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About the Editors

Ona Gritz’s books include the poetry collection Geode, a finalist for the Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award, and On the Whole: a Story of Mothering and Disability, a memoir. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Catamaran Literary Reader, The Bellevue Literary Review, Beauty Is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability, and elsewhere. She and her husband, Daniel Simpson, served as poetry editors for Referential Magazine and co-edited More Challenges For the Delusional, a writing guide and anthology featuring prompts by Peter Murphy. Her non- fiction is listed among Notables in Best American Essays and Best Life Stories in Salon.


Taylor Carmen Savath is a writer, speaker, activist and a believer that art can change our world. She has spoken at conferences for disabled students and their families all over the east coast. These experiences, along with being an active member of a local poetry community and creating workshops on what it means to be body positive, offer her a unique perspective from which to write. Most recently, she wrote for the online magazine, The Body is Not an Apology. She is currently working on a short collection of poems. In her work, she hopes to examine what it means to be more loving and accepting of ourselves, as well as how to answer author John Green’s call to “imagine each other more complexly.”