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KANIKA LAWTON is a poet and editor from Vancouver, Canada. She received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a Minor in Film Studies from the University of British Columbia, where she served as an editor with the UBC Undergraduate Film Student Association. She is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of L’Éphémère Review, edits for Venus Magazine, and is the Community Manager of The Murmur House. A 2018 Porkbelly Press Micro Chapbook Series finalist, 2013 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Gold and Silver Key recipient, and author of SANTO CALIFORNIA (2017), Kanika's work has appeared in The Rising Phoenix ReviewRambutan LiteraryRicepaper MagazineBombus Press, PUBLIC POOL, and The Ellis Review, among others. Ocean-bound since birth, Kanika can be found on Twitter, her website, or finding solace in tide pools along the West Coast. 




CHRISTIAN SAMMARTINO is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Rising Phoenix Review. He is currently studying Philosophy at West Chester University. His poetry is influenced by life in the Pennsylvania Rustbelt near his hometown of Coatesville. His work has appeared in Words Dance PublishingVoicemail PoemsWerkloosLehigh Valley Vanguard, and Yellow Chair Review. Sammartino was a Resident Poet for Lehigh Valley Vanguard during the summer of 2015. His first chapbook, Keystones, was released by Rising Phoenix Press in December 2014.




JESSICA THWAITE is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland, where she studied English and Creative Writing, and was a resident of the Jiménez-Porter Writers' House. A former editor and assistant for the publications STYLUS, Feminist Studies, The Paper Shell Review, and Atticus Review, she currently spends her days as an Assistant Editor to a small academic press near Washington, DC and her nights making and appreciating strange art. Her photography and collages have appeared in STYLUS and L'Éphémère Review.




BRITTANY ADAMES is a Dominican-American writer. Her words have appeared or is forthcoming in CALAMITY Magazine, Bombus Press, Rumble Fish Quarterly, and For the Sonorous, among others. She studies creative writing and journalism at Emerson College and is a big fan of plantains.