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zahrainatlantaZahra Marie Johnson, @zahra_marie, a graduate of Spelman College, also graduated from Rutgers University-Newark’s MFA program by completing a poetic thesis on hair, music and memory. In 2010, she was a selected poet in the Callaloo writing workshop series. Most recently her poems appear on Zahra has read at venues in NYC, Brooklyn and Newark, NJ where she worked as a college writing instructor from 2008-2013. In addition to being a Delen Arts blogger, she contributes at and

Maria V. Luna, @mariavluna, is a writer who received her MFA in Creative Writing at Rutgers University. Shortly after, she embarked on what she thought would be a hiatus, time to write, but resulted in a yearlong teaching experience in the Dominican Republic.  While she is now stateside, the ocean continues to resound in her ears and palm trees still sway in her heart. Maria transmits the sea’s lulling rhythm as a published fiction writer, closet poet and feature writer and editor for Latin Trends Magazine and website.  She is also a composition and foundations instructor at various colleges in New Jersey.


Jean YeoJin Sung, @jeansung, was born in South Korea and raised in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. She is currently a doctoral student at Rutgers University – Newark’s Urban Systems program. She received her BA from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and her Master’s in Public Administration from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service. Additionally, Jean is a proud graduate of the MFA Creative Writing program at Rutgers University – Newark. She has published work in Salome Magazine, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Cntrary Magazine, 322 Review, and Philadelphia Stories.