Qwo-Li Driskill is a non-citizen Cherokee Two-Spirit/Queer writer, educator, and performer also of African, Irish, Lenape, Lumbee and Osage ascent. They are the author of Walking with Ghosts: Poems, Asegi Stories: Cherokee Queer and Two-Spirit Memory and the co-editor of Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature and Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Interventions in Theory, Politics, and Literature. They are an associate professor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University.
Tori Cárdenas is a short, brown, tattooed poet from Northern New Mexico. In 2014, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Mexico. Currently, Cárdenas lives and works in Albuquerque.
Abigail George, Pushcart Prize nominee, recently anthologised in the Best "New" African Poets Anthology 2015, is an essayist, feminist, thinker, poet, and writer of six books. She contributed bimonthly to a symposium on the Ovi Magazine: Finland’s English Online Magazine for a year. She is the recipient of grants from ECPACC, the Centre for the Book and the National Arts Council. You can follow her blog here
read some of her poems here
and prose here http://spontaneity.org/issue07/fireworks/ and here
t pomar is a queer and intersectional feminist writer and artist, currently based in the town of Brighton, in South East England. She earned her MA in Queer Studies from the University of Sussex (United Kingdom). Highly political in intent, her work spans genres and mediums—including academic essays, articles, poetry, and illustration—and, much like her identity, is influenced by the literal and figurative boundaries she has moved and continues to move across. She is currently putting the finishing touches to her newest poetry chapbook—Love is so Passé—and developing her first comic book—Project A. Her latest work is forthcoming or can be found in Broad!, Quaint, TQReview, and Heather.
Iliana Cuellar is a queer first generation guanaca raised on cumbias in LA. Her work explores themes of diaspora, reconciled alienation, and love between borders and binaries. Catch Iliana's poetry in Tia Chucha Press' anthology, "Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes and Shifts of Los Angeles."
Rachel Wangeci Kigano is a queer black woman living in Oakland, California. Through her art she attempts to bring more visibility to the qpoc community, as well as the Kenyan and Haitian communities. Rachel is Kenyan on her fathers side and spent seven years living in Nairobi. “Living as a queer African woman has been a journey in itself and I strive to bring more support, acceptance and pride into this thriving community.” She recently spent 8 weeks traveling through Colombia creating a photography travel blog highlighting the African and Indigenous roots that still survive in Colombia today. This includes music, art, food, and race. You can find her poetry on her personal IG page: rwkigano as well as upcoming zines with local Oakland artists.
Ryan Dennison is a Diné transdisciplinary artist from Tohatchi, NM. His work has been featured in both solo and collaboration exhibitions across Diné Nation and U.S. Sicksicksick Distro (Albuquerque, NM), "All My Relations" Exhibition (Minneapolis, NM), and "Visions into Infinite Archives" Exhibition (San Francisco, CA). He comes from a background of experiential, pastoral and traditional ecological knowledge, which constructs a Diné epistemological framework and pedagogical orientation of traditional/western knowledge. He currently works as an educator with indigenous communities actively maintaining, renewing and revitalizing traditional knowledge linking, food, culture, health and the environment.
Collestipher Dodge Chatto is Diné (Navajo) from Pinehill, located on the Ramah Diné Reservation in western New Mexico. In May of 2015, he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts. His poems have appeared in anthologies, Tribal College Journal, Plume, & HIV Here & Now Project. He has been awarded the Truman Capote Scholarship, Lannan Foundation Scholarship, & American Indian Graduate Center Fellowship. Currently, he is a candidate for an MFA degree in creative writing, focusing on poetry, at IAIA. He also enjoys writing short fiction, nonfiction, screenwriting, painting, & drawing.
Born and raised on the Navajo Reservation, the work of Colby Roanhorse stems from existing in two worlds at once: the cultural and the contemporary. Colby is a senior in the Fashion Studies program at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His time at KCAD has widened his passions to include drawing, painting, sculpture, installation and local action in social justice and equity work. Having grown up in an impoverished area, he draws from difficult experiences with identity: racial, cultural, sexual and religious. Having been forced to question many aspects of self-identity, Colby works to sift through the chaos through art and design. Many of his works are meditative and are inspired by intuition and instinctive action. His work hopes to elicit emotional connection and introspection through the eyes of the viewer.