Xuela Zhang was born and raised in China. She received her MFA from Columbia University. Her poems have appeared in Shikan [Poetry Magazine, China] and the anthology: I have Heard Time: Chinese Poets Born in the 90s.

Anca Roncea grew up in Romanian, speaks Modern Greek, French, and writes in English. She has lived in Bucharest, Iowa City, Yangon, Los Angeles, Paris and New York. Through her work she explores the space where language can create pivots in the midst of displacement retracing the aesthetics of the women artists of the Dada Movement. She is a current PhD student in the Washington University in Saint Louis, International Writers' Track. She is also a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the UIowa Literary Translation MFA program and her work can be found in the Berkeley Poetry Review, Beecher's Magazine, Omniverse and Asymptote, the Bare Life Review and Lana Turner.

Matthias Göritz is the author of four volumes of poetry, three novellas and three novels—including Der kurze Traum des Jakob Voss (The Short Dream of Jakob Voss), 2005, winner of the Hamburg Literature Prize, Radio Bavaria Prize, and the Mara Cassens Prize. His most recent novel is Parker (C.H. Beck, 2018). He teaches as Professor of the Practice in Comparative Literature at Washington University.