Jean-Marie Bub is a New-York based artist, self-made publisher, and acclaimed author. As the founder and CEO of Wide Eyes Publishing, Jean’s mission is to amplify marginalized voices belonging to local and international artists. Jean is also the co-founder of @communityofpoetry, a platform and safe space dedicated to connecting, showcasing and discovering poets worldwide. Her work has been featured in publications such as Pussy Magic, ‘Reclaim: An Anthology of Women’s Poetry,’ and Affinity Magazine. Jean is forever cooking up new ideas and projects, frequently collaborating and ‘raising hell’ with other exceptional humans. In her (very little) spare time, she enjoys design, architecture, painting, and bragging about being a Capricorn. Jean has two published books and is compiling a third.
Cyn is a dynamic artist, writer, and androgynously-fluid, non binary creative from Staten Island, who has been writing since they can remember, and has been published in many different anthologies. Their book, “Double Dosing,” will be out in 2020. They describe their writing style and art as meditative and free flowing. As a single mom of three girls, Cyn thinks it’s imperative that they lead by example and show them that their inner strength and voice is worth paying attention to. They live life transparently because they grew up thinking there was no one else like them in the world. Cyn thinks if their transparency can help even one person feel less alone, then it’s all worth it. Their mantra is, come as you are, always!
Orfa graduated from California State University Long Beach with a B.A. in English
Literature and a B.A. in Rhetoric and Composition. She views her poetry as a healing journey. Her poetry focuses on themes of depression, sexual abuse, toxic relationships, and queerness. During her academic career, Orfa didn’t come across voices that dealt with these themes until she took an elective class called “Sexing Chicana Literature.” There they were—all the voices speaking their truths. All these voices were unapologetically discussing the topics that most people prefer to ignore. Orfa realized that all the silencing and shaming of these topics simply adds to the suffering of the people experiencing these hardships. She felt that if she had come across these voices earlier maybe she wouldn’t have felt so isolated. Writing became a way of taking back her voice and shedding light on these important issues. She uses her poetry as a platform to remind everyone the importance of self-love, self-worth, and practicing kindness. Orfa writes to healherself and ot hers. She wants to help heal the world one poem at a time.
Instagram: @Orfa90 #OrfaWrites
Elmer Quintero is a photographer based in NYC who specializes in fusing his attentiveness for detail with his passion for advocacy and change. He loves to make anything he captures look like a work of art, and has made it his mission is to use his medium and platform as a megaphone for those who have had their voice silenced.
Andrei is a filipino Graphic Designer and skateboarder from Long Beach, New York. He has his bachelors in telecommunications, a diploma in graphic design, and has worked on over 100 projects that includes logos, cover art, product design, and video editing. He’s fluent in programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Sony Vegas, and more. To view more work that Andrei has done, visit his Instagram is @cosmic.gfx
Hello! I’m Betsy, a writer and freelance illustrator based in the U.K. I create digital art that incorporates texture and mixed media inspired by the more ethereal side of life. My muse often changes, from classic British literature to 70’s glam-rock and everything in-between. Art is born and not made, the same as anything that comes from a persons fingertips. Like Jean-Marie and everyone else contributing to this groovy project, I believe that there is nothing more beautiful than equality, in whatever form that may take.
Lyn is a deeply invigorated poet who delves into the themes of self love, identity, overcoming trauma, accepting your wild and learning to listen to your intuition. She is a 30 year old poet, dancer, teacher originally from Seattle, Washington. She currently travels the world while teaching online classes to aspiring teachers. Lyn has been writing since first grade and has found ways to voice and overcome trauma in her poetry. She firmly believes that writing is a form of healing for both author and reader. She is specifically inspired to write about women who are marginalized in our society, as a means of empowering future generations with their stories.
Shanice is a self starter when it comes to her writing journey. A 27 year old from Queens, NYC whom is a woman of all trades - dives deep when it comes to self love, abuse in many forms, and healing in her poetry. She expresses that all unheard voices matters and creating a safe space of community by birthing Open Mic Renegades an umbrella of open mics. She has been writing in her diaries since she was five years old and decided to share her words publicly ten months ago. Her journey hasn’t been an easy one, but dives in to persistence when it comes to herself and everyone surrounding her. She currently works with children and will do anything to protect them. Shanice’s poetry expresses the depth of our souls, through finding the light through the darkness, and making those understand it’s alright to be uncomfortable, but there always a way through it all. Accepting yourself and your spirit is very important and her journey isn’t over, it’s just beginning.
Kayt Christensen is a budding writer that sifts through the chaos of the everyday world with her words to find her own meaning in life. Her work comes from a place of deep empathy, sympathy, and desire to change the general public’s mindset from “me” to “we.” A poet born and raised in Southern California, she’s now 21 and finishing up her final year at San Francisco State University. While there, she’s not only come to understand the harsh realities of her own toxic past, but also how those all around her have suffered pain at the hands of an endless cycle of ignorance. Through her writing, she hopes people will be able to understand how their own pasts affect their current relationships with those around them, and how it can shape their future. Understanding the pain is the first step in healing it, and we’ve all shied away from our truths for too long.
Tyler Zeanah, a 24 year old poet born and raised in the California bay area, has been writing since she was in elementary school. As someone who has always struggled with expressing her emotions, Tyler tends to feel more than she understands. She writes in efforts to help her make sense of her world, and relationships. As a mental health advocate, she believes the stories we tell ourselves and others have the largest impact on our well being. She wants to stand in the truth of living, and celebrate the bravery of being vulnerable, especially in a world that prioritizes a false sense of reality over the real, every day living. Her book “drying flowers” drops August 15th.
Nalü is a leo, lesbian, Brazilian artist and comedian based in New York City. She was pushed towards writing at a young age, as that was the only way she was able to communicate with her mute father— it forced her to find different ways to express herself and describe her life through words, unlike no other. She studied comedy and acting, always paying attention to the ordinary yet powerful stories and the beauty on the smallest things. She has a compromise with the raw and real. After immigrating alone at 18 with a one-way-ticket to the city, she learned how to meet and address darkness and fear. With a lot of humor (and therapy) she is, every day, learning how to transform her weaknesses into super powers. As a writer, she is not looking for anything other than expressing herself—she doesn’t know if it that’s a cure, but it is indeed her favorite tool in the search. As she likes to say, “every thing happens for a reason, even art, and you’ll only find out once it’s made and done. What comes after my art, is always a surprise.” Guided by spirituality and strong activism, Nalü tries to give every thing a place in the world (even a tomato sauce jar) with love and care. Nalü signs her name with the two dots (ü), and some other ü’s that look like they need a smile. It’s the idea of having the words smiling, even when it’s hard to process it all—just as she believes we should do in life. Her mantra is Ubuntu: I am, because you are.
Rina is a Filipina-American user experience designer by day, and growing poet by night who delves into poetry about self-empowerment and journey of healing. She’s been a Lupus warrior for over 10 years, and is passionate about advocating for people who have chronic illnesses. Her upcoming book will go into her experience fighting Lupus, and shedding light on life with severe chronic illness. Her hope is to raise awareness around chronic illnesses, and to also provide comfort to anyone who feels like their body is broken or has betrayed them.
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Samantha Rose is an author, poet, and wild woman. She is the Creatress in Chief of Pussy Magic and columnist of #SoulBitsOnFire at Tiny Flames Press. Her writing has been featured in Rhythm & Bones, Occulum, ILY Mag, Rose Quartz Magazine, and more. She's the author of L’ACQUA (2017) and mouth made of satin, (Wide Eyes Press, coming summer 2019) and the host of "Satin Soulbits," a podcast mini-series focused on sex, wellness, + womanhood, and curator of the Satin Soulbits Blog, here on Wide Eyes’ website! For more about Samantha, visit her website and follow her @baddiesam on Twitter and Instagram.
Nia Mora is an enlightening and empowering poet from Harlem, New York. Nia has developed a love of poetry over the years and credits wonderful high school and middle school teachers with helping her to hone her unique poetic style. With two master's degrees and experience as a high school English teacher she has been able to further develop her craft as an author. Her debut poetry collection "She's Come Undone," explores themes of spirituality, motherhood, feminity, and self actualization.
Erin Moran (@ernmrn) is a poet, journalist and bookstore babe based in Philadelphia. When she’s not writing poetry about her chronic pain disorder and mental health, she’s working to elevate voices of others with similar struggles as a health journalist. She curates a quarterly literature & arts zine and reading series, @suburbanspringtime, which explores girlhood, nostalgia and place. Find her selling books at @shakeandco.rh or daydreaming about her favorite place: Tokyo.
Going by her handle ‘sopheeah’, this 5 foot 2 Australian legend is known for writing poetry, prose and short stories, as well as her ‘dark background with pink flowers’ aesthetic. Sophia uses writing as a tool to raise awareness for mental health, speak up against social issues, and as a general form of therapy. Sophia has been writing since childhood and has been featured in numerous publications from the age of ten. Sophia’s involvement with the Sad Bitch Chronicles mainly stems from the fact that she’s an unapologetic Pisces who loves everything to do with healing, empathy, emotions and, of course, a good cry.