Tacey M. Atsitty, Diné, is Tsénahabiłnii (Sleep Rock People) and born for Ta'neeszahnii (Tangle People) from Cove, AZ. She is a recipient of the Truman Capote Creative Writing Fellowship, the Corson-Browning Poetry Prize, and Morning Star Creative Writing Award. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review, Kenyon Review Online, bosque, Prairie Schooner, Crazyhorse, As/Us, New Orleans Review, New Poets of the American West Anthology, and other publications. She lives in Utah.
Bethany Bateman is an MA student of Spanish linguistics in the Department of Romance Languages here at UGA. She is originally from Ohio but decided to continue her studies in the South where everything is happier, including her.
Colin Dodds grew up in Massachusetts and completed his education in New York City. He’s the author of several novels, including WINDFALL and The Last Bad Job, which the late Norman Mailer touted as showing “something that very few writers have; a species of inner talent that owes very little to other people.” Dodds’ screenplay, Refreshment, was named a semi-finalist in the 2010 American Zoetrope Contest. His poetry has appeared in more than a hundred publications, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife Samantha. You can find more of his work at www.thecolindodds.com.
Ciera Durden is a twenty-one year old graying college student. She primarily writes confessional poetry and is a member of the Word of Mouth spoken word group. Themes of her poetry include depression/death, rituals/magic, lesbianism, and feminism. For all her poetry, she does not know how to write a short bio and is self-conscious in her efforts. Thank you for tolerating them.
Latorial Faison is an American military spouse, mother, professor, poet, and author of eight books: flesh, Love Poems, Secrets of My Soul, Immaculate Perceptions, Kendall's Golf Lesson, and the trilogy collection 28 Days of Poetry Celebrating Black History. This UVA and Virginia Tech. grad has been published in About Place Journal, Poetry Quarterly, Southern Women's Review, ChickenBones, Kalyani, Stars and Stripes, and elsewhere. Visit her official website at www.latorialfaison.com.
Atoosa Grey is a poet and songwriter living in Brooklyn, NY. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. Her poems have most recently appeared on Eunoia Review and The Best American Poetry Blog. She was awarded 2nd place in the Paul Violi Poetry Prize 2013.
Joseph Harms’ fiction and poetry have appeared in Boulevard, The Alaskan Quarterly Review, IthacaLit, Out of Our, Poydras Review,Red Ochre Press, Lines+Stars, SPECS, Mad Hatters’ Review, The American Dissident, and, among others, Bad Idea. He is currently seeking a publisher for his sonnet series Bel, as well as seeking representation and/or a publisher for his novels Cant and Baal.
Daniel Jakopovich is the founder and editor of the progressive political and cultural journal Novi Plamen, currently finishing a doctorate in Sociology at the University of Cambridge, where he has also been a guest lecturer. He is active in the peace movement in the UK (including as a trustee of the Fellowship of Reconciliation), and is a member of the Council of the International Peace Bureau (a Geneva-based peace federation of over 300 NGOs in over 70 countries).
Jay Morris is a second-year health promotions and behavior student at the University of Georgia. He has been writing for three years and reads regularly at Word of Mouth the first Wednesday of every month at The Globe. He writes in the confessional style and his poetry explores mental illness, sexuality, and racism.
Kim Nguyen resides in Athens, GA and is a second-year Advertising and Psychology student at the University of Georgia. This is her first piece of writing to be published but hopefully not her last.
Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The Nation, Poetry, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. His most recent collection is Almost Rain, published by River Otter Press (2013). For more information, including free e-books and his essay titled “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities,” please visit his website at www.simonperchik.com.
henry 7. reneau, jr. writes words in fire to wake the world ablaze & illuminated by courage that empathizes with all the awful moments: a freight train bearing down with warning that blazes from the heart, like a chambered bullet exploding inadvertently. now, runantellyomamaboutdat!!
Mahtem Shiferraw is a poet, visual artist and cultural activist. She grew up in Eritrea & Ethiopia. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College. Her work has been published in The 2River View, Blast Furnace, Blood Lotus, Bohemian Pupil Press, Cactus Heart, The Missing Slate, Mad Hatters Literary Journal and elsewhere. She lives in Los Angeles. You can find her here: http://mahtemshiferraw.com/.
Abigail Welhouse's writing has appeared in The Toast, The Heavy Feather Review, Yes Poetry, Lyre Lyre, the Rumpus, and elsewhere. She studies poetry and translation in the MFA program at the City College of New York, where she received the Meyer Cohn Graduate Award for Literature. To see her drink wine with a polar bear and read more of her poems, please visit about.me/welhouse. Say hello on Twitter: @welhouse.
Elise M. Johansen has her MFA in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She lives in Maine with her wife, their five dogs and cat. Elise has a terrible memory, a vast imagination and a deep love for all things in their most human moments. Elise is currently working on her first novel.
Daniel LoPilato is a fiction writer living in Athens, Georgia, where he works for a public garden and the literary quarterly VERSE.
Éireann Lorsung is the author of Music For Landing Planes By (Milkweed 2007), Her Book (Milkweed 2013), and Sweetbriar (dancing girl press, 2013). Recent poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Burnside Review, Colorado Review, and Women's Studies Quarterly. Now she is at work on a novel about archives and earthquakes, pieces of which can be found in Two Serious Ladies, DIAGRAM, and Bluestem. She edits 111O and co-runs MIEL, a micropress (miel-books.com).
Spring Ulmer is the author of BENJAMIN’S SPECTACLES and THE AGE OF VIRTUAL REPRODUCTION. She teaches at West Chester University.
Daniel Arzola is a writer, visual artist, graphic designer, and LGBT rights activist. He is the creator of I’m Not A Joke, the first Venezuelan viral campaign to reach five continents in less than six months. His work has been shown and written about internationally in El Nacional, Pagina 12, and Al Jazeera, among other international sources of media. Daniel participated in Madonna’s Art for Freedom project becoming the only artist to have four illustrations chosen for the worldwide project, curated by pop singer Katy Perry. He lives and works today in Maracay, Venezuela.
Andie Ashe is a fourth year drawing major and sociology minor at UGA. Considering herself largely a portrait artist, the works featured in Mandala contrast from her regular line of work, but they speak to the same issues she concerns herself with- femininity in college life. Her work has been featured in Stillpoint literary magazine, and most recently the college exhibition at Agnes Scott. For more of her work, you can visit her website www.andieashe.com
Anthony Kwakwa Jr. is 22 years of age. He is a Ghanaian-born artist and a student at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, where he reads B.A. communication design.
Chad Rhym is a junior at Clarke Central High School in Athens, GA. This is his second time submitting art to Mandala Journal. As an African-American student journalist, it is an absolute honor to submit work and collaborate with the Institute for African American Studies.