We couldn’t be more grateful for our Fall 2020 Cohort of exceptional poets and writers from around the globe. Throughout the workshop, these individuals channeled their voices to produce glowing work, while engaging in meaningful conversations about representation and community. As they continue to advance in their careers, we will amplify them and support them. Here are the writers and poets, you should be following, reading, & praising. Don’t sleep on these talented folx!
HUES Workshop: Fall 2020 Cohort
Yamilette Vizcaíno Rivera, HUES CNF Fellow
Yamilette Vizcaíno Rivera is a Dominican-American writer and educator based in Brooklyn. She was an attendee at the 2020 Tin House Winter Workshop and the 2020 VONA workshop, has been nominated for Best Small Fictions 2020, and was the winner of the 2019 Cosmonauts Avenue Nonfiction prize. She is the 2020 Oyster River Pages Creative Nonfiction intern and is the 2020-2021 HUES Creative Nonfiction Fellow. Her words can be found online at Barrelhouse, The Offing, and Watermelanin Magazine, as well as in a forthcoming chapbook from the Hellebore Press.
Daschielle Louis, HUES Poetry Fellow
Daschielle Louis is a Haitian American poet, writer, and graphic artist from South Florida: her work uses fluid folkloric horror to examine blackness, womanhood, Haitian culture and migration. Daschielle’s poetry and short stories have appeared in spaces such as Token Magazine, Juked, Linden Avenue Literary Journal, Moko Magazine, Panku Literary and Arts Magazine, Rise Up Review, Transition Magazine at The Hutchins Center, Vagabond City Lit, WusGood Magazine and Dear Damsel. She has received fellowships from Winter Tangerine, Pink Door Writing Retreat, The Watering Hole, and Hues Foundation. Her literary work is housed on her website daschiellelouis.com.
Sarah Kersey, HUES Scholar
Sarah Kersey (she/her) is a poet, musician, and x-ray tech from New Jersey. She tweets @sk__poet. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The Hellebore, Feral Poetry Journal, The Langston Hughes Review, The Rumpus, Columbia Journal (online), and elsewhere.
Chris L. Butler, HUES Scholar
Chris L. Butler is an African American and Dutch poet/essayist from Philadelphia, PA. Chris is a Columnist for The Daily Drunk Mag, and a Reviewer for The Poetry Question. His poems have been featured in or are forthcoming with Alternating Current Press, Rejection Letters, Wine Cellar Press, Ghost Heart Literary Journal, Lucky Jefferson, Dreams Walking Lit, Perhappened Mag, Trampset Magazine, and others. You can find his essays in Versification, Head Fake Hoops, FlyPaper Lit, and more. He currently spends his time between Houston, TX and Calgary, AB as his wife is Canadian.
Elizabeth Upshur, HUES Scholar
Elizabeth Upshur comes from a long line of Black Southern storytellers, and her work can be found in storySouth, Mujerista, Pomona Valley Review, and Red Mud Review. She is the inaugural winner of the Brown Sugar Lit Mag prize and recent Gigantic Sequins flash fiction winner. Follow her @elizawriteswords on Instagram. Her pronouns are she/her.
Gustavo Barahona-López, HUES Scholar
Gustavo Barahona-López is a writer and educator from Richmond, California. In his writing, Barahona-López draws from his experience growing as the son of Mexican immigrants. His micro-chapbook ‘Where Will the Children Play?’ is part of the Ghost City Press 2020 Summer Series. A VONA alum, Barahona-López’s work can be found or is forthcoming in Iron Horse Literary Review, Puerto del Sol, The Acentos Review, Apogee Journal, Hayden’s Ferry Review, among other publications.
Adilene Hernández, HUES Scholar
Adilene Hernández (she/her/hers) is a queer Latina poet, writer, and educator based out of Atlanta, GA. She is an alumna of In Surreal Life, Winter Tangerine, and the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop. She is currently studying for her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Her work has been published in “Faceless Brown Masses” (Tintero Projects, 2020) and she is currently at work on her first novel and her first poetry book. She can be found on Twitter here: @hernandezadili
Nazli Karabiyikoglu, HUES Scholar
Nazli Karabiyikoglu is an author from Turkey, now a full-time resident in Georgia, who secluded herself from the political and gender oppression in Turkey. She was awarded Writer at Residence program in Prague by UNESCO City of Literature 2020 and Writers-in-Exile Scholarship by PEN Germany for 2021-2023. She reads for Theta Wave and Trampset, conducts interviews for Marias at Sampaguitas. Her work has appeared in Words Without Borders, Alchemy, and many others.
Maria S. Picone, HUES Scholar
Maria S. Picone has been published in Kissing Dynamite, *82 Review, and Q/A Poetry. She won the Cream City Review 2020 Summer Poetry Prize and is a 2020 HUES Scholar. A Korean adoptee, Maria explores themes of identity and social justice in her work. Her website is mariaspicone.com.
Chiara Situmorang, HUES Scholar
Chiara Situmorang is a writer and poet currently based in Jakarta. She loves her three breed-ambiguous pups, baking, and winter, which is unfortunate considering where she lives. Her work has appeared in Magdalene, Perspektif, Farrago, and Myriad. You can find her talking to herself on Twitter @chiarastmrng.
Grace Lau, HUES Scholar
Grace Lau (she/her) is a Hong-Kong-born, Chinese-Canadian writer living in Toronto. Her debut collection of poetry is forthcoming in 2021 from Guernica Editions. Her work is published or forthcoming in Grain Magazine, Contemporary Verse 2, Frontier Poetry, Arc Poetry, and elsewhere. Find her on Twitter at @thrillandgrace.