Writers Bios

Irvin Weathersby

Irvin Weathersby is a Brooklyn-based writer and professor of literature and creative writing from New Orleans. He has published three biographies in Notable Black American Men, Book II and written for Esquire, The Atlantic, EBONY, Killens Review, and other outlets. In 2019, he was named the Bernard O’Keefe Scholar in Nonfiction at the Bread Loaf Writers’ …

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Nicole Shawan Junior

Nicole Shawan Junior is a black, queer & justice-involved counter-storyteller. Her writing appears in Lambda Literary’s anthology Emerge, Gay Mag, Zora, The Feminist Wire, Color Bloq, For Harriet, and more. A Bread Loaf & Hurston/Wright alum, Nicole’s received literary residencies and fellowships from various arts organizations including Hedgebrook, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Lambda Literary, and Sundress Academy for the …

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Cleyvis Natera

Cleyvis Natera is an immigrant from the Dominican Republic. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Skidmore College and a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction from New York University. She is a 2019-2020 PEN America Writing For Justice Fellow. She is a recipient of the 2019 Carol Houck Smith Returning Contributor Award in Fiction at …

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Benjamin Garcia

Benjamin Garcia is a Sexual Health and Harm Reduction Educator in the Finger Lakes region of New York. He had the honor of being the 2017 Latinx Scholar at the Frost Place, 2018 CantoMundo Fellow at the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, and a 2019 Lambda Literary Fellow. His first collection, THROWN IN THE THROAT (Milkweed Editions, …

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Alice Kaltman

Alice Kaltman is the author of the story collection STAGGERWING (Tortoise Books), the novel WAVEHOUSE (Fitzroy Books). and the forthcoming THE TANTALIZING TALE OF GRACE MINNAUGH (Fitzroy Books). Her stories appear in numerous journals including Hobart, Whiskey Paper, Joyland, and BULL: Men’s Fiction, and in the anthologies THE PLEASURE YOU SUFFER, ON MONTAUK, and FECKLESS …

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Allison Albino

Allison Albino is a Filipina-American poet and French teacher who lives and writes in Harlem. Her work has either appeared or is forthcoming with The Rumpus, The Lantern Review, Pigeon Pages, Poetry Northwest and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from The Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, The Fine Arts Work Center and Tin House. …

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Simon Linington

Simon Linington is an Artist currently living and working in London. Growing up on the Isle of Wight, England, his early encounters with the many souvenirs, made with the Islands coloured sands, made a lasting impression. Ever since, the two things, material and place have been inseparable. Simon says he now thinks it was inevitable …

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Len Kuntz

Len Kuntz is a writer from Washington State and the author of four books, most recently the story collection, THIS IS WHY I NEED YOU, out now from Ravenna Press.  You can find more of his writing at lenkuntz.blogspot.com

Jennifer McGaha

Jennifer McGaha’s memoir, Flat Broke with Two Goats, was chosen as a Big Library Read for OverDrive Library, an international digital library. Her work has also appeared in The Huffington Post, The New Pioneer, The Good Men Project, PANK, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Baltimore Fishbowl, BackHome Magazine, Brevity, Bitter Southerner, and many other publications. …

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