Contributors - S/S 2024


D.M. Aderibigbe

D.M. Aderibigbe is from Lagos, Nigeria. His debut book of poems How the End First Showed (University of Wisconsin Press, 2018) won the Brittingham Prize in Poetry, selected by Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and a Florida Book Award, and was the finalist for Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poets. He’s the recipient of a 2022-2023 Artist Fellowship Grant from the Mississippi Arts Commision. He’s also received fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference (Walter E. Dakin Fellowship), The James Merrill House, OMI/Ledig House, Banff Center for Arts and Creativity, Ucross Foundation, Jentel Foundation, The Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and Boston University where he earned his MFA in creative writing. His poems appear in The Nation, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Callaloo, jubilat, New American Writing, among others. After earning a B.A. in history from the University of Lagos in 2014, D.M. came to the United States for graduate studies a year later. He received his MFA in creative writing from Boston University and his Ph.D. in creative writing from Florida State University. He’s currently an assistant professor of creative writing in the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Samuel A. Adeyemi

Samuel A. Adeyemi is a writer and editor from Nigeria. A Best of the Net nominee and Pushcart nominee, he is the winner of the 2021 Nigerian Students Poetry Prize. His chapbook, Rose Ash, was selected by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani for the 2023 New-Generation African Poets chapbook box set. His works have appeared in Palette Poetry, Frontier Poetry, Strange Horizons, Chestnut Review, Agbowo, Isele Magazine, Brittle Paper, Lolwe, and elsewhere.

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.

Amanda Bonaiuto

Amanda Bonaiuto is an animation director, artist, and educator living in New York. She is best known for her short films and commissioned pieces which have screened at film festivals and galleries worldwide. She’s inspired by humor and tilted realities. She received a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2012 and an MFA in experimental animation from the California Institute of the Arts in 2018. She is an assistant professor of illustration at Parsons School of Design and makes films and commissions in her studio.

R.A. Briggs

R.A. Briggs is a professor of philosophy at Stanford University, cohost of the syndicated radio show Philosophy Talk, and the author of two poetry collections, Free Logic and Common Sexual Fantasies, Ruined. They’re also a queer enby who loves math, poetry, and dogs.

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.

Mbizo Chirasha

Mbizo Chirasha is the founder / executive curator of the Writing Ukraine Prize (2022–23). He is a poet, essayist, creative director of Poetry People International Festival-Limassol, and a UNESCO-RILA affiliate artist (University of Glasgow, School of Education, Scotland). Other activities and honors include resident curator of 100 Thousand Poets for Peace-Zimbabwe, recipient of 2020 IHRAF LIVE DIRECT AWARD, 2020 free-speech fellow at PEN-Germany Writers in Exile Program, resident coordinator at All Africa Live Poetry Symposium, festival poet at Poesia de Medellin (Colombia), and guest writer at University of Glasgow Creative Writing Programme.

Liz Collins

Liz Collins received her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and has had solo exhibitions at CANDICE MADEY gallery, the Tang Teaching Museum, and Knoxville Museum of Art, among others. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New Museum, Leslie Lohman Museum, and the Drawing Center (all in NY), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, ICA Boston, the Addison Gallery of American Art, National Gallery of Art (DC), and the 2024 Venice Biennale. Her honors include a USA Fellowship, Anonymous Was A Woman Fellowship and residencies at Civitella Ranieri Foundation, MacDowell, Yaddo, Haystack, and STONELEAF. A mid-career retrospective is scheduled in 2025 at the RISD Museum.

Joseph Cuomo

Joseph Cuomo’s most recent work appears in the Boston Review. He was born in Harlem and spent his early years in the south Bronx. He has debated Jerry Falwell on CNN and produced an award-winning public radio documentary on American Fundamentalism, broadcast in the US, Canada, and Australia. His work has also appeared in the New Yorker Online and Don’t Tell Mama: The Penguin Book of Italian American Writing. The work that appears here is part of a book of poems, which he has just completed.

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.

Peter Ferguson

Peter Ferguson is a painter and former illustrator from Montreal.

Stephanie Frazee

Stephanie Frazee’s work is forthcoming or has appeared in Bayou Magazine, ONE ART, Third Wednesday, Juked, SmokeLong Quarterly, and elsewhere. She is a reader for Juked, American Short Fiction, and No Contact, and she lives in Seattle.

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.

Suzanne Gardinier

Suzanne Gardinier is the author of 12 books, including Amérika: The Post-Election Malas (2017) & Letter from Palestine (2007). She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives Brooklyn.

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.

Olive Hayes

Olive Hayes (BFA, Moore College of Art & Design) is a Philadelphia based artist. Her paintings and drawings express uninhibited sexuality, love, and distress through a sapphic lens. Hayes’s work has been exhibited at MARCH (NY), Commonweal Gallery (Philadelphia), Moore College of Art & Design (Philadelphia), and the Dallas Art Fair. 

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.

Justine Hill

Justine Hill (b. 1985) is an artist based in New York. She received a BA from the College of the Holy Cross and her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania. Hill’s nonrectilinear paintings engage the ambiguity between subject and landscape and are influenced by cosmology, origin myths, and speculative fiction. Hill was a resident at the Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency by Collar Works and her most recent solo exhibition Omphalos was held at DIMIN in New York; previous solo exhibitions include MAKI Gallery, Tokyo; David B. Smith Gallery, Denver; and Denny Dimin Gallery, New York.

Robert Hirschfield

Robert Hirschfield is a New York–based haiku poet and freelance journalist who writes mainly about other writers. His work has appeared in Hanging Loose, Lit Mag News, Modern Haiku, Salamander, Jewish Review of Books, Parabola, and Teachers & Writers.

Case Jernigan

Case Jernigan is an experimental animator, narrative game-maker, and educator. He makes work about panic, illness, nostalgia, and repressed bro culture. He shapes vulnerable worlds and values play. He’s been an artist in residence at Sharpe-Walentas and the Center for Book Arts, screened at Hotdocs and Hollyshorts, and shown paper-works across the US. He recently completed an animated documentary shorts series with Closer Productions about soccer fans. He’s currently building a stop-motion autobiographical video game about art.

Jamie Kahn

Jamie Kahn is a Brooklyn-based writer whose work has been featured in Glamour, Brooklyn Magazine, The Los Angeles Review, Yes Poetry, Works & Days, X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine, The Spotlong Review, HuffPost, Lover’s Eye Press, and others. She serves as the contributing features editor for Epiphany Magazine.

Hank Kalet

Hank Kalet lives in New Jersey, with his wife Annie and their dog Alice. He’s a poet, essayist, journalist, and author of As an Alien in a Land of Promise, a collaboration with photographer Sherry Rubel. His work has appeared in The Progressive, TLR, The Bangalore Review, Adelaide, and elsewhere. His essay “As I Learn From You” won the James Baldwin prize for creative nonfiction from TaintTaintTaint magazine, and his essay “The Philosopher’s Stone” was shortlisted for the Adelaide Literary Award Best Essay in 2019. He teaches journalism at Rutgers.

Terra Keck

Terra Keck is an image maker and performance artist in Brooklyn. She received her MFA from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and her BFA from Ball State University. Her work is in collections in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Vanuatu, Fiji, California, the United Kingdom, and Brazil. Keck’s latest body of work engages the concept of the holographic universe and UFO encounters where reality is perceived as multidimensional and inherently benevolent.

Lebohang Kganye

Lebohang Kganye (b. 1990, Katlehong, South Africa) lives and works in Johannesburg. She obtained a diploma in fine arts from the University of Johannesburg and is currently completing her MFA at Witwatersrand University. Kganye was one of three artists selected to represent South Africa in the 59th Venice Biennale. Her solo exhibition of newly commissioned works, Shall you Return Everything, but the Burden, was recently presented at the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum, Cologne (2023). Notable awards include the Camera Austria Award (2019) and the Foam Paul Huf Award (2022). Her first survey exhibition in Europe, Haufi nyana? I’ve come to take you home, was held at Foam, Amsterdam.

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.

Kangmin Kim

Kangmin Kim is a designer, storyteller, multiple award winning filmmaker based in LA. His film, KKUM won the grand prize for independent short and the public prize at the Ottawa Int’l Animation Festival, marking just the third time in the 44 editions of the OIAF that the same short film has won both prizes. His films have screened internationally at many festivals including Sundance, Annecy, Ottawa, Zagreb, Hiroshima, AFI and more.

Fan-Pei Koung

Fan-Pei Koung is a former Miss Taiwanese American competitor, NASA hackathon winner, currently volunteering in Kharkiv, Ukraine. She's interested in using writing and comedy to explore the human condition during crisis and jokingly aspires to write the "first pornographic autobiography to win a Pulitzer."

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.

Kija Lucas

Kija Lucas (BFA, San Francisco Art Institute; MFA, Mills College) is an artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area who uses photography to explore ideas of heritage and home. She has exhibited her work widely, including at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA), Headlands Center for the Arts, Palo Alto Art Center, Venice Arts (Los Angeles), Sala d’Ercole (Bologna, Italy), and Casa Escorza (Guadalajara, Mexico). Lucas has been awarded residencies at the Montalvo Arts Center, Green City Collective, and the Wassaic Project.

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.

Michael McGrath

Michael McGrath (b. 1977) is an American artist living in the village of Rhinebeck in New York's Hudson Valley.

Christina McPhee

Christina McPhee’s site-based abstractions illuminate ways of knowing across drawing, painting, and multiples. Museum collection highlights include the Whitney Museum of American Art and the International Center of Photography, NY. Recent institutional shows of her work include Christina McPhee: Regeneration at KinoSaito Art Center, NY (2022). Group exhibitions include the forthcoming Atmospheres of Sound: Sonic Art in Times of Climate Disruption at UCLA for the Getty’s PST ART initiative, “Art |& Science Collide” (2024-25). She is a recipient of a MAP Fund for Performance, together with Pamela Z, for their collaborative work, Carbon Song Cycle.

Jane Marchant

Jane Marchant is a writer and photographer whose interdisciplinary narratives have appeared in ZYZZYVA, Guernica, Apogee, Catapult, Columbia Journal, and elsewhere. She’s a 2024 National Endowments for the Arts Literature Fellow and a Lucas Artists Fellow at Montalvo Arts Center, and has received support from the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Foundation, Tin House’s First Book Residency, Headlands Center for the Arts, Ucross Foundation, and Oak Spring Garden Foundation, among others. Formerly the PEN America Literary Awards Program Director, Jane holds a BA and MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University.

Hugh Mdlalose

I was born in 1977, in Murchison, Port Shepstone, and raised in different parts of KwaZulu-Natal. I attended primary school at Amahlongwa and eDududu, and Bhethani where I had high school education. I studied fine art in Pretoria and, later, photography at the Market Photo Workshop in downtown Johannesburg. My work is a way of making sense of life through the camera click, the haunting, black and proud songs of black affirmation and redemption. It’s an effort to forge a common human bond—love songs resonating in one beat.

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.

Andrew Miller

Before retiring, Andrew Miller worked as a research biologist for the US Army Engineer R&D Center, then taught biology at Thomas University in Thomasville, GA. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Front Porch Review, Blue Lake Review, The Meadow, The River, Northern New England Review, Pithead Chapel, Maine Homes, Toastmasters Magazine, and Fatherly. He lives in north-central Florida, volunteers in prisons, restores antique stained-glass windows, and writes. He is the creative nonfiction editor of Mud Season Review.

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.

Okwudili Nebeolisa

Okwudili Nebeolisa is the author of Terminal Maladies, (Autumn House Press, 2024), selected by Nicole Sealey as the winner of the 2023 Center for African American Poetry and Poetics Prize. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where he was a Provost Fellow and won the Prairie Lights John Leggett Prize for Fiction. His poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in The Cincinnati Review, Image, The New England Review, POETRY, Sewanee Review, Shenandoah, Southern Review, and Threepenny Review. His nonfiction has appeared in Catapult and Commonwealth Writers. He is an MFA student in fiction at the University of Minnesota where he is the recipient of a Gesell Award for Excellence in Poetry. He is a recipient of support from the Elizabeth George Foundation, Granum Foundation, and the Center for the Art Crested Butte. He is currently a poetry editor at Post Road Magazine.

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.

tamara suarez porras

tamara suarez porras (they/she) is an artist, writer, and educator from (south) Brooklyn, NY and based in the San Francisco Bay Area. tamara’s work considers how photography attempts to know the unknowable, exploring dynamics of seeing, remembering, and forgetting. tamara is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and California College of the Arts, and is a Lecturer in Photography at Stanford University.

Atefa Qorbani

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

Alymama Rashed

Alymamah Rashed is a Kuwaiti visual artist who explores identity and the natural environment through the story of her body, fluctuating between perspectives of East and West. Alymamah received her MFA from Parsons School of Design and her BFA from the School of Visual Arts. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Czech Center, Parsol Projects, and The New School (all in NY), and has been published in Harper’s Bazaar ArabiaVogue ArabiaArchitectural Digest, and Farfetch. She is represented by Tabori Artspace, Dubai.

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.

Cindy Rehm

Cindy Rehm is a Los Angeles–based artist and educator. She serves as co-facilitator of the Cixous Reading Group, and is cofounder of the feminist-centered projects Craftswoman House and Feminist Love Letters. She is the founder and former director of spare room, a DIY installation space in Baltimore, MD. In 2021, she launched Hexentexte, a collaborative project at the intersection of image, text, and the body.

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.

Channing Sánchez

Channing Sánchez began creating quilts as objects d’art after watching his husband make conventional quilts with a quilting group in Santa Fe. Inspired by antique Japanese textiles, Sánchez put his own spin on them with an array of textured fabrics and colored embroidery threads, as opposed to the traditional white thread of Sashiko (literally “little stabs,” a form of decorative reinforcement stitching from Japan). What began as patches sewn upon patches like that of Japanese boro (a class of Japanese textiles derived from the Japanese boroboro, meaning tattered or repaired), and often enhanced with buttons, glitter, and paint, they’ve become more complex over time.  

Zoe Pettijohn Schade

Zoe Pettijohn Schade's paintings have been featured in solo exhibitions at Kai Matsumiya, and in group shows at carriage trade, White Columns (all in NY), the ICA Boston, the 14th Shanghai Biennale (2024), and the deCordova New England Biennial (2019). Schade was awarded a 2012-13 Fulbright U.S. Research Scholars Grant to Paris to work with 18th century paintings for textiles, which culminated in a solo exhibition at the Mona Bismarck American Center in Paris. She is the recipient of a Blanche E. Colman Award administered by Bank of New York Mellon (2020). Schade lives and works in Boston.

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.

Jason Schwartz

Jason Schwartz is the author of John the Posthumous (OR Books, 2013) and A German Picturesque (Knopf, 1998).

Sejal Shah

Sejal Shah is the author of the forthcoming debut story collection How to Make Your Mother Cry: fictions (West Virginia University Press, May 2024) and the award-winning debut essay collection This Is One Way to Dance, named an NPR Best Book of 2020. She lives in Rochester, New York.

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.

Bhakti Shringarpure

Bhakti Shringarpure is a writer, editor, and academic who is creative director of the Radical Books Collective and founding editor of Warscapes online magazine. She is the author of Cold War Assemblages: Decolonization to Digital and the co-editor of Insurgent Feminisms: Writing War.

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.

Laurie Stone

Laurie Stone’s most recent book, Streaming Now, Postcards from the Thing That Is Happening, was long-listed for the The PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. She writes the Substack “Everything is Personal”, and is a regular contributor to the Paris Review and Oldster Magazine. Her website is

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.

Gail Thacker

Gail Thacker’s work features artists, performers, friends, and lovers who have congregated in downtown New York since the 1980s around the Gene Frankel Theatre on Bond Street. Thacker began as Frankel’s assistant, an experience she describes as life-altering. Since Frankel’s death in 2005, she has continued as the theater’s artistic director and producer, advancing its seventy-four-year history of championing civil rights and progressive thinking. The theater, along with other spaces Thacker occupies with her friends (the Dyke March, a rural farm in Oregon, and the streets of New York City) provides the backdrop for a powerful exploration of storytelling and self-agency in her work. (Instagram:

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. 

Sarah Tortora

Sarah Tortora's work in sculpture, writing, and photography addresses classical archetypes and museological displays while playing with the premise that every equestrian monument is a Trojan horse. Her work has been exhibited at Ulterior (NY), Essex Flowers (NY), Tiger Strikes Asteroid (NY and LA), Wellesley College (MA), and Fjord (Philadelphia). Sarah has been an artist-in-residence at ISCP in Brooklyn and a Windgate Artist in Residence at Purchase College, which culminates in a solo show at the Richard & Dolly Maas Gallery in Fall 2024. Sarah is represented by Ulterior Gallery, New York.

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.

McKenzie Wark

McKenzie Wark is an essayist and philosopher. Her most recent book is Raving (Duke University Press, 2023). She is professor of culture and media at The New School and director of the Gender Studies Program there.

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.