by MJ Gomez
MJ Gomez is a young writer from the Philippines, currently based in Saudi Arabia. Pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English, they enjoy playing guitar on hot, sleepy days and stargazing through bus windows. Their work is featured in Healthline Zine, the Cloudscent Journal, the Lunar Journal, Lavender Bones Magazine, and others. You can find them on Twitter @bluejayverses!
by Farai Chaka
Farai Chaka is a writer from Harare, Zimbabwe. He is an avid reader who enjoys long walks and horror shows.
by Claire Pinkston
Claire Pinkston is a biracial Black youth poet and writer from the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work has previously been recognized at the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and is published or forthcoming in diode poetry journal, Lumiere Review, Up the Staircase Quarterly, and The Hellebore, among others. She is growing with her poetry.
by Aaliyah C. Daniels
Aaliyah C. Daniels is a teen writer from Hunts Point, The Bronx. She was recently the winner of the first No Tokens Young Poets Prize and published in the No Tokens Journal. Her work has also published in 2020: The Year That Changed America Anthology, Collegian Magazine Fall 2019, the Columbia Journal and the Lucille Clifton Anthology in the 92Y publication. She has been recognized by Victoria Chang, Hanif Abdurraqib, and many more. For two years she has been New York Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador and has performed across the city including the Brooklyn Museum, Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe, Adidas, Joe’s Pub, the Apollo stage, the Intrepid, and more. As an activist, she was president of a teen activist organization called A.C.T.I.O.N. that works to dismantle oppression in the South Bronx and was a member of the Youth Justice Board where she worked to pass legislation to protect youth from social media platforms in New York City. Daniels is currently attending Kenyon College for the class of 2023 as an English major with an emphasis in Creative Writing and a concentration in Law. Her collection of poems and essays on Black Girlhood will be published by Sunset Press Spring of 2023.
by Benjamin Rhodes
]Benjamin Anthony Rhodes is a queer and trans poet living in Northeast Ohio. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Kent State University and a BA in English from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. His work can be found in Cleveland Review of Books, LimpWrist, Cowboy Jamboree Magazine, and in the upcoming collection from Madville Publishing, "Let Me Say This: A Dolly Parton Poetry Anthology."
by Kara Knickerbocker
Kara Knickerbocker is the author of the chapbooks The Shedding Before the Swell (dancing girl press) and Next to Everything that is Breakable (Finishing Line Press). Her poetry and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming from: Poet Lore, HOBART, Levee Magazine, Portland Review, and the anthologies Pennsylvania’s Best Emerging Poets, Crack the Spine, and more. Her work has received support from Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, Murphy Writing at Stockton University, and the Gullkistan Center in Ireland. A Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee originally from Pennsylvania, she currently lives in Hawai'i and is a proud member of the Madwomen in the Attic at Carlow University. Find her online at www.karaknickerbocker.com.
by Darren Demaree
Darren C. Demaree is the author of eighteen poetry collections, most recently “the luxury”, (Glass Lyre, January 2023). He is the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, the Louise Bogan Award from Trio House Press, and the Nancy Dew Taylor Award from Emrys Journal. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Best of the Net Anthology and the Managing Editor of Ovenbird Poetry. He is currently living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.
by Patrick Wright
After Cornelia Parker
Patrick Wright has a poetry collection, Full Sight Of Her, published by Black Spring Press (2020). He has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and teaches English Literature and Creative Writing at the Open University. He is also currently finishing a PhD in Creative Writing, on the ekphrasis of modern and contemporary art, supervised by Jane Yeh and Siobhan Campbell.
by Daniel Liu
Poetry Winner of the Inaugural Surging Tide Summer Contest
Selected by I. S. Jones
by Daniel Liu
Daniel Liu is an American writer. The author of COMRADE (fifth wheel press 2022), his work appears in The Adroit Journal and Diode. He has received awards from the Pulitzer Center, YoungArts, the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, Columbia College Chicago, Bennington College, the Adroit Prizes for Poetry and Prose, and others. You can find his work at daniel-liu.carrd.co
by Chiwenite Onyekwelu
Poetry Runner-Up of the Inaugural Surging Tide Summer Contest
Selected by I.S. Jones
Chiwenite Onyekwelu, 22, is a poet and essayist. His poetry appears in Adroit Journal, Chestnut Review, America Magazine, Lolwe, Gutter Magazine, Rough Cut, and elsewhere. In 2022, he was a runner-up for the Foley Poetry Prize, a finalist for the Gregory Djanikian Scholars in Poetry, and was most recently shortlisted for the Spectrum Poetry Contest. He won the 2020 Jack Grapes Poetry Prize, and serves as Chief Editor at the School of Pharmacy Agulu, where he’s an undergraduate.