Poetry Contributors

Nishat Ahmed
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Nishat is a Bangladeshi-American residing in the Midwest. He’s an Illinois native with a deep love for Fall Out Boy, The Notebook, and Chipotle. His first chapbook, “Field Guide for End Days” was released in summer 2020 from Finishing Line Press, and his second, “Brown Boy” is forthcoming from Porkbelly Press.

Fran Fernández Arce
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Fran is a Chilean poet currently living on a farm in Suffolk, England. She enjoys writing poems about language and wintertime.

Goodness Olanrewaju Ayoola
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Goodness is a Nigerian poet and teacher of English who reaches out to poetry as escapism from the contentions within and around him. His poetry has appeared in Dust Poetry, Glass, Pangolin Review, Oddball Magazine, Ethel Zine and elsewhere. He is a Best of the Net Award Nominee and author of Meditations (WRR, 2016). 

Violetta Babirye
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Violetta Babirye is a work in progress. She is a full-time editor who reads and writes for pleasure. Her poetry has been published in the Writers and Readers Magazine and The OpenDoor Poetry Magazine. She was born, raised and lives in Kampala, Uganda.

Zoe DeVoe
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Zoe is an LGBTQ+ author with a pension for experimental and heartfelt short stories, poetry, and novels. Her work is featured in Ghost Orchid Press’s upcoming anthology, “Home”.

Shanahan Europa
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Shanahan is a 4th year English major at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a section editor for FEM Newsmagazine and president of the UCLA University Catholic Center's LGBTQ+ group.  Upon graduating, she hopes to start a career in young adult and children's publishing. She loves Broadway musicals, figure skating, cats, and cooking ratatouille!

Juliette Givhan
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Juliette received an MFA from a PWI in the dread year 2020. Their work has appeared in McSweeney's, ANMLY Journal, Pidgeonholes Journal, with forthcoming poems in several others. She writes about myths & memes, is a lover of thicc cats & overpriced seasonal coffees, & dreams of starting a funk band. She WILL make a scene for a breakfast bagel.

Ogbonna Cecilia Ijeoma
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Ogbonna is a student studying medical biochemistry at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She is 19 years old. Her hobbies are writing and modeling.

Maddie Lam
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Maddie is a musician and poet that works to birth collective liberation with joy and pleasure. At the root of her creative works is centering the body as not only a site of healing but a site to reclaim power. Maddie is a child of immigrants: a Vietnamese-Chinese artist that explores self-expression as a tool of healing from generational trauma and cultural curses.

Munatsi Mavhima
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Munatsi is an immigrant settler who comes from Harare, the capital city of Zimbabwe. Through education and some research, he started to understand the true, colonial history of Canada and how it still dictates the country we live in today. It has helped him better understand his own country’s colonial history and the violence therein.

Sienna Morgan
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As Sienna Morgan sojourns in the literary world, publications such as Colorism Healing [2018 and 2020 Editor’s Pick Winner/ 2021 Writing Contest Guest Judge], Harness Magazine, and The Black Explorer Magazine, are places that her pieces call home. Topics such as colorism, bullying, faith, and mental health, are at the heart of her work. She hopes you’ll stay tuned to her journey at her site.

henry 7. reneau, jr.

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henry 7. reneau, jr. writes words wielding oceans poured with hurricane force through the camel’s eye of a needle, conjures poetry that is empathetic with all the awful moments, his courage spilled freely from an emancipated tongue. He labors to write words in fire to wake the world ablaze, & illuminated by a conviction that blazes from his heart like a discharged bullet. His generation spans Brown v. Board of Education to the elusive dream of "Free at last, free at last . . ."

Morgan L. Ridgway
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Morgan is a queer Black/Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape writer and historian from Philadelphia, PA. They are currently completing a PhD in history and dancing every step of the way.

Natalia A. Pagán Serrano
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Natalia is a poet from Puerto Rico. She currently resides in Oregon, drenched in tree-magic and rain, with her fiancé, Daniel, and her cat, Esteban. When not writing, you can find Natalia making soup. Natalia’s poems have been published in [PANK] magazine, Portland Review, and The Journal of Latina Critical Feminism, among others.

Karlo Sevilla
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Karlo of Quezon City, Philippines is the author of three poetry collections: “Metro Manila Mammal” (Soma Publishing, 2018), “You” (Origami Poems Project, 2017), and “Outsourced!...” (Revolt Magazine, 2021). His poems appear or are forthcoming in Philippines Graphic, Ariel Chart, DIAGRAM, Small Orange, Black Bough Poetry, and elsewhere.

Tyla Smith
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Tyla believes the blessings of words is the ability to tell the stories we thought were buried inside us.