Launch Party


Featuring Eileen Cleary, Ellen Austin-Li, & Ashley Johnson.

Join us for our launch with reading and discussion of love poems in time for Valentine's Day. Bring a poem you love to share.

Crowd-Sourced Love Poem Anthology



Eileen Cleary

Eileen Cleary is the author of Child Ward of the Commonwealth (Main Street Rag Press, 2019), which received an honorable mention for the Sheila Margaret Motton Book Prize, and 2 A.M. with Keats, forthcoming from Nixes Mate. Her poems have appeared in Sugar House Review, West Texas Literary Review, The American Journal of Poetry, JAMA, Right Hand Pointing, and other journals. Cleary founded the Lily Poetry Review and Lily Poetry Review Books, and she hosts/curates the Lily Poetry Salon.

Ellen Austin-Li

Ellen Austin-Li is a poet published in Artemis, Thimble Literary Magazine, Writers Tribe Review, The Maine Review, The New Verse News, Memoir Mixtapes, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, Masque & Spectacle, Green Briar Review, Panoply, Anti-Heroin Chic, and other places. Her first chapbook, Firefly, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2019, and her second chapbook, Lockdown: Scenes From Early in the Pandemic, is forthcoming in 2021. A recipient of the Martin B. Bernstein Fellowship in Poetry, she is an MFA in Poetry candidate at the Solstice Low-Residency MFA Program. Ellen lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two sons.

Ashley Johnson

Ashley Johnson’s essays have appeared in Sleet, Glassworks, and Iron City Magazine. Her essay Sing was nominated for a 2020 Pushcart Prize. She is currently working on a hybrid-memoir that examines the residual effects of mass incarceration on the Black family structure. Ashley holds her MFA from the Solstice MFA Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College, MA in Education from UMUC, and BS in Criminal Justice from Marymount University. Ashley currently resides in Silver Spring, Maryland with her husband and their two sons.