Panelist Bios


(Alphabetized by first name)

Aaron Deutsch received his MFA with distinction from Texas State University. His work appears in Night Train, Willows Wept Review, and Scalawag Magazine. He teaches and designs courses at the Defense Language Institute-English Language Center. He is currently working on his first full-length collection of poetry.

Alejandro Puyana is a Venezuelan exile writing in Austin. His work has appeared on Tin House, Huizache, NPR, and was recently awarded the Halifax Ranch Prize for his story “The Hands of Dirty Children.” He’s currently working on a novel, Freedom is a Feast, which is set in Venezuela.

Alexandra van de Kamp is the Executive Director of Gemini Ink and teaches poetry workshops with The Poetry Barn. She is the author of two collections of poems, Kiss/Hierarchy and The Park of Upside-Down Chairs, and several chapbooks, including Dear Jean Seberg and A Liquid Bird Inside the Night.

Alyssa Harad is the author of a memoir, Coming to My Senses and has published work in O: The Oprah Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Marie Claire, Jewish Quarterly, 3:AM Magazine, and elsewhere. She currently lives in Austin.

Amalia Ortiz appeared on three seasons of Def Poetry on HBO. NBC Latino named her book, Rant. Chant. Chisme, one of “10 Great Latino Books 2015.” Recently, she was awarded a NALAC Grant to film music videos for her book The Canción Cannibal Cabaret, forthcoming from Aztlan Libre Press.

Amie Charney holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California Riverside. She has taught literature, rhetoric, composition, and creative writing for seven years. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in literary journals such as Proud to Be and Oh Cat!, As You Were.

Andrea VOCAB Sanderson (vocalist, hip hop artist, performance poet) serves as a Writer-In-the-Community for the literary nonprofit, Gemini Ink. She co-hosts “2nd Verse” and hosts “Jazz & Poetry with a Purpose.” She is published in Pariah Anthology, SFA Press, March 2016, and Sycorax’s Daughters, Cedar Grove Publishing, January 2017.

Andrew W. Hale is a graduate of Our Lady of the Lake University where he received his Master’s in English Literature and Social Justice as well as an MFA in Creative Writing. Currently based in San Antonio, Andrew continues to hone his craft while studying theory and evolving forms of writing.

Anel I. Flores’ studies and works center around Chicana/Latina literature, lesbianidad, sexuality, gender, race/border/diaspora, spirituality, body, blood memory and their connection to identity. She has an MFA in Creative Writing. Flores was awarded Women’s Advocate of the Year 2018 from University of Texas at San Antonio.

Anthony Ripp draws inspiration from the rusty parts of his surroundings and doesn’t think much of taking pictures from the pretty side. He believes that you can’t write about something if you haven’t experienced it, and he has definitely experienced some rust.

Ayokunle Falomo is a Nigerian, a poet who works to unearth those things that make us human, a TEDx speaker, an American, and the author of kin.DREAD and thread, this wordweaver must! His work was featured in publications like Glass Mountain, The New York Times, and Houston Chronicle.

Beau Hulgan received his Master’s in Literature from Texas State University. He writes mostly fiction short stories. He has written two novels which he is in the process of publishing. Currently, he works as a High School English Special Education teacher in Austin, Texas.

Bonnie Ilza Cisneros is a fourth-generation educator. She earned a Creative Writing MFA from Texas State University and is a member of the Macondo Writers Workshop. Her writing appears in River Teeth Journal and elsewhere. Bonnie is working on a collection of creative nonfiction essays/autohistoria-teoría: Bodies of Agua, forthcoming in 2019.

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Bree A. Rolfe lives in Austin, Texas and teaches at Bowie High School. Her work has appeared in Saul Williams’ Chorus: A Literary Mixtape, the Redpaint Hill Anthology Mother is a Verb, and 5AM. She holds an MFA from Bennington College. Her website is

Brittani Sonnenberg is a writer based in Austin, Texas when she’s not teaching in Hong Kong. Her stories, essays, and poems have been featured in The O’Henry Short Story Prizes, NPR, and North American Review. She is the author of the novel Home Leave.

Carol Coffee Reposa is the author of four books of poetry and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters. She was nominated four times for the Pushcart Prize and received the San Antonio Public Literary Arts and Letters Award in 2015. She is also the 2018 Poet Laureate.

Carol Gonzales is a writer, poet, and educator. She is a Veteran Writer for Gemini Ink and has been with the organization since 2016. She has worked in hospitals, community centers, and schools. She believes education is empowering to the individual and the society in which they subscribe.

Cary Clack was a San Antonio Express-News columnist from 1994 to 2011. He won the Dallas Press Club’s Katie Award for Best General Column and Trinity University Press published a collection of his columns, Clowns and Rats Scare Me. He was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters in 2017.

Cassandra Rose Clarke’s work has placed in the Rhysling Awards and been nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award, the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award, the PUshcart Prize, and YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults. Her latest novel is Halo: Battle Born, out now from Scholastic.

Dr. Cathryn Merla-Watson is a San Antonio-native and is an assistant professor in Literatures and Cultural Studies at UTRGV. Dr. Merla-Watson recently co-edited the anthology Altermundos: Latin@ Speculative Literature, Film, and Popular Culture with Ben Olguin which won the 2018 American Book Award.

Chaitali Sen is the author of the novel The Pathless Sky and short stories published in Ecotone, New England Review, Colorado Review, Shenandoah, and other journals. She lives in Austin and is the founder of the interview series Borderless: Conversations on Art, Action, and Justice at Malvern Books.

Christen Barron is a lecturer of First-Year Composition at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. She taught her first WIC workshop in 2017.  

Dr. Christine Drennon is Director and Professor of the Urban Studies Program at Trinity University. Her research is on the inner-city neighborhoods of San Antonio and the cycles of investment and disinvestment that destabilize neighborhoods. Her research was instrumental in the city’s adoption of an ‘equity-based’ budget last year.

Clint Taylor was born and raised in San Antonio TX. He is a teatrista and has been serving the community teatro for over 20 years. He continues to enhance his artistic practice by working with diverse companies and solo artists and taking workshops and classes offered in San Antonio and New York.

Cynthia Spielman is a neighborhood and housing advocate, working and writing on such issues as affordable housing, short term rentals, education, and sustainability. She sits on the Steering Committee for the Tier One Neighborhood Coalition. She also co-edits and writes for

Daniel García Ordaz, a.k.a. The Poet Mariachi, is the author of You Know What I’m Sayin’? and Cenzontle/Mockingbird: Songs of Empowerment. He is a founder of Art That Heals, the Gloria Anzaldúa Legacy Project, and the Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival. He earned his MFA in Creative Writing from UT-RGV.

Daniel Lockerbie is a graduate student of English at the University of Texas at San Antonio. When he isn’t writing academic essays for class, he enjoys writing poetry and short fiction.

Darwin Hamilton serves as co-chair of the Board of Directors with Grassroots Leadership. His mission is to change criminal justice policies and practices and reduce the stigma of formerly incarcerated people through example and powerful storytelling. He recently self-published his memoir, 25 Years Later: A Sentence from Crime to Redemption, Resilience, Advocacy and Leadership.

David Hale is an artist and writer who experiments with the language-technology merger. His works include “It’s Not About the Algorithm but the Distance,” a series of digital poems that track the reader’s position in relation to poem locations. He earned his MFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Dwight Sullivan (name changed) is an author, educator, and ethicist. He has been incarcerated in New Jersey since 1991, when he was 16 years old; he is serving a 35-year sentence. His memoir, Even Me, explores the deeply personal process of discovering the courage to come face-to-face with oneself and the transformative potential of boundary-crossing relationships.

Edward Vidaurre, 2018-2019 McAllen, Texas Poet Laureate is the author of six collections of poetry: JAZzHOUSE is his latest, and WHEN A CITY ENDS is forthcoming. He writes from the front lines of the Mexican-American borderlands of the Rio Grande Valley in south Texas and is a publisher and editor of FlowerSong Books.

Emily Raquel Garcia is a writer and current president of the San Benito Creative Writers Club. She is a recent high school graduate who will be attending Texas A&M International University this fall. She will study business and pre-law so that she may be the voice to the voiceless.

Eric James Cruz is a teacher of English and Creative Writing at Alamo Heights High School. His poems have appeared in Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, The Avocet Review, and the University of Texas Blanton Poetry Project. Cruz lives in San Antonio with his wife and children. He is an MFA candidate at Warren Wilson College.

Eric Shah is a biracial poet and writer from Edinburg, Texas. He has a fervor for biological sciences and hopes to obtain his MFA. The energy he derives for his poetry stems from the solidarity formed from being vulnerable. Recent publications include the Valley International Poetry Festival’s anthology, Boundless 2019.

Erica R. de la Rosa co-founded the performance troupe MAHINA MOVEMENT. She’s a Teaching Artist and Arts Education Advocate in San Antonio and NYC. Erica is the Founder and a Producing Partner of CEIBA Arts Cooperative. She serves on the board of San Anto Cultural Arts and performs with Poetic People Power.

Esteban Rodríguez is the author of Dusk & Dust and the micro-chapbook Soledad. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Gettysburg Review, New England Review, Shenandoah, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. He lives with his family and teaches in Austin, Texas.

Esther Mizrachi is a freelance writer who has written dozens of fiction and nonfiction books for the Grade K-12 classroom market. Her personal essays have been published in Lilith Magazine and She founded the writing group Writers of the Shed and is currently working on a novel.

Eusebio Diaz co-facilitated, along with William Glenn, Gemini Ink’s Nights of Noir reading program and has participated in several panel discussions on crime fiction. He’s writing a book set in his birthplace, Carrizo Springs. He received a BA in Anthropology and an MA in Bicultural-Bilingual Studies, both from UTSA.

Eva Pohler is a USA Today bestselling author of 25 novels in multiple genres, including mysteries, thrillers, and young adult fantasy. Her works have been described as “addicting” and “sure to thrill” by Kirkus Reviews. Eva also teaches part-time at Trinity University.

Florinda Flores-Brown has served as Gemini Ink’s Writers in Communities program director since 2017. She is a playwright, fiction writer, live storyteller, and former educator.

Gerald Poyo serves at St. Mary’s University as the O’Connor Chair for the History of Hispanic Texas and the Southwest. His responsibilities include creating a more sustained focus on the history of Hispanic Texas and the Southwest and enhancing the University’s visibility and authority in this area of study.

Gerard Robledo is a Latino social justice poet who teaches creative writing at San Antonio College. He is a Macondo Writers’ Workshop Fellow. His Spanish language poetry translations and poetry have appeared in Voices de la Luna, Texas Poetry Calendar, The Thing Itself, San Antonio Express-News, and elsewhere.

Holly Lyn Walrath’s work appears in Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, Daily Science Fiction, Liminality, and elsewhere. She is the author of Glimmerglass Girl. She holds a B.A. in English from The University of Texas and a Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of Denver.

Ileana Garcia-Spitz is an English teacher at South Texas High School for Health Professions. She is also a photographer who documents the Rio Grande Valley’s poetry scene. Being around performers and writers led her to her own writing.

Ire’ne Lara Silva is the author of two poetry collections, furia and Blood Sugar Canto, which were both finalists for the International Latino Book Award in Poetry, an e-chapbook, Enduring Azucares, as well as a short story collection, flesh to bone, which won the Premio Aztlán.

Jack Kaulfus is the author of the short story collection Tomorrow or Forever. Their work has been published in A Cappella Zoo, Barrelhouse, and other journals. In addition to teaching high school English, Jack is the fiction editor at Gertrude Press.

Jaimie Peterson received her BFA in Painting from the Kansas City Art Institute and her Master of Arts in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. She currently works as an art therapist at Kerrville State Hospital and an adjunct instructor at Alamo Colleges.

Jasmin Garcia is an RGV based poet who has been published through La Bloga and Boundless Anthology 2018.

Jasmina Wellinghoff, Ph.D., is an award-winning journalist and arts critic whose articles and reviews have appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, and radio & television programs. She is currently the editor of “Arts Alive San Antonio” and the prose editor for Voices De La Luna.

Javier Tinajero R. es autor de Párpados y pájaros y Poemas para encontrar el tiempo en una tarde de viernes, El tiempo rueda, y I Am the River. Miembro del Consejo editorial de Letras en la Frontera desde 2016. Algunos de sus textos pueden ser leídos en:

Dr. Jennifer Bartlett worked in publishing as an acquisitions editor at W. W. Norton for ten years before teaching at Trinity University. This year, with the help of Dr. Andrew Porter and Dr. Kelly Carlisle, she developed an introductory literary publishing course that led to the production of High Noon.

Jessica Nowlin, Ph.D., is a lecturer in Classics at UTSA. She has more than twelve years of experience in the fields of archaeology and geospatial analysis, conducting fieldwork in Belize, Crimea, and Italy. In San Antonio, she works on the Bexar County Historical GIS project.

Jessica Wright is a poet and a historian of the body. She teaches Classics and Medical Humanities at UTSA, has taught literature and language in prisons, and teaches through Gemini Ink’s Writers-in-Communities program.

jo reyes-boitel is a poet, essayist, and playwright. She is a former music researcher, novice hand percussionist, and community-based writing workshop leader. Jo is a Texas transplant by way of Minnesota, Florida, Mexico, and Cuba. Her new novel in verse, Michael + Josephine, was released in 2019 by FlowerSong Books.

Jonathan Rodriguez is the former president of the San Benito Creative Writers Club and still writes as a hobby. He is also extravagant.

Joshua Robbins is the author of Praise Nothing and part of the Miller Williams Series in Poetry. His recognitions include the James Wright Poetry Award and a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in poetry from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He teaches poetry writing at the University of the Incarnate Word.

Joyous Windrider Jiménez is an artist, educator, mother, and San Antonio native. She spent nearly a decade abroad, where she helped minority groups tell their stories. Since returning, she’s presented poetry, theatre, and visual art around San Antonio. She’s helped produce many original plays created by and for San Antonio youth.

Juan Tejeda retired as a professor of Mexican American Studies and Music from Palo Alto College in 2016. He founded the Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio, a button accordionist, and a vocalist for Conjunto Aztlan. He and his wife, Anisa Onofre, are the owners of Aztlan Libre Press.

Judy Jensen has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize twice. She co-founded Float Press and the KinCity Reading Series. Judy has served as an editor and a moderator. She volunteers with Poetry at Round Top and participates in a workshop that has endured for more than 25 years.

Juli Berwald received a doctorate in satellite oceanography and then found her place writing about science for publications including National Geographic and The New York Times, as well as many textbooks. Her recent memoir/science mash-up is Spineless: the Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone.

Julieta Corpus is a poet who’s been published in STC’s Interstice, The Thing Itself, Boundless, and Texas Poetry Calendar. She has a compact disc titled “Corazon Parlante,” which includes twelve original poems. Julieta completed her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in May 2016.

Kate Carroll de Gutes is the author of Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, winner of the Oregon Book Award and a Lambda Literary Award. Her second book, The Authenticity Experiment won an Independent Publishing Award for LGBT Essay.

Katherine Hoerth is the author of three poetry collections, including Goddess Wears Cowboy Boots, which won the Helen C. Smith Prize from the Texas Institute of Letters. She is an assistant professor of English at Lamar University and editor-in-chief of Lamar University Literary Press.

Kathleen Creedon is one of the original editors of High Noon. She will be entering her final year at Trinity University in the fall and looks forward to a future in editing and publishing.

Kebana Frost is a psychotherapist in Austin, Texas with a specific training in both mindfulness and attachment theory. She has studied and/or practiced various spiritual traditions, including Zen Buddhism, Episcopalianism, and Shamanism. She writes fiction and nonfiction, with an emphasis on insomnia issues and the meaning of empathy.

Kelley V. Phillips has been an avid outdoorswoman since childhood—always looking for the next adventure. As Director of Programs and Outreach for the San Antonio River Foundation, she sees people fall in love with Confluence Park each time she’s on-site and creates programming which encourages stewardship of our natural resources.

Kimberly Davis is the director at Madville Publishing LLC. Kim writes mostly fiction and has an MFA from Sam Houston State University. She spent five years at Texas Review Press.

Larissa Hernandez is a Texas-born nonfiction writer raised in Arizona and now living in San Antonio. She is a student in the combined MA-MFA at OLLU. She was a staff editor for Eleven Rivers Review and is currently Nonfiction Editor for The Thing Itself and Creative Writing Editor for the Journal of Latina Critical Feminism.

Laura Van Prooyen is co-author–with Gretchen Bernabei–of Text Structures from Poetry (anticipated February of 2020). She also wrote Our House Was on Fire, Inkblot and Altar, and teaches in the low-res MFA creative writing program at Miami University.

Laurie FiliPelli is the author of two poetry books: Elseplace and Girl Paper Stone. She lives in Austin where she coaches and blogs as Mighty Writing and navigates the trenches of the State Capitol as an organizer for Literary Women in Action.

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Lilith Tijerina is a teatrista pursuing Performance and Production. Her work reflects experiences of oppression, trauma, and healing as a Chicana artista. She has worked with theatres across San Antonio and was a featured artist in Luminaria 2015 at SAMA. She co-founded (Re)Appropriate, which produces vulnerable, relevant theatre.

Linda McNulty Perez was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, where she received her B.A. from UTSA in 2018. She is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Classics at Princeton University, and her research is broadly concerned with expressions of community and identity, particularly in Greek epic poetry and religion.

Lisha Adela Garcia has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and currently resides in Texas with her beloved four-legged children. Her latest books are A Rope of Luna and Blood Rivers. She was recently recognized with a San Antonio Tri-Centennial Poetry Prize and a Pushcart nomination.

Mathura Umachandran, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Anachronism and Antiquity Project at Oxford University. Her writing can be found in the open-access journal Eidolon, and elsewhere.

María L. M. Garcia is a semi-retired bilingual teacher, caregiver, and student completing her MFA. Recent work includes UT-Austin’s Writer for Texas Project and a creative writing project with Aunt Lute Books. María was born in Mexico, grew up in Los Angeles, and now lives in the RGV.

Marisol Cortez, Ph.D. is a creative writer and community-based scholar in San Antonio. Current projects include Luz at Midnight, a novel; I Call on the Earth, a poetry chapbook; and Deceleration, an online journal of environmental justice. For more information on publications and projects, visit

Mark Esperanza, MFA, is a writer from Edcouch-Elsa of the Rio Grande Valley. He currently lives in San Antonio, Texas, where he attends doctorate courses at UTSA, and is a professor at Northwest Vista College. Esperanza was the founder and former sponsor of the San Benito Creative Writers Club.

Matty Layne Glasgow’s debut collection, deciduous qween was selected by Richard Blanco for the Benjamin Saltman Award. His poems appear in The Missouri Review, Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, Poetry Daily, and elsewhere. He lives in Houston where he teaches with Writers in the Schools.

Mel Webb is a theological social ethicist and slow poet who is committed to building learning communities that bridge academic and carceral spaces in order to foster personal and communal transformation. She has taught in prisons in New Jersey, Philadelphia, and San Antonio.

Melanie Hernandez is a writer from San Benito Creative Writers Club. She is currently in the workforce but is still focused on her writing. She hopes to publish a book one day.

Miryam Bujanda hails from El Paso, Texas. She is currently working on a memoir of her hometown, where the human and place elements intersect.

Mobi Warren is a citizen scientist with Monarch butterflies. Co-founder of the environmental writers and artists group Stone in the Stream, her poems have been published in several anthologies and journals and she is the translator of works by Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, including The Miracle of Mindfulness.

Natalia Trevino was born in Mexico and is the author of VirginX and Lavando La Dirty Laundry. She is a professor in San Antonio with an MA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing. Her awards include the San Antonio Arts Foundation Literary Award, and the Ditet E. Naimit Menada Literary Award from Macedonia.

Octavio Quintanilla es autor del poemario If I Go Missing. Sus Frontextos han sido exhibidos en Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU), Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos y en The Weslaco Museum. Es profesor de literatura y escritura creativa en el programa de MA/MFA en OLLU. Fue nombrado Poeta Laureado de San Antonio en 2018.

Odilia Galván Rodríguez is the author of seven poetry collections; The Color of Light, is her latest. She’s co-editor of Poetry of Resistance: Voices for Social Justice, from University of Arizona Press, and edits Cloud Women’s Quarterly and Anacua Literary Arts Journal online. Rodríguez is a long-time cultural-community organizer and activist.

Patricia Portales is a journalist, fiction writer, and professor of English at San Antonio College. She earned a Ph.D. in U.S. Latina/o Literature from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her work has appeared in Latina/os in World War II: Mobility, Agency, and Ideology.

Patrick Stockwell serves as Literary Programs Director for Gemini Ink. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing-Fiction from New Mexico State University. His literary debut, The Light Here Changes Everything, won the 2018 Clay Reynolds Novella Prize and will be released September 2019 by Texas Review Press.

Polly Anna Rocha is a queer transgender writer, musician, and comedienne of color. She has a Bachelor’s in English Writing from Texas State University. She is an editorial assistant for the features department of San Antonio Express-News, and has written articles for SA Current, Out In SA and Autostraddle.

Ramona Reeves’ fiction has appeared in Ninth Letter online, The Southampton Review, Pembroke, and others. She won the 2018 Nancy D. Hargrove Editor’s Prize and was runner up for the 2019 Barry Hannah Prize in Fiction. She also serves on the board of A Room of Her Own.

Rebecca Bowman fue becaria del CONACULTA y del Consejo Estatal para la Cultura y las Artes de Tamaulipas. Obtuvo el Premio Estatal de Cuento del ISSSTE, y el Premio Internacional de Dramaturgia Manuel Acuña y otros. Ha publicado varios libros incluyendo Los ciclos íntimos, La vida paralela y Horas de visita.

Renee Christopher holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Environment from Iowa State University. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart prize and can be found in Fireside Fiction Quarterly, Noble Gas Quarterly, and is forthcoming from GlitterShip. She currently reads for Uncanny Magazine.

Robin Carstensen’s poetry can be found in BorderSenses, Southern Humanities Review, and elsewhere. Her manuscript, In the Temple of Shining Mercy, won Iron Horse Review’s chapbook competition and was published in the spring of 2017. She is co-founding editor of The Switchgrass Review and senior editor of The Windward Review.

Rod Carlos Rodriguez (formerly Stryker), B.A. in Creative Writing, is an award-winning poet, the author of three poetry books and the founder of the Sun Poet’s Society, the longest running open-mic poetry reading in South Texas. He is also the poetry editor for the Ocotillo Review.

Rod Davis is the author of South, America, described as “a triumph of Southern noir.” The sequel, East of Texas, West of Hell, is forthcoming in 2019. He also authored Corina’s Way, fiction winner in the inaugural PEN Southwest Book Awards, and American Voudou: Journey into a Hidden World.

Saba Syed Razvi, PhD, poet and scholar, authored Beside the Muezzin’s Call & Beyond the Harem’s Veil, and Of the Divining and the Dead, among others. An assistant professor of English & Creative Writing at UHV, she works on speculative literatures that focus on navigating the world and the otherworldly.

Sarah Tijerina is a teatrista and artivista at TXST studying Performance and Production and Latina/o Studies. Her work explores femininity, injustice, and el susto, influenced by her Tejana identity. She serves on the board of directors for the Jane Doe Theatre Company. She co-founded (Re)Appropriate, which creates accessible theatre around San Marcos.

Stephen Briseño’s writing has appeared in Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Barren Magazine, and elsewhere. His chapbook, What It Feels Like to Be a Zebra, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. He lives in San Antonio with his family, teaches middle school English, and drinks far too much coffee.

Stina Leicht writes science fiction and fantasy. Her next novel, Persephone Station, a feminist space opera, will be published by Saga Press in 2020. She was a finalist for the Crawford Award and the Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2011 and 2012.

Susannah Bannon is pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin in Communication Studies with an emphasis on Rhetoric and Language. She serves as Director of Communications for the Texas Inmate Families Association, a nonprofit that provides support, education, and advocacy for family members of incarcerated individuals in the state.

Theresa Ho, one of High Noon’s fiction editors, is a rising senior at Trinity University. She’s been crazy about storytelling since she was eight years old. Since being a part of High Noon, her enthusiasm for finding new stories and new voices has only grown stronger.

Thomas Murphy’s books & CDs: American History, co-edited Stone Renga, chapbook, Horizon to Horizon, CDs “Live from Del Mar College” and “Slams from the Pit.” Murphy is Langdon Review’s 2020 Writer-In-Residence and lives in Corpus Christi.

Tina Posner moved to Austin, Texas, from New York City. A writer and editor, she has authored many Young Adult classroom books, including poetry collections, These Are Not Poems and I Do Not Eat Worms. Her work appears in Obey Little / Resist Much, Texas Poetry Calendar, Elsewhere, and more.

Tyler Truman Julian is an MFA candidate at New Mexico State University, an editor for Puerto del Sol, and has been published by Burnt Pine Magazine, Cigar City Poetry Journal, and others. His poetry debut, Wyoming: The Next Question to Ask (to Answer), is available from Finishing Line Press.

Wendy Barker‘s sixth collection of poetry, One Blackbird at a Time, received the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including The Southern Review, Nimrod, and Plume. Barker is the Pearl LeWinn Professor of Creative Writing and Poet-in-Residence at UTSA.

William Glenn is a writer, poet, and editor who co-founded Terra Incognita: An International Journal in English and Spanish. He currently serves as Head of Reference Services at UTSA Libraries and is the librarian for Music and Film Studies.

Yvette DeChavez is a scholar, writer, and artist. She holds a PhD in English from UT-Austin, and last year she launched a national movement called Decolonize Your Syllabus to create more inclusive academic spaces for BIPOC and first-generation students. She currently works at Huston-Tillotson University.

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