Nadia Q. Ahmad is a writer, based in her hometown of Queens. She is a VONA/Voices alum, and her work has been published in SpliceLit, AAWW Open City, and The Margins. Nadia most recently worked as Program Associate at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop; you can find her on Twitter at @aminad1a
Lydia Cortes is the author of two poetry collections, Lust for Lust and Whose Place. Her work appears in various anthologies such as, The Anthology of Puerto Rican Poetry: (Aboriginal to Contemporary Times). Recently, her poetry has been published in Upstreet.
Carol Rosenfeld is an accomplished short fiction writer and poet—though it’s been a while since she participated in a poetry slam. Her novel, The One That Got Away, was described as “A fruit cup in the whole-grain world of literary fiction”. A Juris Doctor (she studied at night school!), she is kept very busy as the voluntary chair of the Publishing Triangle, which has been promoting LGBT literature since 1988. And that’s when she’s not at her day job, working for an organization that administers grants for the many colleges in the City University of New York.
KC Trommer is the author of the chapbook The Hasp Tongue (dancing girl press, 2014). A graduate of the MFA program at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, KC has won an Academy of American Poets Prize and the 2015 Fugue Poetry Prize. Her poem “The Cyclone” has been set to music by the Grammy Award-winning composer Herschel Garfein. Her recent work appears in the anthologies Resist Much, Obey Little and BARED. She lives in Jackson Heights, Queens with her son.