Janine Blue

Originally from the Midwest, Janine Blue’s prose and hybrid work intertwine feminism, queer culture, and critical race theory. Likewise, her work highlights matters such as police brutality and mental health. As a queer Black female, her intersectional identity is embedded into her writing regardless of the medium or subject matter. 

Nadine Klassen

Nadine Klassen (she/her) is a German poet, living in her hometown. Her work focuses on mental health, trauma, relationships and identity. It has been published by Gnashing Teeth Publishing, Anti-Heroin Chic, Olney and others. She likes to write the occasional song, crochet sweaters with puffy sleeves or paint.Instagram: nadineklassen.writer

Diana Forgione

Diana Forgione is a non-binary writer and workshop facilitator in the Northwest region. Diana uses poetry to examine the underlying nature of humanity as it’s experienced; attempting to discern the essence of love, trauma, lust, and queerness. They are the Co-Founder of Death Rattle Writers Festival, Head Editor for lit-mag OROBORO, and judge for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. They have read their work with Zines & Things, Ghost & Projectors, and Unchaste Readers. Their work can be found at Reality Beach and The Cabin among other places.

M.R. “Chibbi” Orduña

M.R. “Chibbi” Orduña (he/they) is a Mexican-born, Texas-raised queer poet and actor, the founder of Laredo BorderSlam, a founding member of Write About Now, Director and co-host of the Words and Sh*t virtual talk show and podcast, and 2-time San Antonio Slam Champion. He has self-published 2 books and was the co-editor of the anthology Contra: Texas Poets Speak Out (Flowersong Press, 2020). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Texas Review, The Acentos Review, Defunkt, Voices de la Luna, The Latino Book Review Magazine, The Journal of Latina Critical Feminism,  Wax Nine, We Are Mitu, George Takei, Button Poetry, and Write About Now. You can follow him on IG @gemineyes and Twitter @gemineyespoetry.

Marisa P. Clark

Marisa P. Clark is a queer writer who grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and came out in Atlanta. Her prose and poetry appear in Shenandoah, Cream City ReviewNimrod, EpiphanyFoglifter, Rust + MothTexas ReviewFolio,and elsewhere. Best American Essays 2011 recognized her creative nonfiction among its Notable Essays. A fiction reader for New England Review, she lives in New Mexico with three parrots, two dogs, and whatever wildlife and strays stop to visit. Follow @Professor_Gaga.