Laura Vena is a writer, teacher, translator, artist, animal activist, editor, photographer and curator whose work has appeared in Bombay Gin, Super Arrow, Tarpaulin Sky, In Posse Review, The Dirty Fabulous, Antennae and elsewhere. She is the recent winner of the 1913 Press First Book Prize by John Keene for her manuscript, x/she: stardraped, for […]
Cynthia Kadohata is the author of ten novels for children and three novels for grownups. She is the winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award.
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, […]
kionacaptures. is dedicated to showcasing the photography and creative writing works of kiona jones. kiona is a freelance photographer and creative writer in the signal hill area. she specializes in portrait, street, and nature photography, as well as script, short story, and poetry writing.
Jonathan Escoffery is the winner of the Plimpton Prize for Fiction, the Waasnode Fiction Prize, and the Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award. His writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The Paris Review, AGNI, ZYZZYVA, Creative Nonfiction, and elsewhere. He has received fellowships and distinctions from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Society […]
A Long Beach based writer exploring her experiences in life and translating it into art.
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’m a mixed media artist and writer. My best friend is an enormous cat named Pine Cone, who provides wonderful scope for the imagination and inspires a lot of my work. While I’m passionate about generating whimsy and kid-friendly content, I’m equally passionate about intersectional feminism and exploring trauma through a lens of curiosity and […]
Noelle Marie Falcis is a creative and academic that has centered her work around the intersection of narrative and performative praxis with cultural theory. Most interested in re-memory, indigenization, and intergenerational language, she pursues storytelling through fictive writing and movement artistry. She uses these dual forms to better understand the diasporic, post-colonized life, and how […]
Nancy Lynée Woo was awarded the 2018-2019 Professional Artist Fellowship from the Arts Council for Long Beach, and is a 2015 PEN America Emerging Voices Fellow. She is co-founder of the Long Beach Literary Arts Center, and the author of two chapbooks, Bearing the Juice of It All (Finishing Line Press, 2016) and Rampant (Sadie […]
Creative non-fiction writer, filmmaker, mother of Hudson & Charlie. Dominicana via Washington Heights now living in the LBC. My film The Big Deal won the Imagen Award for Best Theatrical Short. Currently writing a memoir and feature film script while working full-time and trying to juggle it all. I strive to tell relatable stories that […]
My life is my canvas and my actions are my medium. My unquenchable curiosity and relentless hunger for social justice has forced me to share. That sharing is my art form. Give me a room of people and I can change lives. It rings a vain statement but, in fact, it is something gleaned from […]