Staceyann Chin is a poet, actor, performing artist and the author of the critically acclaimed memoir The Other Side of Paradise. She is also the cowriter and original performer in the Tony Award–winning Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, and author of the one-woman shows Hands Afire, Unspeakable Things, Border/Clash, and MotherStruck. Her poetry been featured in the New York Times and the Washington Post. Crossfire (Haymarket Books) offers more than 50 of Staceyann Chin's empowering, feminist-LGBTQ-Caribbean, activist-driven poetry for the first time in a single book. The collection includes verses about the intersection of love, sex, race, gender, trauma, queerness, motherhood, and oppression and offers reflections from the #MeToo movement to 9/11. According to The New York Times, Chin is “sassy, rageful and sometimes softly self-mocking.” The Advocate says that her poems, “combine hilarious one-liners with a refusal to conform” and note “Chin is out to confront more than just the straight world.”
Franny Choi is the author of two poetry collections, Soft Science ( 2019) and Floating, Brilliant, Gone (2014), as well as a chapbook, Death by Sex Machine (2017). Her poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, Paris Review, American Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She is a Kundiman Fellow, Senior News Editor for Hyphen, co-host of the podcast VS, and member of the Dark Noise Collective.
Soft Science (Alice James Books) explores queer, Asian American femininity. A series of Turing Test-inspired poems grounds its exploration of questions not just of identity, but of consciousness ―how to be tender and feeling and still survive a violent world filled with artificial intelligence and automation. We are dropped straight into the tangled intersections of technology, violence, erasure, agency, gender, and loneliness. Publishers Weekly noted that ". Choi creates an exhilarating matrix of poetry, science, and technology."