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The Team

Mary B. Sellers is a mermaid who likes glitter. Originally from Jackson, MS, Sellers is a recent graduate of Louisiana State University's Creative Writing MFA Program.

Rebecca Kokitus is a poet residing in the Philadelphia area. She is a student at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, where she studies English with a concentration in Writing.

 
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MARY B. SELLERS

☽✦founding editor

mary b. sellers is a mermaid who likes glitter. originally from jackson, ms, sellers is a recent graduate of louisiana state university's creative writing mfa program. while there, she worked on her frankenstein of a thesis, a hybrid novel, rapunzel has insomnia, which is part story collection, part fairy tale vignette, and part personal memoir, dealing with themes of mental illness and inheritance, the complexity of mother-daughter relationships, and childhood trauma. In her downtime, she likes drinking wine and eating tacos.

☾ Her stories and essays have been featured or are forthcoming in publications such as: Third Point Press, Moonchild Magazine, Sidereal Magazine, Crab Fat Magazine, The MFA Years, Permafrost Mag, Literary OrphansQueen Mob’s TeahouseNew Delta Review, and Moon Sick Magazine.

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✦download her cv/resume: here

✦twitter & instagram: @marybssellers

✦linkedin profile: here

 
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REBECCA KOKITUS

☽✦Poetry editor

rebecca kokitus is a poet residing in the philadelphia area. she is a student at west chester university of pennsylvania, where she studies english with a concentration in writing. her work has been published and is forthcoming in over a dozen literary journals.

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✦email her @ rebecca@awkwardmermaid.com

✦you can find her on twitter and instagram at: @rxbxcca_anna

✦you can read more of her writing on her website: here

 
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KRISTIN GARTH

☽✦contributing writer

Kristin Garth: Five:2: One, Glass, Yes, Anti-Heroin Chic, Occulum, Luna Luna, Yes & many more.  She has a chapbook Pink Plastic House (Maverick Duck Press), two forthcoming: Pensacola Girls (Bone & Ink Press, Sept 2018) and Shakespeare for Sociopaths (The Hedgehog Poetry Press Jan 2019).  Her full length, Candy Cigarette, is forthcoming April 2019 (The Hedgehog Poetry Press).

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Follow her on:

✦Twitter: (@lolaandjolie)

✦her weekly poetry column spidermirror.com/the-sonnetarium

✦her website kristingarth.wordpress.com

 

 
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ERIN VANCE

☽✦contributing writer & READER

Erin Emily Ann Vance is a writer from Black Diamond, Alberta. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Contemporary Verse 2, The Blasted Tree, Augur, and Coffin Bell Journal. Erin was a 2017 recipient of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Young Artist Prize, Nominated by Aritha van Herk, and a 2018 Finalist for the Alberta Magazine Awards in Fiction for her story “All the Pretty Bones” (filling station). Erin studied at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University Belfast in 2018. She will complete her MA in Creative Writing in August 2018 (The Art of Drowning in Haunted Waters is a gothic novel about Epilepsy and Pregnancy, supervised by Suzette Mayr), and will begin a MA in Irish Folklore and Ethnology at University College Dublin in 2019. Erin’s debut novel. Advice for Amateur Beekeepers and Taxidermists will be published by Stonehouse Publishing in 2019.

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✦email her @ erin@awkwardmermaid.com

✦Instagram and Twitter: @erinemilyann

✦Website: www.erinvance.ca

✦Blog: www.erinemilyann.wordpress.com

 
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CATHERINE GARBINSKY

☽✦assistant poetry editor

Catherine Garbinsky is a writer, a witch, and a worrier living in Northern California. She holds a degree in The Poetics of Transformation: Creative Writing, Religion, and Social Justice from the University of Redlands. Catherine’s chapbook of Ursula Le Guin erasures, All Spells Are Strong Here, is part of the Ghost City Press 2018 Summer Series. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in L’éphémére Review, Rose Quartz Journal, Venefica Magazine, Cauldron Anthology, and others. Twitter: @mrsgrrrbinsky

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✦Twitter: @mrsgrrrbinsky

 

AILEY O'TOOLE

☽✦poetry editor

Ailey O'Toole is a queer poet and bartender who writes about feminism, empathy, and pain. She hopes everyone who reads her poems feels less alone in their struggle. When she's not writing, she collects tattoos and tries to teach herself string theory. Her work has previously appeared in After the Pause, Ghost City Review, Rising Phoenix Review, Rose Quartz Journal, Bone and Ink Press, and others. She is the poetry editor for Rose Quartz Journal and a contributing writer for Pussy Magic Press. Her debut poetry collection "GRIEF, AND WHAT COMES AFTER" is due out from Rhythm and Bones Lit, December 2018.

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✦She tweets at @ms_ocoole.

email her at: ailey@awkwardmermaid.com

 
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AMY ELSIE PARKES

☽✦contributing READER

Amy Elsie Parkes is a queer and mentally ill Maltese-Canadian poet from Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia. She attends UNC-Greensboro pursuing an MFA in poetry, and is a member of the North Carolina Writers' Network. Her current manuscript concentrates on grief and mental illness through a visual language of the coastal Canadian landscape. Her father was a sailor and her mother was a scientist--Amy is the resulting mermaid. Wanderer, reader, and whale-tattoo collector (current count: 3 of 15), she runs a literary citizenship blog called Not Your Mother's Bookshelf. She has work in or forthcoming with Voice4, Estuary, The Cauldron Anthology, Umbel & Panicle, and Post Ghost Press (Jan 2019).

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✦Twitter: @blameames

✦Links: EstuaryCauldron Anthology: SeerUmbel and Panicle: Corolla

 
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CLARE LOUISE HARMON

☽✦contributing BLOGGER

Clare Louise Harmon is the author of the forthcoming The Thingbody: Expanded & Revised for the Post-Irrevocable (Instar Books, 2019). Her poems have appeared in Sixth Finch, Tammy, The Cider Press Review, The Feminist Wire, Sundog Lit, and elsewhere. She lives in New Orleans with her rescue dog, Tinkerbell.

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✦tWEETS AT:  @thehegelproject

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JENNA VELEZ

☽✦contributing READER

Jenna Velez is a queer writer, poet, and landlocked sea witch from suburban Philadelphia. She seeks to live in the hard-to-reach shadows of identity, relationships, trauma, spirituality, sexuality, and social justice. Her work is previously published or forthcoming in yell/shout/scream journal, Rising Phoenix Review, Burning House Press, Tiny Flames Press, Vessel Press, and Rose Quartz Journal. She is also a regular contributing writer for both Vessel Press and Rose Quartz Journal. she is also a contributing writer for rose quartz journal, vessel press, and pussy magic press.

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✦Her Twitter: @northernbruja

✦Her Instagram: @jennamv555

✦Website: jennavelez.weebly.com