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Launch Party: No Tokens 5/13/23

Please join us to meet No Tokens journal #10 contributors and readers, who are coming from far and wide to share with us their genius and their words:

DeeSoul Carson (He/They) is a poet, performer, and educator from San Diego, CA. His work is featured or forthcoming in Voicemail Poems, Narrative Mag, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Offing, & elsewhere. A Stanford University alum, DeeSoul has received fellowships from The Watering Hole and New York University, where he is an MFA candidate in the Creative Writing program. Find more of his work at

Jax Connelly (they/she) is an award-winning writer whose creative nonfiction explores the intersections of queer identity, unstable bodies, and mental illness. Their essays have received honors including three Notables in the Best American Essays series, Nowhere Magazine’s Fall 2020 Travel Writing Prize, first place in the 2019 Prairie Schooner Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest, and the 2018 Pinch Literary Award for Creative Nonfiction, among others. You can read more of her work in Fourth Genre, [PANK], The Rumpus, Hunger Mountain, Ruminate, Pleiades, and more.

Adam Dalva’s writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The New York Review of Books, The Atlantic, and The Guardian. He is the Senior Fiction Editor of Guernica Magazine. Adam serves on the board of the National Book Critics Circle, is the Books Editor of Words Without Borders, and is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Rutgers University

Gemma Kaneko is a Yonsei writer who splits her time between New York and Detroit. Her work has appeared on stage at The New Ohio and Ars Nova, and online in no tokens journal. Alex Trebek once called her “a delight.”

Katie Moulton is the author of Dead Dad Club: On Grief & Tom Petty (Audible 2022). Her writing appears in No Tokens, New England Review, The Believer, Salon, Oxford American, Electric Literature, Sewanee Review, and elsewhere. A 2021 MacDowell fellow, her work has been supported by fellowships from Bread Loaf, Art Omi, Djerassi, Tin House, and other organizations. Born and raised in St. Louis, she makes her home in Baltimore and teaches in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

Originally from Southside Virginia, Caitlin Scarano is a writer based in Bellingham, Washington. She holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MFA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her second full length collection of poems, The Necessity of Wildfire, was selected by Ada Limón as the winner of the Wren Poetry Prize and recently won a 2023 Pacific Northwest Book Award. You can find her at

Tanisha Shende is a first-year undergraduate from New Jersey with a desire to combine the arts and sciences through writing. She sees literature as both an escape from reality and a way to make sense of it, and through literary fiction’s examination of the human experience and speculative fiction’s imagination and idealism, she seeks to explore philosophical and scientific ideas, allow the reader to imagine a better world, and leave the reader feeling hope, wonder, and/or fear. Her work has been recognized by The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, Narrative Magazine, National Poetry Quarterly, The Center for Fiction, Ringling College of Art and Design, Stockton University, Bergen Community College, and Jerry Jazz Musician.

Rachel Stempel is a queer Ukrainian-Jewish poet represented by Danielle Burby at Mad Woman Literary. She is the author of the chapbooks Interiors, winner of the 2021 Wallace Award from Foundlings Press, BEFORE THE DESIRE TO EAT (Finishing Line Press), and Dear Abbey (Bottlecap Press), and her work has appeared recently in Denver Quarterly, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Minnesota Review. She lives in Binghamton with her rabbit, Diego.

Mary Alice Stewart‘s work has been included in Joyland, No Tokens, Washington Square Review, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Bennington College in fiction. Mary Alice works as a housekeeper and as an Assistant Agent for Annie DeWitt at The Shipman Agency. She is from Maine.

Meredith Westgate is the author of the novel, The Shimmering State. Her work has appeared in Epiphany, Joyland, LitHub, No Tokens, and elsewhere. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and has an MFA in Fiction from The New School. She grew up in Lancaster, PA, and currently lives in Brooklyn.


Date: Saturday, May 13
Time: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Location: FRIEDA, 320 Walnut Street
Registration: Reservation only. At least 2 days prior to the event.
Fee: Open to the general public.
Admission free.
FRIEDA offers a wide range of beverages, cold and hot, as well as a variety of freshly made food options.
Space is limited. Please be respectful, no outside food or drinks allowed.

Mask recommended during this event.
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