Join us at SVA Library West on Thursday, October 11 at 7PM to celebrate national coming out day with four prominent, amazingly talented, queer poets.

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SARAH SALA'S debut poetry collection, DEVIL'S LAKE, was named a finalist for the 2017 Subito Book Prize, and her poem “Hydrogen” was featured in the “Elements” episode of NPR's hit show Radiolab. She is the founder of Office Hours Poetry Workshop, which fosters community among POC, LGBTQ+, and women-identified adjunct instructors. Her work appears in Poetry Ireland ReviewAtlas Review, and The Stockholm Review of Literature, among others. She is a lecturer of expository writing at New York University. Visit her at

Candace Williams is a black queer nerd living a double life. By day, she’s a sixth grade humanities educator and robotics coach. By night and subway ride, she’s a poet. futureblack, her first full-length manuscript, is a finalist of the 2018 National Poetry Series open competition. In 2018, she released Spells for Black Wizards (The Atlas Review), a winner of the 2017 TAR Chapbook Series. Her work has appeared in the PEN Poetry Series, Tin House Online, Hyperallergic, and Nepantla: An Anthology for Queer Poets of Color (Nightboat Books), among other places. She earned her master’s in education from Stanford University and has received support from Cave Canem, Brooklyn Poets, and the Fine Arts Work Center. Her essays, interviews, and reviews can be found in Electric Literature, VIDA Review, the Fanzine, and Shondaland.


Bakar Wilson is a fellow of Cave Canem and an alumnus of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Colgate University Writer’s Conference. He has performed his work at the Bowery Poetry Club, Poetry Project, The Studio Museum of Harlem, and The Asian-American Writer's Workshop among others. His poetry has appeared in The Vanderbilt ReviewStretching Panties, The Brooklyn Rail, and Flicker and Spark: A Contemporary Queer Anthology. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Bakar received his B.A. in English from Vanderbilt University and his M.A. in Creative Writing from The City College of New York. He is an Adjunct Professor of English at Borough of Manhattan Community College at CUNY.

Irene Villaseñor is a fourth gender Tornatrás Mestizx multidisciplinary artist. She’s pursuing a MFA in Art Writing and Art
Criticism at the School of Visual Arts to work on a manuscript about contemporary Indigenous art. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in the Los Angeles Review of Books (September 2018), VIDA: Women in Literary Arts (May 2018), Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color (May 2018), and Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought (Fall 2010). Irene was part of the team at American Documentary | P.O.V. that received a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. She's also received the Catalog for Giving’s Urban Hero Award and the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice’s Women We Love, Women We Honor Award. Irene is currently developing an artist book project on Filipinx identity and
is an editor at Mortar Magazine.