Toni Nealie is the Literary Editor of Newcity and the author of the essay collection “The Miles Between Me.” A Pushcart Prize nominee, her essays have appeared in Guernica Magazine, Rust Belt: Chicago, The Rumpus, The Offing, Essay Daily, Chicago Quarterly Review, Hobart, Entropy and elsewhere. She worked in magazine journalism, politics and PR in her native New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Singapore and now edits, writes and teaches in Chicago. Find her at toninealie.com and on Twitter @tnealie. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amy Strauss Friedman
Amy Strauss Friedman is the author of the poetry collection “The Eggshell Skull Rule” (forthcoming in 2018 from Kelsay Books) and the chapbook “Gathered Bones are Known to Wander” (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2016). A two-time Best of the Net nominee, her poems have appeared in The Rumpus, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Escape Into Life, decomP magazinE, and elsewhere. Amy earned her MA in Comparative Literature from Northwestern University. She was born and raised in Chicago and recently moved to Denver, Colorado where she teaches English. Her work can be found at amystraussfriedman.com.
Kate Burns is a writer, musician and voiceover talent living in Chicago. She has a BA in Spanish and English from Tufts University and an MA in TESOL from SUNY Stonybrook. She writes essays, songs, and book reviews.
Jarrett Neal holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His first book, “What Color Is Your Hoodie? Essays on Black Gay Identity,” was a finalist for the 2016 Lambda Literary Award.
S. Ferdowsi graduated with her MFA from Columbia College Chicago and her BA from University of Chicago. She is working on her first manuscript.
Negesti Kaudo is an essayist with an MFA from Columbia College Chicago. Her work is primarily interested in race, gender, sexuality and pop culture. She has been published in Newcity, Nailed Magazine, Cosmonauts Avenue, Mosaic Magazine; Love Me, Love My Belly Zine, and elsewhere. For Your Pleasure is a hybrid series investigating objectification, female empowerment and sexuality. You can follow Negesti on Twitter (@kaudonegesti).