Co-Editor & Poetry Editor
Justin Bigos is author of the poetry collection Mad River (Gold Wake, 2017), as well as the chapbook Twenty Thousand Pigeons (iO, 2014). His writing appears in publications including New England Review, The Seattle Review, Ploughshares, Indiana Review, McSweeney’s Quarterly, The Best American Short Stories 2015, and The Rumpus. He recently joined the faculty in the MFA Program in Writing & Publishing at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and lives in central Vermont.
Co-Editor & Poetry Editor
W. Todd Kaneko
W. Todd Kaneko is the author of The Dead Wrestler Elegies (Curbside Splendor, 2014) and co-author with Amorak Huey of Poetry: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology (Bloomsbury Academic 2018). His prose and poems have appeared in Bellingham Review, Los Angeles Review, Barrelhouse, The Normal School, The Collagist, SmokeLong Quarterly, The Rumpus, and many other journals and anthologies. A Kundiman fellow, he lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he teaches at Grand Valley State University.
Erin Stalcup is the author of the story collection, And Yet It Moves (Indiana University Press, 2016), and the novel Every Living Species (Gold Wake Press, 2017). Her fiction has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Kenyon Review Online, The Sun, Hinchas de Poesía, and elsewhere, and her creative nonfiction was listed as a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2016. Erin received her MFA from Warren Wilson College’s Program for Writers, and later served as the Joan Beebe Fellow at Warren Wilson. After teaching in community colleges, universities, and prisons in New York City, North Carolina, Texas, and Arizona, she recently joined the faculty in the MFA Program in Writing & Publishing at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Erin is the Editor of Hunger Mountain.
Rose SkeltonPhoto: Antoine Tempé, 2017
Rose Skelton is currently working on Homescar, a collection of linked short stories set on an island in Scotland, which won the Larry Levis Fellowship for Fiction in 2017. “Fatty Acids” is her first story to be published from that collection, and a second story, “Heartwood,” is forthcoming in Four Way Review. Rose was a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and has an MFA from Warren Wilson College. She now teaches creative writing and trains investigative journalists, but was previously a freelance journalist in west Africa, working for the BBC, The Guardian, the Sunday Times, and others. She is a banjo player, lives on an island in Scotland, and is a volunteer member of the Tobermory Lifeboat crew, which rescues people at sea.
Silas Hansen’s essays have appeared in The Normal School, Colorado Review, Slate, Redivider, Waccamaw, Best of the Net 2017, The Spirit of Disruption: Landmark Essays from the Normal School, and elsewhere. He lives in Muncie, Indiana and teaches creative writing and literary publishing at Ball State University.
Winner of 2015 AWP Intro Journal Award and the 2014 Intro Prize in Poetry by Four Way Books for his first full-length collection The Taxidermist’s Cut (Spring 2016), recipient of a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant, and the 2015 Kundiman Prize for his manuscript The Cowherd’s Son, Rajiv Mohabir received fellowships from Voices of Our Nation’s Artist foundation, Kundiman, and the American Institute of Indian Studies language program. His poetry and translations are internationally published or forthcoming from journals such as Best American Poetry 2015, Quarterly West, Guernica, Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, Drunken Boat, Anti-, Great River Review, PANK, and Aufgabe. He received his MFA in Poetry and Translation from at Queens College, CUNY where he was Editor in Chief of the Ozone Park Literary Journal, and his PhD in English from the University of Hawai`i. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Poetry in the Department of English at Auburn University.
Assistant Translations Editor
Jasmine V. Bailey
Jasmine V. Bailey’s first poetry collection, Alexandria, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in 2014 and won the Central New York Book Award. Her second collection, Disappeared, was published in 2017 by Carnegie Mellon, and her chapbook, Sleep and What Precedes It, won the 2009 Longleaf Press Chapbook Prize. She has been an Olive B. O’Connor Fellow at Colgate University, a Fulbright Fellow in Argentina, and a fellow at the Vermont Studio Center. She is a PhD student at Texas Tech University and a managing editor for Iron Horse Literary Review.
Candice Amich is an Assistant Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. She is at work on a book project entitled The Poetics of Globalization, in which she examines the aesthetic strategies Latina, Caribbean, US, and Latin American feminist poets and performance artists employ to counter the abstractions of globalization discourse. She earned her PhD in English from Rutgers University and holds an MFA in Poetry from New York University.
Corey Campbell’s fiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Colorado Review, The Rattling Wall, Necessary Fiction, Gulf Stream, Jabberwock Review, Anderbo, and The Chamber Four Fiction Anthology, among other publications. A Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference in 2014, she recently worked for Arizona State University’s Creative Writing Program and led workshops with incarcerated writers in the Arizona State Prison Complex — Florence. She is a graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and in 2015 will become a PhD student in creative writing and literature at the University of Houston. Ms. Campbell is completing her first collection of stories.
Anna Clark is a journalist living in Detroit. Her reporting, essays, and book reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, Grantland, The American Prospect, The Christian Science Monitor, Next City, and many others. She is a political media correspondent for the Columbia Journalism Review and a former Fulbright fellow in Kenya. She is also the editor of A Detroit Anthology. Anna is a writer-in-residence in city high schools, the founder of Literary Detroit, and a founding board member of Write A House. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.
Toni Jensen’s first story collection, From the Hilltop, was published through the Native Storiers Series at the University of Nebraska Press. Her stories have been published in journals such as Fiction International, Denver Quarterly, and Iron Horse Literary Review and have been anthologized in New Stories from the South, Best of the Southwest, and Best of the West: Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri. Her short story “At the Powwow Hotel” won Nimrod International Literary Journal’s Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. She teaches in the programs in creative writing and Indigenous Studies at the University of Arkansas.
Dexter L. Booth
Dexter L. Booth is the author of Scratching the Ghost (Graywolf Press, 2013), which won the 2012 Cave Canem Poetry Prize selected by Major Jackson and was a Finalist for the 2014 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award in Poetry, as well as a finalist for the 2014 L.A. Leimert Park Book Fair’s Jessie Redmon Fauset Award. Booth is included in the anthology The Best American Poetry 2015 (edited by Sherman Alexie) and his poems appear in Blackbird, The Southeast Review, Ostrich Review, Grist, Willow Springs, Bat City Review, Virginia Quarterly, and other publications. Booth is currently a PhD candidate and Provost Fellow at the University of Southern California.
Grace Shuyi Liew
Grace Shuyi Liew is the author of Prop (Ahsahta Press, 2016) and Book of Interludes (Anomalous Press, 2016). Elsewhere, her work can be found in West Branch, cream city review, Twelfth House, Puerto del Sol, H_NGM_N, Bone Bouquet, PANK, and other journals, and her reviews can be found in Fanzine and here in Waxwing. She has received awards from Aspen Summer Words, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and others. She is also an editor at Anthropoid. Born and raised in Malaysia, she currently resides in Louisiana.
Jenny Johnson is the author of In Full Velvet (Sarabande Books 2017). She is the recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award and a 2016–17 Hodder Fellowship in Poetry at Princeton University. Her poems have appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly, New England Review, Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, and elsewhere. She teaches at the University of Pittsburgh and at the Rainier Writing Workshop, Pacific Lutheran University’s low-residency MFA program.
Social Media Editor
Grace Fenlason studies journalism and English at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. She is the Managing Editor of the student-run Lumberjack Newspaper and a writer for NAU’s marketing department. She also interns and reads for Thin Air Magazine and designs for Flagstaff International Relief Effort. She plans on pursuing a career in literary journalism.
Nick Fox is a writer, tour guide, amateur musician, sporting enthusiast, and freshly minted travel writer. He has worked as a sailor, a burlesque emcee, a mule driver, and currently gives bicycle tours of his adopted home of New Orleans. He received his MFA in creative writing from Warren Wilson College and his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northern Arizona University. His work has appeared in Third Coast and the Worcester Review. He is currently listening to music and planning his next trip.
Lauren Kalt is a writer and editor from Phoenix, Arizona, who recently graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English at Northern Arizona University. Her poetry can be found in The Tunnels Magazine, where she has also worked as a fiction editor and copy editor. She started as an intern with Waxwing, and has also interned as a copy editor at Midnight Publishing. She hopes to pursue her MFA in Creative Writing and work in the publishing industry.
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