Joanna C. Valente
Joanna C. Valente is a human who lives in Brooklyn, New York. They are the author of Sirs & Madams, The Gods Are Dead, Marys of the Sea, Sexting Ghosts, Xenos, No(body) (forthcoming, Madhouse Press, 2019), and is the editor of A Shadow Map: Writing by Survivors of Sexual Assault. They received their MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College. Joanna is the founder of Yes Poetry and the senior managing editor for Luna Luna Magazine. Some of their writing has appeared in The Rumpus, Them, Brooklyn Magazine, BUST, and elsewhere. Joanna also leads workshops at Brooklyn Poets. joannavalente.com / Twitter: @joannasaid / IG: joannacvalente / FB: joannacvalente
Steven Schayer is three quarters Mexican and one quarter Austrian…or German. or maybe the math is all wrong which is odd in that Aztecs are renowned calendar devisers and Austrians are generally considered precision-driven. He grew up near Los Angeles. his mother, an actress, danced with Elvis in Blue Hawaii amongst other residual-producing roles-and his father, a cop, arrested Lenny Bruce. Showbiz! He used to ditch school when he was a punk rock teenager and via Patti Smith discovered Arthur Rimbaud and beat poetry at various bookstores in and around the area. He later moved on to more formal minds like Robert Lowell, Delmore Schwartz (a la the Velvet Underground) and to the wondrous John Berryman. He lives in Portland, Oregon. On FB he is @HenryOrient.
Lily Bell is a music producer, artist, and poet. She was born and raised in Boston to an obnoxiously loud Italian Catholic family. She is forever grateful to her family for nurturing her feelings of guilt, insignificance, and anger. After a lifetime of bad choices, Lily packed up her rage, moved to Seattle and joined forces with her partner, Joyanna M. Lily performs vocals and is co-producer for Aquamarine Space Unicorns. As a survivor of domestic violence, her artistic endeavors are focused on women’s issues, social injustice and dismantling the patriarchy. Her literary, artistic, and photographic works have been featured in Moonchild Magazine, Rag Queen Periodical, and The Creative Weekly. You can follow her on Twitter at @Lily_Bell82 and view selected poetry and art online at www.muse87.com
Joyanna M resides in Seattle and creates fiction, poetry, art, and music. Their works have been published in The Rumpus, Moonchild Magazine, Luna Luna Magazine, Rag Queen Periodical, andFive:2:One. They produce music under the moniker ‘Aquamarine Space Unicorns.’ You can follow her on Twitter at @joyanna1985 and read selected works online at www.joyannam.com
Aquamarine Space Unicorns
Aquamarine Space Unicorns have produced 7 albums, their most recent being Anartist (May 2019) which has already been featured on Life Elsewhere Radio with Norman B. Their previous album, She Persisted (The Brink) received local airplay in Seattle as well as international airplay in the UK. You can follow ASU on Twitter at @AquSpaceUnicorn and check out their YouTube channel!