Long Gone by Kenyatta JP Garcia

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.

from dumpsters & birds & trauma, by Claire Alexandria

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.

Circumlocutions by Chloe Rose

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

Creation Myth, by Autumn Rose Barksdale

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.

Poems by Terrell Jamal Terry

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. 

from The Moon’s South, Ways of Elevating to the Ether, by John Paul “Polo” Kirkland

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.

Hassidic Witch Murderer, by Tyler Vile

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.

Photo credit: Justin Tsucalas