csmith-150x150Crystal Simone Smith
Managing Editor
Crystal is the author of Routes Home, (Finishing Line Press, 2013) Running Music, (Longleaf Press, 2014), and Wild Flowers: haiku, senryu, and haibun, (2016). Her work has appeared in Callaloo, Nimrod, Barrow Street, Frogpond, African American Review, and elsewhere. She earned her MFA at Queens University of Charlotte and lives in Durham, NC. She teaches Creative Writing, English Composition, and Literature.


achristianAdrienne Christian
Associate Editor
Adrienne is a Cave Canem fellow, whose poems have been published in Obsidian, Alimentum, Falling Star, Silk Road, and others. She earned her Bachelors in English from the University of Michigan, and her Masters in Creative Writing from Pacific University.


GOcasio-150x150Grace C. Ocasio
Associate Editor
Grace is a performer/poet, the author of the poetry books Hollerin from This Shack and The Speed of Our Lives. She is at home reading in colleges and poetry slam venues alike. She lives in Charlotte, NC, with her husband, Edwin, and her daughter, Chloe. Grace especially enjoys reading at venues where she can serve the local community. A former teacher at the community college and university level, Grace is a full-time writer. Her reviews have appeared on the online website, The Review Review.


Daniel Romo
Associate Editor
Daniel is the author of When Kerosene’s Involved (Mojave River Press, 2014) and Romancing Gravity (Silver Birch Press, 2013). His poetry and photography can be found in The Los Angeles Review, Gargoyle, MiPOesias, Yemassee, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte, and he lives in Long Beach, CA. He loves football, but he bleeds Dodger Blue… A lot…


Advisory Board: Lenard D. Moore, Evie Shockley, Cathy Park Hong, Sheila Smith McKoy, Jaki Shelton Green, John Hoppenthaler, and Phillip Shabazz
Readers: Wendell Ottley, Shaquana Suggs

We are a collective group of diverse writers. Rather than list our bios, which you can easily find online, please read samples of our poetry here.