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Contributor Bios — November 2021

Melissa Penley Cormier’s work uses photography and installations to document and explore how we mark time. Often using the model of scientific collection and sampling, projects center around looking closely and carefully. She received an MFA from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in Intermedia and Digital Arts, and a BFA from Radford University in oil painting. Originally from Appalachia, she now lives in Ellicott City and works in Baltimore, Maryland.

Juna Hume Clark is in 11th grade at Washtenaw International High School in Michigan. She has art and writing published by Up North Lit, Black Ink, Root & Star, Pank Books, Blue Marble, and Stone Soup. Her artwork has been exhibited at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago and MOCAD (Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit).

Leah Clare Michaels is a Baltimore native, artist, activist, historian, and surfer. She received a B.A. in History with a focus in Classics from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2012 and a M.F.A. in Intermedia and Digital Arts from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in 2019.  Leah was raised as a social Catholic feminist. Her work is informed by a historical research practice and rooted in the space where social justice, art, and travel intersect. See more of her work at

Nicole K. Ostrowski is a Westminster MD-based artist and writer who dabbles in a bit of everything. She is currently working on a children’s picture book titled I’m Pickles Pinkerton the Toad…Apparently, inspired by her 4 year old’s interaction with (abduction of) backyard wildlife, which she hopes to release by year-end 2021. See more of her work at

Julia Samorodova is an author from Russia. Her most recent poems have appeared in Triggerfish Critical Review, PRESENCE, and Eratio.

Patrick Wright is author of Full Sight Of Her (Eyewear, 2020). He has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and teaches English Literature and Creative Writing at the Open University.