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Dan Lau

Dan Lau is a Chinese American poet from Queens, New York. His work has received a Kundiman fellowship, William Dickey fellowship, and Kustra fellowship as well as grants and scholarships from APICC, GAPA Foundation, Queer Cultural Center, San Francisco Arts Commission, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. His poetry has appeared in Red Light Lit, Generations, Cape Cod Review, CRATE, Gesture, pacificREVIEW, RHINO, The Collagist, Flicker and Spark: A Contemporary Queer Anthology of Spoken Word and Poetry by Low Brow Press, and Colorado Review.

Alexandra Mattraw

Alexandra Mattraw is a Berkeley poet, curator, and educator whose Celtic great grandparents made their home in Oakland and its vicinity in the early 1900s. Alexandra’s full length book of poems, small siren, emerged from The Cultural Society in the spring of 2018. She is also the author of four chapbooks, most recently flood psalm, from Dancing Girl Press (2017). Her second collection, We fell into weather, is forthcoming in March from Cultural Society. Her work has also been featured in several art shows and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her full length books have been named finalists for the Colorado Prize for Poetry and the May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize, as well as at competitions through Nightboat Books, Slope Editions, 1913 Press, and elsewhere. A former Vermont Studio Center resident, she received her MFA in poetry from University of San Francisco and MA in Humanities from University of Chicago. A member of the Bay Area Correspondence School (BACS), she curates an art-centric writing and performance series in Oakland called Lone Glen, now in its eighth year. Alexandra has enjoyed reading her work in collaboration with other artists at venues/series such as Open Books and Margin Shift in Seattle; Mother Foucault’s Books in Portland; and City Lights Books in San Francisco.

Tomas Moniz

TOMAS MONIZ edited Rad Dad, Rad Families, and the kids book Collaboration/Colaboración. He’s recently been published by Barrelhouse and Longleaf Review. In July 2019, he released a chapbook, All Friends Are Necessary, with Mason Jar Press. His debut novel, Big Familia, on Acre Books received a STARRED Kirkus review, was a FINALIST for the PEN/Hemingway Debut Novel 2020 Award, a FINALIST for a LAMBDA 2020 award for Bisexual Fiction and a FINALIST for the Foreword Review Indies Award

Baruch Porras-Hernandez

Baruch Porras-Hernandez is the author of the chapbooks “I Miss You, Delicate” and “Lovers of the Deep Fried Circle” both with Sibling Rivalry Press. He had the honor of touring with the legendary Sister Spit Queer poetry tour in 2019, is a is a two-time winner of Literary Death Match, a regular host of literary shows for KQED, and was named a Writer to Watch in 2016 by 7×7 Magazine. His poetry can be found with Write Bloody Publishing, The Tusk, Foglifter, Assaracus and many more. He has been an artist in residence at The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, a Lambda Literary Fellow in Poetry, and Playwriting. He’s been featured in shows with The Rumpus, Writers with Drinks, has performed several times with Radar Productions, LitQuake, and Quiet Lightning. He is the head organizer of ¿Donde Esta Mi Gente? a Latinx literary performance series, he is an immigrant, originally from Mexico, and is currently the lead artist in a multidisciplinary project that will create new Queer Latino Superheroes with MACLA, which stands for Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana in San Jose. He lives in San Francisco.



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