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Marta Miranda is a Latinx Afro-Caribbean Queer Woman who has spent her life working towards equity, inclusion and creating systems change. She lives, loves , and works at the intersection of identities, ethnicity, race, gender, and sexualities, applying an intersectional feminist lens to all she does. Marta was inducted into the Affrilician Poets in 2009. She has performed her work at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The Carnegie Center for Literacy, Eastern Kentucky University, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, University of New Mexico , Appalachian Women Rising, Holler Poets Series, 21C Hotels, The Kentucky Museum for Arts and Crafts, Louisville Metro City Hall, Women's March Ali Center, LGBTQ Center LA, Centerlink , Rochester NY , and numerous conferences, marches and rallies. Her bilingual memoir, Cradled by Skeletons, A Life in Poems and Essays was published in 2020 by Shadelandhouse Modern Press

https://www.martamirandadstraub.com

Katerina Stoykova is the author of several award-winning poetry books and the Senior Editor of Accents Publishing, where she has selected, edited, and published close to 80 poetry collections. Katerina hosts Accents - a radio show for literature, arts and culture on WRFL 88.1 FM. She acted the lead roles in the award-winning narrative films "Proud Citizen" and "Fort Maria", both directed by Thomas Southerland. A bilingual author with many interests, Katerina focuses on living life to the fullest and being 100% true to herself.

John James is the author of The Milk Hours, selected by Henri Cole as winner of the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize. His poems appear in Boston Review, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, PEN America, Best American Poetry, and elsewhere. An image-text chapbook, Winter, Glossolalia, is forthcoming next year from the Black Spring Publishing Group. He splits his time between Kentucky and California, where he is pursuing a PhD in English at UC Berkeley. 

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