Contributors / Colaboradores
Cover Photo. © 2014 Noah “Kast” Teran
DEBORAH AGUILAR ESCALANTE works as a college professor by day, but by night she transforms into a creative writer composing works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry—all of which are crucial to her survival. She holds an M.A. in English and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Chapman University. Some of her hobbies include secretly applying Julia Kristeva's theory of abjection to shows like The Walking Dead and Dexter, as well as attempting to find the carnivalesque in everyday life. Her poetry has been published in Blueprint Review, Elephant Tree, and The Medulla Review, and she was featured as Chapman Writers’ "Writer of the Month" in October 2012. She lives a subperfectory life on the fringe of Los Angeles with her husband, two children, two fish, and two dogs, which suits her bicultural identity rather nicely.
RYAN ALLAN was raised outside of Toronto. He grew up skateboarding and playing guitar in a punk rock band, using these passions to escape from his small town. Drawing on his background, Ryan captures his subjects with an emotion and honesty that can only be attributed to people living in the moment. He has shot for clients such as Adidas, Converse, Gravis Footwear, Vice Magazine, LoDown Magazine, and others. Ryan currently calls Southern California home but travels almost non-stop. He enjoys photographing skateboarding culture with his camera and also continues to skate.
SESSHU FOSTER has taught in East L.A. for 25 years. He has also taught writing at the University of Iowa, the California Institute for the Arts, Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, and the University of California, Santa Cruz. His work has been published in The Oxford Anthology of Modern American Poetry, Language for a New Century: Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond, and State of the Union: 50 Political Poems. He is currently collaborating with artist Arturo Romo and other writers on the website, www.ELAguide.org. His most recent books are the novel Atomik Aztex and the hybrid World Ball Notebook.
ALBERTO FUGUET estudió periodismo en la Universidad de Chile. Es autor de las novelas Mala onda (1991), Tinta roja (1996), Por favor, rebobinar (1994, reeditada en 1998), Las películas de mi vida (2003), Missing: una investigación (2009, Premio de la Crítica UDP) y Aeropuertos (2010); de los libros de cuentos Sobredosis (1990) y Cortos (2004); y de los libros de no ficción Primera parte (2000), Apuntes autistas (2007), Cinépata (una bitácora) (2012) y Tránsitos: una cartografía literaria (2013). Fue coeditor de la antología de cuentos McOndo (1996), y de Una vida crítica (Ediciones UDP, 2013), de Héctor Soto. Además, fue “director y montajista” de Mi cuerpo es una celda (2008), la autobiografía de Andrés Caicedo. Ha dirigido varios clips; los largometrajes Se arrienda (2005), Velódromo (2010) y Música campesina (2011); el cortometraje 2 horas (2008) y el ensayo cinéfilo Locaciones: buscando a Rusty James (2013). Su obra ha sido traducida a varios idiomas. El año 2010 obtuvo la Beca Guggenheim por ficción. Es profesor de la Universidad Diego Portales. Vive en Santiago.
JESÚS GALLERES nació en Lima, Perú en 1975. Cursó estudios de Derecho y Letras en la Universidad Católica del Perú. Obtuvo la licenciatura en Literatura Comparada en La Universidad de California, Los Ángeles, en la que actualmente estudia el doctorado en Lengua y Literaturas Hispánicas. Desde el 2004 trabaja como traductor independiente, profesor de español y corrector de ensayos académicos.
PERE GIMFERRER(Barcelona, 1945) published La muerte en Beverly Hills (Death in Beverly Hills) in 1968, two years after winning Spain’s National Poetry Award for Arde el mar (The Sea Burns). In 1970 he was included in Josep Maria Castellet’s polemic anthology Nueve novísimos poetas españoles (The Nine Newest Spanish Poets). That same year he published his first collection of poems in Catalan, Els miralls. He won both the Ramon Llull and Crítica Prizes for his novel Fortuny (1983). In 1989, he once again received the National Poetry Award for El vendaval. In recognition of his literary career, Gimferrer received the Premio Nacional de las Letras Españolas (National Prize for Spanish Literature) in 1998, and the International Octavio Paz Prize for Poetry and Criticism in 2006. His most recent work, Alma Venus, was released in 2013.
DANIEL GONZÁLEZ was born and raised in the community of Boyle Heights in Los Angeles, California. As a child he lived in both the United States and in Mexico, where he often travelled to visit his parent’s hometown of El Teúl in Zacatecas. These trips had a profound influence on him and his work. He views his prints as a graphic record, seeking to preserve narratives, histories, and memories. Daniel studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts where he was introduced to printmaking and the letterpress. He is now based in Los Angeles where he maintains a print studio. His works have been exhibited internationally and he has recently completed his first public art project in the La Cienega Station of the Metro Expo Line. Currently, he is attending the University of California, Los Angeles where he is completing his undergraduate studies.
JEAN-PAUL R. DEGUZMAN is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at UCLA, where he previously earned an MA in Asian American Studies. His research examines how People of Color contest and create spaces in Los Angeles's San Fernando Valley, an iconic American landscape that defies popular conceptions of American cities and suburbs. He is fairly obsessed with Instagramming UCLA and greater Los Angeles @deguzman_ucla.
MARIO DE LA IGLESIA (Madrid, 1970) con sólo 19 años fundó la marca Black Sun® Art&Wear, produciendo trabajos de jóvenes artistas y empleando la serigrafía sobre camiseta como medio. Años más tarde, su obra mural “Super 8” supuso el inicio de su madurez creativa. Mario es el creador del mundialmente reproducido logotipo libre de derechos STOP WARS, "fake" del logo de la saga Star Wars, y sus pinturas, ilustraciones y diseños están hoy presentes en múltiples revistas, decorados de películas y canales de T.V. en España. Ha colaborado en la interpretación de iconos fotográficos con Pablo Pérez-Mínguez, con quien realizó las series "IKÓNIKAS". A su paso por Los Ángeles en 2013 realizó tres exposiciones de lienzos y dibujos, participando en las ediciones de noviembre y diciembre del Downtown Art Walk, y en marzo de 2014 presentó en Madrid sus nuevos lienzos junto a un grupo representativo de la escena artística de Los Ángeles en la primera edición de la plataforma “Downtown Art Scene Edición Madrid".
VINICIUS JATOBÁ was born in Rio de Janeiro. He has written criticism for leading Brazilian newspapers, including O Estado de São Paulo and O Globo, and for magazines such as Carta Capital and Bravo. His short story "Still Life" was published in Granta's Best of Young Brazilian Novelists edition (2012). His collection of short stories Apenas o vento (Only the wind) will be published later in 2014. He is working on his first novel, Pés Descalços (Bare feet). His featured text, “A Caldeira do Diabo,” is part of a second ongoing novel, Rua do Encantamento.
ROMÁN LUJÁN (Coahuila, México) es autor de los libros de poemas Instrucciones para hacerse el valiente, Aspa Viento (con Jordi Boldó), Deshuesadero, Drâstel y Nigredo: Antología personal. Con Luis Alberto Arellano dirigió la revista literaria Crótalo, además de editar Esos que no hablan pero están: Antología de poetas en Querétaro, nacidos entre 1940 y 1969 y El país del ruido: 9 poetas mexicanos/ Le pays sonore: 9 poètes mexicains. Obtuvo los premios nacionales de poesía Abigael Bohórquez, Francisco Cervantes Vidal y Amado Nervo. Entre las antologías que recogen su trabajo se encuentran Zur Dos: Última poesía latinoamericana y Malditos Latinos, Malditos Sudacas: Poesía Iberoamericana Made in USA. Es traductor de poesía en lengua inglesa y candidato doctoral en el Departamento de Español y Portugués de UCLA.
NYLSA MARTÍNEZ (Mexicali, B.C., México, 1979). Narradora. Fue miembro del Taller de Narrativa del Departamento de Estudios Literarios de la Universidad de Guadalajara hasta el 2006. Ha publicado las colecciones de cuento Roads (Paraíso Perdido, 2007) y Tu casa es mi casa (CONACULTA e ICBC, 2009). En 2008 obtuvo el Premio Estatal de Literatura de Baja California en la categoría de cuento, y durante la convocatoria 2011-2012 fue becaria del Programa de Estímulo a la Creación y al Desarrollo Artístico (PECDA). Su trabajo se encuentra en diversas revistas y antologías, la más reciente: Fronteras adentro, antología de cuento de Baja California (2012).
JOSÉ LUIZ PASSOS moved from Brazil to Los Angeles in 1995, where he currently teaches at UCLA. He is the author of short stories and literary essays that have been published in both Brazil and the US. José Luiz is also the author of two novels published by Alfaguara: Nosso grão mais fino (2009) and O sonâmbulo amador (2012), which has received the Portugal Telecom Grand Prize for best novel and best book of the year. He is currently writing a book on traveling and literature.
VINÍCIUS PRAXEDES is originally from Campos dos Goytacazes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He spent his young adulthood in pursuit of satiating his wanderlust. After living in Buenos Aires, Argentina; San Diego, California; Salvador, Bahia, Brazil; and Hanover, New Hampshire, he settled down in the majestic San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. Vinícius is a photography student at UCLA Extension. He most enjoys snapping photos of cityscapes, unusual buildings, and his cats. His work is regularly featured in Language Magazine and has been exhibited on the UCLA campus. Vinícius enjoys traveling, rock climbing, and is learning to surf. See more of his photos at vspraxedes.tumblr.com.
SANDY RODRIGUEZ is a Los Angeles-based painter and museum educator. She grew up between San Diego, Tijuana, and Los Angeles and earned her BFA from California Institute of the Arts in 1997. She has been designing and implementing interdisciplinary art education programs for museums and community based non-profits since 1998. In her paintings, she seeks to capture moments of transformation in the Los Angeles urban landscape. Her subjects include working class communities in redevelopment, raging wild fires, smog-induced Technicolor sunsets, foggy views of coastal communities, and aerial views of the LA basin at night. Past exhibitions include: Hudson Linc, Snite Museum, Self Help Graphics, Plaza de la Raza Boathouse Gallery, Walter Maciel Gallery, D.E.N.Contemporary, Tropico de Nopal, and Ave 50 Studios. Rodriguez was one of three artists invited to participate in Freeway Studies #1 This Side of the 405 Billboard Project (2013). Recently, her self-portrait was on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego with the exhibition Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection. For more information on her work, visit sandyrodriguez.org.
ANTHONY SEIDMAN’s most recent collections of poetry are The Motel Insomnia, an artists’ book created with Jean-Claude Loubieres and published by AdeLeo Editions of Paris, as well as the Natural History of Asphalt (Paraphilia Magazine / Oneiros Books). This past year, his work has appeared in the anthologies The Ecopoetry Anthology (Trinity University Press) and The California Prose Directory (Outpost 19), as well as in publications such as World Literature Today, Nimrod, The Bitter Oleander, Ambit, Newsweek en español, Skidrow Penthouse, The Black Herald Review, and Slipstream. Editorial Piedra Cuervoof Baja California recently published his translations of Roberto Castillo Udiarte’s poetry under the title of El blues del cuervo (Una cartografía). A native of the San Fernando Valley, he lives in Van Nuys with his wife and children.
OLIVER SHOU is a proud graduate of Monte Vista High School’s Class of 2013. He currently attends San Francisco State University focusing on Communications. During his senior year of high school he developed a passion for photography and since then he carries his camera everywhere he goes. See more of his photography at -olly.tumblr.com.
JOHNNY TAYLOR was born in Helena, Arkansas, and grew up in and around Memphis, Tennessee. Taylor began painting as a student at the University of Memphis (BFA, Art History, 1996). On New Year’s Eve of 1992, he made a resolution to paint three paintings a day, every day, for the entire year. By the end of 1993, Taylor began to exhibit the fruits of his labor. He has exhibited his paintings regularly ever since and has not strayed far from the hard-edged cartoon style that characterizes his early works. Taylor paints primarily in acrylics and his works may be found across the country in the Jay Etkin Gallery in Memphis and Santa Fe, NM; the Parlor Gallery in Asbury Park, NJ; Artspace Warehouse in Los Angeles, CA; and the Yard Dog Gallery in Austin, TX, among others. Johnny Taylor currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.
NOAH “KAST” TERAN is a Los Angeles based photographer specializing in, but not limited to, the Los Angeles lifestyle and culture. A musician originally from Santa Ana, CA, he sought to create artwork that combined the visual arts with his love for making music, and it was because of this that he picked up a camera and began shooting. This steered him towards capturing other artists making music, which then snowballed into a career that led him to explore the Chicano culture of Los Angeles through his artwork. See more of his photographs at @vndtakast.
VICKIE VÉRTIZ was born and raised in southeast Los Angeles where her poem is set. Her writing explores the intersections of feminism, identity, and Latino sub-cultures through everyday beauty. She is a VONA alumna and earned a Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship as an MFA candidate at the University of California, Riverside. Her writing is widely anthologized and can be found in publications such as Open the Door, a teaching guide from McSweeney's, and The Poetry Foundation. Her poetry collection Swallows was recently released by Finishing Line Press.
ELIZABETH WARREN is from St. Louis, Missouri and has close ties to New York, Chicago, and Bloomington, Indiana. She spent two years in Granada, Spain, where she received a fundamental crash course in the subjects of jamón, tapas gratis, sobremesas, and cachondeo. Faced with an overabundance of beautiful scenery and free time, Elizabeth took to wandering the labyrinthine streets of Granada, and it was at this point that she developed an interest in photography. She is currently a PhD student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UCLA, where she is receiving a second fundamental crash course in the subjects of contemporary Spanish literature, jerga peruana, and comida mexicana. Elizabeth firmly believes that the best way to see Los Angeles is on foot, and her photos are the fruits of her saunters throughout the city.
MAITE ZUBIAURRE is a Professor of Spanish and German at UCLA. She was born in Bogotá, and raised in Bonn and Madrid. She has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and has taught in Austin (UT Austin), Mexico City (UNAM and ITAM), and Los Angeles (USC and UCLA). She is the author of two books, one on space and setting in European and Latin American realist fiction (Fondo de Cultura Económica), and one on early twentieth century Spanish erotica (Vanderbilt University Press). She is presently writing a book on the cultural representations of trash and the discarded. In her free time, Maite enjoys writing short stories on vampires and is currently putting together a fictional account on what it was like to grow up in late Francoist Spain. But, mostly, she likes to cruise LA (one endless Boulevard at a time), take pictures of all things urban, make collages out of these pictures, and sell them at flea markets.