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Fox Frazier-Foley: Founding EIC

Fox Frazier-Foley is author of two prize-winning poetry collections, Exodus in X Minor (Sundress Publications, 2014) and The Hydromantic Histories (Bright Hill Press, 2015), which was selected by Vermont Poet Laureate Chard deNiord as recipient of the Bright Hill Press Poetry Book Award. Her newest collection, Like Ash in the Air After Something Has Burned, is forthcoming from Hyacinth Girl Press in early 2017. Fox has edited two anthologies, Political Punch: Contemporary Poems on the Politics of Identity (Sundress Publications, 2016), and Among Margins: Critical and Lyrical Writing on Aesthetics (Ricochet Editions, 2016). Her poems and works of non-fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in various journals, including New Orleans Review, Paterson Literary Review, Diode, Denver Quarterly, Tarpaulin Sky, and elsewhere. She is co-creator, with Hoa Nguyen, of the forthcoming Tough Gal Tarot deck and book. Fox was graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Binghamton University, was honored with merit-based fellowships at Columbia University, where she earned an MFA, and was a Provost's Fellow at the University of Southern California, where she earned a PhD in Literature & Creative Writing.

Jasmine An: Poetry Editor & Public Relations Chair

Jasmine An is a queer, Chinese-American who comes from the Midwest. A 2015 graduate of Kalamazoo College, she has also lived in New York City and Chiang Mai, Thailand, studying poetry, urban development, and blacksmithing. Her chapbook, Naming the No-Name Woman, was selected as the winner of the Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize and is forthcoming in February 2016. Her poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in HEArt Online, Stirring, Heavy Feather Review, and Southern Humanities Review. Her soulmate and forever muse is Sun Wukong, the Monkey King. As of 2016, she can be found in Chiang Mai continuing her study of the Thai language.

Saumya Arya Haas: Digital Outreach Coordinator

Saumya Arya Haas is an ALB candidate in Religious Studies at Harvard University. She was an early adopter of Social Media for interfaith and social justice outreach and has been nominated as a Twin Cities Titan in Social Media and for a Shorty Award. As Director of Headwaters/Delta Interfaith, she facilitated interfaith/intergroup dialogue and advised organizations on diversity, inclusiveness, and intergroup cooperation; this work has taken her everywhere from West Africa to the White House. She is a contributing scholar at State of Formation and writes for Huffington Post and assorted publications online and in print media. A priestess of both Hinduism and Vodou, Saumya has volunteered to coordinate social media for Agape Editions, and we are delighted to have her represent our interfaith literary family on the internet.

Julianna DeMicco: Blog Manager

Julianna DeMicco is a senior at Binghamton University. She is currently pursuing a double major in Philosophy, Politics and Law, and English with a concentration in Creative Writing and Global Cultures. She is a student leader on her campus, and has focused her experiences on a service-based learning mentality. As a vocalist, trumpeter, ukulele player and poet she is fascinated by the musicality of poetry, and loves to experiment with different rhythms in her own work. In her spare time, she furthers her independent study of Italian, French, and Chinese. In addition, she is pursuing a study of poetry and literature from different eras, specifically those written during the Medieval Era, to those written in the Early Renaissance.

Bennet LeMaster: Staff Director

Bennet LeMaster is a senior at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She is currently pursing a major in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Her background is in film, where she worked in the wardrobe and production department of sets. As a published writer and mixed media artist, her passion lies in exploring the link between visual art and writing as a means of exploring the world around us. In her spare time, she is an avid reader, trains as a vocalist, writes poetry, and studies Spanish.

Ruth Awad: Blog Editor

Ruth Awad is an award-winning Lebanese-American poet whose debut poetry collection, Set to Music a Wildfire (forthcoming in 2017), won the 2016 Michael Waters Poetry Prize from Southern Indiana Review Press. She is the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, and her work has appeared in The New Republic, The Missouri Review, Sixth Finch, Crab Orchard Review, CALYX, Diode, Southern Indiana Review, Rattle, The Adroit Journal, and elsewhere, including the anthologies New Poetry from the Midwest 2014 (New American Press, 2015) and Poets on Growth (Math Paper Press, 2015). She won the 2012 and 2013 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize and the 2011 Copper Nickel Poetry Contest, and she was a finalist for the 2013 Ruth Lily Fellowship. Ruth has an MFA in poetry from Southern Illinois University Carbondale; she writes and lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband, two Pomeranians, and two ungrateful bunnies.

Jennifer MacBain-Stephens: Resident Reviewer & Blogger

Jennifer MacBain-Stephens went to NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and now lives in the DC area. She is the author of eight chapbooks and two full length poetry collections (forthcoming from Yellow Chair Press and Stalking Horse Press.) Her chapbook Clown Machine recently came out from Grey Book Press. Her chapbook Dixit: Every Picture Tells a Story, or, The Wrong Items, is forthcoming from White Knuckle Press in 2017. Recent work can be seen or is forthcoming at Jet Fuel Review, Lime Hawk, The Birds We Piled Loosely, Queen Mob's Teahouse, Inter/rupture, Poor Claudia, concis, Sea Foam Magazine, and decomP. She also has poetry reviews published in The Infoxicated Corner, The Rumpus, Horseless Review, and Ploughshares blog.

Jena Groshek: Editorial Intern

Jena Groshek is currently a junior English major and business minor at Kalamazoo College. She plans to get her Masters degree in writing after graduating, where she will then pursue a career in publishing or editing. She did a semester abroad at the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland where she found a love for contemporary Irish and Scottish literature, while also having a chance to travel around Europe. She is from Grand Haven, Michigan and in her spare time she enjoys reading, writing, singing, and playing a few different musical instruments. Her ultimate goal is to be able to use the written word to inspire, entertain, and educate her audiences. 

Hannah Bacchus: Research Intern

Hannah Bacchus is from Las Vegas, Nevada and currently a Junior at Kalamazoo College. She plans on taking the GRE in the Fall of 2017 in pursuit of getting her PhD in English Literature. She has been a member of the Kalamazoo Poetry Collective and Naked Music and Culture Magazine. She also teaches at Woodward Elementary School as a volunteer, specifically grades kindergarten and fifth grade. Hannah studies English Literature with a concentration in African Studies. She is passionate about different forms of writing, from Spoken Word Poetry to journalism. Lastly, she has recently studied abroad in Athens, Greece for four months. She enjoys baking, watching movies, and traveling the world when she can.

DeAnna Lenopoli: Design Intern

De Anna Ienopoli is currently enrolled in her senior year at Binghamton University where she is working towards her Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design. In her free time, De Anna loves to explore and improve her skills in Art in several forms: painting, illustration, sculpting and digital design. She also has a keen interest in Special FX make-up and participates in cosplay design. As art in all forms is a huge passion for De Anna, she is very honored to have the opportunity to be part of the Agape Editions team.