Best of the Net 2017  


Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His first collection of poems, The Crown Ain't Worth Much was released in 2016 and was nominated for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His first collection of essays, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, was released in fall 2017 by Two Dollar Radio.

Anders Carlson-Wee is the author of The Low Passions (W.W. Norton, 2019). He has received fellowships from the NEA, the McKnight Foundation, Bread Loaf, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and the Napa Valley Writers' Conference. His work has appeared in BuzzFeed, The Nation, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, New England Review, Poetry Daily, The Sun, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. His debut chapbook, Dynamite, won the 2015 Frost Place Chapbook Prize. He is co-director of the award-winning poetry film, Riding the Highline, and his work has been translated into Chinese. Winner of Ninth Letter's Poetry Award, Blue Mesa Review's Poetry Prize, New Delta Review's Editors' Choice Prize, and the 2017 Poetry International Prize, he lives in Minneapolis. Find him online at

Jennifer Lynn Christie's stories have appeared in PANK, Memorious, Atticus Review, and elsewhere. Her book reviews have been published at Entropy, Newfound, Full Stop, and in the Denver Quarterly. She earned her MFA from Oregon State University in 2013, and served as Entropy's Assistant Small Press Editor for two years. She currently lives in Bloomington, IN, and you can reach her on Twitter @MadameCatPony. Her stories and reviews can be read at

Kendra DeColo is the author of My Dinner with Ron Jeremy (Third Man Books, 2016) and Thieves in the Afterlife (Saturnalia Books, 2014), selected by Yusef Komunyakaa for the 2013 Saturnalia Books Poetry. Her poems and essays appear in Tin House Magazine, Waxwing, Los Angeles Review, Gulf Coast, Bitch Magazine, and elsewhere. She is co-host of the podcast RE/VERB: A Third Man Books Production, and she lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Whitney Egstad is an essayist and educator in the Denver area. Her work has appeared in many publications including The Rumpus and Bellingham Review. As a volunteer, she serves as a trauma-informed writing mentor in a treatment center for youth.

Silas Hansen's essays have appeared in The Normal School, Colorado Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Slate, and elsewhere. He lives in Muncie, Indiana where he plays euchre, sings karaoke, and teaches creative writing at Ball State University.

mud howard is a non-binary trans poet from the states. mud is co-editor of the blackout queer zine project pnk prl & a youth fellow for Transfaith. they write about queer intimacy, interior worlds and the cosmic joke of the gender binary. they are currently enrolled in a Creative Writing MA, but for now you can find more of their work at

Allegra Hyde is the author of the story collection, Of This New World, which won the John Simmons Short Fiction Award. She has received two Pushcart Prizes, as well as fellowships and grants from The Elizabeth George Foundation, the Jentel Foundation, the Lucas Artists Residency Program, The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, and the U.S. Fulbright Commission. She currently teaches fiction at the University of Houston. For more about Allegra visit:

Devin Kelly is an Interviews Editor for Full Stop and co-hosts the Dead Rabbits Reading Series in New York City. He is the author of the books Blood on Blood (Unknown Press), and In This Quiet Church of Night, I Say Amen (CCM). He works as an after-school director in Queens, teaches at the City College of New York, and lives in Harlem.

Eugenia Leigh is a Korean American poet and the author of Blood, Sparrows and Sparrows (Four Way Books), winner of the 2015 Debut-litzer Prize in Poetry and finalist for both the National Poetry Series and the Yale Series of Younger Poets. The recipient of an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, Eugenia serves as the Poetry Editor of Hyphen and can be found at

Originally from Jamaica, Shara McCallum is the author of five books of poetry, published in the US and UK: Madwoman, The Face of Water: New and Selected Poems, This Strange Land, Song of Thieves, and The Water Between Us. Her poems have appeared in literary magazines, anthologies, and textbooks in the US, Europe, the Caribbean, and Latin America and have been translated into Spanish, French, Italian, Romanian, Dutch, and Turkish. Her personal essays appear regularly in print and online. Recognition for her writing includes a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize for Poetry, and other awards. From 2003-2017 she was Director of the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University. She is currently a Liberal Arts Professor of English at the Penn State University.

L.S. McKee's writing has appeared in Best New Poets 2016, The Georgia Review, Crazyhorse, Birmingham Poetry Review, Blackbird, Ninth Letter, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, B O D Y, Oversound, and elsewhere. She received her MFA from the University of Maryland and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in poetry from Stanford University. She lives and teaches in Atlanta.

Valzhyna Mort is the author of Factory of Tears and Collected Body. She has received the Lannan Foundation Fellowship, the Bess Hokins Prize from Poetry, the Amy Clampitt Fellowship, as well a number of European honors. Born in Minsk, Belarus, she teaches at Cornell University.

Meghann Plunkett is a poet, coder and dog enthusiast. She is the recipient of the 2017 Missouri Review's Editors' Prize as well as the 2017 Third Coast Poetry Prize. She was a finalist for Narrative Magazine's 30 Below Contest, The North American Review's Hearst Poetry Prize and Nimrod's Pablo Neruda Prize. She has been recognized by the Academy of American Poets in both 2016 and 2017. Her work can be found or is forthcoming in Narrative, Pleiades, Rattle, Muzzle, Washington Square Review, and, among others. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and her MFA from Southern Illinois University. She serves as a Poetry Reader for Adroit Journal. Visit her at

Meghan Privitello is the author of A New Language for Falling Out of Love (YesYes Books, 2015), Notes on the End of the World (Black Lawrence Press, 2016), and One God at a Time (forthcoming, YesYes Books, 2019). Poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, A Public Space, Boston Review, Guernica, Best New Poets, Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a NJ State Council of the Arts Fellowship in Poetry.

Scherezade Siobhan is an award-winning Indo-Rroma Jungian scarab turned psychologist, mental health advocate, community catalyst, and a writer. Her work has appeared in international journals, anthologies, art exhibits, theater performances and bios of okcupid users. She is the author of a chapbook, Bone Tongue (Thought Catalog Books, 2015) , a full-length poetry collection, Father, Husband (Salopress, 2016), poetry pamphlet, to dhikr, i (Pyramid Editions, forthcoming), and her next second full length collection The Bluest Kali is scheduled for release in 2018 (Lithic Press). She is the creator and curator of The Mira Project, a global dialogue on women's mental health, gendered violence, and street harassment and also runs The Talking Compass—a therapeutic practice that uses in-person and online counseling for people who need help with emotional and mental health. She can be found squeeing about militant bunnies at @zaharaesque and at

Debbie Weingarten is a writer based in Tucson, Arizona. Her work has been featured in Guernica, Longreads, Vela,, Edible Baja Arizona, The Guardian, Economic Hardship Reporting Project, and many other outlets, including the 2016 and 2017 Best of Food Writing anthologies. She is a Talk Poverty writing fellow and the nonfiction winner of the 2017 Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. She is the co-founder of the Farmer Education & Resource Network and a writing partner for The Female Farmer Project, where she documents the rise of women in agriculture.