2018 Festival

2018 FESTIVAL: April 12-14th

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo is a poet, essayist, and translator born in Zacatecas, Mexico. He is the author of Cenzontle, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Prize (BOA Editions 2018), Dulce,winner of the sixth annual Drinking Gourd Prize (Northwestern University press 2017), and Children of the Land: a Hybrid Memoir (Harper Collins 2020). He is a Canto Mundo Fellow and became the first undocumented student to enroll and graduate from the M.F.A program at the University of Michigan. As a founding member of the Undocupoets campaign, which eliminated citizenship requirements from all first book prizes in the nation, he was awarded the Barnes and Noble “Writers for Writers” Award. He can be reached at marcelohernandezcastillo.com

Teré Fowler-Chapman

Words on the Avenue’s founder, Teré Fowler-Chapman is a gender fluid writer, activist, and playwright—by way of Sonoran desert | by way of Boot’s Bayou. This poet was the first African American executive director of the Tucson Poetry Festival. This poet thinks that being the first is uncool. They took over their grandfather’s legacy and published their first chapbook, Bread &, released by Hope Etcetera Press in Spring 2017. They are a National Arts Strategies’ Creative Community fellow, and a Bettering American Poetry 2016 nominee. They are an educator, a spouse, and a family man. You can find Teré or their work forthcoming or published/performed in/at: Centennial Hall, Thinking Its Presence Conference, TENWEST Festival, March on Washington Film Festival — The Smithsonian National Arts Museum, University of Arizona’s VOCA, University of Houston-Victoria’s Downtown Art Series, TEDxTucson, Tucson Weekly, Feminist Wire, Arizona Public Media’s PBS & NPR, KXCI National Radio Station, Literary Orphans & more. When Teré grows up they want children with their wife’s smile, pronouns to no longer exist, a tiny house with a lot of land, and time to go to soccer games on Saturdays.

Kay Ulanday Barrett

Kay Ulanday Barrett aka @brownroundboi, is a poet, performer, and educator, navigating life as a disabled pilipinx amerikan transgender queer in the U.S. K. has featured globally; Princeton University, UC Berkeley, The Lincoln Center, Queens Museum, The Chicago Historical Society, The Guild Complex, The Hemispheric Institute, Musee Pour Rire, & The White House to name a few. They are a 3x nominated Pushcart Prize poet and has received fellowships from Lambda Literary Review, VONA/Voices, The Home School, and Drunken Boat. Their contributions are found in Asian American Literary Review, PBS News Hour, NYLON, The Margins, Lambda Literary Review, RaceForward, Foglifter, The Deaf Poets Society, Poor Magazine, Fusion.net, Trans Bodies/Trans Selves, Winter Tangerine, Apogee, Entropy, Make/Shift, Colorlines, Black Girl Dangerous, Everyday Feminism, The Huffington Post, The Advocate, and Bitch Magazine. They are currently guest editor at Nat.Brut and is 2018 Guest Faculty for The Poetry Foundation and Crescendo Literary. When The Chant Comes (Topside Heliotrope, 2016) is their first collection of poetry. www.kaybarrett.net

Isaac Kirkman

Isaac Kirkman is a mystic and occultist whose writing was forged in the streets of South Carolina. He freelances for the Tucson Weekly, and is a proud board member of Word on the Avenue. His fiction has been published in journals such as Fugue, Thuglit and Waxwing. He is a Leo Sun and Scorpio Moon and Rising.


CAConrad is the author of 9 books of poetry and essays and the latest is titled While Standing In Line For Death from Wave Books (2017). He is a Pew Fellow and has also received fellowships from Lannan Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Headlands Center for the Arts, Banff, RADAR, Flying Ojbect and Ucross. For his books, essays, and details on the documentary The Book of Conrad (from Delinquent Films 2016), please visit http://bit.ly/88CAConrad