notes on issue 3 contributors
Dua Al Bostani Al Fattohi is a poet and English language teacher from Hama, Syria. She is currently working to complete her dissertation in the field of criticism and literary theory to earn a Master’s in English Literature. Clara Burghelea is a Romanian-born poet with an MFA in Poetry from Adelphi University. Recipient of the Robert Muroff Poetry Award, her poems and translations appeared in Ambit, HeadStuff, Waxwing and elsewhere. Her collection The Flavor of the Other is scheduled for publication in 2019 with Dos Madres Press. She is the current Poetry Editor of The Blue Nib. Maia Elsner grew up between Oxford and Mexico City, with stints in France and Italy. Her poems have been published in UK, US and Canadian journals, including Blackbox Manifold, Colorado Review, The Missouri Review, Willow Springs and The Ekphrastic Review. Her poems will be anthologised in the forthcoming collection of British-Latino writing, Un Nuevo Sol, published by flipped eye (November 2019). Sarala Estruch is a London-based poet and critic of European and Indian heritage. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals including Wasafiri, The North and The Poetry Review. In 2017, Sarala was a winner of the Poetry School/Nine Arches Press Primers mentorship and publication scheme. A pamphlet-length collection of her work appears in Primers: Volume Three (Nine Arches Press, 2018). Lisa Kelly’s first collection, A Map Towards Fluency, was published by Carcanet in June. Poems have appeared in Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches Press) and Carcanet’s New Poetries VII. Her pamphlets are Philip Levine’s Good Ear (Stonewood Press) and Bloodhound (Hearing Eye). Lisa has single-sided deafness and is also half Danish. Jiaoyang Li is a poet and translator from China. She is a recent graduate of Goldsmiths, University of London and currently an MFA candidate in poetry at New York University. She co-founded CLIP journal and also serves as a translation editor at Washington Square Review. Her work has appeared in 3:AM, Datableedzine, The Paper, Chinese News Magazine, Spittoon Magazine, among others. EMV Limbaga likes Earl Grey tea. She writes about cities and dead loved ones. Maxine Rose Munro grew up in the Shetland Islands. Having never once set foot off the islands, she left for Glasgow at age 18. The subsequent culture shock has never left her. Simona Nastac is a curator, critic and poet born in space. She studied Art History and Theory in Bucharest and holds an MA in Creative Curating from Goldsmiths University, London. In 2017 she published her first poetry book, The Depressing Colour of Honey (Tracus Arte, Bucharest), which won the Alexandru Mușina Prize for poetry debuts. She has performed at the European Poetry Festival London & Manchester and at various poetry venues and events in Romania. Serge ♆ Neptune is a London-based merman, poet, and translator. He is a former Faber Academy student and his work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Lighthouse, Banshee, Brittle Star, Ink Sweat & Tears and Strange Poetry. His debut pamphlet is due out with Broken Sleep Books in 2020. Golnoosh Nour was born in Tehran. After receiving her BA in English Literature, she moved to London to do an MA in Creative Writing. Her poetry collection Sorrows of the Sun was published in 2018 and her debut short story collection is due for publication in April 2020. Golnoosh has just completed a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing. Peter Scalpello is a poet and sexual health therapist from Glasgow, currently living and working in East London. ‘Status’ is his first ever published poem. Lydia Wei is a writer and artist from Gaithersburg, Maryland. Her work has been previously recognised by the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and the Young Poets Network, and has been published in Sine Theta Magazine and Chaleur Magazine. Jay G Ying is a poet, fiction writer, critic and translator based in Edinburgh. He is a winner of a 2019 New Poets Prize. His debut pamphlet Wedding Beasts was published by Bitter Melon in 2019 and is shortlisted for the Saltire-Calum MacDonald Award. His second pamphlet Katabasis will be published in 2020. He is a contributing editor at The White Review.