Kenyatta JP Garcia is the author of Slow Living (West Vine Press), ROBOT and This Sentimental Education. They were raised on Flatbush Ave and still holds the world to the standards set forth by that microcosm of poverty, patois and street poetry. Currently, they spend their nights putting boxes on shelves for a buck and by day they edit Rigorous and prepare for the zombie apocalypse and the inevitable return of our alien overlords.
Claire Alexandria left a comment on your sad post. She has survived something like 9,551 days on earth. dumpsters & birds & trauma is a yet to be published project she wrote in 2016 and constitutes book 1 in her series of dumpster poems. You can find more of her work at TYPO, DIAGRAM, Dreginald, and elsewhere.
Ivy Johnson is a poet and performance artist in Oakland, CA. Her book, As They Fall, is a collection of 110 notecards for aleatoric ritual and was published by Timeless, Infinite Light in 2013. She is co-founder of The Third Thing, an ecstatic feminist performance art duo. They have a self-titled chapbook out with Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs. Her book, Born Again, is forthcoming from The Operating System in 2018. https://ivyjohnsonblog.wordpress.com
Chloe Rose is fat, queer, non-binary person of color living with disabilities and her cat Franz in Tacoma, WA. They have been published by the Atticus Review, Enclave’s #finalpoem project, and have been a featured writer in Aspasiology (March 2017). They enjoy writing poetry, essay, and fiction, as well as tweeting about conlangs, antifa, witchcraft, and such as. Brown brown brown brown brown brown brown. @chloeandsuchas #yerbamalanuncamuere #spacewitch
Terrell Jamal Terry is the author of Aroma Truce, forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in 2017. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Literary Review, Poetry Northwest, West Branch, The Journal, Guernica, Columbia Poetry Review, The Volta, Bettering American Poetry 2015, and elsewhere. He resides in Pittsburgh, PA.
Caseyrenée Lopez is an editor, educator, and poet. Their debut full-length collection, i was born dead, is forthcoming from ELJ Editions in 2018. Follow them on Twitter @caseyreneelopez.
John Paul “Polo” Kirkland nació y se crió en la escénica área oeste de Puerto Rico el 9 de mayo de 1990. Su poesía habita una tierra de bellezas extremas, perturbada por el silencio brutal del discurso colonial, toca fibras éticas, históricas y filosóficas mediantes visiones, la introspección, la sátira y un llamado a un mundo surreal, extendiéndose a través de sus intimidades comunes.
Estudió y se graduó de Literatura Comparada en la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez. Actualmente, trabaja como maestro de idiomas y tutor.
John Paul “Polo” Kirkland was born and raised on the scenic west coast of Puerto Rico on May 9, 1990. Dwelling in a land of extreme beauties, shaken by the rough silence of colonial discourse, his poetry touches ethical, historical and philosophical fibers through visions, introspection, satire, and an appeal to a surreal world, extending into its common intimacies.
He studied and graduated with a degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez campus. Currently, he works as a language teacher and tutor.
Tyler Vile is a writer, performer, and activist from Baltimore, MD whose novel-in-verse, Never Coming Home, is available on Topside Press. She is a member of the Baltimore Transgender Alliance leadership team and the vocalist in a punk band called Anti-Androgen. Her interactive poetry zine, Hassidic Witch Murderer is available on her website, tylervile.wordpress.com. She aspires to one day become the world’s greatest transsexual yenta.
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