Please join us as we host poets (and editors) Berry Grass, Raena Shirali, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, and Alina Pleskova
Berry Grass has lived in Kansas City, Tuscaloosa, & now Philadelphia. Their essays & poems appear in DIAGRAM, The Normal School, Barrelhouse, and The Wanderer, among other publications. When they aren't reading submissions as Nonfiction Editor of Sundog Lit, they are embodying what happens when a Virgo watches too much professional wrestling.
Raena Shirali is the author of GILT (YesYes Books, 2017). A Pushcart Prize recipient, Shirali’s honors include a Philip Roth Residency at Bucknell University’s Stadler Center for Poetry, a Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, a Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize, & a “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize. Born in Houston, Texas, & raised in Charleston, South Carolina, the Indian American poet earned her MFA from The Ohio State University. She currently lives in Philadelphia, where she works for a literacy outreach nonprofit, serves as Poetry Editor for Muzzle Magazine, and is on the editorial team for Vinyl.
Kayleb Rae Candrilli is author of What Runs Over with YesYes Books, which is a 2017 finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in transgender poetry. Candrilli serves as an assistant poetry editor for BOAAT Press and they hold an MFA and an MLIS from the University of Alabama. They live in Philadelphia with their partner.
Alina Pleskova is: a poet, editor, switch, badly in need of a haircut. Alina Pleskova was: a Hebrew school dropout, recently commended for being good company on long car rides, not made in America. What Urge Will Save Us, her first chapbook, was published by Spooky Girlfriend Press in April 2017. She's at alinapleskova.com but, truthfully, often misses having a livejournal.