Madeleine Barnes is a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where she received a bachelor's degree in Creative Writing and Fine Arts. Her poems have appeared in places like The Rattling Wall, Weave Magazine, Open Thread, The Albion Review, Allegheny Review, 5AM, and North Central Review. She is the recipient of the Borders Open Door Poetry Prize, the Princeton Poetry Prize, and the Women's Press Club award for journalism. In the fall she will travel to Trinity College Dublin to pursue a Masters of Philosophy in Creative Writing.
Sampsonia Way is an online magazine sponsored by City of Asylum/Pittsburgh that seeks to protect and advocate for writers who may be endangered, to educate the public about threats to writers and literary expression, and to create a community in which endangered writers thrive and literary culture is a valued part of life.