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Congratulations, Diode Poets Simone Person & Jose Hernandez Diaz!

Simone Person and Jose Hernandez Diaz are 2020 Best of the Net Anthology Finalists for "Proud Flesh" and "The Moon," respectively.

My rapist talks real clean.
Always has the right answers.

He built a whole world
where I was unbruised and had no name.

Simone Person is a Pink Door fellow and became Prose Editor at Honeysuckle Press in 2018. She is the author of Dislocate, the fiction winner of the 2017 Honeysuckle Press Chapbook Contest, and Smoke Girl, the poetry winner of the 2018 Diode Editions Chapbook Contest. Simone grew up in Michigan and Toledo, Ohio and is a dual MFA/MA in Fiction and African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University. She can be found at and on Twitter and Instagram at @princxporkchop.

So, when I arrived on the moon, as an exile, I welcomed the change. The prison was beginning to kill my spirit.

Jose Hernandez Diaz is a 2017 NEA Poetry Fellow. His work appears in The American Poetry Review, Bennington Review, Diode Poetry Journal, Georgia Review, Iowa Review, The Nation, Poetry, Southeast Review, and in The Best American Nonrequired Reading. He is the author of a collection of prose poems: The Fire Eater (Texas Review Press, 2020).

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