Contributors Issue 2

Janelle Bassett

Corina Bardoff’s writing has appeared in Cream City Review, Phoebe, An Oulipolooza (a publication of Kelly Writers House), and elsewhere. Originally from Oakland, California, she has lived in Texas and Ohio, and she is now a librarian in Brooklyn, New York. Twitter: @causeatiger.


Rae Hoffman Jager is the author of One Throne. Her work has appeared most recently in Midwestern Gothic and Forklift, Ohio. Rae is forthcoming in Glass, a Journal of Poetry and Orange Blossom Review. Her work has been described as rambunctious, urgent, funny, and elegiac. Rae holds a BA from Warren Wilson College and an MFA from Wichita State University. When she is not cooing at her 8 month old, she tries to put words into order. For more information, you can visit her website at

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Laurie Stone is author most recently of My Life as an Animal, Stories. She was a longtime writer for the Village Voice, theater critic for The Nation, and critic-at-large on Fresh Air. She won the Nona Balakian prize in excellence in criticism from the National Book Critics Circle and two grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She has published numerous stories in such publications as N + 1, Tin House, Evergreen Review, Fence, Open City, Anderbo, The Collagist, Your impossible Voice, New Letters, TriQuarterly, Threepenny Review, and Creative Nonfiction. In 2005, she participated in "Novel: An Installation," writing a book and living in a house designed by architects Salazar/Davis in the Flux Factory's gallery space. Her next book will be Postcards from the Thing that is Happening, a collage of hybrid narratives. Her website is:


Kalliopi Mathios is a writer and librarian. She is the author of Circusheart (Social Malpractice, 2018) and Horsegirl (2014). Her writing has appeared in Hobart, Dazed, Packet Bi-Weekly, among others. 

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You can't kill Bree Jo'ann, she's a rad wytch. She writes, draws and lives with her husband and son in Indianapolis, IN. She plays with robots and makes memes with teens for a living at the Indianapolis Public Library. She will be joining Butler's Creative Writing MFA program in the fall. Her book Black Glitter was published by Monster House Press. If you want a copy, email her at Find her on Twitter @how2baradwytch.


Briget Heidmous is an artist, creative entrepreneur, curator and cofounder of ARTARIANICA. Collaborations from ARTARIANICA have appeared in Escape into Life, Faultline, and Ohio Edit. You can find her online as @RaisedTraverse. Her website is


Jessy Randall is a writer, librarian, and cofounder of ARTARIANICA. Collaborations from ARTARIANICA have appeared in Atlas and Alice, disClosure, and Jellyfish. Her most recent book is How to Tell If You Are Human (Pleiades, 2018). Her website is


Jennifer Martelli is the author of My Tarantella (Bordighera Press), as well as the chapbook, After Bird (Grey Book Press, winner of the open reading, 2016). Her work has appeared in Verse Daily, The Bitter Oleander, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and Iron Horse Review (winner, Photo Finish contest). Jennifer Martelli is the recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in Poetry. She is co-poetry editor for The Mom Egg Review.


Julia Watson is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from Florida State University where she won the Sassaman Award for Outstanding Creative Writing. She will be joining North Carolina State University in the fall of 2019 to pursue her MFA in poetry. Currently, she is the Writer Liaison for Ember: a Journal of Luminous Things and a 5th grade English teacher in North Carolina. Her works have been published in (Un)incorporated, The Kudzu Review, Outrageous Fortune, RueScribe, among other magazines. When not engaged in literature, she enjoys cooking vegan meals with lots of Sriracha.


Madeline Anthes is the acquisitions editor for Hypertrophic Literary and the Assistant Editor of Lost Balloon. Her writing can be found in journals like WhiskeyPaper, Little Fiction, and Jellyfish Review. Her chapbook, Now We Haunt This Home Together, will be released with Bone & Ink Press in February, 2020. You can find her on Twitter at @maddieanthes, and find more of her work at


Mernine Ameris is an aspiring writer, activist, speaker, and educator. She graduated George a Mason University in 2019 with a Public Administration degree as a decorated public speaker. She is the 2017 American Forensics Association champion of Duo Interpretation and the 2019 National Forensics Association runner up of Rhetorical Criticism. Her favorite foods are calamari, chicken nuggets, cheese and words. Language has been her greatest gift.


Polly Duff Kertis’s writing has appeared in Tin House, The Literary Review, No Tokens, The Collagist, The Brooklyn Rail, Literary Mama, and other journals. She has completed a collection of short stories and is working on a novel. She is the author of two chapbooks of translation, OLD GUS EATS (Publishing Genius, 2012) and MIRROR POEMS (O’Clock Press, 2012).

She founded the Brooklyn reading series Writers Reading to Writers Listening to Writers Reading to Writers. She co-founded the biennial Moby-Dick Marathon NYC. 

She completed an MFA at Sarah Lawrence College, and she teaches high school English in Brooklyn.


Marcela Szwarc is a graphic designer, illustrator, fledgling permaculturist, and human.

She was a 2018 Public Access Design Fellow at the Center For Urban Pedagogy, and is currently doing graphic work with a number of non-profits.

As an artist and designer she is constantly trying to engage in the community, working to organize art exhibitions, performances, and hands-on workshops. Her work is both self-aware and vibrant, while also being witty and at times dark. She loves being challenged by work that is at the intersection of design and social impact, and is especially dedicated to projects regarding climate justice, women's rights, and arts and culture.

Clients include: Thirst Project, DKNY, Steve Madden, Betsey Johnson, Superga, UNDO Mag, Cafe Bustelo, Marc Jacobs and more.