Meet Our Contributors | Issue 62:4 | Fall 2023 – Michigan Quarterly Review

Meet Our Contributors | Issue 62:4 | Fall 2023

JASMINE AN is from the Midwest. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks: Naming the No-Name Woman (winner of the 2015 Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize) and Monkey Was Here (Porkbelly Press, 2020). Her creative work can be found online in journals such as Poetry Northwest, Waxwing, and Guesthouse, among others, or at Currently, she teaches literature and writing at Fulbright University Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City.

CALLUM ANGUS is the author of the story collection A Natural History of Transition, which was a 2021 finalist for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, a Lambda Literary Award, and an Oregon Book Award. He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches trans writing workshops and is at work on a novel.

ANDRE BAGOO is a Trinidadian writer. His essay collection on writing and politics, The Undiscovered Country, won the 2021 OCM Bocas Prize for Nonfiction. In 2022, his fiction debut, The Dreaming, was published by Peepal Tree Press in the UK.

S. ERIN BATISTE is an interdisciplinary poet and artist. She is a 2022–2023 Emerge-Surface-Be Fellow with The Poetry Project and has received fellowships from Cave Canem and PEN America, among other honors. Author of the chapbook Glory to All Fleeting Things, her work has exhibited in New York and has been published in Interim, wildness, You Don’t Have to Be Everything: Poems for Girls Becoming Themselves, and In the Tempered Dark: Contemporary Poets Transcending Elegy.

NICKY BEER is a bi/queer writer and the author of Real Phonies and Genuine Fakes (Milkweed, 2022), winner of the 2023 Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Poetry. She has received honors from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, MacDowell, the Poetry Foundation, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She is an associate professor at the University of Colorado Denver, where she is a poetry editor for Copper Nickel.

JOHN BONANNI’s poems have appeared in Foglifter, Gulf Coast, Black Warrior Review, Washington Square Review, North American Review, Fourteen Hills, and Prairie Schooner, among others. His manuscripts have been named finalists for the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, the Zone 3 Press First Book Award in Poetry, the Poets Out Loud Prize (Fordham University), and the New Issues Poetry Prize. His book reviews have appeared in DIAGRAM, The Rumpus, Rain Taxi, and The Kenyon Review. More at

NOAH ARHM CHOI is the author of Cut to Bloom, winner of the 2019 Write Bloody Prize. A Lambda Literary Writer in Schools, they received an MFA from Sarah Lawrence, and their work has appeared in Apogee, The Rumpus, Split This Rock, and elsewhere. Noah was nominated for Best of the Net in 2022, shortlisted for the Poetry International Prize, and received the Ellen Conroy Kennedy Poetry Prize, alongside fellowships from Kundiman and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

MARISA (MAC) CRANE is a basketball player, writer, and sweatpants enthusiast. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Sun, Prairie Schooner, The Offing, The Adroit Journal, No Tokens, Passages North, Joyland, Literary Hub, and elsewhere. Their debut novel, I Keep My Exoskeletons to Myself, was a January Indie Next List Pick and New York Times Editors’ Choice.

LEORA FRIDMAN is author of Static Palace, a collection of essays about chronic illness, art, and politics; My Fault, selected by Eileen Myles for the Cleveland State University Press First Book Prize; and other books of prose, poetry, and translation. She is a recipient of honors from Fulbright, Creative Capital / Andy Warhol Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, among other organizations. More at

KAY GABRIEL is the author of A Queen in Bucks County and Kissing Other People or the House of Fame and the co-editor of We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics, all from Nightboat. She edits the Poetry Project Newsletter and lives in Queens.

JAN-HENRY GRAY is the author of Documents (BOA Editions, Ltd.), selected by D. A. Powell as the winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, and the chapbook Selected Emails (speCt! Books). He’s received fellowships from Kundiman, Undocupoets, and the Cooke Foundation. He was born in the Philippines and has lived in San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, and Brooklyn. He is an assistant professor at Adelphi University in New York.

LIZ HARMS is a poet and intersectional feminist from Arkansas, and she currently serves as the editor of Ninth Letter. Liz’s work was chosen by Juan Felipe Herrera as a finalist for the 2023 Philip Levine Prize for Poetry and was awarded an honorable mention for Nimrod’s 2023 Pablo Neruda Prize by Tarfia Faizullah. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, The Journal, The Arkansas International, Crab Creek Review, and elsewhere.

JULIE LEE is a Korean American artist from Alabama working primarily in photography and collage. They graduated with a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and are residing in Pittsburgh. Their work has been featured in publications such as the Journal of Art Criticism, Yale University’s Asterisk* Journal of Art and Art History, Hyperallergic, and Fraction Magazine and on KQED. They can be found on Instagram: @offday_goth.

ALEXA LUBORSKY is a writer of Western Armenian and Eastern European Jewish descent. Her poems have appeared in journals such as AGNI, Black Warrior Review, Guernica, and West Branch, among others. She is an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Virginia and the interviews editor at Poetry Northwest. You can find more of her work at

JULIA MALLORY is committed to being a good steward of, and vessel for, her ancestors’ stories. Julia’s first creative love language is poetry, and she works across genres with a range of mediums from text to textiles, including mixed media collage, sonic collage, and short stories. Julia’s written work can be found in Barrelhouse, the Black Speculative Arts Movement’s Curating the End of the World: Red Spring Part IV: Wildseeds & Black Futures, The Offing, Stellium Literary Magazine, Sugarcane Magazine, Torch Literary Arts, 68 to 05, petrichor, and elsewhere.

MRITYUNJAY MOHAN is a queer, trans, disabled writer of color. His work has appeared in The Indianapolis Review, The Masters Review, Oyster River Pages, and elsewhere and has been supported or recognized by Frontier Poetry, The Common, and the Sundance Institute. He edits a column featuring queer, trans, disabled authors of color for the online magazine ANMLY and is a reader for Harvard Review and The Masters Review.

LEILA CHRISTINE NADIR is an Afghan American artist and writer whose work explores intersections of geopolitical, environmental, and intimate violences and how individuals and communities rebuild and grow after their worlds fall apart. Her creative writing has earned awards and fellowships from MacDowell, Hedgebrook, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the de Groot Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Tin House, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is currently at work on a memoir about the wars that rage within and beyond family.

RACHEL NELSON is a Cave Canem Fellow and a graduate of the University of Michigan’s MFA program, where she won a Hopwood Award for playwriting. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Adroit Journal, the museum of americana, Muzzle Magazine, Pleiades, Thrush, and elsewhere. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

CINDY JUYOUNG OK is the author of Ward Toward (Yale University Press, 2024), winner of the Yale Younger Poets Prize. She teaches creative writing at Kenyon College, is poetry editor at Guernica, and hosts the Poetry Magazine Podcast.

TAMARA PANICI’s work has appeared in Poetry, Blue Mesa Review, Northwest Review, Muzzle Magazine, Waxwing, and elsewhere. She has been a finalist for the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and has been awarded the Black Warrior Review Poetry Prize, the Margaret Reid Poetry Prize from Winning Writers, and the River Styx Microfiction Prize. She lives in Washington, DC with her partner, their child, and their child-to-be.

An Oakland native, AARON PANG is a writer and performer telling stories to anyone who will listen. A child of Chinese immigrants, a choir boy, and a disabled man, Aaron hopes his stories will inspire others to embrace their multi-faceted identities. Aaron’s writing can be found on Essay Daily, The Moth Radio Hour, and Proof by America’s Test Kitchen. Aaron is the nonfiction editor for The Iowa Review and is currently pursuing an MFA at the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa.

MELISSA RANGE is the author of Scriptorium (Beacon Press, 2016), a winner of the 2015 National Poetry Series, and Horse and Rider (Texas Tech University Press, 2010). Recent poems have appeared in Ecotone, The Iowa Review, The Nation, and Ploughshares. Range is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Originally from East Tennessee, she teaches creative writing and American literature at Lawrence University in Wisconsin.

AMY SAILER’s poetry can be found in The Cincinnati Review, Hotel Amerika, Quarterly West, Meridian, and Sycamore Review, where it won the 2020 Wabash Poetry Prize. Her work has received support from Willapa Bay AiR; the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts; and the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library. She is a PhD candidate in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Utah.

SHUCHI SARASWAT’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, AGNI, Ecotone, and elsewhere. She lives in Boston and is senior editor of AGNI.

CLARE SEARS is author of the award-winning book Arresting Dress: Cross-Dressing, Law, and Fascination in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco (Duke University Press). Their writing has also appeared in Jacobin, GLQ, Women’s Studies Quarterly, The Journal, The Hunger, The Routledge History of Queer America, and The SAGE Encyclopedia of Trans Studies. Their next book is a novel set in 1870s San Francisco that explores historical memory and contemporary attachments to the queer and trans past.

JASON STORMS is a writer and musician from Interlochen living in Metro Detroit. His work has previously appeared in The Rumpus, Fugue, Dunes Review, LEON Literary Review, and the museum of americana and is forthcoming in Great Lakes Review. He holds an MFA from the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

MORGAN THOMAS is a writer from the Gulf Coast. Their debut story collection, Manywhere, was published by MCD-FSG and a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Fiction, and the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. They were also the recipient of Lambda Literary’s Judith A. Markowitz Award for Exceptional New LGBTQ Writers. Their work has appeared in The Atlantic, American Short Fiction, The Kenyon Review, and elsewhere.

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