R. Flowers Rivera

A native of Mississippi, R. Flowers Rivera is an award-winning poet, and the author of two books. She completed a Ph.D. in English, specializing in African American literature and creative writing, at Binghamton University. Xavier Review Press published her debut poetry collection, Troubling Accents (July 2013), which received a nomination from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters and was selected by the Texas Association of Authors as its 2014 Poetry Book of the Year.

Rivera’s second collection, Heathen (February 2015) was published by Lotus Press, Inc., and distributed by Wayne State University. It has been selected by poet and literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller as the winner of the 2015 Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award. This award was established by Lotus Press to recognize an outstanding book-length manuscript by an African-American poet.

Angie Chau

ANGIE CHAU is the author of Quiet As They Come (IG Publishing,2010), which was a Finalist in First Fiction for The California Book Award and a Finalist in Fiction for the Northern California Independent Booksellers’ Award. She is the recipient of the Maurice Prize in Fiction and has been awarded an Anderson Center Residency, Hedgebrook Residency, Macondo Foundation Fellowship, and was most recently the 2013 Walter Stiern Library PG&E Writer in Residence. Her short stories have appeared in the Indiana Review, Santa Clara Review, Night Train Magazine, and the 2012 Hey Day Books anthology, New California Writing, and other publications. She was born in Vietnam has lived a nomadic life moving to Italy, Spain, Malaysia, and Hawaii. She is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto where she is working on her latest novel. She currently calls the Bay Area home. www.angiechau.com

“Angie Chau’s fine collection of stories does for immigrants from South Vietnam what Jhumpa Lahiri did for East Indians or Junot Diaz did for people from the Dominican Republic. She tells their truth.”—Dallas Morning News


Keah Brown

If there is anyone thing that interests me most it’s reading. I watch a lot of TV too. I have a degree in journalism from The State University of New York at Fredonia and a minor in creative writing. I currently intern for Cliché Magazine in the Entertainment department and I write for Throwed Magazine about culture.

Cecca Ochoa

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.

Riley Wilson

I published my first work of fiction in college. Made it into a film a couple years later, thanks to pretty dope social media strategy. And now it’s in the film circuit. Pretty awesome.