mojo 16 Contributor Bios

Joanna Acevedo is a writer living and working in New York City. She is pursuing an MFA in Fiction from New York University. Her work has been seen in Rigorous Magazine, Paragon Press, and Not Very Quiet. In her spare time, she plays roller derby. 

Demi Anter is a multidisciplinary artist who came of age in California’s Coachella Valley. Her writing has appeared in numerous journals across the U.S., U.K. and Europe. As a spoken word performer, she has graced the stage with artists including Beau Sia, Anis Mojgani and Sarah Kay. She has been a featured poet on Belfast’s Poetry Jukebox, and will perform at Glastonbury, Electric Picnic and Edinburgh Fringe in summer 2019. She lives in Berlin.

Laton Carter’s Leaving (University of Chicago) received the Oregon Book Award. Recent short fiction appears or is forthcoming in Atticus Review, Necessary FictionNew Flash Fiction Review, and The Wigleaf Top 50 Very Short Fictions of 2018.

Shivaji Das is the author of three travel memoirs and photography books: ‘Sacred Love: Erotic Arts in the temples of Nepal,’ Adarsh Books/ Mandala Publications (2018), ‘Angels by the Murky River: Travels Off the Beaten Track,’ Yoda Press (2017), and ‘Journeys with the caterpillar: Travelling through the islands of Flores and Sumba, Indonesia (2013).

Shivaji’s writings have been published in TIME, Asian Geographic, Outlook Traveller, Jakarta Post, Conscious Magazine, and Freethinker.  His interviews have been featured on BBC, CNBC, The Economist, Travel Radio Australia, Around the World TV, etc.

His photographs in collaboration with his wife, Yolanda Yu, have been exhibited in the Darkroom Gallery, Vermont (USA), Kuala Lumpur International Photography Festival (Malaysia), the Arts House (Singapore), and the National Library (Singapore).

Shivaji is the conceptualizer and organizer for the Migrant Poetry Contests in Singapore and Malaysia and the first ever Global Migrant Festival.

Phillippa Finkemeyer is one of those Australian writers who lives in Berlin.

Robin Gow’s poetry has recently been published in POETRY, Thin Air, and 45th Parallel. His first book is forthcoming from Tolsun Books. He is a graduate student and adjunct professor at Adelphi University pursing an MFA in Creative Writing. He is the Editor at Large for Village of Crickets and Social Media Coordinator for Oyster River Pages. He is an out and proud bisexual transgender man passionate about LGBT issues and has provided LGBT inclusivity training sessions for universities across the country.

Theo Greenblatt’s prose, both fiction and nonfiction, appears in The Normal School Online, Tikkun, Salt Hill Journal, Santa Fe Writers Project, Harvard Review, and numerous other venues. Her awards include first place in The London Magazine Short Story Competition. Theo holds a PhD from the University of Rhode Island and teaches writing to aspiring officer candidates at the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, RI. 

Alissa Hattman’s work has appeared in The RumpusGravelPropellerAmerican Writers ReviewBig OtherAtticus ReviewShirley Magazine, and SUSAN, among other publications. In 2009, she received her MFA in Fiction at Pacific University and, in 2013, she completed a MA in English Literature from Portland State University. Originally from Fargo, North Dakota, Alissa now lives in Portland, Oregon and teaches writing at Chemeketa Community College in Salem. 

Amy Lauren, a graduate of Mississippi College, was a finalist for the 2019 Tennessee Williams Poetry Prize. She authored Prodigal (Bottlecap Press), God With Us (Headmistress Press), and She/Her/Hers (Headmistress Press). Her poems have appeared in publications such as The Gay & Lesbian Review with four Pushcart Prize nominations. Currently, she lives in Florida with her wife.

Matt Mitchell is an intersex Northeast Ohio writer trying to make his work as beautiful as Ken Griffey Jr.’s swing. He’d love to meet up at your local coffee shop (not Starbucks, because the aforementioned poet’s partner’s family owns a coffee shop and the aforementioned poet refuses to cross enemy lines) and talk about how the Thompson Twins’ “Hold Me Now” is the quintessential pop banger. His work appears in, or is forthcoming to, journals like BARNHOUSE, Glass, The Indianapolis Review, Barren Magazine, and others. 

Uma Menon is a fifteen-year-old writer from Winter Park, Florida. Her writing appears or is forthcoming in the Huffington PostMs. MagazineThe RumpusThe Cincinnati Review, and National Poetry Quarterly, among others. Her first chapbook was published in 2019 (Zoetic Press). Uma received the 2019 Lee Bennett Hopkins Award in Poetry and was a 2019 Brain Mill Press Editor’s Pick Poet.

Konstantin Nicholas Rega, born in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, studied at The University of Kent, and is now doing an MA at East Anglia. He has been published by The Claremont Review, Four Ties Lit Review, Minetta Review, White Wall Review, and has won the ZO Magazine Silver Prize for Poetry, and is currently a Poetry Reader for GASHER, a contributor to the Black Lion Journal and Treblezine. 

Kevin Sampsell is a bookseller, small press publisher, author, and collage artist living in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in the Best American Essays and Best Sex Writing series and has been a notable mention in Best American Nonrequired Reading. His writing has appeared recently in Longreads, Hobart, Radioactive Moat, Paper Darts, and on the Storytellers Telling Stories podcast. More info at

Kat Setzer lives in Salem, MA with her wife and three cats. Her fiction has appeared in MonkeyBicycleThe Cypress Dome, and a couple other publications. Find out more about her writing at