He lives with his girlfriend and three cats in an old canal town that’s surprisingly one of the hillier suburbs of Chicago. When he finds the time, he enjoys running and biking up those hills. His poetry examines the influence of the built and natural environments on the sense of self and place. He also enjoys painting and drawing and has a fondness for ekphrastic poetry.
He works as an editor for a textbook publisher dealing with a wide variety of subjects, from electrical systems to pastry techniques to green building and sustainability. He also serves as the poetry editor for TriQuarterly, the literary magazine of Northwestern University, where he earned his MFA in Creative Writing.
Denise Nichole Andrews
She is an editor, educational activist, and community organizer. She creates online and offline spaces that promote thought, unity, love, and the advancement of youth and families.
In addition to mobilizing the masses through inclusive modes of education and mentorship, she plays a mean blues bass guitar and can sing her heart out. Her work focuses on identity, culture, and spirituality in various genres and mediums. Every melody is a divine proclamation of perseverance despite adversity. She received her MFA from Lindenwood University, where she studied creative nonfiction, poetry, fiction, screenwriting. As a correspondent and reporter for multiple media sites and campaigns, she was able to carve out her own path of authentic storytelling. Recently, she was announced as a 2017 Voices of the Year Honoree by Blogher, a forum that showcases the innovations and creations of brilliant minds across the world.