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Winter Online Workshop

2022 Winter Online Workshop

February 17-21
Applications open:
October 11, 2021
Applications close:
November 3, 2021
Cost:
$700
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With ongoing concerns about the increase in Covid numbers and our ability to safely gather indoors, we have decided to hold our 2022 Winter Workshop online again.

2022 Faculty

Callum Angus

Callum Angus is the author of the story collection A Natural History of Transition (Metonymy Press 2021). His work has appeared in LA Review of Books, Orion, Catapult, Nat. Brut, The Common and elsewhere. He has received support from Lambda Literary and Signal Fire Foundation for the Arts, and was a 2019 writer-in-residence at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. He's also worked as a bookseller at Odyssey Bookshop and Powell's, a publicist for Catapult Book Group, and edits the journal smoke and mold. He holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in fiction.

Derrick Austin

Derrick Austin is the author of Tenderness (BOA Editions, Sept 2021), winner of the 2020 Isabella Gardner Poetry Award and Golden Poppy Award nominee, and Trouble the Water (BOA Editions, 2016) selected by Mary Szybist for the A. Poulin Jr, Poetry Prize. His debut collection has been honored as a finalist for the 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, the 2017 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry, the 2017 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry, and the 2017 Norma Faber First Book Award. A chapbook, Black Sand, is forthcoming in early 2022 from Foundlings Press. Austin earned his bachelors in English and Creative Writing from the University of Tampa and an MFA in Poetry from the Helen Zell Writer's Program at the University of Michigan where he was awarded a Hopwood Award in Graduate Poetry and the Helen S. and John Wagner Prize rewarding distinction in the writing of poetry at the graduate level. His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Best American Poetry 2015, The Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, The Nation, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Australian Book Review, Image: A Journal of Arts and Religion, Tupelo Quarterly, and Black Nerd Problems. Most recently, he was a 2019-2021 Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. A Cave Canem fellow, Austin served as the 2016-2017 Ron Wallace Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. He has taught creative writing and composition at the University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin, Stanford, and the University of San Francisco. He's led creative writing workshops across the country. He lives in Oakland, CA. Contact him at derricklynn.austin [at] gmail.com.

Venita Blackburn

Venita Blackburn's work has appeared in newyorker.com, Harper’s, Story, McSweeney’s, Apogee, Split Lip Magazine, the Iowa Review, DIAGRAM, Foglifter, Electric Literature, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Paris Review, and others. She was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship in 2014 and several Pushcart prize nominations. She received the Prairie Schooner book prize for fiction, which resulted in the publication of her collected stories, Black Jesus and Other Superheroes, in 2017. In 2018 she earned a place as a finalist for the PEN/Bingham award for debut fiction, finalist for the NYPL Young Lions award and recipient of the PEN America Los Angeles literary prize in fiction. Her next collection of stories, HOW TO WRESTLE A GIRL, was published in the fall of 2021 by MCD books.  She is the founder and president of Live, Write (livewriteworkshop.com), an organization devoted to offering free creative writing workshops for communities of color. Her home town is Compton, California, and she is an Assistant Professor of creative writing at California State University, Fresno.

Leila Chatti

Leila Chatti is a Tunisian-American poet and author of Deluge (Copper Canyon Press, 2020), winner of the 2021 Levis Reading Prize and longlisted for the 2021 PEN Open Book Award, and the chapbooks Ebb (Akashic Books, 2018) and Tunsiya/Amrikiya, the 2017 Editors' Selection from Bull City Press. Her honors include a Pushcart Prize, grants from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and Cleveland State University, where she was the inaugural Anisfield-Wolf Fellow in Publishing and Writing. She currently teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is the Mendota Lecturer in Poetry. Her poems appear in The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, The Atlantic, POETRY, and elsewhere.

Shira Erlichman

Shira Erlichman is a poet, musician, and visual artist. She was born in Israel and immigrated to the US when she was six. She earned her BA at Hampshire College. She is the winner of the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry, a Finalist for the Lambda Award and a Silver Medalist for the Nautilus Award. She has been awarded the James Merrill Fellowship by the Vermont Studio Center, the Visions of Wellbeing Focus Fellowship at AIR Serenbe, as well as a residency by the Millay Colony. Her work has been featured in PBS NewsHour’s Poetry Series, The Seattle Times, and The New York Times, among others. She is the author of Odes to Lithium and the author-illustrator of Be/Hold: A Friendship Book. She lives in Brooklyn where she runs Freer Form: A Portable Creativity School, connecting a global community of writers. Find her at www.officialshira.com and on Twitter at @sheer_awe

Danielle Geller

Danielle Gellers first book, Dog Flowers, was published by One World/Random House in 2021. She received her MFA in creative writing for nonfiction at the University of Arizona and a Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award in 2016. Her work has appeared in GuernicaThe Paris Review Daily, The New Yorker, and Brevity. She teaches creative writing at the University of Victoria and is also a faculty mentor for the low-residency MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is an enrolled citizen of the Navajo Nation: born to the Tsi’naajinii, born for the bilagaana.

Randa Jarrar

Randa Jarrar is the author of the memoir Love Is An Ex-Country, the novel A Map of Home, and the collection of stories Him, Me, Muhammad Ali. She is also a performer who has appeared in independent films and in the TV show RAMY. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times MagazineSalonBitchBuzzfeed, and elsewhere. She is a recipient of a Creative Capital Award and an American Book Award, as well as awards and fellowships from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, Hedgebrook, PEN, and others. She lives in Los Angeles.

Zeyn Joukhadar

Zeyn Joukhadar is the author of the novels The Thirty Names of Night, which won both the Lambda Literary Award and the Stonewall Book Award, and The Map of Salt and Stars, which won the Middle East Book Award and was a finalist for the Goodreads Choice Awards and the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize. His work has appeared in the Kink anthology, Salon, The Paris Review, [PANK], and elsewhere, and has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He guest edited Mizna's 2020 Queer + Trans Voices issue and is a member of the Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI) as well as a mentor with the Periplus Collective.

Sequoia Nagamatsu

Sequoia Nagamatsu is the author of the forthcoming novels, HOW HIGH WE GO IN THE DARK (2022) and GIRL ZERO (William Morrow/Harper Collins and Bloomsbury UK) and the story collection, WHERE WE GO WHEN ALL WE WERE IS GONE (Black Lawrence Press), silver medal winner of the 2016 Foreword Reviews Indies Book of the Year Award, an Entropy Magazine Best Book of 2016, and a notable book at Buzzfeed. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as Conjunctions, The Southern Review, ZYZZYVATin House, Iowa Review, Lightspeed Magazine, and One World: A Global Anthology of Short Stories, and has been listed as notable in Best American Non-Required Reading and the Best Horror of the Year. He teaches creative writing at Saint Olaf College and the Rainier Writing Workshop Low-Residency MFA program and lives in Minneapolis with his wife, the writer Cole Nagamatsu, their cat Kalahira, their real dog Fenris, and a robot dog named Calvino.

Denne Michele Norris

Denne Michele Norris is a Black Trans writer living in New York City. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Electric Literature. Her chapbook, Awst Collection—Dennis Norris II, was named one of the best books of 2018 by Powell's. She is a 2019 Peter Taylor Fellow at The Kenyon Review Fiction Workshop, and her writing has been supported by MacDowellTin HouseVCCA, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. Her writing appears in McSweeney's, American Short Fiction, Smokelong Quarterly, The Undefeated, ZORA, and elsewhere. Her short story Last Rites appears in Everyday People: The Color of Life, an anthology recently published by Atria Books in 2018, and her story Daddy's Boy appears in the new anthology Forward: 21st Century Flash Fiction. Her fiction has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her story Where Every Boy is Known and Loved was a finalist for the 2018 Best Small Fictions Prize. She is the former Fiction Editor for both Apogee Journal and The Rumpus, and is co-host of the critically-acclaimed podcast Food 4 Thot. She resides in Harlem, where she is hard at work on her debut novel.

A.E. Osworth

A.E. Osworth is a transgender novelist with a decade of experience writing creative nonfiction for internet audiences. Their first book, WE ARE WATCHING ELIZA BRIGHT (Grand Central Publishing 2021) was long listed for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize. Their essays have been featured on QuartzMashabledrDoctor, and Autostraddle, among others. They are currently a columnist for Catapult, where they write Scaring Children, about children’s horror from the nineties and early aughts through the lens of a queer adulthood.

Carolina De Robertis

Carolina De Robertis, a writer of Uruguayan origins, is the author of the novels Cantoras (Knopf, 2019), a finalist for the Kirkus Prize and a New York Times Editors’ Choice; The Gods of Tango (Vintage, 2016), winner of a Stonewall Book Award; Perla (Knopf, 2012); and the international bestseller The Invisible Mountain (Knopf, 2009), which received Italy’s Rhegium Julii Prize. Her next novel is The President and the Frog (Penguin Random House, 2021). Her books have been translated into seventeen languages and have received numerous other honors, including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is also an award-winning translator of Latin American and Spanish literature, and editor of the anthology Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times (Vintage, 2017). In 2017, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts named De Robertis on its 100 List of “people, organizations, and movements that are shaping the future of culture.”

In an interview with NPR, De Robertis was asked about writing Cantoras as historically based fiction: “When we write historically based fiction, we're writing with a double consciousness. I mean, I do believe that we're also writing about the time in which we live as we write. And although I wrote this to be very particular to a certain period of Uruguayan history and a particular repressive era, I was aware of the fact that I'm writing in the Trump era and that these questions about how does it affect you as you walk down the street, as you live your life, to know that you're living in a space where the government is hostile towards your very existence? How do you live radiantly in a time and place where the world seems bent on your erasure? These are the questions that I was exploring for these characters, and I hope they have resonance for those of us who are sitting with those questions in the here and now.”

De Robertis  teaches at San Francisco State University, and lives in Oakland, California, with her wife and two children.

Aisha Sabatini Sloan

Aisha Sabatini Sloan was born and raised in Los Angeles. Her writing about race and current events is often coupled with analysis of art, film, and pop culture. She studied English literature at Carleton College and went on to earn an MA in cultural studies and studio art from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU and an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Arizona. She is the author of the essay collections The Fluency of Light: Coming of Age in a Theater of Black and White and Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit. With her father, she is the author of Captioning the Archives, a conversation through image and text. She is a recipient of the 2018 CLMP Firecracker Award for Creative Nonfiction and a 2020 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship. She teaches creative writing at the University of Michigan.

Vanessa Angélica Villarreal

Vanessa Angélica Villarreal was born in the Rio Grande Valley to Mexican immigrants. She is the author of the award-winning collection Beast Meridian (Noemi Press, Akrilica Series 2017), recipient of a 2019 Whiting Award, a Kate Tufts Discovery Award nomination, and winner of the John A. Robertson Award for Best First Book of Poetry from the Texas Institute of Letters. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Harpers Bazaar, Oxford American, POETRY, and elsewhere. She is a recipient of a 2021 National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, and a doctoral candidate in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California, where she is working on a poetry and nonfiction collection while raising her son in Los Angeles. Her essay collection, CHUECA, is forthcoming from Tiny Reparations Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, in 2023. Find her on Twitter @Vanessid.

Xuan Juliana Wang

Xuan Juliana Wang's debut story collection, Home Remedies, won the 2020 California Book Award for First Fiction, and was a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, New York Magazine, Ploughshares, Freemans, Aperature, The Best American Nonrequired Reading and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. She lives in Los Angeles.

Tiphanie Yanique

Tiphanie Yanique is that rare writer who has received critical acclaim and awards in three literary genres: poetry, the novel, and short stories.  She is also an outspoken activist on behalf of the Caribbean Diaspora, having appeared on Democracy Now! With Amy Goodman, and published a passionate op-ed in The New York Times on the US response to hurricanes in the Caribbean.

Her second novel, Monster in the Middle, will be published by Riverhead Books in October 2021. Her poetry collection, Wife (Peepal Tree Press UK, 2015), won the 2016 Bocas Prize in Caribbean poetry and the 2016 Forward/Felix Dennis Prize for a First Collection. Her debut novel, Land of Love and Drowning (Riverhead Books, 2014), won the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Award from the Center for Fiction, the Phillis Wheatley Award for Pan-African Literature, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Family Foundation Award, among other honors. Her debut collection of stories, How to Escape from a Leper Colony, (Graywolf Press, 2010)  was a 2010 National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree. She has additionally been awarded the Boston Review Prize in Fiction, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship and an Academy of American Poet’s Prize. She has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, O Magazine, and other outlets.

She is currently an associate professor in the English Department at Wesleyan University, where she is also Director of the Creative Writing Program. Raised in the Virgin Islands, Yanique lives in New Rochelle, New York with her family.

Program

Our online Winter Workshop consists of curated workshops with limited participants (up to eight per class), one-on-one meetings with faculty and agents, craft lectures, author conversations, generative exercises, and industry panels. There will be plenty of opportunities for mingling, happy hours, and online karaoke. Each event is recorded and will be available to participants for viewing after the Winter Workshop concludes.

Once accepted and registered, Workshop participants who have a completed manuscript may apply for a mentorship (a full manuscript review) with select faculty for an additional fee.

 

Application

We ask for one unpublished writing sample. For short fiction/novel/nonfiction, 4,000 words or less. For poetry, four poems, totaling no more than eight pages.

If you have previously been accepted/attended, please do not apply with the same sample. A different excerpt from the same project is acceptable. Once admitted, you will have the opportunity to workshop a different manuscript.

In addition to the writing sample, the application includes several questions about your project.

Applicants must be 18 years of age to apply.

International writers may apply.

Applications are read by a board composed of Tin House Workshop staff and previous Tin House Scholars. At least two readers will read all applications, and acceptance is based on the strength and promise of the writing sample and how much the board feels an applicant might benefit from the Workshop and contribute to the community. All applications are evaluated through the lens of our Core Values.

2022 Winter Readers
Lance Cleand (Director)
India Downes-Le Guin (Assistant Director)
A.L. Major (Workshop Manager)
Nic Anstett, 2021 Scholar
Roman Johnson, 2021 Scholar

 

Fee waivers: Through our Pay It Forward program, Tin House will be offering a limited number of application fee waivers. We will distribute these waivers on a first-come, first-serve basis. As an applicant, you will have the ability to help cover the cost of another writer’s application fee through this same program. All excess application funds will go towards additional 2022 Workshop Scholarships.

For inquiries, please email workshop@tinhouse.com with the subject line “Winter Fee Waiver.”

 

 

 

Scholarships

All scholarship applicants are considered for general admission (you do not need to submit a separate general application). You may only receive a scholarship to attend a Tin House Workshop once. 2021 Tin House Residents, former faculty, and Tin House Books authors may not apply.

We will award eight general scholarships for our 2022 Winter Workshop. Scholarships cover the total cost of tuition

In addition to our general scholarships, Tin House will offer several other awards. The application does not require any self-identifying information related to the award, nor do applicants need to apply with projects that speak to the scholarship they are applying for. We announce Scholars after the conclusion of the Workshop. Our announcement does not delineate by specific scholarship.

Arab American Scholarship
This award is intended for writers who identify as Arab American.

First Conference Scholarship
This award is intended to support a writer attending their first juried literary conference. For our purposes, a juried conference is a multiday event that requires an evaluation of a writing sample before admission. 

The following do not count as a juried conference: undergraduate/graduate Workshops, AWP, craft intensives, incubators, or similar one-day in-person/online workshops.

Please reach out to workshop@tinhouse.com if you have any eligibility questions. 

Parent Scholarship
This award is intended to help support parents/guardians who have at least one child under the age of eighteen. Thanks to a private donation, this award includes a $500 stipend.

Without Borders Scholarship
This award is intended for any writer who was born outside of the United States.

 

 

Schedule

Tentative Workshop Schedule

All times PST

Thursday, February 17th

4:00pm: Welcome Lecture

4:30pm: Welcome Workshop Meeting

5:00pm: Happy Hour

6:00pm: Faculty Reading

Friday, February 18th

8:00am-9:00am: Morning Lecture

9:ooam: Social Hour

10:00am-12:00pm: Workshop

12:30pm-1:30pm: One-on-One Meetings

2:30pm: Lecture

4:00pm: Lecture

5:30pm: Faculty Reading

6:30pm: Happy Hour

Saturday, February 19th

8:00am-9:00am: Morning Lecture

9:ooam: Social Hour

10:00am-12:00pm: Workshop

12:30pm-1:30pm: One-on-One Meetings

2:30pm: Lecture

4:00pm: Lecture

5:30pm: Faculty Reading

6:30pm: Happy Hour

Sunday, February 20th

8:00am-9:00am: Morning Lecture

9:ooam: Social Hour

10:00am-12:00pm: Workshop

12:30pm-1:30pm: One-on-One Meetings

2:30pm: Lecture

4:00pm: Lecture

6:00pm: Karaoke

Monday, February 21st

8:00am-9:00am: Morning Lecture

9:ooam: Social Hour

10:00am-12:00pm: Workshop

12:30pm-1:30pm: One-on-One Meetings

2:30pm: Lecture

4:00pm: Lecture

5:00pm: Closing Remarks

6:00pm: Happy Hour

2021 Winter Scholars

A. Meinen

A. Meinen is a writer and educator, born and raised between Ohio and Pennsylvania. They hold a BA from the University of Pittsburgh and previously worked as a teaching artist with high school youth, and as editor of Sampsonia Way Magazine. They currently teach and write as an MFA candidate at Arizona State University.

Angelique Stevens

Angelique Stevens, Haudenosaunee, lives in Upstate New York where she teaches creative writing, literature of genocide, and race literatures at a community college. Her nonfiction can be found in LitHub, The New England Review, The Chattahoochee Review, and a number of anthologies. She won the Prism International Creative Nonfiction Contest judged by Alexander Chee in 2020 and the 2019 grand prize for the Solas Award. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Bennington College and an MA from SUNY Brockport in Literature. She has received support in the form of scholarships or fellowships from Bread Loaf and Kenyon Review workshops. She was a nonfiction fellow at Bennington College’s MFA program. She finds her inspiration in wandering—being in places that push the boundaries of comfort, experience, knowledge, and hunger. She is represented by Stephanie Delman at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. Find her at www.angeliquecstevens, Twitter: @angelique23456, Instagram: @angelique23456.

Christopher James Llego

Christopher James Llego is a Filipino American writer and baker. He is a Kundiman Fiction Fellow and a Kundiman Mentorship Lab Fellow. His stories have appeared in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Electric Lit, Kartika Review, and elsewhere; and have been supported by CRIT, Tin House, and Lighthouse Works. He is a graduate of Cornell University, and lives in Brooklyn.

Jeannetta Craigwell-Graham

Jeannetta Craigwell-Graham is a Caribbean/African-American writer currently based in Aarhus, Denmark. Jeannetta has participated in the Andika Ma Writers Workshop, based in Kigali and has contributed as a reviewer for Huza Press, also based in Rwanda. Jeannetta enjoys writing stories which use absurd or surrealistic elements to explore the harsh realities of being other. She is currently working on a collection of short stories.

Kimberly Reyes

Kimberly Reyes has received fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, the Academy of American Poets, CantoMundo, Callaloo, Culture Ireland, the Munster Literature Centre, and other places. She is the author of the poetry collections Running to Stand Still (Omnidawn 2019) and Warning Coloration (dancing girl press 2018), and her nonfiction book of essays Life During Wartime (Fourteen Hills 2019) won the 2018 Michael Rubin Book Award. A second-generation New Yorker, Kimberly was the 2019-2020 Fulbright fellow studying Irish Literature and Film at University College Cork. All her social media handles are @kimerama.

Krys Malcolm Belc

Krys Malcolm Belc is the author of the forthcoming memoir The Natural Mother of the Child (Counterpoint) and the flash nonfiction chapbook In Transit (The Cupboard Pamphlet). His essays have been featured in Granta, Black Warrior Review, The Rumpus, and elsewhere, and his work has been anthologized in Wigleaf Top 50, Best of the Net 2018, and in The Best of Brevity: Twenty Years of Groundbreaking Flash Nonfiction (Rose Metal Press). Krys is a pediatric hospital-based educator and lives in Philadelphia with his partner and their three young children. You can find Krys at www.krysmalcolmbelc.com and on Twitter at @krysmalcolmbelc

Luke Dani Blue

Luke Dani Blue is a trans writer and cancer survivor whose work has appeared in Catapult, Colorado Review, Fourteen Hills, and Crab Orchard Review. Honors received include a mention in Best American Short Stories, the Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction, the Jack Dyer Fiction Award, and an Award for Distinguished Achievement from the San Francisco State University MFA program. Originally from Michigan, the places Luke has unpacked and repacked boxes include New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Mexico City, Olympia, Oakland and San Diego. Luke lives with their partner and two mismatched dogs in Southern Alberta, where they work at the public library and are finishing a post-post-apocalyptic novel about how to create a life in a world that has no future. You can find Luke on Twitter @lukedaniblue.

Lydia Abedeen

Lydia Abedeen is a senior at Emory University majoring in creative writing and comparative literature. Her creative and research interests encompass Bangladeshi identities, motherhood, intergenerational trauma, literary trauma theory, religion, cults, fairy tale, and mythology. When she isn’t relocating snails in her tea garden, she’s either baking peanut butter cookies, reading Anne Carson, or eating soup. An Association of Research Libraries Digital and Inclusive Excellence Fellow, Lydia hopes to be either a librarian or bread connoisseur upon graduation. She’s been published in a Penguin anthology and has work forthcoming in The Rumpus, and is a graduate of The University of Iowa’s Between the Lines International Workshop. You can keep up with her shenanigans on Twitter @lydia_abedeen.

Marissa Davis

Marissa Davis is a poet and translator from Paducah, Kentucky, now residing in Brooklyn, New York. Her poetry has appeared or will soon appear in Peach Mag, Sundog Lit, Poem-A-Day, Frontier Poetry, Glass, Nimrod, Great River Review, New South, and Southeast Review, among others. Her translations are published in Ezra and forthcoming in Mid-American Review, RHINO, The Massachusetts Review, and New England Review. Her chapbook, My Name & Other Languages I Am Learning How to Speak (Jai-Alai Books, 2020) was selected by Danez Smith for Cave Canem’s 2019 Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady Prize. She is a Translations Editor for Washington Square Review and a juror this year for the PEN America Award for Poetry in Translation. Davis is pursuing an MFA in poetry at New York University as a Rona Jaffe Graduate Fellow. Find Marissa on Instagram and Twitter.

Marlanda Dekine-Sapient Soul

Marlanda Dekine-Sapient Soul (she/her/they/them) is a poet and social worker living in Georgetown, South Carolina with her beloved labrador mix, Malachi (Chi). Her work is to sit down, read, think, and write. She shares her work with the world through her voice, presence, and publication. Soul's poems have been published and/or reviewed by Emergence Magazine, Screen Door Review, Penn State University Press, Minerva Rising, Castle of Our Skins, Flycatcher Journal, and more. She is the author and recording artist of a self-published collection of poems, i am from a punch & a kiss. These poems, as well as others, can be heard on all digital streaming platforms. Soul has served communities as an arts and social justice administrator, child therapist, crisis therapist, community trainer, and child abuse forensic evaluator. She is a 2019 Keller Cushing Freeman Fellow, one of SC Humanities 2019 Fresh Voices of the Year award recipients, and an altMBA Alum. She is a 2008 graduate of Furman University (B.A. Psychology) and a 2011 graduate of the University of South Carolina (Master’s in Social Work). Currently, she is completing her MFA in Poetry with Converse College’s Low-Residency program. For more information: www.sapientsoul.com.

Michaeljulius Y. Idani

Michaeljulius Y. Idani is an Atlanta-based writer of fictions. His work has been supported by Tin House, the Hurston/Wright Foundation, AWP's Writer to Writer Mentorship Program, Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation, and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.  He is an MFA candidate in fiction at the Iowa Writers' Workshop  and a proud alumnus of Hillman College, where he was mentored by Colonel Bradford Taylor. You can learn more about Michaeljulius at www.idani.com or on social media: @mjyidani.

Naphisa Senanarong

Naphisa Senanarong is a Thai writer who grew up in Bangkok but is residing in Boston. She is pursuing her MFA in Fiction at Brooklyn College. Her work is published in Gulf Coast, Bennington Review, Hawaii Pacific Review and others. She is currently working on a collection of linked novellas and stories that follow the lives of women in Bangkok and explores the hold of reinvention in both public and personal history.

Reena Shah

Reena Shah is a writer, editor, and teacher. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Waxwing Magazine, Joyland, BBC, The American Prospect, National Geographic, The Guardian, Third Coast, Writer’s Digest, Texas Review, Chalkbeat, and DNA India, among others. She has received support from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, the Cuttyhunk Island Residency, and the Fulbright Foundation. She is also the winner of the 2019 Third Coast Fiction Prize and the 2019 Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Award. For many years she was a Kathak dancer and a member of the Parul Shah Dance Company. She currently dances in her socks on Friday and Saturday nights, teaches a fantastic group of third graders, and is at work on a novel-in-stories.

Sabrina Imbler

Sabrina Imbler is a writer and science journalist based in Brooklyn. Their writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Atlas Obscura, Catapult, and Gay Magazine, among others. Sabrina is the recipient of fellowships from the Asian American Writer's Workshop, Jack Jones Literary Arts, and Paragraph NY. Sabrina is the author of the chapbook Dyke (geology) with Black Lawrence Press, and their essay collection, How Far the Light Reaches, is forthcoming with Little, Brown. Find Sabrina on Twitter @aznfusion.

Tatiana Johnson-Boria

Tatiana Johnson-Boria (she/her/hers) is a writer, artist and educator. Her work was selected as a finalist for the Black Warrior Review Poetry Contest (2020), the Solstice Literary Poetry Prize (2020) and received honorable mention for the Auburn Witness Poetry Prize in the Southern Humanities Review, judged by Vievee Francis. She’s also received honorable mention for the 2020 Academy of American Poets Prize and is a 2017 Pushcart Prize nominee. Tatiana’s writing explores identity, trauma, especially inherited trauma, and what it means to heal. She completed her MFA in Creative Writing at Emerson College. Find her work in or forthcoming at Ploughshares, New Delta Review, Foundry and others.

Vincent Chavez

Vincent Chavez is a Chicano writer from Santa Paula, California. He is a Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation alumni and his work has appeared in The Masters Review. He is currently at work on a linked story collection, which explores the intersections between class, race, assimilation, and privilege among several Mexican-American working class families in Ventura County, California. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and in his final year in Virginia Commonwealth University's MFA Program, studying fiction. Find Vincent on Instagram: @vtchavez.