Ariel Yelen is a poet and visual artist living in New Jersey, where she is an MFA Candidate in Poetry at Rutgers-Newark. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Queen Mob’s Teahouse, The Felt, jdbrecords, and Two Serious Ladies. Starting this winter, she’ll be teaching an ekphrastic poetry workshop at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City.
Beenish Ahmed is a writer, reporter, and the founder of THE ALIGNIST, a project that connects current events to literary works. Her work has appeared on air or online for NPR, VICE, and The Atlantic, among other outlets. She’s currently working on a novel.
Evan Gill Smith is a poet living in Brooklyn. He received his MFA from Rutgers-Newark where he now teaches as an adjunct professor of writing. Evan’s work has been published in No Dear and Recreation League, and he has filmed three poetry videos that premiere soon on 8-Ball Community’s new internet TV station. Currently, he’s working on his first manuscript of poems entitled, Poser, and he has hopes of one day building some type of “corn float” at Art Farm.
Pia Padukone is a writer and a proud native of New York City. A graduate of Stuyvesant High School and the London School of Economics, Pia entered the professional writing world as a copywriter for advertising agencies. She was a finalist in the Seventeen Magazine Fiction Writing Contest and received a fiction-writing award from Women on Writing. Her debut novel, Where Earth Meets Water, was published in 2014 by Mira Books; her second novel, The Faces of Strangers, was published by the same in 2016. Pia lives in New York City with her husband and daughter and is hard at work on her third novel.
Travis Price is in the second year of his MFA at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was named a finalist for the James Hurst Prize for Fiction in both 2015 and 2016, and currently working on a collection of short stories titled Look for Me in an Empty Room. He is originally from the Philadelphia area, and, it is important to note, once had a Corgi named Endicott.
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