Alen Hamza immigrated to the United States from Bosnia-Herzegovina as a refugee at the age of fifteen. He has received fellowships from the Michener Center for Writers and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. His work has appeared in AGNI, Fence, DIAGRAM, the Iowa Review, the Southern Review, and elsewhere. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Literature and Creative Writing program at the University of Utah.
makalani bandele is a resident of Lexington, KY. He is an Affrilachian Poet and Cave Canem fellow. He has also received fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council, Millay Colony, and Vermont Studio Center. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a BA in the Program of Liberal Studies
Kyle Coma-Thompson is the author of the short story collections The Lucky Body, Night in the Sun, and most recently 926 Years, written in collaboration with Tristan Foster. His short fiction has been featured in the anthologies New American Stories (Vintage, 2015) and Twenty-Five Rooms (Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2019).
The poems in under the aegis of a winged mind are inspired by the life and times of the jazz composer and pianist Earl “Bud” Powell. Powell was a leading figure in the development of jazz, but throughout his life, he also faced struggles with police brutality, harassment, drug and alcohol abuse, and mental illness.