Aziza Barnes (right) is blk & alive. Born in Los Angeles, she currently lives in Bedstuy, New York. Her first chapbook, me Aunt Jemima and the nailgun, was the first winner of the Exploding Pinecone Prize and published July 2013 from Button Poetry. You can find her work in PANK, pluck!, Muzzle, Callaloo, Union Station, and other journals. She is a poetry & non-fiction editor at Kinfolks Quarterly, a Callaloo fellow and graduate from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is a member of The Dance Cartel & the divine fabrics collective. She loves a good suit & anything to do with Motown.

Camonghne Felix (left) is a poet, essayist and songwriter from New York City. Camonghne was a 2012 Pushcart Prize nominee, the 2013 recipient of the Cora Craig Award for Young Women, and was a feature in the HBO documentary Brave New Voices and the full-length documentary Damn Wonderful. You can find her work in various publications; some include Pank Magazine, Specter Magazine, Kenning Journal, and Sinister Wisdom. She writes about young people, contemporary culture, and the intersecting politics of both.