Autumn Rose Barksdale is a fat, queer, trans femme poet and public speaker based out of Lake Worth, Florida. Her poems have been published in The Offing, The Jabbercat, Crabfat, and in an upcoming issue of THEM.
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.