Annessa De La Cruz is the founder of Nameless LA – a creative platform that brings physical experiences to life through different mediums Since 2017 Annessa (Nameless) has leveraged her platform as an art instillation, pop-up shop, editorial issue with space to grow into whatever it seeks. In 2017 Annessa self-published her first poetry book […]
Place is an important aspect of my work as a digital media artist, performance artist, storyteller, documentarian, poet, and writer. As a Black queer artist, my work centers on history, Black identity, Black queer representation, and the politics of sexuality. I am interested in creating artist-based ecosystems built through collaboration and not capitalism. My latest […]
Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Brandon attended Ithaca College and then earned his MFA in Screenwriting at Boston University. After teaching U.S. History and Economics in NYC public schools, Brandon relocated to Los Angeles and broke into the TV writing scene with the Warner Bros. Animation 2011 reboot of THUNDERCATS followed by TRANSFORMERS: RESCUE […]
I’ve always delighted in a well-told story, whether I’m writing a journalistic piece—my long time trade–a script or my novel. In recent years, I’ve directed a few shorts. One was in conjunction with a grand prize in the short film category of the 2013 Beijing International Screenwriting Competition. The win included a trip to Beijing, […]
DreamOut People’s Project is a customized workshop that blends oral history, creative writing and visual art for the purpose of community building. Our mission is to nurture dynamic connections between community members that inspire, educate and empower. The aim of this workshop is to establish the foundation for resilience, growth and social change within our […]
Mike Sonksen aka Mike the PoeT was born in Long Beach and is a 3rd-generation Southern California native. Poet, professor, journalist, historian and tour-guide, his latest book Letters to My City was just published by Writ Large Press. His poetry’s been featured on Public Radio Stations KCRW, KPCC & KPFK & TV programs like Spectrum […]
I create Hip Hop music that is consciousness raising. My goal is to be effective in the community of Long Beach with the Artwalk for LB, always ready to help others display their art and also ready to display mine as an Art collective. I would love to eventually put together show events in the […]
Filmmaker, Painter, Writer and Educator Yeltsin Penado (b. 1990, Los Angeles, CA) studied Painting and Community Arts Engagement at Otis College of art and design (BFA, 2018). He lives and works in Long Beach, CA. He is inspired by philosophical narratives and their connection to historical events; Yeltsin explores their meaning in a contemporary setting […]
Myriam Gurba lives in California and loves it. She teaches high school, writes, and makes “art.” NBC described her short story collection Painting Their Portraits in Winter as “edgy, thought-provoking, and funny.” She has written for Time, KCET, and the Rumpus. Wildflowers, compliments, and cash make her happy.
Julayne Lee is an adopted Asian American poet, artivist, producer, occasional blogger and Futbolista. Writing is a source of inspiration, community, liberation and survival for her. She has been published in Homeland Insecurities, a fundraiser for the APIA Spoken Word and Poetry Summit and the O.K.A.Y. (Overseas Korean Artists e-Yearbook), #5, the 2017 City of […]
Katherine Elizabeth Jackson, known as “Katie” or “Oya”, is a Writer and Poet, a Visual Artist, Photographer, Reiki Therapist and Meditation Guide. She is also the Founder and Facilitator of community organization, RAW & Righteous.
Influentza Independent Press was created in 2012 by Daniel Garcia and Vanessa Rosales, as a way to publish our zines. Our micro publications include personal stories, activism, poetry, and photography from ourselves as well as other people of color. We believe in the power of self publishing to empower people of all backgrounds, and we […]