Joy Priest is a writer born and raised in Louisville, KY. She is the winner of the 2016 Hurston/Wright Foundation College Writers Award, and has received scholarships, grants, and fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Kentucky Arts Council, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Joy’s work has been published or is upcoming in Blackbird, Callaloo, Drunken Boat, espnW, Muzzle, PUBLIC POOL, Vinyl, and the anthologies Best New Poets 2014 and 2016, and The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip Hop, among others. She is currently an M.F.A. candidate in poetry at the University of South Carolina.
Sam Slaughter is the author of the chapbook When You Cross That Line and the story collection God in Neon. He is the Spirits Editor for The Manual, and lives and works in the NY/NJ area. He can be found online @slaughterwrites.
Sonya Vatomsky is a Russian American non-binary artist with too many feelings on the inside and too much cat hair on the outside. They are the author of Salt Is For Curing (Sator Press, 2015), a debut poetry collection about bones, dill, and survival, as well as the chapbook My Heart In Aspic from Porkbelly Press. Find them by saying their name five times in front of a bathroom mirror or at sonyavatomsky.com and @coolniceghost.