Lix Z

Lix Z is a queer nonbinary performance artist, art director, and writer. They also play synth in Telepathic Children.

Demian DinéYazhi´

Demian DinéYazhi´ (born 1983) is an Indigenous Diné transdisciplinary artist born to the clans Naasht’ézhí Tábąąhá (Zuni Clan Water’s Edge) and Tódích’íí’nii (Bitter Water). Growing up in the colonized border town of Gallup, New Mexico, the evolution of DinéYazhi´’s work has been influenced by their ancestral ties to traditional Diné culture, ceremony, matrilineal upbringing, the sacredness of land, and the importance of intergenerational knowledge. Through research, mining community archives, and social collaboration, DinéYazhi´ highlights the intersections of Radical Indigenous Queer Feminist identity and political ideology while challenging the white noise of contemporary art. They have recently exhibited at Honolulu Biennial (2019), Whitney Museum of American Art (2018), Henry Art Gallery (2018), Pioneer Works (2018), CANADA, NY (2017); and Cooley Art Gallery (2017). DinéYazhi´ is the founder of the Indigenous artist/activist initiative, R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment. They are the recipient of the Henry Art Museum’s Brink Award (2017), Hallie Ford Fellow in the Visual Arts (2018), and Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellow (2019). @heterogeneoushomosexual

Dmitri Prigov

Dmitri Alexandrovich Prigov was born in Moscow in 1940. Trained as a sculptor at the Stroganov Institute, he worked as an architect and made sculptures for public parks during the Soviet era. A prolific writer (in 2005 he estimated that he had already written 35,000 poems), he was a founder of the “Moscow Conceptual art” school. He wrote in almost all conceivable genres (including two novels), was an active performance artist, produced videos, and drawings and installations. He also acted in films, including Taxi Blues. Prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union, Prigov published in underground and émigré journals, and was briefly sent to a psychiatric hospital after being arrested by the KGB. With the onset of glasnost and perestroika, he was able to publish and show his visual art in “official” venues, and also exhibited his art outside of Russia. During the Soviet period his work fiercely satirized official language and culture; after the collapse his writing became more philosophic – but both before and after it energetically explored all the possibilities that language and literature offered. He won several prizes, including, in 2002, the Boris Pasternak prize. Prigov died, in Moscow, of a heart attack in 2007. His collected works are being published in Russia, edited by Mark Lipovetsky.

Erin Markey

Erin Markey is a “hilariously sociopathic” (NYT) Brooklyn based performer, musician and writer/creator of live performance works. Markey frequently plays Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater. Their shows have toured nationally and internationally to ART (Cambridge, MA), The Yard Theater (London, UK), FringeArts (Philadelphia, PA), Luminato Festival (Toronto, ON), PICA’s TBA Festival (Portland, OR), Fierce Festival (Birmingham, UK), Fusebox Festival (Austin, TX), San Francisco Film Society and more. Markey’s most recent music/theater works include Boner Killer (2017), A Ride On The Irish Cream (2016) and Singlet (2018). Catch Erin this season on HBO’s High Maintenance and TruTV’s At Home with Amy Sedaris.

Emmalea Russo

Emmalea Russo is a poet and astrologer. Her books include G (2018) and Wave Archive (2019). Her writing appears in Poetry Foundation, Hyperallergic, Cosmopolitan, Los Angeles Review of Books, Fanzine, BOMB Magazine, BUST, SF MOMA’s Open Space, and elsewhere. She has been a writer-in-residence at 18th Street Arts Center in Los Angeles and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and a visiting artist at Parsons School of Design and The Art Academy of Cincinnati. In her astrology consultancy, The Avant-Galaxy, she uses ancient and modern astrology, and creative practice to help her clients connect with their stars. Currently, she writes the Ask An Astrologer column at Holisticism and is the Poet in Residence at RA MA Institute.

Samuel Ace

Samuel Ace is a trans and genderqueer poet and sound artist, and the author of several books, most recently Our Weather Our Sea, (Black Radish Books, 2019). He is the recipient of the Astraea Lesbian Writers and Firecracker Alternative Book awards, as well as a two-time finalist for both the Lambda Literary Award and the National Poetry Series. Recent work can be found in Poetry, PEN America, Best American Experimental Poetry, and many other journals and anthologies. He currently teaches poetry and creative writing at Mount Holyoke College in western Massachusetts.

Christine Shan Shan Hou

Christine Shan Shan Hou is a poet and visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Publications include Community Garden for Lonely Girls (Gramma Poetry 2017),“I’m Sunlight” (The Song Cave 2016), C O N C R E T E  S O U N D (2011) a collaborative artists’ book with Audra Wolowiec, and Accumulations (Publication Studio 2010) featuring drawings by Hannah Rawe.

Peter BD

Peter BD is a writer on the internet and the author of the book milk & henny.

reek bell

reek bell is an artist based in Philadelphia. A poet since the third grade, their work embraces melancholy, values intimacy, friendship, and militancy. You can find more of their work at

Photo credit: Krista Fogle

Sahar Muradi

Sahar Muradi is a NYC-based writer, performer, and educator. She is the author of the chapbook [ G A T E S ] (Black Lawrence Press), co-author of A Ritual in X Movements (Montez Press), and co-editor of One Story, Thirty Stories: An Anthology of Contemporary Afghan American Literature (University of Arkansas Press). Sahar is a founding member of the Afghan American Artists and Writers Association and has been the recipient of the Stacy Doris Memorial Poetry Award, the Himan Brown Poetry Award, a Kundiman Poetry Fellowship, and an Asian American Writers’ Workshop Fellowship. She has an MFA in poetry from Brooklyn College, an MPA in international development from NYU, and a BA in creative writing from Hampshire College. Sahar works in the poetry and arts-in-education programs at City Lore and dearly believes in the bottom of the rice pot.

Cornelius Eady Trio

National Book Award winner and Pulitzer prize nominated poet Cornelius Eady has set his poetry to song with the Cornelius Eady Trio. Eady’s songs tell the story of passing time, the Black American experience and the blues in the style of Folk & Americana music. Guitarists Charlie Rauh & Lisa Liu join Eady to create layered and graceful arrangements to bolster Eady’s adept craftsmanship as a songwriter, lyricist, & poet. Cornelius Eady Trio’s debut album called “Field Recordings” was released by Kattywompus Press on vinyl and digital download in February 2017. The album is available for purchase HERE. The Trio will be releasing their second album “2 Out of 3” in Spring 2018 on Kattywompus Press.

Photo credit: Rashid Zakat

Denice Frohman

Denice Frohman is a poet and performer from New York City. She is a CantoMundo Fellow and former Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion. Her poems have appeared in Nepantla: An Anthology for Queer Poets of Color, Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism, and elsewhere. She’s featured on hundreds of stages from The Apollo to the Nuyorican Poets Café, and co-organizes #PoetsforPuertoRico.