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 spends a lot of time scribbling short poems in her notebook and smoking menthols. Hearing her name pronounced right makes her happy in a way she can't quite describe, and she speaks to her roommate's cats in Arabic because she knows they speak Arabic too. 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.


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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Sarah Hymas is a poet, as well as writer of fiction, nonfiction, audiowalks and maker of artistbooks. Her writing has appeared in print, multimedia exhibits, dance videos, lyrics, pyrotechnical installations, on stage, radio, and in journals and magazines. Her second poetry collection, melt (Waterloo Press, 2020), draws on these various forms to create an unsettling intimacy with the vastness of ocean. Since 2014 her site specific pieces have been told through geocaching, augmented reality, micro print, performance and audio across England and Scotland. Some of these have been shortlisted for the 2014 New Media Writing Prize, the 2017 Ivan Juritz Prize for Creative Experiment, the 2019 Hinterland Competition, and in 2019 she had a poem highly commended in the Forward Prize for Poetry.


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 was one of the headline acts at Boys and Girls Club Keystone Conferences in Orlando, Florida and Austin, Texas — one of the largest gatherings of teen leadership in the US — 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.



Jean Prokott

Jean Prokott’s poetry collection Almost Sunset at High Noon won the Howling Bird Press Book Prize and will be published in fall 2021. She is the author of the chapbook The Birthday Effect (Black Sunflowers Poetry Press 2021) and is a recipient of the AWP Intro Journals Award, of the Minnesota League of Poets Grand Prize, and of 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 and online at jeanprokott.com

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