About Foglifter

Edward Gunawan’s The Way Back was recently awarded the Silver Medal for “Collections” at the NCPA 29th Book Awards.

Megan Ellis’s essay “I Like My Body More When It Is Bruised” in Volume 4 Issue 2 was an honorable mention for Best American Essays 2020.

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—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

William Johnson

Board Vice-Chair

Alicia Mountain

Board Treasurer

Natalia Vigil

Board Secretary

The Staff

Dior J. Stephens

Co-Editor-in-Chief
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Milo Todd

Co-Editor-in-Chief

Marina Leigh

Managing Editor
Kanika Agrawal

Kanika Agrawal

Managing Hybrid/Nonfiction Editor & Community Manager

Rob Colgate

Managing Poetry Editor

Maria Picone

Managing Fiction Editor

Chad Koch

Cofounder, Finance Officer & Distribution Manager

Šari Dale

Web Coordinator
Cass Lintz

Cass Lintz

Print & Digital Production Manager

Charlie Neer

Accessibility Coordinator & Assistant Poetry Editor

Luiza Flynn-Goodlett

Assistant Poetry Editor

N/A Oparah

Assistant Fiction Editor
Tauheed Zaman

Tauheed Zaman

Assistant Hybrid/Nonfiction Editor

Miah Jeffra

Cofounder, Assistant Nonfiction & Hybrid Editor

Yunkyo Moon-Kim

Development Assistant
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Rose Zinnia

Community Assistant

Nadine Rodriguez

Guest Fiction Editor
Photo of Briana Grogan with a headscarf and brown outfit posing down in a park

Diya Abbas

Guest Poetry Editor
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CQ

Guest Hybrid & Nonfiction Editor

Contributing Editors

Tara Rose

Melton Cartes

Stacy Nathaniel Jackson

D. A. Powell

Sandhya Ramnan

Dior J. Stephens

Dior J. Stephens

Co-Editor-in-Chief

Dior J. Stephens (he/they) is a Midwestern pisces poet. He is the author of the chapbooks SCREAMS & lavender, 001, and CANNON!. His debut full-length collection, CRUEL/CRUEL, is forthcoming from Nightboat Books in 2023. Their most recent work appears in Peach Mag, Platform Review, and Marías at Sampaguitas Mag. Dior holds an MFA in Creative Writing from California College of the Arts and is pursuing his doctoral studies at the University of Cincinnati. Dior hopes to be a dolphin in his next life. Dior tweets at @dolphinneptune and Instagrams at @dolphinphotos

Milo Todd

Milo Todd

Co-Editor-in-Chief

Milo Todd (he/him) is co-EIC at Foglifter Journal, runs The Queer Writer newsletter, and teaches creative writing primarily to queer and trans adults. He’s received awards, accolades, and fellowships from such places as Lambda Literary, Tin House, Pitch Wars, GrubStreet, Monson Arts, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. His debut, THE LILAC PEOPLE, publishes through Counterpoint in late May 2025.

Marina Leigh

Marina Leigh

Managing Editor

Marina Leigh (she/her) is a queer, biracial writer and photographer born and raised in Reno, Nevada. She earned her MFA in poetry as the Grisham Fellow at the University of Mississippi. Her work has been published in several journals, and she is the author of a poetry chapbook titled Wild Daughter.

Reach Marina at info@foglifterpress.com

Kanika Agrawal

Kanika Agrawal

Managing Hybrid/Nonfiction Editor & Community Manager

Kanika Agrawal (she/her) is an Indian writer and mad diasporic hybrid developed across six countries on four continents. She holds a double BS in Biology and Writing from MIT, an MFA in Writing from Columbia University, and a PhD in English and Literary Arts from the University of Denver. She is Fiction Editor at khōréō, a quarterly magazine of immigrant and diaspora speculative fiction. Her own work appears or is forthcoming in Best American Experimental Writing 2020, Black Warrior Review, FOLDER, SAND, The Texas Review, and various SF&F publications. Kanika has received fellowships from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, MacDowell, and Vermont Studio Center. She lives in Denver, CO, with her senior toy fox terrier. You can also find her online at antiquarkic.com and twitter.com/antiquarkic.

Reach Kanika at hybrid@foglifterpress.com

Rob Colgate

Rob Colgate

Managing Poetry Editor

Rob Colgate (he/she/they) is a Filipino-American poet from Evanston, IL. He holds a degree in psychology from Yale University and an MFA in poetry from the New Writers Project at UT Austin. A Pushcart nominee, his work appears or is forthcoming in Best New Poets, Washington Square Review, Muzzle, Prairie Schooner, and The Margins, among others. He is the winner of the 2022 Andrew Julius Gutow Poetry Prize, selected by Oliver Baez Bendorf and sponsored by the Academy of American Poets. His first chapbook, So Dark the Gap, was published by Tammy in 2020. Currently, he is a Fulbright scholar conducting research and writing poetry at Toronto Metropolitan University’s School of Disability Studies. 

Maria Picone

Maria Picone

Managing Fiction Editor

Maria S. Picone/수영 (she/her) is a queer Korean American adoptee who won Cream City Review’s 2020 Summer Poetry Prize. Her debut chapbook, Adoptee Song, will be published in spring 2023. She has been published in Tahoma Literary Review, The Seventh Wave, Fractured Lit and more including Best Small Fictions 2021. Her work has been supported by The Juniper Institute, Palm Beach Poetry Festival, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, GrubStreet, Kenyon Review, and Tin House. She is the managing editor at Chestnut Review, and also edits at Hanok Review, Uncharted Magazine, and Foglifter

Chad Koch

Chad Koch

Cofounder, Finance Officer & Distribution Manager

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

Šari Dale

Šari Dale

Web Coordinator

Šari (she/her) works in new media and writes from Baton Rouge, where she is pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Louisiana State University and serving as the editor-in-chief of New Delta Review. Šari’s writing has been published in Event, The Malahat Review, and Grain, among others. Her first collection of poetry, Para-Social Butterfly, was released with Metatron Press in 2022.

Cass Lintz

Cass Lintz

Print & Digital Production Manager

Cass Lintz (she/her/they/them) is a gay and restless Californian. Her poetry focuses on erasure, hyperbole, memory, and queer things. She’s currently a board member for Rooted Communities Alliance, a non-profit that provides diverse secular programming and peer mentorship to those who are currently incarcerated in California prisons. Cass holds a BA from Mills College and an MFA from University of North Carolina, Wilmington. Her work is featured or is forthcoming in Rough Cut Press, Raleigh Review, and The Walrus Literary Journal. She rarely tweets @CassLintz.

Reach Cass at digitalproduction@foglifterpress.com

Charlie Neer

Charlie Neer

Accessibility Coordinator & Assistant Poetry Editor

Charlie Neer (they/them) is a nonbinary queer writer from the Bay Area. Their work is featured or forthcoming in “Show Me Your Papers” by Main Street Rag, The Swamp Literary Magazine, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Vital Sparks, and Bridge: The Bluffton University Literary Journal.

Reach Charlie at accessibility@foglifterpress.com

 

Luiza Flynn-Goodlett

Luiza Flynn-Goodlett

Assistant Poetry Editor

Luiza Flynn-Goodlett is the author of Mud In Our Mouths (forthcoming from Northwestern University Press) and Look Alive (winner of the 2019 Cowles Poetry Book Prize from Southeast Missouri State University Press), along with numerous chapbooks, most recently Familiar (forthcoming from Madhouse Press) and The Undead (winner of Sixth Finch Books’ 2020 Chapbook Contest). Her poetry can be found in Fugue, Five Points, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. Her critical work has appeared in Cleaver, Pleiades, The Adroit Journal, and other venues. Learn more at luizaflynngoodlett.com

N/A Oparah

N/A Oparah

Assistant Fiction Editor

N/A Oparah (she/her) is a queer, first-generation Nigerian-American writer. Her other work has appeared in Madwomen in the Attic, QXotc, Fictional International, ANMLY and other journals. N/A has received residencies in writing, art, and narrative media from Can Serrat in El Bruc, Spain and Proyecto Lingüistico Quetzalteco in Xela, Guatemala. N/A holds an MFA in Creative Writing from California College of the Arts and a B.S. in Neuroscience & Philosophy from Duke University. She is the Director of Community Programs at StoryCenter, a digital storytelling non-profit in Berkeley, CA. She is studying towards a PhD at Loughborough University in Creative Arts and Design in the UK. Her novella, Thick Skin, is forthcoming with KERNPUNKT Press (April 2021). More on her here.

Tauheed Zaman

Tauheed Zaman

Assistant Hybrid/Nonfiction Editor

Tauheed Zaman (he/him) is a Bengali-American immigrant, writer and physician who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was selected as a 2022 Lambda Literary Emerging Voices fellow for nonfiction. His non-medical writing has been featured in Salon, Foglifter Press, at LitQuake 2021, and Literary Death Match 2022. When not writing, you can find him singing with the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. IG: agentmowgli

Miah Jeffra

Miah Jeffra

Cofounder, Assistant Nonfiction & Hybrid Editor

Miah Jeffra (they/them/he/him) is author of The Fabulous Ekphrastic Fantastic!, The Violence Almanac, The First Church of What’s Happening, the forthcoming novel American Gospel, and co-editor of the anthology Home is Where You Queer Your Heart. Most recent work can be seen in StoryQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, The North American Review, The Pinch, The Greensboro Review, DIAGRAM, jubilat and Barrelhouse. Miah teaches writing and antiracist studies at Santa Clara University.

Reach Miah at fabulous@foglifterpress.com.

Yunkyo Moon-Kim

Yunkyo Moon-Kim

Development Assistant

Yunkyo Moon-Kim (they/them) is a Korean lesbian poet. They graduated from Northwestern University in 2022 and is now a community worker in Chicago. Their poems have been published or are forthcoming in The Margins, Cosmonauts Avenue, Porkbelly Press, and more. They are a 2021 Tin House Workshop attendee and a participant of the Guggenheim summer college workshop. Currently, they are writing their first chapbook, which conceptualizes post-apocalyptic queerness and nonbinary futures. Reach Yunkyo at development@foglifterpress.com

Rose Zinnia

Rose Zinnia

Community Assistant

Rose Zinnia (she/they) is an autistic lesbian writer, editor, & designer living in Cleveland, Ohio. Her poetry manuscript, anarchic womb, was a finalist for the 2022 Nightboat Poetry Prize. She has taught creative writing & literary editing/publishing at Indiana University, where she received her MFA. Rose has over a decade’s experience working in editing & publishing—as founder, editor, & art director for the publisher Monster House Press and the literary journal poiesis, as well as co-organizer of two award-winning reading series: Monster House Presents & SYZYGY. She has also served as associate editor at Indiana Review and as a screener for AWP’s Donald Hall Prize for Poetry.

William Johnson

William Johnson

Board Vice-Chair

William Johnson (he/him) is the PEN Across America program director at PEN America. A longtime steward in the writing community, Johnson was the editor and publisher of Mary Literary, a literary magazine committed to showcasing work of artistic integrity. He also co-produced Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color, the first major anthology for queer poets of color in the United States. In 2011, Johnson began his tenure at Lambda Literary, an organization dedicated to promoting LGBTQ literature. As the deputy director of Lambda Literary, Johnson oversaw many of the organization’s most dynamic programs and public events, including the Writer’s Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices and Lambda’s web magazine, the Lambda Literary Review.

In 2021, Johnson was awarded The Publishing Triangle’s Leadership Award, an award recognizing contributions to LGBTQ literature by those who are not primarily writers, such as editors, agents, librarians, and institutions.

Alicia Mountain

Alicia Mountain

Board Treasurer

Alicia Mountain’s (she/her) debut collection, High Ground Coward (Iowa, 2018), was selected by Brenda Shaughnessy to win the Iowa Poetry Prize. She is also the author of Four in Hand (BOA Editions, forthcoming early 2023). Her chapbook, Thin Fire (BOAAT Press), was selected by Natalie Diaz. Dr. Mountain was a Clemens Doctoral Fellow at the University of Denver and the 2020-21 Artist in Residence at the University of Central Oklahoma. Mountain is a contributing editor at the Kenyon Review. She is a lesbian poet, based in New York City where she teaches at Columbia University and in the Writer’s Foundry MFA program at St. Joseph’s College. Keep up with her on twitter at @HiGroundCoward. Alicia uses she/her pronouns and her name is pronounced “a-lish-a,” the middle syllable rhyming with fish or dish.

Natalia Vigil

Natalia Vigil

Board Secretary

Natalia M. Vigil (she/her) is a queer Xicana writer with native heritage, multimedia curator, and big sister of six, born and raised in San Francisco. She is an arts administrator passionate about community-driven creativity and cultural preservation through artist sustainability. She is the Executive Director of the Queer Cultural Center of San Francisco and the co-founder of Still Here San Francisco for which she was honored as a Local Hero by the San Francisco Human Rights Commission.

Matthew Clark Davison

Matthew Clark Davison

Director

Matthew Clark Davison (he/him) is the author of Doubting Thomas (Amble Press ’21). He is creator and teacher of The Lab :: Writing Classes with MCD, a non-academic school started in 2007 in a friend’s living room in San Francisco. The textbook version of The Lab, co-authored by bestselling writer Alice LaPlante, will be published by W.W. Norton. His prose has been in or on Lambda Literary, The Advocate, Literary Hub, Guernica, The Atlantic Monthly, Foglifter, Lumina Magazine, and others; and has been recognized with a Creative Work Grant, Cultural Equities Grant, Clark Gross Award for a Novel-in-Progress, and a Stonewall Alumni Award. Matthew earned a BA and MFA in Creative Writing from SFSU, where he now teaches full-time.

Natasha Dennerstein

Natasha Dennerstein

Board Member

Natasha Dennerstein was born in Melbourne, Australia. She has an MFA from San Francisco State University. Natasha has had poetry published in many journals internationally, including The North American Review and Spoon River Poetry Review. 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 and is now available through Black Lawrence Press. Broken: A Life of Aileen Wuornos in 33 poems was published in 2021 by Be About It Press. She lives in Alameda, California, where she is a freelance editor. She was a 2018 Fellow of the Lambda Literary Writer’s Retreat and writer-in-residence there in fiction in 2023.

Nadine Rodriguez

Nadine Rodriguez

Guest Fiction Editor

Nadine Rodriguez (they/them/) is a transmasc, queer Cuban-American writer and visual artist born and raised in Miami, Florida currently based in Brooklyn. They hold an MFA in Fiction from Northern Michigan University and have been a Managing Editor for Passages North, a prose editor for Mag 20/20, and a co-editor for Sinister Wisdom: Trans/Feminisms. They’ve published fiction, poetry, and nonfiction in various journals and publications, including Foglifter, Superstition Review, Bullshit, and The Bitchin’ Kitsch. They are a Best of the Net and Pushcart nominee. 

Diya Abbas

Diya Abbas

Guest Poetry Editor

Diya Abbas (she/they) is a first-generation Pakistani poet, performer, and playwright from the Midwest. They were named the 2022 George B. Hill Poetry Prize and the Lyman S.V. Judson Awardee in the Creative Arts. Her work is featured in Adroit, The Offing, BAHR Magazine, Emerge Literary Journal, Foglifter and others. Diya has written and performed for venues including The Lincoln Center, St. Louis Film Festival, Brave New Voices, Button Poetry, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The Andre De Shields Foundation, and others. She is currently studying Creative Writing and South Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison through the First Wave program. 

 

CQ

CQ

Guest Hybrid & Nonfiction Editor

CQ, or C. Quintana (she/any) is a queer writer with Cuban and Louisiana roots + the author of The 126-Year-Old Artist (Audible) and Scissoring (Dramatists Play Service). The recipient of fellowships from NYSCA, MacDowell, Queer|Art, Van Lier New Voices, Lambda Literary, and beyond, CQ is a proud contributor to Foglifter, Jacar Press, Third Coast, great weather for MEDIA, BOMB, and more. Television writing credits include Alert: Missing Persons Unit (Season 2), Orphan Black: Echoes, and The Baker and the Beauty. Visit cquintana.com or @cquintanatown.

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