About Foglifter

Foglifter Journal is honored to have won a Whiting Foundation Literary Magazine Prize thanks to our contributors’ powerful writing and readers’ generous support! This recognition of our dedication to uplifting the LGBTQ+ literary community’s essential, powerful voices and stories means so much—we’re tremendously grateful to The Whiting Foundation and thrilled to continue serving our community.

Foglifter was a finalist for the 2020 CLMP Firecracker Award for Magazines: General Excellence.

TC Tolbert won a 2021 Pushcart Prize for the poem “untitled” in Volume 4 issue 2. 

Greg Marshall’s essay “Secksi” in Volume 3 Issue 1 was an honorable mention for Best American Essays 2019.

Foglifter was a 2019 Lambda Literary Award Best Anthology finalist for Volume 3 Issue 1.

Foglifter was a 2020 Lambda Literary Award Best Anthology finalist for Volume 4 Issue 2.

Damitri Martinez’s story “Bat Outta Hell” from Volume 4 Issue 1 won the 2020 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers.

Chen Chen won a 2020 Pushcart Prize for his poem, “four short essays personifying a future in which white supremacy has ended” in Volume 3 Issue 2.

Foglifter—created by and for LGBTQ+ writers and readers—aims continues the San Francisco Bay Area’s tradition of groundbreaking queer and trans writing, with an emphasis on publishing those multi-marginalized (BIPOC, youth, elders, and people with disabilities). Our biannual journal features the widest possible range of forms, with an emphasis on transgressive, risky, challenging subject matter, innovative formal choices, and work that pushes the boundaries of what writing can do. By putting extraordinary queer and trans writers into conversation, we uplift a growing community of LGBTQ+ readers and writers and carve out space in the larger literary community for voices that have historically been silenced.

What we do

We currently publish a biannual literary journal, chapbooks by dynamic emerging writers, and anthologies through partnerships with Bay Area QTBIPOC literary organizations like RADAR Productions, Still Here San Fransisco, and Queer Ancestors Project. We host free, accessible release parties for each journal issue at Strut, a community center in the Castro District of San Francisco, as well as other free readings around the Bay and beyond, in addition to events we co-produce with other community organizations. We actively promote authors by nominating their work for yearly Best Of anthologies, as well as providing opportunities for readings, interviews, and collaborative community discussions. The success of queer and trans writers is the driving force behind everything we do.

Why we do it

Our commitment to underserved queer and trans writers and readers is deeply rooted in the editorial staff and Board of Directors individual identities as marginalized LGBTQ+ writers and readers. Holding the space for freedom and possibility within the pages of our journal and at our events is a direct response to our ongoing experiences of minimization and tokenization within the broader writing community.

The Board

Jessie Galloway

Board President, Development Director

Chad Koch

Cofounder, Director, Treasurer, Secretary

Monique Mero

Director, Production Editor

Celeste Chan

Director

Arisa White

Director

The Staff

Luiza Flynn-Goodlett

Editor-in-Chief

Dan Lau

Managing Poetry Editor

Damitri Martinez

Managing Fiction Editor

Miah Jeffra

Cofounder, Managing Nonfiction & Hybrid Editor, Production Manager

Irwan Iskak

Web Coordinator

Misha Ponnuraju

Community Manager

Wesley Olivia Cohen

Assistant Prose Editor

Charlie Neer

Assistant Poetry Editor

Michal "MJ" Jones

Assistant Poetry Editor

Tara Rose

Contributing Editor

Melton Cartes

Contributing Production Editor

D. A. Powell

Contributing Editor

Stacy Nathaniel Jackson

Contributing Editor

Rowena DeSilva

Art Consultant

Milo Todd

Guest Prose Editor

TC Tolbert

Guest Poetry Editor

Natasha Dennerstein

Guest Hybrid Editor
Luiza Flynn-Goodlett

Luiza Flynn-Goodlett

Editor-in-Chief

Luiza Flynn-Goodlett (she/her) is the author of the forthcoming collection Look Alive—a finalist for numerous prizes, including The National Poetry Series, and winner of the 2019 Cowles Poetry Book Prize from Southeast Missouri State University Press—along with six chapbooks, most recently Tender Age, winner of the 2019 Headmistress Press Charlotte Mew chapbook contest, and Shadow Box, winner of the 2019 Madhouse Press Editor’s Prize. Her poetry can be found in Third Coast, Pleiades, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere.​ Learn more at luizaflynngoodlett.com

Reach Luiza at info@foglifterpress.com

Dan Lau

Dan Lau

Managing Poetry Editor

Dan Lau (he/him) is a Chinese American poet from Queens, New York. A Kundiman fellow, he is the recipient of scholarships and grants from The Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, Queer Cultural Center, and San Francisco Arts Commission. His poems have been published in Generations, Cape Cod Review, Gesture, RHINO, CRATE, Colorado Review, and others.

Reach Dan at poetry@foglifterpress.com

Damitri Martinez

Damitri Martinez

Managing Fiction Editor

Damitri Martinez (he/him) is a 2019 Lambda Fellow and winner of the 2020 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Award for Emerging Writers. His work has appeared in Foglifter Journal. He currently lives in Denver, Colorado. Learn more at damitrimartinez.com
 
Reach Damitri at prose@foglifterpress.com
Miah Jeffra

Miah Jeffra

Cofounder, Managing Nonfiction and Hybrid Editor, Production Manager

Miah Jeffra (they/them/he/him) is author of the collections The First Church of What’s Happening (Nomadic Press 2017) and The Fabulous Ekphrastic Fantastic! (forthcoming Sibling Rivalry Press 2019). Awards include the New Millennium Prize for fiction, the Sidney Lanier Fiction Prize, The Atticus Review Creative Nonfiction Prize, the Alice Judson Hayes Fellowship, a Lambda Literary Fellowship, and finalist for the Prairie Schooner Book Prize. Recent publications include The North American Review, Fourteen Hills Review, The Atticus Review, The Nervous Breakdown and Fifth Wednesday. Miah teaches Writing and Cultural Studies at Santa Clara University and San Francisco Art Institute.

Reach Miah at fabulous@foglifterpress.com for journal and book production.

Chad Koch

Chad Koch

Cofounder, Director, Treasurer, Secretary

Chad Koch (he/him) received his MFA from San Francisco State University, where he was editor-in-chief of Fourteen Hills. He’s the recipient of the 2010 Miriam Ylvisaker Fellowship and the Leo Litwak fiction award from Transfer Magazine. He was assistant editor on Lawfully Wedded Wives: Rethinking Marriage in 21st Century. He is a 2016 fellow at The Grotto in San Francisco. His most recent stories were published in The North American Review, The Madison Review, Eleven Eleven, The East Bay Review (for which he received a Pushcart nomination) and Into the Void.

Reach Chad at books@foglifterpress.com

Jessie Galloway

Jessie Galloway

Board President, Development Director

Jessie Galloway (she/her)  is a queer San Francisco-based poet with an MFA from Pacific University. A 2014 Lambda Literary Fellow, she’s the author of the chapbook Liminal: A Life of Cleavage published by Lost Horse Press. She directs and teaches poetry for Litquake’s Elder Writing Project, and serves as a poetry editor and the Development Director for Foglifter Press. She works full-time for the Disability Communications Fund as a Grants Program Associate where she writes poetry on smoke breaks. In her spare time, she enjoys riveting conversations with her best editor, a wily orange cat, named Snacks.

Reach Jessie at development@foglifterpress.com

Irwan Iskak

Irwan Iskak

Web Coordinator

Irwan (he/him) sporadically writes about being a gay agnostic muslim immigrant from Malaysia, dealing with issues of identity, memory and mothers who haunt their errant children regardless of where they go.

Misha Ponnuraju

Misha Ponnuraju

Community Manager

Misha Ponnuraju (she/her) is a poet and aspiring educator from Loma Linda, California. She is a recent graduate from the University of California, Irvine, where she was the Editor in Chief of New Forum, an undergraduate literary journal. Currently, she is a guest poetry instructor for Women Wonder Writers, a literary non-profit organization committed to creative arts education and restorative justice. She has three dogs and a hanging ivy she loves very much.
 
 
Wesley Olivia Cohen

Wesley Olivia Cohen

Assistant Prose Editor

Wesley O. Cohen (she/her) is a writer and editor living in Davis, California. Her work has been featured by Joyland Magazine, Entropy, Sparkle & Blink, and others. She is a 2017 Writing By Writers fellow. Wesley’s work lives at wesleyocohen.com.

 

Charlie Neer

Charlie Neer

Assistant Poetry Editor

Charlie (they/them) is a tall artist that writes short poems to compensate. They are published in Transfer magazine and are working to get to the point where lines from their work are tattooed out of context. They currently work as an assistant poetry editor for Foglifter Journal and a deputy editor for MARY.

Michal "MJ" Jones

Michal "MJ" Jones

Assistant Poetry Editor

Michal “MJ” Jones (they/them) is a Black, queer non-binary poet and parent. Their deeply political and intimate work is featured or forthcoming at Kissing Dynamite, Rigorous Mag, & Borderlands Texas Poetry Review. MJ has received fellowships from the Hurston/Wright Foundation, SF Writers Grotto, VONA, & Kearny Street Workshop. They are currently the Community Engagement Graduate Fellow in the MFA program at Mills College. Learn more at michal-jones.com
 
Tara Rose

Tara Rose

Contributing Editor

Tara Rose (they/them) is a genderqueer, San Francisco-based poet who often writes about love. Their works have been included in Quiet Lightning, Plunge Magazine, Red Light Lit, and Writing Without Walls.

Melton Cartes

Melton Cartes

Contributing Production Editor

Melton Cartes (he/him) is an advertising agency art director/graphic designer and animator. His heroes are Saul Bass, Stanley Kubrick, and Bill Bernbach, to name a few. He’s also an aspiring screenwriting with 25 scripts under his belt, 13 of which he considers completed and market-worthy, 3 of which reached the semifinals in the Nicholl Fellowships and the Austin Film Festival. He loves languages.

Monique Mero

Monique Mero

Director, Production Editor

Monique Mero (she/her) is an east bay native. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a MA in Creative writing, was the Editor-in-Chief of Fourteen Hills: The San Francisco Review and is currently a member of the Red Light Lit team. Monique is also a full-time English Instructor at Chabot College where she has the honor of working with the Daraja Program, which focuses on the African Diaspora. It is important to Monique to give back to the culturally rich community she comes from by helping the people in her community have a voice and accomplish their goals.

Celeste Chan

Celeste Chan

Director

Celeste Chan (she/her) is a hybrid writer, filmmaker, and arts organizer. She is a queer student of experimentation, schooled by DIY and immigrant parents from Malaysia and the Bronx, NY. She’s received residencies and fellowships from Hedgebrook, Lambda Literary, Soaring Gardens, SF Writer’s Grotto, and VONA. Her writing can be found in Ada, As/us, AWAY, cream city review, Feminist Wire, Glitterwolf, Hyphen, Matador, and in anthologies: Glitter & Grit: Queer Performance from the Heels on Wheels Galaxy (Publication Studio), and Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices (Transgenre Press). Her short films have screened locally and internationally. Alongside KB Boyce, she co-directs Queer Rebels, a queer and trans people of color arts project.

Matthew DeCoster

Matthew DeCoster

Director

A graduate of SFSU’s Creative Writing program, Matthew DeCoster (he/him) served as an instructional aide and staffer on Fourteen Hills. He’s been published in sPARJKLE & bLINK, Full of Crow, Harlot’s Sauce and SFWIRE. Matthew served on the Litquake committee for several years where he produced, curated and hosted WRITE ON and Barely Published Authors. He was an original staffer and founding board member of Lit Camp. Matthew is a producer for Literary Death Match. He lives in the Castro with his partner of 25 years, Matthew Carhart.

Arisa White

Arisa White

Director

Arisa White (she/her) is a Cave Canem fellow, Sarah Lawrence College alumna, an MFA graduate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and author of the poetry chapbooks Disposition for Shininess, Post Pardon, Black Pearl, Perfect on Accidentand “Fish Walking” & Other Bedtime Stories for My Wife won the inaugural Per Diem Poetry Prize. Published by Virtual Artists Collective, her debut full-length collection, Hurrah’s Nest, was a finalist for the 2013 Wheatley Book Awards, 82nd California Book Awards, and nominated for a 44th NAACP Image Awards. Her second collection, A Penny Saved, inspired by the true-life story of Polly Mitchell, was published by Willow Books, an imprint of Aquarius Press in 2012. Her newest full-length collection, You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened, was published by Augury Books and nominated for the 29th Lambda Literary Awards. Most recently, Arisa co-authored, with Laura Atkins, Biddy Mason Speaks Up, a middle-grade biography in verse on the midwife and philanthropist Bridget “Biddy” Mason, which is the second book in the Fighting for Justice series. In the fall of 2018, Arisa joined the English Department at Colby College as an assistant professor in creative writing.

Thea Mathews

Thea Mathews

Director

Born and raised in San Francisco, CA, Thea Matthews (she/her) is a published poet, scholar, and activist who writes on the complexities of humanity, grief, and resiliency. Find her at theamatthews.com
Baruch Porras-Hernandez

Baruch Porras-Hernandez

Director

Baruch Porras-Hernandez (he/him) is the author of the chapbooks I Miss You, Delicate and Lovers of the Deep Fried Circle both with Sibling Rivalry Press. He had the honor of touring with the legendary Sister Spit Queer poetry tour in 2019, is a is a two-time winner of Literary Death Match, a regular host of literary shows for KQED, and was named a Writer to Watch in 2016 by 7×7 Magazine. His poetry can be found with Write Bloody Publishing, The Tusk, Foglifter, Assaracus, and many more. He has been an artist in residence at The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, a Lambda Literary Fellow in Poetry, and Playwriting. He’s been featured in shows with The Rumpus, Writers with Drinks, has performed several times with Radar Productions, LitQuake, and Quiet Lightning. He is the head organizer of ¿Donde Esta Mi Gente? a Latinx literary performance series, he is an immigrant, originally from Mexico, and is currently the lead artist in a multidisciplinary project that will create new Queer Latino Superheroes with MACLA, which stands for Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana in San Jose. He lives in San Francisco.

Stacy Nathaniel Jackson

Stacy Nathaniel Jackson

Contributing Editor

Stacy Nathaniel Jackson (he/him) was born in Los Angeles and attended Ramona Convent College Preparatory School for Girls in a former incarnation of his life. He is a Cave Canem fellow and was the recipient of an individual artist’s grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission in 2011. Author of the chapbook Camouflage published by MaCaHu Press, his poems, plays, and visual art have been published in Black Arts Quarterly, Lodestar Quarterly, Enizagam, and New American Writing 25, among others.

D. A. Powell

D. A. Powell

Contributing Editor

D. A. Powell’s (he/him) books include Repast (Graywolf, 2014) and Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys (Graywolf, 2012), recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. Powell has taught at Harvard, Columbia University, Davidson College, University of Iowa, Stanford and, most recently, at University of San Francisco.

Rowena De Silva

Rowena De Silva

Art Consultant

(they/them) Birmingham, England; Sri Lankan; queer; brown; big, curly hair; can talk about decolonization any day of the week; afraid of cats; BA in art history (…in progress); San Francisco / Chicago

Milo Todd

Milo Todd

Guest Prose Editor

Milo Todd’s (he/him) fiction focuses on trans and queer history, with additional works on the trans experience and the trans body. His fiction has appeared in Foglifter, Home is Where You Queer Your Heart (Foglifter Press), and Emerge: The 2019 Lambda Fellows Anthology (Lambda Literary Press). His other works have appeared on Writer Unboxed, Dead Darlings, GrubWrites, and Everyday Feminism, among others. He was selected as a 2019 Lambda Literary Fellow in Fiction for his novel SNUFF and received a fellowship to attend the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices. He is an alum of GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator Program, where he received a Pechet Fellowship for his novel THE FALCON OF DOVES. Milo has presented regularly at the Boston Book Festival and The Muse & The Marketplace. He curates Writing Beyond Binaries, a panel series celebrating trans and nonbinary writers’ experiences in various stages of their careers. Milo currently teaches writing at GrubStreet and he consults on fiction manuscripts and transgender inclusion in the classroom.

TC Tolbert

TC Tolbert

Guest Poetry Editor

I like walking up a mountain more than walking down; on the Enneagram, I’m a 1; I’m also a Capricorn; learning is infinitely more interesting to me than knowing (and scarier, too); along with my partner, I am wildly blessed to have two pit bulls who are willing to cuddle any time day or night; I am white; I was born and raised a girl in Hixson, TN as a speaking-in-tongues Pentecostal and I eventually came out as queer, feminist, anti-racist, and trans-masc; I wrestle-duet with these complicated and often contrasting social geographies every day; I never cease to experience a simultaneous horror and deep love any time I pay attention to the world. If you want to learn more about my writing, teaching, or collaborations, here’s my website.
Natasha Dennerstein

Natasha Dennerstein

Guest Hybrid Editor

Natasha Dennerstein (she/her) was born in Melbourne, Australia. She has an MFA from San Francisco State University. Natasha has had poetry published in many journals internationally. Her collections Anatomize (2015), Triptych Caliform (2016) and her novella-in-verse About a Girl (2017) were published by Norfolk Press in San Francisco. Her trans chapbook Seahorse (2017) was published by Nomadic Press in Oakland. She lives in Oakland, California, where she is an editor at Nomadic Press and works at St James Infirmary, a clinic for sex-workers in San Francisco. She was a 2018 Fellow of the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat.

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