[Image: Two men in front of Lori Grinker's installation, Six Days from Forty, about caring for her brother in his last days before death.]
Margaret Adams is an author and a community health family nurse practitioner in Seattle, Washington. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Pinch Journal, The Baltimore Review, and The Bellingham Review, among other publications. Her website is www.margaret-adams.com.Jojo Donovan is a non-binary trans poet-witch living in Washington, DC. They are studying to receive their MA in Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College, where their work explores queer and trans survivor magic – the strategies we create and spells we cast to make life more possible for ourselves in an often impossible world. Their writing has appeared in Confrontation and the first issue of Hematopoiesis Press.devynn emory plays with their mixed race and transgender identity inside the complications of formalism and math to locate themself in an environment, as someone who is dyslexic. Their company devynnemory/beastproductions uses this mapping with both psychoanalysis and ritual to engage the other. They have shown their work both nationally and internationally. As a dance artist they have worked with Andrea Geyer, Gerard & Kelly, Tere O'Connor, Yanira Castro, Kim Brandt, Yve Laris Cohen, Faye Driscoll, Jen Rosenblit, Headlong Dance Theater, Jerome Bel, and White Oak Dance Project. In addition to being a dance artist, emory explores other realms of the body as a teacher of movement and somatics, as a guide in spiritual gatherings and ceremony founded in heritage and earth based feminism, as a founder and practitioner of the massage and healing space sage-massage serving the LGBTQIA community since 2004, and as a soon-to- be nurse currently focusing on transgender health, psychology and psychiatry.Brad Farwell studied Architecture at Yale University before receiving his MFA in Photo from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, and shown at the Noorderlicht Photo Festival in the Netherlands, The Jones Center in Austin, and The American Academy in Rome, among others. He has been paid money to photograph aspiring Fabios at a romance novel convention, document a museum installation of smells, and shoot sculptures made of ice cream. He lives in the Bronx with his brilliant wife and two small but disproportionately mischievous children.Alexandra Juhasz is the chair of the Film Department at Brooklyn College, CUNY. She makes and studies committed media practices that contribute to political change and individual and community growth. She is the author of AIDS TV: Identity, Community and Alternative Video (Duke University Press, 1995); Women of Vision: Histories in Feminist Film and Video (University of Minnesota Press, 2001); F is for Phony: Fake Documentary and Truth’s Undoing, co-edited with Jesse Lerner (Minnesota, 2005); Learning from YouTube (MIT Press, 2011: https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/learning-youtube); co-edited with Alisa Lebow, The Blackwell Companion on Contemporary Documentary (2015) and with Yvonne Welbon, Sisters in the Life: 25 Years of African-American Lesbian Filmmaking (Duke University Press, 2017). Dr. Juhasz is also the producer of educational videotapes on feminist issues from AIDS to teen pregnancy as well as the feature fake documentaries The Watermelon Woman (Cheryl Dunye, 1997) and The Owls (Dunye, 2010). Her current work is on and about feminist Internet culture including YouTube (aljean.wordpress.com) and feminist pedagogy and community (feministonlinespaces.com and ev-ent-anglement.com). With Anne Balsamo, she was founding co-facilitator of the network, FemTechNet: femtechnet.org.Canadian born Theodore Kerr is a Brooklyn based writer, organizer and artist whose work focuses on HIV/AIDS, community, and culture. Kerr's writing has appeared in Women's Studies Quarterly, The New Inquiry, BOMB, CBC (Canada), Lambda Literary, POZ Magazine, The Advocate, Cineaste, The St. Louis American, IndieWire, HyperAllergic, and other publications. In 2016, he won the Best Journalism award from POZ Magazine for his HyperAllergic article on race, HIV, and art. Currently, Kerr teaches at The New School. Kerr is a founding member of the What Would An HIV Doula Do? collective, a community of people committed to better implicating community within the ongoing response to HIV/AIDS. Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer femme sick and disabled Sri Lankan/ Irish/Roma writer, performance artist, educator and hell raiser. The Lambda and ALA Stonewall Award winning author of Dirty River, Bodymap, Love Cake, Consensual Genocide and co-editor of The Revolution Starts At Home, she co-founded and co-directed QTPOC performance collective Mangos With Chili from 2005-2015. A lead artist with disability justice performance troupe Sins Invalid, she is currently finishing her new book of essays, Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice Culture and book of poetry, Tonguebreaker. brownstargirl.org
Travis Lau is a Franklin/Fontaine doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania Department of English. His academic writing has been published in Journal of Homosexuality, Romantic Circles, English Language Notes, and Digital Defoe. His creative writing has appeared in The Deaf Poets Society, Wordgathering, Assaracus, Rogue Agent, Up the Staircase Quarterly, and QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology (Handtype Press, 2015). [travisclau.com]
Selena Loomis is a chronically ill genderqueer femme farmer making installation performances, poetry, and textile art, usually about the(ir) body in space. Their work often centers around domesticity, sentimentality, (re)tracing familial heritage, somatic cycles, and public confession. Selena was born in a brick house in St. Louis, Missouri and grew up unschooled in the city. They will receive a BA in Performance Art from Antioch College in fall 2017. Selena has had poetry appear in road!, and in a few Antioch College zines. They are excited about stillness, and also about breathing.Keaton Maddox is the Associate Editor of Red Hen Press, Managing Editor of the Los Angeles Review, and Senior Editor of Write Bloody Publishing. He reads, writes, and edits in Los Angeles.
Leigh Marques is a non-binary witch, poet, and Gemini moon currently living in Philadelphia. A recent graduate of Virginia Tech, Leigh spends most of their time thinking about angels and talking about love on Twitter: @mo0ndrool.Tess Nayovitz is a writer, massage therapist and trauma sensitive yoga instructor based in North Carolina. She has a degree in Literature and has previous work publshed in Hematopoiesis Press and Entropy Magazine.iele paloumpis comes from a long line of witches and mystics who have passed down generations of family folklore. iele's healing practices are rooted in kinesthetic awareness, Tarot, herbal medicine, and trauma-informed griefwork. iele feels fortunate to have had many mentors enrich their life's work including Eva Yaa Asantewaa, Deanna Flores Cochran, Donna Faye Burchfield, Rosemary Gladstar and so many others. iele has very recently been writing here and there, letting it be read little by little, more and more. Works have been published in Danspace Project's Lost & Found catalogue, Poetry Witch Magazine and now Hematopoiesis Press. As a disabled, trans, queer survivor from a working class background, iele empathizes across multiple axes of oppression and brings this awareness to their work as an artist, educator, end of life doula and intuitive healer. For more information visit www.ielepaloumpis.com. Arya Samuelson currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, though she will soon be moving westward to attend the MFA program in Creative Non-Fiction at Mills College. Endlessly fascinated by the relationships between language, music, and the body, Arya spends her time studying herbal medicine, singing, fighting for social justice, and practicing Generative Somatics. Her piece, "Sisters" was born from her Corporeal Writing studies with Lidia Yuknavitch. She is currently writing an anthropological memoir about housing displacement in New York City.
Seema Reza is a poet and essayist and the author of When the World Breaks Open (Red Hen Press, 2016). Based outside of Washington DC she coordinates and facilitates a unique hospital arts program that encourages the use of the arts as a tool for narration, self-care and socialization among a military population struggling with emotional and physical injuries. An alumnus of Goddard College and VONA, her work has appeared on-line and in print in Bellevue Literary Review, The Beltway Quarterly, The Feminist Wire, HerKind, Duende, The Offing and Entropy among others. In 2015 she was awarded the Col John Gioia Patriot Award by USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore for her work with service members.
Louella Richer is an emerging artist, writer, and facilitator in Vermont. She is currently studying to receive her MA in Health Arts and Science and Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College, where her work explores the impact of trauma on the mind and body and how one can release it through embodied practice. Her paintings are currently on display at Computers for Change in Burlington, Vermont.Angie River is a queer disabled femme. As a writer, educator, activist, and performance artist, she believes strongly in the transformative powers of words and performance. She has taught writing workshops and done performances across the United States. Angie is published in the "Queering Sexual Violence" anthology, several literary magazines, and self-publishes a blog and several zines, as well as teaching sliding scale online writing workshops. Angie fully believes in the power of words to help us gain a better understanding of ourselves, to build connections and community, and to make personal and social change. You can find Angie online at rebelonpage.comJulie Tolentino creates intimate movement-based installations, including durational performance, objects, soundscores, and video. Her work has been presented in galleries and museums such as The New Museum, The Kitchen, Participant Inc, BAM Le Perc, Danspace NYC, Wexner Center, Theaterworks Singapore, Myanmar FC Project, Manila Contemporary, Green Papaya Gallery, Philippines; Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Honor Fraser, Volume at Night Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, NYU Abu Dhabi, the GreenRoom, Tramway, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, and Pact Zollverein, Essen, Germany. Programmer and curator, with Pati Hertling, of the 2017 exhibition: "Coming To Power - Twenty Five Years of Explicit Art by Women" at Maccarone, NYC, she is currently editing the catalogue, as well as developing a book of recollections: “Guard Your Daughters” Clit Club 1990-2012” and a Visual AIDS DUET book series featuring Kia Labeija and Julie Tolentino. Tolentino is a co-editor of TDR: Provocations. Her work toured in the 2016-2017 Art, AIDS, America exhibition; was presented by Gay Gotham at the Museum of the City of New York, and she created works for Visual AIDS and CURB. She hosts one-to-one artist retreats at Feral House*Studio in the Mohave Desert. She is creating new works featured at PøST Los Angeles Gallery's Kamikaze Series; The Performance Space in the UK, the Biennale of Contemporary Art/Performance Festival in Thessaloniki, Greece, and the Manila Biennale in 2018. She is proud to be a recipient of a HMD 2017-2018 Community Engagement Resident and participant in the Bridge Project in San Francisco this Fall focused on art & activism: "The Hard Corps” with Debra Levine, Scot Nakagawa, Larry Laura Arrington, Xandra Ibarra, Amara Tabor-Smith. julietolentino.com
xtian w is a writer, performer, musician, gender f@*#, houseplant enthusiast, & nyc dweller.