Suzana Huerta is an educator and poet. She dedicates most of her energy to the California community college system and its inspiring student body. She strives to bring poets to the classroom and encourage all students to discover the poet within. A Bay Area native, Suzy was born and raised in San Jose, Ca. and currently lives in San Francisco. She is proud to call herself a VONA alum, and her work has appeared in La Bloga, El Coraje, The Packinghouse Review, Poets Responding to SB1070, and Sunrise from Blue Thunder. Additional work is forthcoming in Bordersenses and Poetry of Resistance: A Multicultural Anthology in Response to Arizona SB 1070, Xenophobia and Injustice by University of Arizona Press.
Lisa Marie Rollins is playwright, poet and essayist. She has performed her acclaimed solo play, “Ungrateful Daughter: One Black Girls Story of being adopted by a White Family… that aren’t Celebrities” in the New York International Fringe Theater Festival, Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival, The Atlanta Black Theater Festival, San Francisco Solo Festival, San Francisco Theater Festival, and universities across the United States. She was a Poet in Residence at June Jordan’s Poetry for the People at U.C. Berkeley, a CALLALOO JournalLondon Writing Workshop Fellow and an alumni in Poetry of VONA Writing Workshop. Her writing is published in Eye to the Telescope, Other Tongues: Mixed-Race Women Speak Out, River, Blood, Corn Literary Journal, Line/Break, As/Us Literary Journal, the The Pacific Review and others. Currently, she is finishing her new manuscript of poems, tentatively titled, “Anchoring the Compass” and obsessing about her new play in development, “TOKEN”. She is an Adjunct Professor at SFSU in Race and Resistance Studies. Lisa Marie is a 2015-16 member of Just Theater Play Lab and Artist-in-Residence at BRAVA Theater for Women in San Francisco.