the all-volunteer team of queer & trans people of color who bring this platform to you


Editorial Staff

Niq D Johnson, PhD, Managing Editor, The Cover Story

Kyle Lopez, Poetry Editor, Culture Pages

Guerrilla Davis, Visual Arts Editor, Culture Pages 

Chief Esparza, Founder & Editor-in-Chief

AC Dumlao, Guest Editor, REMODEL Cover Story (May 2018)

Ruben - Queer Xicano Chisme, Guest Editor, X Cover Story (September 2018)

Xemiyulu Manibuan Tapeppechul, Guest Editor, TWO-SPIRIT Cover Story (November 2018)


THE KICKBACKS Community events

Open Position, Event Organizer (1-3 volunteers needed)


Support Staff

Nic Perales, Social Media Director

Sean-Paul Rocero, Creative Director

Aaron McCall, Development Manager

Open Position, Intern Coordinator, The Workshop (1-2 volunteers needed)

Open Position, Social Media Copy / Content Coordinator (1 volunteer needed)

Niq D Johnson, PhD, Managing Editor, The Cover Story

Black, Queer, They/S.H.E.


Dr. Niq D. Johnson was born and raised in Washington, DC and has since settled in western PA. They have a MA & PhD in Communication & Rhetoric from University of Pittsburgh and a BA in English & GSWS from Emory University. They work in the field of progressive civic tech, and maintain involvement in other projects as a scholar/researcher, post-ac career adviser, DE&I consultant, and lifelong community organizer.

After successfully steering the BLACK Cover Story in February for EFNIKS, Niq was named the Managing Editor, Cover Story for all collections going forward. In their guidance and feedback, Niq has elevated the platform to another level of thoughtful representation and community-building for the QTPoC family. 

Kyle Lopez, Poetry Editor, Culture Pages

AfroLatinx, Queer, He/Him

Kyle is an Afro-Latinx queer poet originally from Montclair, NJ and now based in Brooklyn, NY. He has a B.A. in English & Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of William & Mary and is an M.F.A. Creative Writing candidate at New York University, where he is also a Goldwater Fellow.

He currently works on copywriting at an ad agency and previously served as a readings coordinator for NYU’s Emerging Writers Reading Series. He is a TuCuba fellow with the CubaOne Foundation and performed in Tania Bruguera’s month-long 2018 MoMA exhibition, “Untitled, (Havana, 2000)."

Kyle’s poems are published or forthcoming in Capital Pride DC’s Pride Guide, The Florida Review, Glass: A Journal of Poetry,   Cosmonauts Avenue, and elsewhere. 

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Guerrilla Davis, Visual Arts Editor, Culture Pages

AfroPinoy, Queer, They/He/She

Guerrilla is a 1st gen Afro-Pinoy American originally from San Diego, roots in Boston, but is currently based in Oakland.

They are a self taught Creative, Designer, and Community-Based Artist who is currently the Interim Marketing Director at Oakland First Fridays Street Festival.

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Chief Esparza, Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Latinx/Chicanx, Gay, He/Him

Chief is the product of two teenage, working class parents and among the first of his extended family of over 100 Southern California Chicanxs to attend college (Bachelor's in Political Science, UC Santa Barbara).

As the "home office" of the EFNIKS platform, Chief maps out and coordinates the backend operations, outreach and recruiting, sets the tone and voice for the space, and manages funding and donations--he makes sure the writers get paid. Because inclusion and equity matter, he cedes control of each space on the platform to the editors themselves, with each editor making final decisions and even telling their Editor-in-Chief "no" when they see fit. 

Chief works in the non-profit world, running operations for programs supporting families and children from the impact of abuse and neglect.


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Nic Perales, Social Media Director

Filipinx, Queer, She/Her/They

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Nic has been with EFNIKS since our April 2017 launch, starting as a contributor, and later moving to Community Manager and eventually Social Media Director.

She is a first-generation Fil-Am born and raised in California’s Bay Area region.

Nic graduated with a BFA in Web Design and New Media from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She currently works as a Digital Marketer for a non-profit and a state university and is active activist for LGBTQ+ People of Color.

Aaron McCall, Development Manager

Black, Gay, He/Him

Aaron is a Black gay activist based in Southern CA. He was awarded the OC Young Democrats Harvey Milk Award. Aaron is one of the youngest chairmans in the country for the Indivisible Project. The Indivisible Project hosts 4 debates, one moderated by Aaron himself.

Currently he’s been hard at work building the group of 2,000 people to shape a more progressive and involved local community which includes voter education, community service, and mobilization.

To learn more about the Indivisible Project, visit their site (ioc48.com).

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We are looking to expand our team of volunteers.

EFNIKS is looking for event planners, community organizers, fundraising specialists, video producers and editors, podcasters, designers, copy editors, and so much more so we can build this space.

Send us a note: info@efniks.com