Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color is an intentional community space. Our mission is to nurture, celebrate, & preserve diversity within the queer poetry community. Through this journal, we are attempting to center the lives and experiences of QPOC in contemporary America.

The second issue of Nepantla will be released on Friday, September 4th, 2015. Prior to this journal launch we are hosting a Summer Reading Series in various cities throughout the country. The readings will feature some of our favorite QPOC poets & will be cohosted by some of our favorite literary organizations. Below is more information about the upcoming readings.


Saturday August 8th at 7pm, Brooklyn, NY
Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop, 126A Front St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Nepantla & Sibling Rivalry Press present T’ai Freedom Ford, Rickey Laurentiis, Tommy Pico, & Lara Lorenzo.
The emcee will be Amber Atiya.

Saturday August 15th at 7pm, Minneapolis, MN
The Loft Literary Center, 1011 Washington Avenue, South Minneapolis, MN 55415
Nepantla, Graywolf Press, & Coffee House Press present Hieu Minh Nguyen, Cameron Awkward-Rich, Erin Sharkey, Anaïs Deal-Márquez & Danez Smith.
The emcee will be Justin Phillip Reed.

Friday August 21st at 7pm, Los Angeles, CA
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries, 909 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Nepantla & Red Hen Press present Ryka Aoki, Joshua Jennifer Espinoza, Imani Tolliver, Margaret Rhee.
The emcee will be Myriam Gurba.

Friday August 28th at 7pm, Berkeley, CA
Berkeley City College (Student Lounge, Fifth Floor) 2050 Center St, Berkeley, California 94704
Nepantla & ZYZZYVA present Jewelle Gomez, Yosimar Reyes, Arisa White, & Marvin K. White.
The emcee will be Natalia Vigil.



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