The Poppy Issue


Agathe Singer is a freelance illustrator based in Paris. She uses watercolour and gouache to paint naive and non-naturalist flora and fauna with special attention to birds, flowers and landscapes in small paintings full of coloured nuances and details. 

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Alexa Alice Joubin teaches in the Department of English at The George Washington University. She writes about and teaches texts that cross all kinds of boundaries, including Shakespeare, globalization, film, and theatre.


Alex Knabenschuh is a Toronto based photographer whose work focuses on female adolescence, and uses a cinematic and romanticized approach. She is a recent graduate of Sheridan College’s Bachelor of Photography Program.

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Anjali Barot is a South London poet and writer.  She is a member of Octavia, a poetry collective for women of colour supported by the Southbank Centre.  Her works have been published in Skin Deep and hotdog magazines as well as performed at various festivals and events across London.  She is also a member of art collective Living Free and has exhibited her writing in Chelsea, Shoreditch and Croydon.  Often collaborating with painters and photographers to enhance her words through visual art, her goal is to make poetry more accessible and experimental outside of it’s traditionalwritten form. Most recently, she was selected as a Board Member of The Poetry Archive charity organisation. Both with her collectives and individually, she gravitates toward writing about her journey as a woman of colour - the self-discovery that comes with unlocking herself piece-by-piece through each poem birthed into the physical world.


Ayumi Takahashi was born in China, raised in Japan. She graduated from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, and also studied graphic design at Central Saint Martins in London. Alum is currently living in New York working in the field of painting, drawing, digital, printmaking, textile design and graphic design.

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Charlotte Trounce is an illustrator living in London. 

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Chitralekha Basu is the author of Sketches by Hootum the Owl: a Satirist’s View of Colonial Calcutta -- a re-imagining of the first work of modern Bengali prose written in 1861/62 by Kaliprasanna Sinha. Her short stories are anthologized in Memory’s Gold: Writings on Calcutta (Viking/Penguin) and First Proof: New Writing from India (Penguin). She has published in the Times Literary Supplement, The Independent and The Age/Sydney Morning Herald and most recently in The Caravan Magazine, Asia Literary Review, Open Road Review, The Missing Slate, The Island Review, Cosmonauts’ Avenue and Entropy. She lives in Hong Kong. 


Chloe Stopa-Hunt grew up in Oxfordshire, Dorset and Hampshire, and was educated at New College, Oxford. She has contributed as a reviewer to a number of publications, including Asymptote, Mslexia and Poetry Review. Recently Chloe has been pursuing graduate work in Cambridge alongside her work as a poet and author of pathographies.


Christine Butterworth-McDermott is the author of full-length collection of poems, Woods & Water, Wolves & Women and a chapbook, Tales on Tales: Sestinas. She is the founder and editor for the online journal, Gingerbread House Literary Magazine .  Her poems have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Cimarron Review, Lunch Review, The Normal School, River Styx, Southeast Review, and others. She teaches in the Department of English and Creative Writing at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.


Daisuke Hamada was born in 1983 in Shizuoka, Japan and currently lives and works in Tokyo. He has exhibited work in Tokyo and Paris, and had work printed in several publications. 

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Eleanor Meredith is an artist; she works on commissions, collaborations and illustration projects. Her studio is hidden at the top of a cinema in Hackney, London. She originally hails from the wilds of West Lothian, Scotland.

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Elena Boils was born in Mexico, and is a freelance illustrator based in London. She graduated from University college Falmouth in 2012. Her work is a mixture of digital and hand created images. I am very interested by nature and spaces as well as surreal creations, mostly a mixture of both. 

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Erin Taniguchi is an illustrator and printmaker living in Vancouver, BC. She is a graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Erin’s work is influenced by spirituality, animals, yoga, handmade items, and printmaking methods, particularly relief printing. She works primarily in a combination of linocut prints and digital. Her work can be described as thought-provoking, weighty and contemplative. Erin is easy to work with, open to ideas and meets deadlines. Her illustration work has been featured in magazines in Canada and the USA.

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Jennifer Metsker lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she teaches writing at the Stamps School of Art and Design. Most recently her poetry can be found in Whiskey Island, Rhino, Beloit Poetry Review, Cream City Review, and Birdfeast. Her audio poetry has been featured on BBC Radio’s Short Cuts


Johanna Stickland is a Canadian born, self-taught painter and photographer based in Portugal. Her work has been featured in Juxtapoz, EXIT Magazine, Vision Magazine China, The Wild Magazine and Ignant Magazine amongst others. In February 2017, she was commissioned by SHOWstudio to illustrate the Milan Womenswear A/W 17 collections in Milan. She is one of the 40 photographers to be featured and interviewed in the book “Girl on Girl: Art and Photography in the Age of the Female Gaze.” 

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Joyce Dixon is a Manchester-based writer, editor and researcher. She graduated in 2015 from the Critical Writing in Art & Design MA programme at the Royal College of Art, where her research focused on the material and metaphorical nature of colour naming.


Kaley Ross is a London based photographer, curator, and a lover of flowers. These passions led her to create Future Fossil Flora, in hopes of sharing the beauty and power of flora and the opportunity for connection through flowers with the world. 

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Karl-Joel Larsson is an illustrator (and sometimes designer of other things) living and working in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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Maia Dolphin-Krute is a writer and artist based in Boston. Her books include the recently released Ghostbodies: Towards a new theory of invalidism (Intellect, 2017) and the forthcoming Visceral: Essays on Illness Not as Metaphor (punctum books, 2017). More information about these and other projects can be found at


Mary Andrews is the founder and creator of Mary Andrews Design, an Illustration and Graphic Design Company based in Denver Colorado. Graduating from University of the Arts London, Mary specializes in children’s book illustration, custom illustrations and digital design strategies. Inspired by nature and literature, she lives stateside with her husband and growing child.


Nina Flagstad Kvorning is a danish designer based in Copenhagen, specializing in abstract storytelling trough drawings, print design and textile art. 

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Oscar Gaynor is a writer and editor based in London. He is currently researching for a book on Alpine sanatoria. 


Sally Gall is an artist that lives and works in New York City.  She exhibits widely, and has recently mounted her ninth solo exhibition (2016)  with the Julie Saul Gallery, New York.  Her work is in numerous museums and collections word wide, and she has published two books of photographs, The Water’s Edge, Chronicle Books, 1995 and Subterranea, Umbrage Editions, 2003.  She has been awarded several prestigious fellowships which include two MacDowell Colony Fellowships and a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency.

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Sarah Alford graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with an MA in Visual and Critical Studies, and an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies. She has exhibited across Canada, Scotland, and the United States, including the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Sarah has taught studio and art history classes at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and is currently a PhD candidate at Queen’s University in Art History, where she is investigating the relationship between pre-Darwinian botanical philosophy and Victorian design reform.


Sharon Suzuki-Martinez is the author of The Way of All Flux (2012), winner of the New Rivers Press MVP Poetry Prize. Her recent work appears in or is forthcoming in Gargoyle, Duende, Dusie, Quarterday Review, The Lake, Clockhouse, and Algebra of Owls. She is the Editor of The Poet’s Playlist, a music and poetry blog. 


Sofia Kraushaar is an illustrator and graphic designer working in New York City. She is a graduate of the Communication Design program at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.

See her work on her website and Instagram.


Tara Aghdashloo is a writer/filmmaker and curator based in London. She was born in Tehran, graduated with a BA of Journalism at Toronto’s Ryerson University, and completed her MA at SOAS in London, UK. She enjoys analysing art and hunting stories, wonderful objects, and rare humans. She is currently and forever in love.

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Tung-Hui Hu is the author of Greenhouses, Lighthouses (Copper Canyon Press, 2013). He teaches at the University of Michigan and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Yasemin Topcam is a recent graduate from BA(Hons) Photography at the Arts University Bournemouth based in the South of England.

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