R/B Mertz is a genderqueer non-binary butch poet and artist. She has published over 100 poems in literary journals including American Journal of Poetry, BathHouse, DIAGRAM, Drunken Boat, Fence, and forthcoming in The Gay and Lesbian Review. Mertz's narrative essay, “How Whiteness Kills God & Sprinkles Crack on the Body,” which examines the relationship between Christianity, homophobia and racism in America, was published on the blog, Mistress Syndrome. In 2010, she wrote the forward for John J. McNeill’s book about LGBT-positive theology, Freedom, Glorious Freedom: The Spiritual Journey for Gays, Lesbians, and Everyone Else. Their art was exhibited at Boxheart Gallery as part of their 2017 International juried exhibition. Mertz adjuncts writing at Duquesne University and the Community College of Allegheny County, loves TV & accepts whatever pronouns happen. Mertz is honored to be a finalist for City of Asylum's 2020-21 Emerging Poet Laureate of Pittsburgh.