Issue No. 7 - Edición No. 7
Marisa Adame is a demi/bi Latinx storyteller/creative from Dallas, Texas, who seeks to create work that balances as much as it deconstructs. Her writing inhabits the middle ground, the cusp, the contrast. Her chapbook manuscript, butterfly bombs, was a finalist for Thoughtcrime Press's Lorien Prize in 2017, and her full-length manuscript, girl becomes collateral // neurotica, advanced to the semi-finalist round in competition for the University of Notre Dame's Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize in 2018. She is a Contributing Poet for Mad Swirl and has had poems published in Crab Fat Magazine, Open Minds Quarterly, St. Sucia zine, and more. You can find her on YouTube, Instagram, on her official Facebook page, and at marisaadame.com.
Alexis Jaimes (A.J. Bishop) is the son of Mexican immigrants who raised him in Santa Ana, CA. He graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 2018 to earn a Bachelor’s degree in English along with a Professional Writing Certificate. He is proud to have attended and transferred from Santa Ana College where he served as Vice-President, later President, of the SAC Literary Journal Club, publishing the first two volumes of Under the Water Tower where some of his works are also presented. He is currently attending California State University, Fullerton hoping to become an Elementary Teacher so he can serve other first-generation, low-income students in Orange County. He believes in aliens and words. He thinks dogs are second to cats. He is trying to make people realize what they’re feeling is common even if they never felt so alone.
Mateo Lara is from Bakersfield, California. He received his B.A. in English at CSU Bakersfield. He is currently working on his M.F.A. in Poetry at Randolph College in Lynchburg, VA. His poems have been featured in Orpheus, EOAGH, Empty Mirror, and The New Engagement. He is an editor for RabidOak online literary journal.
Ludmila Leiva is a multidisciplinary artist. Born in Toronto, Canada to a Guatemalan mother and a Slovak-Canadian father, she currently lives in Brooklyn, New York with her partner and many houseplants. Her writing can be found in Wired, The New York Times' Women in the World, Broadly, Allure, Refinery29, and more. Her previous illustration clients include Tumblr, Coachella, Vice, and Condé Nast. Ludmila is a 2018 Lambda Literary fellow in fiction and is currently working on a collection of short stories. She is also creative directing a virtual reality experience that explores memory and healing, forthcoming in 2020.
Odette Alonso is a poet and narrator born in Santiago de Cuba and resides in Mexico since 1992. She has authored 15 collections of poetry, a novel, and three books of short stories. Her book Últimos días de un país received the Premio Nacional Clemencia Isaura de Poesía in 2019 (Mazatlan, Mexico), and with Old Music Island garnered the Premio Nacional de Poesía LGBTTTI in 2017 (Zacatecas, Mexico). She also served at the editor of the Antología de la poesía cubana del exilio published in 2011.
Sandro Javier Ortega-Riek is a Nicaraguan-American writer based in Southern California, where he is an associate editor for the literary journal Foothill and an assistant at a rare books library. He grew up in Masaya, Nicaragua and in Flagstaff, Arizona. He recently completed his undergraduate English thesis, a poetry chapbook about foreignness, spirituality, and gay identity titled The Gulper Eel Alien Manifesto.
Willy Palomo is the son of two immigrants from El Salvador. His first collection of poetry, Wake the Others, will be published by Black Lawrence Press in March 2020. He has performed his poetry at the National Poetry Slam, CUPSI, and V Festival Internacional de Poesía Amada Libertad in El Salvador. His writing is featured or forthcoming in Best New Poets 2018, Latino Rebels, The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States, Antologia de Posguerra, and more. He is a McNair Scholar, Macondista, and a Frost Place Latin@ Scholar.
Luis Panini (Monterrey, México, 1978) is a writer and architect based in Los Angeles. He is the author of six novels: Esquirlas(2014), El uranista(2014), La hora mala2016), and the Los Cronopoliostrilogy (2016-2018); four collections of short fiction: Terrible anatómica(2009), Mala fe sensacional(2010), Función de repulsa(2015), and Retrovisor(2019); one children’s book: Una cabeza distinta(2018); and one book of poems: Destrucción del amante(2016). He won the Nuevo León Literature Prize in 2008 for his first book.
Kyoung H. Park was born in Santiago, Chile and is the author of Disoriented, Tala, Pillowtalk and many short plays including Mina, which is published in Seven Contemporary Plays from Korean Diasapora in the Americas (Duke University Press, 2012). Kyoung writes and directs his own works as Artistic Director of Kyoung’s Pacific Beat, a peacemaking theater company based in Brooklyn, New York.
Elizabeth Rose is a queer translator and literary scholar in love with impossibility of recreating meaning and sound across languages. She translates from Spanish and German and her scholarship focuses on the intersections of translation, exile, memory, and queer perspectives in literature. She currently resides on occupied Tohono O’odom territory in Tucson, Arizona.
Lawrence Schimel is a bilingual author and literary translator who lives in Madrid, Spain with his husband. His most recent books are a collection of 100 erotic microfictions Una barba para dos (Dos Bigotes) and two children's books featuring same-sex families, No es hora de jugar and Pronto por la mañana (both Egales). Recent and upcoming translations include the novel La Bastarda by Trifonia Melibea Obono, a queer coming of age story and the first novel published in English by a woman writer from Equatorial Guinea, and the poetry collections Correspondence: An Anthology of Contemporary LGBT Poetry from Spain (Egales, 2017), Destruction Of The Lover by Luis Panini (Pleaides, 2019), Impure Acts by Ángelo Néstore (Indolent Books, 2019) and I Offer My Heart As A Target by Johanny Vazquez Paz (Akashic, 2019).