Carmen Tafolla is the author of more than 30 books, including This River Here, The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans, and her latest poetry collection Carmen Tafolla: New & Selected Works (TCU Poet Laureate Series.) Former president of the Texas Institute of Letters, she is a Professor Emerita at UTSA, State Poet Laureate of Texas 2015 and was the First Poet Laureate of the City of San Antonio. Recipient of the Américas Award, five International Latino Book Awards, the Art of Peace Award and many other distinctions, she has been recognized for work which “gives voice to the peoples and cultures of this land.”
Octavio Quintanilla was the San Antonio Poet Laureate (2018-2020). He is the author of the poetry collection, If I Go Missing (Slough
Press, 2014) and several chapbooks; the most recent titled Wasted Time (Alabrava,
2019). He teaches Literature and Creative Writing in the M.A/M.F.A. programs at
Our Lady of the Lake University. More information can be found at octavioquintanilla.com
ire’ne lara silva is the author of three poetry collections, furia (Mouthfeel Press,
2010) Blood Sugar Canto (Saddle Road Press, 2016), and CUICACALLI/House of
Song (Saddle Road Press, 2019), an e-chapbook, Enduring Azucares, (Sibling RivalryPress, 2015), as well as a short story collection, flesh to bone (Aunt Lute Books,
2013) which won the Premio Aztlán. She and poet Dan Vera are also the co-editors of
Imaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzaldúan Borderlands, (Aunt Lute Books, 2017), a
collection of poetry and essays. ire’ne is the recipient of a 2017 NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant, the final recipient of the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Award, the Fiction Finalist for AROHO’s 2013 Gift of Freedom Award, and the 2008 recipient of the Gloria Anzaldúa Milagro Award. ire'ne is currently
working on her first novel, Naci. Website: irenelarasilva.wordpress.com
jo reyes-boitel is a poet, essayist, and playwright. jo is also a queer, mixed-Latinx parent working in community, a former music researcher, and novice hand percussionist. jo’s work includes Michael + Josephine, a novel in verse (FlowerSong Press, 2019) and the forthcoming chapbook mouth (Neon Hemlock, 2021), as well as the recently produced operetta she wears bells. Publications include The Ice Colony, OyeDrum, Huizache, Scalawag Journal, and Chachalaca Review. As of 2021 jo is a member of the Macondo Writers Workshop and begins her MFA with UT-Rio Grande Valley in Fall 2021.
Saghar Roshan was born and raised in Iran. She graduated high school with a diploma in Physics and Math. She achieved her BA in Philosophy and earned her Master degree in sociology and theology at BIHE University in Iran- Tehran. During that time she wrote her thesis, entitled “Analysis of Creation’s Main Component (Aether) in Philosophy, Religion, and Science”, which was published. Later she wrote Morality in Society. She was a professor at the same university for 2 years. She escaped her homeland at the age of 29 and went to Turkey to process her refugee status through the United Nations due to persecution after the Revaluation in Iran. During her asylum for 7 months in Turkey, she was an active member of human rights’ group; working with refugee minors in Turkey. She was resettled in the United States under refugee status.
Eduardo (Eddie) R. Vega was born and raised among the chicharras of the
Rio Grande Valley in deep south Texas. As a nationally recognized poet and
spoken word artist, Eddie has competed in regional and national poetry slams
since 2015. In 2017, he earned second place at the Haiku Death Match held at
the National Poetry Slam in Denver, Colorado. Vega’s poems have appeared in
various publications, on VIA San Antonio buses, and graphically displayed on downtown San Antonio walls and windows. Despite having to teach high school to support his poetry habit, most evenings he can be found at an open mic or poetry slam throughout San Antonio and South Texas.
Joaquin Muerte , born in the barrio of San Felipe in Del Rio, began his professional music career 16 years ago in San Antonio as a street performer playing percussion and guitar. He has been playing music since he was a child and is a founding member of three local bands that compose original music - Los Nahuatlatos, Eddie and the Valiants and the San Antunes. Joaquin is a traditional Danzante conchero, whose roots go back to pre-Hispanic America. He is a community health worker and community organizer in poor communities of color. Joaquin’s additional titles include chef, gardener, father, and husband
Abril Garcia-Linn was born into a family of Chicano artists. Growing up she participated
in the family tradition of teatro and costume/mask making. She is an artist, writer, performer, art instructor, seamstress, cultural arts advocate. She is passionate about the use of art in all its forms as a vehicle to empower people and cultivate community. She is a founding member of the poetry/performance group Women of Ill Repute:Refute. Through her work teaching sewing and crafting to refugees she fulfilled one of her life's dreams and in the process created beautiful friendships with people from around the world. She continues to volunteer for various non-profit arts organizations. She works as an Instructional Aid for NISD Adult Education and Literacy and serves as President of the board for The Conjunto HeritageTaller.
Violeta Orozco is the author of three poetry collections: El cuarto de la luna (Projecto Literal 2020), As Seen By Night/La edad oscura (Nueva York Poetry Press, forthcoming), The Broken Woman Diaries (Andante Books, forthcoming). A bilingual writer and freelance translator from Mexico City, she translates Chicana and Latina writers for Nueva York Poetry Review. A Ph.D. scholar of Chicanx and Latina literature at University of Cincinnati, she seeks to restore the fractured links between the broken bones and languages of the Americas. Her work has been published or is forthcoming from literary journals like Acentos Review, Harvard College's Palabritas, Bozalta and Latinx anthologies like Nuestra Realidad Anthology from Somos en escrito magazine. She currently lives in New Jersey.
Joyous Windrider Jiménez is a multi-disciplinary artist and community educator. As a teaching artist Joyous has facilitated the production of over 50 original plays created by and for San Antonio youth. Since 2009 she has presented her creative work in venues around San Antonio, including Bihl Haus Arts, Jump-Start Performance Co., Instituto Cultural de México, the Guadalupe Theatre, Gallista Gallery, Gevers Street Studio, the Carver Cultural Arts Center, Urban-15, and LadyBase Gallery. Her writing was recently anthologized in “Puro Chicanx,” published by Cutthroat Magazine. Currently exploring digital media and video production, her time-lapse short film Quarantine is a Dragon was selected for the Roxie Theater’s Mixtape-In-Place film festival. During the pandemic she also directed and edited she wears bells, a video adaptation of jo reyes-boitel’s original operetta for the Jump-Start Performance Co’s INKubator series, and completed a series of 9 educational videos for the San Antonio Museum of Art.
Natalia Treviño: born in Mexico, is the author of the chapbook, VirginX, which
was a finalist for the open chapbook contest with Finishing Line press. A professor
of English in San Antonio, she learned English from Sesame Street’s Bert and
Ernie. Her awards include the Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Award, the San
Antonio Arts Foundation Literary Award, the Menada Literary Award at the
Ditet E Naimit Poetry Festival in Macedonia, and several others. Her first book, Lavando La Dirty Laundry, was a national and international awards finalist. Natalia’s poems appear in Bordersenses, Borderlands, The Taos Journal of Poetry and Art, and other journals and anthologies.
Jesus Cortez is an undocumented writer and poet from West Anaheim, California. His work is inspired by his upbringing in the city during the 1990’s, raised by a single mother. Jesus’ work has appeared in Harvard Palabritas, Tule Review, the Acentos Review, and Dryland Literary Journal. Through his works, he hopes to shed light on the people, their stories, and about the city that tend to be ignored by the mainstream.