Ash Good is the author of four books of poetry. They are a queer, nonbinary and nonmonogamous poet, designer, curator and editor who centers liberation, play and movement as they travel the portal between outer- and inner-space. Ash is all about innovative narrative design, growth mindset, fresh sneakers, motorcycle road trips to national parks, and fostering rich collaborative spaces. They are instigator and co-founding editor at First Matter Press and a reader for Frontier Poetry magazine. Their poems recently appear in Not Very Quiet, The Timberline Review and Rise Up Review. Ash lives in Portland, Oregon (with more than 77 beloved houseplants). www.ashgood.com
Caroline Wilcox Reul is a translator, lexicographer and occasionally she writes a poem. Her poetry translations can be found in the PEN Poetry Series, Lunch Ticket, The Los Angeles Review,The Michigan Quarterly Review, Your Impossible Voice, Tupelo Quarterly, and others.
Andra Vltavín (formerly Kassandra Lighthouse) has served as a founding member of First Matter Press since its beginning and values the opportunity to bolster the writing community through creative edits, thoughtful feedback, and event planning. She served as the senior poetry director of enormous rooms for two years, writes as a member of the High Priestesses of Poetry, and space-holds writing workshops and generative writing circles. Her books include Body Until Light, Time Counts Backward from Infinity, You Are an Ambiguous Pronoun, and The Observer Effect, and her other works appear in The Florida Review, Cauldron, and Toasted Cheese. She’s a sucker for genre-breaking manuscripts and collections that play with formatting and punctuation as much as they play with words.
Lauren Paredes is a storyteller across mediums with a soft spot for the unusual. She's very smitten with erasure poetry and the ekphrastic process.
Lauren now lives in Western Mass with her partner and their senior kitties in a not-so-spooky old house.