LOVE IS NOT LOVE, David Ishaya Osu

David Ishaya Osu was born in 1991 in Onda, Nigeria. His poetry has appeared in Transition, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, New Coin Poetry, Poetry Wales among numerous others. He is a board member of Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation, and he has received a Pushcart Prize nomination. David is currently the poetry editor of Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel.

from compassion fountain, by Liz Bowen

Liz Bowen is a writer and literary scholar living in New York. She is the author of Sugarblood (Metatron 2017) and the chapbook Compassion Fountain (Hyacinth Girl 2018), and her poetry and essays can be found in Boston Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, The Atlas Review, Dream Pop Press, and glitterMOB. She is a Ph.D. candidate in English and comparative literature at Columbia University, where she is working on a dissertation that traces disability and animality as intertwined sites of literary experimentation in the long twentieth century. She also teaches undergraduate writing, works on the poetry staff at Anomaly, and cares for a rescue pit bull named Rosie. 

3 from MYTH OF THE GARBAGE PATCH, Maya Weeks

Maya Weeks is a writer, artist, and geographer from rural California working on marine debris as capital accumulation, climate change, gender, and logistics. Recent work has been published in The New InquiryBlind Field JournalGUTS Canadian Feminist Magazine, and the chapbooks How To Be on the Outside of Every Inside/How to Be Inside Every Outside (these signals press) and Panic Train (Mondo Bummer), among others. Catch Maya on a surfboard or in a river or on Twitter at @looseuterus.

THE DOROTHY ALLISON VERTICAL FILE, by Freesia McKee

Freesia McKee is a working poet. Her words have appeared in The Feminist Wire, Lavender Review, Rust Magazine, Cleaver Magazine, Sundress Press’ Political Punch anthology, and If You Can Hear This: Poems in Protest of an American Inauguration. Freesia’s chapbook How Distant the City is forthcoming from Headmistress Press. Currently living in Florida, Freesia represents the southern half of the poetry and performance duo The Subtle Forces.

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 kimberlyannsouthwick.com 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

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.

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 www.chaseberggrun.com or @patriphobe.

UNSTABLE PROCEDURE, by Laura Kochman

Laura Kochman is the author of Future Skirt (dancing girl press, 2013) and The Bone and the Body (BatCat Press, 2015). She is originally from New Jersey, but currently lives, writes, and feeds her cat in Philadelphia. Her recent work is found in Pith, inter|rupture, Gigantic Sequins, Entropy, Quarterly West, and others, and she is a book reviewer for Anomaly. She has trouble keeping both succulents and her website alive.