& The What Now

Poem from the Greek poíēma, meaning a thing made. Poet defined in ancient terms as the maker of things. See William Carlos William’s “little machines,” among others. Seer, another kind of engineer, conditioned by material and structural realities, both working within and pushing against the constraints of medium to power radically reimagined futures. Language as a lever, a wedge, or a screw, an elemental human instrument of magic modifying motion and force to perform the most difficult of labors, love—itself a simple machine.

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& The Whom

Guest Editors

Ashley M. Jones (she/hers) || SM No. 1 Engines of Change || Ashley is the author of dark//thing (Pleiades Press). Ashley’s book, REPARATIONS NOW!, is forthcoming from Hub City Press. She teaches creative writing at the Alabama School of Fine Arts and directs the Magic City Poetry Festival in Birmingham, Alabama.

Tongo Eisen-Martin (he/his) || SM No. 2 Epochal Shift || Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Tongo is the founder of Black Freighter Press. His 2017 book Heaven Is All Goodbyes (City Lights) received the 2018 California Book Award for poetry, a 2018 American Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize. He is the poet laureate of San Francisco.

Marwa Helal (she/hers) || SM No. 3 Pandemonium || Marwa is the author of Invasive species (Nightboat Books, 2019) and winner of BOMB Magazine’s Biennial 2016 Poetry Contest. She is also the author of the chapbook I AM MADE TO LEAVE I AM MADE TO RETURN (No, Dear/Small Anchor Press, 2017) and has been awarded fellowships from the Jerome Foundations, NYFA/NYSCA, Poets House, and Cave Canem, among others. Born in Al Mansurah, Egypt, she currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Founding Editor-in-Chief

M. Bartley Seigel (he/his) || Matt is poet laureate of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula; author of This Is What They Say (Typecast Publishing); and founding editor (emeritus) of PANK Magazine. His poetry regularly appears in journals such as DIAGRAM, Fourth River, Michigan Quarterly Review, Split Rock Review, Thrush, and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing and literature at Michigan Technological University. He teaches creative writing and literature and directs the writing center at Michigan Technological University. 

Art & Letterpress

Bonnie Loukus (she/hers) || Bonnie is an interdisciplinary visual artist and printmaker. She is the Assistant Director of the Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock, MI.

Daniel Schneider (he/his) || Daniel works at the intersection of book arts, printing, and industrial archaeology, focusing on mechanized work environments in manufacturing and extractive industries, the transformation of landscape, and creativity within mechanical constraint. He is the Letterpress Printer in Residence at the Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock, Michigan.


Julia Barnes (she/hers, they/theirs) || Julia is a Scientific and Technical Communication major with Psychology and Public Health minors at Michigan Technological University.

Anna DeBraber (she/hers) || Anna is an Applied Ecology and Environmental Science major with an emphasis in Communicating Natural Resources at Michigan Technological University.

Kady Gehrke (she/hers) || Kady is a Communication, Culture, and Media major with International Spanish and French minors at Michigan Technological University.

Editorial Board

Carlos M. Amador (he/his) || Carlos regularly publishes on 20th- and 21st-century Latin American (South America) cultural production, political theory, and ethics. He teaches Spanish and cultural studies at Michigan Technological University.

Stephanie Carpenter (she/hers) || Stephanie is the author of Missing Persons, winner of the Press 53 Award for Short Fiction. Her work has appeared in Witness, Big Fiction, Nimrod, Crab Orchard Review, and other journals. She is a former editor at Salt Hill and The Missouri Review. She teaches creative writing and literature at Michigan Technological University.

Amy Lyn Howard (they/theirs) || Amy is a poet and PhD candidate in the Rhetoric, Theory, and Culture program and serves as Assistant Director of Campus Diversity Initiatives at Michigan Technological University.

Kette Thomas (she/hers) || Kette is the author of “Haitian Zombie in its Religious Context” (Caribbean Vistas) and “With an Eye on a New set of Eyes: Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Journal of Religion and Film), among others. She teaches mythology, cinema, and literature at Michigan Technological University.

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