Janine Joseph Home School Miami 2016 Janine Joseph was born and raised in the Philippines and Southern California. She is the author of Driving without a License, winner of the 2014 Kundiman Poetry Prize. Her poems and essays about growing up undocumented in America have appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Best New Poets, Best American Experimental Writing, Zócalo Public Square, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and elsewhere. Her commissioned libretti for the Houston Grand Opera/HGOco include What Wings They Were: The Case of Emeline, “On This Muddy Water”: Voices from the Houston Ship Channel, and From My Mother's Mother. She is the recipient of a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship, an Inprint/Barthelme Fellowship in Poetry, a PAWA Manuel G. Flores Prize, and a Howard Nemerov Scholarship for the Sewanee Writer’s Conference, among other honors. A member of Undocupoets and an editor of Tongue: A Journal of Literature & Art, Janine is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Oklahoma State University.

Janine Joseph
Home School Miami 2016

Janine Joseph was born and raised in the Philippines and Southern California. She is the author of Driving without a License, winner of the 2014 Kundiman Poetry Prize. Her poems and essays about growing up undocumented in America have appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Best New Poets, Best American Experimental Writing, Zócalo Public Square, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and elsewhere. Her commissioned libretti for the Houston Grand Opera/HGOco include What Wings They Were: The Case of Emeline, “On This Muddy Water”: Voices from the Houston Ship Channel, and From My Mother's Mother. She is the recipient of a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship, an Inprint/Barthelme Fellowship in Poetry, a PAWA Manuel G. Flores Prize, and a Howard Nemerov Scholarship for the Sewanee Writer’s Conference, among other honors. A member of Undocupoets and an editor of Tongue: A Journal of Literature & Art, Janine is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Oklahoma State University.

Jennifer Soong Home School Miami 2016 Jennifer Soong is a New Jersey and New York-based poet. She received her B.A. from Harvard University and is currently an English doctoral candidate at Princeton University, where she studies poetry and poetics with additional interests in guilt/shame, aesthetics, and Marxist theory. Her most recent poems have been published in Berfrois, H_NGM_N, Prelude Magazine, DIAGRAM, and more. She is also the poetry editor at Nat. Brut and is working on her first manuscript.

Jennifer Soong
Home School Miami 2016

Jennifer Soong is a New Jersey and New York-based poet. She received her B.A. from Harvard University and is currently an English doctoral candidate at Princeton University, where she studies poetry and poetics with additional interests in guilt/shame, aesthetics, and Marxist theory. Her most recent poems have been published in Berfrois, H_NGM_N, Prelude Magazine, DIAGRAM, and more. She is also the poetry editor at Nat. Brut and is working on her first manuscript.

Marissa Anne Ayala Home School Claremont 2017 Marissa Anne Ayala is a writer and artist based in New York City. She received her BA from Naropa University and an MFA from The New School. Her collaborative project Inside/Outside: a Map of Self and Place was featured in Handwritten and exhibited at Pen & Brush gallery in Manhattan. Her poetry was published in Connotation Press. Marissa designs and leads creative writing workshops, most recently at The Battery Conservancy and Pen and Brush Gallery. You find her on Twitter @MarissaAAyala and interact with her online working notebook at marissaaayala.com.

Marissa Anne Ayala
Home School Claremont 2017

Marissa Anne Ayala is a writer and artist based in New York City. She received her BA from Naropa University and an MFA from The New School. Her collaborative project Inside/Outside: a Map of Self and Place was featured in Handwritten and exhibited at Pen & Brush gallery in Manhattan. Her poetry was published in Connotation Press. Marissa designs and leads creative writing workshops, most recently at The Battery Conservancy and Pen and Brush Gallery. You find her on Twitter @MarissaAAyala and interact with her online working notebook at marissaaayala.com.

 
Derrick Weston Brown Home School Hudson 2016 Derrick Weston Brown holds an MFA in Creative Writing from American University. He is the founding Poet-In-Residence of Busboys and Poets. He is a graduate of the Cave Canem and VONA summer workshops. His work has been published and featured in such journals and publications as, The This Mag, JoINT, Colorlines and The Tidal Basin Review. His debut collection of poetry, Wisdom Teeth was released in 2011 on Busboys and Poets Press/ PM Press. He resides in Mount Rainier MD. You can follow him on Facebook, Instagram @theoriginalDerrickWestonBrown or through the PM Press website.

Derrick Weston Brown
Home School Hudson 2016

Derrick Weston Brown holds an MFA in Creative Writing from American University. He is the founding Poet-In-Residence of Busboys and Poets. He is a graduate of the Cave Canem and VONA summer workshops. His work has been published and featured in such journals and publications as, The This Mag, JoINT, Colorlines and The Tidal Basin Review. His debut collection of poetry, Wisdom Teeth was released in 2011 on Busboys and Poets Press/ PM Press. He resides in Mount Rainier MD. You can follow him on Facebook, Instagram @theoriginalDerrickWestonBrown or through the PM Press website.

Autumn Royal Home School Claremont 2017 Autumn Royal is a poet and researcher living in Narrm (Melbourne), Australia. Autumn’s poetry and criticism have appeared in publications such as Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry, Powder Keg, Rabbit Poetry Journal, Southerly, Mascara Literary Review and TEXT Journal. She is interviews editor for Cordite Poetry Review and author of the poetry collection She Woke & Rose.

Autumn Royal
Home School Claremont 2017

Autumn Royal is a poet and researcher living in Narrm (Melbourne), Australia. Autumn’s poetry and criticism have appeared in publications such as Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry, Powder Keg, Rabbit Poetry Journal, Southerly, Mascara Literary Review and TEXT Journal. She is interviews editor for Cordite Poetry Review and author of the poetry collection She Woke & Rose.

Robert Balun Home School Hudson 2016 Robert Balun is an adjunct at The City College of New York, where he teaches creative writing and composition. His poems have recently appeared in Barrow Street, Poor Claudia, Apogee, Cosmonauts Avenue, and others. He completed his MFA at CCNY, and was a recipient of the Jerome Lowell DeJur Prize for Poetry and the Teacher-Writer Award.

Robert Balun
Home School Hudson 2016

Robert Balun is an adjunct at The City College of New York, where he teaches creative writing and composition. His poems have recently appeared in Barrow Street, Poor Claudia, Apogee, Cosmonauts Avenue, and others. He completed his MFA at CCNY, and was a recipient of the Jerome Lowell DeJur Prize for Poetry and the Teacher-Writer Award.