Miranda Williams writes fiction and poetry about how weird and sometimes difficult it is to be sentient. Her work appears in Breakwater Review, Third Point Press, Gordon Square Review, and Menacing Hedge, among others. She’s also the recipient of several writing awards including the Paulette-Schlosser Writing Award, the ASU Homecoming Writing Award, the Glendon Swarthout Award in Fiction, and the Maricopa District Award in Fiction. Additionally, she is currently working on a short story collection tentatively titled Those Who Grow Horns and her first novel inspired by Beats poetry, Georgia O’Keeffe’s art, and the forests of New Mexico. She received her Bachelors Degree in English Literature from Arizona State University and is working toward her Masters in Women’s Literature. When not studying or writing, you can find her taking care of her many house plants, gushing about Jupiter’s moons, and continuing her quest to find the world’s best veggie burger. Find her on Instagram @mirandaiswriting.
When Nathan isn’t suffering through the Arizona heat or a severe lack of inspiration, he can usually be found re-watching Portrait of a Lady on Fire, playing The Last of Us, or accidentally winning writing competitions. He’s the 1st Place Recipient of the Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout Award in Creative Writing, has won 1st Place in the MCC Creative Writing Contest for fiction, 2nd Place in the Maricopa District Writing Contest for poetry, and his work has been published in Exposition Review, Sixfold and Red Rock Review. He’s currently editing the second draft of his first novel, a YA Romance/Literary Fiction centered around autism, awkward romance, and astronomy, as well as a poetry chapbook centered around the macabre aspect of life that is devouring, titled We All Need to Eat. You can find him on Instagram @theshapeofletters.
Chris Clements is a journalist, author, and a rising senior at Arizona State University in Phoenix, Arizona, where he’s majoring in English with an emphasis in creative writing. He has work published or forthcoming in Lux: An Undergraduate Creative Review, The State Press, The Chautauquan Daily, and ASU News. He’s passionate about all things related to literature, music, and film, especially author David Foster Wallace, jazz singer Cecile McLorin Salvant, and the films of Paul Thomas Anderson.
Brigid Hannon is a writer from Buffalo, NY. Her poetry and short fiction have been featured in various online journals including the San Antonio Review, Ghost City Press Review, Soft Cartel, and Queen Mob’s Teahouse. Current projects include editing a novel, prepping for NaNoWriMo 2020, and working with an illustrator on a children’s book. Her first collection of poetry, A Lovely Wreckage, which centers around Hannon’s life with chronic and mental illness, is now available on Amazon. She can be found online at brigidhannon.com.
Alex Andy Phuong
Poetry Reader / Blog Contributor
Alex Andy Phuong earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University—Los Angeles in 2015. He was a former Statement Magazine editor who currently writes about literature, film, and culture. He has written film reviews for more than three hundred motion pictures for MovieBoozer, and has contributed articles to Mindfray. His writing has appeared in The Bookends Review and The Society of Classical Poets. Alex wants to inspire others, and he was published for the first time while earning his Associate of Arts in English at Pasadena City College the same year that he graduated in 2013. Emma Stone inspired Alex to submit writing actively to publications after hearing the Oscar-nominated song, “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from the “Best Picture” nominee La La Land (2016). He now writes with the sincerest hope to inspire readers while fully supporting the ones who dare to pursue their dreams.