Wendy C. Ortiz is the author of the critically acclaimed Excavation: A Memoir, Hollywood Notebook, and the dreamoir Bruja. In 2016 Bustle named her one of "9 Women Writers Who Are Breaking New Nonfiction Territory.” Her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, The Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the National Book Critics Circle Small Press Spotlight blog. Her writing has appeared in such venues as The New York Times, Joyland, and a year-long series appeared at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. Most recently her “Urban Liminal” series of texts appear alongside signature graphic representations of the projects of Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects in the book Amplified Urbanism. Wendy is a psychotherapist in private practice in Los Angeles.
Wendy C. Ortiz
Ife-Chudeni A. Oputa is a writer, editor and the author of Rummage, which won the 2015 Little A Poetry Contest and is a 2018 Lambda Literary Award finalist. She is a Cave Canem, Callaloo, and Lambda Literary fellow. Her poetry and prose have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Some Call it Ballin, Gabby, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She is a native of Fresno, CA.
Monique Quintana's fantasy novella, Cenote City is forthcoming from Clash Books in the spring of 2019. She is the Senior Beauty and Fashion Editor at Luna Luna Magazine, Fiction Editor at Five-2-One Magazine, and a pop culture contributor at Clash Media. She blogs about Latinx Literature at her site, Blood Moon and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Winter Tangerine, Grimoire, Queen Mob's Tea House, Huizache: The Magazine for Latino Literature, and The Acentos Review, among other publications. You can find her at moniquequintana.com
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Steven Sanchez is the author of Phantom Tongue (Sundress Publications, 2018), selected by Mark Doty as the winner of Marsh Hawk Press’ Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award. He is also the author of two chapbooks: To My Body (Glass Poetry Press, 2016) and Photographs of Our Shadows (Agape Editions, 2017). A recipient of fellowships from CantoMundo and the Lambda Literary Foundation, his poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poet Lore, Nimrod, North American Review, Muzzle, Crab Creek Review, and other publications. He holds degrees in Philosophy and Creative Writing from California State University, Fresno.
Cynthia Guardado is a Salvadorian-American poet and Professor of English at Fullerton College. She is the managing editor of LiveWire: A Literary Arts Journal at Fullerton College. She received her Masters of Fine Arts from California State University, Fresno and her debut poetry collection, ENDEAVOR was published in 2017 by World Stage Press. In 2017, she was the winner of the Concurso Binacional De Poesía Pellicer-Frost (UTEP/S-Mart). Cenizas is a collection of poems centered on El Salvador and grief, and it is currently under review.
HAUNTIE is the recipient of the 2016 Robert Dana Anhinga Prize for Poetry for their debut collection, To Whitey and the Cracker Jack (Anhinga Press 2017), listed by Stephanie Burt as a notable book of 2017. Their poetry has appeared in the Academy of American Poets and will be included in the New York City Department of Education’s project: Educating Powerful Writers. They received their B.A. in Ethnic Studies and Visual Arts Studio from UC San Diego, and are a current Eugene Cota-Robles Fellow at UC Merced in the Interdisciplinary Humanities Graduate Group. HAUNTIE is a Fresno local and a member of the Hmong American Writer’s Circle who is dedicated to enacting social poiesis as performative acts of refusal within and against ruins of empire.
Sara Borjas is a 4th generation Chicana, a pocha, and a Fresno poet. Her debut collection of poetry, Heart Like a Window, Mouth Like a Cliff is forthcoming from Noemi Press in 2019. She is a 2017 CantoMundo Fellow, the recipient of the 2015 Blue Mesa Poetry Prize, a 2013 Community of Writers at Squaw Valley Workshop Fellow, a 2016 Postgraduate Writers Conference Fellow and a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Sara earned a B.A. in English Literature from Fresno State and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Writing for Performative Arts from University of California, Riverside. She is currently a lecturer in the Department of Creative Writing at UC Riverside. Her poetry can be found in TinderBox, The Offing, Entropy, Queen Mob's Tea House, Cultural Weekly, The Acentos Review, and Luna Luna, amongst others. She teaches creative writing at UC Riverside but stays rooted in Fresno.
Brenda Venezia teaches at CSU Fresno. She is the director of Fresno Women Read, and a member of the Central Valley Women Writers of Color Collective. Her work has appeared in Glass: A Journal of Poetry, The Collagist, Puerto Del Sol, Luna Luna Magazine, and elsewhere.
A devoted educator, she has taught television writing for UCLA Extension, and is a full-time tenure track Professor of English at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California, where she is also the faculty advisor for the literary magazine. Christina’s novel The Italian Party is set in Italy in 1956, and is available in hardcover, ebook or audiobook. She was the Milan correspondent for W magazine and Women’s Wear Daily, and disappeared for four years in Tuscany. In L.A. she was on the writing staff of Unhappily Ever After; Encore, Encore; The Dead Zone and Wildfire. She now lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. She is the co-author of two novels under the pen name Magnus Flyte. She teaches at College of the Sequoias. The Italian Party is her debut novel.
Christina took a non-traditional route to writing, considering she has a doctorate in Educational Leadership. Aside from writing, she works full-time as a Training & Development Coordinator at Kaweah Delta, a teaching hospital, and some semesters also teaches at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California, where she currently lives. When she's not at her full-time and part-time job, she enjoys writing, reading, watching TV, and spending time with her husband and pets (cat-Smokey, dog-Princess). She also serves as a mentor for the Puente Project. The Immundus is her debut novel.