Who We Are

Marisa author photoMarisa Crawford, Founder & Editor-in-Chief
Marisa is the author of the poetry collection The Haunted House (Switchback, 2010), and the chapbook 8th Grade Hippie Chic (Immaculate Disciples, 2013). Her writing has appeared in Fanzine, The Hairpin, the Bitch blog and elsewhere, and is forthcoming in Electric Gurlesque (Saturnalia, 2016) and The &NOW Awards 3: Best Innovative Writing (&NOW, 2015). She lives in Brooklyn, NY. marisacrawford.net

naomiNaomi ExtraContributing Editor
Naomi is a freelance writer, poet, and doctoral student in American Studies at Rutgers University-Newark. She has a penchant for food, feminism, and pop culture. You can find some of her writings in The Feminist Wire and Racialicious.


<a href=Geraldine Kim, Reviews Editor
Geraldine is the author of Povel (Fence, 2005) which was featured in The Believer and Village Voice‘s top 25 books of the year. She has contributed to Starting Today, a collection of 100 poems for Obama’s first 100 days (University of Iowa, 2010), to Gurlesque (Saturnalia, 2010) and to the e-version of Gurlesque (forthcoming, Saturnalia). She also wrote the play Donning Cheadle, which was performed in venues in San Francisco and Oakland. Follow Geri at @geriyongwhee.

Screen Shot 2015-11-30 at 11.40.59 AMMatt L. Rohrer, Creative Coordinator
Matt is a writer and musician whose work has appeared in The Ampersand Review, Tinfish, Sink Review, Jellyfish, No Dear, The Surfer’s Journal, WAX, and elsewhere. His chapbook, Probability of Dependent Events, was published by Beard of Bees in 2012. He currently edits the chapbook press Recreation League and is a New York City Teaching Fellow. His music can be found at www.goldenwestservice.bandcamp.com.


ca C.A. Kaufman, Associate Editor Emeritus
C.A.’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Southeast Review, Wigleaf, Hobart, Everyday Genius, Bodega, and elsewhere. She is currently an editor at Bedford/St. Martin’s and lives in Brooklyn, NY. cakaufman.tumblr.com



CaolanMadden_MedeaCaolan Madden, Contributing Editor Emeritus
Caolan has an MFA from Johns Hopkins and is currently a PhD candidate in English literature at Rutgers University, where she is working on a dissertation on figures of confession, performance, and the “poetess” in the work of nineteenth- and twentieth-century women poets. She also writes about feminism, women’s and girls’ culture, domesticity and domestic labor, girl groups and girl bands, and motherhood/reproductive rights/other gross stuff having to do with women’s bodies. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter. Find her at caolanmadden.tumblr.com or on Twitter at @caolanm.



Hossannah Asuncion is a writer, organizer and educator who was raised near the 105 and 710 freeways in Los Angeles and currently lives near an A/C stop in Brooklyn. She is the author of Fragments of Loss (Chapbook, Poetry Society of America, 2010) and Object Permanence (Collection, Magic Helicopter Press, forthcoming 2016). www.hossannah.nyc


IMG_2868Gina Abelkop is the author of the poetry collections I Eat Cannibals (co.im.press 2014) and Darling Beastlettes (Apostrophe Books 2012). She lives in Athens, GA, where she runs the feminist press Birds of Lace.

Hanna Andrews is the author of Slope Move (Coconut Books, 2012), a book-length serial poem about separation and loss. She has an MFA in poetry from Columbia College Chicago and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College. She is the Co-Founder and Editor of the feminist press Switchback Books and the curator of the Dikeou Collection Literary Series in Denver, CO. Some of her favorite things are Liz Phair’s Exile in Guyville, Thalia Field’s Point and Line, baking, the Rolling Stones, school, ranunculas, Drake, and macarons. She is the partner of Eryn Green and the mama of 1-year-old Aya.



Emily Brandt is the author of two chapbooks: ManWorld (dancing girl press, 2014) and Behind Teeth (Full Court Books, 2014). Emily is a co-founding editor of No, Dear magazine and she teaches in Brooklyn. emilybrandt.com



Amanda D_A Weird Sister3Amanda K. Davidson is the author of two prose chapbooks: Arcanagrams (Little Red Leaves, 2014) and Apprenticeship (New Herring Press, 2013). She writes, draws, and teaches in Brooklyn. amandakdavidson.com



IMG_9309Rios de la Luz is a queer xicana/chapina living in Oregon. She is brown and proud. She is in love with her brujx/activist communities in LA, San Antonio and El Paso. Her short story collection, The Pulse Between Dimensions and The Desert, is out now via Ladybox Books. Her work has been featured in Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Entropy, The Fem Lit Magazine, World Literature Today and St. Sucia.


Forsyth Harmon PhotoForsyth Harmon is an artist and writer living and working in New York. She received both her BA in Visual Arts and her MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia University. Forsyth’s work most recently appeared in The Believer. She’s at work on several illustrated book projects and a novel. forsythharmon.com


10341605_10202954091205486_7537518518076347327_n-1 Kati Heng is a Chicago-based writer and glitter obsessive. You can find her on Twitter here, read her book reviews here or check out her anti-street harassment tumblr here.



BeccaKlaver _BlackSwanBecca Klaver is a PhD candidate in English at Rutgers University and the author of the poetry collection LA Liminal (Kore Press, 2010) and several chapbooks. Becca was a founding editor of the feminist poetry press Switchback Books and is currently co-editing the second edition of Gurlesque: the new grrly, grotesque, burlesque poetics. She is a Cancer and a co-host of The Real Housewives of Bohemia podcast. Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI, she currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. beccaklaver.com


unnamedSoleil Ho cooks for a living and also writes sometimes. She edits Quaint Magazine. When she was in kindergarten, she reviewed a book for Reading Rainbow that she didn’t actually read.




Juliana Delgado Lopera
is a Colombian writer based in San Francisco. She’s the author of ¡Cuéntamelo!, an illustrated bilingual collection of oral histories by LGBT Latin@ immigrants. A recipient of the 2014 Jackson Literary Award, her work has appeared in Forum, Revista Canto, Transfer Magazine, Raspa Magazine, Black Girl Dangerous, and SF Weekly among others. She teaches creative writing at SFSU. Follow Juliana at @julianadlopera


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Kristin Sanders is the author of CUNTRY, forthcoming from Trembling Pillow Press, and two chapbooks, Orthorexia (Dancing Girl Press, 2012) and This is a map of their watching me (BOAAT Press, 2015). She holds an MFA from Louisiana State University and a BA from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She is a poetry editor at the New Orleans Review.


MorganParkerMorgan Parker is the author of Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night (Switchback Books 2015), selected by Eileen Myles for the 2013 Gatewood Prize, and There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé (Coconut Books 2016). A Cave Canem fellow, graduate of NYU’s Creative Writing MFA program, and poetry editor for Coconut Magazine, Morgan lives in Brooklyn and at morgan-parker.com.


JenniferTamayoJennifer Tamayo is a writer, publisher and performer based in New York City. JT is the author of Red Missed Aches Read Missed Aches Red Mistakes Read Mistakes (Switchback, 2011), POEMS ARE THE ONLY REAL BODIES (Bloof Books, 2013), and, most recently, YOU DA ONE (Coconut, 2014). jennifertamayo.com


Maria T. Vallarta (or MT) is a poet and Ph.D. candidate from Los Angeles. They study Filipinx poetry and queer theory at the University of California, Riverside. Their work is forthcoming and has appeared in Apogee Journal and TAYO Literary Magazine. Contact them at mariatvallarta@gmail.com.



Eleanor Whitney is a Brooklyn-based writer, musician and Community Manager. She is the author of Grow, a practical field guide for starting a creative business and is working on a collection of personal, feminist essays, which will be published by Microcosm Publishing in 2018. www.eleanorcwhitney.com