JAYSON P. SMITH is a 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Their work appears in publications such as West Branch, 92Y, Gulf Coast, Vinyl, fields magazine, & The Offing. Jayson has received previous support from The Poetry Project, The Conversation Literary Festival, Callaloo, & Millay Colony for the Arts. Originally from The Bronx, Jayson currently lives/works in Brooklyn as founder of NOMAD Reading Series and a Spark House teaching artist.
TAYLOR JOHNSON is proud of being from Washington, DC. They’ve received fellowships and scholarships from Callaloo, Cave Canem, the Vermont Studio Center, Tin House, and Yaddo, among other organizations. Their work appears in, or is forthcoming from CALLALOO, the shade journal, Vinyl Poetry, Hayden's Ferry Review, Tin House, Indiana Review, Third Coast, and elsewhere. In 2017, Taylor received the Mayor’s Arts Award for Literature from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.