As Jose Esteban Muñoz wrote in Cruising Utopia, queerness is the “warm illumination of a horizon imbued with potentiality… The future is queerness’s domain.” Poets Vickie Vertiz and Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes present their work to illuminate the many queer Latinx horizons/horizontes toward which we write, the pasts we grieve and celebrate, the futures for which we fight. This event highlights voices of queer, trans, and gender non-conforming latinx poets of color committed to foregrounding marginalized and decolonial narratives.
es is a queer, gnc, latinx, social work human, and professional sadgurl. their work focuses heavily on survivorship, intergenerational trauma, and post-colonial feminisms. they have strong jersey roots and have been insufferably gay in New York for roughly a decade. they dream of a world where poetic community is free, accessible, and unsullied by capital and academy.
Jimena Lucero is a poet, artist, and trans woman from NYC. She graduated with a B.A. in English from Hunter College. She is a Pink Door fellow and you can find her writing in EOAGH, Efniks.com, and more.
Moncho Alvarado ( monchoalvarado.com and IG: @monchoelpoet) is a Latinx queer poet, their poems have been published in 2018 Emerge Lambda Fellows Anthology, The Academy of American Poets website & other publications. They are a recipient of fellowships and residencies from The Helen Wurlitzer Foundation, Lambda Literary, Poets House & others. Born and raised in Pacoima, California, they currently live in Brooklyn, New York, where they teach literature and creative writing.
Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes is a queer Colombian/Latinx poet. Her first full-length collection, “The Inheritance of Haunting” won the 2018 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Poetry, Academy of American Poets, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Raspa, Feminist Studies, & Nat.Brut among other places. A 2018 VONA alum, and a 2019 CantoMundo Fellow, she grew up in California and lives in Brooklyn. Instagram:
Juliany Taveras is a dominican-american writer, theatre-maker, and arts educator from Brooklyn, NY. Their playwriting has been nationally recognized (Kilroys List 2016, 50 Playwrights Project List 2018) and staged with Page 73, The Lark, Crashbox Theater Company, The Bechdel Group, & Greenhouse Theater Center, among others. Juliany is an alum of Vassar College and the St. Joseph’s College Writer’s Foundry. They’re a teaching artist with NYC youth and developing work that navigates bodies in diaspora. julianytaveras.com
The oldest child of an immigrant family, Vickie Vértiz’s writing can be found in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and anthologies such as Open the Door by McSweeney’s and the Poetry Foundation, among others. Her book Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut won the 2018 PEN America poetry prize. She has given lectures and readings in France, Japan, Mexico City, and throughout the United States. Vickie teaches at UC-Santa Barbara.