Scherezade Siobhan is an award-winning Indo-Rroma writer, psychologist and community catalyst who founded and runs The Talking Compass— a therapeutic space dedicated to providing counseling services and decolonizing mental health care. She is the author of three books, including Bone Tongue (Thought Catalog, 2015), Father, Husband (Salopress, 2016) and The Bluest Kali (Lithic Press, 2018). Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in Medium, Berfrois, Feministing, DIAGRAM, Rattle, Jubilat, DATABLEED, Nat Brut, and Winter Tangerine, among others. She is the creator and curator of The Mira Project— a global dialogue against street harassment, gendered violence and in support of women’s mental health. She has performed and lectured across the world; her poems and essays are taught at psychology and creative writing courses in various parts of the world.
Tammy Bendetti has published poems in Alyss, Bitopia, Calliope, Fiolet & Wing, Fire Poetry, Grand Valley Magazine, scissors & spackle, Sugared Water, Thank You for Swallowing, Yellow Chair Review and elsewhere. She writes and makes art from Colorado, where she lives with her partner, Corey, and their two little daughters. Corey denies the existence of narwhals. Please send help in the form of additional proof to @SkylarkLover, https://www.patreon.com/TammyBendetti, or https://artbytammybendetti.wordpress.com.
Neeli Cherkovski is the author of many books of poetry, including From the Canyon Outward (2009), and The Crow and I (2015). He was the coeditor of Anthology of L.A. Poets (with Charles Bukowski) and Cross-Strokes: Poetry between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Cherkovski also wrote biographies of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Charles Bukowski, as well as the critical memoir Whitman’s Wild Children (1988). His papers are held at the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley. He has lived in San Francisco since 1974.