Because once we recognize what it is we are feeling,
once we recognize we can feel deeply, love deeply,
can feel joy, then we will demand that all parts of
our lives produce that kind of joy.
For queer people of color, the past two years have not revealed anything new. Once again, we are reminded that those in power are not there to protect us. We are asked to put our suffering on display but only for gazing, or worse still, to further marginalize others. As socially-conscious queer poets of color, we rebel and reject narratives that limit us. We recognize that wellness is integral to resistance, and we choose to celebrate with expressions of bliss, elation, and pleasure. Our ability to articulate joy is imperative to our survival and continued sustenance. We invite you to explore what gives you joy and participate in the revelry.
Join JUBI ARRIOLA-HEADLEY, tk lê , MURIEL LEUNG, and IRENE SUICO SORIANO for an afternoon of #QPOCjoy.
Our poetry may touch on the familiar (a child’s laughter), the sublime (stalks of sugarcane towering over an unstable household), the knotty (being both daughter and anti-filial), and even the sentimental (cuddling with a dog at the end of a long day).
Welcoming goodness comes easiest when we radiate our full selves.
Co-sponsors: KitaKits|Literary & Puro Arte