Foglifter Presents: The Horizon Is Not a Border
Please join Foglifter for our AWP off-site event The Horizon Is Not a Border, curated by Raquel Gutiérrez, and featuring:
Raquel Salas Rivera (Mayagüez, 1985) is a Puerto Rican poet, translator, and literary critic. In 2010, they won First and Second Place for Poetry in the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico’s Sixteenth Literary Contest, as well as First Place in the University of Puerto Rico’s Queer Literature Contest. From 2016-2018, they co-edited the literary journal The Wanderer. In 2017, they co-edited a series of bilingual broadsides of contemporary Puerto Rican poets, which were later collected in the Puerto Rico en mi corazón anthology (Anomalous Press, 2019). In 2018, they were named the Poet Laureate of Philadelphia for a two-year term. The following year they became the inaugural recipient of the Laureate Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets. They have also received fellowships and residencies from the Sundance Institute, the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, the Arizona Poetry Center, the MacDowell Colony, and CantoMundo. They are also the author of seven chapbooks and five full-length poetry books. Their first two books, Caneca de anhelos turbios (Editora Educación Emergente, 2011) and tierra intermitente/intermittent land (Ediciones Alayubia, 2017), were published in Puerto Rico. lo terciario/the tertiary (2nd ed., Noemi Press, 2019), was on the 2018 National Book Award Longlist and won the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry and while they sleep (under the bed is another country), was published by Birds, LLC in 2019. Their forthcoming collection, x/ex/exis: poemas para la nación/ poems for the nation was the inaugural recipient of the Ambroggio Prize (Editorial Bilingüe/ Bilingual Press, 2020). They received their Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the University of Pennsylvania. During 2020, they will be growing trinitarias in Santurce as La Impresora’s first poet in residence.
Patrick Mullen-Coyoy is a queer, Guatemalan-Irish poet, college access advocate, and Capricorn based in Ann Arbor, MI. As program coordinator for the Michigan College Advising Corps, he works to increase the number of low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students getting to and through college. As a poet, he stitches together fragments of pop culture with musings about being queer and Central American in the United States. His writing appears in The Acentos Review, The Kenyon Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Underblong Journal, and The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States (Tia Chucha Press).
Jake Skeets is Black Streak Wood, born for Water’s Edge. He is Diné from Vanderwagen, New Mexico. He is the author of Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers, a National Poetry Series-winning collection of poems. He holds an MFA in poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Skeets is a winner of the 2018 Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Contest and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Skeets edits an online publication called Cloudthroat and organizes a poetry salon and reading series called Pollentongue, based in the Southwest. He is a member of Saad Bee Hózhǫ́: A Diné Writers’ Collective and currently teaches at Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona.
Zefyr Lisowski is a trans & queer Southerner, the author of Blood Box (Black Lawrence Press, 2019) and a Pisces. She’s a poetry co-editor at Apogee Journal and an interdisciplinary artist. Zefyr has received support from Tin House Writers Workshop, Sundress Academy for the Arts, The CUNY Graduate Center, and elsewhere, and her work has appeared in Muzzle, DIAGRAM, Literary Hub, Nat. Brut., and The Poetry Project Newsletter, and elsewhere. Find her and more of her work online at zeflisowski.com.
T Fleischmann is the author of Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through and Syzygy, Beauty.
Destiny O. Birdsong is a poet, fiction writer, and essayist whose work has either appeared or is forthcoming in Kenyon Review, Best New Poets 2018, The Cambridge Companion to Transnational American Literature, storySouth, and elsewhere. Destiny has received support from Cave Canem, Jack Jones Literary Arts, The Ragdale Foundation, The MacDowell Colony, and Tin House, among others. Her debut poetry collection, Negotiations, is forthcoming from Tin House Books in 2020.
Gala Mukomolova is the author of Without Protection (Coffee House Press 2019) and the chapbook One Above One Below: Positions & Lamentations (YesYes Books 2018). She holds an MFA from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. Her past residencies include Vermont Studio Center, Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists and The Pink Door. In 2016, Gala was a recipient of the 92nd St.Y Discovery Prize. She writes astrology for NYLON and is cohost of the podcast Big Dyke Energy.
Celeste Chan moved to SF to find creative community in 2004. Since that time, she founded and directed Queer Rebels, created experimental film programs for MIX NYC, joined Foglifter as a board member, created a one-woman show, and toured with Sister Spit’s feminist literary roadshow. Her work can be found in AWAY, cream city review, Gertrude, The Rumpus, and other literary journals. When not writing her memoir, she facilitates workshops for LGBTQ youth and cares for a ninety-five year old queer activist.
Jordan Nakamura was born and raised on Oahu, Hawaii and lives in Los Angeles. He holds an MFA from Antioch University LA and his work, reviews and interviews have appeared in The Adroit Journal, Tupelo Quarterly, Zócalo Public Square, Lunch Ticket, and The Curator.
Aisha Sabatini Sloan is the author of the essay collections, The Fluency of Light: Coming of Age in a Theater of Black and White and Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit. She is the Helen Zell Visiting Professor of Creative Nonfiction at the University of Michigan.
Joe Jiménez is the author of the poetry collection The Possibilities of Mud and Bloodline, a young adult novel. Jiménez is the recipient of the 2016 Letras Latinas/ Red Hen Press Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared on the PBS NewsHour and Lambda Literary sites. Jiménez was recently awarded a Lucas Artists Literary Artists Fellowship from 2017 to 2020. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, and is a member of the Macondo Writers Workshop.
Saretta Morgan is the author of Plan Upon Arrival, forthcoming from Selva Oscura/Three Count Pour in 2020, and Feeling Upon Arrival (Ugly Duckling Press, 2018), among other books. She teaches poetry at Arizona State University and lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
Willie Kinard III is a Black Queer poet, designer & creative strategist forged of Southern thunderstorms. With words in or forthcoming in Foundry, WILDNESS, Crab Fat Magazine, & elsewhere, he has received fellowships & support from The Watering Hole & Winter Tangerine. Currently an M.F.A. candidate in the Creative Writing program at the University of Pittsburgh, he is one third of The Upper Room Collective, along with poets Jari Bradley & Jabari Jawan Allen. Kinard also serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief at Hot Metal Bridge & a producer of the podcast [in brackets].”
Òscar Moisés Díaz is a queer genderfluid Salvadoran poet, essayist, playwright, film curator and artist whose poetry has appeared in Harvard’s Latinx Literary Journal Palabritas, and Donde Hubo Fuego which is a documentary about the exhibit of the same name at the Museum of Art of El Salvador. They’ve exhibited art in places such as the X Central American Biennial, the Queens Museum, and had a solo at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Costa Rica, etc just to name a few. They are based in Queens, NY where they are working on their first book of collected poems and essays. They are a member of the Tierra Narrative film collective of NY based Central American filmmakers. Their new play is called GENERACION MARUCHAN which is about grungers in San Salvador during the 1990s.
Soham Patel is the author of the poetry collections to afar from afar (The Accomplices, 2018) and ever really hear it (Subito Press, 2018). A Kundiman fellow, Soham is also an assistant editor at Fence and The Georgia Review.
Andrea Abi-Karam is an arab-american genderqueer punk poet-performer cyborg, writing on the art of killing bros, the intricacies of cyborg bodies, trauma & delayed healing. Their chapbook, THE AFTERMATH (Commune Editions), attempts to queer Fanon’s vision of how poetry fails to inspire revolution. Andrea’s first book, EXTRATRANSMISSION [Kelsey Street Press, 2019], is a poetic critique of the U.S. military’s role in the War on Terror.