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Contributors

June 2018

Writers

Anuradha Bhowmik is a Bangladeshi American writer from South Jersey. She earned her MFA from Virginia Tech University.

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Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello is a translator and the author of Hour of the Ox. Her small joys include handwritten letters and video games.

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Cortney Lamar Charleston is the author of the poetry collection Telepathologies. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, where he scouts potential Chicago Bulls first-round draft picks. Follow him on Twitter: @bardsbesidebars.

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Maggie Cheatham is the pseudonym of an author who firmly believes in feminism but, to her shame, occasionally binge watches The Real Housewives of New York City.

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Frederick Douglass was a writer, orator, and leader of the abolitionist movement. He died in 1895.

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Amy Dryansky wishes she had a velvet frock coat, lived in a garret, and wrote with a quill, but truth is she’s a mother of two with a full-time job. Her latest collection of poetry is Grass Whistle.

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Brian Gilmore teaches law at Michigan State University and is the author of three poetry collections. If he could make a living watching basketball all day long, he would give up literature and the law.

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Brionne Janae is a California native who foolishly moved to Brooklyn, New York, to experience all four seasons. Her first full-length poetry collection is After Jubilee.

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Ashley M. Jones is a poet who teaches at the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham. She is the author of the poetry collection Magic City Gospel.

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Airica Parker is an author and massage therapist who lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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Heather Sellers lives in a bright-pink house in St. Petersburg, Florida, very near where she grew up. She is the author of the memoir You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know.

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Danez Smith is a Minnesota-based poet and the author of [insert] boy and Don’t Call Us Dead, a finalist for the National Book Award.

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Hope Wabuke is the author of the chapbooks The Leaving and Movement No. 1: Trains. She teaches writing at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

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LaToya Watkins once worked on a farm and had a horse. Now a writer, she lives in a suburb of Dallas, Texas.

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Eve Williams turned to poetry while recovering from getting hit by a bus in 2015. She posts spoken-word videos on Facebook.

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Photographers

Rita Bernstein lives and works in Philadelphia and New York City, but spends her summers at a family cottage in rural Pennsylvania.

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Larry Blackwood is a photographer and volunteer firefighter who lives in Bozeman, Montana.

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Parthena Charistea is a photographer who lives and works in northern Greece.

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Cheryle Easter is a photographer who lives in southwest Washington.

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Gloria Baker Feinstein lives in Kansas City, Missouri, and is the founding director of Change the Truth, a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to Ugandan children.

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Celeste Hollien is a photographer and stay-at-home mother who lives in Waynesboro, Georgia, where she home-schools her daughter.

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Jon Kral spent decades taking photographs for three daily Florida newspapers. He lives in Boone, North Carolina.

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Katherine Minott lives in Prescott, Arizona, where she rescues spiders, sleeps a lot, and has a crush on singer Justin Bieber.

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Harry Wilson is a retired teacher and backwater malcontent living in Bakersfield, California.

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Marcia Wilson is a photographer based in Brooklyn, New York.

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On The Cover

Zora J. Murff is a Nebraska-based photographer whose work has appeared in The Guardian and The New York Times. He took this month’s cover photo of a woman who lives in North Omaha. The image is part of a series documenting the ongoing effects of an illegal banking practice called redlining, which discriminates against people of color.

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