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Clare Smith Marash - Founder & Director

A winner of the Avery Hopwood Award in Short Fiction and numerous fellowships, Clare received her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Columbia University.

Clare works as a writer and producer. She has written about topics ranging from particle physics to political music, and has taught at the high school and university level. You can learn more about her writing and work by perusing

Katie Longofono - Curator

Katie Longofono received her MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, where she directed the 2014 SLC Poetry Festival. She is the co-founder of Dead Rabbits Reading Series, a monthly literary salon that takes place in NYC. Her first chapbook, The Angel of Sex, was published by Dancing Girl Press in 2013. Her chapbook Angeltits is forthcoming from Sundress Publications. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Tinderbox Poetry Journal, BOAAT, South Dakota Review, Juked, Midwestern Gothic, and more. She may or may not be on Twitter. She lives in Brooklyn.

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Wendy Lu Curator

Wendy Lu is a writer, editor, and photographer based in New York City. She received her master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in 2016. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Teen Vogue, Bustle, Men's Health, Columbia Journalism Review, and LADYGUNN Magazine. She is writing a memoir about growing up as a disabled Chinese American woman in the United States. As a journalist, Wendy writes about social issues, politics, gender and disability. She has also hosted college writing workshops, published fiction and poetry, and worked in the book publishing industry. You can follow her at or on Twitter at @wendyluwrites.

Sarah Sala - Curator

Sarah Sala is a native Michigander with an MFA in Poetry from New York University. Her awards and honors include: an Academy of American Poets Prize, the Marjorie Rapport Award for Poetry, An Avery Hopwood Award for Nonfiction, and a Roy W. Cowden Memorial Fellowship. Recently, her poem "Hydrogen" was featured in the "Elements" episode of NPR's hit show Radio Lab in collaboration with Emotive Fruition. Her poems also appear in Poetry Ireland ReviewAtlas Review, and Palimpsest. You can visit her at