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Mimi Albert

Fiction Writer
Berkeley, CA

Malin Alegria

Fiction Writer
San Jose, CA

Malín Alegria is the author of two Young Adult novels, a four-book series, and several short stories. Malin’s first novel, Estrella’s Quinceñera was selected Bitch Media’s 100 YA books for Feminist Readers. Her second novel Sofi Mendoza’s Guide to Getting Lost in Mexico was released May 2007. Both titles published by Simon & Schuster. In 2011, Malin was featured on NPR’s special series: 2 Languages, Many Voices, Latinos in the US.She published the "Border Town" series with Scholastic in 2012. Malin Alegria believes YA literature provides a means for young people to make sense of themselves, each other, and the world around them. Malin’s work provides culturally relevant stories and personal accounts that connect with young audiences, inspire, and motivate them to believe in themselves, work hard, and own their voice. Malin Alegria is known for her comedic, fun, entertaining quinceañera dress presentations--voted Top 15 Fashionable Authors in 2013 by Student 365 Magazine.

Jeffrey Alfier

Torrance, CA

Jeffrey Alfier holds an MA in Humanities from California State University at Dominguez Hills. He is an Air Force veteran with 27 years of officer and enlisted service, and a member of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). He has also worked as a functional analyst with Science Applications International Corporation, and once taught history as an adjunct faculty member with City College of Chicago’s European Division. His publication credits include Spoon River Poetry, Birmingham Poetry Review, Copper Nickel, Crab Orchard Review, The Cape Rock, Concho River Review, Emerson Review, Georgetown Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Kestrel, Limestone, Louisville Review, New Madrid, New York Quarterly, Pacific Review, Owen Wister Review, Permafrost, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry South (UK), Post Road, RE:AL, Red Cedar Review, Southwestern American Literature, Sugar House Review, Texas Review, War Literature and the Arts, Vallum (Canada), and Xavier Review. His chapbooks are Strangers Within the Gate (2005), Offloading the Wounded (2008), Before the Troubadour Exits (2010), Bluesman's Daughter (2011), The Torch Singer (2011), The Gathering Light at San Cataldo (2012), and The City Without Her (2012). His first full-length book of poems is The Wolf Yearling (Silver Birch Press, 2013) and his second book of poems, Idyll for a Vanishing River, is forthcoming from Glass Lyre Press.

Peg Alford Pursell

Fiction Writer, Poet
Santa Rosa, CA

Peg Alford Pursell is a writer, editor, teacher, literary community builder, and all-around good egg. She's the author of the forthcoming SHOW HER A FLOWER, A BIRD, A SHADOW (ELJ Editions, March 2017). Her work has been published in VOLT, The Cortland Review, RHINO, Permafrost, Eleven Eleven, Tupelo Quarterly, The Los Angeles Review, The Quotable, Joyland, Annalemma, Sugar Mule, Journal of Compressed Arts, and others. She's the curator of the Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series in the Bay Area and founding editor of WTAW Press.

Blair H. Allen

Colton, CA

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