Marsha de la O was born and raised in Southern California. Both sides of her family arrived in the Los Angeles area before William Mulholland built the aqueduct that brought in water from the eastern Sierras. De la O worked as a bilingual teacher in Los Angeles and the rural community of Santa Paula for more than twenty-five years. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Vermont College. Her first book, Black Hope, was awarded the New Issues Press Poetry Prize. She lives in Ventura, California, with her husband, poet and editor Phil Taggart. Together, they produce poetry readings and events in Ventura County and are also the editors and publishers of the literary journal Askew.
Brian Diamond’s work has previously appeared in such publications as Hotel Amerika, DMQ Review, Sycamore Review, The Los Angeles Review, 42 Opus and 14 Hills. He has an M.A. in creative writing from California State Northridge and an M.F.A. from Arizona State University. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and dog.
Barbara Edelman is the author of two poetry chapbooks: “Exposure,” Finishing Line Press 2014, and “A Girl in Water,” Parallel Press 2002. Her poems and short prose have appeared in various journals, among them Raleigh Review, Prairie Schooner, Cimarron Review, and Rattle, and in several anthologies. She has received an individual artist grant in poetry from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts as well as residency fellowships from Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Vermont Studio Center. She teaches writing and literature at the University of Pittsburgh.
Amber Norwood’s poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and anthologized in the Best of the Web and Best of the Barefoot Muse. They’ve been published in various spaces, most recently in the current issue of Dusie. She lives, teaches, makes music, crafts, and writes in Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband and son.
Kate Martin Rowe’s poems have appeared in The Beloit Poetry Journal, Zyzzyva, VOLT, Denver Quarterly, Chaparral, and Eclipse, among others, and have twice won an Academy of American Poets award. She holds an MA in English and Creative Writing from CSUN and currently teaches composition and creative writing at Glendale Community College. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son and daughter.
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Presented by the English Department &
the Northridge Creative Writing Circle