Luther Hughes, Founder & Editor-In-Chief

Luther Hughes is a Seattle native and author of Touched (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2018). He is the Founding Editor of The Shade Journal, Executive Editor for the The Offing, and Editor for Frontier Poetry and YesYes Books. Along with Gabrielle Bates and Dujie Tahat, he cohosts The Poet Salon podcast. His writing has been published or is forthcoming in Poetry, The Seattle Times, New England Review, The Rumpus, and others. Luther received his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. You can follow him on Twitter @lutherxhughes. He thinks you are beautiful.

Jonathan Jacob Moore, Book Reviewer

Jonathan Jacob Moore, or Jon Jon, is a poet and scholar from Detroit invested in Black liberation at all costs. His scholarly and creative work cares for the Black imagination and is unrepentantly positioned by Black Feminist, Black Queer and Afro-Pessimistic imaginings. He lives in Washington D.C. and is working on his first manuscript. 


shivani narang, Poetry Reader

shivani narang (they/them) in another life was an aunty ji in an uncle fit. sometimes, in this life, they record their poems and share the file with their friends. hopefully, one day, they'll make an album of these files. they are 2016 Brave New Voices alumni, 2017 Brave New Voices Future Corps member, and are currently an Emerging Poet Mentor at Youth Speaks and a staff member at Eastwind Books of Berkeley. they were part of APAture in 2016 through Kearny Street Workshop. their work can be found in The Chicago Quarterly Review - The South Asian American Issue and CUNJUH Mag Issue One. their first co-collection in another life, no bodies home was published in april of 2016 with their sibling Grace. they'd love to be connected and you can find them on instagram @shivaninarang.

Hazem Fahmy, Poetry Reader

Hazem Fahmy is a poet and critic from Cairo. He is an Honors graduate of Wesleyan University’s College of Letters where he studied literature, philosophy, history and film. His debut chapbook, "Red//Jild//Prayer" won the 2017 Diode Editions Contest and is forthcoming in 2018. His poetry has appeared, or is forthcoming in Apogee, HEArt, Mizna, and The Offing. His performances have been featured on Button Poetry and Write About Now. He is a reader for the Shade Journal, a poetry editor for Voicemail Poems, and a contributing writer to Film Inquiry. In his spare time, Hazem writes about the Middle East and tries to come up with creative ways to mock Classicism. He makes videos occasionally.