Please join us as Whirlwind Magazine celebrates three years of publishing literature and art that bears witness to injustice. Our launch party for issue #11 will be at the Pen and Pencil Club in Philadelphia, PA, on Sunday, September 24th at 8pm. Contributors will perform their poetry featured in the magazine based on the idea of resistance. Now more than ever, with the emboldening of white supremacists and complacency throughout America to dangerous right-wing ideology, we must come together and resist.

After the featured readers will be an open mic hosted by Bob Zell. Courtney Gambrell will read various works from our international contributors throughout the night.

Find out more about the featured readers below.

Gianni Gaudino is an adjunct instructor of English at Atlantic Cape Community College. His poems appear recently in Muzzle Magazine, Public Pool, and Philadelphia Stories. He lives in South Jersey.

Penelope Gristelfink is a former newspaper reporter. Her first novel has been accepted by Scarlet Leaf Publishing House. She is a graduate of Temple University. She lives in Norristown, Pa. Her poetry, short stories and essays have appeared in Loch Raven ReviewEclectica MagazineThe PotomacBird’s ThumbFoliate OakThe Pedestal MagazineThe Seattle ReviewArlington Literary Journal and Sick Lit Magazine.

Shannon McGill Vasile is an educator and musician who lives with her husband in Collingswood, NJ. She received an engraved award for writing in the 8th grade and it’s been all downhill from there.

Cole Bryson has spent a great deal of time sleeping on transit trains and city buses and has lived in motels for stretches of time that most decent people would deem longer than any respectable person should live in a motel. He’s currently working on a chapbook full of sad and, if we’re being honest, self- involved poetry that is very likely to go unfinished. Look for it wherever things you don’t want made by people you don’t know or care about are sold.

Tyra Jamison is a writer that sits at the intersections of Black, woman, young, artist, student, Pittsburgh born, and Hill District raised. She is currently pursuing a BFA in Creative Writing at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Anthony Palma teaches writing at a couple colleges in the Philadelphia area and South Jersey. His poems have appeared in several places, including The Mad Poets’ Review, Harbinger Asylum, and Italian Americana. In addition to poetry, his creative interests include the blending of poetry with other genres, including performance, visual art, and music. He lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania with his family.

Lamont B. Steptoe was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the author of fourteen collections of poetry while also serving as editor for two books by the late South African poet, Dennis Brutus. Steptoe is the winner of an American Book Award and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. He’s the founder and publisher of Whirlwind Press. His latest book of poetry, Beyond the White Stone Lions, was published by Radical Paper Press in the summer of 2017.

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