Summer Contest Contributors

Ximena Gomez is a Colombian poet, psychologist, and translator, who now lives in Miami. Her poems have appeared in Nagari, Conexos, Círculo de Poesía, Carátula, Raíz Invertida, Ligeia, La Libélula Vaga and Espacio poético 4, and bilingually in the North American journals Sheila-Na-Gig, Nashville Review, Cigar City and Cagibi. She was finalist for the Best of the Net award for 2018 with her poem Last Day. A collection of her poems, Habitación con moscas, was published by Editorial Torremozas (Madrid 2016). Her fiction has appeared in the New Anthology of Hispano-American Poetry and Narrative, Lord Byron Ediciones (Madrid 2017). Her translations of North American poetry have been published in Alastor, Conexos, Carátula, Nagari, and Raíz Invertida. She is the translator of the George Franklin’s bilingual collection of poems, Among the Ruins / Entre las ruinas (Katakana Editores 2018) and a bilingual collection of her poetry Último día/Last Day is going to be published soon by Katacama Editores.


Ashley Hand is a service academy graduate and spent her twenties as one of the only women in a special operations unit deploying around the world. She left the military last year in order to pursue an MFA at Cornell. Her most recent work is forthcoming in the Tahoma Literary Review, South Dakota Review, and Red Rock Review.


Forester McClatchey is a poet from Atlanta, GA. His poems appear in Pleiades, Bayou Magazine, and Thrush, among other journals.


Kaylie Saidin is an MFA student at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Catamaran Literary Reader, upstreet #15, Bridge Eight, and elsewhere.


Abby Walthausen’s fiction has appeared in GiganticVol. 1 Brooklyn, the Made in LA anthology, Santa Monica Review, and is forthcoming in Sycamore Review. She has also contributed to The Paris Review Daily, The Public Domain Review,The Atlantic online, Zocalo Public Square, Atlas Obscura, Common-place, Mutha, Extra Crispy, LARB, Lithub, and Electric Literature. She lives in Echo Park, Los Angeles where she guides a tour about 20th century printmaker Paul Landacre, and is at work on a novel, St. Cyr.