October 16 • Hinterlands

Brian Birnbaum grew up thirty minutes west of Camden Yards in Baltimore, where at four years old he cried because the Yankees were losing. An MFA graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, his work has been published or is forthcoming in The Smart Set, The Collagist, Atticus Review, SLAM Magazine, Lit Hub, Political Animal, and more. A finalist of Bayou Magazine's Knudsen Fiction Contest and scholarship winner for The Work Conference, his first novel, Emerald City, is forthcoming from Dead Rabbits in September 2019. Brian is a child of Deaf adults (CODA) and works in development for the family sign language interpreting business. He lives in Harlem with the writer M.K. Rainey and their dog.

Greg Gerke’s fiction and non-fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House, The Kenyon Review Online, Denver Quarterly, Quarterly West, Mississippi Review, LIT, Film Quarterly, and others. Splice will publish two of his books in the autumn of 2019: See What I See, a book of essays out on 10/31, and Especially the Bad Things, a book of stories, available now. Greg lives in Brooklyn.

Amy Meng’s debut collection, Bridled, was selected by Jaswinder Bolina as the winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in publications including: Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, The Literary Review, New England Review, Narrative Magazine, and The Offing. She is a Kundiman Fellow and poetry editor at Bodega Magazine. Amy holds degrees from Rutgers University and New York University, and is a Kundiman Fellow. She currently lives in Brooklyn.

Briana Silberberg is a poet and prose writer from Queens. She hasn't published anything because transcription is a bitch and she gets too jumpy in front of her laptop. To soothe her startled nerves she likes to write more poems and goofy stories sometimes. Her work can regularly be heard at the Genre Reassignment and Gender Experts open mics for trans artists in Brooklyn.

September 18 • hinterlands

James Anderson is a 40-year-old incarcerated writer who has been imprisoned since the age of 17 for a crime he desperately wishes he could take back. Since entering prison, he has earned three college degrees, coordinated a youth outreach panel, and has served as an elected official in several leadership positions. He is currently studying for a bachelor's degree, and preparing for an upcoming parole hearing. His work will be read by Ditmas Lit alumnus Miracle Jones.

Note: James Anderson’s participation in Ditmas Lit is coordinated through the PEN America Prison and Justice Writing Program’s BREAK OUT Movement, which aims to (re)integrate incarcerated writers into literary community. Throughout the month of September 2019, in commemoration of the Attica Riots, PEN America, The Poetry Project, and over two dozen local reading series in New York City and across the country, are collaborating to feature the work of currently incarcerated writers. Because James is unable to experience this room, PEN America is making it possible to share feedback with him. If you are at this reading, please open your mobile browser and enter https://bit.ly/ditmasbreakout. Take a few moments to share thoughts and impressions with James. You can choose to share anonymously or not. If you include an address, you will be welcoming him to correspond with you.

Tyler Barton is a cofounder of Fear No Lit, home of the Submerging Writer Fellowship. His chapbook of flash fiction, The Quiet Part Loud, won the Turnbuckle Chapbook Prize and was published this year by Split Lip Press. Find his short stories soon in the Iowa Review, Cincinnati Review, and Necessary Fiction. Find him @goftyler or at tsbarton.com.

Melissa Grunow is the author of I DON'T BELONG HERE: ESSAYS (New Meridian Arts Press, 2018) and REALIZING RIVER CITY: A MEMOIR (Tumbleweed Books, 2016) which won the 2018 Book Excellence Award in Memoir, the 2017 Silver Medal in Nonfiction-Memoir from Readers' Favorite International Book Contest, and Second Place-Nonfiction in the 2016 Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards. Her work has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, River Teeth, The Nervous Breakdown, Two Hawks Quarterly, New Plains Review, and Blue Lyra Review, among many others. Her essays have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net and listed in the Best American Essays notables 2016 and 2018. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction with distinction from National University. Visit her website at http://www.melissagrunow.com.

Joanne Ramos was born in the Philippines and moved to Wisconsin when she was six. She graduated with a B.A. from Princeton University. After working in investment banking and private-equity investing for several years, she became a staff writer at The Economist. She currently serves on the board of The Moth. She lives in New York City with her husband and three children.

Kelly Tsai is an award-winning artist, writer, filmmaker, and musical artist/producer based in Brooklyn. Her memoir-in-progress, The Invisible Word, won the 2017 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Non-Fiction Literature and has been nominated for the 2019 New York Community Trust Ellen Levine Prize. Her work as a spoken word poet has been featured at over 700 venues worldwide including the White House under Obama, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, and multiple times on HBO. She is an alum of the Kundiman, Hedgebrook, Callaloo, Cave Canem, and VONA writing workshops and residencies. Her work has been profiled by Forbes, NPR, and other outlets. Her award-winning short films have screened in the US and abroad, and her interdiscipinary performances have been presented in the US and abroad including Brooklyn Museum and the Taipei Poetry Festival. @kellytsai_nyc, kellytsai.com

August 14 • Hinterlands

Simon Jacobs is the author of the novel Palaces (Two Dollar Radio), and of Saturn (Spork Press), a collection of David Bowie stories. He is from Dayton, Ohio, and lives in New York City!

Rax King is a dog-loving, hedgehog-mothering, beer-swilling, gay and disabled sumbitch who occasionally writes poetry and works as assistant editor for Sundress Publications. She is the author of the collection 'The People's Elbow: Thirty Recitatives on Rape and Wrestling' (Ursus Americanus, 2018). Her work can also be found in Catapult, Autostraddle, and Barrelhouse.

Meher Manda is a poet, short story writer, journalist, and educator from Mumbai, India, currently based in New York City. She earned her MFA in Fiction from the College of New Rochelle, where she founded the literary journal, The Canopy Review. She is one-half of An Angry Reading Series, and her debut chapbook of poems titled Busted Models is forthcoming from No, Dear Magazine in September, 2019.

Audrey Olivero is a writer and editor from the South Bronx. Her work has appeared in Longreads.

July 17 • Hinterlands

Talia Bloch is the author of Inheritance, a collection of poems, published by Gold Wake Press. Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Copper Nickel, Pleiades, Prairie Schooner, and The Southern Review. Her essays and feature stories have been published in places such as The Brooklyn Rail, the Forward, and Tablet Magazine. She was awarded an Editor’s Prize for Emerging Poets by Pleiades.

Heidi Diehl’s writing has appeared in the Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Indiana Review, Mississippi Review, Witness, and elsewhere. She received her MFA from Brooklyn College and has won fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Saltonstall Foundation, and the Vermont Studio Center.

Melissa Mesku is an engineer and writer with recent essays in Guernica, National Geographic, The Common, Carve,and Gulf Coast. Her experimental work has appeared in Math Magazine, Unlost Journal and Queen Mob’s Teahouse,and last month was anthologized by Essay Daily. She is the founding editor of New Worker Magazine and the artificial intelligence based literary experiment ➰➰➰ (“many loops”).

Julia Phillips is the author of debut novel DISAPPEARING EARTH. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Slate, and The Paris Review and been supported by a Fulbright fellowship.

june 26 • hinterlands

Sari Botton is a writer living in Kingston, New York; Essays Editor for Longreads; editor of the award-winning anthology Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving NY and its New York Times-Bestselling follow-up, Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers on Their Unshakable Love for NY; and operator of Kingston Writers' Studio. She teaches at Catapult. 

Cathi Hanauer is the New York Times bestselling author of three novels and two essay anthologies, the second of which—The Bitch is Back—was an NPR Best Book of 2016. She has published articles, essays, and criticism in The New York Times, Elle, O, Real Simple, Shondaland, Refinery 29, and many other publications; she is co-founder, along with her husband, Daniel Jones, of the New York Times “Modern Love” column. She lives in Northampton, MA and New York City. Find her at www.cathihanauer.com, or watch her Ted Talk on “How I Became The Bitch in the House.” 

Bernice L. McFadden is the author of nine critically acclaimed novels including Sugar, Loving Donovan, Nowhere Is a Place, The Warmest December, Gathering of Waters (a New York Times Editors’ Choice and one of the 100 Notable Books of 2012), Glorious, and The Book of Harlan (winner of a 2017 American Book Award and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, Fiction). She is a four-time Hurston/Wright Legacy Award finalist, as well as the recipient of three awards from the BCALA. Praise Song for the Butterflies, her latest novel, was long-listed for the UK’s prestigious Women’s Prize.

Lynn Steger Strong is the author of the novels Hold Still and Want, which will be published in 2020. Her non-fiction has appeared in The Cut, The Paris Review, Elle, Guernica, Catapult, Literary Hub, and elsewhere. She teaches writing.


Peter BD is a writer on the internet and author of the book milk & henny.

Caroline Hagood’s first book of poetry, Lunatic Speaks, was published in 2012, and her second poetry book, Making Maxine’s Baby, a small press bestseller, came out in 2015 from Hanging Loose Press. Her book-length essay, Ways of Looking at a Woman, came out in March of 2019 from Hanging Loose. Her writing has also appeared in The Kenyon Review, the Huffington Post, the GuardianSalon, and the Economist. She’s a Staff Blogger for the Kenyon Review, a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at Fordham University, and she teaches creative writing at Barnard College.

Evan James is the author of the novel Cheer Up, Mr. Widdicombe, about which Cosmopolitan magazine says, "Oh look, it's the perfect book." The Washington Post, meanwhile, says, "James is a writer to watch, one with a fresh take on American flaws and virtues that nevertheless feels old-school screwball.” He was a 2017 Emerging LGBTQ Voices Fellow at the Lambda Literary Writers' Retreat and received an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His first collection of personal essays, I've Been Wrong Before, will be published next year. He lives in Inwood.

Edgar Kunz is the author of the poetry collection Tap Out (Mariner / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019). His writing has been supported the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Vanderbilt University, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow. His poems and essays appear widely, including in Ploughshares, New England Review, Agni, Lit Hub, and on U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith’s podcast The Slowdown. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland. 

April 17 • Hinterlands

Vanessa Jimenez Gabb is the author of Images for Radical Politics (Rescue Press, 2016). She is from and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Devin Kelly is the author of In This Quiet Church of Night, I Say Amen (Civil Coping Mechanisms) and the co-host of the Dead Rabbits Reading Series. He is the winner of a Best of the Net Prize, and his writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Guardian, LitHub, Catapult, DIAGRAM, Redivider, and more. He lives and teaches high school in New York City.

Rachel Lyon is a cofounder of Ditmas Lit! She is also the author of Self-Portrait with Boy (Scribner 2018), which was long-listed for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and which is in development at Topic Studios as a feature film. Rachel’s short work has appeared/is forthcoming in One Story, Electric Literature, Joyland, Longreads, and other publications; she has taught for Sackett Street, Catapult, Slice, and elsewhere. Visit her at www.rachellyon.work.

Larissa Pham is an artist and writer in Brooklyn. Her essays and criticism have appeared in The Paris Review Daily, Poetry Magazine, Bookforum, Guernica, The Nation, Rolling Stone, Village Voice, Verso, The Rumpus, Garage, and elsewhere. Her fiction and poetry has been published in Triangle House and Shabby Doll House. She is the author of Fantasian (2016), a New Lovers novella from Badlands Unlimited. In 2017, she was an inaugural Yi Dae Up fellowship recipient from the Jack Jones Literary Arts Retreat. She teaches at the Asian American Writers Workshop in New York City.

March 20 • Hinterlands

Originally from San Juan, Tania Pabón Acosta holds an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Puerto Rico, and an M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has appeared in Breadcrumbs Mag, The Acentos Review, Entropy and Pigeon Pages, among others; is forthcoming in Cosmonauts Avenue, and The Los Angeles Review, among others; and was chosen for AmpLit Fest’s Emerging Writer Showcase 2018.   

Ming Lauren Holden was raised on a zebra ranch on California’s central coast. She is the author of Refuge, selected by Lidia Yuknavitch as the winner of the inaugural Kore Press Memoir Award. She has also won Bellingham Review’s 49th Parallel Poetry Award, Chattahoochee Review’s Lamar York Nonfiction Prize and Glimmer Train’s Family Matters Fiction Prize. Ming’s poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, journalism, interviews, photography, and literary translations have appeared in The Daily Beast, Hayden’s Ferry, The Huffington Post, The Rumpus, and elsewhere.

Chantal Johnson holds an MA in English from New York University and a JD from Stanford Law School. She is a Senior Staff Attorney at Brooklyn Legal Services, where she represents tenants facing eviction. A 2018-2019 Center for Fiction Emerging Writers Fellow, Chantal is currently at work on her first novel.

Raymond Strom was born in Hibbing, Minnesota, and moved from small town to small town in the Midwest as a child. He received his MFA from the City College of New York, where he now works as an academic advisor and studies romance languages. His writing has appeared in FictionTweed’s, andThe New York TimesNorthern Lights is his first novel.


Steffi Drewes is author of the poetry collection Tell Me Every Anchor Every Arrow (Kelsey Street Press, 2016) and four chapbooks, most recently New Animal (Dancing Girl Press, 2017). Her work has appeared in various journals and event series, including the 2018 Way Bay Poetry Assembly and postcard project at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. She is also the recipient of writing and art residencies at Vermont Studio Center, The Desert House in California, and the Wassaic Project in New York. She works as a freelance writer and editor in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Briallen Hopper grew up in Tacoma, got a PhD in American literature from Princeton, and attended divinity school and taught writing at Yale. She is now an assistant professor of creative nonfiction at Queens College, CUNY. Her writing has appeared in Avidly, HuffPost, Los Angeles Review of Books, The New Inquiry, The New Republic, Newsweek, New York Magazine/The Cut, and elsewhere. Her first book, Hard to Love, is a collection of essays about love and friendship.

Leslie Jamison is the author of The Recovering, The Gin Closet, and The Empathy Exams. Her shorter work has appeared in places including The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, Oxford AmericanA Public SpaceVirginia Quarterly Review, and The Believer. For several years she was a columnist for the New York Times Book Review. Leslie teaches at the Columbia University MFA program, where she directs the nonfiction concentration and leads the Marian House Project. She lives in Brooklyn, with her family.

Daniel Poppick is the author of Fear of Description (Penguin, forthcoming fall 2019), selected for the National Poetry Series, and The Police (Omnidawn, 2017). His recent writing appears in BOMBKenyon Review, the PEN Poetry Series, The Fanzine, and at the Poetry Foundation. A recipient of fellowships from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, the Corporation of Yaddo, and the MacDowell Colony, he currently lives in Brooklyn, where he works as a copywriter and co-edits the Catenary Press with Rob Schlegel and Rawaan Alkhatib.

january 16 • Hinterlands

Ivanna Baranova is a Brooklyn-based poet. Her work has appeared in Metatron, glitterMOB, Peach Mag, Poetry Is Dead, and elsewhere. 

Sarah Bridgins’s poems and essays have appeared in Tin HouseBuzzfeedBustle, the FanzineSink ReviewBig LucksTwo Serious LadiesBone BouquetPouchThrushand NAP, among other journals. She has been nominated for four Pushcart Prizes and is the cofounder/curator of the Ditmas Lit reading series with Rachel Lyon.

Diane Mehta’s poetry collection, Forest with Castanets, comes out in March 2019 with Four Way Books. She is finishing a historical novel set in 1946 India while working on a collection of essays. She has been an editor at PEN America’s Glossolalia, Guernica, and A Public Space. She lives in Brooklyn.

J.T. Price has lived in Brooklyn since 2001. His fiction has appeared in or is forthcoming from The New England ReviewPost Road MagazineGuernicaJoylandJukedThe Brooklyn RailElectric Literature, and elsewhere; nonfiction, interviews, and reviews with The Los Angeles Review of BooksBOMB MagazineThe Scofield, and The Millions. As of Jan. 1st, 2019, he is the Managing Editor ofEpiphany Magazine.


Sari Botton is a writer living in Kingston, New York; Essays Editor for Longreads; editor of the award-winning anthology Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving NY and its New York Times-Bestselling follow-up, Never Can Say Goodbye: Writers on Their Unshakable Love for NY; and operator of Kingston Writers' Studio

Sidik Fofana received an MFA in Creative Writing from NYU and teaches public school in Brooklyn. His work has appeared in Epiphany and the Sewanee Review.

Alice Robb is the author of Why We Dream (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, November 2018). She has written about science, dance and books for ElleThe New RepublicThe Washington Post and other places. She lives in Brooklyn. 

Tony Tulathimutte’s novel Private Citizens was called “the first great millennial novel” by New York Magazine. A graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he has written for The New York Times, VICE, WIRED, Playboy, The Believer, NPR’s Selected Shorts, The New Yorker, N+1, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and others. He has received a 2017 Whiting Award and an O. Henry Award, and appeared as a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers. You can apply for his writing class in Brooklyn, CRIT, at crit.works.


Jaclyn Gilbert received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and BA from Yale University. She is the recipient of a research fellowship from the New York Public Library, a contributor to the Bread Loaf and Tin House Writers' Conferences, and her stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Post Road Magazine, Tin House, and Lit Hub. Late Air, her first novel, was published by Little A on November 13!

Gabrielle Moss is the author of Paperback Crush, a history of 80s/ 90s YA, and Glop, a parody of Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop that was maybe too mean but guess what, we can't turn back time. 

Paige Taggart is the author of two full-length collections, Or Replica (Brooklyn Arts Press, Dec 2014) and Want for Lion (Trembling Pillow Press, March 2014) and 5 chapbooks, most recently I am Writing To You From Another Country; Translations of Henri Michaux (Greying Ghost Press). With her partner Sampson Starkweather (founding editor of Birds LLC) she runs an occasional reading series The Ecstasy and The Ecstasy, which focuses on bringing out of town, diverse readers to Brooklyn to read. She graduated from the New School with her MFA in Poetry in 2008. In 2009 she was awarded the NYFA in poetry and she served on the NYFA board of judges for poetry in 2011. She runs her own small business, a jewelry line (mactaggartjewelry.com). 

Kem Joy Ukwu's fiction has appeared in PANK, BLACKBERRY: a magazine, Carve, TINGE, Blue Lake Review, Jabberwock Review, Auburn Avenue, The Brooklyn Quarterly and Day One. Her short story collection manuscript, Locked Gray / Linked Blue, was selected as a finalist for the 2016 New American Fiction Prize and was published by the Kindred Books imprint from Brain Mill Press in 2018. As an Institute Scholar, she led a workshop each for the 2016 and 2018 Writing from the Margins Institute at Bloomfield College. Born and raised in the Bronx, she currently lives in New Jersey with her husband. More of her work can be found at kemjoyukwu.com.


Katya Apekina has published stories in various literary magazines and translated poetry and prose for Night Wraps the Sky: Writings by and about Mayakovsky (FSG, 2008), short-listed for the Best Translated Book Award. She co-wrote the screenplay for the feature film New Orleans, Mon Amour, which premiered at SXSW in 2008. Born in Moscow, she currently lives in Los Angeles. The Deeper the Water the Uglier the Fish is her first novel; Huffington PostNew York MagazineHarper's BAZAARBuzzFeedBustleThe MillionsPublishers WeeklyLit Hub, and Fast Company all recommend it, and a Kirkus (starred) review called it "A dark and unforgettable first book." 

Kirstin Chen's new novel, Bury What We Cannot Take, has been named a Most Anticipated Upcoming Book by Electric Literature, The Millions, The Rumpus, Harper's Bazaar, and InStyle, among others. She is also the author of Soy Sauce for Beginners. She was the fall 2017 NTU-NAC National Writer in Residence in Singapore, and has received awards from the Steinbeck Fellows Program, Sewanee, Hedgebrook, and the Napa Valley Writers' Conference. Born and raised in Singapore, she currently resides in San Francisco. 

Monica Lewis lives in Brooklyn, New York and holds an MFA from Columbia University. Both her fiction and nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in SmokeLong Quarterly, Apogee Journal’s Perigee, and The Margins, and her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Rust + Moth, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Cosmonauts Avenue, The Boiler Journal, Flapperhouse, Five:2:One, among others. She is a VONA/Voices alumna and a 2017 “Best of the Net” poetry nominee. Her full collection of poetry, Sexting the Dead, will be published in 2018 by Unknown Press. 

Sampson Starkweather is the author of PAIN: The Board Game (Third Man Books, 2015) and The First Four Books of Sampson Starkweather (Birds, LLC, 2013). He is a founding editor of Birds, LLC, an independent poetry press. He is also the author of nine chapbooks, most recently Until the Joy of Death Hits, pop/love audio-visual GIF poems from Spork Press, and Flux Capacitor, a collaborative audio poetry album from Black Cake Records. He lives in Ditmas Park.


Andrew Badr is a programmer, artist, and poet living in NYC.

Wren Hanks is the author of The Rise of Genderqueer, a 2018 selection for Brain Mill Press's Mineral Point Poetry Series and a finalist for Gold Line Press's chapbook contest. A 2016 Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Fellow, his work has been anthologized in Best New Poets and appears or is forthcoming in DIAGRAM, Waxwing, ANMLY, Gigantic Sequins, and elsewhere. He is also the author of Prophet Fever (Hyacinth Girl Press), an Elgin Award finalist, and co-edited Curious Specimens (Sundress Publications). He lives in Brooklyn, and you can find him on twitter at @suitofscales.

Uzodinma Okehi is the author of Over for Rockwell, published by Hobart Books in 2015. He spent 2 years handing out zines on the subway. Wasn't as fun as he thought. His work has appeared in Pank, Hobart, and Bartleby Snopes, among other publications. He has an MFA in writing from New York University. He lives in Brooklyn. 

Whitney Porter holds a BA in Journalism from SUNY Empire State and works as a teacher currently with the Writers Studio in New York City. She is a 2016 Lambda Literary Fellow and her work has appeared in Battered Suitcase, Ping Pong Literary Magazine, and Metazen, as well as the anthology ‘Writers Studio at 30,' published by Epiphany Magazine.

August 15 • hinterlands

Ian MacAllen's fiction has appeared in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Joyland Magazine, Queen Mob’s Tea House, and elsewhere; his nonfiction has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, The Negatives, Electric Literature, Fiction Advocate, and elsewhere. He is the Deputy Editor of The Rumpus, holds an MA in English from Rutgers University, tweets @ianmacallen, and lives in Brooklyn.

Alizah Salario is the Arts & Entertainment Editor at the West Side Spirit newspaper. Her essays, criticism and fiction have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, at the Poetry Foundation, and elsewhere. She teaches writing at The New School, and lives in Brooklyn with her family.

Brad Wetherell is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Michigan, where he was a Zell Fellow. His essays and short fiction have appeared in ZYZZYVA, The Missouri Review, Five Points, Berkeley Fiction Review, Salon, and elsewhere. The 32nd recipient of the Writer in Residence Fellowship from Saint Albans School in Washington, DC, he now lives in Brooklyn, NY, where he is finishing his first novel, The Shared Hour. You can find him online at bradwetherell.com and on Twitter at @bradwetherell.

James Yeh is a writer, journalist, and the features editor at the Believer. A founding editor of Gigantic and former culture editor at VICE, he lives in Brooklyn, is working on a novel, and has a dog and a truck. www.jamesyeh.com.

july 18 • Hinterlands

Iris Martin Cohen grew up in the French Quarter of New Orleans. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and studied Creative Nonfiction at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She currently lives in Brooklyn. The Little Clan is her first novel.

The daughter of a Merchant Marine and a Rockaway Beach babe, Alice Kaltman has always had an ocean-centric life. When she's not in the water, she writes about surfers, mermaids, and other oddballs. Alice is the author of the YA novel Wavehouse and the short fiction collection Staggerwing. She splits her time between Brooklyn and Montauk, NY, where she swims, surfs, and writes, weather and waves permitting.

Edward Mullany is the author of the books If I Falter at the GallowsFigures for an Apocalypse, and The Three Sunrises, from Publishing Genius Press. He is also the creator of the comic strips Rachel and Ben and Excerpts from a Boring Man's Diary. He is the recipient of a Barthelme Fellowship from the Inprint Foundation, and his writing has recently appeared in Peach Mag, Alaska Quarterly Review, Carolina Quarterly and jubilat.

Thiahera Nurse is from Hollis, Queens, by way of Trinidad and Tobago. She received her MFA in poetry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work can be found in The Offing, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She is a 2018 Poets House Emerging Poets Fellow. She writes for The Black Girls. 

June 20 • hinterlands

Brian Gresko is the editor of When I First Held You: 22 Critically Acclaimed Writers Talk About the Triumphs, Challenges, and Transformative Experience of Fatherhood (Penguin, 2014). His fiction, essays, and interviews have appeared in numerous publications. He co-runs Pete's Reading Series, teaches for the Sackett Street Writers Workshop, and moderates the Authors in Conversation series for SLICE Literary. You can find him online at briangresko.com.

Anjali Khosla is an Assistant Professor of Journalism + Design at The New School. Her journalism, essay writing, poetry, and fiction have appeared in the New York Daily News, Fast Company, the New York Times Local: East Village, Nieman Lab, Tarpaulin Sky, Juked, GlitterPony, and other publications. Broadsides of her work have been published by Broadsided and The Massachusetts Center for Renaissance studies. She lives in New York.

Taylor Larsen is the author of the debut novel Stranger, Father, Beloved (Gallery Books, Simon & Schuster) and a graduate of Columbia University’s MFA program in fiction writing. She teaches fiction writing for Catapult, Pace University, and SNHU. She is the co-editor for the literary website, The Negatives. Taylors stories have appeared in Joyland, The Brooklyn Review, and Windmill. Her essays have appeared in The Huffington Post, Bustle, Literary Hub, The Negatives, and Women Writers, Women’s Books. Originally from Alexandria, Virginia, Taylor currently resides with her family outside of NYC.

Jayson P Smith is a 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Poetry and a 2016 Emerge-Surface-Be Fellow (The Poetry Project). Their work appears in publications such as NYLON, Gulf Coast, & The Offing. Jayson currently lives + works in Brooklyn as founder of NOMAD Reading Series. www.jaysonpsmith.com

may 16 • hinterlands

Lawrence Detlor is a mathematician-poet from Manhattan. His long-ago adventures through the open-mic scene led to performances at the Times Square Shout Out, the Saturn Series Poetry Reading and the Cornelia Street Café, among others, and The Saint Ann’s Review has seen fit to publish his pentameters. He currently interprets exhibits and leads field trip sessions at the National Museum of Mathematics, and blogs about poetry, philosophy and math at aquaboa.wordpress.com.

Zefyr Lisowski is a writer, artist, and sea queen currently based in Brooklyn. She's a staffer at Apogee Journal, an MFA candidate in Poetry at Hunter College, and a Pushcart Prize nominee. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the VIDA Review, Brooklyn Poets, and Sea Foam Mag, among other places. Her moon's in Gemini.

Kyle McCarthy’s work has appeared in Best American Short Stories 2017, the Southwest ReviewAmerican Short Fiction, the Harvard Review, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and grants from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Truman Capote Foundation, the Edward F. Albee Foundation, the Lighthouse Works, and the Jerome Foundation. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she lives right here in Ditmas Park. You can hear her story ‘Ancient Rome' on the March 22nd podcast of Selected Shorts.

Bob Raymonda is the founding editor of BreadcrumbsMag.com. He graduated from Purchase College with a focus in creative nonfiction. Some of his other work can be found in Peach Mag, Luna Luna, & OCCULUM. He is currently working on a collection of short stories called Love Sounds.

april 18 • HINTERLANDS

Maria Bowler is a writer from the middle of Canada. She's the Assistant Digital Editor at Commonweal Magazine, and the host and curator of a monthly literary conversation series at The Olmsted Salon.

Cat Fitzpatrick is a poet and editor. Her first book of poems is Glamourpuss and she co-edited the Stonewall-award-winning anthology Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers. She writes narrative metrical poetry about trans women making terrible mistakes, and likes alcohol and jokes. Follow her on twitter @intermittentcat.

Ife-Chudeni A. Oputa is a writer, editor and the author of Rummage, which won the 2015 Little A Poetry Contest. She is a Cave Canem, Callaloo, and Lambda Literary fellow. Her poetry and prose have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Some Call it Ballin, Gabby, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She is a native of Fresno, CA.

Darley Stewart is a Scottish-Korean fiction writer based in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Joyland Magazine, Funhouse Magazine, The Ocean State Review, Flapperhouse, The Brooklyn Rail, The Battersea Review, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a 2016 Fiction International Fellowship from Seoul Art Space and 2015 Ocean State Fiction Scholarship from The University of Rhode Island. An alumna of Brandeis University and The University of Edinburgh, she has completed a residency at Seoul Art Space and is at work on her first book.

Matthew Daddona is an editor, poet, freelance journalist, and fiction writer. He has published work in Tin House, Los Angeles Review of Books, Outside Magazine, The Rumpus, Gigantic, Slice, The Southampton Review, Tuesday; An Art Project, Forklift, Ohio, and LitHub, among other places. He was a founding member of FLASHPOINT NYC, an improvisational performance group, and he currently co-hosts the reading series “Kill Genre,” in which writers test their skills in alternate genres. He is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets prize, and is at work on his novel.

Rachel Lyon is the author of the novel SELF-PORTRAIT WITH BOY (Scribner 2018). Her shorter work has appeared in Joyland, Iowa Review, McSweeney's, and other publications. She teaches for Sackett Street Writers Workshop, Catapult, Slice, and elsewhere, and sends out a weekly writing/thinking prompts newsletter at tinyletter.com/rachellyon. Visit Rachel IRL right here, at Ditmas Lit (!), or online at her website, www.rachellyon.work.

Halimah Marcus is the Executive Director of Electric Literature, an innovative digital publisher based in Brooklyn, and the Editor-in-Chief of its weekly fiction magazine, Recommended Reading. Her own fiction has appeared in Indiana Review, Gulf Coast, One Story, and elsewhere. She is the co-chair of the Brooklyn Book Festival Fiction Committee and has an MFA from Brooklyn College.

Monica McClure is the author of the poetry collection Tender Data (Birds, LLC, 2015) and the chapbooks Concomitance (Counterpath Press, 2016), Boss Parts 1& 2 (If A Leaf Falls Press, 2016), Mala (Poor Claudia, 2014), and Mood Swing (Snacks Press 2013). Her poetry and prose has been featured in NPR, The Huffington Post, The Stranger, The Believer Magazine, Tin House, Jubilat, Fence, Flavorwire, The Hairpin, Poetry Foundation, The Los Angeles Review, The Lit Review, Emily Books, The Awl, and elsewhere. She has performed at MoMA, Silent Barn, Dixon Place Theatre, and &Now at CalArts.


January 17 • Hinterlands

Wendy Herlich’s short fiction has appeared in The Laurel ReviewBerkeley Fiction ReviewHawaii Review, and most recently, the Mississippi Review, where her story “Silence Is Golden” placed as a finalist in the 2017 Fiction Contest. As a playwright her work includes her three-part Evening of Awkward Romance series, which ran at The New York International Fringe Festival and was selected by Indie Theater Now for publication as part of their FringeNYC Collection.

T Kira Madden is a writer, photographer, and amateur magician living in New York City. She is the recipient of fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, and Tin House, and is a 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in nonfiction literature from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She serves as the founding Editor-in-chief of No Tokens, and her debut memoir is forthcoming from Bloomsbury in 2019.

Sandra Newman is the author of eight books. Her new novel The Heavens will come out from Grove Atlantic in 2019. Her previous novels are The Country of Ice Cream Star (one of NPR's and the Washington Post's Best Books of the Year, and a finalist for the Baileys Women's Prize for fiction), The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done (short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award), and Cake. She's also the author of four works of nonfiction, including How Not to Write a Novel (with co-author Howard Mittelmark).

Cooper Wilhelm is a writer, researcher, and occultist living in NYC. He is the author of a microchapbook about necromancy and breakups called Klaatu Verata Nikto (Ghost City Press/2016), a chapbook of poems about pigs called Swine Songs (Business Bear Press/2018), and a full-length collection of poems called DUMBHEART/STUPIDFACE (Civil Coping Mechanisms, Siren Songs/2017). His work has appeared in Time Out New York (under a fake name); Cosmonauts Avenue; Luna Luna; Yes, Poetry; Rust + Moth; Moonsick Magazine; Arc; Reality Beach; and elsewhere. He also writes poems on postcards and mails them to strangers he looks up in phonebooks at PoetryAndStrangers.com. He was the host of Into the Dark, a show for Radio Free Brooklyn about witchcraft. He tweets @cooperwilhelm.

December 6 • Hinterlands

happy birthday, ditmas Lit!

Sarah Bridgins' poems and essays have appeared in Tin House, Buzzfeed, Fanzine, Luna Luna, Bustle, Sink Review, and Big Lucks among other journals. She is a four time Pushcart Prize nominee and is the cofounder and cohost of Ditmas Lit! You can read more of her work at www.sarahbridgins.com.

Nandi Comer is the author of the forthcoming chapbook American Family: A Syndrome (Finishing Line Press). She has received fellowships from the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Cave Canem, Vermont Studio Center, and Virginia Center for the Arts. Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in To Light a Fire: 20 Years with the InsideOut Literary Arts Project (Wayne State University Press, 2014), Detroit Anthology (Rust Belt Chic Press, 2014), Crab Orchard Review, Green Mountains Review, Pluck!, Prairie Schooner, and Southern Indiana Review.

Natalie Eilbert is the author of Indictus, winner of Noemi Press's 2016 Poetry Prize, slated for publication in early 2018, as well as the poetry collection Swan Feast (Bloof Books, 2015). Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Granta, The New Yorker, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, jubilat, and elsewhere. She was the recipient of the 2016 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellowship at University of Wisconsin–Madison and is the founding editor of The Atlas Review.

Robin Wasserman is the author of the novel Girls on Fire. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Tin House, VQR, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, and she is also the bestselling author of several books for children and young adults. She teaches at the Mountainview Low-Residency MFA program.


George Michelsen Foy’s latest non-fiction book, The Assassin Storm, is to be published in 2019 by Scribner. His thirteen novels (the latest entitled Mettle, 2010, University Press of New England) were published by Bantam-Doubleday, Viking Penguin, Bastei Lubbe (Germany) etc.: long-form non-fiction published in Harper’s, Rolling Stone et al.; short fiction and essays with Ep;phany Journal, Washington Square Review, Monkey Bicycle, Apeiron, Notre Dame Review, American Literary Review et al. A non-fiction work, Finding North: How navigation makes us human, came out with Flatiron / Macmillan in 2016. A non-fiction book on silence (Zero Decibels, Scribner) was published in 2011. Foy, who was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in fiction, lives in New England and Brooklyn, teaches writing at NYU, and once, while under the influence of strong drink, walked backwards through the Peter Pan ride at Disneyland.

Sarah Gerard is the author of the essay collection Sunshine State, the novel Binary Star, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times first fiction prize, and two chapbooks, most recently BFF. Her short stories, essays, interviews, and criticism have appeared in The New York Times, Granta, The Baffler, Vice, BOMB Magazine, and other journals, as well as anthologies. Her paper collages have appeared in Hazlitt, BOMB Magazine, the Blue Earth Review, and Racquet & Tax, and have shown at Bushel Collective and PlatteForum. She’s been supported by fellowships and residencies from Yaddo, Tin House, PlatteForum, Ucross, and Pocoapoco. She writes a monthly column for Hazlitt and teaches writing in New York City.

Pamela Ryder is the author of Correction of Drift: A Novel in Stories (FC 2; University of Alabama Press), A Tendency to Be Gone: Stories (Dzanc Books), and Paradise Field: A Novel in Stories (FC 2). Her fiction has been published in many literary journals, including Black Warrior Review, Conjunctions, Prairie Schooner, The Quarterly, Shenandoah, and Unsaid.

Katie Willingham is the author of the poetry collection Unlikely Designs (University of Chicago Press, 2017). Her work has been supported by the Vermont Studio Center and the Helen Zell Writers Program where she received her MFA. You can find her poems in such journals as Kenyon Review, Bennington Review, Poem-A-Day, interrupture, Third Coast, and others. After four years in Michigan, she relocated to Brooklyn this summer.


Joy Baglio's short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Tin House, The Iowa Review, Tin House's The Open Bar, New Ohio Review, PANK, and elsewhere. She earned an Honorable Mention in Ploughshares' Emerging Writer's Contest in 2016 and was recently a finalist for scholarships from Bread Loaf, Tin House, and Smokelong Quarterly. Joy holds an MFA from The New School and is the founder and director of Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshop in Northampton MA, where she teaches writing. She's currently at work on her first novel. Follow her on Twitter at @JoyBaglio or visit her online at www.joybaglio.com

Kim Coleman Foote is a writer of fiction, essays, and experimental prose. Her writing honors include fellowships from the NEA, NYFA, and Vermont Studio Center. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Missouri ReviewBlack Renaissance Noire, Crab Orchard Review, and elsewhere. She is ear-deep into a novel about the slave trade and a fiction collection based on her family's experience of the Great Migration in Alabama and New Jersey. She lives in Brooklyn.

Zack Graham’s short stories have appeared in Volume 1 Brooklyn, Seven Scribes, the Cobalt Review, Liars’ League NYC, and elsewhere, and his criticism has appeared in Rolling Stone, GQ, and Electric Literature, among other publications.  He is at work on a collection of short stories and a novel.

Leslie Jones is a fiction writer from Anchorage, Alaska. Her stories have appeared in NarrativeThe Baltimore ReviewNecessary Fiction, and Day One. Her work is also forthcoming in The Masters Review's 2017 anthology of emerging writers selected by Roxane Gay. She received her MFA from Rutgers-Newark and lives in Ditmas Park.

9.20.2017 • Hinterlands

Matthew Hittinger is the author of The Masque of Marilyn (GOSS183, 2017), The Erotic Postulate (2014) and Skin Shift (2012) both from Sibling Rivalry Press, and the chapbooks Platos de Sal (Seven Kitchens Press, 2009), Narcissus Resists (GOSS183, 2009), and Pear Slip (Spire Press, 2007). He received his MFA from the University of Michigan's Helen Zell Writers' Program, where he won a Hopwood Award. His work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, has been adapted into art songs, and in 2012 Poets & Writers Magazine named him a Debut Poet on their 8th annual list. Matthew lives in Astoria, Queens.

Melissa Ragsly is a fiction writer whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2017, Joyland, Green Mountains Review, Epiphany, Cosmonauts Avenue and is an Associate Editor at A Public SpaceShe lives in the Hudson Valley where she is currently working on a novel about '90's Brit Pop. 

Madhuri Pavamani writes twisted love stories and dark poetry. She is a contributing writer for Brown Girl Magazine and co-owner of the blog Write Bitches. She is the author of the middle reader series THE SURVIVAL FILES, and the paranormal romance trilogy THE SANCTUM. Her urban fantasy trilogy THE KEEPER SERIES comes out with St. Martin’s Press this year.

Ashley P. Taylor is a Brooklyn-based writer and science journalist. Her science writing has appeared in such publications as The New York Times blogs, The Scientist, Yale Medicine, and PopularMechanics.com. Her essays have appeared in LUMINA Online Journal, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Rail, Entropy Magazine, and Catapult. Her essay, "Crying: An Exploration" (BrainDecoder, December, 2015) was listed among the "Notable Essays and Literary Nonfiction of 2015" in Best American Essays 2016. She moved to Borough Park this March. 

8.16.2017 • hinterlands

Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press 2010), and the essay collection Abandon Me (Bloomsbury 2017). Her work has appeared in venues including The Kenyon Review, Tin House, Granta, The Believer, Glamour, Salon, The New York Times, Guernica, and Lenny Letter, and her essays have won prizes from Prairie Schooner, Story Quarterly, and The Center for Women Writers. A three-time MacDowell Colony fellow, Melissa has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Ragdale, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Monmouth University and serves on the Board of Directors for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. 

Christopher Hermelin is a literary agent and writer living in Brooklyn. He has his MFA in fiction from the New School and a bachelor's in literature from UC Santa Cruz. He types custom stories for strangers on his typewriter as The Roving Typist, reviews snacks on Instagram as @brandnewflavor, and pretends to write a novel on his computer as himself. He's happy to be here.

Donika Kelly is the author of BESTIARY (Graywolf 2016), winner of the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, long listed for the National Book Award (2016), and a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award (2017). A Cave Canem Graduate Fellow, she received her MFA in Writing from the Michener Center for Writers and a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University. Her poems have been appeared or are forthcoming in Virginia Quarterly Review, Tin House, and Gulf Coast.

Anton Solomonik works in the Digital Products department at W.W. Norton & Co. He likes to write about relationships, and he likes historic fiction. He designed the Instar Books roach, which makes him "the roach guy." You can follow his brand on Twitter at @xerxesverdammt.

7.19.2017  •  Hinterlands

Tobias Carroll is the author of the books Reel and Transitory, and is the managing editor of Vol.1 Brooklyn.

Born in Zaria, Nigeria, Hafizah Geter's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, Tin House, Narrative Magazine, Gulf Coast, Boston Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Linebreak, among others. Hafizah also serves on the board of VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts, and co-curates the reading series EMPIRE with Ricardo Maldonado. She is on the poetry committee and book ends committee for the Brooklyn Book Festival and is currently the Content Editor & Publicity Coordinator at Poets House.

Lena Valencia's writing has been published in Joyland, The Masters Review, 7x7 LA, Storychord, and elsewhere. She teaches at Catapult and the Sackett Street Writers' Workshop, and for three years hosted and curated the HiFi Reading Series in Manhattan. She is the managing editor of the literary magazine One Story, and received her MFA in Fiction from The New School.

Joanna C. Valente is the author of Sirs & Madams (Aldrich Press, 2014), The Gods Are Dead (Deadly Chaps Press, 2015), Marys of the Sea (The Operating System, 2017), Xenos (Agape Editions, 2016) and the editor of A Shadow Map: An Anthology by Survivors of Sexual Assault (CCM, 2017). Joanna received a MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College, and is also the founder of Yes, Poetry, a managing editor for Luna Luna Magazine and CCM, and an instructor at Brooklyn Poets. Some of their writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Brooklyn Magazine, Prelude, Apogee, Spork, The Feminist Wire, BUST, and elsewhere.

6.21.2017 • HINTERLANDS

Jessie Chaffee is the author of the debut novel Florence in Ecstasy (Unnamed Press, May 2017). She was awarded a Fulbright grant to Italy to complete the novel and was the writer-in-residence at Florence University of the Arts. Her writing has been published in The Rumpus, Slice, Electric Literature, Bluestem, Global City Review, and The Sigh Press, among others. She lives in New York City and is an editor at Words Without Borders. Find her at www.JessieChaffee.com.

Pat Hipp is a cultural attaché for the planet Earth. He tweets at @thehipp.

Jacob Kaplan is a writer from New York. His fiction has been published or is forthcoming in Guernica, among other places. He received his MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College.

Alice Sola Kim, Alice Sola Kim's writing has appeared in McSweeney'sTin House, BuzzFeed Reader, The Village Voice, Lennyand other publications. She is a winner of the 2016 Whiting Award, and has received grants and scholarships from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the Elizabeth George Foundation.

Photos by Eric Fletcher

5.17.2017 • Hinterlands

Jennifer Baker is a creator/host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, panels organizer for the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books, and social media director and writing instructor for Sackett Street Writers' Workshop. She is a 2017 Queens Council of the Arts New Work Grant winner. She is the editor of the forthcoming short story collection Everyday People: The Color of Life with Atria Books. Her writing has appeared in Newtown Literary (for which her short story "The Pursuit of Happiness" was nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize), Boston Literary Magazine, Eclectic Flash, Poets & Writers magazine, The Other Stories podcast, and The Female Complaint anthology from Shade Mountain Press. She has also contributed to Forbes.com, The Billfold, The LitHub, and Bustle among other online publications.

Alice Kaltman is the author of the story collection STAGGERWING (Tortoise Books). Her stories appear in numerous journals including Hobart, Whiskey Paper, Joyland, and BULL: Men's Fiction, and in the anthologies THE PLEASURE YOU SUFFER and ON MONTAUK. Her work has twice been selected as Longform Fiction Picks, and was recently selected as a semifinalist for The Best Small Fictions 2017. Alice lives, writes and surfs in Brooklyn and Montauk, New York.

Stephen Langlois' work has appeared in Glimmer Train, Lit Hub, The Portland Review, Maudlin House, Split Lip Press, 3AM Magazine, and Monkeybicycle, among others. He is the recipient of a NYC Emerging Writers Fellowship from The Center for Fiction as well as a writing residency from The Blue Mountain Center. He also hosts BREW: An Evening of Literary Works, a reading series in Brooklyn, and serves as fiction editor for FLAPPERHOUSE. Visit him at www.stephenmlanglois.com.

Emily Schultz is the co-founder of Joyland Magazine, and creator of the blog Spending the Stephen King Money. Her novel Men Walking on Water, about Prohibition, released this spring in Canada. Her novel The Blondes, released in the U.S. with St. Martin’s Press, was named a Best Book of 2015 by NPR and Kirkus. It was optioned for TV. She lives in Brooklyn where she works as an editor and podcaster.

4.19.2017 • Hinterlands

in collaboration with The dITMAS WRITING WORKSHOPS

Kate Clifford is a knitting store manager and children’s art teacher based in Brooklyn, New York. She has been a member of the Ditmas Fiction workshops for two years. She has been working on her current project, a collection of short stories based on her childhood in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan, since July.

Sara Lippmann's story collection, Doll Palace (Dock Street Press) was long-listed for the 2015 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. She was the recipient of an artist’s fellowship in fiction from New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and her work has appeared in Slice Magazine, Tupelo Quarterly, Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, Story South, Midnight Breakfast, Wigleaf and elsewhere. She teaches with Ditmas Writing Workshops and dicks around on twitter @saralippmann.

Rachel Sherman holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. Her short stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Fence, Catapult, Conjunctions, and n+1, among other publications. Her first book, The First Hurt, was short-listed for the Story Prize and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and was named one of the 25 Books to Remember in 2006 by the New York Public Library. Her first novel, Living Room (2009) was commended for its “perfect pacing” by The New York Times Book Review. She teaches writing at Rutgers, Columbia and Fairleigh Dickinson Universities, and leads the Ditmas Writing Workshops.

Shayne Terry lives and writes in Brooklyn. Her story "Turtles" received an honorable mention in Glimmer Train's May/June 2016 Short Story Award for New Writers contest. She was a contributor at the 2016 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Her work is forthcoming in American Chordata. She is working on a novel.

3.21.2017 • Sycamore

I.S. Jones is a writer, educator, and hip-hop head hailing from Southern California. She is a fellow with The Watering Hole and BOAAT Writer's Retreat. Her work has appeared in The Harpoon Review, Fat City Review, Qua Magazine, The Blueshift Journal, SunDog Lit, Matador Review, Wusgood.black, and other publications, and has received nominations for a Pushcart Prize and the Best of The Net Anthology (twice). She is the Assistant Editor at the literary journal Chaparral.

Sarah Larson, The New Yorker's roving cultural correspondent, writes about pop culture for The New Yorker and newyorker.com.

Jonathan Reiss lives in Brooklyn. He writes for whoever will let him. Thus far that's included Spin Magazine, Interview Magazine, The Rumpus, The Millions, Complex, The Source, NY Press, Tablet, and The New York Observer. His first book will be published in Spring of 2016 by Instar Books.

Charif Shanahan's poems have appeared in Baffler, Boston Review, Callaloo, Literary Hub, New Republic, Poetry International, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. His first collection, Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing (SIU Press, 2017), won the 2015 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. A 2016 nominee for the Pushcart Prize, Shanahan is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Cave Canem Foundation, Frost Place, the Fulbright Program/IIE, Millay Colony for the Arts, and Stanford University, where he is a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry.

2.21.2017 • Sycamore

Lisa Marie Basile is the author of Apocryphal (Noctuary Press) and a few chapbooks, including Andalucia (Poetry Society of NY) and war/lock (Hyacinth Girl). She’s the editor-in-chief of Luna Luna Magazine. Her work has been published in Best Small Fictions, Tarpaulin Sky, The Atlas Review, PANK, The Rumpus, Huffington Post, the Tin House blog and Ampersand Review. She’s also a journalist and editor. Entropy recently named one of her essays a Best-Read for 2016.

Evan James has written for Oxford American, Travel + Leisure, Catapult, The New York Times, The New York Observer, and many other publications. His essay "Lovers' Theme" was selected by Eula Biss as the winner of the 2016 Iowa Review Award in Nonfiction. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a bookseller at Three Lives & Company. He lives in Ditmas Park.

Miracle Jones is from Texas. He is a Sagittarius. He is a very private person.

Rebecca Schiff's short story collection The Bed Moved is out in paperback on February 7. Her fiction has appeared in n+1, Electric Literature's Recommended Reading, The Guardian, Fence, The American Reader, Guernica, BuzzFeed, and Lenny Letter. She lives in Prospect Heights.

Photos by Eric Fletcher

1.17.2017 • Sycamore

Wren Hanks is the author of Ghost Skin (Porkbelly Press) and Prophet Fever (Hyacinth Girl Press). A 2016 Lambda Emerging Writers Fellow, their recent work appears or is forthcoming in Best New Poets 2016, Gigantic Sequins, Bone Bouquet, Drunken Boat, and elsewhere. Their third chapbook, gar child, is forthcoming from Tree Light Books in 2017. An Associate Editor for Sundress Publications and Publicist at The Feminist Press, they live in Brooklyn.

Cynthia Manick is the author of Blue Hallelujahs (Black Lawrence Press, 2016). She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Fine Arts Work Center, the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences, Hedgebrook, Poets House, and the Vermont Studio Center. She serves as East Coast Editor of the independent press Jamii Publishing, and is Founder and Curator of the reading series Soul Sister Revue

Ben Lasman is a writer and editor living in New York. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Granta, Wired, and Cousin Corinne's Reminder. He is a former writer-in-residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and is a copy editor at Wine Spectator magazine.

Ryan Teitman is the author of the poetry collection Litany for the City (BOA Editions, 2012), and his poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, New England Review, The Southern Review, The Threepenny Review, and The Yale Review. He lives in Philadelphia and writes the newsletter I Refuse to Explain.

Photographs by Debra Pearlman

12.20.2016 • Sycamore

Isaac Fitzgerald has been a firefighter, worked on a boat, and been given a sword by a king, thereby accomplishing three out of five of his childhood goals. He is the editor of BuzzFeed Books and co-author of Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them and Knives & Ink: Chefs and the Stories Behind Their Tattoos (with Recipes). More at www.isaacfitzgerald.net.

Jeanne Thornton is the author of The Dream of Doctor Bantam and The Black Emerald, as well as the copublisher of Instar Books. She is a 2015 Lambda Literary Fellow in fiction, and she draws comics also, even. She lives in Brooklyn.

Gabrielle Moss is the author of Glop: Nontoxic, Expensive Ideas That Will Make You Look Ridiculous & Feel Pretentious. She's an associate editor at Bustle.com, and her work has appeared in Slate, GQ, The Toast, The Hairpin & elsewhere. She was the inspiration for the lady Gremlin from Gremlins 2: The New Batch, but cannot speak about it due to a pending lawsuit." Follow her on Twitter at @Gaby_Moss.

Tommy “Teebs” Pico is author of IRL (Birds, LLC, 2016)Nature Poem (forthcoming 2017 from Tin House Books), and the zine series Hey, Teebs. He was a Queer/Art/Mentors inaugural fellow, 2013 Lambda Literary fellow in poetry, 2016 Tin House summer poetry scholar, and has poems in BOMB, Tin House, and the Offing. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now lives in Brooklyn where he co-curates the reading series Poets With Attitude (PWA) with Morgan Parker. @heyteebs

Photographs by Eric Fletcher