J.R. Barner is a writer, teacher, and musician living in Athens, Georgia. They are the author of the chapbooks Burnt Out Stars and Thirteen Poems and their forthcoming first collection, Little Eulogies. They were educated at the University of Minnesota and the University of Georgia. Their work has appeared in online and print magazines and journals Flow, ONEART, Suburban Witchcraft, and Impspired. New work is available periodically at jrbarner.tumblr.com.
Cid V Brunet spent their twenties stripping in clubs across Canada. They received a degree in creative writing from Douglas College and went on to participate in the Quebec Writers Federation mentorship program, where they wrote their first book, This Is My Real Name. They are currently working on a graduate degree in creative writing at UBC. Found out more on Instagram: cidbrunetwrites and Twitter: cidvbrunetwrites
Elizabeth J. Coleman is editor of Here: Poems for the Planet (Copper Canyon Press, 2019), author of two poetry collections from Spuyten Duyvil Press (Proof, finalist for the University of Wisconsin Press prizes, and The Fifth Generation), and two chapbooks. She translated the sonnet collection, Pythagore, Amoureux into French (Folded Word Press, 2016). Her poems appear in numerous journals, including Baltimore Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Colorado Review, and Rattle, and in several anthologies. Find out more on Twitter: @ejcpoetry and Instagram: @elizabethjcoleman and at www.elizabethjcoleman.com
Lana Crossman grew up in rural New Brunswick but moved to Ottawa over 20 years ago. Her poems have been published in local publications, such as Bywords, flo., G U E S T, and Apt613, and in US-based journals FEED, FERAL, and The Light Ekphrastic. Her debut chapbook, Buoyant, at last, will be available in November 2022 from Rose Garden Press.
Ingrid Cui is a student at the University of Toronto whose work has been published in Acta Victoriana, L’Éphémère Review, Montreal Writes, Ghost City Review, and Ricepaper Magazine.
Matthew Dawkins is a Jamaican award-winning author and poet whose work focuses on subjects from his personal experience such as adolescence, love, loss, culture, and mental health. Until We Break is his debut novel set for release in Fall 2022.
Francine Diodati finds joy in the making of things, especially poetry and the special medicine it offers. They have a BA in English from York University, studied poetry at U of T and are trained in the Amherst Writers & Artists Method. Her first poem was recently published in Peregrine. They live in Tkaronto (Toronto) with their partner and two young children. You can find her on Instagram here: @franscenes
Italo Ferrante (he/him) earned a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Warwick. He is currently undertaking an MA in Creative Writing at Lancaster University. To date, his work has been selected for publication by Train River, Nymphs & Thugs, Dreich, Queer Zine, Flash Journal, Reinvention, Poetry Salzburg, Impossible Archetype, Cardiff Review, Inflections Magazine, and Orchard Lea Press.
Julia Hartline lives near the Cowboy Trail on Treaty 7 territory in Alberta, where she studies creative writing and builds websites for sound-based research (gridofnows.org and quieting.neocities.org).
Jeffrey Hermann‘s poetry and prose has appeared in Perhappened, Lost Balloon, UCity Review, trampset, JMWW, and other publications. Though less publicized, he finds his work as a father and husband to be rewarding beyond measure.
Jan Hinderson is a pinhole street photographer; born in 1950, living now in the world heritage city Karlskrona, Sweden. A former journalist with a PhD in Media History, nowadays he is all about photography. Find him on instagram: @janhinderson, and at his homepage: hindersonjan.wordpress.com
Ilya Inozemtsev has been fascinated with photography since the mid 90’s, and began experimenting with film as a medium around 2012, exploring the mystery and peacefulness of night photography. Later, with the help of his brother he designed and made a 3D printed pinhole camera which opened new possibilities in capturing the light and altering the flow of time. The simplicity of the pinhole principle combined with medium format film never fails to surprise him with its ability to capture familiar scenes in a unique and special way, while retaining an element of surprise with every shot.
Frances Koziar has published poetry in over 35 different literary magazines, including Vallum and Acta Victoriana. She is a young (disabled) retiree and a social justice advocate, and she lives in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Author website: https://franceskoziar.wixsite.com/author
Jeff McConnell has been making photographs without lenses since the end of the last century. He presently lives in New Jersey USA, and has exhibited pinhole photographic works in many places around the world. Find out more on Instagram @jeffmcconnell_photo
Abu Ibrahim Ojotule (popularly known as IB) is a socially conscious poet whose work has caused tremendous influence and change both locally and internationally. His debut spoken word album “Music Has Failed Us” got a Grammy acceptance, and was in line for a possible nomination by the Recording Academy for the 2022 awards. His body of work is available on all major music streaming platforms. He sees poetry as a powerful tool to cause positive change and redefine society. In 2021, using poetry as a tool for political activism, students from the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia studied his work titled “We Know What Terrorism Is.” When he is not writing or performing poetry, he works with brands and individuals across different sectors as photographer and brand strategist/storyteller.
Lauren Paré studied English at the University of Toronto and Law at the University of Ottawa. She is currently pursuing her Creative Writing Certificate at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. She lives in Peterborough, Ontario, on the treaty and traditional territory of the Mississauga Anishinaabeg.
James Preston lives in the North West of England. He has written fiction for as long as he can remember and whilst he has always loved poetry, writing it is relatively new to him. You can find him on Twitter @james_preston95
Julie Roorda is the author of three volumes of poetry, Eleventh Toe (2001), Courage Underground (2006), and Floating Bodies (2010), all published by Guernica Editions, as well as four books of fiction. Her poetry has appeared in several journals, including Arc and The Malahat Review, and has been featured on the popular website Poetry Daily. Her short story “How to Tell if Your Frog is Dead” was nominated for the 2014 Journey Prize.
A member of the League of Canadian Poets, the Writers Union of Canada, and an executive member of the Canadian Authors Association – Toronto Branch, Renée Sgroi’s poetry has been published in The Windsor Review, The Prairie Journal, the /tƐmz/ review, Lummox, and numerous Canadian anthologies. Find out more at https://reneemsgroi.com and on Twitter: @RM_Sgroi and Instagram: @renee_m_sgroi