Mia S. Willis is a Black performance poet from Charlotte, North Carolina. Their work has been featured by or is forthcoming in Under the Belly of the Beast (Dissonance Press), FreezeRay, Curating Alexandria, WORDPEACE, Peculiar, Foothill, Button Poetry, and Slamfind. Mia’s poem ‘hecatomb.’ won the 2018 Foothill Editors’ Prize, earning nominations for a Pushcart Prize and for inclusion in Best New Poets. In 2019, Mia has been named the first two-time Capturing Fire Slam Champion, a Lambda Literary Fellow in Poetry, the Young Artist Fellow at Chashama’s ChaNorth residency, a collaborator in Forward Together’s Transgender Day of Resilience Art Project, and a performing artist on RADAR Productions’ Sister Spit 2020 Tour. Their debut poetry collection, monster house., was the 2018 winner of the Cave Canem Foundation’s Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize and is available with Jai-Alai Books.
Shelby Handler is a writer, performer and educator living on Duwamish territory/Seattle, WA. A 2019 Richard Hugo House fellow, their work has been supported by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Gay City Arts, Asylum Arts, Artist Trust and the Yiddish Book Center. Recent work has appeared in Gigantic Sequins, glitterMOB and the Write Bloody anthology “We Will Be Shelter: Poems for Survival.” They are a founding member of the Jewish Voice for Peace Artists and Cultural Workers Council. Find more from them at shelbyhandler.com and @shelbeleh.
B.L. Petrillo is an aspiring writer from New Jersey. He spends his nights and early mornings baking bread, packing boxes, and writing on the back of catering forms, although not necessarily in that order.
Maria Supplisson lives in London where she works as a freelance writer and screenwriter. The youngest of a Franco-Moroccan household, she grew up in a small town in France and has since settled in the UK where she has been living for six years. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in English & Creative Writing from the University of Royal Holloway, she graduated from film school the following year. She is now juggling filmmaking and writing in the British capital, hoping to create stories that will appeal to people of all horizons. You can find her on Twitter at @maria_splsn.
Moisés R. Delgado holds a BA in psychology and English and a BFA in creative writing from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. His prose appears in or is forthcoming from Puerto del Sol, Passages North, Pidgeonholes, Polaris Literary Magazine, and elsewhere. When not writing or reading Moisés is dancing on the moon.
At A Glance
Madison Baranoski is a queer artist currently living in Boston. She works in visual art, poetry, and fiction. Madison is new to the publishing realm, but will soon be published by Pub House Books in Gravitas: Volume 19, Issue 01.
Bessie F. Zaldivar is a writer and poet from Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She’s currently getting her MFA in fiction at Virginia Tech. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in F(r)iction, Salt Hill Journal, The Acentos Review, The Social Justice Review, and elsewhere. To read more of Bessie’s work, follow her on Instagram @bfzaldivar or Twitter, @bessieflores.
The Time of Water
Jenna Martínez is a queer, mixed Mexican American from South Texas. Two of her favorite things are Hot Cheetos and silence. Jenna teaches literacy, mindfulness, and social-emotional learning to out-of-school youth in the Bronx.
Georgia Hertz is a queer musician, poet, painter, and photographer. She was born and raised in the Carolinas, graduated from the College of Charleston with a B.A. in History, but has recently relocated to the quaint town of Holland, MI with her partner. Her first EP of original music will be forthcoming this autumn, as will her next poetry publication in Peculiar Journal. She enjoys spending time with her dog and looks forward to teaching him to swim in Lake Michigan – but misses the good southern food back home. You can find her on Twitter @thegeorgiamoon and on Instagram.
How’d you get that scar?
Ekphrasis on the Coat of Arms I Inherited from the Plantation Master
Brittany Lee Frederick is a Black femme, bisexual poet from Boston. She studied English at Stonehill College. Her work has appeared in “Glass,” “Tinderbox,” “Drunk Monkeys” and is forthcoming elsewhere. When she isn’t writing she is dancing to reggaeton. Follow her on Twitter @Britt_LF.