Bonnie Chau is from Southern California and received her MFA in fiction from Columbia University, with a joint concentration in literary translation. She has received fellowships from Kundiman, the Fine Arts Work Center, the American Literary Translators Association, and Vermont Studio Center, and her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Flaunt, The Offing, Joyland, Nat. Brut, The Felt, Bennington Review, Fence, and other journals. She works at an independent bookstore in Brooklyn and is assistant web editor at Poets & Writers. She is the author of the short story collection All Roads Lead to Blood (SFWP/2040 Books, 2018).
Cody Ross Romero Cody Ross Romero is a poet and writer from the desert southwest. His work has appeared in the chapbook MACK produced by Raptor Editing, and in a full-length collection called Hurricane Butterfly, coauthored by Kevin Salvaggio. As a graduate student he was awarded the Michele Tolela Myers Graduate Fellowship for students whose writing is of exceptional strength and promise. In January of 2018, he represented Sarah Lawrence at the Palm Beach Poetry Festival. He received his MFA in May 2018.
heidi andrea restrepo rhodes is a queer, sick/disabled, mixed-race, second-generation Colombian immigrant, poet, artist, scholar, & activist. Her first full-length collection “The Inheritance of Haunting” was chosen by Ada Limón for the 2018 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize awarded by Letras Latinas, & will be published by University of Notre Dame Press in 2019. Her poetry has been published in As/Us, Pank, Raspa, Word Riot, Feminist Studies, Huizache, & Nat.Brut among other places. She is a member of the Canaries Collective, and is currently a doctoral candidate in political theory at the Graduate Center, CUNY.
juliany taveras is a dominican-american writer, theatre-maker, & arts educator from brooklyn, ny. their playwriting has been nationally recognized (Kilroys List 2016, 50 Playwrights Project List 2018) & developed/staged with Crashbox Theater Company, The Lark, Corkscrew Theater Festival, The Bechdel Group, WOW Café Theatre, & Greenhouse Theater Center, among others. their poetry & photography have also been included in various digital & print publications. juliany is a graduate of Vassar College & the St. Joseph’s College Writer’s Foundry, & currently works as a teaching artist with nyc youth while continuing to develop work that navigates bodies in diaspora.
Kevin Salvaggio earned an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College in Spring 2018. Originally from Long Island, he prefers writing to speaking. His obsessions with family and houses—the spaces where our lives play out—are the foundation and walls around his work.
Raptor book: Hurricane Butterfly
Kortney Morrow is an emerging writer based in Toronto. Her work has been featured in the Red Rover Reading Series, the O, Miami Poetry Festival, MACK by Raptor Editing, and Louisiana Cultural Vistas. She is an alumnus of the 2018 Winter Tangerine Summer Workshop. During the day, she fundraises for the latest chapter of the 826 National Network, 826 New Orleans.
Niyati is a writer/poet based in New York City. She earned her MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College, and she writes short, riddled, homeless little things. Her chapbook is forthcoming from Raptor Press in December 2018. Ojalá (Papalota Negra, July 2018) has been published abroad in collaboration with illustrator Alejandra Marroquín & translated by Patricia Trigueros.
Onyinyechi Ukegbu is a Nigerian poet based in New York. She earned her MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has been featured in Style Mania Magazine, Aspire Luxury Magazine, and MACK by Raptor Editing. She is currently exploring how her vulnerabilities interact with others, each other and territory.
Raptor book: MACK
Sreshtha Sen is a writer from Delhi, India and one of the founding editors of The Shoreline Review, an online journal for and by south asian poets. She studied Literatures in English at Delhi University and completed her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College. Her work can be found published or forthcoming in BOAAT, Bitch Media, Breakwater Review, Hyperallergic, The Margins, MACK, Meridian, Split Lip Magazine and elsewhere. She was the 2017-18 Readings/Workshops fellow at Poets & Writers, and currently lives and teaches in Las Vegas as the 2018 BMI PhD Fellow in poetry.
Shai Phenix grew up on 131st Street and Lenox Avenue in Harlem, NY. She seeks to preserve a legacy, one that is personal but is also the story of many generations of women, and many Harlem-grown children. She has taught middle/high school, English, History, and Poetry for two years, and is currently working towards her MFA in Poetry at Sarah Lawrence College.
Raptor Book: The Great Good News of Your Own Voice
Xavier Vazquez was born and raised in Massachusetts, where his fascination with narratives, ideas and the words grew, flew and landed in New York. Upon moving to the city, he graduated from St. John’s University with a Master’s degree in International Relations. He teaches High School classes in U.S. History, Government and Economics.
Raptor book: The Great Good News of Your Own Voice