Joel Sedano

Joel Sedano (they/them) is a queer, trans non-binary, disabled Xicanx reconnecting to their Indigenous roots in Western Guanajuato. They are a poet, photographer, performer, director, painter, and beader. Joel's poetry has been featured in Phineas Literary Magazine, Art of Writing Anthology, and Love and Pride: The Musical’s “We’re a Rainbow Section,” Semana de la Mujer Journal, Olney Magazine, Honey Literary Magazine, Cordite Poetry Review, and No, Dear Magazine. They co-founded Writers’ Building Blocks (WBB) and hopes to expand WBB into a literary press and journal for 2Spirit, Queer, and Trans Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (2SQTBIPOC) artists. Joel debuted their short film "Post-Prismatic" at the 2020 Queer Women of Color Film Festival. They are also a landscape photographer with works published in Lux the Zine and WerkHaus Zine. Joel is the Climate Program Coordinator for the California Indian Environmental Alliance, a Native-led nonprofit whose mission is "to protect and restore California Indian Peoples’ cultural traditions, ancestral territories, means of subsistence, and environmental health.” They are also co-Executive Director of the non-profit Urban Reziliency based in the Bay Area, California, which continues to build communal support through cultural, social, and medical practices that ease the houselessness crisis affecting at-risk 2SLGBTQ+, Black and Indigenous youth, and survivors of domestic violence and intimate partner violence.