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The American Poetry Journal

Issue 17 Contributors

Neil Aitken is the author of two books of poetry, Babbage’s Dream (Sundress 2017) and The Lost Country of Sight (Anhinga 2008), winner of the Philip Levine Prize. He is the founding editor of Boxcar Poetry Review, and his own poems have appeared in The Adroit Journal, American Literary Review, The Collagist, Crab Orchard Review, Ninth Letter, Southern Poetry Review, and many other literary journals. Born in Vancouver, BC, Neil grew up in Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, and various parts of western United States and Canada. He now resides in Vancouver, Washington, where he works as a creative writing coach and workshop facilitator. He also co-directs De-Canon: A Visibility Project, a mobile reading library that showcases work by writers of color. Visit him online at


Nadia Alexis was raised in Harlem, NYC, to Haitian immigrants. Her poetry has been published in Kweli Journal, Texas Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. She was the featured visual artist in TORCH Journal’s 2016 Spring/Summer issue and was published in the Mfon: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora 2017 anthology. A Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Anthology nominee, she received a scholarship from the Fine Arts Work Center and has received fellowships from the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop and The Watering Hole. She is a 2018-2019 Scholar in the Carr Center Independent Scholars Fellowship program. Currently a third-year poetry MFA candidate at the University of Mississippi, she’s working on her first full-length poetry manuscript and building bodies of photographic works. More at

Ivy Alvarez is the author of The Everyday English Dictionary (London: Paekakariki Press), Hollywood Starlet (Chicago: dancing girl press), Disturbance (Wales: Seren Books), and Mortal. Her latest, Diaspora, Vol. L, is forthcoming from Paloma Press (California, 2019). A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, her work appears in many publications, including two appearances in Best Australian Poems, with several poems translated into Russian, Spanish, Japanese, and Korean. Born in the Philippines and raised in Australia, she lived almost a decade in Wales before moving to New Zealand in 2014. Social media: Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Lauren Camp is the author of four books, including One Hundred Hungers, winner of the Dorset Prize and finalist for the Arab American Book Award. Her most recent collection is Turquoise Door. Her poems have appeared in Poem-a-Day (The Academy of American Poets), Slice, Poetry International, Third Coast, and elsewhere. In 2018, she presented her poems on dementia at the original Mayo Clinic and for an Alzheimer's Association Caregivers Conference. She lives and teaches in New Mexico. Her website:

Donavon Davidson is the author of The Last Place on Earth (2017) and Everything is Conditional Love Poems (2016), published by Empty City Press, and the nominee for a Pushcart Prize.  His poems have appeared in many online and print journals, including Spork, Clockhouse, Thirteen Myna Birds, The American Poetry Journal, Anti-, Stirring, Bird's Thumb, Sink Review, InDigest, Blood Lotus, decomP, Black Heart, Dressing Room, Pirene’s Fountain, Identity Theory, ditch, FRiGG, Softblow, Juked, Pedestal, MiPOesias, Prick of the Spindle, Word Riot, and many others.

Stevie Edwards is the founder and editor-in-chief of Muzzle Magazine and senior editor in book development at YesYes Books. She is the author of poetry collections Good Grief (Write Bloody, 2012) and Humanly (Small Doggies, 2015), as well as poetry chapbook Sadness Workshop (Button Poetry, 2018). She holds an MFA from Cornell University and is a PhD student at University of North Texas. Her poems have been published in Crazyhorse, Pleaides, 32 Poems, West Branch, and elsewhere. 

Rebekah Miron was recently awarded a Distinction for her master's work in Creative Writing at the University of Cambridge. Her poetry has been published by The Cadaverine, The Kindling, Bind Collective, Poets Reading the News, and broadcasted by Project Censored (syndicated to over 40 radio stations in the US from New York to Maui). Her non-fiction work entitled "Five Migraines" was shortlisted for the 2018 VanderMey Non-Fiction Prize. Rebekah currently lives in Zurich, Switzerland, and previously was Editor of The Mays Anthology XXIV alongside Guest Editors, Roger Mcgough and Rupi Kaur.  Website:

Social Media: Facebook and Twitter.


A 2017 NJ Council on the Arts poetry fellow, Nicole Rollender is the author of the poetry collection, Louder Than Everything You Love (Five Oaks Press), and four poetry chapbooks. She has won poetry prizes from Gigantic Sequins, CALYX Journal, Princemere Journal, and Ruminate Magazine; and her work appears in Alaska Quarterly Review, Best New Poets, The Journal, and Ninth Letter. Nicole is managing editor of THRUSH Poetry Journal, and holds an MFA from the Pennsylvania State University. Visit her online at

Her social accounts: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Raised in Mississippi and educated at Scotland’s Glasgow School of Art, Noah Saterstrom’s paintings, drawings, and animations have been shown most recently in Nashville, TN; Asheville, NC; New York, NY; New Orleans, LA; Seattle, WA; Brooklyn, NY; Tucson, AZ; and Glasgow, Scotland. He has published essays and book collaborations with writers including Laynie Browne, Anne Waldman, and Kate Bernheimer. He is the founder of the online art journal, and a regular contributor to Nashville Arts Magazine. His painting “Road to Shubuta” was acquired by the Mississippi Museum of Art in 2018. He is a lecturer at Belmont University.

Sophie Segura was born in Ireland and lives in Argentina. Recent poems have been included in About Place Journal; Glass Poets Resist; Irish journals The Well Review and The Honest Ulsterman; and in Autonomy, an Irish-edited anthology on bodily autonomy. You can find Sophie on Twitter 

Burgi Zenhaeusern's poems appear/are forthcoming in Zone 3, Diagram, Oversound, UCity Review (noteworthy poet), and elsewhere. She co-edited the translations of the poetry anthology Knocking on the Door of the White House (zozobra publishing, 2017). Find her at or on Twitter.

Noah Saterstrom
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