Bridge & Beacon
(he/they) is a Blacqueer poet, a storyteller, a first-generation United Statesian (the son of Bajan immigrants), and author of the poetry collection original kink (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2020). He’s a 2018 PEN America Emerging Voices Fellow, holds an MFA from the University of Miami, and has received support for his work from Millay Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center, the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, Lambda Literary, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Jubi and his poems have been featured in Literary Hub, The Rumpus, Beloit Poetry Journal, Nimrod, Southern Humanities Review, Washington Square Review, PBS NewsHour’s Brief But Spectacular, & elsewhere. Jubi lives with his husband in South Florida, and his work explores themes of masculinity, vulnerability, rage, tenderness & joy. Black Lives Matter. Trans Lives Matter. Stop Asian Hate. Art is Labor. Abolish Policing. Eat the Rich. Stay Kinky. Free Palestine.
Cassandra LaneA Louisiana native, Cassandra Lane is a writer and editor based in Los Angeles. She is winner of the Louise Meriwether First Book Prize and author of We Are Bridges: A Memoir (The Feminist press), which NPR calls “a stunning contribution to what must become our collective memory.” Lane received her MFA from Antioch University LA. She formerly worked as a newspaper reporter, high school English and journalism teacher, college admissions advisor, senior writer, and community relations manager for the Dodgers. Her stories have appeared in the New York Times’s “Conception” series, the Times-Picayune, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and elsewhere. She is editor in chief of L.A. Parent magazine.
Kate MaruyamaKate Maruyama’s novel HARROWGATE was published by 47North and her novella FAMILY SOLSTICE is out now from Omnium Gatherum Media. Her short work has appeared in Asimov’s, Entropy, Controlled Burn, and Arcadia, among other journals, as well as in numerous anthologies including WINTER HORROR DAYS, HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL THREE, and the brand new DECEMBER TALES out now from Curious Blue Press. She has served on the jury for the Bram Stoker Awards and twice for the Shirley Jackson Awards. She is a member of the SFWA and the HWA, where she is on the Diverse Works Inclusion Committee, highlighting authors often marginalized by the publishing industry. She writes, teaches, cooks, and eats in Los Angeles.
Sokunthary SvaySokunthary Svay is a Khmer writer from New York City. A founding member of the Cambodian American Literary Arts Association (CALAA), she has received fellowships from the American Opera Project, Poets House, and Willow Books, as well as commissions from Washington National Opera, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and ISSUE Project Room. In addition to publishing a poetry collection, Apsara in New York (Willow Books, 2017), Svay has had her writing anthologized and performed by actors and singers. Svay’s first opera, Woman of Letters, set by composer Liliya Ugay, received its world premiere at the Kennedy Center in January 2020 as part of the American Opera Initiative. The recent recipient of the OPERA America IDEA Grant, her new opera called Chhlong Tonle, will receive its premiere in December 2021. She teaches English at Queens College (CUNY).
Curator + MC: Chiwan Choi
Chiwan Choi is the author of four books, The Flood, Abductions, The Yellow House, and my name is wolf. He wrote, presented, and destroyed the novel Ghostmaker throughout the course of 2015. He is also the host of the podcast Are You There, Ghost? It’s Me, Chiwan.
DJ Jaguarita LocaNita Noveno, nomad, writer, and lecturer at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, has published work most recently in Hippocampus and The Hunger. Inspired by the spirited mariachi music of Jalisco and ferocious feline of Mayan and Aztec legends, Nita will make her debut at the October 17th virtual Sunday Salon as DJ Jaguarita Loca. (La Jaguarita Loca quiere cantar!)
To feature emerging and established writers and poets at monthly readings. To share marvelous stories, essays, and poetry. To entertain. To inspire.