Legna Rodríguez Iglesias

is a writer. She is the author of several poetry and narrative books. He won the Julio Cortázar Iberoamerican Short Story Award, 2011, and is the winner of the Casa de Las Americas Award, Theater, 2016. With the book of sonnets Miami Century Fox, Akashic Books, 2017, he received the Paz Prize awarded by Miami Book Fair in collabo with the National Poetry Series, USA, 2016. Editorial Alfaguara published My favorite girlfriend was a French bulldog, narrative, Spain, 2017. She has published books for children The mechanical tangerine, short story, Reina del Mar Editores, Cuba, 2015; The rice of madness, novel, Editorial Gente Nueva, Cuba 2015; and All about dad, poetry, Ediciones Aguadulce, Puerto Rico, 2016; among others. While this Night Club is happening, a very small child grows in his belly.

J.V. Portela

is a poet, translator, and researcher based out of Miami, FL. His poems and essays have appeared in journals such as his personal diary, SensationFeelings, Conexos, and Nagari. He is the translator of two books of poetry: Dave Landsberger’s Suicide by Jaguar (Jai-Alai Books, 2014), and Legna Rodríguez Iglesias’ Chicle: Ahora Es Cuando (Letras Cubanas, 2016). His translations ofChristopher Columbus’ ship diaries from the Medieval Spanish were recently published in The Modern Spain Sourcebook: A Cultural History (Bloomsbury Press, 2018). He serves as the Editor of Jai-Alai magazine, and serves or has served as the Staff Writer for the Miami Book Fair, the Programming Director of Reading Queer, and the Translator and Interpreter of the O, Miami Poetry Festival. Also a devoted cultural researcher and critic, he has received numerous awards for his research on the construction of queer selves in contemporary Cuban culture. He shares a tiny home, a tinier garden, and a not-so-tiny avocado tree with his lover and their extended animal family.

Ema Ri (Emanuel Ribas)

is a Miami based Cuban-American artist. Their work has exhibited in Mindy Solomon Gallery (2017), Cisneros Fontanals Foundation (2017), the African Cultural Art Center (2017), the Miami Biennale (2016), the NWSA Rising Star Show (2016), the Miami History Archive (2016), and Noguchi Breton (2015). They earned their BFA in Drawing with a Minor in Art History from the New World School of the Arts in 2017 and was rewarded a one-year residency at the NWSA Alumni Residency