Managing Editor & Acting Fiction Editor
Dakota R. Garilli is queer. They're also a fan of reality TV, thirst following, eating their feelings, and pop divas of the past and present. Dakota has taught creative writing in the greater Pittsburgh area, including at the Environmental Charter School and Allegheny County Jail. They are currently pursuing a master's in social work and teaching certification. Dakota's chapbook, Call It Something Different, was a finalist for the Robin Becker Prize and published by Seven Kitchens Press in 2016. They aspire to start their own arts and wellness center one day, or maybe serve as Secretary of Education.
Contact: Find Mx. Garilli on twitter @dakoter818, & their work in Pretty Owl Poetry, Coal Hill Review, Fodor's Online & elsewhere.
Negesti Kaudo is an essayist rooted in Columbus, Ohio. She earned BAs in English and Psychology at Elon University in 2015 and an MFA in Nonfiction from Columbia College Chicago in 2018. In 2015, she became the youngest recipient (at 22) of the Ohioana Library Association's Walter Rumsey Marvin Grant for unpublished writers under 30. Her work has been published in Seneca Review, Fourth Genre, IDK Magazine Issue 5 (!), Wear Your Voice Magazine, NewCity, Vagabond City Literary Journal, Cosmonauts Avenue, Nailed Magazine, Mosaic Literary Magazine, and elsewhere. She is a copywriter and teaches Writing at Columbus College of Art & Design.
Poetry Editor, Webmistress, Design & Layout
Kinsley Stocum enjoys eating soup, cutting her own bangs, and designing book covers (including for Dakota's chapbook) and books (most recently, Thank Your Lucky Stars by Sherrie Flick). As of 2019, Kinsley works as a substitute teacher for Pittsburgh Public Schools. She is desperately trying to catch up on some recreational reading. Kinsley’s poetry and photography has appeared in The Moon City Review, Elder Mountain, Weave Magazine, Out of Sequence: the Sonnets Remixed, and Goddessmode: A Collection of Videogame Writing by Women and Non-Binary Artists.
Gabrielle Ralambo-Rajerison is a writer, teacher, student, and Fiona Apple enthusiast living in Pittsburgh, where she is pursuing her doctorate. She is presently at work on a nonfiction manuscript about pleasure.
Laura - Poetry Reader
Laura Brun is a poet from smalltown Kentucky who lives and writes in Pittsburgh. Her first chapbook, It's Alright to be Seen, is out now from Dancing Girl Press. She's been a librarian, an ice cream scooper, a student, a teacher, a tutor, a barista, and now works for the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. Her work is most recently found or forthcoming in Nailed Magazine, Bodega, and the Lambda Literary Spotlight. You can find links to read more from her on her website and should follow her on Insta @laurabrrrrun. This year she's trying to learn how to embroider, ice skate, and bake bread.
Photo credit: Heather Kresge
Cassandra - Poetry Reader
Cassandra de Alba is a poet living in Massachusetts. Her chapbooks habitats (Horse Less Press, 2016) and ORB (Reality Hands, 2018) are about deer and the moon, respectively, and her work has appeared in The Shallow Ends, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Underblong, and Big Lucks, among other publications. She is a co-host at the Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge and an associate editor at Pizza Pi Press. One day she hopes to write a poem as good as the movie Twister (1996).
Photo credit: Marshall Goff
Cedric - Poetry Reader
Cedric Rudolph teaches middle-school writers at the Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts school (CAPA). He reads and edits for local journals. He also writes for LOCAL Pittsburgh magazine. In his spare time, he searches for love, reads as much as possible, and pretends that mixed CDs are still a thing. In May 2018, he received his Poetry MFA from Chatham University. His poems are published in Christianity and Literature Journal and The Laurel Review.
Derek - Fiction Reader
Derek Berry is the author of the novel Heathens and Liars of Lickskillet County (2016) & poetry chapbook Skinny Dipping with Strangers (2013). They are the co-founder of Charleston-based literary non-profit The Unspoken Word. Their work has been published in print and online, including most recently in Gigantic Sequins, Beloit Poetry Journal, Yemassee, BOAAT, & elsewhere. They live in Aiken, South Carolina & work in a Cold War historic curation facility.
Genevieve - Fiction Reader
Genevieve DeGuzman is a poet & fiction writer. Her work has been published in Folio, Glass, Hobart, Iron Horse, Reed Magazine, RHINO, The Puritan, SAND, Stonecoast Review, Uncanny Magazine, & others. A recipient of the James Merrill Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center, and a finalist for the Sonia Sanchez-Langston Hughes Poetry Prize from Split This Rock, she gravitates toward rich prose, lived-in narratives that stay with you long after the story ends, and a dollop of the speculative. Born in the Philippines, raised in SoCal, she currently lives in Portland, Oregon where she brews kombucha, gazes dreamily at Wy’east, and is perpetually perfecting her hygge and novel-in-progress. She doesn’t gram but she tweets @gen_deg.