Charles Theonia is a poet and teacher from Brooklyn. They are the author of Which One Is the Bridge. With Julieta Salgado, they co-edit Femmescapes, a zine of queer and trans affinities with femmeness, and they keep a mostly-poetry blog at qu-arles.tumblr.com
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.
Caseyrenée Lopez is an editor, educator, and poet. Their debut full-length collection, i was born dead, is forthcoming from ELJ Editions in 2018. Follow them on Twitter @caseyreneelopez.
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.
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.
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La obra de Abigail Carl-Klassen ha aparecido en varias revistas que incluyen ZYZZYVA, Cimarron Review, Guernica, Aster(ix) y Kweli. Fue nominada para el premio Pushcart y Best New Poets 2015 y su libro Shelter Management se publicará en 2017 con la editorial dancing girl press. Recibió una maestría de la Universidad de Texas en El Paso y enseñó en El Paso Community College y la Universidad de Texas en El Paso.
Abigail Carl Klassen’s work has appeared in ZYZZYVA, Cimarron Review, Guernica, Aster(ix), and Kweli, among others. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets 2015 and her chapbook Shelter Management will be released in 2017 with dancing girl press. She earned an MFA from the University of Texas El Paso’s Bilingual Creative Writing Program and taught at El Paso Community College and the University of Texas, El Paso.
Gabriel Ojeda-Sague is Miami < -> Philly, child of Cuban exiles and Puerto Ricans. His first collection, Oil and Candle (Timeless Infinite Light, March 2016), is a set of writings on Santeria, war, and the precarity of Latino-American lives. He is also the author of 4 chapbooks, most recently Where Everything is in Halves, poems against death through the Legend of Zelda, and ‘Yo’ Quiere Decir Sunburn, poems on anxious bilingualism. He has recently completed a manuscript on Jazzercise.
Jamie Berrout is a Mexican trans woman writer, translator, and editor at the Trans Women Writers Collective. Her first novel is Otros valles (2014). Her books are available to trans women at no cost through her blog desdeotromar.tumblr.com.
More of Jamie Berrout’s translations of Esdras Parra, To be human once more, are available for free on Gumroad.
Nikki Wallschlaeger’s work has been featured or is forthcoming in P-Queue, The Brooklyn Rail, LIT, The Journal Petra, Apogee, Jubilat & others. She is the author of the full-length collection Houses (Horseless Press 2015) as well as the graphic chapbook I Hate Telling You How I Really Feel from Bloof Books (2016). Her second full length collection of poetry, Crawlspace, is forthcoming from Bloof Books in 2017.