2019 POETRY PRIZE WINNER: OJO TAIYE
OJO TAIYE is a young Nigerian who uses poetry as a handy tool to hide his frustration with the society. His poem “Elegiac” is the winner of 2019 Hart Crane Poetry Prize. His writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from Rattle, Frontier Poetry, Palette, Stinging fly, Notre Dame Review, Tinderbox Poetry, Strange Horizon, Ninth letter, Vallum, and elsewhere.
CATHERINE HOU is a Chinese-American student and writer based in California, USA. She enjoys spending her time writing and drinking milk tea rather than attaining the recommended eight hours of sleep. A collector of words and flowers, she can be found @foldedcranes on Tumblr.
RONALD OKUAKI LIEBER LP, MFA, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica, returned to earn an MFA at Columbia, worked as a waiter, cook, laborer, editor, and adjunct instructor before becoming a tenured professor at SUNY Nassau, while simultaneously undergoing psychoanalytic training and opening a practice in NYC.
HINNAH MIAN is a 21 year old Pakistani-American poet whose works have been published in various literary magazines and journals such as Local Wolves, Harness Magazine, JUMP international journal of modern poetry, Califragile and Blue Minaret.
A. MARTINE is a trilingual writer, musician, artist, an Assistant Editor at Reckoning Press and a Managing Editor of The Nasiona. She might have been a kraken in a past life. Some of her fiction and nonfiction can be found on The Rumpus, Medium, Lamplight, Metaphorosis, TERSE. Journal, and Bright Wall/Dark Room, among others.
SURENDRIYA RAO is a data privacy and First Amendment lawyer living in Brooklyn, manages a small law practice, and also writes poetry. Rao has been published in Rattle's Poet's