Chris Margolin (he/him) bleeds semantics & poetry. With almost 20 years in education, he has seen words change lives. He began TPQ when a student asked him to prove the relevancy of poetry in modern times; his work here strives to do just that.
Chris L. Butler (he/him) is an Afro-Dutch poet and essayist from Philadelphia, PA and Houston, TX. He is the 2021 Kurt Brown Diverse Voices Fellow at the Solstice MFA Program, and the Associate Poetry Editor at Bending Genress. Chris is the author of BLERD: '80s BABY, '90s KID (Daily Drunk Press, 2021)
Jeni De La O (she/her) is an Afro-Cuban poet & storyteller in Detroit. She is the Managing Editor of Kissing Dynamite Poetry. Her passion is treating all poetry with the level of care an intentionality typically reserved for the classics.
Zora Satchell (she/her) is a Twitter goblin as well as a poet! A member of The Estuary Collective, columnist for The Poetry Question & Drunk Monkey, & managing editor for Kissing Dynamite Poetry. A winter/spring fellow for Brooklyn Poets, but she doesn’t know how to YAWP.
Mordecai Martin (he/him) is a Jewish writer working in fiction, non-fiction, and Philadelphia. He wonders about whether good literature can make us better people, and how poets think of language.
RONNIE K. STEPHENS
Ronnie K. Stephens is a proud father of six and college English instructor. He is the author of two poetry collections and one young adult novel. His second collection, They Rewrote Themselves Legendary, won Best in Show at the New England Book Show. Stephens is also a contributing writer for Interrogating Justice, a social justice think tank. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD in English with an emphasis in diversifying the literary canon for the 21st century classroom.
Khalisa Rae is a poet and journalist in Durham, NC that speaks with furious rebellion and aims to serve the community. She is the author of Ghost in a Black Girl's Throat (Red Hen Press 2021). Her essays and articles are featured in Autostraddle, Catapult, LitHub, B*tch Media, NBC-BLK, and others. Her poetry appears in Frontier Poetry, Florida Review, Rust & Moth, PANK, Hellebore, HOBART, among countless others.
Alex Dang is a writer and poet from Portland, Oregon. A former TEDx speaker, Dang has competed at the National Poetry Slam, been a Portland and Eugene Poetry Slam Grand Slam Champion, and has performed in 7 counties. He has strong opinions about burgers. He wants to know what your favorite song is.
Courtney Margolin is a 20 year veteran educator and TBI survivor from Vancouver, Washington. She's a walking neuro-divergent encyclopedia of YA Lit, enjoys hanging out with her million-pound Sheepadoodle, Noodle, and her rambunctious daughter.