Shilie Ahadi — Ahadi was born in Iran and moved to California at a young age. Her work incorporates themes of displacement and disillusion. She recently earned her BA in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Nelson Alburquenque — Alburquenque is a songwriter and rhythm guitarist for the band Tikal Sun. Living in North Hollywood, he strives to create musical and literary compositions reflective of the world today.
Ingrid Calderon — Calderon is a Salvadoran refugee residing in Historic Filipinotown. Her work has been featured in Leste Mag, Electric Cereal, ZO Magazine, Drunk Monkeys, velvet-tail, FORTH Magazine, Shoe Music Press, and the Poems to F*ck To Anthology. She’s also released three poetry books entitled Things Outside, Wayward, and Zenith.
Daniel Morales Leon AKA “Chapulin” — Chapulin was born in Oaxaca, raised in South Central, inspired by words as an art and tool for social change through popular education and critical literacy.
Faleeha Hassan — Hassan is a poet, teacher, editor, writer born in Najaf, Iraq, in 1967, who now lives in the United States. She is the first woman who wrote poetry for children in Iraq. She is a leading poetic feminist movement in the holy city of Najaf. She got a master’s degree in Arabic literature, and published sixteen collections of poetry in Arabic including Being A Girl and A Visit to the Museum of the Shadows. Her work has been translated into 13 languages such as English, Kurdish, Spanish, French, and German.
Tushar Jain — Jain is an Indian poet, playwright, and author. He is the winner of the Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize, 2012 and a winner of the Poetry with Prakriti Prize, 2013. Subsequently, he won the RL Poetry Award, 2014. He won the Toto Funds the Arts Award for Creative Writing, 2016.
Daniel Perez — Perez lives in Inglewood, California. He stays out of trouble by indulging in any creative outlet that he can. He is a graduate from Cal State Long Beach. He is currently working on a book of short stories.
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T Sarmina — Sarmina was raised in the Central Valley. A queer, xicanx child of migrant field workers, T writes with these identities intersecting at the page. They are a VONA SoCal alumna and earned their bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Mills College in Oakland. Their work appears in Coiled Serpent (Tia Chucha), ITWOW (Yellow Chair Press) and IMANIMAN (Aunt Lute). They currently live in Los Angeles and work at 826LA as the Writers’ Room Coordinator.
Matthew Travieso Williams — Matthew Travieso Williams is a Sacramento native serving with Peace Corps as a TEFL Instructor in Mongolia. His work has appeared in Switchback and Collective Fallout. When not writing or reading, he enjoys singing in the shower loud enough for neighbors to bang on the wall.
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