Caryl Pagel is the author of the forthcoming book of prose Out of Nowhere Into Nothing (FC2, fall 2020) and two collections of poetry, Twice Told (University of Akron) and Experiments I Should Like Tried at My Own Death (Factory Hollow). Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Apartment Poetry, Conduit, Entropy, The Iowa Review, The Paris Review, and The Rupture. Caryl is the co-founder of Rescue Press and a poetry editor at jubilat. She teaches creative writing at Cleveland State University and in the NEOMFA Program in Northeastern Ohio


Hilary Plum is the author of the novel Strawberry Fields, winner of the Fence Modern Prize in Prose (2018); the work of nonfiction Watchfires (2016); and the novel They Dragged Them Through the Streets (2013). She joined CSU in 2017 and is an assistant college lecturer of creative writing. She has worked for a number of years as an editor of international literature, history, and politics, and she co-edits Rescue Press’s Open Prose Series.

Leila Chatti is a Tunisian-American poet and author of Deluge, forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in 2020, and the chapbooks Ebb (Akashic Books, 2018) and Tunsiya/Amrikiya, the 2017 Editors' Selection from Bull City Press. She is the recipient of scholarships from the Tin House Writers’ Workshop, The Frost Place, and the Key West Literary Seminar, grants from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, and fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and Cleveland State University, where she is the inaugural Anisfield-Wolf Fellow in Publishing and Writing. Her poems appear in Ploughshares, Tin House, American Poetry Review, and elsewhere.

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Leyna Bohning is a second-year NEOMFA fiction writer at Cleveland State University and has had her works published in various corners of the universe. She received her BFA in Creative Writing from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia where she was the co-Editor for Underground Pool and an intern for The American Poetry Review. When she’s not writing she’s teaching herself Korean, listening to Paramore, or doing color-by-numbers.


Ali Black is a writer, performer and youth advocate. She is currently the poetry editor for Gordon Square Review and attends the NEOMFA (Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts) program at Cleveland State University where she is studying poetry. She has performed her work at the Cleveland Museum of Art, MOCA Cleveland, the Cleveland Public Library and elsewhere. She also directs an after school and summer program for girls called Sisterhood at West Side Community House. She is the co-founder of acerbic, Inc., which is an arts collective dedicated to creating art and educating people of color in an environment free of barriers. Her work is forthcoming in december magazine and she lives in Shaker Heights with her husband Donald Black, Jr.


Zach Peckham is a writer and musician from Massachusetts who left his perfectly good marketing job to study poetry in the NEOMFA at Cleveland State. While his poems have not been published, his song lyrics and reviews of music and seltzer water have appeared sporadically in print and on the Internet. He is primarily interested in whatever’s in your fridge.


Jon Conley is a writer, musician, and educator from Cleveland. He is currently a first-year fiction student in the NEOMFA. His work has been published at Hobart, Bending Genres, Bodega, FIVE:2:ONE, Bad Nudes, Hello Horror, and others. He produces and performs music as Beach Stav. Find him online @beachstav.

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