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.
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.
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/.
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.
Grace Shuyi Liew is the author of the chapbooks Book of Interludes (Anomalous, 2016) and Prop (Ahsahta, 2016). Her book Careen is forthcoming with Noemi Press. She hails from Malaysia and currently lives in Louisiana. Find her at graceungrateful.com.
Myriam Gurba, Ms. Gurba, if you’re nasty, is a native Santa Marian. She attended U.C. Berkeley thanks to affirmative action. She is the author of two short story collections, Dahlia Season and Painting Their Portraits in Winter. Dahlia Season won the Edmund White Award, which is given to queer writers for outstanding debut fiction. The book was also shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award. Gurba is also the author of two poetry collections, Wish You Were Me and Sweatsuits of the Damned. She has toured North America twice with avant-garde literary and performance troupe Sister Spit. Gurba’s other writing can be found in places such as Entropy.com, TIME.com, and Lesfigues.com. She creates digital and photographic art that has been exhibited at galleries and museums.
Lily Hoang is the author of five books, including A Bestiary (Cleveland State University Poetry Center 2016) and Changing (Fairy Tale Review Press 2008), recipient of a PEN Open Books Award. With Joshua Marie Wilkinson, she edited the anthology The Force of What’s Possible: Writers on the Avant-Garde and Accessibility. She teaches in the MFA program at New Mexico State University, where she is Associate Department Head and Prose Editor for Puerto del Sol.