Featured Writers


Amber Taliancich

Amber Taliancich received her MFA in fiction from the NEOMFA out of Cleveland State University and is the Co-founder and Essay Editor for Sidereal Magazine. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Entropy, Gigantic Sequins, The Pinch, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. She lives in Lakewood, OH, and you can connect with her on Twitter at @ambtali. 


Klae Bainter

Klae Bainter has written, and directed shows for both academia, and the fringe in Seattle, WA. in 2011 he wrote the short "Senior Showcase," which premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival, and in 2016 he directed the world premiere of "Winter Bird" (By Steve Treacy). Klae received his BA in creative writing from the University of Washington in 2015, and is currently pursuing his MFA in playwriting from Cleveland State University. He resides in Lakewood, Ohio, usually wears sensible shoes, and doesn't care for 311.


Conor Bracken

Conor Bracken is a poet and translator whose work has appeared in The Adroit Journal, At Length, Colorado Review, Diode, Indiana Review, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. His chapbook, Henry Kissinger, Mon Amour (Bull City Press, 2017), was selected by Diane Seuss as winner of the 2017 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. A former poetry editor at Gulf Coast, he received his MFA in poetry from the University of Houston and will be an assistant professor of English at the University of Findlay starting in Fall 2018.


Jacob Bremkamp

Jacob Bremkamp is a local playwright, composer, lyricist and librettist. His work has been produced in several college and fringe festivals around the East Coast, including staged readings in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, New York, and Washington DC. His most notable pieces are the one-act musicals, "Barbie Boy," "Evergreed," and, "The Spin," for which he wrote book, music and lyrics. The last two pieces received Awards in Excellence for an Emerging Playwright from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, as well as from The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. He is currently pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing at Cleveland State University.


Sydney Copeland

Sydney Copeland is a senior at the Cleveland School of the Arts majoring in Literary Arts. She is a youth intern at Twelve Literary Arts and is Cleveland's 2018 Youth Poetry Slam champion. Her poetry focuses on themes of womanism and social justice.


Teri Cross davis

Teri Ellen Cross Davis is the author of Haint, published by Gival Press and winner of the 2017 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. She is a Cave Canem fellow and has attended the Soul Mountain Writer’s Retreat, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She is on the Advisory Council of Split This Rock (a biennial poetry festival in Washington DC), a semi-finalist judge for the NEA's Poetry Out Loud and a member of the Black Ladies Brunch Collective. Her work has been published in many anthologies including: Bum Rush The Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem's First Decade, Growing Up Girl, Full Moon on K Street: Poems About Washington, DC, Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets & Emcees, The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks and Not Without Our Laughter: poems of joy, humor, and sexuality. Her work can be read or is forthcoming in the following journals: Poet Lore, North American Review, Gargoyle, Natural Bridge, Fledging Rag, Sligo Journal, ArLiJo, MiPOesias, Torch, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Delaware Poetry Review, Harvard Review, Tin House, Mom Egg Review, and the Caregifted and Puerto Del Sol blogs. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, she now lives in Maryland with her husband, poet Hayes Davis and their two children. She is the Poetry Coordinator for the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. Read more about her work at


Morgan E. Elswick

Morgan E. Elswick is a writer living in Cleveland, OH. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Playwriting.


Jason Harris

Jason Harris is an educator, poet, and NEOMFA candidate at Cleveland State University. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Winter Tangerine, TRACK//FOUR, OCCULUM, Longleaf Review, Wildness Journal, and others. He is the Managing Editor of BARNHOUSE Journal and lives in Cleveland, Ohio. Follow Jason on Twitter @j_harriswrites


JOE Kapitan

Joe Kapitan lives southwest of Cleveland. His fiction and creative non-fiction have appeared or will appear in Booth, The Cincinnati Review, Midwestern Gothic, PANK, Wigelaf, Notre Dame Magazine, and others. His collection of Ohio-based stories, CAVES OF RUST BELT, is being released in October 2018 from Tortoise Books. You can find Joe on Twitter @joekap64


Faith Kim

Faith Kim is a fun-loving 12th grader from the suburbs of Seattle, Kansas City, Boston, and, most recently, Cleveland. She is also the youngest of three and grew up diffusing fights and setting them ablaze in turn. She loves how stories can help people understand things in special, deep ways and dreams of creating stories that do so while being irresistibly fun. When she's not quietly observing the people around her or off discovering great stories, you'll find her happily making a ruckus at home with the people she loves.


Kate Kremer

Kate Kremer has developed work at the Public Theater, the Bushwick Starr, Dixon Place, SFX Fest, the Brick, the Motor Company, the Wild Project, Owl and Cat Theatre, StageFemmes, Three Cat Productions, New Ground Theatre, the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, and Firehouse Theatre, which awarded her 2nd place in their 2015 New American Play Competition. Her play Eye Heart Remote was a finalist for the 2017 Dennis & Victoria Ross Foundation Play Competition and an honorable mention for the 2018 Leah Ryan FEWW New Play Award. Productions are upcoming at the Figge Art Museum (fall 2018), Kenyon College (fall 2018), and Brooklyn College (spring 2019). Kate is the managing editor of the experimental play publishing company 53rd State Press. She received her MFA from Brooklyn College, where she studied with Mac Wellman and Erin Courtney.


Phyllis Levine

Phyllis Levine lost her husband in late 2016 and moved from the brick family home of forty-five years to a small, frame ranch that she feels might blow away in a strong wind. These changes have inspired new stories that she shares with her careful reader/friends in her writers group that meets monthly. She had a poem published in the Breakwall, the Tri-C literary journal, and a nonfiction piece published in Gordon Square Review.


Angelo Maneage

Angelo Maneage is a grocery clerk who won the 2017 Academy of American Poets’ Alberta Turner Poetry Prize. He has work on Hobart, in Sprung Formal, coming to FIVE:2:ONE, and around the hearts of dozens. He is a founder / fifty percent of Long Long Journal, and the poetry editor for BARNHOUSE. He lives in Bedford, Ohio, just outside of Cleveland, next to a Remington College. 


Ali mcclain

Ali McClain is a writer, performer and youth advocate. She is currently the poetry editor for Gordon Square Review and attends the NEOMFA (Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts) program at Cleveland State University where she is studying poetry. She has performed her work at the Cleveland Museum of Art, MOCA Cleveland, the Cleveland Public Library and elsewhere. She also directs an after school and summer program for girls called Sisterhood at West Side Community House. She is the co-founder of acerbic, Inc., which is an arts collective dedicated to creating art and educating people of color in an environment free of barriers. Her work is forthcoming in december magazine and she lives in Shaker Heights with her husband Donald Black, Jr.


Ralph Meyers

Bio coming soon!


Mary Quade

Mary Quade is the author of Local Extinctions (Gold Wake Press) and Guide to Native Beasts (Cleveland State University Poetry Center). She is the recipient of three Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards for both poetry and prose. She teaches creative writing at Hiram College. You can find Mary online at


Michelle R. Smith

Michelle R. Smith is an Afro-Black femme feminist writer, educator, and cultural facilitator living and working out of Ohio. She has been published in poemmemoirstory, Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism, Guide to Kulchur Creative Journal, and The Normal School. She has also directed and acted in a performative reading of Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls at Arts Collinwood (2011) and BLAX MUSEUM, a black history performance showcase that she conceptualized, at Guide To Kulchur (2018). Michelle has been a featured reader and guest facilitator at Twelve Literary and Performance Arts Incubator, Lakewood Public Library, East Cleveland Public Library, The Cleveland Museum of Art, PNC Fairfax Connection, and Bluff Blue Door Gallery. She is the author of the poetry collections Ariel in Black, published by Guide to Kulchur Press in 2015, and The Vagina Analogues, self-published in 2018. She is also working with Outlandish Press on a third collection of poetry tentatively titled Idiolect, to be published in 2019. You can find Michelle a t and follow her poetry blog at


Amanda Stovicek

Amanda Stovicek is a poet from Northeast Ohio made of star stuff. Her work has appeared in Red Queen Literary Magazine, Gordon Square Review, sidereal magazine, and elsewhere. Her debut microchapbook, SPACE SPECTACULAR, was published by Ghost City Press in their 2018 Summer Series. Stovicek is an alumna of the NEOMFA Program and Kent State University, and she teaches writing at three local colleges. You can find her online at or on Twitter @amae099.