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 […]
Vocalist/Producer from Long Beach, CA. Dawgness exists purely within the realm of the psychedelic and seeks only to strengthen your uncertainty.
I am an author of historical novels. My books explore cultures and periods with which most people are unfamiliar, and are intended to be both entertaining and educational.
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 […]
Writing as an openly gay man, my poetry, fiction, and scholarly work cannot help but be political. However, my poems, and to some extent my novels and stories, are not only based in a fildelty to facts (be they from science, history, current events, or my personal experience) but also in a commitment to curiosity […]
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 […]