Maryan Nagy Captan
MARYAN NAGY CAPTAN is an Egyptian-American poet and performer living in Philadelphia, where she serves as Art Director at Apiary Magazine. Maryan is the founder of Brewerytown Social, a community arts organization showcasing talented local artists and teaches experimental and experiential writing classes at The Head & The Hand Press. Most recently, Maryan has served as Lead Teaching Artist for the Hoye Wayelo Summer Program in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, as well as Poet-in-Residence at both the Youth Culture Library in Hanoi, Vietnam and Paul Smith’s College of the Adirondacks. Her first collection, Copy/Body, was published by Empty Set Press in June 2017.
ANGELO COLAVITA lives and writes in Philadelphia, where he serves as Founding Editor of Empty Set Press and Associate Editor at Occulum Journal. He is the author of two chapbooks: Heroines (2017) and Flowersonnets (2018). Angelo has been a recipient of both the Anne & Andrew Abel Award for Literature and Judith Stark Writing Contest for Poetry in 2016 and 2017, respectively. His work has appeared in Breadcrumbs, Trópica Laced, Yes Poetry, Luna Luna Magazine, Occulum, Be About It, Mad House, Apiary Magazine, and elsewhere online and in print. Follow him on Twitter @angeloremipsum and on Instagram @angelocolavita
MARK LAMOUREUX lives in New Haven, CT. He is the author of four full-length collections of poetry: It’ll Never Be Over For Me (Black Radish Books, 2016), 29 Cheeseburgers / 39 Years (Pressed Wafer, 2013), Spectre (Black Radish Books 2010), and Astrometry Orgonon (BlazeVOX Books 2008),. His work has been published in print and online in Elderly, Denver Quarterly, Jacket, Fourteen Hills and many others. In 2014 he received the 2nd annual Ping Pong Poetry award, selected by David Shapiro, for his poem “Summerhenge/Winterhenge.” He teaches at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, CT. His chapbook, Maris McLamoureary's DICTIONNAIRE INFERNAL, co-authored with Chris McCreary, was published by Empty Set Press on Halloween 2017.
CHRIS McCREARY is the author of four books: [neüro / mäntic], undone : a fakebook, Dismembers, and The Effacements. His review of Arrive On Wave, the Collected Poems of Gil Ott, is forthcoming in Tripwire. His chapbook, Maris McLamoureary's DICTIONNAIRE INFERNAL, co-authored with Mark Lamoureux, was published by Empty Set Press on Halloween 2017.
FAYE CHEVALIER is a queer Philadelphia-based poet and essayist. Her debut chapbook, future.txt, is forthcoming from Empty Set Press in Fall 2018, and her work has been featured in Peach Mag, Witch Craft Magazine, the Horse Less Review, the tiny, Bedfellows, and elsewhere. Find her on Twitter where she cries about cyborgs, vampires, and having a body at @bratcore.
ARIELLE TIPA is a writer who lives near a haunted lake in New York. She holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature and English from Stony Brook University, as well as an A.A. in Journalism. Arielle is the Founding Editor of Occulum, a journal of the unabashed and unorthodox. Her work explores illusion, pain, bodies and nature, as well as dreams. daughter - seed (Empty Set Press, Winter 2018), is her debut chapbook.
WARREN LONGMIRE is a poet, a programmer, an educator, a North Philly native, and expert level whistler, a fat tipped sharpie and a plum. He is the co-founder of the Excelano Project spoken word Collective, and former poetry editor for Apiary Magazine. He's been published in journals including Painted Bride Quarterly, Metropolary, Eleven Eleven, Pax Americana, Certain Circuits, The New Purlieu Review and two chapbooks: Ripped Winters (Seventh Tangent 2006) and Do.Until.True. (Two Pens and Lint 2012) and the upcoming An Angry High-Note Attempted and Missed (Empty Set Press 2019).