Pirooz Kalayeh received an MFA from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. He is the founding member and proprietor behind the musical group, The Slipshod Swingers, and the records Orange Lamborghini (2006) and Transistor Radio (2008). Kalayeh has also served as an Associate Producer and Post Production Coordinator with Weller Grossman Productions and Screen Door Entertainment on several television programs, including STRICTLY SEX WITH DR DREW (DISC), CRAFTLAB (DIY), and LOOK WHAT I DID (HGTV). In 2009, Kalayeh’s first solo directorial feature SHOPLIFTING FROM AMERICAN APPAREL (2012) was released under his personal label ILIKENIRVANA and had a theatrical release at select theaters throughout the United States. Kalayeh’s documentary feature about Buddhist teacher Brad Warner, entitled BRAD WARNER’S HARDCORE ZEN (2013) premiered at the Buddhist Film Festival in Amsterdam on October 5, 2013. THE HUMAN WAR (2013) was co-produced and co-directed by Kalayeh and premiered at the Beloit International Film Festival on February 21, 2014. His novel THE WHOPPER STRATEGIES details an advertising executive’s journey to package Enlightenment in a Box. Kalayeh is currently working on several web series and film narratives, including the much-anticipated comedy, ZOMBIE BOUNTY HUNTER M.D. He lives with his wife in Los Angeles and South Korea. He interviews various entertainers and artists on his blog, Shikow.
Broad range of print and radio experience:
– currently healthcare reporter at NPR-affiliate in Los Angeles
– immigration and demographics reporter at San Diego Union-Tribune
– business reporter, urban affairs and features reporter during seven years at the Denver Post
– business reporter at the Orange County Register
Highlights include: project on sex trafficking from Mexico to the U.S.; track immigration policy and report on political trends; coverage of the 2008 DNC; chronicled the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; wrote about the effects of the Great Recession on families; feature stories about farmers and victims of HIV/AIDS in Cuba before the recent change in U.S. policy.
Award-winning reporter, loves a good story, easy to work with, meets deadlines, willing to go anywhere for storytelling and covering news.
Graduate of Pepperdine University and University of Southern California.
Member of IRE, NAHJ and JAWS.
Resume and references available.
I have a personal project of tracking music released by queer artists and making lists and stats of what has been released in a specific year.
I’m also making plans to put out an open call for a queer music writers’ anthology of personal essays I’d like to compile and edit, and achieving both gender and racial parity is a top priority of mine.
Author of 2 memoirs: The Nigerian-Nordic Girl’s Guide to Lady Problems (Shebooks) and Meeting Faith (W.W. Norton & Co.),
Co-editor of Coming of Age Around the World: A Multicultural Anthology (The New Press)
Writer / Narrator / Subject of the PBS documentary My Journey Home,
-I have a master’s from UCLA in Asian American Studies
-I’m a stem cell donor to an unrelated donor who survived thanks to transplant
-My mom is Jewish from Ireland and my Dad is Korean
-Author of forthcoming novel, The Things We Tell Ourselves
Ingrid Rojas Contreras is the recipient of the 2014 Mary Tanenbaum Award for Nonfiction. She is a fellow at the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto. Her writing has been anthologized in Guernica Annual (forthcoming), Wise Latinas (Nebraska University Press), and American Odysseys: Writings by New Americans (Dalkey Archive Press). She blogs about books and all things literary for KQED, San Francisco’s NPR affiliate. She am a fiction and non-fiction writer. As a Colombian immigrant, she writes about identity, displacement, and memory. Ingrid is am working on a CNF family memoir centering around my grandfather who was a folk healer in Colombia who it said could move clouds.
I write about everyone’s favorite dinner party topics: race, the culture wars and God. But don’t worry, I try to mix it up with less popular subjects like blockbuster movies, Netflix’s new binge-worthy show and Jay-oncé’s latest baby pic trending on Twitter.
I spin words for the web, print and TV—from politically-themed poetry and researched news stories—to catchy website copy and restaurant reviews. With a background in education, public speaking and arts/media, I have the ability to convey complex information and ideas in an easy to understand, conversational tone.