review, American Poetry Review, Poetry, Harper's and elsewhere. He lives in Portland.

RODRIGO TOSCANO’s newest book of poetry is Explosion Rocks Springfield (Fence Books, 2016) His previous books include, Deck of Deeds, Collapsible Poetics Theater (a National Poetry Series selection), To Leveling Swerve, Platform, Partisans, and The Disparities.  His poetry has appeared in the anthologies Voices Without Borders, Diasporic Avant Gardes, Imagined Theatres, In the Criminal’s Cabinet, Earth Bound, and Best American Poetry. Toscano has received a New York State Fellowship in Poetry. He works for the Labor Institute in conjunction with the United Steelworkers, the National Institute for Environmental Health Science, Communication Workers of America, and National Day Laborers Organizing Network, working on educational / training projects that involve environmental and labor justice, health & safety culture transformation, and immigrant worker rights. Originally, from San Diego, and after 16 years, in Brooklyn, NY, Toscano now lives in New Orleans.

CONSUELO WISE grew up on the Lost Coast in Northern California.