Written in response the PROMESA bill (Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act) bill, LO TERCIARIO/ THE TERTIARY offers a decolonial queer critique and reconsideration of Marx. The book’s titles come from Pedro Scaron’s, El Capital, the 1976 translation of Karl Marx’s classic. Published by Siglo Veintiuno Editores, this translation was commonly used by the Puerto Rican left as part of political formation programs. Lo terciario/the tertiary places this text in relation to the Puerto Rican debt crisis, forcing readers to reconsider old questions when facing colonialism’s newest horrors.
KIRWYN SUTHERLAND is a Ciinical Research Professional and poet concerned with black people in all aspects. He has made two National Poetry Slam Teams in 2015(made the Semi-Finals) and 2016. His work has been published in APIARY Magazine, Drunkinamidnightchoir, BlueShift Journal, Bedfellows Magazine, Voicemail Poems, and Public Pool. Kirwyn has served as Poetry editor for APIARY magazine and is currently serving as List Editor/Book Reviewer for WusGood magazine.
RAENA SHIRALI is the author of GILT (YesYes Books, 2017). A Pushcart Prize recipient, Shirali’s honors include a Philip Roth Residency at Bucknell University’s Stadler Center for Poetry, a Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, & a “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize. She currently lives in Philadelphia, where she serves as Poetry Editor for Muzzle Magazine and Poetry Reader for Vinyl.
ASHLEY DAVIS is a California native, New York educated, Boston bred, Philly based black bi-racial, queer, femme, poet, educator who writes and collaborates on projects about the intersectionality of those identities, the history of trauma within those communities, and the importance/necessity of healing within those communities. Her work is always personal and performed with the intention to connect to those around her in order to build community and continue healing. Ashley was a part of the VONA 2017 cohort facilitated by Patricia Smith, was a part of the 2016 Finalist team “House Slam” at the National Poetry Slam, and was a finalist for the 2016 National Underground Individual Poetry Competition. She currently lives with her grandmother and great-grandmother in North Philly, connecting to her spirit guides, learning her craft, and protecting her energy.
FRANK SHERLOCK is the author of Space Between These Lines Not Dedicated, Over Here, The City Real & Imagined (w/ CAConrad) and a collaboration with Brett Evans entitled Ready-to-Eat Individual. Poems beyond the page have found their forms in installations/performances/exhibitions, including Organize Your Own: The Politics & Poetics of Self-Determination. He is a 2013 Pew Fellow and 2014-15 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia.
SANAM SHERIFF is a poet and writer from Bangalore, India. She currently resides in Philadelphia, PA, where she is pursuing a degree in Creative Writing at Bryn Mawr College. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Shade Journal, All Def Poetry, Button Poetry, Apiary Magazine, and The Academy of American Poets. She was an invited participant at the 2018 Winternachten Literature Festival in The Netherlands, crowned The Philly Pigeon Grand Slam Champion of 2016 and was recently named a 2018-2019 Watson fellow. Her writing explores the intricacies within and beyond the self in pursuit of a constant, transformative vulnerability.
GABRIEL OJEDA-SAGUE is a Miami <-> Philly gay, Latino Leo living in Philadelphia, PA. He is the author of the poetry books Jazzercise is a Language (The Operating System, 2018), about the exercise craze of the 1980s, and Oil and Candle (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2016), on ritual and racism. He is also the author of chapbooks on gay sex, Cher, the Legend of Zelda, and anxious bilingualism. His third book Losing Miami, on the potential sinking of Miami due to climate change and sea level rise, is forthcoming from Civil Coping Mechanisms.