Ana Hurtado writes stories and poems about Quito, her hometown, and the city’s colonial aftermath. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing & Environment from Iowa State University in 2017 and currently teaches rhetoric and creative writing in Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Ana was born in Venezuela and carries the Caribbean with her, clear ocean waves pumping in her veins, yet Ecuador is her home and her inspiration. Magical realism defines her and her worldview. When she’s not teaching, she’s reading anthropological texts—she’s a big fan of Paper Cadavers—and learning new sheet pan dinner recipes. Her work has been published by Strange Horizons, Uncanny Magazine, RHINO Poetry, Noble/Gas Quarterly, Hinchas de Poesía, and others. The Apex Book of World SF: Volume 5 picked up one of Ana’s stories for the 2018 anthology.
- “El Cóndor del Machángara”
- “Día de los Difuntos”
- “Saturno: Avenida González Suárez, Lote 101, Quito, Ecuador”
- “Desaparecidos” & “Sol de Lluvia”
- “Soy un Caracol” & “Our School Security Guard Angelito Once Told Me a Story About His Mother as I Waited for Mine to Pick Me up from School”
Chrissy Martin is a poet writing about food, femininity, and more recently, illness. She is a PhD student at Oklahoma State University and a recent graduate from the Poetry MFA program at Columbia College Chicago. She also holds a BA in English from The University of Akron. She is the Poetry Editor for Arcturus and an editorial assistant for Cimarron Review; she previously served as an editor for Columbia Poetry Review and an editorial assistant at RHINO Poetry. When she’s not writing, she’s trying new baking ventures and sharing them with friends. She hasn’t mastered macarons yet, but she hopes to soon. She currently lives in Oklahoma with her boyfriend Ryan and their adorable puppy named Toby.
- “When I Say It’s Time to Go”
- “Rained In”
- “The Unnamed” and “The Unnamed”
- “Combination Pizza”
- “Poem While Eating Questionable Leftovers”
- “Banana Bread”
Emilia Phillips is the author of two poetry collections from the University of Akron Press, Signaletics (2013) and Groundspeed(2016), and three chapbooks, most recently Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike (Bull City Press, 2015). Her poems and lyric essays appear widely in literary publications including Agni, Boston Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, and elsewhere. She’s an assistant professor in the MFA Writing Program and the Department of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her third book, Empty Clip, will be published by the University of Akron Press Spring 2018.
Phillips is at work on a new poetry manuscript titled Thunder Thighs, a collection of lyric essays called Wound Revisions, and craft essays for the Ploughshares Blog. She is also in the initial stages of a digitization project that will feature contemporary poetry broadsides in an open access online gallery and she continues to review new collections of poetry for a number of publications.