MEET THE AUTHORS...
Aly Pierce lives in Beverly, MA where she works at Deathwish Inc. making sure you stay in the latest vinyl. She also teaches sometimes at UMass Boston where she received her MFA in poetry in 2017. Originally from Doylestown, PA, she is the the daughter of two lesbians and two golfers, the granddaughter of an undertaker’s daughter, an astronomy teacher, a Philadelphia fireman, and the greenest thumb in the world. You can find her on twitter and instagram as @instantweekend.
Anthony Febo is a Puerto Rican artist from Lowell, MA. Febo lives at the intersection of poetry, theatre, performance art, mixed media, and education. For the last 11 years he has been a dedicated learner of the arts and youth arts education. He has devoted his time to working in non-profits in the Greater Boston area, coaching youth slam teams, and touring the country individually as well as a member of the cooking and poetry duo Adobo-Fish-Sauce. As an artist, Febo’s work explores what it means to actively choose joy in the face of what is trying to break you. Using spoken word poetry, aspects of theatre, and elements of cooking he examines issues such as toxic masculinity, family and mental health, culture and identity, and the role representation plays into a person’s development. Febo resides in East Cambridge with his orange cat Finn, his French Bulldog Oscar, and his wife and artistic partner Carlie.
Ariana Brown is a queer Black Mexican American poet from the Southside of San Antonio. She holds a B.A. in African Diaspora Studies and Mexican American Studies as well as an M.F.A. in Poetry. Ariana is the recipient of two Academy of American Poets Prizes and a 2014 national collegiate poetry slam champion. An alum of Brave New Voices, Ariana’s work has been featured in PBS, Huffington Post, For Harriet, and Remezcla. Dubbed a “part-time curandera,” Ariana has performed at venues across the U.S. including the San Antonio Guadalupe Theater, Harvard University, Michigan State University, Tucson Poetry Festival, and the San Francisco Opera Theatre. When she is not onstage, she is probably eating an avocado, listening to Ozuna, or validating Black girl rage in all its miraculous forms. Watch the music video for her poem “Ode to Thrift Stores” on YouTube and follow Ariana on Twitter and Instagram @arianathepoet. Find free downloadable lesson plans for some of Ariana’s poems at www.arianabrown.com.
CLAUDIA M. WILSON
Claudia M. Wilson is a poet and social worker who lives and plays in Amherst, MA. She has featured at various venues in Boston such as Moonlighting an LGBTQ reading series, the Cantab Lounge, and the Grudge Match at the Oberon. Claudia studies poetry at UMass, Amherst and is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. She actively works to build black and queer community spaces by playing board games or watching movies. She studied English & Black Literature at The Ohio State University and Social Work at Boston College. She is a TWH and VONA graduate. She is also an avid Game of Thrones watcher and a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan.
Dena Igusti is a queer Indonesian Muslim poet, playwright, and journalist based in Queens, New York. They are the co-founder of Asian multidisciplinary arts collective UNCOMMON;YOU and literary press Short Line Review. They are a 2018 NYC Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador and 2017 Urban Word Federal Hall Fellow. They are a 2019 Player’s Theatre Resident Playwright for their co-written Off-Broadway production “Sharum.” They are a 2020 Ars Nova Emerging Leaders Fellow. Their work has been featured in BOAAT Press, Peregrine Journal, and several other publications. They have performed at The Brooklyn Museum, The Apollo Theater, the 2018 Teen Vogue Summit, and several universities across the nation. Their collection was published with Game Over Books in Summer 2020. You can find more of them at denaigusti.com. Socials: @dispatchdena on Instagram and Twitter
gigi bella is an award winning poet, theater artist and social justice advocate. She has been ranked the tenth woman poet in the world (WOWPS 2017), the two time Project X Bronx Poetry Champion as well as a literal mermaid. She is also a Pink Door Fellow, a National Poetry Champion, Semifinalist and ranked within the top 25 teams in the nation at the 2018 National Poetry Slam as part of the first ever all Latinx Project X Bronx Slam Team. She has been featured on stages with Andrea Gibson, Clementine Von Radics, Sabrina Benaim, Lauren Zuniga, Olivia Gatwood and many others. Her chapbook, weird things, was featured on the instagram of pop singer/songwriter, Sara Bareilles (“Love Song,” “Brave,” Waitress the Musical). Her other work is featured in What Are Birds? and is forthcoming in Maps for Teeth and Knight's Library. Her book, big feelings, will be released with Game Over Books, Spring 2020.
Ilyus Evander is a quintuple libra scruffy moon fem from Providence, RI. They have represented the Providence Poetry Slam at Brave New Voices and the National Poetry Slam. Ilyus is a two time finalist at the Capturing Fire Queer Poetry Summit and a 2018 FEMSlam Champion as part of team Tender Bitch. Their work has been published or is forthcoming from STOKED!, Broken Head, and elsewhere.
Lip Manegio is a trans, queer nonbinary poet based in Boston where they are working towards a BFA in creative writing at Emerson College. Their favorite pastimes include smiling at dogs they pass on the street and crying to My Chemical Romance on public transit. They represented Emerson at CUPSI 2018 in Philadelphia, appeared on finals stages at FEMS 2018 and Capturing Fire International Queer Poetry Slam & Summit 2018, and were a member of the winning team at the 2018 Vox Pop Poetry Tournament. Their work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Flypaper Magazine, Crab Fat Magazine, the minnesota review, Tin House, and elsewhere.
Megan Neville lives in Cleveland, Ohio, where she divides her time between writing and teaching. She holds two degrees from Kent State University and is a National Writing Project Teacher Consultant. Her poems have been featured in over a dozen publications. Learn more and connect on social media at www.megannevillepoetry.com.
Muggs Fogarty is a queer writer, performer, and vocalist local to Providence, Rhode Island. Muggs has represented Providence in national poetry slam competition eight times respectively and is a 2017 FEMS Slam champion, a National Poetry Slam semi-finalist, and a Brave New Voices champion. Muggs has been a co-director of award-winning Providence Poetry Slam and ProvSlam Youth since 2014, and has coached several youth and collegiate level slam teams, particularly through UCONN, Brown University, and RISD. Muggs has also worked as an arts mentor with local organizations such as New Urban Arts, CityArts, and PASA, and has received awards from the Rhode Island State Council on The Arts. Muggs is the author of Unburn (Ghost Hum Arts 2016) and can also be found fronting the local darkpop band, Lookers, as well as their own solo loop pedal project, Sweetpea Pumpkin. Muggs is a resident at the non-profit community arts space, AS220, and also practices bodywork as an LMT in Providence.
Sara Mae is a white, queer poet and fashion witch raised between Baltimore and Annapolis, Maryland. Her work can be found in Peach Mag, Tinderbox, Breakwater Review and elsewhere. Their first chapbook, Priestess of Tankinis, is out via Game Over Books. In her free time, she is learning burlesque in the studio or in her bedroom, and writing songs for her project The Noisy. If they could go to dinner with any famous person, they wouldn’t care who it was as long as there was Old Bay on the food.