About Us

A little bit about us

Foglifter is a queer journal and press, but more than that. We publish powerful writing, 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, and full manuscripts by emerging and dynamic writers. We host free, accessible launch parties for each issue’s release at Strut, a community center located in the Castro District of San Francisco, as well as other free readings around the Bay and beyond. In addition to our own programming, we co-produce events with other community organizations. Recent events include TransAction: Trans Writing as Activism reading and panel discussion, Bay Area Writers Resist, and Lucha Libro, a literary wrestling match.

Additionally, we actively promote authors by nominating their work for yearly Best Of anthologies, as well as provide opportunities for reading, interview, and collaborative community discussions. The success of these 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 and Board of Directors individual identities as marginalized queer 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

Director, Secretary

Miah Jeffra

Co-Founder, Production Manager

Monique Mero

Director, Production Editor

Lisa Galloway

Development Director

Jeff Balsz

Director, Treasurer

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

Isabella Esser-Munera

Guest Editor, Prose

Megan Milks

Guest Editor, Prose

Robert F. Santiago

Guest Editor, Poetry

Yujane Chen

Guest Editor, Poetry
Luiza Flynn-Goodlett

Luiza Flynn-Goodlett

Editor-in-Chief

Luiza Flynn-Goodlett is the author of four chapbooks, including Twice Shy forthcoming from Nomadic Press and Harm’s Way forthcoming from dancing girl press. In 2018, she was a finalist for both the Prairie Schooner Book Prize and the Berkshire Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry from Tupelo Press. Her poetry can be found in Third Coast, The Journal, The Common, Granta, 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 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 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

Director, Secretary

Chad Koch 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

Development Director

Lisa Galloway 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, Production Manager

Miah Jeffra 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 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 is a genderqueer, San Francisco-based poet who often writes about love. Her works have been included in Quiet Lightning, Plunge Magazine, Red Light Lit, and Writing Without Walls.

Irwan Iskak

Irwan Iskak

Web Coordinator

Irwan 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 pronouns) 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 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

Contributing Editor

Celeste Chan 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.

Stacy Nathaniel Jackson

Stacy Nathaniel Jackson

Contributing Editor

Stacy Nathaniel Jackson 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 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

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

Isabella Esser-Munera

Isabella Esser-Munera

Guest Editor, Prose

Isabella Esser-Munera teaches English to fourteen year olds in Brooklyn, NY and is an advocate of children everywhere. Her work has appeared in Maudlin House Press, Anti-Heroin Chic, XRAY, and elsewhere. She tweets at @esserisst. Find her at https://www.isessermunera.com/

Megan Milks

Megan Milks

Guest Editor, Prose

M./Megan Milks is the author of Kill Marguerite and Other Stories, winner of the 2015 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Fiction and a Lambda Literary Award finalist. They have published work in many journals including Fence, LIT, and Black Warrior Review, and are the author of three chapbooks, most recently The Feels, an exploration of fan fiction and affect. Find them at http://meganmilks.com/

Robert F Santiago

Robert F Santiago

Guest Editor, Poetry

Roberto F. Santiago is the author of Angel Park (Lethe, 2015), a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in Poetry, and LIKE SUGAR (Nomadic, forthcoming). Recent work appears in Ninth Letter, Love Jets, and Apogee. Roberto lives in San Francisco and is an MSW candidate at UC Berkeley. Look for Robert at https://therfsantiago.com/

Yujane Chen

Yujane Chen

Guest Editor, Poetry

Yujane Chen is a queer migrant poet from Taiwan. They are a Pink Door Fellow, Kundiman Fellow, & the curator of Dispatches From The Stars, a literary space for migrant artists of color. They are currently earning a B.A. in Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley, where they are a member of the 2018-2019 CalSLAM CUPSI Team.

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