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Juniper Yun 

"As a child, I climbed rooftops. I collected pebbled turquoise, lost myself in corn fields, swam and sunk in oceans and lakes. I learned to speak English fast, learned to read it faster. My mother, who was once my primary caretaker, passed when I was discovering the joys of life in my youth. After this, I was alone, a lot of the time. I wasn’t happy. My heart felt like it was scattered across state lines, having moved around since my nonage. My life wasn’t ever easy, as a queer and trans multiracial child to a single-parent, military family. So, in my adulthood, I find purpose and happiness in providing opportunity and community to those who are without. I use my artwork and poetry to speak on my unique and at times harrowing experiences traversing the margins of society. I seek to bring light to the things that often only live in the darkest corners of our hearts. 

 

These methods allow me to tell my story without having to state everything so plainly. To do so would be shattering. Instead of being left with trauma, I get to have something beautiful, or at least interesting. I’ve had some of my greatest joys since transitioning, a journey I ‘began’ in high school. I also had some of my worst fears be realized in this period of my life. This year was the year I had to say goodbye to my father, who fell ill and passed away. It shakes me to this day, but I’m used to having to carry such weight. That’s the magic of women like myself-- we can have a whole ocean on us but still find ways to breathe. 

 

As an adult, I thought my heart would shrink more and more with the passage of time. But I’m surprised to see that the scattered pieces of it simply took root, as if cast seeds, and they grow more and more each day."

Lynne Ellis 

"I wrote my first poem when I was four. It’s in a box in my garage.

 

My artistic training was more formal, but I still feel four some days. I have steeped in the presentation of words and stories for years, but started my study of poetry only recently: as an addition to my career in stagecraft and lighting design. As with the hand-built intricacies of the stage, so the craft of shape and language. Words are line drawing representations of our connection to other people.

 

When I write, I slip over to a side corner to write down the words I hear. This material comes from people in my sphere and from my own unruly thoughts. I try to be vulnerable in my work. In my reading life, I’ve found that a poem really reaches down into me when the poet shows me something I already know but don’t yet understand.

 

I live within multiple forms of privilege. I’m cisgender, White-presenting, and economically stable in a metropolis where the most recent Point-In-Time Count registered 12,112 persons experiencing homelessness for at least one night in 2018. This collection of poetry seeks to approach our city with compassion, to imagine its people as complex individuals. As I walk, ride my bike, and take buses, I try to understand what (and why) I see."

"I wrote my first poem when I was four. It’s in a box in my garage.

 

My artistic training was more formal, but I still feel four some days. I have steeped in the presentation of words and stories for years, but started my study of poetry only recently: as an addition to my career in stagecraft and lighting design. As with the hand-built intricacies of the stage, so the craft of shape and language. Words are line drawing representations of our connection to other people.

 

When I write, I slip over to a side corner to write down the words I hear. This material comes from people in my sphere and from my own unruly thoughts. I try to be vulnerable in my work. In my reading life, I’ve found that a poem really reaches down into me when the poet shows me something I already know but don’t yet understand.

 

I live within multiple forms of privilege. I’m cisgender, White-presenting, and economically stable in a metropolis where the most recent Point-In-Time Count registered 12,112 persons experiencing homelessness for at least one night in 2018. This collection of poetry seeks to approach our city with compassion, to imagine its people as complex individuals. As I walk, ride my bike, and take buses, I try to understand what (and why) I see."

Bethany Price

Bethany Price

Bethany Price is a Milwaukee-based poet, stylist and creative director. Her previous publications are “all I wanna do” through Pity Milk Press, and “Terror” through Vegetarian Alcoholic Press. She directs and curates a fashion photography series called Plush Decay, which you can find on Instagram (@plushdecay). She is the creative director alongside her husband Jerrod of The Art Shore, a MKE based arts blog. Bethany has no pets but many books. 

Sarah Herrin

Sarah Herrin is a poet based in Seattle, Washington. Raised in the Deep South, she escaped to the Pacific Northwest in 2012. She achieved a BFA at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she studied Sequential Art and Creative Writing. Her work is inspired by world travel, depression, bisexuality, art and anatomy studies, heartbreak & healing, the ocean and the PNW, and above all—love. She is a gemologist, runner/triathlete, cat mom, wife, and Bowie lover.

Find her on the internet: @_SarahHerrin