Maged Zaher is the author of six books including a collaboration with Pam Brown, and a translation of contemporary Egyptian poetry. He is the recipient of the 2013 Genius Award in Literature from The Stranger. His new collection, “The Consequences of my Body” is forthcoming in 2016 from Nightboat. He lives in Seattle.
Emily Ann Pothast is a visual artist, musician, and writer based in Seattle, WA. She is the frontwoman of the band Midday Veil, half of the installation/performance duo Hair and Space Museum and the founder of the record label and blog Translinguistic Other. Emily served as the Director of the Antique Print Department at Davidson Galleries from 2005- 2010 and currently curates art exhibitions at Seattle boutique and community art space Cairo. Emily studied psychology, philosophy, and art history in Texas before receiving an MFA in printmaking from the University of Washington in 2005. As an artist, her practice explores a vocabulary of formal conventions derived from a study of visionary mysticism. She has performed and exhibited at a number of regional and national venues including Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival, Henry Art Gallery, and Family Business Gallery in New York and has delivered lectures at Seattle University, Portland State University, and the Seattle Esoteric Book Conference.
Jekeva Phillips is a writer, educator, and performer. She is Editor in Chief of Word Lit Zine, a Seattle-based lit quarterly, and owner of Paradise Lost Publishing. Her forthcoming poetry chapbook, Les Amants, is due out in January; and she currently hard at work on her first novel, Sovereign. If you are thinking Jekeva looks familiar, maybe that’s because you have seen her perform ComedySportz as a member of CSz Seattle, traveling through space with the improvised Star Trek group, Where No Man Has Gone Before, or twirling in aerial fabrics at the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts.
Natasha Marin rarely calls herself a poet. She struggles to accept this identity because it’s so full of pomp and the slippery whims of circumstance. Instead, she finds joy in challenging others as much as she challenges herself. She has degrees, publications, translations, adaptations– the kind of accolades that come with knowing how to throw shade blindfolded and sideways at haters. At a recent Midnight Tea in Berlin, her poetry took the form of an aria sung by a stranger. It is very likely she will never date another poet again and she needs to update her CV desperately. Find her on Twitter: @mikokuro.