Khadijah Queen, dezirée brown, Hayli Cox, Jason Teal: May 20, 2017


Khadijah Queen is the author of Conduit (Akashic Books 2008), Black Peculiar (Noemi Press 2011), and Fearful Beloved (Argos Books 2015). Her verse play Non-Sequitur (Litmus Press 2015) won the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women’s Performance Writing. The prize included a full staged production of the play at Theaterlab NYC from December 10 – 20, 2015 by The Relationship.


dezireé a. brown is a black, queer woman poet and social justice warrior, born and raised in Flint, MI. They are currently an MFA candidate at Northern Michigan University, and often claim to have been born with a poem written across their chest. They are also an Associate Editor for Passages North and a poetry editor for Heavy Feather Review. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cartridge LitThe Boiler JournalPuerto Del SolPublic Pool, and the anthology Best “New” African Poets 2015, among others. They tweet at @deziree_a_brown.


Hayli M. Cox is an MA candidate at Northern Michigan University, studying writing and literature in Michigan’s Upper Penninsula. She serves as Fiction Editor for Heavy Feather Review as well as the event coordinator and founding member of a local volunteer organization, Pay It Forward. Her work has most recently been published in The Gateway Review (3rd Place Summer Writing Contest), Open Palm Print, and Hippocampus Magazine, with essays forthcoming in Paper Darts and Diagram. In her free time, she plays with Legos, walks her cat, and frequently indulges in Lake Superior night swims.


Jason Teal is a writer and editor living in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in Fiction at Northern Michigan University. He hosts the 2016-17 Bards & Brews Creative Reading Series with Andrea Scarpino, 2015-17 U.P. Poet Laureate. His work appears in Knee-JerkVestal ReviewSmokeLong QuarterlyLit.catBig Muddy, Fluland, and Matter Press, among other publications. Former Managing Editor for Mid-American Review and Production Assistant at Drunken Boat, he currently runs Heavy Feather Review. He has worked as a substitute teacher, production supervisor, delivery driver, and lifeguard. He volunteers with Harbor House Domestic & Sexual Violence Program Services in Marquette. Ask him how he knows Marjorie.

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