F123. Publishing Pulse: Anthologies for Orlando

Room 7, 8, & 9, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


June 12, 2016. Pulse Nightclub. Orlando, FL. As writers responded to the mass shooting by creating work honoring lost LGBTQ voices, two anthologies arose: Pulse/Pulso and The Brillantina Project. This panel details how editors defined and organized their projects focusing on healing and community while navigating the initial crisis and the troubling aftermath. Learn how these sister projects continue to support one another and united for a reading at AWP. Panel will also share contributor poems.



Miguel M. Morales grew up as a migrant farmworker. A Lambda Literary Fellow and alum of VONA/Voices and Macondo Writers Workshop, his work appears in several anthologies and literary journals. Miguel is coeditor of Pulse/Pulso anthology for Orlando. He also serves as VP of the LGBTQ Writers Caucus.

Roy G. Guzmán received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota. He will pursue a PhD in cultural studies and comparative literature in fall 2017. Roy received his BA from the University of Chicago and his MA from Dartmouth. His work has been published in Poetry.

David Lopez is a writer and librarian from Orange County, California. He received an MFA from UC Riverside and an MLIS from San José State University. He is coeditor of Under the Disco Ball: Poetry for Orlando.

Luis Lopez-Maldonado is a Xican@ poeta, choreographer, and educator with an MFA in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame and an MA in dance from the Florida State University.

Maya Chinchilla, author of The Cha Cha Files: A Chapina Poética, has an MFA in English and creative writing from Mills College. She is a poet, writer, and educator, who has taught English, creative writing, Latina/o, and ethnic studies at San Francisco State University, UC Davis, CIIS, and UC Santa Cruz.


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