Michael Fertik is a published fiction author, poet, produced film writer, and playwright whose writing has won fiction, poetry, and film prizes and includes a New York Times Bestseller. His novella Allotrope was published in The Write Launch and a review of his book Hip Set is available on bookscover2cover. Michael is a graduate of Harvard Law School and lives in Palo Alto, California.
Jeff Schnader was at Columbia University in 1972 where he participated in sit-ins, marches and protests against the Vietnam War. He took part in demonstrations in front of Hamilton Hall where students were beaten by N.Y. Tactical Police in full battle regalia. He graduated with a BA in physics. His short story, The Champion, won first prize in the 2020 Annual Quills Contest. His novel, The Serpent Papers, which will be published in February 2022 by The Permanent Press, was a short-listed finalist in the 2021 Blue Moon Novel Competition.
Chaya Bhuvaneswar is a physician and writer with work in Narrative Magazine, Tin House, Electric Lit, The Millions, Joyland, Michigan Quarterly Review and elsewhere. Her poetry and prose juxtapose Hindu epics, other myths and histories, and the survival of sexual harassment and racialized sexual violence by diverse women of color.
Farrah Fray is a writer and activist living in London. Growing up between London and Libya, she navigates in her work explorations of culture, displacement, feminism and identity with a focus on Libya and London. Although her poetry and prose has constantly moved between public and private spaces, she has written for various different platforms such as Letters Ly Libya and Khabar Keslan. Through her poetry she hopes to expand the understanding and representation of Middle Eastern women in modern literature.
Chris Pellizzari is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His short stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines, including most recently Good Works Review and Counterclock. He…