Alina (Ali) Viknyanskiy is a cartoonist and writer who works with traditional media to tell stories through comics. Her writing consists of short memoirs and observations and her pieces are created with heart and shameless freedom. She graduated with Graphic Design and Illustration degrees from Missouri State University in 2018 and is currently based in Springfield, MO. Ali’s work has been featured in Driftwood Press, Issue 6.2, and in Aquifer: The Florida Review Online. The best way to keep up with Ali and her work is through her Instagram page @hey.grandma.
Jennifer Murvin’s stories, essays, and graphic narrative have appeared in The Southampton Review, The Pinch, DIAGRAM, The Florida Review, Catamaran Literary Reader, CutBank, Indiana Review, Post Road, American Short Fiction, The Sun, Mid-American Review, The Cincinnati Review, and other journals. She was the winner of the 2015 American Short(er) Fiction Contest, judged by Stuart Dybek. Jen teaches creative writing at Missouri State University and is recurring faculty for the bi-annual River Pretty Writers Retreat. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific University and is the owner of Pagination Bookshop in Springfield, MO. Find more at JenniferMurvin.com.
Chloe Martinez is a poet and scholar of South Asian religions. Her forthcoming chapbook, Corner Shrine, was selected by Geffrey Davis as the winner of the 2019 Backbone Press Chapbook Competition, and her poems have appeared in Waxwing, Prairie Schooner, The Common, and elsewhere. She is the Program Coordinator for the Center for Writing and Public Discourse at Claremont McKenna College, as well as Lecturer in Religious Studies. She’s vaguely on Twitter @chloepoet; see more of her work at chloeAVmartinez.com.