Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo is a 2016-2017 Steinbeck fellow and former Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange winner. She has work published in Acentos Review, CALYX, crazyhorse, and The James Franco Review. A cofounder of Women Who Submit, her debut poetry collection, Built with Safe Spaces, is forthcoming from Sundress Publications. Learn more at her website.
Dr. Ashaki M. Jackson is a social psychologist and poet who works with youth through research, evaluation and creative writing mentoring. She is a Cave Canem alumna, VONA alumna and co-founder of Women Who Submit. Her work appears in CURA and Prairie Schooner among other publications. Writ Large Press published her chapbook, Surveillance, in March 2016. A second chapbook, Language Lesson, is forthcoming from MIEL. She earned a creative writing MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles and a psychology doctorate from Claremont Graduate University. She lives in Los Angeles, California. Learn more at www.ashakijackson.com.
Alyss Dixson grew up in Portland, Oregon. She received the 2015 Joseph Henry Jackson award in fiction and is writing a collection entitled Fukuoka Woman. She has publications in The Callaloo Journal, Day One, and The Atlantic. She studied at Yale, Columbia and San Francisco State. She also makes movies.
Tisha Marie Reichle is a Chicana Feminist and former Rodeo Queen. Weekdays, she teaches socially conscious literature to teenagers. On weekends, she writes. Her stories have appeared in 34th Parallel, Inlandia Journal, Muse, Santa Fe Writers Project, The Acentos Review, The Lunch Ticket, and Ghost Town. She’s the fiction editor at Border Senses. Learn more at her website.
Lauren Eggert-Crowe is the author of three poetry chapbooks: The Exhibit, In the Songbird Laboratory, and Rungs (co-authored with Margaret Bashaar). She is the Reviews Editor of Terrain.org and her work has appeared in Witch Craft Magazine, Angels Flight Literary West, Horse Less Review, The Rumpus, Salon, and The Millions, among others. She has an MFA in Poetry from The University of Arizona. Learn more at laureneggertcrowe.com.
Ramona Pilar is a California native named after a California pop-culture legend and her tia abuela. She has been reading longer than she has been writing and is making up for lost time. Her most recent work has appeared in “Coiled Serpent” from Tia Chucha Press, “One: Mind Body Spirit” from Mujeres de Maiz, and the LumenBlog. She has acted in, written, and produced plays around Southern California and Denver. She sings, mentors with Kid City in Los Angeles and has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University in Los Angeles.
A recent transplant to Los Angeles from Boston, Laura Warrell has work published inThe Rumpus, The Writer, Salon.com, Racialicious.com, Post Road Magazine, the Boston Globe, Boston Herald and Boston Phoenix, as well as Broadsheet in Madrid, Spain and other international publications. She was a contributing writer to Numero Cinq Magazine and an assistant fiction editor at Upstreet Magazine. Laura graduated from the Creative Writing Program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts and has been a contributor in fiction to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and Tin House Writer’s Workshop. Learn more at her website.
Ashley Perez is a native of Los Angeles. She has a strong affinity for tattoos, otters, cat mystery books, and actual cats, but has mixed feelings about pants. You can find a list of her work at artscollide.com.
Rachael Warecki is a native of Los Angeles with an often-painful lifelong love for Ohio sports teams. Her fiction has appeared in The Los Angeles Review, The Masters Review, Midwestern Gothic, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles, and is an alumna of the Tin House Writers’ Workshop. Learn more at her website.