Beginning with the second issue of Volume 24, Feminist Formations began a permanent section of the journal devoted to contemporary feminist poetry. We call it “Poesía.” We wanted to push at the bounds of academic knowledge production to make space for creative writers whose work can help us to see, learn, and experience from fresh angles. Following the work of both Raymond Williams and Audre Lorde, we believe that “Poetry Is Not a Luxury” but a technique of feminist worldmaking.
Issue 29.2 features poetry by Alexis Pauline Gumbs, who is a Black feminist love evangelist of Afro-Caribbean ascendance who lives in Durham, North Carolina. Alexis is the founder of the Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind. She is widely published in the fields of Black feminist literature, mothering and diaspora. She is the author of Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity and the co-editor of Revolutionary Mothering: Love on the Front Lines.
Issue 29.1 featured poetry by Suha Hassen and Jen Hofer.
- Suha Hassen is an American-Iraqi scholar, writer, and poet. She writes poetry as a way of healing from war trauma, documenting the stories of those often ignored by the media, and as a mode of resistance.
- Jen Hofer is a Los Angeles-based poet, translator, social justice interpreter, teacher, knitter, book-maker, public letter-writer, urban cyclist, and co-founder of the language justice and language experimentation collaborative Antena and the local language justice advocacy collective Antena Los Ángeles.
- Issue 28.3 featured poetry by Elizabeth Johnston who uses her writing to grapple with mythologies of gender and sexuality.
- Issue 28.2 featured poetry by Alli Warren, whose writing has appeared in many journals and magazines, including Poetry, Jacket, The Brooklyn Rail, and Rethinking Marxism. She co-curated The (New) Reading Series at 21 Grand, co-edited the Poetic Labor Project, and edited Dreamboat magazine.
- Issue 27.3 featured poetry by Sarah Xerta, the author of the poetry collection Nothing to Do with Me (2015) and the chapbooks RED PAPER HEART (2013), JULIET (I) (2014), and JULIET (II), which was one of the winners of the Nostrovia! Poetry Chapbook Contest.
- Issue 27.2 featured poetry by Dana Maya who grew up in Colorado and spent extensive periods in Veracruz, Mexico. She did graduate studies in Chican@ literature and culture and queer theory at the University of Texas at Austin. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, where she has taught writing at Madison College. She currently works at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and is active in political and public-writing projects, such as the Spontaneous Writing Booth.
- Issue 27.1 featured poetry by Christina A. Lux whose poetry has appeared in journals like North Dakota Quarterly and Women’s Studies Quarterly, on NPR, and in various anthologies
- Issue 26.3 featured poetry by Laura Pichardo-Cruz, a poverty lawyer of 10 years who lives in Orlando with her wife and two daughters.
- Issue 26.2 featured poetry by Rachel Jennings, an English instructor at San Antonio College and volunteer at Esperanza Peace and Justice Center. Jennings received her B.A. from the University of Tennessee, before earning her M.A. and Ph.D. in English literature at the University of Texas at Austin. She has published three books of poetry: Hedge Ghosts (2001), Elijah’s Farm (2008), and Knoxville Girl: The Walk to the River (2011). Her poem “Going Places” appeared in Improbable Worlds: An Anthology of Texas and Louisiana Poets (2011). In addition, her work has appeared in the Texas Observer, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, San Antonio Express-News, Austin Chronicle, La Voz de Esperanza, Appalachian Journal, and other publications.
- Issue 26.1 featured poetry by Margaret Randall who spent almost a quarter century in Latin America (Mexico, Cuba, Nicaragua), before returning to the United States in 1984 only to be ordered deported because the government alleged her writing to be “beyond the good order and happiness of the United States.” She won her case in 1989. She lives in the Albuquerque, New Mexico of her youth with her partner of twenty-seven years, visual artist Barbara Byers. She has four children and ten grandchildren scattered throughout the world. Among Randall’s most recent books are Che on My Mind; More than Things: Essays As If the Empty Chair / Como si la silla vacia; The Rhizome as a Field of Broken Bones; and Daughter of Lady Jaguar Shark. She travels widely to lecture and read.
- Issue 25.3 featured poetry by TC Tolbert, a genderqueer, feminist poet and teacher. S/he is Assistant Director of Casa Libre, adjunct instructor at University of Arizona and Pima Community College, and wilderness instructor at Outward Bound. Co-editor, along with Tim Trace Peterson, of Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, s/he is also author of spirare, territories of folding, and the forthcoming Gephyromania. Thanks to Movement Salon and the Architects, TC keeps showing up and paying attention. Gloria Anzaldúa said, Voyager, there are no bridges, one builds them as one walks. John Cage said, it’s lighter than you think. S/he may be reached at www.tctolbert.com.
- Issue 25.2 featured Evie Shockley, the author of two books of poetry—most recently, the new black (2011), winner of the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry—and a critical study, Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry (2011). Her poetry and essays appear widely in journals and anthologies. Recipient of the 2012 Holmes National Poetry Prize, Shockley’s creative and critical work has been supported by such institutions as the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the Cave Canem Foundation, Hedgebrook, the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Her current research concerns poetics at the intersection of contemporary (fictional) narratives of slavery and visual culture; she is also at work on a post-apocalyptic long poem. She is an associate professor of English at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.
- In Issue 25.1, Albuquerque-based poet Cathy Arellano presented three poems. A San Francisco Mission District native, Arellano writes about growing up brown, coming out queer, and living as true as she can, which is kind of crooked. Her chapbook, I Love My Women, Sometimes They Love Me, published in 2002 by Monkey Books sold out, and she looks forward to Kórima Press publishing her poetry and prose collection, Salvation on 24th Street, in fall 2013. Her work has been published in various anthologies, journals, and blogs.
- Issue 24.3 featured three poems from Natalie Diaz, author of When My Brother Was an Aztec (2012), which was honored as a Lannan Literary Selection. Diaz’s poetry reflects her life experiences on the Fort Mojave Reservation where she was born and raised, and where she now directs the Fort Mojave Language Recovery Program.
- We inaugurated “Poesía” with four poems by the fierce poet Niki Herd. As former co-editor Adela C. Licona writes, “we find her poetry at once historic and contemporary, rage-filled and justice-seeking, brutal, and humane. In a word, her work is honest.” You can read more of Herd’s poetry in her debut book The Language of Shedding Skin (Main Street Rag, 2010).