Nathan Harrell is a self-taught poet. He currently works in the finance industry to help pay for his ukulele habit. He lives in Evansville, Indiana with his wife and three children.
Todd H. C. Fischer is a graduate of York University with a B.A. in English and Creative Writing. He has been published inThe Compleat Anachronist,Scryptic Magazine,Helios Quarterly,Nonbinary Review,The Healing Muse, and Unlikely Voices. He has been anthologized in Untimely Frost and Corporate Cthulu.
Joshua Rhoads is a chemical engineer and frat boy aiming to dismantle all stereotypes that may or may not exist.
Scott Thomas Outlar hosts the site 17numa.com where links to his published work can be found. He has been a weekly contributor for the cultural newsletter Dissident Voice since 2014. His most recent book, Abstract Visions of Light, was released in 2018 through Alien Buddha Press.
Melvin Kelvin is a used-car salesman from Scott’s Addition. He was last seen at Circiut Arcade Bar pretending not to exist. Someone should probably check on him.
Peyton Thomasson is a Sunday School teacher from Mobile, Alabama. She currently lives in the Museum District and spends her days running up and down Grove wearing knockoff Airpods that she “borrowed.” Her poetry is inspired by red wine and primarily directed at people who have the bad sense to cross her.
Alyssa Trivett is a wandering soul from the Midwest. When not working two jobs, she scrawls poetry on the back of gas station receipts. Her work has appeared many places, including the trash can, but also at In Between Hangovers, Duane’s Poetree site, and recently at The Rye Whiskey Review and Under the Bleachers.
Robert Simpson is a rocket scientist for the Atlanta Falcons. He is wildly overqualified for his job, though rumor has it he may take over for Matt Ryan if he misses a wide-open Julio Jones one more time. In the future, he should probably stick to poetry, which he is actually good at.
James D. Casey IV is a Southern poet with roots in Louisiana and Mississippi. He currently resides in Illinois with his Beautiful Muse, their retarded dog, and two black cats. Mr. Casey has authored five books of poetry, and his most recent title is Isomorphic, released Sept. 24, 2018 through Cajun Mutt Press. He also appeared in Medusa’s Kitchen, Outlaw Poetry, Beatnik Cowboy, The Rye Whiskey Review, Dope Fiend Daily, Under the Bleachers, Zombie Logic Review, Horror Sleaze Trash, Pink Litter, In Between Hangovers, Tuck Magazine, and several others internationally. Mr. Casey spends his days writing poetry, practicing magick, and cooking Cajun cuisine.
What is there to say about Colin Alexander? If you know him, you know him. If you don’t, you do not.
S. Preston Duncan is a writer, songwriter, and BBQist in the country outside of Richmond, and is currently training as an End of Life Doula. He is the former Senior Editor of RVA Magazine, which previously had the dubious sense to publish his art and music reviews, sociopolitical editorials, and poetry.
Dave Mancini is an artist, musician, and writer who lives and works in Richmond. He is influenced primarily by the great books of childhood, early life travel experiences, songwriter, films, and modern painting.
Vasa Clarke is a poet from the Richmond area who wishes he could just drop everything and take up beekeeping.
Amanda Waggoner is a local academic, model, and performer. When not working as a cartographer at the University of Richmond, or studying as a graduate student at the University of Mary Washington, she is a go-go dancer, classically trained singer, and activist. She is also a blogger and a vlogger.
Nia Simone McLeod is a writer, video editor, and hip-hop enthusiast from good ol’ Glen Allen, Virginia. Her writing has appeared in a variety of different places across the internet including Urban Views Weekly, The Illixer, Cult of Americana, Evincive Magazine, and that one unnamed password-protected Tumblr page that we don’t talk about. Her poetry’s heavily influenced by the black girls who can’t braid, Frank Ocean’s nostalgia, ULTRA mixtape, and that one episode of Love and Hip Hop where K. Michelle says “woo, this bitch is shaking the table.”
Jay F. Calhoun is a sawed-off old white guy writing in Richmond. He’s originally from New York, which he apologizes for. Although he is dedicating the remaining years of his life to escaping personal tragedy, he does admit to being named after dead people.
Hugh Blanton is a 53 year old truck loader living in San Diego, California. He combs poems out of his hair in those precious moments stolen away from his employer.
Tony Gentry is the author of a novel The Coal Tower, a short story collection Last Rites and five young adult biographies (Paul Laurence Dunbar, Alice Walker, Jesse Owens, Dizzy Gillespie, and Elvis Presley). He has published poems in The Quarterly, Minetta Review, Downtown, Richmond Monthly and Mad Swirl. An occupational therapy professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, he blogs at tonygentry.com.
Bradley Harper is a retired US Army Colonel and pathologist who has performed over two-hundred autopsies and some twenty forensic investigations. A life-long fan of Sherlock Holmes, he did intensive research for this debut novel, A Knife in the Fog, including a trip to London’s East End with noted Jack the Ripper historian Richard Jones. Harper’s first novel was published in October 2018 and was a finalist for an 2019 Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel by an American Author.
Bill Glose is a combat veteran and former paratrooper. Now a civilian, he undertakes intriguing pursuits—such as walking across Virginia and participating in a world-record-setting skinny dip—to write about for magazines. The author of four poetry collections, Glose was named the Daily Press Poet Laureate in 2011 and featured by NPR on The Writer’s Almanac in 2017. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including The Missouri Review, Rattle, Narrative Magazine, and The Sun.
Allan Coberly is a radio host, musician, sound engineer and aspiring writer. His weekly radio program, The Breakfast Snob is broadcast on WRIR 97.3 FM and his musical projects include Monday Machines: a collaborative CD recorded with UK musician Cary Grace and members of her band. He currently resides in Richmond, where he tends to his houseplants, patio peppers and dust bunnies
H. Samuel Moyler is from Chesapeake, Virginia. He is a recent graduate of the University of Richmond, where he double-majored in English literature and Journalism. He loves Oreos and owls, and does not like Charles Bukowski or people who text and drive.
Toni Spencer is a retired chef and state licensing specialist. She is living la vida loca writing poetry. She blogs at www.kanzensakura.com.
Gracie DeSantis is a graduate of Christopher Newport University and Richmond native. Her work can also be found in Currents Magazine. She is probably enjoying some sort of gin cocktail right now and laughing to herself about The Golden Girls.
Pete Sheldon hails from the podunk hills of Big Stone Gap, VA. He managed to wrangle his BA in theatre from Virginia Tech in 2017. His writing endeavors include winning first prize in VT’s Viral Imaginations contest with his short story Mr. Kenny. He is a former columnist for Onstage Blog. His play Thanks Steve was performed in 2017 by Roanoke’s Page to Stage Theatre and workshopped at Elon University in 2018. In the fall of 2017, he was given a residency at Can Serrat in El Bruc, Spain, where he gave readings of experimental writings and monologues.
Synnika Alekxander-Chizoba Lofton is an award winning poet, educator, and recording artist. Lofton is the author of seventeen books and more than 150 spoken word albums and singles. He is a Literature instructor at Chesapeake Bay Academy and a lecturer at Norfolk State University.
Brian Rihlmann was born in New Jersey and currently resides in Reno, Nevada. He writes free verse poetry, and has been published in The Blue Nib, The American Journal of Poetry, Cajun Mutt Press, The Rye Whiskey Review, and others. His first poetry collection, “Ordinary Trauma,” (2019) was published by Alien Buddha Press.
Grant Lomelino hails from Folsom, CA. He works in a warehouse and writes in his free time.
Taya Boyles is a VCU student who promotes her poetry on Instagram @tayatheauthor. Her poem “Upwelled Canvas” won the inaugural Bottom Shelf Whiskey haiku contest.
Michaela Brown is a poet and musician living in Richmond, VA. She focuses her writing on mental health and hopes it may serve to end the stigma behind it.
Jennifer Delaney is a poet from Richmond, VA. She is inspired by E. E. Cummings, long walks in the local cemetery, and spite. She performs original works in front of an audience regularly, with the goal of making everyone in the room uncomfortable.
Darlene Anita Scott is a poet and visual artist. Her recent writing appears or is forthcoming in Kestrel, Killens Review, and Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era, a volume she co-edited with Drs. Emily Ruth Rutter, Sequoia Maner, and the late Dr. Tiffany Austin. Her recent photography can be found in Barren Magazine, Auburn Avenue, and Hot Metal Bridge. Scott, a native of Delaware, lives and runs semi-regularly in Richmond Virginia.
Beth Brown is a Richmond author and a winner of the Library of Virginia People’s Choice Award for Non-Fiction. She serves as organizer for the Featherstone Writers’ Collective, a group for local writers of all genres that strives to motivate, educate, and elevate practitioners of the craft.
Synnika Lofton is an award-winning poet, educator, and recording artist. Lofton is the author of seventeen books and more than 150 spoken word albums and singles. He is a Literature instructor at Chesapeake Bay Academy and a lecturer at Norfolk State University.
Yash Seyedbagheri is a graduate of Colorado State University’s MFA program in fiction. His story, “Soon,” was nominated for a Pushcart. Yash’s work is forthcoming or has been published in WestWard Quarterly, Café Lit, 50 Word Stories, (mac)ro (mic), and Ariel Chart.
TJ Herrin is from Texas and holds a B.A. in English and Creative Writing. She is a poet and fiction writer. She is both fascinated and terrified by the octopus, which may or may not be alien life forms. Her work has also appeared in The Rye Whiskey Review.
Amanda Harman is an awkward literature nerd who is more comfortable with words than people. Her family, understanding this shortcoming, has lovingly supplied her with many books over the years to give them reprieve from her attempts at conversation. She is now starting her junior year of college, where she gets to read entrancing textbooks (on research and ethics essays) and expell knowledge and wisdom in full, coherent sentences (“um, I think” is a sentence) working as a peer tutor. One day, maybe, if she studies hard enough, she can have a natural interaction with a stranger.