Our poets

Rabha Ashry is Egyptian, from Abu Dhabi, and based in Chicago. She has a Bachelor of Arts from New York University Abu Dhabi graduate, and completed an MFA in Writing at School of the Arts Institute of Chicago. She writes about exile, the diaspora, and living between languages. She has been a fellow at Ox-Bow School of Art. She is the 2020 winner of the Brunel International African Poetry Prize. Co-founder and editorial director for Second Draft Press, her poetry has been published in the Oyez review, Collected 2018, Airport Road, Electra Street, and Strange Horizons.

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Morgan Christie

Morgan's work has appeared in Room, Aethlon, Moko, Obra/Artifact, Blackberry, BLF Press, as well as others, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her poetry chapbook 'Variations on a Lobster's Tale' was the winner of the 2017 Alexander Posey Chapbook Prize (University of Central Oklahoma Press, 2018) and her second poetry chapbook 'Sterling' was released in 2019 (CW Books). She is the winner of the 2018 Likely Red Fiction Chapbook contest, and her first full-length short story manuscript 'These Bodies' was published by Tolsun Publishing in 2020. 

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Marlene Effiwatt

From Tucson Arizona, Effiwatt holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Provost fellow. She is currently the recipient of a Pflughaupt Fellowship in Poetry. Her work has appeared in PromptPress and The Iowa Review.


Sarah Hymas is a poet, as well as writer of fiction, nonfiction, audiowalks and maker of artistbooks. Her second poetry collection, melt (Waterloo Press, 2020), draws on these various forms to create an unsettling intimacy with the vastness of ocean. Her site specific pieces have been told through geocaching, augmented reality, micro print, performance and audio across England and Scotland. Her work has been shortlisted for the 2014 New Media Writing Prize, the 2017 Ivan Juritz Prize for Creative Experiment, the 2019 Hinterland Competition and the 2019 Forward Prize for Poetry.

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Sienna Liu grew up in Shanghai. She holds a B.A. in Literature from Duke University. The manuscript of her first novel was shortlisted for the Dzanc Prize for Fiction and longlisted for the Petrichor Prize. She lives, writes, and practices law in London.

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Deshawn McKinney is an American writer and performer from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His art, grounded in hip-hop, is used as a means of exploring liberation and the delicate balance of existence. Deshawn has performed for and built with audiences around the world and has met with students in Kingston, Jamaica to share art and speak to collective freedom, and headlined Toast Poetry in Norwich. He holds an MSc in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an MA in Poetry from the University of East Anglia.



Maggie Olszewski

From Columbia South Carolina, Olszewski was named a Top 15 Foyle Young Poet of the Year by the UK Poetry Society with her winning poem ‘At The Funeral’. Her text ‘Gap’ won a national gold medal from Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in 2019 and her work has appeared in Jasper magazine. She is currently studying English at Smith College.


Jean Prokott

Jean Prokott’s poetry collection Almost Sunset at High Noon won the Howling Bird Press Book Prize and was published in Nov 2021. She is a recipient of the AWP Intro Journals Award, the Minnesota League of Poets Grand Prize, and two National Endowment for the Humanities scholarships. She has work published in Arts & Letters, Rattle, and Great Lakes Review, among other journals. She is a graduate of Minnesota State University Mankato's MFA program, holds a Master of Science in Education from Winona State, and lives in Rochester, MN.

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JW Summerisle, a former Foyles Young Poet of the Year from Leicester, has published art and poetry online and in print. Their work has appeared in SAND, Lily Poetry Review, New Walk Museum & Gallery and the Haunted Antiques Paranormal Research Centre.

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