Sibling Rivalry Press is proud to host the Arkansas Queer Poet Series. The mission of the Arkansas Queer Poet Series is to highlight and honor LGBTQ poets with a connection to our home state of Arkansas.
AQPS #1: OTHERED by RANDI M. ROMO
RANDI M. ROMO has a voice that reaches into multiple segments of who we are as humans, with an emphasis on queer. As a working-class Mexican-American, Southerner, former farmworker, organizer/activist, female, parent, grandparent, elder, and survivor, she has walked among and between many communities. Romo was instrumental in saving the lives of many young members of the Arkansas LGBTQ community through her tireless work with the Center for Artistic Revolution. Othered, her first book, was selected by the American Library Association as a top-five book in poetry/fiction for 2018 and a top-ten book of 2018 overall in its annual Over the Rainbow list of Recommended LGBTQ Reading.
KARL TIERNEY was born in Westfield, Massachusetts, in 1956 and grew up in Connecticut and Louisiana. He received a Bachelor's Degree in English from Emory University in 1980 and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arkansas in 1983. That same year, he moved to San Francisco where he dedicated himself to poetry. He was twice a finalist for the Walt Whitman Award, a finalist for the National Poetry Series, and a 1992 fellow at Yaddo. Though unpublished in book form during his lifetime, his poems appeared in many of the best literary magazines of the period, including Berkeley Poetry Review, American Poetry Review, and Exquisite Corpse. He published more than 50 poems in magazines and anthologies before his death. In December of 1994 he became sick with AIDS and took his own life in October of 1995. He was 39 years old.