Issue Deux Contributors

Cassandra de Alba lives in Massachusetts with two other writers and a cat who won’t stop hitting her. She has published several chapbooks and competed in several National Poetry Slams. Her work has appeared in Skydeer Helpking, Drunken Boat, and ILK, among others. She still doesn’t know how to ride a bike.

Amber Atiya is the author of the chapbook the fierce bums of doo-wop (Argos Books, 2014). Her work has appeared in Black Renaissance Noire, Boston Review, the PEN Poetry Series, Nepantla: A Journal for Queer Poets of Color, and been featured on Poetry Foundation’s radio and podcast series PoetryNow. Her poems have been selected for the 2014 Best of the Net Anthology and nominated for Best New Poets. A proud native Brooklynite, She is a member of a women’s writing group celebrating 13 years and counting.

Tammy Bendetti lives, works, and drinks too much coffee on Colorado’s Western Slope with her husband and two small daughters. She completed a poetry workshop with Wyatt Prunty at Sewanee: The University of the South, and received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Colorado Mesa University. Her poetry has most recently appeared in Calliope and Grand Valley Magazine, and is forthcoming from Right Hand Pointing. She is currently building a secret room under her stairs but does not plan to keep any wizards in it.

Jamie Lyn Bruce  received an MFA in poetry from City College of New York. Her work has appeared previously in Day One, Thin Air Magazine, and Glass: A Journal of Poetry. She currently lives in Rochester, NY, where she is working toward certification in secondary special education.

Natalie N. Caro is a Bronx-born poet and the 2013 recipient of the Bronx Recognizes Its Own Award in Poetry. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and Philosophy from Lehman College/CUNY and an MFA in Poetry from City College/CUNY where she was selected as one of the first recipients of the Creative Writing Fellowship. Sometimes, she swears that school saved her, but then she thinks about colonization of the mind and feels some type of way. Natalie likes to tweet at bars about teeth and trauma. Follow her and her scattered thoughts on twitter @scatteredstanza.

Rosemary Hayward is a British transplant to the Santa Cruz mountains, California. She works as a CPA , preparing tax returns, has taught tax classes at the local community college and volunteers with The Homeless Garden Project, a wonderful organization that achieves great things in small doses. Her short story, Aunt Mary, was published in Pif Magazine and The Schrodinger Cat was recently accepted by Stickman Review. She is currently working on two novels: the last edit of Margaret and the first draft of Crocus Fields.

Merie Kirby lives in Grand Forks, ND and teaches at the University of North Dakota. She is the author of The Dog Runs On (Finishing Line Press, 2014) and The Thumbelina Poems (Red Bird Chapbooks, forthcoming 2015).  Her poems have been published in Willow Review, Midwest Poetry Review, Avocet, and other journals; she also writes operas and art songs in collaboration with composers.

Grace Shuyi Liew’s first chapbook, Prop, recently won Ahsahta Press’s chapbook competition and will be published in 2016. Her poetry has been published in West Branch, cream city review, Twelfth House, TYPO, Winter Tangerine Review, PANK, and others. She is from Malaysia. Find her irregularly at

Sarah Lilius currently lives in Arlington, VA with her husband and two sons. She is a poet and an assistant editor for ELJ Publications. Some of her publication credits include the Denver Quarterly, Court Green, BlazeVOX, Bluestem, and The Lake. Lilius is also the author of the chapbook What Becomes Within (ELJ Publications 2014). Her website is

Ellie Slaughter won the Roy F. Powell Creative Writing Award in Poetry (2011) and has been published in Anthropoid and The Miscellany. She is an MFA student at Lesley University and currently works as the prose editor for Sling Magazine while interning at VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Currently she lives in Salem, MA with her daughter.

Samantha Pious  is studying for a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. Her specialties are medieval French and English [courtly poetry and women’s writing]. Some of her pieces have appeared or are forthcoming in Mezzo Cammin, Lavender Reviewbroad!, Lunch Ticket, PMS (PoemMemoirStory) and other publications. Others are available on her blog at

Meg Sefton’s work has appeared in Best New Writing, The Dos Passos Review, Atticus Review, Ginosko Literary Review, Danse Macabre, Connotation Press, and other journals. She received her MFA in fiction from Seattle Pacific University and lives in central Florida with her son and their little dog Annie, a Coton de Toulear. She is also happy to report she is in good health thanks to her doctors and the support of loved ones.

Alexandra Smyth lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and their black cat, Bandini. Her work has previously appeared in Poets and Artists, Sixfold, and Word Riot, among others. She is a graduate of the City College of New York MFA Creative Writing program. She is a 2014 recipient of the Poets and Writers Amy Award, and the 2013 recipient of the Jerome Lowell Dejur Award in poetry.

Jen Stein is a writer, advocate, mother and finder of lost things.  She lives in Fairfax, Virginia where she works in family homeless services. Her work has recently appeared in Rogue Agent Journal, Menacing Hedge, Luna Luna Magazine, Nonbinary Review and Stirring. Upcoming work will be featured in Cider Press Review. Jen is currently serving as assistant editor for Rogue Agent Journal. You can find her on the web at   

Alyssa Yankwitt is a poet, photographer, teacher, bartender, documenter, and earth walker. Her poems and photographs have previously appeared in Fruita Pulp, Gingerbread House, Penwheel.lit, Metaphor Magazine, Red Paint Hill’s “Mother Is a Verb” anthology, The Lake, Up the Staircase Quarterly, and Spry Literary Journal. Alyssa has incurable wanderlust, enjoys drinking whiskey, hates writing about herself in third person, and loves a good disaster. You can visit her artist page here: