summer 2017

Kile Atwater

Kile Atwater is an artist, actor, and creative entrepreneur based in New York City. Originally from Texas, Kile moved to New York to explore his creative talents, and since then has worked with some of the top influencers in the creative industries. Kile is a versatile artist with many talents under his belt. His main canvas is digital media which includes music, photography, video directing, and acting for film and television. In 2016 Kile started with the mission of creating a platform that acts as a safe space for artists of color. Kile doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

Gabriela Aveiro-Ojeda

Gabriela Aveiro-Ojeda is an artist, speaker, and game designer based out of Toronto, Canada. She is currently working on her spooky, witchy game, “Don’t Wake the Night,” while also creating art based around expressions of latinx identity and ancestral traditions. In her spare time, Gabriela is a co-director at non-for-profit Dames Making Games.

Gabrielle Bellot

Gabrielle Bellot is a staff writer for Literary Hub. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The New Yorker, the New York Times, New York Magazine’s The Cut, The Atlantic, Tin House,, Guernica,Catapult, Slate, The Huffington Post,Electric Literature, Lambda Literary, The Normal School, and many other places. She lives in New York. Find her at @GabbyBellot and

Kay Gabriel

Kay Gabriel is a poet and classicist. Her chapbook Elegy Department Spring (BOAAT Press, 2017) was the finalist for the 2016 BOAAT chapbook prize, judged by Richard Siken. With David W. Pritchard she’s also the author of Impropria Persona (Damask Press, 2017). Twitter: @unit01barbie.

Catherine Graffam

Catherine Graffam is a 23-year-old painter, printmaker, draftswoman and proud cat mom from New Hampshire. Her work is almost entirely figurative with a continuing motif of portraiture. Portraits help her better understand the people in her life, including herself, and by painting or drawing she is able to build upon and express relationships. Additionally, self portraiture is a way of cathartically processing her emotions and regaining agency over her body as a queer trans woman living with a chronic illness.

Stephen Ira

Stephen writes and performs. He is the co-founder and co-editor of Vetch: A Magazine of Trans Poetry and Poetics. His poetry and short fiction have appeared in Specter Magazine, THEM, and The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard. His arts criticism and political writing appears regularly in NewNowNext. He was a 2013 Lambda Literary Fellow. In 2014, he was featured as a guest star in LA MAMA’S SQUIRTS: New Voices in Queer Performance. He lives in Iowa City, where he will begin pursuing his MFA at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop in the fall of 2017. He’s gay. He’s a transsexual.

John Leavitt

John Leavitt is a writer and cartoonist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Toast, The Awl, Vice, and more. He can be found at @leavittalone and

Mallory Ortberg

Mallory Ortberg is the co-creator of The Toast and the author of New York Times bestseller Texts From Jane Eyre and the short story collection The Merry Spinster, out in early 2018. She runs the Dear Prudence column at Slate.

Cole Santiago

Cole Santiago is a Los Angeles based queer filmmaker and photographer who began her queer focused work while living in her hometown of San Francisco. “The Future is Queer” evolved into a short documentary that will be screening at Outfest this summer, and she is currently producing Bad Conchas, a series that follows two Queer Latinx women living in East LA.

Instagram: @_mynameiscole
Twitter: @mynameis_cole