Presenting our nominees for Bettering American Poetry!

by Apr 4, 2017Announcements

Wren Hanks for “Dear Ozma,”

Wren Hanks is the author of Prophet Fever (Hyacinth Girl Press) and Ghost Skin (Porkbelly Press). His recent work appears or is forthcoming in Best New Poets 2016, Gigantic Sequins, Drunken Boat, decomP, Jellyfish Magazine, and elsewhere. His third chapbook, gar child, is forthcoming in 2017. He lives in Brooklyn and tweets @suitofscales. Read “Dear Ozma,” HERE.

Aja Couchois Duncan for “Instructions on Bifurcation: Lesson One”

Aja Couchois Duncan is a Bay Area educator, writer and coach of Ojibwe, French and Scottish descent. Her writing has been anthologized in Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative (Coach House Press,) Bay Poetics (Faux Press) and Love Shook My Heart 2 (Alyson Press). Her debut collection, Restless Continent (Litmus Press) was selected by Entropy Magazine as one of the best poetry collections of 2016 and won the California Book Award in 2017. A fictional writer of non-fiction, she has published essays in the North American Review and Chain. In 2005, she was a recipient of the Marin Arts Council Award Grant for Literary Arts, and in 2013, she received a James D. Phelan Literary Award. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and a variety of other degrees and credentials to certify her as human. Great Spirit knew it all along.

Donika Kelly for “Dear—”

Donika Kelly is the author of BESTIARY (Graywolf 2016), winner of the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. A Cave Canem Graduate Fellow, she received her MFA in Writing from the Michener Center for Writers and a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University. She is an Assistant Professor at St. Bonaventure University.

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Our virtual reading with the San Francisco Public Library is tomorrow! Join us at 2PM PT for Generational Treasures: An Afternoon of Queer and Trans Storytelling.This fantastic event will feature James Cagney, Lio Min, Charlie Jane Anders, and Lydia Elias! RSVP here: is excited to collaborate with @sfpubliclibrary for Generational Treasures: An Afternoon of Queer and Trans Storytelling! Join us on Sunday, September 25th at 2PM PT for a virtual reading with @charliejaneanders, @emo.ocean, @real_james_cagney, Lydia Elias. In mainstream society, when we hear the word "generations" we may immediately presume biological progeniture. In the Queer/trans community, however, generations can refer to chosen family, drag mothers, drag dads, ball houses, aesthetic legacies, just to name a few. In either context, generations suggest an era. Foglifter has invited four writers—Charlie Jane Anders, James Cagney, Lydia Elias, and Lio Min—who span generations to illustrate their "era" and the power of queer/trans literature. Live-captioning and ASL interpretation will be provided. RSVP here: you then! Image Description: This is an invitation for the reading, “Generational Treasures: An Afternoon of Queer and Trans Storytelling,” presented by the James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center & Foglifter Journal and Press. This free and virtual reading will take place on Sunday, September 25th at 2PM PT. The photos of James Cagney, Lio Min, Charlie Jane Anders, and Lydia Elias are in the middle of the graphic. The SFPL and Foglifter logos are on the bottom. This background has a colorful gradient of pastel hues and various shapes and swirls, with a square containing all of the text and photos in the middle. ... See MoreSee Less
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Our third and last (but certainly not least!) judge for this year’s Start a Riot! contest is Shay X Gee! 💗🌈Shay X Gee (she/they) is a Hoisan-Chinese poet, writer, and library worker born and raised in Visitacion Valley of San Francisco. Shay’s writing has been nominated for Best of the Net and has appeared in or is forthcoming from Anamot Press, Honey Literary, San Francisco Public Library, Write Now! SF Bay and elsewhere. She has received scholarships and grants from Kundiman and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. In 2021, their chapbook Mushrooms at the E-Grave was published by Ghost City Press.If you are a queer writer of color in the San Francisco Bay Area, please consider sending us your work! Details can be found in the link in our linktree! We cannot wait to hear from you.Image Description: A blue-ish background with flames and a half-transparent black square in the middle, with the “Start a Riot!” logo at the top. Inside the square is the text “Shay X Gee” in glowing white font, with her bio in below. Next to the text is a photo of Shay: a Hoisan-Chinese person with straight black hair that goes past their shoulders. They are wearing a sleeveless black shirt and have a soft smile. ... See MoreSee Less
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✍️🏿 We're so excited to announce the 2023 Kweli Fellowship Program application is OPEN:

2021 Fellow, Delia Selina Taylor generously shared some reflections on her experience w/ us. Read more on her Kweli journey 👉🏿 & apply now!

Black writers, Indigenous writers (and folks who are both!), @SundressPub has a $500 microgrant to support your chapbook writing. They also offer scholarships for residencies. Worth a follow if you didn't already know! 💚🌱

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