Amber McCrary is Diné poet, zinester and feminist. Originally from Shonto, Arizona and raised in Flagstaff, Arizona. She earned her BA from Arizona State University in Political Science with a minor in American Indian Studies. She received her MFA in creative writing with an emphasis in poetry at Mills College. She recently released a chapbook of poetry titled, Electric Deserts! (Tolsun Books). She currently resides in Mesa, AZ. McCrary is also the owner and founder of Abalone Mountain Press, dedicated to publishing Indigenous voices. She is also a board member of the Northern Arizona Book Festival.
Sophia McGovern is a sleepy English teacher at an alternative high school in Tempe, Arizona. She is pursuing a master’s degree in secondary education, runs little somethings press, and has too many book t-shirts.
Bri Noonan is located in Phoenix, AZ and graduated with a BFA in Photography from ASU in May 2013. Their artwork is primarily based within their relationship ties and their own personal self-reflection. This includes exploring depression, anxiety, chronic illness and queerness through photography, doodles, and zine/book making. Bri has diagnosed with stage III endometriosis, fibromyalgia, and familial hypercholesterolemia. Bri has a queer politics identity and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Social and Cultural Pedagogy at ASU. Bri was one of the four co-founders of Femme Fotale, a photographic book/zine to empower women, femme identifying and GNC individuals and push them to the forefront of the photographic world.
Claudia Nuñez de Ibieta is a bookseller and Spanish/English interpreter and translator. she is also interested in book-making and is a member of the Phoenix Cartonera Collective. she has lived in Los Angeles, ca, Santiago, Chile, and Tempe, AZ.
Shawnte Orion attended Paradise Valley Community College for one day, but he has published three collections of poetry, Gravity & Spectacle (Tolsun Books), The Existentialist Cookbook (NYQBooks) and Faithful as the Ground (Five Oaks Press). He is a former Copper State Haiku Slam Champion and his poems have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Barrelhouse, Gargoyle Magazine, and New York Quarterly. He has performed at bookstores, bars, universities, hair salons, museums, and laundromats.
Lourdes Pereira (Hia-Ced O’odham and Yoeme) is a sophomore at Arizona State University (ASU) and student archivist at the Labriola National American Indian Data Center. She is majoring in Justice Studies and American Indian Studies. Lourdes sits on the American Indian Advisory Council for the Arizona Education Department and is Miss Indigenous ASU for 2020-2021. Lourdes is a fierce advocate for Indigenous rights and views community-driven archives as a source of empowerment for Indigenous communities.
Devin Kate Pope is a writer of fiction, poetry, essays, zines, and long to-do lists based in Tempe, AZ. Her writing has recently appeared in little somethings press, The Revolution Relaunch, Rejection Letters, and Versification. She sends a weekly newsletter, The Ponder, at
Michelle Salcido grew up in Tolleson, Arizona. She is a mom to 3 kids and teaches high school English and Creative Writing at La Joya Community High School. She is a poetry editor at The Revolution Relaunch:
Tonissa Saul is a writer and photographer from Arizona. She is the managing editor for Bodega Magazine and an editor for rinky dink press. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Write On, Downtown, The Comstock Review and the anthology Miles to Go, Promises to Keep Volume II. Additionally, her artwork has appeared on the covers of rinky dink press collections.
Alex Soto (Tohono O’odham) is the assistant librarian for the Labriola National American Indian Data Center at Arizona State University (ASU) Library. In addition to providing culturally informed library services, he facilitates ASU’s community-driven archives initiative in tribal communities. Recently, Alex co-authored ASU Library’s first land acknowledgement statement. Alex believes Indigenous librarianship synthesizes his creative, cultural, and professional backgrounds as well as his commitment to Indigenous self-determination.
Amy Silverman is an independent journalist and co-founder of Bar Flies and Fly Paper. Her work appeared in ProPublica, Literary Hub and on This American Life; she co-teaches the workshop Mothers Who Write.
Pamela Stewart is an innovative historian at Arizona State University. She earned a Ph.D. in History and Women’s Studies and teaches wide-ranging courses in global, U.S., and women’s history. That range led her to develop new ways to engage students with the relevance of history and the use of digital technologies to discover, research, and create public-facing content in new ways. These include: Long Before #MeToo: An Arts-Based Exhibit Revealing a Difficult History. Stewart has received awards for teaching, research, and service, including ASU’s Centennial Professorship, and will complete an M.Ed. in Learning Design and Technologies at ASU in 2021.
Deborah H. Sussman is a writer and editor based in Tempe, Arizona. She has taught writing at the University of Virginia, Phoenix College and Arizona State University, and co-teaches the workshop Mothers Who Write through Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix. Her work has been published in The Washington Post and Art in America.
From Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, Walonda Williams graduated with her BFA in theater. Her writing style was nurtured by powerful mentors: Carla Harryman offered otherworldly perspective, Ron Allen disintegrated conventional knowledge through the use of organic processes and instinct, and Professor Glenda Dickerson spiritualized and personalized performance. Through her writing, performances, and service as a member of the TRR editing team, Walonda commits to unleashing marginalized voice to shift painful pasts into dynamic action.
Mary Hope Whitehead Lee lives on settler-occupied land in that region of the Sonoran Desert known as Phoenix, AZ. She is an active member of the Cardboard House Press Cartonera Collective. Her poetry and short fiction have appeared in This Bridge Called My Back,Chick-Lit: Postfeminist Fiction, Essence magazine, Harpy Hybrid Review, and the inaugural edition of Little Somethings Press. Her collage art has appeared in Kolaj Magazine, Superstition Review 26, and Harpy Hybrid Review.
Joy Young is a nationally acclaimed poet and storyteller. Their performance work has been featured on Button Poetry, Slamfind, and Everyday Feminism as well as on stages and in colleges and classrooms across the country. Joy’s work seeks to cultivate strong personal narratives within a larger social justice context. Additionally, they are the cofounder of Prickly Pear Printing, a press dedicated to amplifying queer voices that go beyond sitting in trauma.
Prickly Pear Printing: pricklypearprinting.com