Special Thanks To: All of our authors for your creativity, honesty and punk attitudes, Lindsey Heatherly for her ongoing support, Travis Cravey for being bodyguard and creating the “allure” for Verse, Chris G for her photography and friendship, Holly Rae Garcia for her beautiful soul and amazing dedication to this production, Sara Dobbie for picking things up and taking charge with kindness and open mindedness, Lisa Lerma Weber for joining our team with an open heart and talent, and last but not least – Rami Obeid, for being a good reason we do all of this.
Renee Agatep is from a dark cornfield in the Midwest. She once got dead last in the Richland County Fair Talent Show and her high school band director still hates her. She lives in Florida and is on Twitter @GoingByRenee.
Yelaina Anton hails from a small city outside Boston, USA and is currently studying Creative Writing at NUIG in Ireland. She writes fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, with a tendency to explore the ugly, the unknown, and the uncomfortable. Her work has been published in Perhappened Magazine, but she lives in fear that someday someone will ask her the difference between who and whom.
William Bortz (he/him) is a flawed husband, poet, and editor living in Des Moines, IA. His work appears in Okay Donkey, Empty Mirror, Turnpike Magazine, Back Patio Press, and others. His book of poems THE GRIEF WE’RE GIVEN will be published February 2021 from Central Avenue.
Caleb Berg is living in Santa Cruz, CA where he gardens and reads terrible student writing.
Elizabeth Bates is a wife and mother of three boys (one human child and two with tails)! She is a self-described introverted coffee addict. Bates earned her MA in English from Southern New Hampshire University in 2019. The inclusion of her poem in this issue of Versification marks her debut as a published poet. Bates is a high school English teacher in Washington state. Bates is currently hard at work on an untitled debut novel; she teases that this novel is genre-transcending, crossing the boundaries between realistic fiction, historical fiction, and psychological thriller categories.
Scott Bryan has sobered up and his wrists have healed. While barely maintaining the illusion of nonchalant productivity he has edited for Music in Minnesota, sold zines from Denver to D.C., found refuge in a pulsating community of underground lit mags, and produced enough self-indulgent insanity to occupy an entire website (getitawayfromme.com).
Jonathan Cardew is a spider. He has eight legs and seven hundred babies. This is his first published poem. Find him @cardewjcardew.
Amy Cameron is a teacher and lives in the Highlands of Scotland with her husband, son and tortoise. She writes poetry and prose which is observational and mildly funny, in her opinion. She tweets @AmyOCameron
David Calogero Centorbi is a poet living-experimenting-writing and being Vegan in Detroit Michigan. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona–if he remembers correctly, it was in the 90s. He was published in print mags–in the 90s–but they have all passed on. Now, in 2020, he has work forthcoming, The Daily Drunk, Brown Bag Online, Dreams Walking, and Windows Facing Windows. He would like to reassure everyone that he is not 100yrs old, but did hibernate from then until now. Twitter: @DavidCaCentorbi
Isaiah Duey doesn’t know why she writes, but in doing so she finds peace in herself.
Aleah Dye (she/her) primarily writes poetry, tending towards topics of morbidity, love, social justice, and philosophy. She is dreadfully afraid of imperfection and spiders, in no particular order. She has a one-eyed cat named Ivy and a one-track-minded (food!) cat named Rosebud. Aleah hopes to make hearts grow three sizes with her words. Read her latest work via publications like JHHF Review, Kissing Dynamite, and EX/POST MAGAZINE.
Follow her @bearsbeetspoet on Twitter.
Amy Ellis used to pay her rent self-publishing dirty books. Now she writes poems. Find her online at Amy-Ellis.com.
M.S. Evans is a writer and visual artist. Originally from Seattle, she currently lives in Butte, Montana.
When not writing, Evans can be found befriending feral cats, and fomenting revolution.
Her work has been published in Ice Floe, and Re-Side, and is soon to appear in Black Bough Poetry.
Shannon Frost Greenstein resides in Philadelphia with her children, soulmate, and cats. She is a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, a Contributing Editor for Barren Magazine, and a former Ph.D. candidate in Continental Philosophy. Shannon served as writer-in-residence for the Sundress Academy for the Arts and was selected as a NASA social media intern for an official launch from Cape Canaveral. Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, X-R-A-Y Lit Mag, Cabinet of Heed, Spelk Fiction, trampset, and elsewhere. Follow her at shannonfrostgreenstein.com or on Twitter at @mrsgreenstein. She comes up when you Google her.
Rich Giptar lives in a small flat in the south of the UK. Their anarchist views make them a punk, but their hair is usually quite greasy as well. They are a new writer, review books at richgiptar.wordpress.com and tweet @RichGiptar
Bethan Hay lives an island life in Orkney. She tries to write when her young children sleep, which is rarely. You can find her, and details of other publications on Twitter @bethanhay_
Zebulon Huset is a teacher, writer and photographer living in San Diego. His writing has recently appeared in Meridian, The Southern Review, Louisville Review, Fence, Rosebud, Atlanta Review, Texas Review and Fjords Review among others. He publishes a writing prompt blog Notebooking Daily and is the editor of the journal Coastal Shelf.
Brooke Kolcow is a queer writer living in Buffalo, NY. They currently volunteer as a mentor to teen writers at the Just Buffalo Writing Center and as the Snack Mechanic for Taco Bell Quarterly. @bkolcow
Colin Lubner writes (in English) and teaches (math) in southern New Jersey. His work has either appeared or will appear, temporally speaking. Recent pieces can be found through his Twitter: @no1canimagine0. He is keeping on keeping on.
Matt Maday is a writer and performer from Colorado. He has a B.A. in psychology from Fort Lewis College and a B.A. in English from the University of Northern Colorado. His mission is to utilize artistic cross-sector collaboration as a means to repurpose economic systems as humanitarian systems.
Mphae Charmaine Mashifane is a coffee lover, who expresses her being in poetry and photography.Her work has been published by the Journal of African Youth Literature, Botsotso, Kalahari Review, Poetry Potion and Visual Verse.
Nishtha is a law student who writes brutally honest pieces about things not brought up in public discourse.
Her other poems are due for feature in the Stare Magazine, the Mid-Heaven Magazine and the Teen Belle Magazine.
When not writing, she can usually be found dilly-dallying her way to college assignments.
Rami Obeid is a poet from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His mission statement is to make his writing as honest as it can be. He lives in a subway car and listens to Gypsy Jazz.
Connor Orrico is a student and field recordist who likes stories of person/place and discourse->action on mental health and racial justice that doesn’t suck.
Noreen Ocampo is figuring out how to write. She is a Filipina American student pursuing English and film at Emory University, and she aims to work in the intersection of storytelling and education someday.
Jeanna Paden (she/her) is known to hide TV remotes when no one is looking and sometimes writes tiny poems on the wall. She is a freelance health and wellness writer, copywriter, and poet from Tennessee. Her work has been published by Foothill: A Journal of Poetry, Her Culture, Pulp Poets Press, and others. Connect with her on Twitter or Instagram @HalfwayToItBlog.
Olúwádáre Pópóọla is a 19-year old Nigerian poet, a student of Microbiology and a Sports Writer for a media company. He writes from a city named by rocks and longs to see the world without discrimination of any form.
D.T. Robbins is a writer out of Rancho Cucamonga, California. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Hobart, Bending Genres, Ghost City Review, Trampset, X-R-A-Y, and others. He’s the founding editor of Rejection Letters. He tweets at @dt_robbins.
L Scully (they/them) is a queer writer and double Capricorn currently based in Madrid. Find them in the ether @LRScully.
Abigail Swire writes things, does a lot of things, sometimes in disguise, but mainly she’s just a dribble on time’s fabric.
Yash Seyedbagheri is a graduate of Colorado State University’s MFA program in fiction. A native of Idaho, Yash’s work is forthcoming or has been published in WestWard Quarterly, Café Lit, and Ariel Chart, among others.
Anthony Salandy is a 19-year-old mixed-race poet & writer who enjoys the pastoral as well as the depth of human sentiment and action and tries in earnest to express this in his poetry. Anthony travels frequently and has spent most of his life in Kuwait jostling between the UK & America. Anthony’s work has been published 16 times in Kuwait Times (‘Half Kuwaiti?’ ARS), Twisted Vine Literary Journal, JHHF Review, Perhappened Literary Magazine, The Mark Literary Review, etc. Anthony has 1 published chapbook entitled ‘The Great Northern Journey’. Aside from writing, Anthony is an avid polyglot who loves to learn new languages. Anthony is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Sociology.
Julene Tripp Weaver, a native New Yorker lives in Seattle, where she writes and has a psychotherapy practice. She has studied Chinese and Western herbal medicine, is a certified green witch in the Wise Woman Tradition, and wildcrafts for personal use. Her second full size poetry book, truth be bold—Serenading Life & Death in the Age of AIDS, was nominated for a Lambda and won the Bisexual Book Award. Find more of her work at www.julenetrippweaver.com. Twitter: @trippweavepoet
Charlotte Van Werven writes under the rainy sky in the Pacific Northwest. Follow them on Twitter for shenanigans and insomniatic poetry: @cvanwerven
Thomas Zimmerman’s morning playlist shuffle, as of this writing, came up old school: John Lennon, Talking Heads, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Sleater-Kinney, Bob Dylan.