Jarad Bruinstroop is a poet living in Brisbane. He recently completed an Honours year in poetry at QUT focusing on visual and hybrid poetics. His work has previously been published in Cordite Poetry Review.

Laura Kenny is a PhD candidate in creative writing at Queensland University of Technology who writes poetry and prose. Her autobiographical fiction has been shortlisted for the Josephine Ulrick Literature Prize and published in the Review of Australian Fiction. She has read her poetry at various venues including the Queensland Poetry Festival.

Cyril Wong is a poet, fictionist and critic in Singapore.

AL LIM is a student at Yale-NUS College. Part-Thai and Singaporean, he studied in Sydney and South Carolina before returning to Singapore to serve National Service. He is president of the Yale-NUS Literary Collective and Southeast Asian Society. He has also been published in Unseen the Magazine, OF ZOOS, and the SingPoWriMo 2016 anthology.

Anisa Nandaula is an 18 year old up and coming spoken word poet. She is the current Queensland slam poetry champion and a runner up for the National Australian Slam final. Her political poetry focuses on highlighting social issues, while educating and engaging people to have difficult discussions on these issues. Anisa is one of the lead organisers for poetry organisation Voices of Colour and aims to elevate the voices of people of colour in the poetry scene.

Austyn Degelman is a poet and student from Texas. She is the vice president of Mic Check Poetry, a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. She takes coffee making too seriously. She is glad to be anywhere.

Lino Anunciacion is a Texas-Transplant spoken-word poet from Florida. Currently an English undergrad at Texas A&M University. He has written five chapbooks, one of which has been published by the TCU Undergraduate journal eleven40seven. He has individual works published (or forthcoming) in publishing journals such as alien mouth, pressure gauge press, Write About Now, and The Eckleburg Project. He is the President of Mic Check Poetry and Senior MediaManager for Write Bloody Publishing. He serves as the Mic Check 2016 Slam Champion, and member of the 2016 Mic Check Southern Fried Team (7th Place). He has a small obsession with blurry lights, talks too much with his hands, and is deathly afraid of deep water.

Cecily Schuler is a Brooklyn-based genderqueer writer and performer. Their work is featured in the Offing, great weather for MEDIA, Duende and elsewhere. They are an assistant editor at Drunken Boat, and run Union Square Slam, a weekly poetry open mic and slam in the heart of New York City every Tuesday. While receiving an MFA in Writing and Social Activism at the Pratt Institute, and attending residencies at Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, the Home School and the Vermont Studio Center, they’ve been working on a full-length experimental poetic memoir of sorts. Cecily’s chapbook, 296, is available from Next Left Press.

Jordan Cooley is a senior at Texas A&M University, but is spending her last semester drinking wine in France, feverishly trying to find the intersection of being a queer woman, a writer, and an ally. Her work has been previously published by The Eckleburg Project, Write About Now Poetry, and Mic Check Poetry.

Claire Fitzpatrick is a journalist, author, and poet. She’s currently the Australian Horror Writers Association Shadows Awards Coordinator, and a news radio journalist at 4ZZZ. Visit her at

valli poole is an Australian poet who runs Blank Rune Press, a small press

Poet, dancer, and performance artist Arielle Cottingham burst into the world of spoken word in the spring of 2014, climbing to become the Australian Poetry Slam National Champion almost exactly two years later. With a fiery tongue and a taste for rhythm, her work explores the often brutal and bittersweet intersection of identity, culture, and an increasingly hostile world’s rejection of both.