A LITANY OF THINGS GIRLHOOD ASKED US TO NAME ON THE EVE OF OUR LOVE, Sojourner Ahebee

Sojourner Ahebee, an undergraduate at Stanford University, writes poems about African diaspora identities and the eternal question of home and belonging. Her work has been published in The Atlantic, Winter Tangerine Review, and featured by The Academy of American Poets. In 2013 she served the United States as a National Student Poet, the nation’s highest honor for youth poets creating original work. She was invited to the White House by former First Lady, Michelle Obama to garner her award. This summer (2017), she released her debut poetry chapbook — “Reporting from the Belly of the Night,” — a collection of poems that explores black femininity. You can find the chapbook and more about Sojourner at sojournerahebee.com

BONE STUFF, by Jesse Rice-Evans

Jesse RiceEvans is a queer Southern poet based in NYC. Read her work in Heavy Feather Review, HOLD, tenderness yea, and in the chapbooks The Rotting Kind (Ghost City Press) and Soft Switch (Damaged Goods Press), among others. She’s a PhD candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center and teaches writing at the City College of New York and the Cooper Union.

PROPHECY FOR WHEN YOU TRY TO RETURN, by Destiny Love Hemphill

Destiny Hemphill is a poet and healer based in Durham, NC. She is a 2017 Callaloo Fellow and 2016 Amiri Baraka Scholar at Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program. Her work has appeared in ScalawagNarrative Northeast, and Button Poetry.

SPRING TELLS ME, by Wren Hanks

Wren Hanks is the author of Prophet Fever (Hyacinth Girl Press) and Ghost Skin (Porkbelly Press). His recent work appears in Best New Poets 2016, Gigantic Sequins, Drunken Boat, decomP, Jellyfish Magazine, and elsewhere. His third chapbook, gar child, is forthcoming in 2017 from Tree Light Books. He lives in Brooklyn and tweets @suitofscales.

FOUR WARNINGS FROM THE DEAD, by Jamondria Harris

Jamondria Harris is a poet & artist living in Portland, Oregon. They use words, sounds, wires, instruments, textiles & what falls into their hands to engage with blackness, desire, decolonization, fairy tales, femme supremacy, & body horror. They are a VONA Workshop Fellow, among other things. Their music can be found at soundcloud.com/meroitic.

HEX POEM TO COLONIZERS, RECOLONIZERS, AND HATERS, by Claritza Maldonado

Claritza Maldonado, better known as Clari [as stated by her gold cadenita], is a Chicago Rican creative writer, poet, and researcher. She holds a BA in Linguistics with a minor in Latina/o Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Come Fall 2017, she will be a graduate student at Brown University in the American Studies Ph.D. program with a Public Humanities bend. Her research and creative writing purposefully overlap by way of language and content. As an aspiring curator/educator, she aims to make her work undeniably Spanglish, undeniably woman, and undeniably situated between cityscape and island. Her poems are stories of familia, history, and resistance.

WE HAUNT THESE WALLS IN THE HOMES OF OUR MURDERERS, by Suzi Garcia

Suzi F. Garcia is the daughter of a Peruvian immigrant, and a Poetry Editor at Noemi Press. She has an MFA in Creative Writing with minors in Gender Studies and Screen Cultures, and her work has been featured in or is forthcoming from Apogee, Vinyl, the Offing, and more.

DEFENSE MECHANISMS, by Kristin Chang

Kristin Chang has been published or is forthcoming in Tinderbox Poetry, The Margins (Asian American Writers Workshop), Connotation Press, and elsewhere.  She has been nominated for Best New Poets and Best of the Net.  Located at kristinchang.com, she is currently on staff at Winter Tangerine.