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Sean Kevin Campbell is a writer living in Brooklyn. Aside from adhering to stereotypes, he has an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College, blogs on occasion, and works in communications and IT for Columbia University.

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Sarah V. Schweig is the author of the chapbook S (Dancing Girl Press). Her poems have appeared in Black Warrior ReviewBOMB MagazineBoston ReviewPainted Bride QuarterlyWestern Humanities Review, and Verse Daily, among others. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Columbia University, where her manuscript was the recipient of the David Craig Austen Memorial Award. She lives in Brooklyn.

Grace Ross is formerly a DC native, now settled in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. She graduated from Wesleyan University and recently completed a thesis on African American female playwrights from the early 1990s. She published a scholarly article for the International Cycling Conference in Prague on gender stereotypes and the bicycle culture of the 1890s. She currently works at Oxford University Press with communication and journalism textbooks after a brief stint at a nonfiction literary agency. Her interests include drama, nonfiction, and journalism. 

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Justin Alvarez is the Digital Director at The Paris Review and an editor for Limn Literary & Arts Journal. His work has appeared in Guernica, Ploughshares, and Flatmancrooked’s Slim Volume of Contemporary Poetics. He lives in New York City.

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Amanda Killian is a Southern California-born, Connecticut-raised, New York-based writer and poet. She has worked with many non-profits including The New Press, PEN America, Ugly Duckling Presse, and Henry Street Settlement. She graduated in 2010 from New York University with a degree in English & American Literature and Creative Writing. Her guilty pleasure is eating Nutella out of the jar while reading Tomaž Šalamun’s Poker.

Dan Sheehan is an Irish fiction writer, journalist, and human rights advocate currently based in NYC. He has written extensively on literature, politics, emigration, and children’s rights for numerous Irish news outlets including The Irish Times. He has recently completed his debut collection of short stories as part of an MFA in Creative Writing at University College Dublin and is now working as a Freedom to Write intern at the PEN American Center.

Dan Sheehan is an Irish fiction writer, journalist, and human rights advocate currently based in NYC. He has written extensively on literature, politics, emigration, and children’s rights for numerous Irish news outlets including The Irish Times. He has recently completed his debut collection of short stories as part of an MFA in Creative Writing at University College Dublin and is now working as a Freedom to Write intern at the PEN American Center.

Marina Araujo is a Brazilian historian who is writing her PhD thesis and currently researching at New York University with a Fulbright scholarship. She is studying and writing about avant-garde poetry in New York City during the 1960s and 1970s, the Downtown Scene and the interactions between punk rock in the East Village and literature. She also writes about experimental poetry and counter-culture in Brazil, and is mostly interested in the political dimension and possibilities of social change of contemporary literature in its connections with pop culture. She has been teaching cultural history and sociology in Brazil.

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Alta Ifland grew up in Romania and emigrated to the States in 1991.  After ten years in academia teaching French, she became an independent writer and switched to English.  She is the author of four books: Voix de Glace/Voice of Ice (bilingual prose poems, Les Figues Press, 2007); Elegy for a Fabulous World (short stories, Ninebark Press, 2009); Death-in-a-Box (Subito Press, 2011); and The Snail’s Song (Spuyten Duyvil, 2011).  She writes book reviews for numerous alternative publications.