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Announcing Futurepoem's 2020 Open Call Selections

July 16, 2020

We are thrilled to announce the two books selected for publication by our 2020 Open Call guest editors: Rosa Alcalá, Marie Buck, and Farnoosh Fathi: 

u know how much i hate being alone in social situations// by Stephon Lawrence 

Nerve Curriculum by Manuel Paul López! 

Stephon Lawrence is a Brooklyn born & based writer, and artist. She is a graduate of the MFA in Writing at Pratt Institute and is co-founder and an editor of The Felt, a journal of otherworldly poetics interested in the creation and cultivation of emancipatory poetic spaces for felt sentiments that have been marginalized, displaced, or estranged from the dominant culture. Her work has appeared in Cosmonauts Avenue, Horesless Press, Queen Mob's Teahouse, GlitterMOB, Fanzine & other places. Her micro-chap //GERMZ is available from Ghost City Press. And her chapbook //EVIL TWIN is available from Resolving Host. She is a recipient of a Summer Workshop Scholarship at The Fine Arts Work Center. Stephon spends her free time watching anime and kdramas, training muay thai, yelling about white supremacy, and being cute for the 'gram. Her work aims to encapsulate all of this. She is almost always online. You can find her on twitter @nnohpetss and instagram @alphaheaux

Manuel Paul López's books and chapbook include These Days of Candy (Noemi Press, Akrilica Series 2017), The Yearning Feed (University of Notre Dame Press 2013), winner of the Ernest Sandeen Poetry Prize, 1984 (Amsterdam Press 2010), and Death of a Mexican and Other Poems (Bear Star Press 2006). He also co-edited two anthologies, Reclaiming Our Stories 2 (City Works Press 2020) and Reclaiming Our Stories (City Works 2017), both generated from a community-based writers workshop of the same name that he's co-facilitated since 2016 in Southeast San Diego. A CantoMundo fellow, his work has been published in Bilingual ReviewDenver QuarterlyFairy Tale ReviewHanging LooseHuizacheNew American WritingPuerto del Sol, and ZYZZYVA. He lives in San Diego and teaches at San Diego City College.