Kyle Valentine: It Is You

Kyle Valentine is the recipient of a Fulbright, and he is currently working on his first chapbook, Glossolalia. His work has recently been published in Whiskey Island, Visitant, Rock & Sling, Construction, and elsewhere. A native New Orleanian, he currently resides in San Antonio, TX where he plays lead guitar in the rock & roll band The Holy Knives. You can check out their music and follow their tours at www.theholyknives.com


Kyle Valentine: It Is You

Tara Jayakar: What Use to the Living

Tara Jayakar is a Brooklyn-based Midwesterner & freelance editor, lover of bread and space. She is the Founder/Bookmaker at Raptor Editing, & she holds an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. Tara's work has appeared in The Shoreline Review, the Lumina Journal blog, MACK, andHeadspace #1

Tara Jayakar: What Use to the Living

Chris Records: January 2019 Poet of the Month

Chris Records is a grantwriter and community organizer living in Los Angeles. He works for two nonprofits: USC Shoah Foundation, which collects the testimonies of survivors of genocide and uses them in schools around the world; and Karam Foundation's Books Not Bombs initiative, which advocates for the creation of scholarships for Syrian refugee students. His work has been published in Entropy, Rabid Oak, Punch Drunk Press, and Salon. 


Chris Records: January 2019 Poet of the Month

Carina Milena Maceira: Loveless Identity

Carina Milena Maceira is a 19-year-old, first generation American of Cuban Spaniard/Colombian decent. Maceira was also primarily raised by her indigenous Mexican-Arab Persian step-family, further adding to her multicultural identity. Maceira grew up in America between the states of Florida, Virginia and Maryland. Today she resides in the Middle East as an English teacher in an Islamic Institute in the small country of Kuwait. Because of her traditionally conservative family and environment Maceira shares her work anonymously on social media accounts by the handle of C. Medusa and performs her work within the safe comfort of the open minded and liberal art, music and poetry community of Kuwait. 

Carina Milena Maceira: Loveless Identity

Aqdas Aftab: Pretend You Breathe Life

Aqdas Aftab is a pakistani queer nonbinary writer, currently getting their PhD in decolonial trans of color literature at the University of Maryland. Their writing has been published or is forthcoming in Bitch Media, Vulture Bones, Crab Fat Magazine, and The Rumpus. These days, Aqdas is thinking about spirituality and love through the framework of prison abolition.

Aqdas Aftab: Pretend You Breathe Life

Mooring

DEAD TONGUE is an art and poetry collaboration between writer Bunkong Tuon and YP editor-in-chief Joanna C. Valente. Tuon wrote 11 poems which will all be illustrated by Valente and eventually compiled into a chapbook available through YP. Below is our fourth installment.

Mooring

Darren C. Demaree: America Chose to Drown

Darren C. Demaree is the author of "As We Refer To Our Bodies" (2013, 8th House), "Temporary Champions" (2014, Main Street Rag), "The Pony Governor" (2015, After the Pause Press), and "Not For Art Nor Prayer" (2015, 8th House).  He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology.

Darren C. Demaree: America Chose to Drown

Andi Talarico: I Want Everything

Andi Talarico is a Brooklyn-based writer and reader. She’s the curator and host of At the Inkwell NYC, an international reading series whose New York branch meets at KGB Bar. She’s taught poetry in classrooms as a rostered artist, and acted as coach and judge for Poetry Out Loud. In 2003, Paperkite Press published her chapbook, Spinning with the Tornado, and Swandive Publishing included her in the 2014 anthology, Everyday Escape Poems. She also penned a literary arts column for Electric City magazine for several years. When she’s not working with stationery company Baron Fig, she can be found reading tarot cards, supporting independent bookstores, and searching for the best oyster Happy Hour in NYC.

Andi Talarico: I Want Everything

Katherine DeCoste: Leave All the Lights On

Katherine DeCoste is a writer working towards her BA in English and History in Edmonton, Alberta. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Structural Damage, Sybil Journal, Rag Queen Periodical, Long Long Journal, and In Medias Res. You can follow her adventures in writing, killing houseplants, and drinking coffee @katydecoste on Instagram. 


Katherine DeCoste: Leave All the Lights On