white. savior. black. messiah. by jayy dodd

jayy dodd is a blxk question mark from los angeles, california – now based on the internet. they are a professional writer & literary editor. their work has appeared / will appear in Lambda Literary, The Establishment, Assaracus, Winter Tangerine, Dreginald, & Guernica among others. they’re the author of [sugar in the tank] on Pizza Pi Press. their debut collection Mannish Tongues will be be released in 2017 on Platypus Press. find them talking trash or taking a selfie.

photo by Bree Gant

from BEAST MERIDIAN, by Vanessa Angélica Villarreal

Vanessa Angélica Villarreal is a poet, essayist, and artist born in the borderlands in McAllen, Texas. Her poems have appeared in PBS Newshour, Waxwing, Caketrain, DIAGRAM, DREGINALD, The Feminist Wire, The Western Humanities Review, The Poetry Foundation Harriet Blog, and elsewhere. Most recently, she has served as an editor for the Bettering American Poetry project. She is a CantoMundo Fellow and her book, BEAST MERIDIAN, is forthcoming from Noemi Press in early 2017. She currently eats tacos in Los Angeles, CA but her forever hometown is Houston, Texas.

ALL THE WORLD’S ANIMALS, by Dante Tercero

Translations by Raquel Salas-Rivera and Dante Tercero

Photo credit: Lili Amore

Poeta y editor. Estudió Lengua y Literatura de Hispanoamérica. Es autor de varios libros de poesía, entre los que están ‘Dante & Liam’ (Editorial Ojo de Pez, 2014) y ‘Poemojis’ (Tiempo que resta ediciones, 2016). Ha sido incluido en la antología ‘Los Reyes Subterráneos’ (La Bella Varsovia, 2015). Dirige Editorial Ojo de Pez desde 2013 y le interesa la Cute Lit. Fue becario del FONCA 2015-2016. Es la doble personalidad de Patricia Binôme.

Poet and editor. He studied Hispano American Language and Literature and is the author of various books including: ‘Dante & Liam’ (Editorial Ojo de Pez, 2014) and ‘Poemojis’ (Tiempo que resta ediciones, 2016). He has published in the anthology ‘Los Reyes Subterráneos’ (La Bella Varsovia, 2015). Since 2013, he has run Editorial Ojo de Pez and is interested in Cute Lit. Dante is the recipient of the FONCA 2015-2016 grant, and is the other personality of Patricia Binôme. 

ELEGY DEPARTMENT SPRING, by Kay Gabriel

Bio: Kay Gabriel is a PhD student in Classics at Princeton University and a co-editor of Vetch: A Journal of Trans Poetry and Poetics. Her writing has appeared, or will soon, in Nat. Brut, TINGE, Harlot, Plenitude, Transgender Studies Quarterly, and elsewhere. She collaborated with David W. Pritchard on the chapbook Impropria Persona, forthcoming in 2017 from Damask Press.

These poems are excerpted from Kay’s chapbook manuscript Elegy Department Spring, a sonnet cycle for and about the Warhol superstar Candy Darling.

INHERITANCE, by Sarah M. Bess

Sarah M. Bess is a transsexual witch from rural southeast Missouri. She currently dwells in the wastes of central Oklahoma, weaving poems and other curses. Her work has been featured in Matrix and The Fem. Sarah was a participant in the 2016 trans women’s writing workshop at Brooklyn College.

THE DEVOLUTION OF THE GENE, by Gaddiel Francisco Ruiz Rivera

Translations by Raquel Salas-Rivera and Gaddiel Francisco Ruiz Rivera

Photo credit: Angelía Mar Rivera Barreto

Gaddiel Francisco Ruiz Rivera (Puerto Rico, 1991) Ha publicado los libros Via crucis de la otredad (2012), Reptura de agua enchufada en una isla (2015) y Remedios crónicos para enfermedades caseras (2016). Este año le han publicado en la revista digital Transtierros, en la revista Retorno y en No cierres los ojos: antología de relatos de horror y terror. Ha reseñado poesía para Letras de Chile y el periódico Freemind PR. Trabaja en la junta editorial de Ediciones Aguadulce. Actualmente, es estudiante del Programa Graduado de Estudios Hispánicos de la Universidad de Puerto Rico.

Gaddiel Francisco Ruiz Rivera (Puerto Rico, 1991) Gaddiel has published the following books: Via crucis de la otredad (2012), Reptura de agua enchufada en una isla (2015), and Remedios crónicos para enfermedades caseras (2016). Over the last year, his work has been published in Transtierros, Retorno, and No cierres los ojos: antología de relatos de horror y terror. Additionally, he has contributed reviews for Letras de Chile and Freemind PR. He is on the Editorial Board of Ediciones Aguadulce, and is currently a student in the University of Puerto Rico’s Hispanic Studies Graduate Program.

A SMALL FIRE, by Vi Khi Nao

Vi Khi Nao is the author of the novel, Fish in Exile, and the poetry collection, The Old Philosopher. Vi’s work includes poetry, fiction, film and cross-genre collaboration. She was the winner of the 2014 Nightboat Poetry Prize and the 2016 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest.

ROBOT, by Jennifer MacBain-Stephens

Jennifer MacBain-Stephens went to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and now lives in the DC area. She is the author of two full length poetry collections (forthcoming)/ Her chapbook Clown Machine is forthcoming from Grey Book Press this summer. Recent work can be seen or is forthcoming at Jet Fuel Review, Freezeray, The Birds We Piled Loosely, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Inter/rupture, Poor Claudia, and decomP. Visit: http://jennifermacbainstephens.wordpress.com/

SPRAINED ANKLE, by Beyza Ozer

beyza ozer would like you to know that you are made of moon dust. beyza’s work has appeared in & is forthcoming from The Offing, Pinwheel, Vinyl, Nightblock, Witchcraft Magazine, Shabby Doll House, & others. beyza is the author of FAIL BETTER (fog machine 2017) & I DON’T MEAN TO REDSHIFT (Maudlin House 2016). They are deputy director of social media at YesYes Books & a co-editor of the journal inferior planets. beyza lives in Chicago where they attend Columbia College, work at the feminist bookstore, & intern at the Poetry Foundation.