Kirin Khan is a Pukhtuna writer from Albuquerque, NM, whose work explores immigration, violence, and belonging. She currently lives in Oakland, CA, and works as a Senior Analyst for YouGov. Kirin is a 2016 VONA Voices alum, a 2017 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow, and an upcoming 2017 Grotto Fellow. Her work has appeared in many publications, including Uproot, sPARKLE & bLINK, and 7×7.LA. Kirin is currently working on her first novel.
Geri Lipschultz has an MFA from Iowa and a PhD from Ohio University. She has work forthcoming in DISARM, by Black Heart Publishing and in great weather for MEDIA. She has published in the New York Times, College English, Kalliope, and Black Warrior Review among others. She has a story and a poem in Pearson’s college anthology, Literature: Introduction to Reading and Writing, as well as a story in Spuyten Duyvil’s The Wreckage of Reason II. Her books have been finalists for Eyewear Publishing, Subito Press, Gertrude Press, Black Lawrence Press and for Iron Horse Literary Review. She was awarded a Creative Artists in Public Service grant from New York State, and her one-woman show was produced by Woodie King, Jr. in NYC.
Sean J Mahoney lives with his wife, her mother, two Uglydolls, and three dogs in Santa Ana, CA. He works in geophysics. He believes in salsa, dark chocolate, and CBD. He believes that Judas was a way better singer than Jesus and that diatomaceous earth is a not well known enough gardening marvel.