Nadia Choudhury is a second-year poetry candidate at the Rutgers-Newark MFA program and looks forward to graduating May 2017. She is recipient of the Truman Capote Fellowship at Rutgers University and has been published in Four Chambers Press.
Lauren Barbato lives and writes in New Jersey, where she’s completing her MFA Creative Writing degree at Rutgers-Newark. After receiving a BFA degree in screenwriting from the University of Southern California, she somehow found herself reporting on abortion clinics and Catholic nuns. Her nonfiction work has appeared in Cosmopolitan.com, Ms. magazine, Bustle, Conscience: The Newsjournal of Catholic Opinion, The Daily Dot, among others. Her short fiction has appeared online in Cosmonauts Avenue and Corium Magazine, and her stories have been finalists for Narrative Magazine’s Story Contest, Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers, and the Kore Press Short Fiction Prize. She currently teaches undergraduate writing and works in the writing center at Rutgers-Newark.
Darise JeanBaptiste is a fiction writer, earning her MFA at Rutgers-Newark. She is a 2016 VONA alum and writes about complex women whose power, memory, or intuition can break and repair things. She has roots in the Bronx and St. Lucia and often writes about the two places in her work. Darise is one of four daughters and an auntie to three brilliant children. She teaches English composition at CUNY, directed a nonprofit college access program, and reported for The Ithaca Journal and Press & Sun-Bulletin.