Second year


Natalie Lima
is a 2016 Pen Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow. She is a first-generation college graduate of Northwestern University, where she received her BA in Radio/Television/Film and International Studies. In the fall of 2016, she will begin her MFA in Creative Writing at the The University of Alabama as a McNair Graduate Fellow. Her writing has been awarded a Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation (VONA) Fellowship, a UCLA Extension Kirkwood Literary Prize Nomination, and a PEN Center USA Fellowship. Her fiction has been published or is forthcoming in Word Riot, Reservoir Lit, and Paper Darts. Natalie can be found on Twitter @NatalieLima09.

Molly Montgomery
is a fiction writer and part-time Francophile who is pursuing a Masters of Arts in Creative Writing from the University of California, Davis. Originally from Oakland, she received a B.A. in English and French from UCLA. A city girl at heart, she spent a year teaching abroad in rural France and now is embracing what California’s Central Valley has to offer. She draws inspiration from her surroundings, whether rural or urban, and she likes to weave her family history and multicultural identity into her writing. Her fiction has been published in Westwind and the Blue Lake Review.

Gionni Ponce is an MFA candidate at Indiana University. She is, first and foremost, a recreator. She likes to take old things (fabric, furniture, charcoal, memories) and make them new (jewelry, prettier furniture, drawings, stories). As a child, she thought she wanted to study astronomy until she realized she likes the mythology of the stars more than the science. When she takes accent quizzes, her results come back mixed Detroit and Phoenix, because her childhood vocabulary confuses the test. She’s expressed herself (through visual art and writing) using speech contests, small mags, literary websites, a photography studio, juried exhibitions, and a couple of modestly well-read travel blogs; but it’s nothing you would have heard of. Check out her Twitter or email her with questions.

 Jess Silfa is an MFA Candidate at Brooklyn College. She graduated with a BA in psychology from Columbia University. She writes about Latinx folks in the South Bronx and binges on Korean dramas. You can follow Jess on Twitter @jesilfa.



Craig Knox
is a New Jersey native who stumbled into poetry at community college in 2009, when he read Etheridge Knight’s “Hard Rock Returns to Prison from the Hospital for the Criminal Insane” aloud as an assignment for a required English composition class. By the time he attended the biannual Dodge Poetry Festival in Newark for the first time, he was hooked on poems, though he was never hukt on foniks. Two degrees later, he is now an MFA candidate at Rutgers-Camden. A former deliveryman, flooring salesman and peripatetic pizza pitchman, Craig enjoys cooking, music, garage sales and candlelit dinners with his crafty wife Lori (who makes the candles and lights them) and Chloe, their beloved poodle.

Devin Koch
is a lover of campy reality television, former Disney stars, and above all literary works of art. He is a graduate from University Nebraska Lincoln where he received the Vreeland and Marjorie Stover Award in both poetry and fiction and is now a MFA candidate in poetry at Virginia Tech. His work focuses on gender, popular culture, religion, and rural life. You can find him at local zoos, perhaps a winery, but if all else fails check him out on ­­his website

Stephanie Lane Sutton
is a creative writing MFA candidate at the University of Miami. Her poems have appeared in Moonsick Magazine, THRUSH, The Fem and Tinderbox, among others. In 2011, she graduated from Columbia College Chicago, where she majored in Poetry and minored in Television Writing. She is the Poetry Editor for |tap| magazine and the Web Editor for HEArt Online. She can be found at


ericEric Wong
is a former high school speech and debate coach, aspiring comics scholar, and general ne’er-do-well. He graduated in 2010 from the Johnston Center of Integrative Studies at the University of Redlands with an emphasis in creative writing and sequential art. He is currently pursuing an MFA in comics at California College of the Arts.  If you’re interested in his crazed ramblings, check out his comics podcast Sequential Smarter and his comic theory articles