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El Paso, TX
Born in Manila and raised in Atlanta, Saudi Arabia and the NYC-tri state region, Sasha Pimentel is a Filipina poet and author of Insides She Swallowed (West End Press), winner of the 2011 American Book Award. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as APR, Crab Orchard Review, Gulf Coast, Colorado Review and Callaloo. She is winner of the Ernesto Trejo prize and the Philip Levine fellowship. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of Texas at El Paso, where she teaches modern American poetry, poetics and nonfiction writing, and women's, Asian American and black literatues. She lives in El Paso, on the border of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.
San Antonio, TX
Carlos Ponce worked for 11 years for the Health Science Center at San Antonio as a social researcher. He became interested in the stories of elders while conducting interviews for the UTHSC and he used several of these conversations as the base of his collection of short stories Platicas de Mi Barrio. He also produced educational videos that dealt with health problems that affect Hispanics in the US. He has also published 2 books for children, several short stories and poems in English and Spanish. He has taught creative writing to elders at community centers and to adolescents at middle and high school. He became interest in people with Alzheimer’s and dementia because family members who developed this conditions.
Caitlin Pryor's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Pleiades, Entropy, Gulf Coast, Poet Lore, Boxcar Poetry Review, The Mississippi Review, and elsewhere. Nominated for the Best New Poets anthology series and a semifinalist for the Ahsahta Press Sawtooth Book Prize, she has won the Mississippi Review Prize, the Ron McFarland Prize for Poetry, an Avery Hopwood Award. She is also the recipient of a grant from the Vermont Studio Center and has been a participant at the Sewanee Writers' Conference. She holds degrees from the University of Michigan, The New School, and The University of North Texas, where she is currently a lecturer in the Department of English. She lives in Denton, Texas.