Founder/Curator - Cynthia Manick
Rotating Hosts - Feb. 2020
Phillip J. Ammonds, who performs as Trinity Rayn, The Drag Poet, is a Brooklyn native, and a founding member of the writing collective Writeous. They curate Rainbows Across the Diaspora, the queer text reading series at Dixon Place in New York City. Their work has appeared in the anthology Black Gay Genius: Answering Joseph Beam’s Call (Vintage Entity Press, 2013), HIV: Here and Now Project, Yellow Mama, The Operating System and Political Twist podcast. They have featured for the National Black Writer's Conference Poetry Cafe, The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art; The Anne Frank Center of New York, Glitter and Pomegranate and Soul Sister Revue reading series, and has appeared as a guest editor for the Operating System’s National Poetry Month 30/30.
Cynthia is the author of Blue Hallelujahs (Black Lawrence Press 2016). A Pushcart Prize nominated poet with a MFA in Creative Writing from the New School; she has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, MacDowell Colony, and Poets House among others. Her work has appeared in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day Series, Bone Bouquet, Callaloo, Muzzle Magazine, Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. She is founder of Soul Sister Revue and serves as East Coast Editor of Jamii Publishing.