Here Are 9 LGBTQ+ Poets Who Will Speak To Your Soul
1. Rafael Campo
Cubano Rafael Campo isn’t just a poet. He’s also a doctor at Harvard Medical School, which leads him to describe himself as a “a mutt, a mongrel, a kind of happy monster.” His work aims to take ownership over the sanitized medical jargon that affects people in the deepest, most personal ways.
from The Changing Face of AIDS: V. Elegy for the AIDS Virus
by Rafael Campo
Campo’s primary care practice serves mostly Latinos, LGBTQ+ people and people with HIV. This man, this myth, this legend, actually “prescribes” poetry and leads poetry workshops for patients.
2. Sonia Guiñansaca
Sonia Guiñansaca is an Ecuadorian, now New York City transplant, poet and activist. She’s performed her work at The Met, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe (which we all should be at right now), and more. That means migration, climate justice, queer/femme identity and the role of art in social movements has reached the mainstream.
America Runs on Immigrants
by Sonia Guiñansaca
Sonia was born in Ecuador and migrated to NYC to be reunited with her parents when she was 5 years old. Her experience as an undocumented immigrant seeps through her writing in rich, gut-wrenching and powerful punches.
3. Ruben Quesada
Quesada grew up in South Central Los Angeles and is now the co-founder of Stories & Queer among many other publications. Reading love poems written from the perspective of your gender.
Last Photograph of My Parents
by Ruben Quesada
If we could all paint a picture como esa, how much more complete could we feel? By we, I mean me.
4. Joshua Jennifer Espinoza
Espinoza is a trans woman living in California. Follow her on Twitter @sadqueer4life for some of the sassiest, homo tweets on the interwebz.
This Is What Makes Us Worlds
by Joshua Jennifer Espinoza
Our love eats the deadly sounds men make when they see how much magic we have away from them.
Just had to say it again for the people in the back.
It Is Important To Be Something
by Joshua Jennifer Espinoza
You don’t know Espinoza’s work if you don’t know this one. Being a trans person of color puts you at more risk than almost anyone in America and we need to
5. Denice Frohman
“Dear Straight People”
by Denice Frohman
Sorry, fam, you really need to hear her work in slam mode. Listen to “Accents,” and try to watch it with your mom if you can.
6. Natalie Diaz
Born in Fort Mojave Indian Village in California, Natalie Diaz is Mojave, queer, and talented af. Like a true queer badass, Diaz went to college on a full athletic scholarship for basketball and traveled through Europe and Asia before returning for her MFA.
by Natalie Diaz
The last breaks my heart like a clay jar of wine. It’s so easy to relate to this feeling of finally coming to terms with the full picture of your sexuality. It’s silk and silt, and it’s so, so good.
7. Nancy Lorenza Green
Nancy Lorenza Green is an Afro-Chicana writer, musician and speaker. Her music is dedicated to her ancestors and the indigenous peoples of Mexico.
by Nancy Lorenza Green
Don’t you love when religious people, friends, your parents tell you they love you, but don’t “get in my face about it.” It being the queer. Hey, hi, hola todo el mundo, I am who I am, and I love who I am.
8. Liliana Valenzuela
Liliana was born and raised in Mexico City and has spent much of her life conducting award winning translations of the works of Sandra Cisneros, Julia Alvarez, and others.
by Liliana Valenzuela
If you don’t own Latinas: An Anthology of Struggles & Protests in 21st Century USA, released on the one year anniversary of the Women’s March in 2018. Her work was featured in the LGBTQ Struggles for Human Rights chapter.
9. Christopher Soto “Loma”
Queer punk and prison abolitionist, Loma’s been busy cofounding the Undocupoets Campaign. They recently graduated with an MFA from NYU and has a forthcoming book called Sad Girl Poems.
by Christopher Soto
Oof. I’m sobbing. I’m not worthy of putting words on this page. Reread that again and let it marinate.
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