Five Poems by Kimberly Ann Southwick

Kimberly Ann Southwick is the founder and editor in chief of the literary arts journal GIGANTIC SEQUINS. She has two poetry chapbooks, most recently EFS & VEES (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2015). A poem of hers was a finalist for the 2016 Yemassee Poetry Prize. She is pursuing her PhD in English/Creative Writing at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She currently blogs about chapbooks for Ploughshares. She lives in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana with her husband, Geoffrey, and their dog, Jasper. Follow her on twitter @kimannjosouth & visit her online at for more.

An Excerpt from HELEN OR MY HUNGER, by Gale Marie Thompson

Gale Marie Thompson the author of Soldier On (Tupelo Press, 2015) and two chapbooks: If You’re a Bear, I’m a Bear and Expeditions to the Polar Seas (Sixth Finch). Recent work may be found in Gulf Coast, Cosmonauts Avenue, jubilat, Bennington Review, Ghost Proposal, and Foundry, among others. She has received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. She is the founding editor of Jellyfish Magazine and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she teaches at Grand Valley State University.

Pages from What Runs Over, a memoir in verse by Kayleb Rae Candrilli

Kayleb Rae Candrilli is author of What Runs Over, forthcoming with YesYes Books and winner of the 2016 Pamet River Prize. They are published or forthcoming in BOAAT Press, Puerto del Sol, Booth, Vinyl, Muzzle, Cream City Review, and others. Candrilli is a Best of the Net winner and a Pushcart Prize nominated poet. They serve as an assistant poetry editor for BOAAT Press and they hold an MFA and an MLIS from the University of Alabama. Candrilli now lives in Philadelphia with their partner. You can read more of their work here

Hall of Waters, by Berry Grass

Berry Grass is originally from Kansas City, got their MFA in Tuscaloosa, and now lives & teaches writing in Philadelphia. Their chapbook, Collector’s Item, was published in 2014 by Corgi Snorkel Press. Their essays appear in The Normal School, BOAAT, Bedfellows, Hobart, and Sonora Review, among other publications. When they aren’t reading submissions as the Nonfiction Editor of Sundog Lit, they are embodying what happens when a Virgo watches too much professional wrestling.

Hablemos entonces de cuán solos/ Let’s talk about solitude then, by Kenneth Cumba García

Traducidos por/Translated by
Raquel Salas Rivera y/and Kenneth Cumba

Foto tomada por/Photo by Amanda Hernández

Kenneth Cumba (Carolina, Puerto Rico, 1992). Fue estudiante de Estudios Hispánicos de la Universidad de Puerto Rico. Ganador del Primer Certamen Subgraduado de la Facultad de Humanidades en el 2012. Ganador del Premio Guajana en el año 2014. Ha escrito un libro, aun inédito, La urgencia de la fruta, cuyos textos han sido publicados en revistas digitales e impresas, tanto en Puerto Rico como en México, Bolivia, Argentina y California.

Kenneth Cumba (Carolina, Puerto Rico, 1992). He studied Hispanic Studies at the University of Puerto Rico and won First Place in the Department of Humanities Poetry Contest in 2012. He also won the Guajana Prize in 2014. Selections from his unpublished manuscript, The Urgency of Fruit, have been published in online and print journals from Puerto Rico, México, Bolivia, Argentina and California.


Translation by Raquel Salas Rivera

Alba Ariet se ha dedicado a los estudios literarios desde el año 2007. Tiene un bachillerato en Estudios Hispánicos de la Universidad de Puerto Rico en Mayagüez y se encuentra terminando una Maestría en Estudios Hispánicos de la Universidad de Puerto Rico en Río Piedras. Le interesa estudiar las luchas de identidad cultural y la reivindicación de la mujer en la literatura. Además, disfruta de contemplar una noche estrellada, de colaborar con quien la necesite y ama a los gatos. La puedes contactar escribiéndole a su correo electrónico:

Alba Ariet has been studying literature since 2007. She has a B.A. in Hispanic Studies from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, and is currently completing her M.A. in Hispanic Studies at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. She is interested in studying the history of identitarian struggles and women’s rights in literature. She also enjoys starry nights, collaborating with those who need her, and loves cats. You can reach her at

Two Chapters from R E D, by Chase Berggrun

Chase Berggrun is a trans poet. They are the author of R E D, forthcoming from Birds, LLC in 2018, and the chapbook Discontent and Its Civilizations: Poems of Erasure, published by jubilat in 2012. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Lambda Literary Spotlight, the PEN Poetry Series, Pinwheel, Sixth Finch, Diagram, The Offing, Prelude, Apogee, Beloit Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. They received their MFA from New York University.

These poems are from their forthcoming debut collection R E D (Birds, LLC, Winter 2018). They can be found on the internet at or @patriphobe.