Proud to be part of Orlando charity zine “Our Hearts Still Beat”

I am excited to let you know that my poem “Glorious” is featured in Our Hearts Still Beat Issue 1, an uplifting charity zine by Margins Publishing to raise money for the LGBTQ community of Orlando.Cover of "Our Hearts Still Beat, Issue One", showing a rainbow heart with an EKG pulse

Excerpt from “Our Hearts Still Beat”:

“On Sunday, June 12, a man opened fire into the midst of Latinx night at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in one of the worst mass shootings in US History. People felt reverberations across the world, though those most affected were unquestionably the mostly-Latinx queer people at the Pulse, as well as their friends and family. This zine is a response to the events of that night at the Pulse. Collecting work—including illustrations, comics, short stories and poetry—from 17 creators, Our Hearts Still Beat is a celebration of queer life and love. The zine is meant to be an opportunity to heal, both for those who have graciously donated their work, and for those who read it. Every cent made from the sale of Our Hearts Still Beat will go to The Center, the largest LGBT+ resource center in Orlando.”

Our Hearts Still Beat is a digital zine & is priced at only $2 (but you can pay more if you want!)—PLEASE buy a copy if you can. Our Hearts Still Beat is on sale now at Margins Publishing.

If you can’t afford a copy, I understand. I know many of us are facing tough times. Good news: there are lots of other ways to help!

1. Please signal boost this project! I bet you know people who’d love to support the zine & to read it themselves. It’s very PG-13 in tone–I’m buying copies for the middle- and high schoolers in my life.

2. Margins is taking subs for the second/final issue from writers (fiction, poetry, graphic novel) and illustrators. Send your work! Details: Submit to Our Hearts Still Beat Issue 2. Deadline July 15. (Don’t wait until the last minute!)

3. Margins Publishing will give free copies to queer people who can’t afford to buy one. Details in the store listing: Margins Publishing Store. If you have LGBTQ friends who could use some extra love & support, please let them know!

It’s an honor to have a poem I wrote appear alongside work by Puré • Stephanie BrownErica ChanFrancesca & Michela Da Sacco  • Jillian A. F. • Allie HotchkissIngramFrancesco Savino & Roberta IngranataPat Shand & Manuel PreitanoGwen Young • Melissa Zanella & Francesca Zambon •  editor/producer Zora Gilbert • and my spectacular illustrator Viviane Tybusch.

Thank you for doing whatever you can to help a great project for a great cause put together by some extraordinary people.