Israfel Sivad is the primary lyricist for the Washington, DC based indie rock band One & the Many. He is the founder of Ursprung Collective, an international spoken word/music project, which has been referred to as "fantastic brain food" on ReverbNation. He holds a Master's degree in Philosophy from The New School for Social Research in New York City. His first novel, "Crossroads Blues", has been compared to the work of Fyodor Dostoevsky (Palmetto Review). His second novel, "The Adversary's Good News", was a finalist for the 2016 Chanticleer Paranormal Book Award. His stories and poems have appeared in the Santa Fe Literary Review, The Stray Branch and Badlands Literary Journal.