Author of Bless the Ashes, (Tia Chucha Press), winner of the 2015 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award, and Safe Arms: 20 Love and Erotic Poems (FlowerSong Press, 2021). He was a 2018 Los Angeles COLA Fellow and is a Fellow of the L.A. Institute for the Humanities at USC. He directs The Black Man of Happiness Project.
The 2021 Los Angeles City Poet Laureate, is the award-winning author of Fretwork (Marsh Hawk Press, 2019), Start with a Small Guitar (What Books Press, 2013) and Beg No Pardon (Perugia Press, 2007). In 2015, she received an Artist Fellowship from the City of Los Angeles (COLA) award.
A poet, performance artist and collaborator. Her collections include The Walled Wife (Red Hen Press, 2016), In the Circus of You (Rose Metal Press, 2015), and Becoming Judas (Red Hen Press, 2013). She created the Poetry Circus at L.A.'s Griffith Park Merry-go-round and is director of the Living Poetry Project: "reimagining poetry's influence within the everyday."
His debut poetry collection will be published in 2022 by Moon Tide Press who featured him as its poet of the month in May, 2021. Ra, who was born in Hawaii and who grew up in South Korea, has been a finalist for the PEN Center Emerging Voices fellowship.
"Shop Talk: Elegies with a bite"
He is the author of two collections, ICON (Writ Large Press, 2018), and Zero to Three (Univ. of Georgia, 2014), winner of the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize selected by US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith. He co-authored with Gerrey Davis, Begotten(URB Books, 2016), a chapbook of poetry as part of the Floodgate Poetry Series. He was selected by Poets & Writers as one of its ten notable Debut Poets of 2014. His work has appeared in, among other places, the Academy of American Poets, The PBS News Hour, and The Virginia Quarterly (VQR).
Described by the L.A. Times as "one of the best poets in the nation," Amy Gerstler is the author of 11 poetry collections most recently Index of Women (2021) and Scattered at Sea, (2015), both from Penguin Books. Her collection, Dearest Creature (Penguin Books, 2009) was named one of the notable books of the year by the New York Times. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including the Paris Review and The New Yorker. She edited the 2010 edition of the anthology, Best American Poetry, and won the 1990 National Book Critics Circle Award for Bitter Angel, (North Point Press, 1990). In 2018, she was named a Guggenheim fellow in poetry.