Tara Bergin was born and grew up in Co. Dublin, Ireland. She is the author of two books published by Carcanet Press, This is Yarrow (2013) and The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx (2017), which was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot and Forward Prizes. Tara lectures part-time at Newcastle University (U.K).
Caroline Caldwell is a Brooklyn based artist, writer and curator who co-founded Art in Ad Places, a guerilla project that replaces public advertisements with artwork. Caroline has assisted some of the world's top street artists, including Swoon, Faile, Martha Cooper, Beau Stanton, and many more. She made her curatorial debut last summer with “Blood Money,” a show that showcased visual art by sex workers hung through bondage on their actual clients.
Paul Chan was born in Hong Kong and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1996 and an MFA from Bard College in 2002. From the outset of his career, Chan has worked simultaneously as a political activist and an artist. He is known for varied practices that range from animated video projections to charcoal drawings, public performances, and haunting pneumatic sculptures—and for founding the experimental publishing house Badlands Unlimited in 2010.
Lonely Christopher is the author of the poetry collections Death & Disaster Series, The Resignation, and In a January Would (forthcoming 2020 from Roof Books). He also wrote the short story collection The Mechanics of Homosexual Intercourse and the novel THERE. His plays have been presented in Canada, China, and the United States. His film credits include several international shorts and the feature MOM, which he wrote and directed. He works for homeless queer youth and lives in Brooklyn. Learn more at lonelychristopher.com.
Lionel Cruet was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and lives and works between New York and San Juan. He uses multiple mediums, including experimental digital printing processes, performance and audiovisual installations to confront issues of economics, geopolitics and technology. His works have been included in exhibitions at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Everson Museum of Art Syracuse, NY, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, and Universidad de Sagrado Corazón, Puerto Rico.
José García Escobar
José García Escobar is a journalist, fiction writer, translator, and former Fulbright scholar from Guatemala. He got his MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. His writing has appeared in The Evergreen Review, Guernica, The Washington Post, and The Guardian. He’s Asymptote’s Editor-at-Large for the Central American region. He currently works as a journalist in Agencia Ocote. His story, “Tio Jorge,” appears in the Winter 2017 issue of Evergreen.
A former foreign service officer, Mark Jacobs has published 129 stories in magazines including The Atlantic, Playboy, The Baffler, The Kenyon Review, and The Southern Review. His story “How Birds Communicate” won The Iowa Review fiction prize. He has stories forthcoming in several magazines including The Hudson Review. His story “Dream State” won the Dr. T.J. Eckleburg Kafka Prize. His five books include A Handful of Kings, published by Simon and Shuster, and Stone Cowboy, by Soho Press, which won the Maria Thomas Award. His website can be found at www.markjacobsauthor.com. His story, “Old School,” appears in the 2018 issue of Evergreen.
Brooklyn artist and writer Shelley Marlow received an Acker Award for Excellence in Avant-Garde Writing for her novel Two Augusts In a Row In a Row, (Publication Studio 2015; 2017), which, in a review for BOMB Magazine, Kevin Killian called “a book in which ‘magick’ works in oracular turns... a bildungsroman, an anecdotal history of both performance art and recent pathways of gender subversion, it’s travel writing, porn, commedia dell’arte, epic poetry, postmodernism à la Bertha Harris’s Lover, etiquette guide, closet drama, reportage. And it has that strangely old-fashioned thing—charm, a spell.” Marlow’s ink-on-rice paper drawings are from a series that navigates her journey through aggression, trauma, absence, and longing. Her series of melted watercolor pieces are drawn from her first novel, Lesbians of Arabia.
R. Orion Martin
R. Orion Martin is a Brooklyn-based translator and writer, and the founder of the comics publisher Paradise Systems.
Alan Turnbull trained at Newcastle University and Chelsea School of Art. He works principally in painting, printmaking, often making use of literary themes. He has exhibited work in London, St Petersburg, Atlanta, Budapest and a number of other European cities. The starting points for the painting Marat/Sade were monochrome photographs from various theatrical performances of the play along with a reading of a translation of Peter Weiss’s text.
Natascha Elena Uhlmann
Natascha Elena Uhlmann is a writer and immigrant rights activist from Sonora, Mexico. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Truthout, ReWire.News, and Teen Vogue. She is also the editor and translator of President of Mexico Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s book, A New Hope for Mexico.
Larry Weisman writes in Hebrew and English. He has published two books of poetry. Born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1959, he immigrated with his family to Israel at the age of 7. He lives with his wife and two children in Ramat Gan, and works as an architect.
Zhai Yanjun leads a leisurely life on the outskirts of a small city, and supports himself by drawing.