Contributors - F/W 2022 - 2023


Ryūnosuke Akutagawa

Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (1892–1927), born in Tokyo, Japan, was the author of more than 350 works of fiction and nonfiction, including Rashōmon, The Spider's Thread, Kappa, and In a Grove. Japan’s premier literary award for emerging writers, the Akutagawa Prize, is named after him.

Amber Atiya

Amber Atiya, a supportive housing and women’s rights advocate, is a multidisciplinary poet from Brooklyn. Dig on her poems in the Soul Sister Revue Poetry Compilation, Boston Review, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. Her visual and text-based art/objects have been exhibited at the Knockdown Center, Bessie’s Brooklyn, and Pace University. A 2021 recipient of the Oscar Williams and Gene Derwood Award, she is a member of a women of color arts collective celebrating twenty years in 2022. Her chapbook, the fierce bums of doo-wop, was published by Argos Books.

Larissa Babij

Larissa Babij is a Ukrainian-American writer, translator and movement artist based in Kyiv, Ukraine since 2005. Her writing has appeared in The Evergreen Review, the Odessa Review, Entropy, and other publications. She writes about life in Ukraine in the midst of war at a Kind of Refugee.

Richard Barnes

Richard Barnes is a New York–based artist and photographer. For his series “Murmur,” which he produced over the course of two years, he photographed hundreds of thousands of migrating starlings in the skies above Rome as they coalesced in formations known as murmurations. Barnes’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at institutions that include the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego; the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh; Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, MI; and the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University. His photographs are held in numerous public and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, and the Whitney Museum in New York; SFMOMA; LACMA; and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. Barnes was the recipient of the Rome Prize in 2005, and in 2006 his work was featured in the Whitney Biennial and awarded the Alfred Eisenstadt Award for Photography. His monograph, Animal Logic, was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2009.

Mariam Bazeed

Mariam Bazeed is a multi–award winning Egyptian immigrant, poet, playwright, performance artist, stage actor, editor, educator, curator, and cook, living in Brooklyn. An alliteration-leaning writer of prose, poetry, plays, and pantry lists, their work across genres is published in print and online, and their plays have been performed in festivals on both sides of the Atlantic. Their first play, peace camp org, an autobiographical, queer, anti-Zionist musical(ish) comedy about summer camp, is published by Oberon Books, UK, and won the Dramatists Guild’s Lanford Wilson Award for creative promise in 2021. Mariam is currently at work on their third full-length play, faggy faafi Cairo boy, and on their debut novel, The Boy Made of Air. To procrastinate from facing the blank page, Mariam curates and runs a monthly(ish) world-music salon and open mic in Brooklyn, and is a slow student of Arabic music.

Luke Dani Blue

Luke Dani Blue’s stories have won awards from major literary magazines and been listed in The Best American Short Stories. Originally from Michigan, Luke (they/them) is a two-time college dropout with an MFA in fiction who resides most reliably on the internet. They are also an astrologer. This is their first book.

Nyame Brown

Nyame Oulynji Brown is an Afrofuturist artist working across a multitude of mediums. Brown received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MFA from Yale School of Art and Architecture. He is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Award, the Richard Driehaus Foundation Individual Artist Award, and a site-specific commission for the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation. He participated in Theaster Gates’s Black Artist Retreat in Chicago, and residencies at Headlands Center for the Arts, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, and the Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans.

Ryan Choi

Ryan Choi is the author of the forthcoming books Three Demons: A Study on Sanki Saito’s Haiku and In Dreams: The Very Short Works of Ryunosuke Akutagawa. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Harper’s, the Nation, the New Criterion, the New Republic, and elsewhere. Choi lives in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, where he was born and raised.

Skye C. Cleary

Skye C. Cleary, PhD MBA is a philosopher and writer. She teaches at Columbia University and the City University of New York, and is the author of How to Be Authentic: Simone de Beauvoir and the Quest for Fulfillment, Existentialism and Romantic Love and co-editor of How to Live a Good Life. Cleary’s writing has appeared in The Paris Review, Aeon, The Times Literary Supplement, TED-Ed, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, among other outlets. She won the 2017 New Philosopher Writers’ Award and was a 2021 MacDowell Fellow. She is an Australian living in New York City.

Chris Costan

Chris Costan has had solo exhibitions at Germans Van Eck Gallery, Windows on White Street, Avenue B Gallery, F.A.O. Gallery, Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts (all in New York); Smith College Museum of Art (Northampton, MA); and Peter Miller Gallery (Chicago). She has been awarded grants from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, NYFA, American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her exhibitions have been reviewed in ARTnews, Artforum, Flash Art, New York magazine, and other publications. Costan lives in New York City and spends time in the Hudson Valley.

Marguerite Duras

Marguerite Duras (1914–1996) was a novelist, essayist, playwright, and filmmaker, and a leading figure in postwar French arts and culture. She was born and came of age in French Indochina in what is now Saigon, and at seventeen went to her parents’ native France to study at the Sorbonne. Before long she became a fixture in the French Communist Party and active in the French Resistance; she remained committed to left-wing causes throughout her life. Duras’s career in the arts spanned nearly five decades, but was beset by troubles that plagued her from childhood: her father’s early death, the family’s impoverishment, domestic strife, and later in life, her notorious alcoholism. Her work, though often bleak and unsettling, is also characterized by delicacy, restraint, and a marked interest in human sexuality. The latter occasioned a sometime-sensationalism in the popular press, and never more so than with her 1984 Prix Goncourt–winning novel The Lover. Duras also courted controversy for her treatment of the aftermath of the nuclear bombs in the Academy Award–nominated screenplay for “Hiroshima mon amour” (1959). Such phenomena, however, stood in contrast to the work itself, which was hardly prurient: as her career developed, Duras’s style became increasingly abstract and experimental, celebrated as much for its mastery of dialogue as for what was left unsaid.

Rodney Ewing

Rodney Ewing (b. 1964, Baton Rouge) received a BFA from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, and an MFA from West Virginia University. Ewing is a grantee of the San Francisco Art Commission Individual Artist Grant (2016-2020). His multi-media works that re-examine human history, cultural conditions, and trauma, have been included in numerous group and solo exhibitions, including at the University of San Francisco, at Rena Bransten Gallery, the Museum of the African Diaspora, the Museum of Modern Art (all in San Francisco); Jack Shainman Gallery, NY; and The Drawing Center, NY.

Olia Fedorova

Olia Fedorova (b. 1994, Kharkiv, Ukraine) is a conceptual artist working in performance, intervention, photography, video, and text. Since she graduated from Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Arts (KSADA) in 2016, she has been the recipient of awards at festivals that include Non Stop Media VIII, Kharkiv; Nathan Altman Contemporary Art competition, Vinnytsya (winner 2017); Young Ukrainian Artists (MUHi), Kyiv; and the Second Biennale of Young Art, Kharkiv, 2019. Olia has had solo exhibitions in Kharkiv, Kyiv, Dnipro, Odesa, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Turin (Italy), and participated in projects throughout Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Austria, Great Britain, Spain, Argentina, Japan, and the US. She currently lives and works in Graz, Austria.

Yma Johnson

Yma Johnson is a first-generation Sierra Leonean immigrant who began her writing career in 1996 as a journalist and editor in Puerto Rico. She won first place in the 2012 Current Magazine Fiction Contest and was listed as an honorable mention in the 2014 Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Contest. Her work was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016. Yma taught rhetoric and composition at Eastern Michigan University and co-facilitated an ongoing poetry workshop in a women’s prison. Her short fiction has appeared in Cosmonauts Avenue and The St. Petersburg Review. Yma’s stories have also been anthologized in Cthulhu Lies Dreaming published by Ghostwoods Press (2016) and in the Experimental Encyclopedia, Vol. III, L–Z by Publication Studio House (2017). She earned an MA in creative writing from Eastern Michigan University in 2019 and was awarded the Distinguished Graduate Student in Creative Writing for her science fiction work-in-progress. In 2020, she was a semifinalist in the Sundress Publications Manuscript Contest.

Porochista Khakpour

Porochista Khakpour is the author of the novels Sons & Other Flammable Objects and The Last Illusion, the essay collection Brown Album, and the memoir Sick. A journalist and professor, she is a senior editor for The Los Angeles Review of Books and contributing editor for Evergreen.

Kiprop Kimutai

Kiprop Kimutai is a Kenyan writer whose fiction has appeared in Kwani? Trust, Jalada, PBQ, No Tokens, Prufrock, Kachifo, New Internationalist and Acre Books. He was a 2019 Baldwin fellow and is currently writing his novel and a collection of stories set in Donholm, Nairobi. Find him on his Twitter handle: @Tirobon

Iryna Kostyshina

Iryna Kostyshina is a visual artist, graphic designer and an author of critical articles based in Kyiv, Ukraine. She combines visual research and activism in her practice. Iryna’s texts have been published in Korydor, Dwutygodnik.PL, Telegraf.Design and Bird In Flight. She also worked as a volunteer translator for Euromaidan press in 2014.

Lyne Lapointe

Lyne Lapointe was born in Montréal and lives and works in Mansonville, Québec. By the early 80’s, she was recognized as one of the most promising Canadian artists of her generation. From 1983 to 1994 she created a groundbreaking series of site-specific works with critic Martha Fleming, transforming abandoned spaces into ephemeral personal memoirs, culminating with a large-scale installation at the 22nd Bienal de São Paulo. Lapointe has shown at MoMA PS1; New Museum, NY; National Gallery of Canada; and had a mid-career survey at Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal. Her work is in major collections, including Brown University Art Museum; MIT List Visual Arts Center; Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal; National Gallery of Canada; and Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec.

Oleksandr Lebediev

Oleksandr Lebediev (b.1976) is an artist, dancer, member of TanzLaboratorium, based in Kyiv, Ukraine. During the Russo-Ukrainian war (2014-ongoing) his interests have shifted from mainstream contemporary art to reflections on the Communist ideological foundations of the Ukrainian state and society.

Spencer Lee-Lenfield

Spencer Lee-Lenfield has previously published poetry and poetry translations in Guernica and Colorado Review, and is an assistant editor at The Yale Review.

David Mills

David Mills holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College and NYU. He has published four collections: Boneyarn, The Dream Detective, The Sudden Country, and After Mistic. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Brooklyn Rail, Colorado Review, Crab Orchard Review, Jubilat, Callaloo, the Common, Worcester Review, Taint Taint Taint, Rattapallax, and Fence. He has received fellowships from NYFA, Breadloaf, the Lannan Foundation, the Queens Council on the Arts, the Bronx Council on the Arts, Washington College, the American Antiquarian Society, and a Flushing Town Hall Grant. He lived in Langston Hughes’s landmark home and was a recipient of the Langston Hughes Society Award. He wrote the audio script for the Whitney Museum exhibition Reflections in Black:100 Years of Black Photography. The Juilliard School of Drama commissioned his play The Serpent and the Dove. He has recorded his poetry on ESPN and RCA Records, and had a poem displayed at the Venice Biennale.

Barbara Molinard

Barbara Molinard (1921–1986) wrote and wrote, but published only one book in her lifetime. Everything she wrote, she immediately tore up; it was only through the relentless urging from her husband, the filmmaker Patrice Molinard, and her friend Marguerite Duras, that she finally handed over a single collection of stories, Viens, to Editions Mercure de France in 1969.

Julie Moon

Julie Moon is a Korean writer, translator, and teacher. A graduate of Columbia University's MFA in nonfiction writing and literary translation, she has work in Public Books, Arkansas International, the Missouri Review, Catapult, and more. Her debut essay collection, Mouth Garden, was a semifinalist in the 2021 Essay Press Book Contest.

Jacob Nader

Jacob Nader is a visual artist and one-time novelist who holds an MFA in sculpture. He wrote his first book, A Lantern in the Shade, in just a few short weeks while living in the SWANA region—but the story languished in his head for umpteen years before. Jacob has collaborated internationally as an artist-in-residence with HANGAR Center of Artistic Research and La Escuela de Diseño de Altos de Chavón. His drawings have often been described as “idiosyncratic” and he still can’t decide if that’s a compliment or total dis. He continues to make them anyhow.

Kevin C. Pyle

Kevin C. Pyle is the author/illustrator of numerous graphic novels and non-fiction comics. He also makes art, videos and performances that grow out of the practice of drawing and visual story-telling. Kevin is currently producing graphic essays, prose, and large drawings that explore the intersection of art, mortality, landscape and disappearance. His graphic essays can be seen frequently in the L.A. Times and World War 3 illustrated.

Emma Ramadan

Emma Ramadan is a literary translator based in Providence, RI. She is the recipient of the PEN Translation Prize, the Albertine Prize, an NEA Translation Fellowship, and a Fulbright. Her translations include Anne Garréta’s Sphinx, Virginie Despentes’s Pretty Things, and Abdellah Taïa’s A Country for Dying.

Amani Rohana

Amani Rohana has a MA degree in International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specializing in International Security and Diplomacy and a second MA in Cultural Anthropology from Haifa University.

Richard Schwamb

Richard Schwamb, born in Santa Monica, California, lives and works in New York City. He attended UCLA and Art Center College in Los Angeles, and has exhibited at various locations around New York including ArtHelix, Fun, the Thermal Dynamic Reading Project at Tonic, and Jacobson Howard Gallery, where he participated in “Art Jam (Beautiful Burnout)”, a loose, international collaborative of members from Tomato, Underworld, and friends. His work has appeared in Idea Magazine (Japan) No. 337, “Tomato: Underworld ‘formgiving’,” a special issue by John Warwicker. His article “Fast Women” about Chicks on Speed (under the byline “William Tell”) appeared in ArtByte, July-August 2000.

Erik Sellstrom

Erik Sellstrom is a photographer living in Detroit. He began his photographic work in Toronto while pursuing a PhD in Eastern Christian studies at Trinity College of the University of Toronto in 2016. Erik holds an MA in Irish history from the Queen’s University of Belfast. Erik is active in Detroit’s film photography community and leads workshops teaching the art of street photography.

Fatma Shanan

Fatma Shanan (b. 1986) was born and raised in Julis, a Druze village in Northern Israel. Her paintings are based on scenes she stages with people and objects from her own life. Shanan was awarded the 2016 Haim Shiff Prize for Figurative Realist Art by the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, followed by a solo exhibition. She has exhibited her work at Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Berlin; Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce, Genoa, Italy; the Museum for Islamic Art, Jerusalem; the Israel Museum; Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv; Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris; Art Cologne; and the Armory Show, NY. Shanan lives and works in Tel Aviv.

Coyote Shook

Coyote Shook is a cartoonist and PhD student in American studies at the University of Texas at Austin, where they use comics to examine intersections of critical disability studies and the environment. Their creative work seeks to use speculative nonfiction as a crip storytelling method. They received their MA in gender studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and their MS in education at Fordham University.

Judith Simonian

Judith Simonian has shown her work at venues that include the New Museum, NY; MoMA PS1, NY; San Francisco Museum of Art; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; and the Seibu Museum of Art, Tokyo. She is a Guggenheim Fellow and has been awarded residencies at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. Her work is in the permanent collections of Kaufman & Broad S.A., Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Orange County Museum of Art; Fresno Art Museum; Hammer Museum, LA; among others. Her twelve-year survey exhibition is on view at 1 GAP Gallery, Brooklyn, NY through January 9, 2023.

Julie Speed

After dropping out of Rhode Island School of Design at age nineteen, Julie Speed (b. 1951, Chicago) spent her twenties moving around the U.S. and Canada working pick-up jobs (house painter, horse trainer, ad writer, farm worker, etc.) until moving to Texas in 1978, where she settled down and taught herself to paint. In 2006, she moved to Marfa, where, in her words, “I keep hours just like a real job, only longer, and in my spare time I drink tequila and garden.”

Whiting Tennis

Whiting Tennis was born in Hampton, Virginia, the second son of an Episcopalian Minister. He was raised in Buffalo and attended high school and college in Seattle, earning a BFA from the University of Washington. He lived in New York City from 1990 to 2004, before returning to the Northwest. He has received various national art-making awards and has work in several American collegiate museum collections. He is currently represented by Derek Eller, NYC, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, and Russo Lee in Portland, OR.

Cassandra Whitaker

Cassandra Whitaker (they/them) is a trans writer from rural Virginia. Their work has been published in the Comstock Review, Barrelhouse, the Rumpus, Fourteen Hills, Kitchen Table Quarterly, the Daily Drunk, and the Little Patuxent Review, among other places. They are a member of the National Book Critics Circle.

David Wills

David Wills is the author of books on William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and Hunter S. Thompson. He has written for Lit Hub, Quillette, Salon, and The Millions, as well as the US Library of Congress, the Dutch government, and the Allen Ginsberg Estate.

Mie Yim

Mie Yim (b. 1963, S. Korea) received a BFA in painting from Philadelphia College of Art and spent a year studying abroad at Tyler School of Art, Rome. She has had numerous solo exhibitions, including at the Brattleboro Museum; Villa Magdalena (San Sebastian, Spain); Lehmann Maupin, NY; Michael Steinberg Gallery, NY; and Gallery in Arco (Turin, Italy). Her work has been exhibited in group shows at the Drawing Center; Feature; Ise Cultural Foundation; Mitchell Algus Gallery; BRIC; Mark Borghi Gallery (all in New York); Weatherspoon Art Museum; Marcia Wood Gallery (Atlanta); and the Arts Center at Western Connecticut University. Mie is a recipient of grants from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed, New York Foundation for the Arts, and Artist in the Market Place, Bronx Museum. She lives and paints in New York.

Ecem Yucel

Ecem Yucel (she/her) is an Ottawa-based Turkish writer, poet, and PhD candidate in translation studies. Her writing has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Salamander Magazine, Stanchion, Idle Ink, Kissing Dynamite, Autofocus, The Daily Drunk, Celestite Poetry, Selcouth Station, and more. Find her at or on Twitter @TheEcemYucel.

Mykhailo Zyatin

Mykhailo Ziatin, Ukrainian philosopher. Born in 1983 in Kropivnytsky, Ukraine (former Kirovograd, USSR). Was engaged into Russian literature during 2000’s: poems and novels published in magazines Babylon (Moscow, Russia), Vosdukh (Moscow, Russia), Union of Writers (Kharkiv, Ukraine). Currently is an independent researcher and public educator (public study group “Math Without End”, Kyiv, Ukraine). Main research interests: philosophy of politics and history, origins and political dimension of logic.