QPOC14 | Queer & People of Color Issue 2014

2014 QPOC
Rudolf Vlček

Lisa Alvarez

Over 25 years ago, Lisa Alvarez published poetry in small journals that no longer exist. More recently her prose has appeared in American Book Review, Santa Monica Review, Green Mountains Review, Faultline and in the anthology Sudden Fiction Latino: Short-Short Stories from the United States and Latin America (Norton). A graduate of the UCI MFA program in fiction, she is a professor of English at Irvine Valley College and co-directs the Writers Workshops at the Community of Writers.  She is grateful to have returned to poetry and to have found such a good home for this new poem.

Chen Chen

Chen Chen’s work has appeared/is forthcoming in Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, DIAGRAM, Tupelo Quarterly, Crab Orchard Review, [PANK], Fogged Clarity, Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color, among other places. He is a Kundiman Fellow, a University Fellow in Syracuse University’s MFA program, and a Poetry Editor for Salt Hill. 

Christine Kitano

Christine Kitano is the author of Birds of Paradise, published by Lynx House Press. Christine was born and raised in Los Angeles by a Korean immigrant mother and a Japanese American father. Her poetry has earned several awards, most recently an Emerging Writer Fellowship from The Writer’s Center. Recent poems are published in Atticus Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, Crab Orchard Review, The Pinch, and Tar River Poetry. She teaches creative writing and Asian American literature at Ithaca College.

Thomas Parrie

Originally from Natchitoches, Louisiana, Thomas Parrie lives in Lake Charles, LA where he is getting his MFA in poetry at McNeese State University. He is affiliated with the Choctaw/Apache Tribe of Ebarb, LA and is currently working on his first book of poetry titled, Toledo Rez & Other Myths. It should be completed by the summer 2015. This is his first publication.

James J. Siegel

James J. Siegel was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. For the past decade he has lived in San Francisco where he has been active in the city’s literary scene. For several years, he ran a non-profit called GuyWriters, which highlighted the talent of emerging and established gay writers. He has been featured in The Fourth River, Assaracus, The Cortland Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, The Broken Plate, Paper Street, Blueline, Jenny, and The Toledo Review. His poems also appeared on the Good Men Project website, and in the anthology Divining Divas: 100 Gay Men on Their Muses.

Vincent Toro

Vincent Toro is a Puerto Rican poet and playwright living and teaching in the Bronx with an MFA in poetry from Rutgers University. He is a 2014 Poet’s House Emerging Poets Fellow, a Pushcart Prize nominee, finalist for the The Beatrice Hawley Poetry Award and The Andres Montoya Poetry Prize, and winner of the Metlife Nuestras Voces Playwriting Award. His poems have been published in Rattapallax, The Paterson Literary Review, Vallum, Bordersenses, Kweli Literary Journal, The Buenos Aires Review, Really System, Five Quarterly, and the anthologies CHORUS and The Waiting Room Reader 2.