About Our Contributors

Ellie White holds a BA in English from The Ohio State University, and is currently an MFA candidate at Old Dominion University. She has competed in the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational, the Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam, the Individual World Poetry Slam, the Capturing Fire Queer Poetry Slam, and the Women of the World Poetry Slam. Her poems have been published in FreezeRay Poetry, Wicked Banshee Press, and Melancholy Hyperbole. She currently lives among mermaids in Norfolk, Virginia.

Kieran Collier is a Boston-based poet, two-time member of the Emerson College CUPSI team, and president of the Emerson Poetry Project, Emerson College’s only spoken word organization. His work has been published in The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society, FreezeRay, The Legendary, Maps for Teeth, and Emerson Review to name a few, and he will be featured in the upcoming MultiVerse: A Write Bloody Superhero Anthology (Fall 2014). He has flat feet and a vitamin D deficiency.

Cassandra de Alba’s work can be found in ILK, Red Lightbulbs, Illuminati Girl Gang, and NAP, among others. Her most recent chapbooks are called Bloodlust (No Spaceships Allowed) and Special Bitch Academy. She lives in Massachusetts and posts iCarly screencaps at outsidewarmafghans.tumblr.com.

Ellyn Touchette is a biologist and behavioral health professional from Portland, Maine. She serves on the board of directors for Port Veritas, a slam and nonprofit that she has represented at several national competitions. Ellyn’s work is present or forthcoming in The Emerson Review, Drunk In A Midnight Choir, and Black Heart Magazine.

Max Binder is an artist, poet, and performer who likes to experiment with the boundaries between reality and fiction. He is from Providence, Rhode Island but is currently based in New York. His work has also appeared in the Menacing Mouth chapbook and in Home Sweet litmag.

Kyla Marshell’s poems and prose have appeared in SPOOK Magazine, Blackbird, Vinyl Poetry, Calyx, Wondaland.com, Gawker.com, and elsewhere. In 2013, Ebony.com named her one of “7 Young Black Writers You Should Know.” She attended Spelman College and the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College. She is a Cave Canem fellow who lives in Brooklyn. Visit her at kylamarshell.com.

Hillary Kobernick is a three-time member of the Art Amok! Slam Team. She holds a Master’s of Divinity degree from Emory University, meaning that she has, in fact, mastered the Divine. She currently pastors at a church in suburban Chicago. Her work has appeared in literary magazines in the U.S. and Canada, including Paper Nautilus, decomP, and Bellevue Literary Review and can always be found at hillarykobernickpoetry.tumblr.com.

William James writes poems and listens to punk rock—not always in that order. He’s a two-time Pushcart nominee whose poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Freeze Ray Poetry, Word Riot, Drunk In A Midnight Choir, and Radius. He currently lives in Manchester, NH, where he pretends to be older and angrier than he really is.

Glen Armstrong holds an MFA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and teaches writing at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He also edits a poetry journal called Cruel Garters. His work has appeared in Poetry Northwest, Conduit, and Cloudbank.

Emily O’Neill is a writer, artist, and proud Jersey girl. Her recent poems and stories can be found in Banango Street, Nailed Magazine, and Vector, among others. Her debut collection, Pelican, is the inaugural winner of Yes Yes Books’ Pamet River Prize and forthcoming in 2014. You can pick her brain at emily-oneill.com.

Kiera “Miss Haze” Nelson is one of Atlanta’s premier word artists. Earning the nickname “Big 30” because of her consistency in getting a perfect score, she is one of the most auspicious poets in the sport of slam. She has been performing on the Atlanta Poetry circuit since the age of 14 and has been writing over 15 years.

Marshall Gillson is a nerd by day and a poet by day also. He has been an active slam poet since 2008, representing four different venues in three different states in national competition. He is also the founder and editor of the independent literary magazine The Misanthropy and boasts recent publications in Maps for Teeth, Three Line Poetry, and the depression-themed anthology Light as a Feather. In his spare time, he enjoys arguing, pontificating, and writing biographies in the third person.

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