Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color

WELCOME TO NEPANTLA

 Bridges span liminal (threshold) spaces between worlds, spaces I call nepantla, a Nahuatl word meaning tierra entre medio. Transformations occur in this in-between space, an unstable, unpredictable, precarious, always-in-transition space lacking clear boundaries. Nepantla es tierra desconocida, and living in this liminal zone means being in a constant state of displacement–an uncomfortable, even alarming feeling. Most of us dwell in nepantla so much of the time it’s become a sort of “home.” Though this state links us to other ideas, people, and worlds, we feel threatened by these new connections and the change they engender.

– Gloria Anzaldua

WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE

 Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color is an intentional community space. Our mission is to nurture, celebrate, and preserve diversity within the queer poetry community. Through this journal, we are attempting to center the lives and experiences of QPOC in contemporary America. Thus, we view the journal (and our reading series) as part of a whole artistic project and not individual fragments of work. We believe that (here) the high lyric must encounter colloquial narrative. Here, we must provide space to celebrate both our similarities and our differences. We are one community with an array of experiences; we write in different formats, in different tones, of different circumstances. Nepantla is not the sort of journal that can project a singular voice (not if we want to reflect the various realities of our community). Nepantla is a journal of multiplicity, of continual reinvention.

ACCOUNTABILITY CULTURE

Nepantla is not an apolitical literary journal. We stand strongly against racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, classism, xenophobia, etc. We do NOT believe in the notion of “craft” as an excuse to justify oppressive language. If (for some reason) you, the reader, feel discriminated against by the language used in our poems then please let us know. Keep us accountable. We have done our best to provide a safe space for the QPOC community. We hope you enjoy the fierceness!

ISSUE #1

Nepantla

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Joy KMT  to whom it may concern:
Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes  The Terror of Clean
Xandria Phillips         r e a s o n s  f o r   s m o k i n g
Crysbel Tejada    Ominous Light
Eduardo Martinez      I NEVER WANTED TO SPEAK
Darrel Alejandro Holnes      Prometí Nunca Hacer Drag
Roberto F. Santiago        Florals
Justin Phillip Reed         You Construct Intricate Rituals
JP Howard                         Diva Doll
t’ai freedom ford         the beautiful people
Danez Smith      On Grace
Kevin Simmonds           I expected to be sad in New Orleans
Dwayne Martine  Aporia
Paul Tran                THIS TIME, THERE WAS NO
Joey De Jesus    Eastchester Bay [ending with an offering]
Pamela Sneed         Survivor 2014
Myriam Gurba  Constellated
Mariah L. Richardson         Butter Cream
Muriel Leung           Cry Wolf
Naima Woods      Necropsy
Kazim Ali             Bird Hospital
Cam Awkward-Rich    Another Middle-Class Black Kid
Tries To Name It
Yani Robinson      Lou Sullivan’s Birthday
Rajorshi Das           My Father’s Boyfriend
Rage Hezekiah   MY FATHER, SWIMMING
Roberto Montes       no subject) –
Chen Chen               Spell to Find Family
Lara Weibgen         I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW
Derrick Austin     Major Arcana: Judgment
Rosebud Ben-Oni              She Calls Once That Is A Lie
Metta Sáma            {insert terror}
Amber Atiya  if my slumlord allowed pets

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ISSUE #2

Nepantla Issue 2

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Natalie Martínez EKPHRASTIC REMAINS & ENUMERATIONS
Julian Talamantez Brolaski in the cut
Ife-Chudeni  Oputa   Lessons on the Body: How Not to Itch
Luis Lopez-Maldonado TRANSvisible
Joshua Jennifer Espinoza I Dream of Horses Eating Cops
Jess X. Chen   Last Words of the Honey Bees
Fatimah Asghar Orphan
Vanessa Borjon   Michoacan
Hieu Minh Nguyen   Again, What Do I Know About Desire?
Shane Allison BUSCH GARDENS PHOTO
Franny Choi Thirst
Nahshon Cook Imagine
Aziza Barnes The Clouds Can’t Hold Shit
Marcelo Hernandez Castillo Drown
Lillian-Yvonne Bertram If in its advance the plague begins to fiercen
Joshua Aiken See Blk Boy Run
Francisco Aragón Unknown Distances
Vickie Vertiz     Agua en Gotas
andriniki mattis how to live btwn the lines
Samiya Bashir Ha ha ha niggers are the worst
L.G. Parker I Didn’t Want To Be Good
Nicole Mitchell Birthday Girl
Aurel Haize Odogbo BIRTH-MONGER

In conversation: Alok Vaid-Menon & Cece McDonald

In conversation: Carl Phillips & Rickey Laurentiis

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