smoke and mold consists of the editors listed below, but we are a team that wants to keep growing with others. It is especially important to us that our editorial team reflects the rich and varied work we want to see more of in the world, and so if you are Black, Indigenous, or a person of color who is energized by our mission, we'd love to hear from you about working with us. Send us an email at .
Cal Angus - Managing Editor
Cal is a trans writer and editor currently based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Nat. Brut, West Branch, LA Review of Books, Catapult, The Common, Seventh Wave Magazine and elsewhere. He has received support from Lambda Literary and Signal Fire Foundation for the Arts, and he holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His first book of stories, A Natural History of Transition, is forthcoming from Metonymy Press.
Jie / 婕 Venus Cohen - Assistant Editor
Jie / 婕 is a non-binary Asian and Jewish writer, artist and sex worker advocate. Their artwork and writing is often centered around their internal and external social identities, such as race and ethnicity, religious affiliation and unacceptable attractiveness. Their creative work has been recognized in various formats: The poem "I Am a Jew” was published in SMCC Beacon’s 11/2018 issue and their poetry project “Grindr Life,” along with fiction piece, “Coming out is Hard” will be featured in Disquiet Arts March 2021 issue.
Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch - Assistant Editor
Eli is a queer Arab poet living in Tio’tia:ke, unceded Kanien’kehá:ka territory. Their work has appeared in The Best Canadian Poetry 2018 anthology, GUTS, Carte Blanche, the Shade Journal, The New Quarterly, Arc Poetry Magazine, and elsewhere. They were longlisted for the CBC poetry prize in 2019. You can find them on Instagram and Twitter @theonlyelitareq. Their book, knot body, was published by Metatron Press September 2020, and their upcoming poetry collection, The Good Arabs, will be published by Metonymy Press in 2021.
hannah rubin - Assistant Editor
hannah is a queer writer and interdisciplinary artist working wetly across performance, text, choreography, drawing, sculpture, image-making, and ritual. They have performed or exhibited work in Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Portland, Seattle, and Vermont; their writing has been published in Berkeley Poetry Review, F Magazine, BOAAT Magazine, Heavy Feather Review, Ghost City Review, The Bombay Gin, SF Weekly, and elsewhere. Currently, they run softblobs, a clay experiment that choreographs queer connection through elemental touch, and coordinate 20 lines a day, a durational daily writing collaboration across sixteen artists. Together with Noelle Armstrong they host mellow drama, a humidly intimate poetry radio show on KCIA.