Category: 2020

  • Under Pressure: Naima Yael Tokunow

    Naima Yael Tokunow (née Woods) is an educator, writer and editor, currently living in New Mexico. Her work (and life) focus around exploring black femme identity, kinship and futurity. She is the author of three chapbooks, MAKE WITNESS, published in 2016 by Zoo Cake Press, Planetary Bodies, out from Black Warrior Review in 2019, and Shadow Black, selected by Pulitzer […]

  • Under Pressure: Jody Chan

    Jody Chan is a writer, drummer, organizer, and politicized healer based in Toronto. They are the author of haunt (Damaged Goods Press), all our futures (PANK), and sick, winner of the 2018 St. Lawrence Book Award. They can be found online and offline in bookstores or dog parks. Here, Gabriella Graceffo talks with Jody Chan […]

  • Under Pressure: Megan Peak

    Girldom, Megan Peak  Megan Peak received her M.F.A. in Poetry from The Ohio State University, where she was former Poetry Editor at The Journal.  Her first book of poetry, Girldom, won the 2018 Perugia Press Prize from Perugia Press, the 2019 The John A. Robertson Award for Best First Book of Poetry from the Texas Institute of […]

  • Under Pressure: Mike Soto

    A Grave Is Given Supper, Mike Soto Mike Soto is the author of the chapbooks, Beyond the Shadow’s Ink, and Dallas Spleen. He received his MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and was awarded the James Merrill Poetry Fellowship by Vermont Studio Center in 2019. His debut collection of poetry, A Grave Is Given Supper, has been adapted into an original literary-theatrical […]

  • Pushcart Prize nominations 2020

    We’re excited to share our Pushcart Prize nominations!! POETRY Sarah Bates, “Female #450” (Winter, 31)Dorothy Chan, “Triple Sonnet for Charging Admission” (Summer, 32) FICTION K-Ming Chang “Swallower” (Summer, 32)L.M. Davenport, “Ballad II” (Summer, 32) NONFICTION Miah Jeffra, “A Fiction More Real” Summer, 32)Kat Moore, “Trees, Monsters, Witches: Fragments of Being a Girl” (Summer, 32)

  • Under Pressure: Roberto Carlos Garcia

    [Elegies], Roberto Carlos Garcia Poet, storyteller, and essayist Roberto Carlos Garcia is a self-described “sancocho […] of provisions from the Harlem Renaissance, the Spanish Poets of 1929, the Black Arts Movement, the Nuyorican School, and the Modernists.” Garcia is rigorously interrogative of himself and the world around him, conveying “nakedness of emotion, intent, and experience,” […]

  • Under Pressure: Melissa Wiley

    Skull Cathedral: A Vestigial Anatomy, Melissa Wiley Melissa Wiley is the author of Skull Cathedral, a book interweaving thoughts on the body’s vestigial organs with autobiographical fragments, which won the 2019 Autumn House Press Nonfiction Contest and was judged by Paul Lisicky. She has also published the personal essay collection Antlers in Space and Other […]

  • Under Pressure: Sara Lupita Olivares

    Migratory Sound, Sara Lupita Olivares Sara Lupita Olivares is the author of Migratory Sound (The University of Arkansas Press), which was selected as winner of the 2020 CantoMundo Poetry Prize, and the chapbook Field Things (dancing girl press). Her poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, Denver Quarterly, Salt Hill Journal, DIAGRAM, jubilat, and elsewhere. She […]

  • Under Pressure: Malcolm Friend

    Our Bruises Kept Singing Purple, Malcolm Friend Malcolm Friend is a poet originally from the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. He received his BA from Vanderbilt University, where he was the 2014 recipient of the Merrill Moore Prize for Poetry, and his MFA from the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of the chapbook […]

  • Under Pressure: Alan Chazaro

    Alan Chazaro is a half armadillo half chameleon Mexican American poet. His poetry collections, This Is Not a Frank Ocean Cover Album (2019) and Piñata Theory (2020), are available from Black Lawrence Press. He is currently an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco and writing about the NBA for HeadFake. Here, Garbriella Graceffo […]