Ricky Ricardo is my Bedazzled Mom, by Gabriel Ojeda-Sague

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. 

Pizza and Warfare by Nikki Wallschlaeger

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.

Welcome to TraumaBurger by RE Katz

RE Katz is a genderqueer glitch performer. They work as a Teaching Artist with at-risk kids in the Buffalo school system. They have made three chapbooks: Any Berry You Like (iO Books, 2014), an Author Collection (Awst Press, 2015), and Pony at the Super (Horse Less Press, 2015). 

hyperkinetic reaction of childhood, by Elliott Sky Case

Elliott Sky Case is an LA native based in San Jose. Their work has appeared in Voicemail Poemsas well as two self-released zines, get home safe and dog star. Elliott is a Virgo sun/Libra moon/Scorpio rising and married to the sunset.

Imaginary conversation in which you are a flock of birds, by Laura Theobald

Laura Theobald is a poet currently living in New Orleans. Her full length poetry collection is “What My Hair Says About You” from the Montreal-based small press publisher Metatron (2016). Her chapbooks are “Edna Poems” (Lame House, 2016), “The Best Thing Ever” (Boost House, 2015), and “eraser poems” (H-NGM-N, 2014). She completed her MFA in poetry from LSU in 2016, and has served as an editor and book designer for a number of small press publishers. She is currently a book designer for BOAAT and a freelance book designer. Her recent poems have appeared in Sink Review, Hobart, Pinwheel, Witch Craft Magazine, The Atlas Review, Everyday Genius, and the Black Warrior Review among others. 

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.


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. 


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.