Tyrese L. Coleman is a writer, wife, mother, attorney, and writing instructor. She is also the reviews editor at SmokeLong Quarterly, an online journal dedicated to flash fiction. An essayist and fiction writer, her prose has appeared in several publications, including Catapult, Buzzfeed, Literary Hub, The Rumpus, and the Kenyon Review. Her essay "How to Mourn" is listed as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2018. She is an alumni of the Writing Program at Johns Hopkins University and a Kimbilio Fiction Fellow. She can be reached at tyresecoleman.com or on twitter @tylachelleco.
Danny Caine is the author of the chapbook Uncle Harold's Maxwell House Haggadah (Etchings Press, 2017). His poetry has appeared in Hobart, Mid-American Review, DIAGRAM, and New Ohio Review among other places. He received an MFA in poetry from the University of Kansas in 2017. He hails from Cleveland and lives in Lawrence, Kansas, where he owns the Raven Book Store. More at dannycaine.com.
Malka Older is a writer, aid worker, and PhD candidate. Her science-fiction political thriller Infomocracy was named one of the best books of 2016 by Kirkus, Book Riot, and the Washington Post. She is also the author of the sequels, Null States (2017) and State Tectonics (2018), as well as of short fiction, serial fiction, poetry, and essays. Named Senior Fellow for Technology and Risk at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs for 2015, she has more than a decade of field experience in humanitarian aid and development and has responded to disasters and complex emergencies in Sri Lanka, Uganda, Darfur, Indonesia, Japan, and Mali. Her doctoral work on the sociology of organizations at the Institut d’Études Politques de Paris (Sciences Po) explores the dynamics of post-disaster improvisation in governments.
Justin Sanders is a ghost from Baltimore and the author of for all the other ghosts. His words have appeared most recently in American Short Fiction and on the city’s walls.
dave ring is a speculative fiction writer. dave is also the co-chair of the OutWrite LGBTQ Literary Festival in Washington, DC and a 2013 Lambda Literary Fellow in Genre Fiction. His short stories have been published in the journals Helen and SPECS journal of art and culture as well as a number of anthologies.
He is the editor of Broken Metropolis: Queer Tales of a City That Never Was, forthcoming from Mason Jar Press in Summer 2018.
Erin’s writing has been featured in Amazon’s Day One, Passages North, Bone Bouquet, Juked, Hobart, Paper Darts, The Found Poetry Review, The Pinch, Painted Bride Quarterly, and Birdfeast, among other publications.
She is the recipient of a 2017 Artist Career Development Grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council/McKnight Foundation; a 2017 Emerging Artist Residency at Tofte Lake Center; a 2016 Spruceton Inn Artist Residency; and was the first Modern Worker: Writer in Residence at Modern Art in Lancaster, PA. Her literary erasure art was featured during the summer of 2017 as part of Made Here: Future, an urban walking gallery in the West Downtown Minneapolis Cultural District.
Dave K. writes for Adweek and Barnes & Noble, and his fiction/essays/poetry have appeared in Front Porch Journal, Battered Suitcase, Cobalt, Artichoke Haircut, The Avenue, Welter, TRUCK, and on the LED billboard in the Station North neighborhood of Baltimore, MD. He is also the author of stone a pig and MY NAME IS HATE, both self-published. He is also a very large outer main-belt asteroid.
His novel, The Bong-Ripping Brides of Count Drogado, follows a homeless, one-armed man haunted by both his own past and the brides of a debauched plutocrat who steal him away to a party that never, never ends.
The Black Ladies Brunch Collective's Poetry Anthology, “Not Without Our Laughter,” is a collection of humorous and joyful poems, riffing on Langston Hughes’s novel “Not Without Laughter.” It explores topics of family, work, love and sexuality. The women of BLBC believe, like Hughes, that even in these currently tense racial times, laughter and the celebration of life is crucial. Historically, it is what African Americans have done and will continue to do, no matter what challenges face them.
The Black Ladies Brunch Collective is (clockwise from top-left): Teri Cross Davis, Anya Creightney, Katy Richey, celeste doaks, Saida Agostini, and Tafisha Edwards.
Michelle Junot is the author of and the floor is always lava. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Her latest collection, Notes From My Phone (A Self-Portrait in Her Twenties), is available now through Mason Jar Press. Check it out.
Stephen Zerance’s poems have appeared in journals such as West Branch, Prairie Schooner, Quarterly West, Assaracus, Knockout, and others. He has also been featured on Lambda Literary and Split This Rock. He received his MFA from American University where he received the Myra Sklarew award. He resides in Baltimore, MD.