Writers & Artists
Adam Oyster-Sands is a high school English teacher in Portland, Oregon with an MA in Humanities from the University of Dallas. While poetry writing is a new practice for Adam, much of his work comes from writing with his classes or reflecting on various artistic works and their connections to his own lived experience. Though his back may revolt, Adam still enjoys trying to land a kickflip, the occasional circle pit, and fucking shit up before 10pm. He can also be found hiking up mountains and running through forests with his partner Morgan and their puppies.
Aisha West is an actress and writer. After graduating from the Experimental Theatre at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, Aisha wrote, directed, and performed plays with Synaesthetic Theatre for ten years. She is currently writing her first novel about a teenage runaway who tries to hide during the age of self-disclosure. She lives in Brooklyn with three tuxedo cats.
Catfished from Honolulu, Hawai’i with a financial aid package, Albert Lee 李威夷 is a junior at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. His writing is inspired by larger questions about postmemory, diasporic intimacy, and Cardi B. As his mother once said, “You need less Cardi B and more Cardi O.
Alexander Camacho grew up in the Central Valley and is still trying to figure out what to do with his life. His friends are his world. He hopes to explore all types of art and media.
Ali Mollhoff is a writer and public relations professional living in Seattle, Washington. She earned a B.A. in English with a focus in poetry from the University of Washington in 2016. Her debut poetry collection, “Things We Lost in the Fire” is available now at alimollhoff.com.
Alison Jennings is retired from teaching and accounting; throughout her life, she has composed over 400 poems, and recently published several of them, in print journals and online. She lives in Seattle, where she writes poetry whenever she has time.
ALISON SWETY BENINATO
Alison Swety Beninato is a writer and editor from Philadelphia, where she lives with her cat and husband. Her writing has appeared in Esprit: The University of Scranton Review of Arts and Letters, The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle, and The Quotable.
AREMU ADAMS ADEBISI
Aremu Adams Adebisi is a North-Central Nigerian writer and economist. In 2019, he was nominated for Best of the Net, a Pushcart Prize, and the 2019 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. His work of poetry, “Force Mechanism”, was adapted into Lucent Dreaming’s first theatrical performance in Wales. He has works published in Storyscape Journal, Lucky Jefferson, and elsewhere. He served as a mentor for SprinNG Fellowship and a panelist for the Gloria Anzaldua Prize. He edits poetry for ARTmosterrific and Newfound, facilitates Transcendence Poetry Masterclass, and curates the newsletter Poetry Weekly on Substack.
Ashley Mintz is a visual artist and writer creating and residing in Nashville, Tennessee. She began her creative journey when she moved to Nashville to pursue songwriting. Composing and recording her own instrumental music, she has had original music used in independent and short films and a play. She began doing abstract drawings and paintings and has since had her art exhibited in galleries, hotels, boutiques, community centers and café’s, among other places. She has also had her art in the background of two films. As a writer of poetry and song lyrics, she often incorporates writing into her paintings and also exhibits poetry and lyrics alongside paintings. She has been invited to read her poetry and perform music at different arts festivals. Ashley regularly teaches her art and writing techniques in art journaling and mixed media art workshops as a way to help others cultivate their creativity and to use art as a way of healing.
ASHLEY BRIE MYERS
Ashley Brie Myers is currently living out her reclusive writer dreams on a snowy mountain in Vermont. Since earning a bachelor’s degree in English with a Fiction Writing concentration from Connecticut College in 2019, she has self-published both a novella (Seasons of Rose) and collection of poetry (Yellow&Blue). Her poems can be found in the Dewdrop, Pastel Serenity Zine, Sad Girls Club Lit Blog, and CouCou Collective. Writing is her one true love, and she hopes to someday make a career out of it.
Astrid Liu is a poet, teacher, singer, writer, and all around boss bitch who lets nothing get in the way of what she wants to achieve. She’s 5’2 but 6’1 on tinder and has the biggest strap energy you’ll ever see. Watch out for her in the future, cause you’re never going to forget her name.
AVERY K. JAMES
Avery K. James is a poetry MFA student at Georgia College and State University and works as a staff reader for the Arts & Letters literary magazine. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Southern Humanities Review, the Forum, QA Poetry, and the Ramifications Literary Magazine. She can’t stop writing about activism, black mythologies, the evening sky, or her exasperation with Freud, and it's a bit of a problem.
Cover Artist for Issue 4 of the magazine: NoelleRx is the art alias is Candice Noelle. Candice is a digital artist and creative who is inspired by African American culture. Her art focuses on highlighting black love and resilience in a time of heightened racism and inequality.
Chelsi Sayti is a third year poet with UNLV's MFA program. Before moving to Las Vegas she studied Philosophy in West Virginia. The woods and the desert are equally close to her heart.She's been previously published in jubilat.
Claire Payne is from San Francisco, California and attends Scripps College in Claremont. She is a proud daughter of a Chinese immigrant, a small mushroom looking fellow, and loves her friends with her whole entire heart.
CYNTHIA LE MONDS
With roots in the Mississippi Delta, Cynthia Le Monds lives in the Bay Area. She holds a BA in political science and an MPA from St. Mary's University. She's pursuing an MFA at San Francisco State University where she served as a contributing editor of Fourteen Hills magazine. She's been published in the San Antonio Express-News, The Raw Art Review, and Kind Writers Literary Magazine. She has work upcoming in Mojo | Mikrokosmos Journal, recently placed in the 2020 Mikrokosmos Poetry Contest, and received honorable mention for the Mirabai Poetry Prize.
Dorna Maryam Movasseghi is a Cal Berkeley graduate studying law. She can’t make a pancake to save her life but is a bitch for product marketing.
E.E. King is a painter, performer, writer, and biologist - She’ll do anything that won’t pay the bills, especially if it involves animals. Ray Bradbury called her stories, “marvelously inventive, wildly funny, and deeply thought-provoking. I cannot recommend them highly enough.” King has won numerous various awards and fellowships for art, writing, and environmental research. She’s been published widely. Her books include Dirk Quigby’s Guide to the Afterlife. Her landmark mural, A Meeting of the Minds (121’ x 33’) can be seen on Mercado La Paloma in Los Angeles.She’s worked with children in Bosnia, crocodiles in Mexico, frogs in Puerto Rico, egrets in Bali, mushrooms in Montana, archaeologists in Spain, butterflies in South Central Los Angeles, lectured on island evolution and marine biology on cruise ships in the South Pacific and the Caribbean, and painted murals in Los Angeles and Spain.
Emma Stamper is a 20 year old just learning how to actually be an adult. She takes pride in being a dog, cat, and bearded dragon mom. She’s always found comfort in writing about what’s around her and drawing what she sees in her head. She often feels a little lost but the world of art has a way of making her feel closer to where she should be.
Emily Benson writes poems of humanity, longing, and nature. A former professional stage manager for theatre who now works in digital marketing, she has been writing poetry steadily through it all. She lives in Western New York with her husband, two sons, and two cats. Emily has previously been published in The Esthetic Apostle and Unstamatic.
Emily Rankin was born in Riverside, California and attended university in Abilene, TX where she received a BFA in 2011. Her body of work ranges from Graphic Design and Scenic Painting to collaborative performances with Verstehen, an interactive series which incorporates live painting, sound, and electronics. She is currently based in New Mexico. eerankinart.com
Ernst Perdriel is of African descent and was born in Montreal (Quebec, Canada) in 1974. He is a multi-field artist (visual art, photography, writing - French), designer and horticulturist.
Essah Cozett is currently a Doctoral student in Caribbean Literature and Languages at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus. Her poems have been published in several print and online publications, including Peepal Tree Press, The Caribbean Writer, PREE Lit, Moko Magazine, Interviewing the Caribbean, Tonguas, and Odradek.
She is also the host and producer of the podcast Essah’s Way.
FAY L. LOOMIS
Since a heart attack and a stroke, Fay L. Loomis lives a particularly quiet life in the woods in upstate New York. A member of the Stone Ridge Library Writers, her pieces have appeared in print and online publications, including Pan’s Shadow, Halcyon Days, A Quiet Courage, Peacock Journal, Postcard Poems and Prose, Watershed Review, River Poets Journal, Breath and Shadow, Wordgathering, Celestial Musings: Poems Inspired by the Night Sky, and Finding the Birds.
Glen Armstrong holds an MFA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and teaches writing at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He edits a poetry journal called Cruel Garters and has two new chapbooks: Simpler Times and Staring Down Miracles. His work has appeared in Poetry Northwest, Conduit, and Cloudbank.
HENRY 7. RENEAU, JR.
henry 7. reneau, jr. writes words of conflagration to awaken the world ablaze, an inferno of free verse illuminated by his affinity for disobedience, like a discharged bullet that commits a felony every day, is the spontaneous combustion that blazes from his heart, phoenix-fluxed red & gold, exploding through change is gonna come to implement the fire next time. He is the author of the poetry collection, freedomland blues (Transcendent Zero Press) and the e-chapbook, physiography of the fittest (Kind of a Hurricane Press), now available from their respective publishers. As a Black poet, he writes to un-marginalize the stigmatized spaces of Amerikkkan society. He writes to erect an inclusive house on the smoldering ruins of racism’s plantation, a safe space of wolf howl gumbo ya-ya for those who are woke.
Jamie Avery (she/they) is a poet, editor and plant parent living in Berkeley, California. Their work can be found in Hey I’m Alive, Forum, The Ana and elsewhere.
JAMIE L. SMITH
Jamie L. Smith is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at Hunter College. Her writing appears or is forthcoming in the San Antonio Review, Not-Very-Quiet, Peculiar, and the Indie Blu(e) anthology “Smitten.” Her photographs appear in Hey I’m Alive Magazine and Dark Ink Press.
JANET E. AALFS
Janet E. Aalfs, 2nd poet laureate of Northampton, MA (2003-2005), 7th degree black belt,master Taiji/Qigong healing arts instructor, and founder/director of Lotus Peace Arts at Heron's Bridge (), an integrative arts education consortium, has been sharing her poetic movement weavings locally, nationally, and internationally for 42+ years. She has been a featured performer and workshop facilitator at many conferences and events including the Dodge Poetry Festival, Split This Rock, the Mass Poetry Festival, and as a teaching artist in Cape Town, South Africa. Her writing has appeared in A Fierce Brightness: 25 Years of Women's Poetry; Martial Arts Teachers on Teaching; Contempory American Voices; The Comstock Review; Sinister Wisdom; VerseWrights, and numerous other journals and anthologies, in print and online. Her most recent book of poems is Bird of a Thousand Eyes, Levellers Press.
Jim Muyres is retired from a lot of things, some rather impressive, some not. Having enjoyed a lifetime of reading he became impatient with what he was reading and started writing poetry and short fiction. When asked why he writes, he replies, “I write because I can’t not write”. His other passions are relationships, slowly remodeling a house, photography, political activism, spiritual growth and being outside. A self-described bumbler he mostly tries to bumble forward.
Jonathan Brooks was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Brooks studied Advertising and Fine Art Photography at the University of Miami. He worked for Eastman Kodak during their transition from analog to digital. His photographs have been published in numerous anthologies and periodicals. His Fine Art Photographs have been featured in major movies (Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates, and Uncle Drew), the Emmy nominated short film series celebrating the 50th anniversary of National Endowment For The Arts- United States Of Art, and television shows (David Makes Man, Southern Charm, The Vampire Diaries, and Germany’s Only Love Counts). His work has been exhibited in Miami, New York City, Amsterdam, France, Germany, Greece, and the United Kingdom. This includes Art Basel, the Louvre, and the biggest billboard in Times Square.
Julia Forrest is a Brooklyn based artist. She works strictly in film and prints in a darkroom she built within her apartment. Her own art has always been her top priority in life and in this digital world, she will continue to work with old processing. Anything can simply be done in photoshop, she prefers to take the camera, a tool of showing reality, and experiment with what she can do in front of the lens. Julia is currently working as a teaching artist at the Brooklyn Museum, USDAN Art Center, and Abrons Art Center. As an instructor, she thinks it is important to understand that a person can constantly stretch and push the boundaries of their ideas with whatever medium of art s/he chooses. Her goal is for her audience to not only enjoy learning about photography, but to see the world in an entirely new way and continue to develop a future interest in the arts.
JULIANNA SANROMAN ROJAS
Julianna Sanroman Rojas is not her name nor her body, but feels as though she is most herself through her paintings. You can find her painting what she loves in Detroit, MI.
Karolina Zapal is an itinerant poet, essayist, translator, and author of two books: Notes for Mid-Birth (Inside the Castle, 2019) and Polalka (Spuyten Duyvil, 2018). Her work has appeared in The Seventh Wave, Mantis, Posit, Witness, Bone Bouquet, and others. She has completed three artist residencies: Greywood Arts in Killeagh, Ireland; Brashnar Creative Project in Skopje, Macedonia; and Bridge Guard in Štúrovo, Slovakia. She served as the Anselm Hollo Fellow at Naropa University from 2015-2017. She now works at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts & Humanities. More about her work can be found at .
Katerina Canyon is a 2020 Pushcart Prize nominee. She grew up in Los Angeles and many of her poems reflect that experience. From 2000 to 2003, she served as the Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga. During that time, she started the Shouting Coyote Poetry Festival and ran several poetry readings in the area. After her term as Poet Laureate, she went back to school and earned a B.A. in English, International Studies in Creative Writing from Saint Louis University and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. Her essays have been published in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and Folks. Her poetry has recently been published in CatheXis Northwest, The Esthetic Apostle, Into Void and Black Napkin. Her latest book, Changing the Lines, a joint project with her daughter, which features a collection of poetry and artwork, can be found on Amazon.com.
Kathline Carr, writer and visual artist, is the author/artist of Miraculum Monstrum (Red Hen Press 2017), winner of the 2015 Clarissa Dalloway Book Prize (AROHO Foundation). Her visual work, primarily painting and printmaking, has been supported by grants from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and Massachusetts-based Assets for Artists. Carr’s writing and art have appeared in Alexandria Quarterly, Entropy, Yew, Calyx, Connecticut Review, Hawaii Review, Earth's Daughters, SISYPHUSINA ([PANK] Books, 2020, author Shira Dentz) and elsewhere; she has exhibited in New York City, Boston, New England and Canada. Carr received her BFA in Creative Writing with concentrations in Visual Art and Feminist Philosophy from Goddard College, VT and holds an MFA in Visual Arts from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. She has taught art, theatre, writing, and printmaking to people of all ages in the Berkshires, and around New England.
Katie DeLay is a poet from Chattanooga, TN currently residing in Nashville, TN. As a biology major-turned-poet, DeLay's work centers on mind-body dualism and entropy, using surrealism and a decisive speaker to discover the fault lines along one’s own being. She will apply to MFA poetry programs in the upcoming year.
Kaylee Woods lives in Oakland, California and is currently in school to become a nurse. She loves to make art when she can– preferably pen, ink and watercolor.
Kenneth Pobo has a new book out called Dindi Expecting Snow from Duck Lake Books. He won the 2019 chapbook contest from the Poetry Society of Alabama for Your Place Or Mine, forthcoming in 2020. His work has appeared in: Hawaii Review, Nimrod, Mudfish, Atlanta Review, Spoon River Quarterly, and elsewhere.
Kevin Lopez, creator of the first issue’s cover, is an artist and student in San Francisco, California. He was born July 11, 1996 and grew up in the Central Valley. Besides pursuing art, Kevin loves to spend time with his friends and family.
Khalil Elayan is a Senior Lecturer of English at Kennesaw State University, teaching mostly World and African American Literature. His other interests include finishing his book on heroes and spending time in nature on his farm in north Georgia. Khalil’s poems have been published in A Gathering of the Tribes Magazine, Dime Show Review, About Place Journal, and The Esthetic Apostle.
Linda Ravenswood (BFA MA PhD abd) is a poet and performance artist from Los Angeles. She’s the founder and editor-in-chief of The Los Angeles Press. A full length poetry collection rock waves / sloe drags is forthcoming from Eyewear London in 2021. Find her @bespokepoets and at theLosAngelespress.com.
New York City artist Marne Meisel is also an educator, jewelry designer, and art historian. She holds an MA in Art and Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a BFA in Illustration and Cartooning from the School of Visual Arts. Her work has shown at such venues with AIR Gallery, Site: Brooklyn, Macy Gallery, Visual AIDS, Culture Fix, Metropolitan Museum of Art Employee Art Show. Her academic essays and other artworks have been published and archived. Marne Meisel’s artwork is composed of marbled paper, acetate, found objects, vintage publications and periodicals, and more. She breaks the boundaries between high and low art.
Melly Herrera can sing any song in “cat” and is a master at sleeping backwards. She’s from Los Angeles, California and aspires to take her artsy self to Italy to continue creating and loving and appreciating every aspect of her beautiful life.
MONIQUE RENEE HARRIS
Monique Renee Harris was born as an African American woman with Cerebral Palsy. She learned how to use imaging software with the use of a head wand. Her artwork has appeared in Pentimento Magazine, Penumbra Literary and Art Journal, Aji Magazine, the cover of Lateef H. McLeod’s Whispers of Krip Love Shouts of Krip Revolution, and in her own poetry art book Strength and Tragedy: the Mystery of the Blue Lady. In 2020, she won the Red Planet Magazine Cover Art Contest. She is also a poet and writer whose work has appeared in Wordgathering, Magnets & Ladders, Seeing Beyond the Surface, and Dryland.
Myles Zavelo attends Sarah Lawrence College, in Bronxville, NY. His writing has appeared in the following publications: Reflections, Silent Auctions Magazine, The Southampton Review, Glimmer Train, Broad Street, Chaleur Magazine, Ginosko Literary Journal, Waxing and Waning: A Literary Journal, 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE, Hey, I’m Alive Magazine, and The Cobalt Review. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Nailah Mathews is a nonbinary Black poet to whom books and black lives matter, who aspires to be as kind to every stranger as they would be to a lost child. Their work has been featured in Tilde~A Literary Journal, Lucky Jefferson, PassengerJournal, the Black Lesbian Literary Collective and Penumbra Literary and Art Journal among others. They can be reached at for inquiries.
Patricia Bassel is a teacher, traveler and poet from southwest Oklahoma where she now resides after teaching abroad many years. Walking is a ritual for her around the world. She connects to a place through its people, its music, its food, and she makes the most interesting discoveries by foot. The world is her home but as a native of Oklahoma, she finds an austere beauty in the Great Plains, open spaces and the ancient boulders of the Wichita Mountains.
PATRICK T. REARDON
Patrick T. Reardon is the author of one poetry collection Requiem for David as well as seven prose works, including Faith Stripped to Its Essence, a literary-religious analysis of Shusaku Endo’s novel Silence. His poetry has appeared in Silver Birch Press, Eclectica, Esthetic Apostle, Ground Fresh Thursday, Literary Orphans, Rhino, Spank the Carp, Tipton Poetry Journal and Under a Warm Green Linden. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize twice. Reardon, who worked as a Chicago Tribune reporter for 32 years, has published essays and book reviews widely. His novella Babe was short-listed by Stewart O’Nan for the annual Faulkner-Wisdom Contest. His Pump Don’t Work blog can be found at http:///blog/
Phoebe VanDusen is a poet and bookseller from Brooklyn, NY. Her poems have been published in or are forthcoming from The Nervous Breakdown, Button Eye Review, the Eunoia Review, and elsewhere. She received her BA from Bennington College in 2019.
RACHEL PRIZANT KOTOK
Rachel Prizant Kotok, addicted to letter-sequenced palindromic poetry and micro/flash fiction, nurtures a wild rumpus of magenta bougainvillea blossoms on an urban balcony. She was a finalist for Southwest Review’s Morton Marr Poetry Prize and the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Award for Poetry. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tiferet Journal, Digital Paper, The Centifictionist, and *82 Review. She teaches human rights-themed academic writing courses in Northern California.
Riley Smith is a writer of fiction and nonfiction. He was born in Seattle, came of age building strawbale houses in southern Utah, and attended college at the University of Victoria. He served two years as Editor-in-Chief of UVic's undergraduate literary review This Side of West and received first prize in the 2019 on the Verge fiction contest. His work is forthcoming with the Lebowski Press.
Riley Stenehjem is a student and photographer living in New York. Her creative work primarily centers around studying the body and the space it inhabits. She is interested in defamiliarizing our conceptions of ourselves through distortions of the physical body.
ROCHELLE JEWEL SHAPIRO
At 73, Rochelle Jewel Shapiro is tickled to be published in “Hey, I’m Alive.” She teaches writing at UCLA Extension and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Hollins Critic. Like her heroine in Miriam the Medium (Simon & Schuster), Rochelle is a phone psychic. She’s been published in the NYT (Lives) Newsweek, and decades of lit mags such as Midwest Quarterly, Moment, The Iowa Review. You can read more of her work here: https://rochellejshapiro.com/
RYAN ALAN BOYLE
Ryan Alan Boyle is an editor, writer, and music journalist. He has written and edited liner note essays for acclaimed archival albums released by the Numero Group—including Teen Expo: The Cleopatra Label, Local Customs: Cavern Sound, Joanna Brouk: Hearing Music, and The Royal Jesters: English Oldies, among others. His fiction has appeared in Atticus Review, Opossum, and Fiction Southeast. He earned a masters degree in American history from the University of Florida and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, with 2.6 million other humans.
Samantha Madway is working on a collection of interlinked poems and flash fiction. She loves her dogs, Charlie, Parker, and Davey, more than anything else in the universe. Though technophobic, she attempts to be brave by having an Instagram @sometimesnight. If the profile were a plant, it would’ve died long ago. Her writing has appeared in Hey, I’m Alive Magazine, Wild Roof Journal, Sunspot Lit, High Shelf, Linden Ave, Sky Island Journal, SLAB, and elsewhere.
Samantha Malay was born in Berlin, Germany and grew up in rural northeastern Washington State. She is a graduate of Seattle University’s sociology program, a theatrical wardrobe technician by trade, a mixed-media artist and a writer. Inspired by the plant kingdom and her collection of vintage textiles, she works with salvaged fabric, travel ephemera and beeswax to create new textures and patterns. Her collages have been published in The Grief Diaries, Cahoodaloodaling, Phoebe: A Journal of Literature and Art, Temenos, Chaleur Magazine, Apeiron Review, and Inverted Syntax. You can find her work here, as well as at her website: http://kolajmagazine.com/artistdirectory/samantha-malay
Scarlet is a physics student at UC Santa Cruz, she has a second degree black belt in karate and loves to hang glide. If she could, she would spend every second in nature, doodling in her spare time.
S.E. Street’s fiction, nonfiction and poetry have been published in the UK, Canada, United States, Australia and New Zealand. She is the recipient of the Dymocks Short Story Prize for fiction, the Hunter Writers Award for nonfiction and is the SCWC HARP winner for poetry.
STEPHANIE ATHENA VALENTE
Stephanie Athena Valente lives in Brooklyn, NY. Her published works include Hotel Ghost, waiting for the end of the world, and Little Fang (Bottlecap Press, 2015-2019). She has work included in Reality Hands, Maudlin House, and Cosmonauts Avenue. She is the associate editor at Yes, Poetry. Sometimes, she feels human.
Tim Fab-Eme enjoys experimenting with poetic forms; he writes about the environment, identity and exploitation. His work has appeared in The Malahat Review, New Welsh Review, Magma, California Review; pulp MAG, Planet in Crisis Anthology, apt, The Fiddlehead and Reckoning, etc. Tim studied engineering at the Niger Delta, and is presently pursuing a BA in English Studies at the University of Port Harcourt. He lives in Rivers, Nigeria.
WENDY THOMPSON TAIWO
Wendy Thompson Taiwo is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies at San José State University. Her writing has appeared in Typehouse, Mn Artists, Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism, Nokoko, and numerous anthologies