MARIE BUCK & ANAÏS DUPLAN
Marie Buck is the author of Life & Style (Patrick Lovelace Editions, 2009) and Portrait of Doom (Krupskaya, 2015). A new book is forthcoming from Roof in 2017. She works as managing editor of Social Text and edits the forthcoming literary section of Social Text Online.
Anaïs Duplan is the author of Take This Stallion (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2016). Her work appears in Hyperallergic, Fence, Boston Review, LitHub, The Journal, and on PBS NewsHour. She runs the Center for Afrofuturist Studies and is an MFA candidate at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
ELAINE KAHN & CAMILO ROLDÁN
Elaine Kahn, based in Oakland, is a founding member of the feminist puppet troop, P.Splash Collective, and performs music under the name Horsebladder. She is the author of Women in Public (City Lights Books, 2015).
Camilo Roldán is translator of the chapbook Amilkar U., Nadaísta in Translation (These Signals Press, 2011), co-author of the chapbook ∆ [delta] (TPR Press, 2013), and author of the chapbook La Torre (Well Greased Press, 2015). His translation of Amílcar Osorio’s Vana Stanza is forthcoming from Elis Press.
ALLISON COBB & ANGELA HUME
Allison Cobb is the author of Born2 (Chax Press, 2004), Green-Wood (Factory School,2010), Plastic: an autobiography (Essay Press, 2015), and After We All Died (Ahsahta, forthcoming 2016). She works for Environmental Defense Fund in Portland, Oregon, where she co-curates the reading series The Switch.
Angela Hume is the author of the poetry chapbooks Melos (Projective Industries, 2015), The Middle (Omnidawn, 2013) and Second Story of Your Body (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2011). Her first poetry book is Middle Time (Omnidawn, 2016). angelamhume.tumblr.com.
ARI BANIAS & WO CHAN
Ari Banias is the author of the book Anybody (W.W. Norton, 2016) and the chapbook What’s Personal is Being Here with All of You (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs, 2012). He lives in California.
Wo Chan has received honors from Poets House, Kundiman, Lambda Literary, & the Asian American Writers Workshop. Wo is a standing member of the Brooklyn based performance collective Switch N’ Play.
RICKEY LAURENTIIS & MILLER OBERMAN
Rickey Laurentiis, raised in New Orleans, received a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and fellowships from the NEA and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy. His first book, Boy with Thorn (2015), won the 2014 Cave Canem and 2016 Levis Reading Prizes.
Miller Oberman was a Ruth Lilly Fellow and winner of the 92nd St Y’s Discovery / Boston Review Prize. He has new work in Harvard Review, Tin House, Poetry and The Nation. The Unstill Ones, poems and Old English translations, is forthcoming from Princeton in 2017.
SASHA BANKS & ALEX CUFF
Sasha Banks writing appears in RHINO, Kinfolks Quarterly, Alight, Austin IPF, B O D Y Literature, The Collagist and has been performed in Tulane University’s Vagina Monologues. Sasha is creator of Poets for Ferguson. She lives in Brooklyn.
Alex Cuff is a public school teacher living in Brooklyn. She’s a 2016 Poets House fellow, a graduate of the Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College and co-founding editor of No, Dear magazine.
NATALIE DIAZ & T’AI FREEDOM FORD
Natalie Diaz is a member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection is When My Brother Was an Aztec (Copper Canyon Press, 2012). She is a Lannan Literary Fellow and a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow and works to revitalize the Mojave language.
t’ai freedom ford is a Cave Canem Fellow and Pushcart Prize nominee. Her poetry has appeared in Drunken Boat, No, Dear, The African American Review, Vinyl, Muzzle, RHINO and Poetry. Her first poetry collection is how to get over (Red Hen Press, 2017).
CHIALUN CHANG, CECCA AUSTIN OCHOA & TOMMY PICO
Chialun Chang is the author of a chapbook, One Day We Become Whites (No, Dear/ Small Anchor Press, 2016). Two of her translated chapbooks have published by Belladonna* Collaborative. She is a recipient of fellowships from The Center for Book Arts and Poets House.
Cecca Austin Ochoa, Managing Editor for Apogee Journal, co-founded Art xx and Aorta magazines. Her writing has appeared in MAKE: A Literary Magazine, Nat. Brut and Kweli Journal and she is a recipient of the Astraea Foundation’s Lesbian Writer’s Award for Fiction.
Tommy “Teebs” Pico is the author of IRL (Birds, LLC, 2016), Nature Poem (Tin House Books, forthcoming), and the zine series Hey, Teebs. He has poems in BOMB, Guernica, and The Offing. He co-curates the reading series Poets with Attitude (PWA).
ALEX QUAN PHAM & RONALDO V. WILSON
Alex-Quan Pham is a gender non-conforming Vietnamese femme person. Published in Poetry, Rookie, Jonathan, the Offing, The Feminist Wire, and BGD, they are a Contributing Writer for Everyday Feminism and work in a sex shop.
Ronaldo V. Wilson, co-founder of the Black Took Collective, has been awarded a Cave Canem Poetry Prize, the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry and the Asian American Literary Award in Poetry. His latest books are Farther Traveler: Poetry, Prose, Other (Counterpath Press, 2015) and Lucy 72 (1913 Press, 2016).
CAMONGHNE FELIX & JOSÉ OLIVAREZ
Camonghne Felix is a Cave Canem Fellow, a 2012 Pushcart Prize nominee, and the 2013 recipient of the Cora Craig Award for Young Women. She is also the author of the chapbook Yolk (Penmanship Books, 2015) and was honored by Black Youth Project as a “Black Girl From the Future You Should Know.”
José Olivarez is co-author of Home Court (Red Beard Press, 2014) and Program Director at Urban Word NYC. A winner of awards from Poets House and Bronx Council on the Arts, his work has been published in The BreakBeat Poets, Vinyl Poetry and Prose, Specter Magazine, and Union Station Magazine, among other places.
NORMAN FISCHER & SUE LANDERS
Norman Fischer’s latest poetry collection is any would be if (Chax, 2016). His latest prose work is What Is Zen? Plain Talk for a Beginner’s Mind (Shambhala, 2016) and Experience: Thinking, Writing, Language and Religion (University of Alabama Press, 2015).
Sue Landers’ latest book, FRANKLINSTEIN (Roof, 2016), tells the story of a Philadelphia neighborhood wrestling with legacies of colonialism, racism, and capitalism. She was the founding editor of the journal Pom2.
MAHOGANY L. BROWNE, PURVI SHAH & LAUREN WHITEHEAD
Mahogany L. Browne’s books include Smudge (Button Poetry, 2015) and Redbone (Willow Books, 2015). Browne is the publisher of Penmanship Books, and the Nuyorican Poets Café Poetry Program Director. She received her MFA from the Writing & Activism program at Pratt Institute.
Purvi Shah’s books include Terrain Tracks (New Rivers Press, 2006) and Dark Lip of the Beloved: Sound Your Fiery God-Praise (Belladonna*, 2015). Her first play, Light as a Mountain, was a staged reading at Rising Circle Theater Collective.
Lauren Whitehead is a writer, performer and dramaturg. She teaches playwriting at The New School and facilitates a poetry and performance workshop at Juilliard. More info on her publications and presentations can be found here: Laurenawhitehead.com.
JORGE IGNACIO CORTIÑAS & CHRISTOPHER SOTO
Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas is Artistic Director of the Obie winning Fulcrum Theater. His most recent play Bird in the Hand (Dramatic Publishing, 2012) was a New York Times Critics Pick and his awards include Helen Merrill and Robert Chesley awards and NYFA and NEA fellowships.
Christopher Soto, aka Loma, has been widely celebrated. His first chapbook was Sad Girl Poems (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2016). He founded Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color, cofounded The Undocupoets Campaign. He is currently working on a manuscript about police violence and mass incarceration.