Matthew Burgess is an Assistant Professor at Brooklyn College. He is the author of a poetry collection, Slippers for Elsewhere (UpSet Press, 2014), and two children’s books, Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E. Cummings (Enchanted Lion Books, 2015) and The Unbudgeable Curmudgeon (Knopf, 2019). He edited an anthology of visual art and writing titled Dream Closet: Meditations on Childhood Space (Secretary Press, 2016), as well as a new collection titled Spellbound: The Art of Teaching Poetry (Teachers & Writers Collaborative, 2019). A poet-in-residence in New York City public schools since 2001, he also serves as a contributing editor of Teachers & Writers Magazine.
Susan Karwoska is a writer, editor, and teacher. She is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship in Fiction; a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace residency for emerging artists; and residencies at the Ucross Foundation and at Cummington Community of the Arts. From 2005-2014 she was the editor of Teachers & Writers Magazine and currently serves on its editorial board. She is also on the board of the New York Writers Coalition, and has served on NYFA’s artist advisory board. She writes and edits for a variety of publications and organizations, works as a writer-in-the-schools, and lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she is at work on a novel.
Meher Manda is a poet, short story writer, culture critic, and educator from Mumbai, India, currently based in New York City. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the College of New Rochelle where she founded the literary journal, The Canopy Review. Meher has taught poetry and writing workshops at the College of New Rochelle, Manhattanville College, Langston Hughes House, Central Library Queens and as a teaching artist in public schools. Her debut chapbook of poetry, Busted Models was published by No, Dear Magazine in Fall 2019. Her fiction and poetry has appeared in Epiphany Magazine, Los Angeles Review, Glass Poetry, Lumina, Newtown Literary, and is forthcoming in Hobart Pulp and They Rise Like A Wave: An Anthology of Asian American Poetry. As a journalist, her work has appeared in Bustle, Scroll, Firstpost, and elsewhere. She is currently at work on her debut poetry manuscript and a short story collection, both centred around Indian women.
Matthew MATTMATT RADIO Thompson is a Black American poet, comedian & filmmaker from Cleveland, Ohio. Thompson is an alum of The New School’s MFA writing program. He also is a Lambda Literary, Cave Canem, and Winter Tangerine Review fellow. Thompson has work published in The Seventh Wave Magazine, Racebaitr, Bomb Magazine, Juked Poetry, and elsewhere. He has performed and shown his filmwork across the U.S. and internationally including: Melrose Ballroom, Pratt Institute, and Godsbanen Museum. Stay tapped in @mattmattradio.
Amanda Volel is a poet and educator from Queens, New York. She has a BA in English Writing from DePauw University and an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College in Creative Writing, poetry. Her work explores familial inheritance while navigating belonging, identity and desire. Her poems source silence for stories. She joined T&W in December 2018 as a Teaching Artist and currently works with T&W as a Communications & Development associate.
Asari Beale is a writer, advocate for children’s literacy, and the Executive Director of Teachers & Writers Collaborative. Prior to joining Teachers & Writers, she served as a fundraising and communications professional at Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service and Reach Out and Read of Greater New York. In addition, she has taught literature and creative writing at Hunter College, Brooklyn College, and Fordham University.
Azka Anwar is a writer and editor from Karachi, Pakistan. She was previously an editor at the Oxford University Press and is now attending The New School on a Fulbright grant. Azka is getting her MFA in Nonfiction and is currently at work on a collection of essays.
Trace Howard DePass is the author of Self-portrait as the space between us (PANK Books, 2018), which was a finalist for the 2019 Eric Hoffer Book Prize. His work has been featured on screen and radio—BET Next Level, Billboard, Blavity, Poetry Foundation, Ours Poetica, and NPR’s The Takeaway—and in print— SAND Journal, Entropy Magazine, Sonora Review, Split This Rock, The Poetry Project, Bettering American Poetry (Volume 3), & Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day series. DePass is a Poetry Foundation, Teaching Artist Project, & Poets House Fellow.
Annabel Paulsen is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn. She holds a BA from New York University, and is currently pursuing her MFA in fiction through the New School. Her critical essays, which often focus on gender and pop culture, have been published in NeoText, Electric Literature, Document Journal, and Riot Fest Mag.