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Announcing Foglifter Press’ first chapbook release:
Girasol by Vianney Casas on sale November 6, 2018

Vianney Casas’s debut poetry chapbook Girasol ushers readers into a sensuous, menacing landscape where physical, emotional, and spiritual boundaries dissolve and reform in unexpected, profound ways. With minimal punctuation, shifts in tense, and deft weaving of English and Spanish, Girasol creates a dream-like quality, suspending the reader inside a trauma that’s simultaneously in the past and ever-present.

Tender : The Queer Ancestors Project collaboration with Foglifter Press

In these pages, students of the Queer Ancestors Project respond to their ancestors through original writing and art. Sylvia Rivera compels us to stay and fight, speaking to poets “becoming trans femme.” Friends fallen to suicide, “mute ash,” and Guan Yin offer queer elegies, poems to transform trauma. Serpent women, genderqueer mermaids, and glitter crusted love found in the sea, sky, and clubs queerly remind us of our community’s defiance, beauty, survival, and creativity. Declarations of self-love combat silence, and the real life struggles of poverty, isolation, migration, homo/transphobia. Arranged in conversation, Tender forms a stirring collective. We must never forget, as student Jose Francisco says in “Rise”: “we hold the power to shape the future, and, together, to shake these walls down.” 

Flower of Ancestry: Queer Ancestors Project Anthology

“Flower of Ancestry,” named for its cover art by Shannon Prasad, features work by 20 creative writing and printmaking students: al aguas, Brea Weinreb, Destiny Evans, Fernando Miguel, Gato Gucumatz, Isabel Treviño, Keira, Kimiko Goeller, Lia Dun, madhvi trivedi-pathak, Marina Claveria, Mateo Sánchez Morales, Maya Salcido, Nidhi Parixit Velani, Queen Sen Sen, Ruby Harrison-Clay, Satän, Shannon Prasad, Shō Nakashima, and Takara Campbell, with creative writing director Celeste Chan and Queer Ancestors Project artistic director Katie Gilmartin.

The Queer Ancestors Project is devoted to forging sturdy relationships between LGBTQI people and our ancestors. Using history as a linchpin, we build community by providing Queer and Trans artists free interdisciplinary workshops in printmaking, writing, and Queer history. Public exhibitions and readings of their work provide a window on the past through which the larger community can glimpse our collective future.

This is Foglifter Press second collaboration with the Queer Ancestry Project.

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  • Join us this weekend to celebrate our "Flower of Ancestry: Queer Ancestors Project Anthology" release party, in collaboration with Queer Ancestors and Strut. This also serves as the closing party for Queer Ancestors Project's print exhibition at Strut. RSVP link in bio! Cover Art by: @munchie_mochi QAP students will read and share new work from the anthology. This marks the writing program's 2nd year. Queer Ancestors Project Writes is a FREE, 9-month long program for youth 18-24 years old to explore creative writing alongside queer and trans history. - - - - - - - #lgbtq🌈 #queerlit #bayareaevents #bayareaqueers #queerevents #queerwriters #transwriters #writersofcolor #lgbtwriters #sfevents

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