Sammy Mack is an award-winning journalist covering health care policy and public health. Her story about reporting on Zika while pregnant and living in Miami appears in Making Good Time: True Stories of How We Do, and Don't, Get Around in South Florida from
Jai Alai Books. Mack was previously a staff reporter for WLRN, South Florida’s public radio news station. Her work has been published by NPR, Kaiser Health News, Global Health, Monocle 24, the Miami Herald and other outlets.
Sally Wen Mao is the author of Oculus (2019) and Mad Honey Symposium (2014). Her work has appeared in Poetry magazine, Black Warrior Review, Guernica, the Missouri Review, and Washington Square, and as well as in the anthology The Best American Poetry 2013. She earned an MFA from Cornell University and has received fellowships from Kundiman, Hedgebrook, and Saltonstall Foundation. In Oculus, (Graywolf Press) Sally Wen Mao explores exile not just as a matter of distance and displacement but as a migration through time and a reckoning with technology. The title poem follows a nineteen-year-old girl in Shanghai who uploaded her suicide onto Instagram. Other poems cross into animated worlds, examine robot culture, and haunt a necropolis for electronic waste. A fascinating sequence spanning the collection speaks in the voice of the international icon and first Chinese American movie star Anna May Wong, who travels through the history of cinema with a time machine, even past her death and into the future of film, where she finds she has no progeny. With imagination and a sharpened wit, Mao powerfully confronts the paradoxes of seeing and being seen, the intimacies made possible and ruined by the screen, and the many roles and representations that women of color are made to endure in order to survive a culture that seeks to consume them.
Becka Mara McKay directs the Creative Writing MFA at Florida Atlantic University. Publications include poetry: A Meteorologist in the Promised Land (Shearsman, 2010) and Happiness Is the New Bedtime (Slash Pine Press, 2016) and three translations of Israeli fiction: Laundry (Autumn Hill, 2008), Blue Has No South (Clockroot, 2010), and Lunar Savings Time (Clockroot, 2011). Recent work has appeared in Bennington Review, Copper Nickel, Forklift Ohio, Ninth Letter, Ploughshares, Post Road, and River Styx. Her newest book of poems, The Little Book of No Consolation, is forthcoming from Barrow Street Press.