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Jonathan Castro creates ceramic designs for the modern home. Inspired by traditional Japanese pottery, his pieces range from home decor to functional ware, and his handmade lifestyle is all about clay in the today. See his finished work at and follow him on Instagram @j_sasstro. Ivy Grimes lives in Birmingham, Alabama, and her work has appeared in The Cimmaron Review, Weave, DIAGRAM, Barn Owl Review, and elsewhere. She writes poems in response to challenge words and posts them at These poems will appear in the forthcoming chapbook "My Boyfriend the Abyss" printed by Alana Baldwin's Ant Lord Press. Mark Kelner is a visual artist and curator based in Washington, DC. A graduate of George Mason University, where he studied with the novelist Vasily Aksyonov, his work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Times, and other outlets. In 2010, he was invited to join the Board of Directors of the Hermitage Museum Foundation where he works on international contemporary art projects. His debut series, "Moscow Made, American Born" explored Russian-American duality by means of contrasting and distorting the visual symbols, ciphers, and social systems that define both cultures and their respective art histories.   Cynthia Manick is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet with a MFA in Creative Writing from the New School. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Hedgebrook, and the Vermont Studio Center. She serves as East Coast Editor of the independent press Jamii Publishing and was a 2014 finalist for the New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. Manick's work has appeared in African American ReviewCallalooDMQ Review, Human Equity Through Art (HEArt), Kinfolks Quarterly, Kweli Journal, Muzzle Magazine, Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, Pedestal Magazine, Passages North, PLUCK!, Spillway Magazine, Tidal Basin Review, and elsewhere. She currently curates Soul Sister Revue and resides in Brooklyn, New York. Alison Palmer's poetry appears in FIELD, The Laurel Review, Cannibal, Best New Poets 2010, Box of Jars, Natural Bridge, Folio Literary Journal, Bellevue Literary Review and Cimarron Review. She was finalist for the Poet's Billow Bermuda Triangle Prize, as well as the Pangaea Prize. Alison received her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis where she was nominated for the 2007 and 2008 AWP Journals Project. She studied creative writing at Oberlin College and received their Emma Howell Memorial Poetry Prize. Kevin Romoser is a graphic designer and artist in Brooklyn, NY. You can see some of his design work at and follow him on Instagram @kevinromoser Meg Thompson's work has appeared most recently in Hawai'i Pacific Review, Leveler, and Neutrons Protons. Her chapbook, Farmer, was published by Kattywompus Press. She teaches at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, blogs at and tweets at @DianaCopenhagen. Isobel Wohl is from Brooklyn, NY. She currently lives and works in London, UK.