Poet, storyteller, and essayist Roberto Carlos Garcia is a self-described “sancocho […] of provisions from the Harlem Renaissance, the Spanish Poets of 1929, the Black Arts Movement, the Nuyorican School, and the Modernists.” Garcia is rigorously interrogative of himself and the world around him, conveying “nakedness of emotion, intent, and experience,” and he writes extensively about the Afro-Latinx and Afro-diasporic experience. His second poetry collection, black / Maybe, is available from Willow Books. Roberto’s first collection, Melancolía, is available from Červená Barva Press.
His poems and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in The BreakBeat Poets Vol 4: LatiNEXT, Bettering American Poetry Vol. 3, The Root, Those People, Rigorous, Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, Gawker, Barrelhouse, The Acentos Review, Lunch Ticket, and many others.
Lynne McEniry is the associate editor for the recently relaunched OVS Magazine and has been a regular guest editor for Adanna Literary Journal, for which she edited several special issues including, How Women Grieve, Women and the Arts, and Women and Food. Her poems have been published in the Paterson Literary Review, Digging Through the Fat, The Lake Rises Anthology, The Wide Shore, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, 5 AM, Adanna, The Stillwater Review, and others. Some of her poems have been awarded both Honorable Mention, and in 2016, Second Prize, for the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award, and her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Most recently her poem, “dried up things” was chosen as the Editor’s Choice poem for 2016 by Gessy Alvarez at Digging Through the Fat. Lynne earned as MFA in Poetry from Drew University and works at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ where she teaches writing courses and directs the Academic Success Center.
Darla Himeles is a poet, translator, and essayist with roots in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and coastal Maine. A Pushcart-Prize and Best-of-the-Net nominee, Darla can be read in recent issues of Talking River, Naugatuck River Review, Storyscape, New Ohio Review, and Pittsburgh Poetry Review.
She is an associate editor for The Stillwater Review and holds an AB in English from Bryn Mawr College and an MFA in poetry and poetry in translation from Drew University.
She is currently a doctoral candidate in American literature at Temple University, where she is the assistant director of the Temple University Writing Center and has taught undergraduate poetry workshops, first-year writing, and literature classes. A 2018 K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award recipient, Darla lives in Philadelphia with her wife and daughter.
Ann Davenport is a writer, translator, mentor, editor, intuitive, and devotee of fresh bread. She loves bread almost as much as she love words.
Ann has hand-published three chapbooks: ends & beginnings (2000), riparian (2003), and love (2007). You can find her recent poetry in Bird’s Thumb, The Stillwater Review, Adanna Literary Journal, and Digging through the Fat, and her critical writing in Pleiades: Literature in Context, Adanna Literary Journal, and Run & Tell That Reviews.
Her BA in Creative Writing (Poetry) comes from Sarah Lawrence College, and she earned a dual MFA in Poetry and Poetry in Translation from Drew University. She is rock-star-lucky to translate the work of Martiniquan-Bretagnan poet José Le Moigne. Her poem “sight-blind” received a Pushcart Prize nomination.
Victoria Robinson is an assistant publicist at Get Fresh Books. She also works as a freelance photographer, videographer, and graphic and web designer.
She is currently pursuing her Associate of Arts in Communications and will soon begin pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a concentration in Media and Film. Her passions include visual arts, content creation, and writing.