"Praise our hands & throats each incantation, a jubilee of a people dreaming wildly Despite the dirt beneath our feet or the wind pushing against our greatest efforts..."
Patrick Anderson Jr.
Patrick Anderson Jr. received his BA in English from Florida State University and his MFA in Creative Writing from University of Central Florida. He has had short stories and essays published in various e-zines and print journals such as Prick of the Spindle, Silverthought, Miambiance, Sex and Murder Magazine, Ghostlight Magazine, Existere Journal, Midwest Literary Magazine, and The Worcester Review. His short story collection, Boiling Point, was released in March 2013, and his first novel, Quarter Life Crisis, was released in August of 2014.
Audi Barnes is a Black, writer from Florida with an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida. She primarily writes poetry, essay, and cross-genre works. Audi’s current project is a cross-genre poetry collection inspired by W.E.B. Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk. It explores the mental division of the self created by racial injustice against Black people.
Melanie Farmer is a Central Florida based writer and educator who holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida. She is the winner of a 2019 Intro Journals Award from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, and is the first winner of the Hurston/Wright Foundation's Crossover Award in literary nonfiction sponsored by ESPN's The Undefeated. She is the director of the Visiting Writers Series at Trinity Prep School in Winter Park, and her work is forthcoming in The Tampa Review.
Malcolm Kelly is a lover of words and rhymes with his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida. Whether nonfiction, poetry, or spoken word, his words are often built with an intent to offend and upend colonized comfort, and his writing often hones in on the breaking of black bodies, the construction of black strength, the carving out of queer identity, and the embracing of tribulations. He believes pain is a baptism, a sermon of learning and strife. It's when we are the most uncomfortable that we learn the most about ourselves and the lives around us.
Erica Rudnick Macalintal
Erica Rudnick Macalintal is a graduate of UCF's MFA Creative Writing program. Her nonfiction works explore themes such as identity, trauma, spirituality, and escapism as they are processed in the immediacy. In addition to an MFA, Erica holds graduate level certification in professional writing and acts as an adjunct instructor in undergraduate research composition. Her expertise also includes technical writing, editing, and research evaluation for the healthcare industry. Her interests outside of writing include husband Ken, dog Esteban, and mastering Dead Eye in Red Dead Redemption II.
Jasmin Pittman Morrel
Jasmin Pittman Morrell spends much of her time with words, stories, and in celebration of story--she's passionate about the power of imagination to foster individual and collective healing. She's a writer and editor for The Porch Magazine and other publications, as well a freelance writing coach and workshop facilitator. Jasmin is an organizer for Porch Stories, a series of storytelling events hosting storytellers, musicians, and a community committed to the common good. She's also treasured serving as producer of the Movies & Meaning film festival. She's a soon-to-be graduate of the MFA program out of Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia. Alongside her family, Jasmin is grateful to call the mountains of western North Carolina home.
Jada A. Reyes (she/her) is a poet, artist and abolitionist based in Orlando, Florida where she is both making and studying poetry at UCF. Her work can be found in Kissing Dynamite Poetry, on the Working Title Podcast, and in Prolit Magazine.