ADELINA ANTHONY is a self-identified Xicana lesbian multi-disciplinary artista. The themes in her works address colonization, feminism, trauma, memory, gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality, in/migration, health, land/environment, and issues generally affecting the lesbian/ gay/ bisexual/ transgender/ two-spirited communities. With 20 years of experience acting, directing, writing and producing for theater, Anthony has garnered numerous nominations, honors and awards.
One of her critically acclaimed solo plays, Bruising for Besos, has taken Anthony in a new and exciting direction, making a full transition as a writer-actor-director-producer for independent film. Forgiving Heart, her first short film as a writer-director is based on the teenage years of Yoli Villamontes, the protagonist of Bruising for Besos. The short film world-premiered at the Outfest Fusion LGBT Queer People of Color Film Festival’s Gala Screening in 2013, and has been turned into its own feature length screenplay. In addition, Anthony’s You’re Dead To Me was written as a participant of Film Independent’s Project Involve, and world-premiered at the L.A. Film Festival the summer of 2013. Because of her participation in Film Independent’s Project Involve program, she was awarded the 2013 Sony Pictures Diversity Fellowship. Working with her current screenwriting mentor, Ruth Atkinson, Anthony is developing the feature screenplay, But Not Buried, which is inspired by the Project Involve short film.
Along with Marisa Becerra, Anthony is the co-founder/producer of the independent film company, AdeRisa Productions, based in Ventura, CA. The company is dedicated to producing bold, entertaining, and high caliber queer/trans people of color films—with an emphasis on X/Chicana stories. At the time of publication of this book, AdeRisa Productions is in the process of fundraising for its first feature film, Bruising for Besos. It is her intention to adapt The Beast of Times into an animated feature film in the future.
A prolific artist, Anthony has been recognized by her communities and critics as one of the leading solo performers of her generation. She has been featured in Colorlines Magazine, Frontiers Magazine, Adelante Magazine, Lesbian News Magazine, Texas Monthly Magazine, Bitch Magazine, Queer Codex: ROOTED! and other publications.
Author website: www.adelinaanthony.com
JESÚS ALONZO is a self-taught Chicano joto playwright, poet, and storyteller originally from the Southside of San Anto, Tejas. In his writing, Alonzo explores issues of identiy as they relate to race, culture, class, education, language, immigration, gender, and sexual orientation. Drawing inspiration from his father and the Mexicano sensibility for albures (sexually charged puns, or double entendre), Alonzo enjoys using humor as a literary element for inviting audiences to examine the real life struggles his characters must face.
Alonzo is also the author of Jotos del Barrio and Miss America: A Mexianito Fairy’s Tale, also produced and presented at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center in 2009.
Alonzo earned a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies from Carleton College in 1998 and a Masters of Arts in Counseling from the University of Texas in San Antonio in 2006. Alonzo is an avid runner/half-marathoner working hard to become a marathoner, long-time public school educator, bilingual education teacher and advocate, and a school mental health professional. He currently resides in San Antonio, TX, with his mero-mero-life-compañero, their family of two cats, Autumn and Pimienta, and his personal life coach/dog, Nico Spitzer.
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Just another writer from The Mission, CATHY ARELLANO worked as a community poet with Loco Bloco and Mission Girls; and at the Mission Cultural Center, Everett Middle, and Mission High Schools through the San Francisco Arts Commission’s WritersCorps program; Horace Mann Middle School with the Mexican Museum’s community arts workshop; and elementary schools in the Richmond District with the California Poets in the Schools literary series. Later, she became a faculty member in the English Departments at John O’Connell and Leadership High Schools.
Arellano’s work is published in print and online, including La Bloga, Chicana Lesbians: The Girls Our Mothers Warned Us About, Cipactli, Curve Magazine, Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sounds, Duke City Fix, El Tecolote, Feminist Formations, Fourteen Hills, Huizache, Label Me Latino, The Malpaís Review, The Más Tequila Review, Sinister Wisdom: A Multicultural Lesbian Literary & Arts Journal, Tongues Magazine, La Voz, and Poetry of Resistance: Voices for Social Justice, which responds to Arizona’s SB 1070 law that legalized racial profiling and allowed police to stop people suspected of being in the U.S. without papers.
She has won awards from the San Francisco Art Commission, the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference, and Serpent Source Foundation for Women Artists.
Arellano left the Mission and moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico on the Three to Five Year Plan that turned into seven. She found a vibrant and supportive group of folks that helped resurrect her writing life. Arellano believes deeply in the power of art and community and is grateful to the artists and activists she has created and marched with and been inspired by in the Mission, the Bay, Búrque, and beyond.
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MAYA CHINCHILLA is a Guatemalan, Bay Area-based writer, video artist, and educator with an MFA in English and Creative Writing from Mills College. She writes and performs poetry that explores themes of historical memory, heartbreak, tenderness, sexuality, and alternative futures. Her work —sassy, witty, performative, and self-aware— draws on a tradition of truth-telling and poking fun at the wounds we carry.
Born and raised in Long Beach, CA, by a mixed class, mixed race, immigrant activist extended family, Maya has lived and loved in the Bay Area for the second half of her life. Her work has been published in anthologies and journals including: Mujeres de Maíz, Sinister Wisdom, Americas y Latinas: A Stanford Journal of Latin American Studies, Cipactli Journal, and The Lunada Literary Anthology, and is quoted (and misquoted) in essays, presentations and books on U.S.-Central American poetics; Chicana/Latina literature; and identity, gender, and sexuality.
Maya is a founding member of the performance group Las Manas, a former artist-in-residence at Galería de La Raza in San Francisco, CA, and La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley, CA, and is a VONA Voices and Dos Brujas workshop alum. She is the co-editor of Desde El Epicentro: An anthology of Central American Poetry and Art and is a lecturer at San Francisco State University.
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JOSEPH DELGADO was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He graduated from Saint Pius X High School in Albuquerque and attended The College of Santa Fe. His work has previously appeared in The Santa Fe Literary Review, Trajectory, as well as two anthologies: Collective Brightness: LBGTQ Poets on Spirituality (Sibling Rivalry Press), and Joto: An Anthology of Queer Xicano & Chicano Poetry (Kórima Press). He currently resides on the Fort Mojave Indian Reservation in Mohave Valley, Arizona.
DINO FOXX, born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, is a nationally presented actor, singer, dancer, writer, spoken word poet, hip-hop artist, arts educator and activist. He is a founding member of Tragic Bitches (a Queer Xicana/o Performance Poetry Collaborative), a company member with Jump-Start Performance Co. and an emcee with the band, The Push Pens. Andrés Duque of Blabbeando has described his poetry as following “themes of family unity and disunity, ethnic bonds and divisions, assimilation and displacement as well as sexuality and love.” His poetry has been published in such collections as Mariposas: A Modern Anthology of Queer Latino Poetry (Floricanto Press), the 19th issue of Suspect Thoughts: A Journal of Subversive Writing (2007), and Queer Codex: Chile Love (Evelyn Street Press/allgo). Foxx will also be featured in the upcoming poetry collection Joto: An Anthology of Queer Xicano & Chicano Poetry through Kórima Press.
As a member of the artistic company at Jump-Start, Dino Foxx has produced, written for, worked on the technical team of, or performed in over 50 original performances including Epcot el Alamo, all developed with Guillermo Gomez-Peña (2004), Memoirs of a Jot@ - Part 1 (2007), and Last Call for Truth written with Manuel Cros Esquivel and Billy Muñoz.
As his fire-eating gender-bending burlesque alter-ego Foxxy Blue Orchid, Foxx produces and performs as a member of the Stars and Garters Burlesque All-Star Cast and is a co-producer and host for the San Antonio Burlesque Festival.
Author website: dinofoxx.co
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ANEL I. FLORES was born and raised in South Texas between homes in the Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio. Tejana, lesbiana, writer and artist earned her BA in English and MFA in Creative Writing. Anel’s fiction and art have been published, produced and exhibited in anthologies, journals, theaters, galleries and museums. In addition to her work as a community artist, activist and writer, she has been an educator and administrator in San Antonio’s public schools, and also curated and facilitated many creative arts partnerships. Her awards include the Mentorship and Leadership Initiative Award from the National Performance Network. She is a member of Sandra Cisneros’ Macondo Writer’s Workshop.
Author website: anelflores.com
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LORENZO HERRERA Y LOZANO is the author of Santo de la Pata Alzada: Poems from the Queer/Xicano/Positive Pen (Evelyn Street Press).
Along with Adelina Anthony and Dino Foxx, Lorenzo is a co-author of Tragic Bitches: An Experiment in Queer Xicana & Xicano Performance Poetry (Kórima Press), and the editor of Queer Codex: Chile Love (allgo/Evelyn Street Press), and, Queer Codex: Rooted (allgo/Evelyn Street Press).
A member of the Macondo Writers community, his work appears in Mariposas: A Modern Anthology of Queer Latino Poetry (Floricanto Press); For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Still Not Enough: Coming of Age, Coming Out, and Coming Home (Magnus Books); Queer in Aztlán: Chicano Male Recollections of Consciousness and Coming Out (Cognella); as well as the journals, ZYZZYVA: the journal of West Coast writers and artists; and, Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought. Lorenzo is the editor of the forthcoming Joto: An Anthology of Queer Xicano & Chicano Poetry. Lorenzo is the founder of Kórima Press.
Author website: visit www.herreraylozano.com
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JOE JIMENEZ lives in South Texas. He authored A Silver Homebody Flicka Illuminates the San Juan Courts at Dawn, recipient of the 2011 Gertrude Press Poetry Chapbook Prize. Jiménez is the 2012 recipient of the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Poetry Prize and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles.
Author website: joejimenez.net
PABLO MIGUEL MARTÍNEZ’s poems have appeared in numerous publications, including Americas Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, BorderSenses, Comstock Review, effing magazine, Harpur Palate, Gay and Lesbian Review, Inkwell, La Voz de Esperanza, Lodestar Quarterly (online) New Millennium Writings, North American Review, QP: queer poetry (online) and the San Antonio Express-News. His prose has been published in El Aviso (NALAC), and in the San Antonio Current, where he was a frequent contributor, as well as in the El Paso Times and in La Voz de Esperanza. His poetry has been anthologized in Best Gay Poetry 2008 (A Midsummer Night’s Press), Poetic Voices without Borders 2 (Gival Press, 2009), Queer Codex: Chile Love (Evelyn Street Press/allgo, 2004), and Warriors and Outlaws (Kokopelli Publications/Dallas Poets Community, 2003). His work also appears in the forthcoming anthology, This Assignment Is So Gay (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013). In 2009 he received the Robert L.B. Tobin Award for Artistic Excellence; in 2007 he received the Oscar Wilde Award. Pablo was awarded the prestigious Chicano/Latino Literary Prize in 2005. His literary work has also received support from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio and the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation.
Pablo has read his work at numerous venues, including the University of Texas at Austin; Austin International Poetry Festival; McKinney Ave. Contemporary Art Center (Dallas); Katherine Anne Porter House (Kyle, TX); Painted Bride Art Center (Philadelphia); Poetry at Round Top. In San Antonio, he has read his work at Bihl Haus Gallery, Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, Gemini Ink, Our Lady of the Lake University’s Poetry Festival, San Antonio Poetry Festival, San Antonio Public Library, Southwest School of Art, and Trinity University.
Pablo has taught English at Our Lady of the Lake University (San Antonio) and at Lone Star College (Houston). He holds an MFA degree in Creative Writing from Texas State University-San Marcos.
In addition to being a Founding Member of CantoMundo, a national retreat-workshop for Latina/o poets, Pablo has also participated in Sandra Cisneros’ Macondo Writers’ Workshop.
Currently Pablo lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with his life-partner, Henry Cantú..
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MICHAEL NAVA is the author of an acclaimed series of seven novels featuring gay, Latino criminal defense lawyer Henry Rios which won six Lambda Literary Awards. In 2000, he was awarded the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement in LGBT literature. The New York Times review of the last Rios novel called him “one of our best.” His most recent novel, The City of Palaces, was published in 2014 by the University of Wisconsin Press. The City of Palaces was a finalist for the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for best gay novel and was awarded the 2014 International Latino Literary Award for best novel. His new novel Lay Your Sleeping Head, a reimagining of the first Henry Rios novel published 30 years ago, will appear in fall 2016 from Kórima Press.
DENISE BENAVIDES is an Oakland-based queer xicana performance artist, poet, and radical educator sharing her work with urgency. Bred from a single immigrant mother, she uses the stage/page to confront themes of xenophobia, relocation, mental illness, sexuality, religion, and love. Always, love.
Denise writes to document, to archive, and to hold space for what has been lost—most of all, she writes for the women in her family.
Denise holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Mills College. Her work can also be found in Third Woman Press’ zine Gonna Be Alright (Vol. 2), Fat City Review, Ground Protest Poetry, El Tecolote, The Feminist Wire, and Foglifter Journal. For more information on Denise Benavides, please visit: www.denisebenavides.com.
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CLAUDIA RODRIGUEZ is a writer/performer from Compton, she received her MFA in creative writing from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Her work has appeared in Baby Remember My Name: An Anthology of New Queer Girl Writing (Caroll and Graf 2006), Blithe House Quarterly (Fall 2005), Chicana/Latina Studies: the journal of MALCS (Fall 2004 Issue), Trepan, Tongues Magazine, The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Latino Arts Anthology, and Westwind: a Journal of Critical Studies out of UCLA. Claudia received an Emerging Lesbian Writer award from the Astraea Foundation in 2001. She has taught at Loyola Marymount University and UCLA and is a founding member of Butchlalis de Panochtitlan (BdP), a sketch-driven performance/ installation/video ensemble. Her first collection of poetry Everybody’s Bread will be published by Kórima Press in the Fall 2014.
Author website: agentezeroocho.blogspot.com