Lynn Melnick is the author of the poetry collections Refusenik(forthcoming 2022), Landscape with Sex and Violence and If I Should Say I Have Hope, all with YesYes Books, and the co-editor of Please Excuse This Poem: 100 Poets for the Next Generation. I’ve Had to Think Up a Way to Survive: On Trauma, Persistence, and Dolly Parton, is forthcoming from University of Texas Press in 2022. Her poetry has appeared in APR, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, and A Public Space. Her essays have appeared in air/light, LA Review of Books, ESPN, and the anthology Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture.
She has received grants from the Cafe Royal Cultural Society and the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. A former fellow at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and previously on the executive board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, she currently teaches poetry at Columbia University and the 92Y. Born in Indianapolis, she grew up in Los Angeles and currently lives in Brooklyn.
Joy Ladin (formerly Jay)is the author of a memoir, Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders, and six books of poetry, The Definition of Joy, Forward Fives award winner Coming to Life, Transmigration (a 2009 Lambda Literary Award finalist), The Book of Anna, and Alternatives to History, all from Sheep Meadow Press, and Psalms, a collection of original psalms from Wipf & Stock. Her poems and essays have been widely published. She holds the David and Ruth Gottesman Chair in English at Stern College of Yeshiva University, where, in 2007, she became the first openly transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish institution. She has given many talks on writing, literature, Judaism, and gender identity. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Keshet.
Leslie Marie Aguilar originally hails from the heartland of Texas. She has served as the Poetry Editor of Harbinger Journal of Literature and Art and the Poetry Editor of Indiana Review, where she previously worked as Associate Genre Editor and Web Editor. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in BorderSenses, Bellingham Review, Hobart, Grist, Southern Indiana Review, Stirring: A Literary Collection, The Boiler, Iron Horse Literary Review, fields, The Journal, Phoebe, Río Grande Review, Hotel Amerika, Ninth Letter, The Common, wildness, The Más Tequila Review, Spillway, Rattle, Emerge Literary Review, San Pedro River Review, Indiana Review, Callaloo, Chicago Quarterly Review, Sonora Review, and Washington Square Review.
Leslie’s poetry has been awarded a National Society of Arts and Letters Chapter Career Award, the David E. Albright Memorial Award, and was chosen by D. A. Powell as the recipient of the 2014 Washington Square Poetry Award. Her poems were also finalists for the 49th Parallel Poetry Award, New Letters Poetry Award, Alice James Award, Four Way Books Levis Prize, and the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize. She received her MFA from Indiana University and is a Fine Arts Work Center Fellow. She currently works as the Managing Editor for Studies in English Literature 1500–1900 at Rice University.
Kerrin McCadden is the author most recently of American Wake. Her debut, Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes, won the inaugural Vermont Book Award in 2015, and her chapbook Keep This To Yourself was awarded the 2018 Button Poetry Prize.A recent National Endowment for the Arts fellowship awardee, McCadden’s poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, and others. McCadden teaches at Montpelier High School, serves as the Associate Director of the Conference on Poetry and Teaching at The Frost Place, and is associate poetry editor at Persea Books. She lives with her family in Vermont.
Tomás Q. Morín is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection Machete and the forthcoming memoir Let Me Count the Ways . His first collection of poetry A Larger Country was the winner of the American Poetry Review/Honickman Prize and runner-up for the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award. Patient Zero, his second poetry collection, was described by Publishers Weekly in a starred review as “striking in capturing everyday actions with startling, musical wit.” With Mari L’Esperance he co-edited Coming Close: Forty Essays on Philip Levine, a book that explores the art and value of Philip Levine’s five decades of teaching. In his work as a translator, Morín translated Pablo Neruda’s visionary The Heights of Macchu Picchu, as well as Luisa Pardo & Gabino Rodriguez’s libretto Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance, a magisterial opera composed by Graham Reynolds. He lves in Houston