October 15

Emily Brandt is the author of three chapbooks. Her poems have appeared in The Recluse, The Offing, Apogee, The Atlas Review, and other journals. She earned her MFA from New York University where she facilitated the Veterans Writing Workshop. She’s been in residence at Saltonstall Arts Colony and a Fellow at Poets House. Emily is a co-founding editor of No, Dear and Web Acquisitions Editor for VIDA.

Cynthia Manick is the author of Blue Hallelujahs published by Black Lawrence Press. 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, Poets House, and the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has appeared in African American Review, Bone Bouquet, Callaloo, DMQ Review, Kweli Journal, Muzzle Magazine, Sou’wester, Pedestal Magazine, Passages North, Tidal Basin and elsewhere. She currently curates Soul Sister Revue and resides in Brooklyn, New York. She can be found at www.cynthiamanick.com.

October 16

Brandon Kreitler is the recipient of a Discovery / Boston Review Poetry Prize from the 92Y’s Unterberg Poetry Center and a Graduate Teaching Fellowship from Columbia University. His poems have appeared in DIAGRAM, Colorado Review, Indiana Review, and Verse Daily among other journals. Brandon is from Arizona and lives in New York City, where he teaches at the City University of New York.

Ansley Moon is the author of the poetry collection, How to Bury the Dead (Black Coffee Press, 2011). A Kundiman fellow, she has received fellowships and awards from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and Hambidge. Additionally, she is a recent finalist for the Jake Adam York Poetry Prize and a finalist for the Great Indian Poetry Prize.