About Us

A little bit about us

Foglifter is a LGBTQ+ journal and press, but more than that. We publish powerful, intersectional writing that queers our perspectives; writing that explores the sometimes abject, sometimes shameful, but always honest and revelatory experience; writing that calls into question the things we believe to be true, the things we believe to be known, and turns them on their head for—at least—a moment of consideration.

What we do

We currently publish a biannual literary journal, chapbooks by dynamic emerging writers, and anthologies through partnerships with Bay Area organizations like Still Here 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 writers is the driving force behind everything we do as a press.

Why we do it

Our commitment to underserved queer 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

Chad Koch

Co-Founder, Director, Treasurer, Secretary

Miah Jeffra

Co-Founder, Director, Production Manager

Monique Mero

Director, Production Editor

Lisa Galloway

Board President, Development Director

Arisa White

Director

Celeste Chan

Director

The Staff

Luiza Flynn-Goodlett

Editor-in-Chief

Wesley Olivia Cohen

Managing Prose Editor

Dan Lau

Managing Poetry Editor

Tara Rose

Community Outreach Coordinator

Irwan Iskak

Web Coordinator

Charlie Neer

Assistant Poetry Editor

Melton Cartes

Contributing Production Editor

D. A. Powell

Contributing Editor

Stacy Nathaniel Jackson

Contributing Editor

Rowena DeSilva

Art Consultant

Damitri Martinez

Guest Editor, Prose

Lizzie Tran

Guest Editor, Prose

Nia NB

Guest Editor, Poetry
Luiza Flynn-Goodlett

Luiza Flynn-Goodlett

Editor-in-Chief

Luiza Flynn-Goodlett is the author of the forthcoming collection Look Alive, 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, The Journal, The Common, and elsewhere. Learn more at luizaflynngoodlett.com

Reach Luiza at info@foglifterpress.com

Wesley Olivia Cohen

Wesley Olivia Cohen

Managing 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.

Reach Wesley at prose@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

Chad Koch

Chad Koch

Co-Founder, 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

Lisa Galloway

Lisa Galloway

Board President, Development Director

Lisa 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 Lisa at development@foglifterpress.com

Miah Jeffra

Miah Jeffra

Co-Founder, Director, 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 hybrid@foglifterpress.com, and fabulous@foglifterpress.com for journal and book production.

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.

Tara Rose

Tara Rose

Community Outreach Coordinator

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Damitri Martinez

Damitri Martinez

Guest Editor, Prose

Damitri Martinez (he/his) is a writer in Denver, Colorado. He is a 2019 Lambda Fellow. His work has appeared, and is forthcoming, in Foglifter Journal. His writing explores the complex issues at the junctures of marginalized identities, while also trying to maintain all the timeless magic that makes stories worth reading and telling. When he isn’t writing or reading, he is constructing mixed media art pieces featuring queer subjects and recycled materials. Find him at damitrimartinez.com and @damitrijames

Lizzie Tran

Lizzie Tran

Guest Editor, Prose

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Tran is a Kundiman fiction fellow, a Lambda fiction fellow, and the recipient of the Jeanne Cordova scholarship for Lambda fellows in 2017. She holds a B.A. from Rollins College, an M.Ed. from the University of California, San Diego, and an MFA in fiction from San Diego State University. Her book reviews, fiction, poetry, and essays have most recently appeared in Brickroad, Vien Dong, Little Saigon, Tayo Literary Magazine, Diacritics, and Foglifter. She is a high school and middle school English teacher, and a mother of two magical little boys. She lives on the shores of southern California, spending most of her days near the ocean she can’t breathe without.

Nia NB

Nia NB

Guest Editor, Poetry

Nia KB [they/them] is a Black queer nonbinary poet, editor, and educator currently based in Austin, TX. They’ve received fellowships and residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, Texas Christian University, Lambda Literary, The Hurston/Wright Foundation, UTSA’s African American Literatures and Cultures Institute, and elsewhere. Their poetry appears or is forthcoming in The Cincinnati Review, The Matador Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, The Shade Journal, and other pretty places. If you got this far, follow them on twitter, instagram, or facebook.

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