This year, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice began 3-D printing dentures for inmates after Keri Blakinger (“The Game”) investigated how toothless prisoners were treated for The Houston Chronicle. She’s also written about her own experiences serving time in prison, including the dog who waited for her to get out.
Beyond performing as a standup comic and writing for HBO’s Divorce, Jordan Carlos (“Go for the Story”) is an expert on being a grown-up. At least, he tries to be one on Adulting, a podcast that he co-hosts with former Pop-Up Magazine contributor Michelle Buteau.
Clio Chang (“Gone Girl”) has written about how unions could save journalism, what it’s actually like to have universal health care, and the emotional comforts of a plastic Pikachu. She is also very talented at explaining the many 2020 Democratic presidential candidates extremely fast.
When Chris Duffy (“Who Wants to Be a Meme?”) isn’t working it with an overwhelming surplus of diggity, he’s writing for television (most recently, Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas) or performing standup (most recently, the basement of a bar). Check out his weekly newsletter to hear about what he’s up to and where to see him.
Cringe and laugh at Womanhood, an instructional web-series from Jo Firestone (“Can You Smell It?”) and Aparna Nancherla. You can also find Jo co-hosting the Dr. Gameshow podcast, apologizing as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on The Tonight Show, and tracking down a troll on Shrill.
From his childhood on a farm outside of New York City to the energy vortexes of Sedona, Lucas Foglia (“Searching in Sedona”) has always been interested in our relationships with wilderness. He’s published photographs of people living off the grid in Appalachia, mining and ranching industries in the West, and the ways we engage with the climate we’ve changed.
After living under pseudonyms and running from the law for a decade, Waymond Hall (“The Fugitive”) now lives with his family in Sacramento. Filmmaker Jane Greenberg’s feature film about Waymond’s years on the run, The Surrender of Waymond Hall, will be released in 2020.
If you haven’t seen spoken-word poetry from Sarah Kay (“The View from South Dakota”) before, start with “If I should have a daughter.” Then try “The Type” and “When Love Arrives.” Are you hooked yet?
You may know Left at London (“Voice Lessons”) for her spot-on impressions of Frank Ocean, Tyler, The Creator, and Mitski, or her very good Vines. She’s also a musician in her own right. She released two EPs in 2018 and has an album, You Are Not Alone Enough, coming out later this year.
Lisette Poole (“The Dove and the Law”) documents life in Cuba, from the island’s LGBT nightlife to the effects of a newly capitalist economy. She has also photographed across Latin America and the U.S., including for our sister publication, The California Sunday Magazine. Pop-Up Magazine fans can order her upcoming bilingual book about Liset and Marta’s migration, La Paloma y La Ley (The Dove and the Law), with the discount code “POPUP.”
Thanks to the very talented artists and illustrators who helped make tonight’s show beautiful: Ash Adams and Alix Pentecost Farren (“Gone Girl”), Charlie Buhler and Sophi Miyako Gullbrants (“The View from South Dakota”), Danielle Chenette (“Voice Lessons”), Julian Gallese (“Who Wants to Be a Meme?”), Matt Huynh (“The Game”), Hokyoung Kim (“The Fugitive”), Nata Metlukh (“Go for the Story”), and Simone Noronha (“Can You Smell It?”). Thanks, too, to composers Aaron Esposito (“Searching in Sedona”) and Holly Mead (“Gone Girl” and “The Dove and the Law”), and an extra special thanks to our incredible music director, Minna Choi, and our house band the Magik*Magik Orchestra!
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