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Los Angeles, CA
Jessica Ceballos is a poet, teaching artist, publisher, editorial and interior designer, amateur photographer, musician, community advocate, volunteer and cultural wanderer who works at exploring the intersection of personal narrative, art, nature, and community and their role in cultural sustainability. She is curator of literary arts programming at Avenue 50 Studio where she co-founded the Bluebird Reading series, and curates Poesia Para La Gente, a program that brings poetry to non-traditional spaces throughout Los Angeles. She is 1/4 of Writ Large Press, a downtown LA-based small press and sits on the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, where she works to support policy and neighborhood development efforts that favor community sustainability over disproportionate monetary advantage. Her written work has been published in various journals, anthologies and collective works such as ATTN: (Further Other Book Works), Brooklyn & Boyle, Heartbreak Anthology, Entropy, Cultural Weekly, Los Angeles Magazine, LA Examiner, Hinchas de Poesia, La Boga, and The RPB - LA Anthology among others. She has featured at various venues throughout Southern California, often performing with musical accompaniment, most recently with NK-Riot, El-Haru Kuroi, Taco Shop Poets & Los Illegals and an LA-based jazz trio at the Grand Park stage. In the past, she has worked as literary editor at Yay! L.A. Magazine, hosted a monthly reading at Beyond Baroque and has co-facilitated their 20th Century Latin American Poetry Workshop. Her work has been incorporated into the curriculum at Cal State San Marcos and within UCLA’s Chicano Studies department. She is currently working on a chapbook of poetry that seeks to embrace the non-linear reality of life transitions, through the response to photos and music suggestions from friends, composed while traveling from Los Angeles to Seattle in February of 2014, a time period she considers to be the beginning of her new life. End of the Road will be released in 2016. Her chapbook Gentre Re Place Ing, a collection of material reflecting on gentrification and its resulting displacements was released in 2016 (Writ Large Press). Two collections of poetry are in-process, one that attempts to unbury, explore, and find blessings in the challenges that circle the process of the being and becoming of womanhood tentatively titled A woman was Earth, was a dolphin, was a man, was a lion, was a bird, was a mothers sin...before she was a woman again, and the other is a collection of poetry centered around a 1984 visit to the happiest place on Earth, while also living under foster care.
Studio City, CA
Lisa Cheby is a Los Angeles poet and educator. She received an MFA from Antioch University, works on the Board of Directors of the Valley Contemporary Poets, and is the editor of Annotation Nation Poetry.