3rd Seyed of the Coin
Electric Lady. Q.U.E.E.N. Shekinah. Shakti. An Old Souled, Inner Child. Animal-lover with an affinity for felines. A semi-sweet red wine personality, an undercover over-lover. I dig conscious company and solitude, silence and the divine melody.. My laugh is full-bodied even insidious at times. I have diverse musical tastes, it can be from any culture as long as it soothes, moves or grooves. Vegetarian who makes exceptions as an adventurous foodie. I spend my time prying the closed eye of the sleep machine…or compulsively over-edit. The weirdest of the weirdos. All purple everything. An unrepentant lush.
Aimée Mackovic is a professor and poet currently living in Austin, Texas. Her work has appeared in journals such as Main Street Rag, Gravel, and Shark Reef, among others. She was the featured poet of Issue 9 of UCity Review. Her chapbooks include Potpourri and Dearly Beloved: the Prince poems. Her debut collection, Love Junky, was just released in October 2017 from Lit City Press. In Love Junky, she explores being female from the lenses of sister, daughter, lover, patient and friend. Obsessions include traveling, buying books at used book stores, the color purple, her rescue dog, and Broadway musical soundtracks.
A. Kendra Greene
A. Kendra Greene is the Writer in Residence at the Dallas Museum of Art, where she collects oral histories of the institution and composes found poems, performance pieces, and artist’s books from visitor response text. She began her museum career adhering text to the wall, one vinyl letter at a time. At the University of Iowa, she was a Jacob K. Javits Fellow, earned degrees in Nonfiction and Book Arts, and designed costumes for the giant ground sloth Megalonyx jeffersoni. She was once the voice of a spunky, bespectacled, phonics-teaching dragon. Her chapbook, The Stone Collector, is the latest installment in an ongoing project on Icelandic museums and the sorcery, sea monsters, and specimens that inspire them. Anomalous Press inaugurated the series last year with Anatomy of a Museum, or, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Icelandic Phallological Museum But Were Afraid to Ask.
Alana has a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Texas. She started spokenword in February 2015, competing in 2015 Nationals Poetry Slam in Oakland, California. She has performed across Texas with a mission of spreading the art of spoken word.
Alex has been living in Dallas, TX for about 4 years, working as a stage manager for local theater companies, Programs coordinator/dancer/teacher at Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico and in any spare time that she has working on her plays and poems.
Alex Chand was literary editor of her school’s art and lit mag, and was the recipient of the writing prize her sophomore year. When not writing, Alex can either be found running around a track or playing the violin.
Black Doll is Faith Malimba, a Dallas based interdisciplinary creative. She studied fine art and photographic processes at both Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and Rochester Institute of Technology, in Rochester, NY. Her scholarly and inter/intrapersonal research explores identity, simulacrum and the impermanence of images/ego/self. She expresses her findings in varied ways including asemic and sound poetry, photography, and the queered sonic stylings she has labeled Other Pop.
Catie McLain was born to a woman with a crooked chin and a man with sloping shoulders. Her mother burnt a third eye into her skin and it is one of her favorite features. She could never adjust to the idea of being one person and so she became a performer. In her free time she films herself being strange and solitary and covers John Jacob Niles ballads. She has performed with various theater, music, and poetry groups in Dallas including Mad Swirl, Upstart Productions, Artstillery, Shakespeare in the Bar, Therefore, Poets on x+, Goat Song Theatre Collective, Supermook, The Tribe, Bare Bones Shakespeare, and House Party Theater. Catie is a reveler, an ascetic, self-sacrificial, and hopelessly self-involved. She is not a natural born Dallasite but she has a tremendous respect for the grassroots artist movement here and is proud to be a part of it. Find her on Instagram @catieisboring.
Under the alias of Cocoatlicue (co-kwat-lee-kwei), Amy Zapien explores the relationships of time travel, catharsis, magic, personal narrative to healing. She experiments with visual and performing arts, rituals, soundscapes, installations, lighting, and illustration to excavate the ways in which stories are shared. Coco’s artistic process is inspired by her B.A in Anthropology from UNT, rooting her poetry and performance in ethnographic documentation.
Her most recent work, “ME VOY” (I’ll Go), was inspired by a two-week trip to her grandmother’s home in Mexico and weaves together poetry, soundscapes, and lighting to share their story. It was performed at SANA /// Art Gathering, a two-day multi-artist installation showcasing local and emerging Dallas artists.
She is currently collaborating with the Espinas Collective and Casa De Locos, and in the past she has displayed work in The Lawndale Art Center Houston, The Oak Cliff Cultural Center, and Casa De Locos. You can find her on Instagram, in both the spirit and physical world, or in Pleasant Grove with her dog June.
courtneymarie is a writer and artist based in Denton, Texas. She enjoys working with text as an art medium and performance object. Her work has appeared in Nat. Brut, Spooky Girlfriend Press, Black Sun Lit, Souvenir Lit, The Thing Itself, etc. but also in basements and museums, street corners, bars, and art galleries; in cities all over the country. She is the co-founder and primary organizer of the literary & art collective Spiderweb Salon (Best Literary Arts Group 2016, Dallas Observer), co-host of Pegasus Reading Series and Deep Ellum Lit Hop, and the host of Spiderweb Salon’s literary podcast, produced by Pariah. She lives with two cats and writes a lot of letters. Her chapbook, don’t get your hopes up, is forthcoming from Thoughtcrime Press. Visit her on Twitter.
Amy Zapien has this to say of Edyka Chilome: She is a brown fire spitting dream making poet reina. She is always caught in between worlds, gathering spirits, and falling in love for the revolution. She holds a nurturing gaze over many art projects and loved ones, she is often talking. When taking breaks between lengthy conversations she muses over the underlining connections of our vast universe.
Allison Emmaline Piercy (Emmy) is a 22-year-old recent graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington. She majored in English with a Creative Writing minor. She has been writing creatively since childhood and plans to pursue an MFA in Fiction. Her work has been published with the Moulin Review and earned accolades in the League for Innovation in the Community College, as well as UTA’S EGSA conference and ACES symposium. She is the founder of the Postrich Poets’ Collective. Stories and words are her long-time source of wonder, and she hopes to fashion this wonder into a life she can share with the community. See her work on her website.
Erica is an artist born and raised Dallas. Her artwork is a physical, emotional, and inspirational statement of movement using texture and rhythm through illustrations. She journeys through her artistic temperament exploring the madness of bio-medicine. Opposite moods and energies are depicted using color and black and white. In late 2015, she began creating handbags which feature her contemporary illustrations. Her illustrated handbag collection is inspired from views of street art, interior design, and Pantones “color of the year.” Mediums in her illustration collection are chosen to push boundaries and create ambiguity. Each image is created to lead the viewer to think about the juxtaposition of movement and inspiration. See her work on her website.
Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi
Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi is the founder of Dark Moon Poetry & Arts. She can often be found on sidewalks using her typewriter to birth poems for strangers. She has been published in Entropy, The Boiler, Anthropology Now!, Bearing the Mask, and elsewhere. Her work has been featured by WFAA, KERA, the Dallas Morning News, and others. Her chapbook, Moon Woman, is forthcoming from Thoughtcrime Press.
Francine Thirteen landed from Venus in Dallas, TX, where she began her earthly life. She is a proud Libra. Thirteen has been creating and singing since she can remember. She is heavily influenced by nature and by the magic of archetypes. Incorporating choreography, theater, and unique projections into her shows, Thirteen seeks to create transformative live performances. Her forthcoming debut album has been innovated in a style that she has coined ‘Ritual Pop’. Her work has been profiled by NPR, Vice, D Magazine, and elsewhere.
Gayle Reaves-King is a poet and journalist who has been writing in one form or another since her 2nd-grade stories about horses. Her chapbook Spectral Analysis was published by the Dallas Poets Community in 2014. In 1994 she won a Pulitzer Prize in international reporting as part of a team at The Dallas Morning News.For three decades she covered stories all over the world for major daily papers, then became editor of the alternative Fort Worth Weekly, which had no travel budget to speak of but other advantages. Since leaving the Weekly she’s had recent stories in the Texas Observer, American Way, and D Magazine. She’s part of the brain trust at the Pandora’s Box Poetry Showcase in Dallas, lives in Fort Worth, teaches at UNT, and has been threatening for several years to finish her first nonfiction book.
Hathor Hendrix is a resident Galaxy Girl and Jill of all trades. She describes herself as deeply rooted with her head in the clouds and is an advocate for revolutionary love, women’s empowerment, optimal health, self-expression, knowledge, culture, dream-catching, authenticity, mindfulness, nudity, and hugs. Hendrix uses her talents as a singer/songwriter, musician, dancer, model, actress, and Kemetic Yoga instructor to navigate through this dimension spreading light and love in hopes of inspiring others to live their truths out loud and stand in their own power. Find her on Instagram.
Malika “Indy” Changoo is a seventeen-year-old senior who looks forward to attending Texas A&M Commerce. She intends to study psychiatry to aid in the lack of mental health resources available to underserved communities. In 2012, she was diagnosed with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy. She takes pleasure in running over her siblings in her motorized wheelchair when they get out of line.
Isabel Montemayor is a poet, artist, advocate and scholar. Her poetry is a reflection of her personal journey as a first generation Latina betwixt and in-between borders. Her work is inspired by the current immigration debates and the positionality of those on the margins of society. Her work has been featured at the annual Latino Summit at the University of Texas at Austin and highlighted as opening guest poet for Central Michigan University’s Hispanic Heritage Month Speaker Series. She has also served as a student keynote speaker at Mid-Michigan’s largest Latina Women’s conference “Dia de la Mujer”. She holds a Ph.D in Medical Anthropology and in her spare time she is Assistant Professor of Anthropology/Sociology at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Jazmon The Healer
Jazmon The Healer is an artist whose goal is to promote healing throughout your mind body and soul with the vibrations of musical tones. Music is and has always been a safe haven for her spirit. As she journeys through this life on her path she seeks to invoke those same feelings of evolution, of which she has experienced, from her music to her listeners. She is also a part of The Zource Movement, a female artistic creatives curator collective. Please go check out them out @thezource on all social media.
Jenuine Poetess is the founder of Waco Poets Society and ITWOW International—a writing circle project for womyn with chapters globally. Her debut collection, BloodStories: a cycle of 28 poems was published by Yellow Chair Press, May 2016. Jenuine holds space for creative expression because #courageiscontagious and there is #medicineinyourmetoo. She facilitates weekly therapeutic creative writing programs for youth at Klaras Center for Families in Waco, TX and the Texas Juvenile Justice Department correctional facility in Mart, TX. Jenuine lives rooted in the fierce conviction that fostering the creative health of individuals & communities is a matter of justice. Find her online @JenuineArtworks.
Jess Garland Medlock
Jess Garland Medlock is from Northeast Dallas and attended Eastfield College, where she studied classical guitar. With a growing interest in the art form, she partook in many voice and guitar ensembles. Jess graduated from SMU with a major in Political Science and loves teaching guitar privately and with La Rondalla, a nonprofit organization in Oak Cliff. Jess is never deterred by a challenge, and under the guidance of master harpist Mary LeBus, learned to play the harp. Jess currently plays weddings, art galleries, and festivals with her guitar and harp.
She also performs as the official harpist for Francine Thirteen and with her husband Wes Medlock in the band THEJESSANDWESSHOW. Follow her on Instagram.
Karen Dove Parrish
Karen Dove Parrish is a recovering blocked artist rediscovering joy, freedom, and wonder through creation. Trained and working as an art historian and art educator- far removed from the rich, messy, complicated breeding ground of creative thought- I return with tentative but determined steps into the dense, moist, and dark forest. My work is my personal experience, my emotional being, my lingering visions made manifest- even if they were imagined they are now real. Through purposeful work with my hands I am healing my emotional and mental self. My practice works towards creating peaceful spaces for thoughtful contemplation, rest, and beauty. I have worked as an art educator in private art studios, galleries, museums, public and private schools. Recently trained as a Montessori Primary (3-6) Guide I work to facilitate capable and compassionate humans by engaging children with purposeful work.
Lauren Belmore is a writer & performer, who currently resides in Dallas, TX. Their written work focuses on both queer identity & the relationship between subjective reasoning within objective language. Their work has been featured at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas Contemporary Theatre, Beefhaus, and Deep Vellum, among others, and curated REJECT FACTION for Deep Ellum Lit Hop at Drugstore Cowboy, as well as IN A LONELY PLACE: AN EVENING OF EXPRESSION at Home Dome. Musically, their electronic work is featured in the musical stylings of Mother II, Sigh Twombly, and in their solo act, Jinzo. They have opened for Derrick Brown, Amber Tamblyn, Jake Meginsky, & Bill Nace (of body/head with Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon). Their first noise-driven solo poetry performance, ESTRANGER IN AN ESTRANGED LAND, had it’s premiere at Cheer Up Charlie’s in Austin, TX, as part of THE MIND MINCING: AN EVENING
Leah Tieger is a graduate of Bennington College, a fiction reader for The Boiler, cofounder and host of Looped readings in Dallas, and a finalist for the 2016 Raynes Poetry Prize. Her work can be found in Rattle, Gravel, Menacing Hedge, and others.
LeeCastro DeChoudens is from San Juan Puerto Rico, she has her 1st Chapbook in February with Raza Writers del Norte de Tejas.
Lei Lei Lashawn
You are my inspiration today. You means the North Texas Food Bank. You means the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center. You means the Genesis Women’s Shelter. You means the Youth First initiative at the Dallas Resource Center. You means just that: you. See Lei Lei’s work on her website. Thirty percent of all merchandise sold on her site goes to those organizations.
Lei Lei uses performance art and LOVE to balance the addiction our society has to hatred and violence. She expands her love practice one drawing at a time and believes that if we practice love…there will be love. In her live shows, she uses voice, improv, drums, and electronic sound, while encouraging audience participation for an experience that touches everyone. Her book “I Am No One in the Oneness,” is forthcoming. * Love > Fear
Leslie Marie Aguilar
Leslie Marie Aguilar originally hails from the heartland of Texas. She has served as the Poetry Editor of Indiana Review and received her MFA from Indiana University. Her work has been supported by the National Society of Arts and Letters and the Fine Arts Work Center. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Bellingham Review, Callaloo, Ninth Letter, Rattle, Sonora Review, and Southern Indiana Review among others. She is the author of Mesquite Manual (New Delta Review, 2015).
Lisa Huffaker is a poet, musician, visual artist, and teacher, who channels her wide range of abilities into ambitious efforts with a focus on community and interaction. Her latest project, White Rock Zine Machine, offers tiny handmade books by local writers and artists, sold in beautifully repurposed vending machines. Lisa’s poems have appeared in such journals as Southwest Review, Poet Lore, Able Muse, Southern Humanities Review, and many more. She won the Morton Marr Poetry Prize, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She teaches creative writing and zine making through The Writer’s Garret, and presents monthly creative writing adventures at the Nasher Sculpture Center. Her Zine Camp at Oil and Cotton won a “Best of Dallas” award from the Dallas Observer. Lisa is a classical singer by training, and sings with the Dallas Opera. She is in love with her evil pet cactus and has been a vegetarian ever since meeting a remarkably noble catfish.
Liz Jones is a lover of words and quote collector, hoarder of books and poetry dabbler. She has recently returned from the Peace Corps and currently works with Reading Partners, a job that lets her read children’s books all day with awesome kids. Liz thinks the smell of books is magical, finds comfort in any room that has overflowing shelves, and likes searching for inscriptions inside used books. She also enjoys traveling, learning about other cultures, and food. Any food. All the food. She’s nervous but excited to be a part of Dark Moon’s celebration and looks forward to meeting and experiencing the words of an awesome collection of persons. She is a perennial soul lost in stars, coffee grounds, and bookshelves.
Logen Cure is a poet and teacher. She is the author of three chapbooks: Still (Finishing Line Press 2015), Letters to Petrarch (Unicorn Press 2015), and In Keeping (Unicorn Press 2008). Still was selected Best Book by a Texas Author for 2015 by the Fort Worth Weekly. Her work also appears in Word Riot, Radar Poetry, IndieFeed: Performance Poetry, The Boiler, and elsewhere. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She lives in Grand Prairie with her wife.
Lopa Banerjee is a writer, poet, editor and translator currently based in Dallas. Lopa is a born dreamer and a die-hard romantic who believes all the world is our stage. She has a master’s degree in creative nonfiction from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She was the co-editor of Defiant Dreams: Tales of Everyday Divas, a bestselling anthology on Indian women. She is the author of Thwarted Escape: An Immigrant’s Wayward Journey (Honorable mention at the Los Angeles Book Festival 2017). She is a fire-brand poet published in numerous journals and anthologies in India and the US, a short fiction writer with a poetic voice, and a translator trans-creating Bengali literary classics into English. She is a recipient of the Reuel International Award 2016 in Translation for The Broken Home, instituted by The Significant League, and she is also a Journey Awards recipient 2014 for Narrative Nonfiction. She is at home with her bubbling world of words. Her two daughters, 8 and 6, are her best friends and her entire cosmos revolves around them. Visit her Facebook author page.
Lyndsay Knecht shares her poetry under the name meira (mih-ira), the Hebrew for Eleanor, her late grandmother’s name. It means “god is my light” which can read “my light is god:” a challenge to find and protect and not forget any given light. The designs letters and words make are what remains when all other systems of desire are taken apart. This is a tenet of Jewish mysticism; more so, it’s a reality for many who’ve felt despair and, in testifying to that, written joy. //// Lyndsay grew up in Dallas and was first a singer, then a dancer, then a writer, then a mother.
Machele is a musician and poet from Dallas, TX. She plays ambient, abstract loops of recorded flute layered with poetic words and live sounds.
Machele has performed her poems and sounds at a few venues in the DFW area. She is currently collaborating with various artists to layer original sounds on top of electronic noise.
Playing music has taught Machele how to listen and the need to express beyond words alone. She wants to inspire self-exploration and expression with subtle sound manipulation.
Malika Muhammed is a mother of five who is inspired by her children and the world around her. She enjoys reading and dancing. She is chef, comedian, actress, and seer to those who know her best.
Melania-Luisa Marte is a Dominican-American writer, poet and creative. She was born in the Bronx and raised in the lower east side of NYC. When she’s not advising women on how to tap into their inner “feminist-mami,” addressing Afro-latinidad or ranting about the triggering patterns of f*ck boys, she’s making artsy things. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @feministmami.
Merritt Tierce was born and raised in Texas, graduated from college at 19, and waited tables for ten years before attending the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award in 2011 and was a 2013 National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” Author.
Her first book, the novel LOVE ME BACK, was shortlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham prize for debut fiction and won the 2014 Texas Institute of Letters’ Steven Turner Award for Best Work of First Fiction. LOVE ME BACK was named a best book of 2014 by The Chicago Tribune and Electric Literature and was also published in the UK, Italy, and Spain.
Tierce’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, Oxford American, New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best, Southwest Review, and online at The Paris Review, Electric Literature, Marie-Claire, and Cosmopolitan, among other magazines and publications.
She has been a fellow at the Yaddo, MacDowell, Willapa Bay, and Can Cab artists’ colonies, and at Writers Omi at Ledig House. She slaughtered the field at Literary Death Match.
Merritt served as the Executive Director of the Texas Equal Access Fund, a nonprofit abortion fund based in Dallas, from 2011 to 2014. She volunteered and worked for the TEA Fund from its founding in 2004, and co-wrote the abortion play One in 3 with screenwriter and activist Gretchen Dyer and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Victoria Loe Hicks. One in 3 played to sold out houses for most of its three-week run, and stimulated a local conversation about the reality of abortion in women’s lives.
Merritt lives in Los Angeles and in Denton, Texas. She is currently a staff writer on season six of the Netflix show Orange is the New Black.
Misty Amber Moore
Multimedia artist Misty Amber Moore specializes in the creation of upcycled (the reuse of discarded items) works of art. This includes but is not limited to multimedia art pieces, haute couture clothing, and accessories. Promoting probiotics and DIY methods, Misty empowers those around her by teaching workshops and selling her homebrewed Kombucha, ferments, and baked goods. She also makes hand dipped incense, postcards, and bath-bombs. She has produced two spoken word albums and opened with performance poetry for Saul Williams and Erykah Badu.
She also specializes in body painting, fine art, graphic design, flyers/business cards, art curation, poetry, slam, and spoken word, and American Sign Language interpreting. Her work has been featured in Frisco Styles Magazine, The Dallas Observer, Texas Campaign for the Environment’s Trash Makeover, Kessler Theater, Black Forest Theater, Dallas Museum of Art, 500X Gallery, ArtLoveMagic, Mad Swirl Poetry, State Fair of Texas, Sankofas, In Accord, Raw Dallas, FENCON, ICON NY, Goldmine New Orleans, Club DADA, Absinthe Lounge, Soda Pop Gallery, Dallas Poetry Slam, New Orleans Poetry Slam, Texas Regional Poetry Slam, ACUI Poetry Slam, France Poetry Slam, Barcelona Poetry Slam, performance poetry in Spain, France, Ethiopia, England, DFW, NY, and New Orleans.
Morgan Lionheart is a neurodivergent, genderqueer, “non-denominational” Leftist, who practices Ecofeminist witchcraft in their native ecosystems, the Blackland Prairie and Cross-Timbers Forest. When they are not reflecting on the world around them they are teaching elementary ecology at a nature preserve, in a community learning center, or grassroots organizing. Morgan has performed with the UNT’s Communications Department, Slam N Jam series, Fairmount Community Library, Spiderweb Salon, and Mueve.
Nadia is a poet, artist, and performer in Dallas, Texas. Her work explores the space between poetry, prose, and where fiction meets non-fiction. As a survivor, her work often deals with the redemptive power of the imagination—how the stories we tell ourselves can be what saves us. Her poems, short stories, and essays have appeared in MadSwirl, Apogee, Spry, Haggard and Halloo, Essay Daily, White Rock Zine Machine, the Art Uprising anthology Desolate Country, and elsewhere. Her debut chapbook Manual was published 2017 by Cringe-Worthy Poets, who also published her line illustrations for James Barrett Rodehaver’s chapbook Time Travel for Daydreamers vol. 1 and 2. Her second chapbook, A Zoo, is available from Finishing Line Press.
Ofelia “Mexmama” Faz-Garza is a mama, writer, and community advocate. She’s a member of the DFW Latino Writers and North Tejas Writers groups and the founder of El Tallercito Writers Collective. Ofelia’s work has been published in Women in Nature: An Anthology, and Outrage: a Protest Anthology For Injustice in a Post 9/11 World as well as the upcoming Voces de Oak Cliff 2nd Edition and BASTA! 100 Latinas Speak Out Against Violence Against Women. You can find her working on new pieces and creating a space for DFW creatives at The Meet Shop in Oak Cliff.
Opalina Salas is a poet, former bookstore owner, editor of femme lit magazine Let It Bleed, and creator of the original Poets on X+ Reading Series, first held at Cliff Notes, the bookstore she owned with her husband-poet Carlos Salas. The series moved to Mighty Fine Arts when Cliff Notes closed and now calls Lucky Dog Books in Oak Cliff TX their creative home. She has been an indie butterfly curator/hostess for many WordSpace events. Her work has appeared in a number of journals including Mad Swirl Blue Note 6, Death List Five, Gutter Eloquence, La Noria Journal, and is included in the Anthology of Texas Beat Poets, published by University of Texas Press. She has read all over Texas at festivals, galleries and nightclubs, is a regular contributor to Mad Swirl, has been featured at Pegasus Reading Series, Pandora’s Box, and was a featured reader at Dallas’ edition of Noir at The Bar. She was the co-host and a featured performer at The Texas Beat Poetry festival of 2012 in Edinburg TX, a featured performer at Forest Fest 2011, and a participant in the first annual New Orleans Poetry Fest of 2016. She is proud to be the emcee of The Mad Manor Performance Space at the 2016 Oak Cliff Speedbump Tour in late spring. Opalina has been performing and writing for over 25 years, and is an active participant in the development of her beloved community. Her proudest moment was the creation of Cliff Kids, her weekly story time based on community leaders as readers and local business providing books, healthy snacks and fresh air and cool grass to play in on Saturday mornings. Opalina met her husband, fellow poet and artist Carlos Salas at an open mic in Ft Worth TX, has been his comrade and partner for 20 years and lives with him in Oak Cliff with their visual artist dynamo daughter, Paloma, and two cats, Jack and Benny. Her only desire is to continue her pursuit of open mics statewide and to finally write that one perfect poem. Until then, she continues.
Paula Mendoza’s work is published or forthcoming at Bennington Review, Bat City Review, Parcel, Diagram, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, All Slither is available via Raw Paw Press. She earned her MFA at the University of Michigan, and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Utah. She is very sad to be leaving Denton. You can find most of her work on Tumblr.
Spiritually coined PoetryTeacher, this South Louisiana poet, singer and public speaker is on the “get to know” list. By way of Dallas, Texas, PoetryTeacher has stolen hearts from California to Texas. Awarded Dallas’ Independent RAW artist, she sits comfortably atop the poetry scene. While opening and featuring for some of the industry’s top performers she has completed her first album entitled, ” The Pathetically Beautiful Project” and PoetryTeacher is currently working on her forthcoming album, “The Freedom Project.”
Princess McDowell is a poet, writer and journalist from Dallas, Texas. A black queer lesbian boi with the girly name covered in pink. Princess prefers purple.
Trained as a journalist, Princess learned the power of storytelling, of keeping a record of our own lives before anyone else decides that it is worth selling or exploiting. She began writing her own journey in social commentary and poems draped in extended metaphor. She released her first album of poetry entitled Not A Storybook
She’s an active member of the national poetry community, competing and volunteering at Women of the World Poetry Slam, and co-facilitating the youth poetry organization Dallas Youth Poets. This year, she was selected as a Pink Door literary fellow.
She’s been able to tour the country with her poems while still publishing articles for Autostraddle, shades magazine, Black Girl Nerds and Rebellious Magazine for Women, a feminist magazine out of Chicago. She’s currently writing her first novel, a young adult science fiction story birthed from a picture she found on Tumblr. Princess is a dapper book nerd introvert who uses multiple writing forms to process pain, trauma and legacy.
Reverie is a writer who relishes in ordinary moments that hold beauties often overlooked in and out through daily autopilot routines. She also has several aliases and is currently in the witness protection program due to an assassination attempt on her in the 90’s, when her fame as a poet rose to rock-star heights. Unfortunately, for safety reasons, she can’t release her real name. Reverie’s dedication to art is her motivation for making her work public again despite the obvious danger. Reverie is known to read with the Bonehouse Poets each month at Wild Detectives and sometimes makes an appearance at City Tavern for Mad Swirl.
Robin Myrick is a writer, visual artist, educator, and instigator currently based in Dallas, Texas. She is a contributing editor for Entropy magazine, and her writing has appeared in other fine places such as semigloss, [out of nothing], and the anthologies Any Way You Like ‘Em, Chronometry, and You’ve Probably Read This Before. She has also written about music, film, and food for newspapers and alt weeklies across the South. Myrick holds an MFA in Writing and Critical Studies from California Institute of the Arts, and is presently pursuing her doctorate in Aesthetic Studies at UT-Dallas. She was once in a band called Two Chicks In Front of a Payphone.
Rose Ann Meredith
Rose Ann Meredith is the mother of four sons, the grandmother of three grandsons and one granddaughter. A graduate of W. E. Boswell High School, in Saginaw and Tarrant County Junior College, she graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology.
Rose Ann is an 18 year veteran of Fort Worth’s poetry open mics and was score/timekeeper and coach for the Fort Worth Slam Team for 5 years. She has also performed her work at the Rose Marine Theater, Casa Manana, the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art and the Amphibian Theater. Rose Ann is a lifetime member of Fort Worth’s Zawadi Writers. Rose Ann’s poem Your Shoes was published in the Dallas Poetry Community’s Best of the Metroplex anthology.
Sacred Udders is a psychic medium artist playing as a cow goddess archetype who appears through a trans-dimensional portal after being abducted from a mysterious place. A mad scientist who researches the multiple-layers of mind-control in human society. Queer scholar who was trained at the weird Oberlin College as a ritual performer of African Diasporic mysticism. A good listener and psychopomp who hopes to reveal wisdom and foster unconditional eternal loving relations between the Absolute Source and all living entities. Self-discovered shaman astrologer, lucid dreamer and serious occultist. Never bored, always reading and hearing the Vedic canon in a trance. Fervent chanter of mantras, prayers and poetry. A devotee of Krishna, aspiring bhakti yogini, and servant to all.
Sarah Karowski is a novelist, a short story writer, and a poet. She is also the very definition of beginner. She draws strong influences from her poetic idols: Sylvia Plath and Emily Dickinson. She writes furiously, and passionately, taking on topics near and dear to her heart. Writing to her, like many other authors, is her therapy. Through her work, she wades through the difficult world of mental illness, however she believes it is her obligation to acknowledge the goodness that surrounds her as well. She wants to bring relatability to her readers, and give them a sense of family, reminding them that no one is all alone. Even though she has not been published before, she is determined to keep throwing her work out into the abyss until it eventually hits someone in the face, and just maybe it will change their life.
When Sarita Changoo writes she doesn’t think about who will see it. When she writes she is putting down things she can’t say, the things she wishes she could say, and the things she should not say. Writing is more than a pen, paper, and what you pull from your mind. It’s what you pull from your heart, from inside. Words in poems are more than just words. They are the truth. They are power in a world where power is valued more than love and kindness. When she writes, she writes herself.
poet dancing / baby priestess in the desert ●
made I AM NOT A WAR, a winner of the 2015 Essay Press Digital Chapbook Contest, selected by Rosebud Ben-Oni ●
work lives in various shapes online and in journals like Puerto del Sol, Cosmonauts Avenue, Poor Claudia, and elsewhere ●
teaching writer / MFA candidate for poetry at the University of Arizona ●
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Tamitha Curiel is an actor, writer and educator. She has performed most recently in “Palabra, The Written Word Spoken,” with Echo Theatre in Isabella Russell Ides’ “The Early Education of Conrad Eppler” and Sound Culture’s “She Bike Spoke Love.” She enjoys performing spoken word with her trumpet-playing husband in the avant-garde jazz band Swirve. She is the mom to three amazing adult children, Chaz, Caleb and Chloe. She is currently the IB Film Instructor at The Alcuin School .
Tammy Melody Gomez
Currently based in Texas, Tammy Melody Gomez is a poet, multimedia performer, and playwright/director. As an award-winning poet, she has performed throughout the U.S., and in Mexico and Nepal. Her poems and essays are featured in numerous collections, including Yellow Medicine Review and Women in Nature: An Anthology. Tammy is profiled in “Las Tejanas: 300 Years of History” from UT Press and is featured in “Voices from Texas”, a PBS documentary film about Latino poets in Texas.
Tammy has been publisher, radio producer and talk show host, events organizer, and activista. Her provocative performance artwork addresses social realities such as domestic violence, environmental racism, and the impact of mass incarceration on families of color.
Sound Culture, founded by Tammy Gomez and based in North Texas, is an intermedia production lab that emphasizes the spirit of community and collaboration among artists of various disciplines to enhance individual creative expression and social justice literacy through stage performance, interactive design, spoken word innovation, print publications, online and live event production, and neighborhood cultivation programs.
Tammy has lived in the mountains of New Mexico and Colorado, completed an introductory Permaculture Design course, and trekked up to see Mt. Everest in Nepal in 1999–all of which have shown her ways of living conscientiously on the earth. She is an urban gardener who has not owned a car in eight years, and bicycles everywhere. She is Macondista, as well as a 2015-2018 Black Earth Institute Fellow.
Taylor Denise Teachout
Taylor has been playing guitar for 11 years. She’s constantly inspired by her friends being their amazing selves. Her favorite colors are light blue and lilac. Hear her work at on SoundCloud.
‘Tha Mystics flicker in and out of the subconscious. Three elements appear: fire, water, and air conform to a formless circle. Their sound will shed the veils that stunt one’s growth. The elemental mystics shapeshift into several sounds. Each mystic’s consciousness consumes the curious observer who is saturated in dynamic hues of logic, melody, and intuition.
The Endoras formed after members Nan & Faith took a facebook quiz to find out which witch they were. Faith also plays solo in another project called Black Doll. Nan plays in the band Little Beards. Together they are “The Endoras.” They are on a podcast called Secretly Timid, an irreverent podcast where members talk over each other and discuss current events.
Thoele is a Dallas based comic artist. She was raised the wrong gender in a small town in the DFW metroplex. Vexed and ready to leave, she gradually made her way to Dallas after completing an artist residency in Germany. Her work focuses on emotional themes of isolation, despair, loss, fragility and vulnerability. Her stories and poetry are often set in surrealistic contexts such as nonsense worlds with thousands of years of history, broken planes of metaphysical data struggling to articulate forms and patterns, or aboard magic trains with demonic passengers. Her future goals are to make animated children’s series that are emotionally complex and challenge social constructs such as gender.
Tuumea of Iya Omodada
Tuumea of Iya Omodada is a performing artist honoring the child within and the Sacred Mother from which all things and beings come. Iya Omodada is the creative vision of Tuumea de Oxum… co-creator is the baby warrior-13-year-old taller than the treetops niece, Ella Brown. “We won’t stop singing and dancing and playing til Mama Africa is free. And when She’s free, we all gon’ be free.”