o (legs) be joyful,
what do you say?
say let me pretend
most of the time i am this. close.
Jessica Q. Stark is a mixed-race, Vietnamese poet and scholar originally from California. She received her PhD in English at Duke University, a Master’s of English from Saint Louis University, and a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of a full-length poetry collection, Savage Pageant (Birds LLC, 2020), and three poetry chapbooks, the latest titled Vasilisa the Wise (Ethel Zine Press, 2018). Her chapbook manuscript, The Liminal Parade, was selected by Dorothea Lasky for Heavy Feather‘s Double Take Poetry Prize in 2016. Her poems have appeared in Hobart, Tupelo Quarterly, Potluck, Glass Poetry Journal, and others. She writes an ongoing poetry zine called INNANET and works as an Assistant Poetry Editor for AGNI. Find her on Twitter @jezzbah.
Kiley McLaughlin lives in Iowa City, Iowa. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in the crooks of her loved ones’ elbows and knees.