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.

Polis A, by Steven Alvarez

Steven Alvarez is the author of The Codex Mojaodicus, winner of the 2016 Fence Modern Poets Prize. His work has appeared in the Best Experimental Writing (BAX), Berkeley Poetry ReviewThe Drunken BoatFenceHuizacheThe Offing, and Waxwing. He lives in New York City. 

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.

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.