Alana de Hinojosa is a poet, storyteller and ocean lover. Raised in Davis, CA, she is the daughter of a Mexican immigrant mother and white American father. She holds a B.A. from Hampshire College and is currently a doctoral student at UCLA’s Department of Chicana/o Studies. As a scholar pursuing a creative dissertation, her methodology considers how various texts and materials, across form, genre and language(s), imagine alternative poetic geographies tied to histories of migration, displacement and erasure. She is currently pursuing a study of the Río Grande/Bravo, the (migratory) movements across this river, and the river’s agency during the century-long Chamizal dispute. Alana's prose and poetry have appeared in Cutbank, The Tishman Review, Huizache, and The Quick Brown Fox.
Isabel Coatlicue Durón identifies as a 2nd+ generation Chicana. Raised in Montebello, CA, she feels at home among artists and art spaces. Having tagged along, engaged, and been a fly on the wall at many art talks, museums, and galleries, she is happiest among those that envision and go about creating a more equitable, caring, and compassionate world. As a Ph.D. student in the Chicana/o Studies Department at UCLA, she is interested in critically examining neighborhood change and gentrification.
Joseph Rios was born and raised in Clovis, CA. He is the author of The Opening Bell (Achiote Press) and Shadowboxing: Poems and Impersonations (Omnidawn, 2018). Joseph’s poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from: The Los Angeles Review, Southern Humanities Review, Huizache, BorderSenses, and Hector Tobar's blog for the Los Angeles Times. He is a recipient of the John K Walsh residency fellowship from Notre Dame and a VONA alumnus. He is the founder of Doña Helen's, a poet's residency at his grandparents' longtime home in the San Joaquin Valley.
Kaelyn Rodríguezis a black Chicana and was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. She is an interdisciplinary public art historian and is currently pursuing a PhD at the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at UCLA. Her primary research interests are 1960’s black and Chicanx public art works in Los Angeles in moments of civil rights, uprising and social change. Her research investigates the relationships between the 1965 Watts Uprising, the 1968 Chicano Blowouts, and the community arts renaissance that thrived in the 1960’s. In her research, Kaelyn emphasizes relational racial influences between and within communities in South LA and East LA in the 1960’s, while intersecting some of the ways that space and place inform constructions of race, access, civic engagement and the arts.
Rose Simons is a queer dancer, translator, and radical scholar from the warm waters of Miami. She is currently making her home in Los Ángeles, where she is a doctoral student in Chicanx Studies at UCLA and co-creator and editor of bozalta. Rose’s intention is to cultivate queer, anticolonial, and community-centered research, pedagogy, and creative practice. In her academic, activist, and creative work, Rose engages ideas of migration & choreographed movement, collaboration & coalition, discourse & hegemony, white supremacy & nationalism, archiving & documentation, translation & adaptation, queer temporalities & performance.
Rafael Solorzano, who is a SantAnero at heart, was born in the OC but schooled in the Bay. While in Oakland, he witnessed the impact of queer youth voices in the fight for racial justice. Now, inspired by the youth of color activism in the past 20 years, he looks to rewrite social movement history at UCLA's Chicana/o Studies Department. He loves writing in the early morning while sipping strong cups of coffee and loves to run all over town.