Contributors

Spring 2019

Gabriel “Gabby” Cepeda is a queer, non-binary Mexican-American reminding you that you can both enjoy and critique something you like. Born in Las Milpas, Texas, their poetry aims to normalize conversations that can better the lives of fellow Latinx friends and their entire generation. Currently, they’re a freshmxn at Swarthmore College studying Sociology and Russian literature while listening to Kali Uchis.


Edyka Chilomé is a Salvadoran and Mexican American cultural worker based in Dallas, Texas. She has been invited to perform her poetry and speak on social justice issues around the country and Latin America. She has also been featured on various platforms including Remezcla, Fierce by Mitú, Tedx, and most recently The Dallas Morning News.


Herbert Duran lives in Brooklyn. He currently works as a Case Manager for older adults in East Harlem. He is the son of Salvadoran immigrants. He shares a birthday with Mariah Carey and Quentin Tarantino.


Jenesis Fonseca is a poet from South Central Los Angeles, California. She writes about her Mami, her upbringing, and the power of radical joy. Jenesis is a first-generation college student with a bachelor’s degree in English from Princeton University. She is currently a PhD candidate in Harvard’s American Studies program.


Odalis Garcia Gorra is currently a first-year master’s student at Harvard Divinity School studying the ways in which Afro Latinx spiritualities have been mainstreamed and disseminated through popular culture. She spends time watching every TV show and movie she can, yelling about them to her friends, and occasionally writing her thoughts and opinions. She is originally from Puerto Rico but calls Miami home (#Miss305) and is very passionate about Cuban food, empanadas, and the salsa dancing emoji.


Stephanie Ginese is a first-generation Boricua-Italian writer & poet living in Cleveland, OH with her fiancé & two sons.  She is the Special Programs Coordinator, as well as a lead teaching artist for Twelve Literary Arts. She has been published in zines and journals such as St. Sucia, Chiflada Zine, Polychrome Mag, & Life As Ceremony. She has also been a contributor for digital platforms Fierce! by Mitu, La Respuesta, & Typed Out. She is currently assembling her first collection of poems & when she isn’t writing or working can be found reading tarot, experimenting in the kitchen, or plotting ways to dismantle the system.


Rafa Hernández is a senior at Harvard College studying computer science. He is originally from Puebla, México. His poems, in English and Spanish, explore the themes of love, identity, and self-reflection.


Sarita Lendechy (she,her, hers) is a first generation Mexican-American Indigenous woman from the streets of Compton, California. As an Aztec Dancer she embraces her cultura, but also loves sharing her experiences of growing up in the hood as a woman of color through her poetry. From being a first-generation Mexican-American, gentrification and the struggles of falling out of amor, I want others to know we are here to tell our stories.


Annisia Martinez is a 22-year-old art teacher from Queens, NY. Her family is from Guatemala. She is a practicing painter, printmaker, and poetry writer. This would be her first time published.


Varona Maysonet-Ayala is an American-born Puerto Rican currently enrolled as a freshman at Bard College in upstate New York. She is pursuing a joint major in Written Arts and Psychology, and she has been writing poems about her feelings and identity since middle school. Varona especially loves to write about Puerto Rico, women, and how being in love feels. She really hopes to be a published poet one day and make enough money to bring her parents to España for real.


Faith K. Montgomery is a poet and science teacher based in North Carolina. She was born and raised in the Bronx until the age of 16 and is of multiethnic (Black-American and Dominican) descent. She graduated first generation with a Bachelor of Science in Physics Secondary Education from Appalachian State University in December 2018. She is also a member of the illustrious Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated (Z-Phi!). Her written works often revolve around the topics of identity, mental health and love but her heart and mind are always finding new ways to express themselves via her craft. When she’s not writing or in the classroom you may find her working out, crocheting, re-watching The Office (again!), purchasing used books, bullet journaling or volunteering!


Marabet Morales Sikahall is a Guatemalan-American writer from Oakland, California. As a Creative Writing student at San Francisco State University, some of her work has been featured in The Oakland Tribune’s community project, Oakland Voices and in Accion Latina’s Tribute Chapbook for Salvadoran writer, Roque Dalton. Currently, Marabet is working with radio station KALW, on their series Hey Area! East Oakland edition. And she is also working towards inaugurating the Bay Area’s Central American Writing group in order to cultivate and support local writers who enjoy the literary craft.


Eric M. Odum is a son, brother, libra, lover of words.


Ashuni Pérez was born in Arizona's red rock country, grew up on the Texas-Mexico border and now resides on Spain's east coast. She is a film school graduate who decided to take a break from being behind the camera to travel and write. Pérez is a co-founder of The Skinned Knee Collective, a digital arts magazine that promotes emerging artists from all over the globe. Her work has appeared in PYLOT Magazine, Rainbowed., Vagabonds: Anthology of the Mad Ones, The Wild Detective’s Tinajero Papers and Peach Fuzz Magazine among others.


Reyes Ramirez is a Houstonian. He won the 2017 Blue Mesa Review Nonfiction Contest, 2014 riverSedge Poetry Prize and has poems, stories, essays, and reviews (and/or forthcoming) in: Deep Red Press, The Latinx Archive, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Texas Review, TRACK//FOUR, FIVE:2:ONE Magazine, Houston Noir, Gulf Coast Journal, Origins Journal, The Acentos Review, Cimarron Review, and elsewhere.


Gabi Reyes-Acosta is an educator with a youth-based non-profit in Oakland with a BA in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from Saint Mary's College of California. Her work is almost always in progress. She posts pictures of her dog, great selfies, and occasional writing updates at her Instagram, @naturemija.


Emily Rios is currently a sophomore at Harvard College studying Romance Languages and Literature with a focus in Spanish. She is from Edinburg, a city in the southernmost tip of Texas on the border of Mexico. She enjoys writing and sharing poetry about Latinx identity, unrequited love, and the hidden elements of the earth. She is always on the lookout for new subjects of inspiration in the streets and through her life experiences. Anything can be poetry if you look close enough.


Guillermo Rodriguez, originally from Havana, Cuba, currently lives in Miami with his wife and two children. He is the owner of Dynamic Elevator Control Corp. and dedicates his time to servicing elevators in the South Florida community. In his spare time, Guillermo has written many poems for loved ones and has formed a collection of these poems over the years.


Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria is a writer and spoken word poet of Peruvian heritage heavily involved with Palabristas, a Minnesota based Latin@ poets collective. He is an MFA student at Hamline University and writes about fatherhood, the duality of two cultures in English, Spanglish and Spanish, and issues pertaining to his community.


Tanairi Sorrentini is a 23-year-old queer Latinx woman living in Dorchester, MA. She was born in North Bergen, NJ but has spent most of her life in Boston. Her parents are both immigrants and worked hard to make sure she came out okay, but nobody’s perfect. She is an undergrad senior at the University of Massachusetts Boston, acquiring a BA in English in May of 2019. She writes to understand and sometimes she doesn’t but she’s hoping that she, or someone else can get close. She writes for her family to get over the whole gay thing and to inspire other young writers who come from low-income backgrounds, are first-generation college students and had childhoods full of struggle means, to achieve— whatever that word may mean to them.


Mar is a queer Chicana from East Los Angeles. She is currently pursuing a teaching credential in Spanish and a Master’s in Education at Stanford. Mar continues to seek opportunities to engage in writing as a method of catharsis, agency, reflection, and survival. She plans to incorporate her learnings to center student experiences in the classroom and to guide discussions on the importance of the voices of our youth.


James Walkingstick (ᎤᏍᏗᏲᎾ) is a sophomore at Harvard College concentrating in Anthropology with a secondary in Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights. He was born on the Osage reservation of Oklahoma but has spent most of his life living in the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. James is passionate about Indigenous activism and advocacy and hopes to continue his education to help Native American communities.


Melanie Márquez Adams is an MFA candidate at the University of Iowa where she was awarded the Iowa Arts Fellowship. Her work was nominated for Best Small Fictions 2018 and appears in The Laurel Review, storySouth, Green Briar Review, Asterix Journal, The Acentos Review, Thrice Fiction, and elsewhere.


Esjay Alvarez is an Austin, Texas-based writer.  He is the author of the 2016 book Selling War: A Critical Look at the Military’s PR Machine which was published by Potomac Books, an imprint of the University of Nebraska Press. The book is an account of his deployment to Iraq.  Esjay is also a student with the University of Texas at El Paso Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program.


Diana Burbano, a Colombian immigrant, is a playwright, an Equity actor, and a teaching artist at South Coast Repertory and Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble. Diana’s plays focus on female protagonists. Plays include Policarpa, Fabulous Monsters, & Caliban’s Island. Linda, (in English and in Spanish), has been seen all over the world.She was a writer on "Señor Plummer's Final Fiesta" which is currently wowing audiences in West Hollywood. She is in Center Theatre Group’s 2018-19 Writers Workshop cohort and is under commission by Alter Theatre in San Rafael.


Emmeline Fernandez, she/her, is a 23-year-old Chican@ from Fontana, California. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from The University of California, Riverside. Her concentration is in creative non-fiction and poetry.


Juan Letona is from a gentrified San Francisco Peninsula suburb, Redwood City. Son of immigrants, Juan's current writing projects focus on Chicanx fiction. He currently resides with his family in San Jose, California as he writes his first American novella and Mesoamerican fantasy novel.


Erika Jacqueline Machuca is a Salvi American scribbler of thought, poetry, and stories, much with the aim of preserving personal and family history. She grew up outside of Dallas, Texas on family cuentos, playing outside, eating beans and pupusas. Erika has taught Biology in K12 and is currently an educator in the Dallas County Community College District. Her teachers include her crafts and interests: astrology, tarot, yoga, and hooping. These have taught her about the tangential nature, literal circles and cycles of life, and often writes about these themes too.


Leslie Marrero is a mom, a story teller who feels the world should be in rewind mode since Prince died in 2016. She is working on a memoir of essays and one of her essays will be published in Boricua: Voices De La Luna, this spring.


Gabriella Monico is a senior at Harvard College studying Economics with a focus on developmental and historical economics. She minors in English where she pursues her passion for creative writing, both fiction and creative nonfiction. Originally from Brazil, Monico moved to the US when she was four and has since lived in five different US states, including New York, California, and now Massachusetts. She began writing fiction in middle school and has continued to write since, focusing primarily on her Brazilian background and her experiences as an immigrant in the US.


Tomas Moniz edited Rad Dad, Rad Families, and the kids book Collaboration/Colaboración. He’s recently been published by Barrelhouse and Acentos Review. In 2019, he’ll release a chapbook with Mason Jar Press and his debut novel, Big Familia, on Acre Books, the book publishing offshoot of The Cincinnati Review. He has stuff on the internet but loves letters and penpals: PO Box 3555, Berkeley CA 94703. He promises to write back.


Richie Narvaez is the author of the award-winning short fiction collection Roachkiller and Other Stories. His work has been published in Latin@ Rising: An Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Mississippi Review, Pilgrimage, and Tiny Crimes: Very Short Tales of Mystery and Murder, among others. He was recently named Bronx Council on the Arts Artist in Residence at the Morris Park Library in the Bronx. His debut novel, Hipster Death Rattle, was published in March 2019.


Karen Oliva is a Salvadoran-American raised in Los Angeles and now living in the San Fernando Valley. She graduated from Occidental College with a BA in Sociology and a minor in Education. By day she facilitates workshops with immigrant parents in the school district and by night she works with the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES). One of the things that brings her joy is spending time with her family and friends.


José Pablo Iriarte is a Cuban-American writer, high school math teacher, and parent of two. José’s fiction can be found in in magazines such as Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, and others.


Karina Pantoja was born and raised in the Southwest side of Chicago. She is a senior at Columbia University majoring in History. She is a Sagittarius sun, Taurus moon, Aries rising. Karina Pantoja is in love with herself and you are probably in love with her too.


Agueda Pizarro, ganadora en el año 2018 del segundo lugar en el concurso “Mujeres Inspiradoras” organizado por la Embajada de Francia en Santo Domingo y su historia fue publicada en el libro “Mujeres Inspiradoras” que recopila las historias ganadoras. Pertenece al grupo de poetas emergentes de la generación XXI de comunidad poética RD, con quienes publica sus poemas en el 2019 en el libro “Antología Multicultural de Escritores Emergentes”.


Jeannie Regidor is a junior at Harvard College studying History & Literature with a focus in Latin American Studies. She is a Peer Advising Fellow; president of the Cuban-American Undergraduate Student Association; and is also actively involved in many community service activities on campus Originally from Miami, Jeannie is of Cuban and Costa Rican descent and has four younger siblings. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, and watching films.


Carlos J. Reyes is a Mexican-Puerto Rican poet and writer from Chicago, Illinois. He is a current MFA Creative Writing-Poetry candidate at Columbia College Chicago.


Elly Rivera is a junior studying journalism and creative writing at Northwestern University. She was born and raised in a western suburb of Chicago, IL, where the only distinguishable attraction is a drive-in movie theater. As a child – in between trying to pass off the stories she wrote about her and her friends as fiction – Elly watched an impressive number of telenovelas and spent the rest of that time on the soccer field. When she’s not busy watching the latest Netflix original TV series (she highly recommends Elite and La Casa de Papel), you can find her writing and editing for Northwestern’s online magazine.


Gabriela Rivero is a sophomore at Harvard in Leverett House studying Sociology and EMR. She comes from the college town of Newark, DE and enjoys writing, hanging out with friends, and playing tennis. Gabriela often volunteers at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic at the law school, which has cemented her desire to use her bilingualism and passion for service to one day become an immigration attorney.


Jennifer Rodriguez is a Latina writer and admirer of all art forms. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communications with a minor in Spanish from California State University of Fullerton. She works as a public relations professional in Southern California while constantly fueling her love for creative projects and seeking the answers of the universe through art forms. Her work has appeared in Desamor Zine, Memoir Mixtapes, Dear Movies Zine and Drunk Monkeys.


Catharine Romero is a graduate of Georgia State University with a BA of English in Creative Writing. She is the daughter of two Salvadorans, who grew up 30 minutes from each other but met in Texas. She was an intern at Peachtree Publishing Company Inc. and a temp at CNN.


Alex Temblador is the author of Secrets of the Casa Rosada, an award recipient of the 2019 NACCS Tejas Foco Young Adult Award and Kirkus Reviews' Best of YA Books 2018. She's had short stories published in Cigale Literary Magazine and Scissortale Review, book reviews published in Colorado Review, and an upcoming short story anthology publication in The LatinX Archive. Alex is based in Dallas, Texas, and works as a freelance travel and culture writer with publications in Travel + Leisure, Bustle, Architectural Digest, Fodors, among many others.


Patricia Trigueros was born in Honduras, of Salvadoran parents, and grew up all over Central America. She studied French literature at the Université de Bordeaux, where she cofounded La V Magazine. After a move to Paris, seeking experience closer to home, she studied Integrated Marketing Communications in El Salvador, where she works as writer, translator, and consultant. She invests time in collaborative art and literature projects and, after completing the Columbia Publishing Course, Paty and Ulises Vaquerano launched Papalota Negra, a new indie press specializing in illustrated texts and new editorial formats.