J.A. Dela Cruz-Smith

J.A. Dela Cruz-Smith is a Chamoru-Filipino, queer poet living in Seattle. His family is from Dededo and Chalan Pago, Guahan. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry, Indigenous Literatures from Micronesia (University of Hawai'i Press), Moss, Poetry Northwest, among other publications. He has performed and read original work at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, the Center on Contemporary Arts, and at various festivals and conferences. He received an MFA in creative writing from the Rainier Writing Workshop and is the director/curator of the contemporary art gallery, From Typhoon. He covers culture and entertainment for JoySauce.


Welcome to the School of Chen Chen, Hottie Poet Extraordinaire

Fellow poet J.A. Dela Cruz-Smith interviews Chen Chen about his latest book, inheriting his mom’s fashion sense, and the beauty of a musky armpit


If Bella Poarch Was A Porch…

Creative writer J.A. Dela Cruz-Smith waxes poetic on ‘Steel Magnolias,’ the fantasy of Internet popularity, and the 25-year-old who rules TikTok


When Art Meets Activism

Is singer M.I.A. abandoning her political and artistic aesthetic in favor of something more…conventional?

Photo courtesy of Jamie-Lee B. @_jamiejamster

Kehlani Redefines R&B

In “Altar,” the artist looks at love and grief, life and death, gender identity and friendship