When we think of the work of queer community and movement building, we think of the poetry and performances of Serena Rose Chopra & Luiza Flynn-Goodlett — their contours, criticisms, sublime joy, & devastating shifts.
Serena Chopra is a teacher, writer, dancer, filmmaker and a visual and performance artist. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Denver and was a Kundiman Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar. She has two books, This Human (Coconut Books 2013) and Ic (Horse Less Press 2017), as well as two films, Dogana/Chapti (Official Selection at Frameline43, Oregon Documentary Film Festival and Seattle Queer Film Festival) and Mother Ghosting (2018). She was a featured artist in Harper's Bazaar (India) as well as in the Denver Westword’s “100 Colorado Creatives.” She has recent publications in Sink, Foglifter, Matters of Feminist Practice and the anthology Alone Together: Love , Grief and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19 (Central Avenue Publishing). In October 2020, Serena co-directed No Place to Go, an artist-made queer haunted house with Kate Speer and Frankie Toan and has received a month-long artist residency at Understudy Denver for September 2021. Serena is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Seattle University. You can find out more at SerenaChopra.com
Luiza Flynn-Goodlett is the author of Look Alive—a finalist for numerous prizes, including The National Poetry Series, and winner of the 2019 Cowles Poetry Book Prize from Southeast Missouri State University Press—along with six chapbooks, most recently Shadow Box, winner of the 2019 Madhouse Press Editor's Prize, and Tender Age, winner of the 2019 Headmistress Press Charlotte Mew Prize. Her poetry can be found in TriQuarterly, Third Coast, Pleiades, and elsewhere. She serves as editor-in-chief of Foglifter in sunny Oakland, California.
Enthusiastic readers and listeners are encouraged to engage more deeply with Serena Rose Chopra's and Luiza Flynn-Goodlett's works by purchasing their books. Serena Rose Chopra's IC: A Sociolinguistic Conspiracy Theory is available through the publisher, HorseLess Press; Luiza Flynn-Goodlett's Look Alive is available through the publisher, Southeast Missouri State University Press.