the poetry annals


The wonderful people behind The Poetry Annals.


SHEKINAH VERA-CRUZ is a nineteen year-old poet, artist and historian living in the southeast of England. Winner of the 2015 Art Writing competition, and shortlisted for the 2016 Tower Poetry Prize, they are on the editorial team for their college newspaper The Poor Print. An Ancient and modern history student at Oxford University, they like folding origami cranes and playing Monument Valley.

Poetry Editor

CHRISTIAN SAMMARTINO  is the Editor-In-Chief of Rising Phoenix Review and the Managing Editor and Poetry Editor for L'Éphémère Review. He is currently studying Philosophy at West Chester University. His poetry is influenced by life in the Pennsylvania Rustbelt near his hometown of Coatesville. His work has appeared in Words Dance Publishing, Voicemail Poems, Lehigh Valley Vanguard, Thirteen Myna Birds, Sea Foam Mag, Yellow Chair Review and others. He also has a poem forthcoming in Sooth Swarm Journal. Sammartino was a Resident Poet for Lehigh Valley Vanguard during the summer of 2015. His first chapbook, Keystones, was released by Rising Phoenix Press in December 2014.

Poetry Editor

VENETTA OCTAVIA is a poet from Singapore who is currently an English Literature undergraduate. Her work has previously appeared in Wildness, the Rising Phoenix Review, the Dinner Table Review, the Mira Project and others. She hopes to write more about race and gender issues in Southeast Asia. She is currently struggling through Fallout 4 and has two dogs, which have greatly contributed to her poetry and her self-published chapbooks. Her debut collection of poetry, Prelude to Light, was published by Platypus Press in 2016

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VALERIE WU is a Chinese-American writer and activist currently attending Presentation High School in San Jose, California. She is deeply passionate about the intersection of ethnicity, migration, and human rights, and was the recipient of a National Gold Medal in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her personal essay on race in America. Her journalism has been featured by The Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times Insider, and We Are Three Dimensional