LYDIA HAVENS is a poet, performer and editor from Tucson, Arizona. Their work has previously been published or is forthcoming in Winter Tangerine, Cosmonauts Avenue, and Black Napkin Press, among others. Videos of their spoken word performances have been published on YouTube channels such as Button Poetry and Write About Now. They were the 2015 Women of the World Poetry Slam Youth Champion, and placed 7th at the 2017 National Poetry Slam group piece finals as part of the Boise Poetry Slam team. Lydia’s first full-length collection, Survive Like the Water, was published in early 2017 by Rising Phoenix Press. They currently live in Boise, Idaho, where they are a first-year undergrad at Boise State University, and work as the Communications Director for Big Tree Arts Inc.
CAITLYN SIEHL is a poet from New Jersey, and the author of two poetry books: What We Buried and Crybaby. She had also co-edited two poetry anthologies. Her poetry and prose work has been featured in Hooligan Magazine, The Rising Phoenix Review, Thought Catalog, and Philosophical Idiot. She likes spicy jalapeno chips and dogs.
ANTHONY FRAME is an exterminator from Toledo, Ohio, where he lives with his wife. He is the author of A Generation of Insomniacs (Main Street Rag, 2015) and of four chapbooks, including To Gain the Day (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2015) and Where Wind Meets Wing (forthcoming from Sibling Rivalry Press). He is the editor/publisher of Glass Poetry Press, which publishes the Glass Chapbook Series and Glass: A Journal of Poetry. His poetry has appeared in Third Coast, Harpur Palate, Boxcar Poetry Review, Muzzle Magazine, The Adroit Journal and Verse Daily, among others. He has twice been awarded Individual Excellence Grants from the Ohio Arts Council.
BRIANNA ALBERS (she/her) is a storyteller, currently based in St. Paul, MN. In 2016 she founded Monstering, a magazine for disabled women and nonbinary people; she serves as Editor-in-Chief. Brianna is half of ZRIE, a new media collective founded in 2017 alongside best friend and life partner, Zara Munro, and currently writes the column “The Wolf Finally Frees Itself” for SMA News Today. Her work can be found in DIALOGIST, Guernica, and Word Riot, among others. Find Brianna online at briannahopealbers.com, and on social media @bhalbers.
TEEN WRITER JUDGE
TOPAZ WINTERS is a poet, editor, actress, & entrepreneur. Her work has been published in Cosmonauts Avenue & Rust+Moth, profiled in Maudlin House & Cicada Magazine, & commended by the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards & the National YoungArts Foundation, among others. She is the youngest Singaporean ever to be nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She serves as the editor-in-chief & creative director at Half Mystic Press; her latest book is poems for the sound of the sky before thunder (Math Paper Press, 2017); her latest film is the award-winning SUPERNOVA (dir. Ishan Modi, 2017). She was born in 1999 & resides at topazwinters.com. She enjoys peonies, 1940s French pop songs, & the colour of the sky when nothing is dreaming of it.
NEW & EMERGING WRITER JUDGE
Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, KAT NEIS is a writer, poet, and student. She has been involved in the creative world for several years, and her poetry and creative nonfiction recognized by The Academy of American Poets, The Dyer-Ives Foundation, and The College of Wooster. She is the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Siblíní Journal, an international creative magazine. A freelance writer as well, Kat's journalistic endeavors have appeared in Dressage Today Magazine and Fédération Equestre Internationale.