About Wild Garlic

This quarterly publication features courageous, wild writing of all genres. We foster the full range of voices that find space and community within our group each week and favor love of practice over perfection of product. Wild garlic grows abundantly throughout our home in Brooklyn. Garlic is eaten for fortification, and adaptation; growing in loping fragments beneath the ground, these compact bulbs teach us about strength. Sidewalks so often erupt with new growth, whether from our lived interactions in the city, or the sheer force of life rising up through the fissures underfoot. We gather writing with enough vitality to crack concrete.

Wild Garlic accepts & publishes submissions from members of the Brooklyn Women’s Writing Group. To learn more and become a member, click here. We publish four times per year and feature work in all genres.


Irene Lyla Lee is a writer, publisher, and educator, dedicated to storytelling driven by dreams; the places where land and imagination meet. She has collaborated on publishing projects including A Book of Signs, and the zine SETS. She is founder of the small press, ilylali, and co-founder of Boar Hair Books, and Oreades Press. Irene has also been published in The Brooklyn Rail, Visitant, Chronogram, and The Poetry Project’s Archive. She appeared in Pratt Instute’s MFA in Writing literary magazine, The Felt. She holds an MFA in Writing from Pratt Institute. Irene swims, lives, and walks in Brooklyn, NY.

Rosalina Diaz is an Anthropologist with research interests & publications in Gender, Identity & Power in Taino Society; Historical Archaeology of the Caribbean; Ethnobotany of the Caribbean; and Education Inequality of Latinx and Caribbean Populations in the U.S. Prior to joining Medgar Evers College, CUNY, she was trained as a Cultural Anthropologist at the American Museum of Natural History, earned a PhD from The CUNY Graduate Center and held adjunct faculty positions at Hunter College, Brooklyn College, City College and Borough of Manhattan Community College, as well as The New School and Boricua College. She served as Director of the MEC Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence from 2013 to 2016 and founded the Latinx heritage Month Celebration and the Association of Latinx Studies at MEC in 2007. In addition to her teaching responsibilities at MEC, she currently serves as Mentor for the TRTC program at Columbia University and works with the University of Puerto Rico on several projects focusing on Environmental Resilience of Island Communities in the Anthropocene. 

Le’Shae Yasmin is just your friendly neighborhood writer and fellow Brooklynite. She dibbles & dabbles in every genre. Some day, she hopes to begin writing professionally. Until then, enjoy the snippets! 

Anna Yesilevskiy has a graduate certificate from NYU’s summer publishing institute, an M.S.Ed in Education Policy from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and a BA in Psychology with double minors in Creative Writing and Women and Gender Studies from Pace University and currently works as a K-12 tutor and as a legal writer. Anna is also the host of a YA book club at a Brooklyn Public Library branch and is from Brooklyn, New York. You can find her @annielikestoreadandwatchtv where she talks about books and TV shows.

Katie Stromme has lived in New York since 2017. She is a writer and editor interested in ecology, loneliness, and ritual. She has previously served as an editor at Hunger Mountain and Mud Season Review. She holds an MFA in Writing & Publishing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She enjoys painting, running, and riding her bike.

Sara Wekselblatt is a writer by night. By day, she works for an organization that serves LGBTQ+ youth. She currently writes nonfiction and poetry, but has experience with other genres. Sara has been writing since she was a child, and in her teens wrote pieces for a magazine focusing on LGBTQ+ youth projects. She has a B.A. from Hunter College in English, with a concentration in Creative Writing. While Sara started out in Queens, she moved to Brooklyn in her twenties. She just moved back to Queens, but Brooklyn will live in her heart forever.

Katherine Scott is a freelance television producer, having worked on content for networks like The History Channel, HGTV, and Netflix. She has a degree in English from Wake Forest University, and is grateful to be working with the Brooklyn Women’s Writing Group on this project.

Anna Zagerson is a writer, dancer, and occupational therapist.  She is pursuing her MFA at New York University and likes sewing beads onto canvas with her rescue cat, Wolfie.

Isabella Rae Barrengos is the author of Pomegranate Seeds, a novel under recent publication by Verbalyze. Her work is also featured in Your Impossible Voice. Based in New York, she studied Anthropology and Classics at Bates College, for which she has a published thesis.