Ananda Lima holds an MA in Linguistics from UCLA. She was a mentee in the AWP Writer to Writer Program and has attended workshops at Bread Loaf, Sewanee and Tin House. She has taught at UCLA and The University of Montclair. Her work has appeared in The American Poetry Review and Escarp. Ananda is currently working on a novel set in Brasilia, where she grew up as the daughter of migrants from Northeast Brazil, and a collection of poems. Find her at anandalima.com.
Cynthia Manick is the author of Blue Hallelujahs (Black Lawrence Press, 2016). A Pushcart Prize nominated poet with a MFA in Creative Writing from the New School; she has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Fine Arts Work Center, the Hambidge Center, Hedgebrook, Poets House, and the Vermont Studio Center. She is Founder and Curator of the reading series Soul Sister Revue. Manick’s work has appeared in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day Series, African American Review, Bone Bouquet, Callaloo, Kweli Journal, Muzzle Magazine, PLUCK! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts and Culture, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Christine Kandic Torres is a fiction writer based in Jackson Heights, Queens. Her short stories have appeared in Newtown Literary Journal, The Sonder Review, and The Fifth Street Review. She can be found online at christinektorres.com.
T.B. Grennan is a graduate of Pomona College and received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia, where he was a Henry Hoyns Fellow and a Poe/Faulkner Scholar. His fiction has appeared in Digital Americana, White Stag Journal, and Construction Literary Magazine, while his nonfiction has been featured in Meridian and Pomona College Magazine. “Picking Up,” Grennan’s first short film, premiered at the 2015 Boston LGBT Film Festival. He was born in Burlington, Vermont, and currently lives in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.