Black and white image of Christopher Soto.

Poet and activist Christopher Soto, who also uses the name Loma, is the son of El Salvadoran immigrants. He was educated at New York University. 

In his poems, Soto engages themes of intimacy, trauma, and identity. In a 2014 blog essay for VIDA, Soto writes, “At dinner she asked why I write such sad poems. And I told her, ‘My poems are not sad, they are masochistic.’ My poems like a good choking, a good spanking. They want to be bound and gagged and told what to do. There is a pleasure that my poems derive from being under such control; from having trauma recalled and then stripped of its agency.” Soto’s poems have appeared in Apogee Journal, MiPOesias, Columbia, and elsewhere, and he is the author of the chapbook How to Eat Glass (2012). 

A founding editor of the literary journal Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color in collaboration with the Lambda Literary Foundation, Soto also helped found the Undocupoets Campaign, which has successfully lobbied numerous poetry publishers to remove a proof of citizenship requirement from first-book contests, allowing undocumented poets to participate. 

Soto lives in Brooklyn and has served as an intern for the Poetry Society of America. 

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