Contributors - S/S 2024


Jeffery Renard Allen

Jeffery Renard Allen is the award-winning author of six books of fiction and poetry. His accolades include The Chicago Tribune's Heartland Prize for Fiction, The Chicago Public Library’s Twenty-First Century Award, the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, a grant from Creative Capital, a Whiting Writers' Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, residencies at the Bellagio Center, Ucross, The Hermitage, VCCA, and Monson Arts, and fellowships at The Center for Scholars and Writers, the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Studies, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. His latest book is the short story collection Fat Time. Making his home in both New York and Johannesburg, Allen is at work on several projects, including a two-volume memoir, Mother-Wit, the collection Try Me: Twelve Stories, the novel Radar Country, and a book about music and writing called The Rhythm of the Hot Dog. Find out more about him at

Parwana Amiri

I am Parwana Amiri, known as a refugee activist, author, and poet from Afghanistan. My journey in Europe started in 2019 when we arrived in Moria refugee camp and I started writing there. I am the author of the books, My Pen Won't Break, but Borders Will: Letters to the World From Moria (published in four languages), Suspended Lives: Letters From Ritsona, The Olive Tree and the Old Woman (an illustrated pamphlet), and, We Will fly higher, a collection of poems written in the camps. My life story inspired the documentary film, "Mother of Freedom," which won a prize from the EU Documentary Films in 2021. 

Latifa Zafar Attaii

Born in 1994 in Ghazni, Afghanistan, Latifa Zafar Attaii’s journey took her from Quetta, Pakistan, where she lived as a refugee, to pursuing fine arts at Kabul University. She was awarded the UMISAA scholarship and continued her artistic endeavors at Beaconhouse National University in Lahore, graduating from the School of Visual Arts and Design in 2017. Latifa has showcased her work in numerous global exhibitions, from China and Switzerland to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, India, and Pakistan. She was the second-prize winner for the Allegro Art Prize 2021. She currently resides and works in Tehran.

Freshta Azimi

I am Freshta Azimi (Ayeh), from Herat, Afghanistan, and I am currently living in Afghanistan. I write because I can't not write. I write memories, book reviews, short stories, and recently I am working on a novel. But I still find myself too small for the big word of the “author." For two or three years I have been participating in the poem and story criticism sessions of the Herat Literary Association, and I have been working as an honorary member with the Shamira cultural and literarary quarterly (of Afghan literature), and with the Ravi Zan news media, which is for women. Some of my writings have been published on Ravi Zan site, Literary Stories, Herat Literary association publication, and The GOAT POL.

Felix Beaudry

Felix Beaudry (b. 1996, Berkeley, CA) employs industrial knit fabric as an extension of his subjects’ skin to explore intersections of the individual and familial in the geographical and identity-based communities they inhabit. His recent solo exhibitions were held at SITUATIONS (NY) and Tatjana Pieters (Ghent, Belgium). His work has been incuded in group exhibitions at Marianne Boesky Gallery (NY), New Discretions at Foreland (Catskill, NY), Golestani Gallery (Dusseldorf, Germany), and the RISD Museum (Providence, RI). Felix lives and works in Kingston, NY.

Peggy Casey-Friedman

Peggy Casey-Friedman (BFA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design) has been showing her photography since the late eighties. She has had solo exhibitions at Devening Projects and Artemisia Gallery in Chicago, and has participated in group exhibitions at the Chicago Cultural Center, Hyde Park Art Center, Evanston Art Center, and throughout the United States.

Lad Decker

Lad Decker (b. 1971, Oklahoma) received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. The events that shaped her work include the Vietnam War, the Pentagon Papers, and Watergate. Her paintings, inspired by investigative journalism, explore the complexities of war and human conflict, and sit somewhere between reportage and science fiction.

Jessica Dunne

Jessica Dunne makes large urban landscape paintings and tiny spit-bite aquatints. She has received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, the James D. Phelan Art Award in Printmaking, and many artist-in-residency awards. She has had solo shows in museums and universities around the country, including the Frye Art Museum, the Flaten Art Museum, and the Fresno Art Museum, and her work is in the collections of the Oakland Museum of California, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and Stanford Special Collections. She just returned from a fellowship at the Oberpfaelzer Kuenstlerhaus in Germany and is preparing for a solo show at Santa Clara University.

Victor Ehikhamenor

Victor Ehikhamenor is a Nigerian American artist and writer known for vibrant works that engage African cultural heritage and the postcolonial politics of his native Nigeria. Ehikhamenor received his BA in English from Ambrose Alli University, and his MFA in fiction from University of Maryland. He was a National Artist in Residence at the Neon Museum, Las Vegas (2020), and a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellow (2016); he has received awards and fellowships from organizations that include Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Nirox Foundation, and the Norman Mailer Center. Ehikhamenor’s work has been shown internationally and was part of the Nigerian Pavilion of the 57th Venice Biennale (2017), the 5th Mediations Biennale, Poznan (2016) the 12th Dak’art Biennale (2016), and Biennale Jogja XIII (2015). He lives between Lagos and the United States.

Simon Gadke

Simon Gadke is a filmmaker and writer from Hamilton, Canada. His short film Monkey Paw was an official selection of the 2022 LA Shorts Fest. He was a resident of the 2019 Cineplex Film Program Writer’s Lab at the Canadian Film Centre.

Nonzuzo Gxekwa

Nonzuzo Gxekwa (b. 1981) is a Johannesburg-based black woman photographer. Her approach to photography favors the everyday over the spectacular; sharing intimate moments by focusing the camera on what is around her as well as on herself. Whether photographing in the street or in the studio, her work explores the human condition in subtle and beautiful ways. Collaboration is a crucial part of her practice, and she regularly works with photographers and other creatives in Johannesburg and further afield. Nonzuzo’s work was included in Presence: Five Contemporary African Photographers at the Photographer’s Gallery in London.

Pippa Healy

Pippa Healy is an artist based in London. She studied photography at Central Saint Martins and University of Westminster and received an MA in printmaking at Camberwell College of Arts. Healy works with both analog and digital photography as well as screen printing and photopolymer. Her diaristic practice is concerned with themes of loss, longing, violence, and grief. Her handmade zines are in the collections of the Tate, Martin Parr Foundation, and Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP) in Paris. Her work has been exhibited internationally.

Fred Khumalo

Fred Khumalo is a novelist and short story writer based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The author of eighteen books, his latest work is Crossing the River, a novel for young adults. It was preceded, early in 2022, by Two Tons O’ Fun, a coming-of-age novel. He holds an MA in creative writing from Wits University, and has been a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, a Fellow of the Academy of the Arts of the World (Cologne, Germany), a Fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study, and a Fellow of the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study; and is also a PhD (creative writing) candidate at the University of Pretoria. In 2021 he was appointed adjunct professor of African literature at the University of South Africa.

Max Lawton

Max Lawton is a novelist, musician, and translator. He has translated many works by Vladimir Sorokin and is currently working on translations of works by Michael Lentz, Antonio Moresco, Stefano D’Arrigo, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Louis-Ferdinand Céline. He is the author of two novels, The Abode and Progress, as well as a collection of short stories, The World. He lives in Los Angeles, where, when he isn’t writing, he plays heavy metal.

Paul Linczak

Paul Linczak earned an MFA from Syracuse University, where he was a Cornelia Carhart Ward Fellow in fiction. His writing has appeared in the Carolina Quarterly, Fiction International, the Saint Ann's Review, and elsewhere.

Ayanda Mabulu

Ayanda Mabulu (b. 1981, Qonce, South Africa) is a self-taught artist from the Eastern Cape. His paintings, which incorporate oils, gold leaf, and textiles, engage issues of social upheaval, inequality, and the politics of the black body in South Africa. Mabulu’s work has been shown at venues that include Everard Read Gallery (Johannesburg), Kalashnikovv Gallery (Randburg), DuSable Museum (Chicago), Galerie Galea (Strasbourg), 1-54 London, Contemporary Istanbul, FNB Art Joburg, and Investec Cape Town Art Fair. His work is held in numerous collections, including Standard Bank Art Collection and Spier Arts Trust (both in South Africa); Leridon Collection (France); and DuSable Museum (Chicago). He lives and works in Johannesburg.

Mozhgan Mahjoob

Mozhgan Mahjoob is an Afghan poet and writer graduated from the humanities and English literature faculty of Herat University. Her stories (inspired by true life incidents), essays, and poems are published at The GOAT Pol, Anis National Newspaper, Hamdeli, and Shahr e Sokoot Magazines. Her first book of stories, Under the Sky Beneath the Moon, is available in softcover and eBook, from The GOAT PoL Books and Publication Studio.

Tamanna Mehrzad

I am Tamanna Mehrzad, a poet and writer, born in 1997 in Herat, Afghanistan. Graduated from the field of Persian Language and Literature six years ago. I have been a member of Herat Literary Association and I write poetry and stories. The subject of my poems and stories are mostly romantic and social, and include issues such as poverty, war, and violence against women. My poetry collection, The city that cut off your hair, was published in 2019 by Herat Literary Association.

Alex Morel

Alex Morel was born on the island of Manhattan but spent most of his childhood on the island of Santo Domingo, where he learned how to climb trees, swim, and ride a bicycle at an early age. His photographic work, which flows along the boundaries between the deeply personal and topics of social concern, is exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally. His editorial work focuses on collaborations with cultural institutions and international aid organizations. His body of work Relaciones y Relatos is a meditation on family, intimacy, and the emotional and psychological connection between people and places. It was recently published as a limited edition book by ’Cademy. Alex received his BFA from St. John’s University (NY) and completed his MFA at Rutgers. He is a graduate of the International Center of Photography (ICP) Creative Practice Program, and is a full time faculty member in the Department of Art & Design at St. John’s University. You can follow him on Instagram: @alex.morel.01

Haya Abu Nasser

Haya Abu Nasser is a human rights activist and writer whose family is originally from Deir-Sneid. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature and humanitarian sciences, and she worked for several nongovernmental organizations in Palestine. After being internally displaced in Gaza for five months, she managed to cross the Rafah border to go to Malaysia, where she is enrolled in a master's degree program in international relations. Her work has been published in AGNI and Scoundrel Time.

Monika Nouwens

Monica Nouwens is a fellow of the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam and attended the California Institute of Arts (CalArts). Nouwens is noted for her intimate and provocative portraits set amidst continuously synthetic Los Angeles landscapes of opulence and rejuvenation. Her practice, rooted in activism, is fundamentally collaborative. Her projects include one-person shows at the Netherlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam, Photography Museum Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, and Rainbow in Spanish, Los Angeles. She has taught at the University of California, Irvine; Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc); Universidad de Monterrey; CalArts; and Canadian Center for Architecture. Nouwens is a recipient of the Graham Foundation Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts Award.

Atefa Qorbani

I am not telling only my own story, I am telling the stories of all the lugubrious Afghan women.

Nahid Rauf

Nahid Rauf is an Afghan soul whose journey through medicine was disrupted by the Taliban's ban on girls' education. She continues to travel the globe in search of freedom and education. Rooted in a passion for humanity, Nahid's vision extends beyond words—she aims to make everyone feel their existence is valued (in her own words, she wants everyone to touch their existence.) Nahid Rauf was awarded The Modest Goat Prize 2024, providing support for the completion and publication of her first book, a novel.

Jess Richardson

Jessica Lee Richardson (Jess/she/her) is an associate professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art. She is the author of It Had Been Planned and There Were Guides (FC2). Her work has been honored at The Short Form, Zoetrope, Short Fiction, the National Society of Arts and Letters, PEN America, and won the Grindstone International Novel Prize. Stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Commuter at Electric Lit, Gulf Coast, New Delta Review, Propagule, Slice, and other places.

Brendan Schallert

Brendan Schallert is a third-generation Los Angelean and has been a public-school educator and school leader in the east Los Angeles community of Boyle Heights for thirty years. His students’ work is published yearly in book form by 826LA, a nonprofit organization founded by Dave Eggers. He has stories forthcoming in The Dry River Magazine, published by Crybaby Press in Los Angeles, and samfiftyfour, both from the same story cycle as The Salton Sea. His first, unpublished novel was nominated for a Pushcart Press Editors’ Book Award by Michael Pietsch, who was then an editor at Little, Brown.

Stewart Shaw

Stewart Shaw is a librarian, poet, writer, and author of the chapbook The House of Men. His poems have been published in Taint Taint Taint, African American Review, Imagoes: a Queer Anthology, Split This Rock- poems of resistance, Serendipity, and others, as well as having short stories in Mighty Real: An Anthology of African American Same Gender Loving Writing and African Voices. He is a Pushcart-nominated poet and a Cave Canem poetry fellow.

Jefferey Spivey

Jefferey Spivey is a Des Moines, Iowa-based author and copywriter. His forthcoming short story collection, The Birthright of Sons, won the 2023 Iron Horse Book Prize and will be published by Texas Tech University Press in January 2024. He was also a 2022 de Groot Foundation COURAGE TO WRITE grant recipient. His short stories have appeared in Punt Volat, A Gathering of the Tribes, Typehouse, decomp, and Havik.

Matthew Stadler

Matthew Stadler is the author of Allan Stein, Landscape: Memory, The Dissolution of Nicholas Dee, and The Sex Offender. He is the recipient of Guggenheim and Ingram-Merrill fellowships, a Whiting Writer’s Award, and a United States Artists fellowship in the inaugural round. He edits the Fellow Travelers series of books and is founder and editor of The GOAT PoL. He lives in Seattle.

Brad Stumpf

Brad Stumpf is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist. He graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a BFA in 2015. Stumpf’s works are painted from observation, oftentimes depicting handmade objects organized atop his bedside table. They function as miniature stage sets, an open door to a quiet room or a still made halfway through a play. They attempt to capture real and imaginary events in his life—the purity and stillness of an idle moment spent alongside his wife, or the mental gymnastics required to navigate mortality and familial loss. 

Terese Svoboda

A Guggenheim fellow and the author of twenty-one books of poetry and prose including a memoir, a biography, and a book of translation from the Nuer, Terese Svoboda has won the Bobst Prize in fiction, the Iowa Poetry Prize, an NEH translation grant, the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize, a Jerome Foundation video prize, the O. Henry Award for the short story, and a Pushcart Prize for the essay. Her eighth book of fiction, Dog on Fire, has just been published. Forthcoming is the novel Roxy and Coco, and a story collection, The Long Swim.

Mohsin Taasha

Mohsin Taasha (BFA, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore) is a visual artist from Afghanistan, based in Nice. His paintings, drawings, videos, and installations have been exhibited widely, including at Galerie Nikki Diana Marquardt (Paris); Documenta 13 (Kassel); the 56th Venice Biennale; NordArt (Büdelsdorf); Mucem (Marseille); Kunstmuseum Thun; and artgenève. Taasha produced the multimedia series “Rebirth of the Reds” following the 2016 Deh Mazang suicide bombings in Kabul, to which he lost many of his friends. A painting component comprised of forty pieces in four parts narrates the history and culture of the Hazara People.

Mary Temple

Mary Temple is a visual artist who has exhibited throughout the US and internationally. Her projects have been commissioned by SFMOMA; SculptureCenter, LIC; MASS MoCA; Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum; Rice Gallery, Houston; the Drawing Center, NY; Bunkamura Museum, Tokyo; and the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art. Her work has been covered in the New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, ARTNews, the New Yorker, and the Washington Post.

Alessandro Teoldi

Alessandro Teoldi (b. 1987, Milan) received his MFA from ICP-Bard and his BA in Photography from Istituto Europeo di Design, Milan. He has had solo shows at Marinaro and 11 Rivington (both in NY); The Cabin, Los Angeles; Suprainfinit Gallery, Bucharest; Viasaterna, Milan; and Capsule, Shanghai. His work has been included in group exhibitions at FLAG Art Foundation, Klaus von Nichtssagend, International Center of Photography, and Camera Club of New York (all in NY); Magazzino Italian Art, Cold Spring, NY; and Taymour Grahne Projects, London. He was awarded a La Brea Studio Residency (Los Angeles) and a Baxter St Residency at Camera Club of New York. He lives and works in New York.

Duncan Tonatiuh

Duncan Tonatiuh (toh-nah-tee-YOU) is an award-winning author-illustrator whose accolades include the Pura Belpré Medal, the Sibert Medal and The New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book Award. Duncan is both Mexican and American. He grew up in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and graduated from Parsons School of Design and Eugene Lang College in New York City. His artwork is inspired by Mesoamerican art, particularly that of the Mixtec codices. His aim is to create images and stories that honor the past, but that are relevant to people, especially children, nowadays. 

Phillippa Yaa de Villiers

Phillippa Yaa de Villiers writes, performs and lectures in Creative Writing at Wits University, Johannesburg. She is a member of the African Poetry Book Fund’s editorial board, and is a Distinguished Alumnus of Rhodes University, Makhanda. Her most recent publications are essays in The Creative Arts: On Making and Meaning (Dryad Press, forthcoming); Notes from the Body: Health, Illness, Trauma (UKZN Press, 2023) and Relations: An Anthology of African and Diaspora Voices (HarperVia, 2023) and poems in New Daughters of Africa (Myriad Press 2019), Konch Journal (2020), New Coin Journal winner, Dalro/New Coin best poem winner 2021). She co-edited The Collected Poems of Keorapetse Kgositsile 1969-2018 (University of Nebraska Press, 2023) and is a member of the editorial board of the African Poetry Book Fund. She is a distinguished alumnus of the Rhodes University’s School of Journalism. This contribution to the Evergreen Review is in her personal capacity.

Zukiswa Wanner

Zukiswa Wanner is a South African journalist, novelist and editor born in Zambia and now based in Kenya. Since 2006, when she published her first book, her novels have been shortlisted for awards including the South African Literary Awards and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize.

Reggie Scott Young

Reggie Scott Young is the author of the poetry collection Yardbirds Squawking at the Moon (Louisiana Literature Press, 2015). His poems, short stories, and creative essays have appeared in African American Review, Louisiana Literature, Another Chicago Magazine, Taint Taint Taint Literary Magazine, and elsewhere. A community poet in Chicago during his youth, Young now lives in San Antonio where he organizes literary events for the Carver Library on the city’s much neglected East Side. He is the recipient of an individual artists grant from San Antonio’s Department of Arts and Culture for a speculative poetry project titled Searching for Robert Johnson at the Alamodome.