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Crystal Boson writes short, dense poems that lay bare the complicated geographies of the United States and the lives of the Black, queer, and marginalized bodies that dwell within its boundaries. They are dark matter, heavy and frightening things that will tear you open. She currently writes about and resides in the midwest.

She is a Cave Canem and Callaloo fellow, and was awarded the Langston Hughes Creative Writing Award. She has work published in Blueshift Journal, Pank, Parcel, among other locations. Most recently her work: The Bitter Map was selected as the winner of the 2017 Honeysuckle Press Chapbook Contest by Saeed Jones



 Feng Sun Chen is the author of The 8th House, Butcher's Tree, and chapbooks Blud and Ugly Fish. She lives in Minneapolis and is a student of jyotish (vedic astrology). She is also working on a masters in occupational therapy.


COMIC BOOk ✹ artist keynote

Thu Tran is an artist who makes comics, videos, and videogames. She is the author of Dust Pam, published by Peow Studios. Her comics have also been published by Kuš Komiks. She created and hosted stoner cooking shows for IFC and MTV, ('Food Party', 'Late Night Munchies') and has made short-form videos for Adult Swim, SuperDeluxe, and other outlets. Her videogames / video installations have been shown at the Museum of Moving Image, Fantastic Arcade, Babycastles, and at various art spaces, educational institutions, and events. Click here to explore Thu’s work!

MUSIC ✹ Emma Lee Toyoda & Leafraker

Emma Lee Toyoda is a queer non-binary sunflower, grown in Seattle, WA. ELT makes empathetic “madgrrlrock” for you to wipe your tears with and hug your friends to. Listen here and follow them here.

 Leafraker is a big centipede poking out of a bag of sour gummies. There are still some gummies in the bag, but you can't get them because the centipede is in the way rapping about their problems.

$5 ~ All-Ages!
sum more details tba! ⚛


Submissions to read your work at the 2018 Death Rattle Writer's Festival are currently CLOSED for poetry, flash fiction, and prose! Hugemongeous thank you to everyone who sent us their work this year —

Full reader lineup to be announced asap!