Julia Bouwsma lives off-the-grid in the mountains of western Maine, where she is a poet, farmer, freelance editor, critic, and small-town librarian. She is the author of two poetry collections: Midden (Fordham University Press, 2018) and Work by Bloodlight (Cider Press Review, 2017). She is the recipient of the 2018 Maine Literary Award; the 2016-17 Poets Out Loud Prize, selected by Afaa Michael Weaver; and the 2015 Cider Press Review Book Award, selected by Linda Pastan. Her poems and book reviews can be found in Grist, Poetry Northwest, RHINO, River Styx, and other journals. A former Managing Editor for Alice James Books, Bouwsma currently serves as Book Review Editor for Connotation Press: An Online Artifact and as Library Director for Webster Library in Kingfield, Maine.
Henk Rossouw's book-length poem Xamissa won the Poets Out Loud Editor's Prize (Fordham University Press, 2018). Best American Experimental Writing 2018 (Wesleyan University Press) featured an excerpt. His chapbook The Water Archives was included in the boxset New-Generation African Poets: Tano (African Poetry Book Fund & Akashic Books, 2018). Poems have appeared in The Paris Review, The Massachusetts Review, and Boston Review, among other publications. Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Henk earned an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a PhD from the University of Houston, where he served as a poetry editor for Gulf Coast. Currently, he is an associate editor for Tupelo Quarterly. An assistant professor, Henk teaches creative writing at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Asiya Wadud's debut collection, Crosslight for Youngbird, was published by Nightboat Books in October 2018. Her work has been supported by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Dickinson House (Belgium), Mount Tremper Arts, and the New York Public Library, among others. Recent work can be found in Chicago Review, Best American Experimental Writing 2018, and Tupelo Quarterly. She teaches poetry at Saint Ann’s School and leads an English conversation class for new immigrants Wednesday evenings at the Brooklyn Public Library.