Dane Hamann


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.

Selected Works: “[Q & A]”, “Two Poems”“Fifty-Two Card Pickup”

Website: danehamann.com

Denise Nichole Andrews

twitter: @denisenicohle

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.

Selected Works: “Four Letter Words”, “Silk”, “Velvet Currents”, “The True Value of Black Women: High in Demand”, “Forget About the Men: Lemonade is a Thank You to the Queens Who Raised Us”

Website: denisenicholeandrews.com

Instagram: denisenicholeandrews

Medium: @DeniseNicholeAndrews

Kyle Dacuyan

twitter: @kyle_decoy

He is new to New York and newer to Twitter. His trinity is the pink triangle of poetry, performance, and activism. He writes about diaspora and queer desire, and makes political cabaret with a performance collective, CITIZENS UNITED. He is an Emerging Poets Fellow at Poets House and was a 2017 Pushcart Prize nominee. He has received support from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and Academy of American Poets. His work has been shown at Cloud City, Ars Nova, Le Petit Versailles, and as part of the Philly FringeArts Festival. Kyle received his MFA in Poetry from Emerson College, where he served as Poetry Editor of Redivider.

Selected Works: “Two Poems”, “My Mother Was a Bodybuilder“, “Whalemouth“, “As One to One is Coffled”

Website: kyledacuyan.com

Instagram: kyle_decoy