Cecca Ochoa is a Salvadoran American fiction writer and essayist. She serves as Nonfiction Editor for Apogee Journal. She co-founded, served as Editor and Contributing Writer for Art xx and Aorta magazines. She is a 2014 Alumnus of Voices of Our Nation’s Artists. In 2011, she received the Astraea Foundation’s Lesbian Writer’s Award.
Candice Iloh is a poet, creative writer, and educator residing in Brooklyn, NY whose work has appeared in Insight Magazine, Blackberry Magazine, Fjords Review, The Black Youth Project, The Grio, and For Harriet. She is a VONA fellowship recipient and the Managing Editor of Quiet Lunch Magazine. When she is not writing or working with young people, she dances.
I have a BA from Psychology from New York University and am working toward my MFA in Creative Writing from The New School, where I’ll graduate in May. I work as the publishing intern at Guernica, and a research assistant for John Reed, as well as in the office of The New School Graduate Writing Program. I have also studied at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop for an eight-week fiction program.
My book, HOOD, will be published by Bloomsbury in January 2016: “We all wear hoods: the Grim Reaper, Red Riding Hood, torturers, executioners and the executed, athletes, laborers, anarchists, rappers, babies in onesies, and anyone who’s ever grabbed a hoodie on a chilly day. Alison Kinney’s HOOD explores the material and symbolic vibrancy of this everyday garment and political semaphore, which often protects the powerful at the expense of the powerless—with deadly results. Kinney considers medieval clerics and the Klan, anti-hoodie campaigns and the Hooded Man of Abu Ghraib, the Inquisition and the murder of Trayvon Martin, uncovering both the hooded perpetrators of violence and the hooded victims in their sights.”
I write the Bone Street Rumba Urban Fantasy series, which began in January 2015 with Half-Resurrection Blues (Penguin’s Roc Books). My first YA novel is Shadowshaper, from Scholastic’s Arthur A. Levine Books. I co-edited the anthology Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History.