Nepantla is a new poetry e-journal, dedicated to Queer Poets of Color, being curated by Christopher Soto in collaboration with The Lambda Literary Foundation. The mission of Nepantla is to nurture, celebrate, and preserve diversity within the queer poetry community. The journal will be a groundbreaking collection of some the best poetry from the QPOC community.

We need your help in making this journal a reality!


What We Need & What You Get

We are seeking $2,500 in funds for this project. Funds which are raised for Nepantla will be used to pay (60) contributors a $25 honorarium. Funds will also be used to cover the costs of Nepantla’s editorial, technical, and design support team. Please visit our indiegogo page to donate!

The Impact

This year alone, Nepantla will be releasing its first annual poetry e-journal, facilitating poetry workshops for queer youth of color, and hosting a QPOC poetry reading series. In the years to come, Nepantla would  like to expand even further and stabilize itself as a central resource for the QPOC poetry community. Come be a part of the movement!

Other Ways You Can Help

  • Post our indiegogo to your social media sites!


To Submit Your Work

As a journal, Nepantla is interested in poetry of concise language, high sensory imagery, and syntactic leaps. Nepantla is NOT interested in poetry that puts rhetoric before craft, or exoticizes/fetishizes the lives of Queer People of Color.

Lastly, dearest submitters, please recognize Nepantla as an intentional community space. Please only submit to Nepantla if you self-identify as a queer poet of color. Send your bio and up to five pages of poetry to No multiple submissions, please. A $25.00 honorarium will be offered to poets published in Nepantla.



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2 Responses to “Help Fund ‘Nepantla: A Journal for Queer Poets of Color’”

  1. 7 April 2014 at 9:00 AM #

    why I need to be Queer and poet of color in order to participate? it will always limit this ‘group’ to marginalization. You think marginalized. it is a shameee!!!

  2. 9 April 2014 at 2:37 PM #

    No one asked for your participation. What you “need” to do is go and submit a poem to the 100s of literary organizations and what not that are white. We don’t need whiteys telling us how to avoid marginalizing ourselves. Do you feel left out? Un-included? Welcome just 5 secs of life as a gay black man in white gay spaces. Take a seat, chile.

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