Luther Hughes, born and raised Seattle, is the author of A Shiver in the Leaves (BOA Editions, 2022) and the chapbook Touched (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2018). Founder of Shade Literary Arts, and Executive Editor for The Offing, he co-hosts The Poet Salon podcast with Gabrielle Bates and Dujie Tahat. His work has been published in Poetry, Paris Review, The Rumpus, New England Review, and others. He is the recipient of the 2020 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship and the 2020 92Y Discovery Poetry Prize. Luther received his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis.
Luther's favorite anime is Naruto Shippuden.
Luther grew up dancing with the dance company Kutt N Up Entertainment.
Luther Hughes, Founder & Editor-in-chief
Jonathan Jacob Moore, Book Reviewer
Jonathan Jacob Moore, or Jon Jon, is a poet and scholar from Detroit invested in Black liberation at all costs. His scholarly and creative work cares for the Black imagination and is unrepentantly positioned by Black Feminist, Black Queer and Afro-Pessimistic imaginings. He lives in Washington D.C. and is working on his first manuscript.
shivani narang, Associate Poetry Editor
shivani / shiv is a student, a writer, a doula, and a healing practitioner. shivani is currently completing their Ethnic Studies undergrad degree at UC Berkeley and is so excited to graduate this May 2021. shivani uses she/they pronouns.
Tariq Thompson, Social Media Editor
Tariq Thompson is a Black poet from Memphis, Tennessee. He attends Kenyon College, where he is both an Associate and Social Media Intern for The Kenyon Review. He also serves as the Social Media Editor for Shade Literary Arts. He has poems published or forthcoming in Sixth Finch, The American Poetry Review, and The Adroit Journal, where he received the 2020 Adroit Prize for Poetry. Currently, Tariq is working on his debut chapbook of poetry, titled LONE LILY, forthcoming from Sunset Press in April 2021.
Tariq's favorite movie is currently a tie between Ponyo and The Wind Rises.
Tariq's favorite Pokemon is Mega-Altaria!