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Spring 2021 Staff

Emily Foytek

Emily was born and raised in Southern California. She discovered her passion for books as a child and has been reading and writing ever since. In Fall 2018, Emily received her A.A. in English Literature from Cypress College. She is now a senior at California State University, Northridge pursuing a B.A. in English with a Creative Writing focus. Her poetry has been published in The Northridge Review and she is currently producing more work. In Fall 2020, she was the Assistant Managing Editor of The Northridge Review and is excited to be the Managing Editor for Spring 2021.

Ricardo Acevedo

Ricardo Acevedo is a graduating senior, soon to earn his B.A. in Creative Writing from California State University, Northridge. Overall a passionate geek, when he’s not busy with external obligations he’s often neck-deep in experimental fiction/comics, story-driven/indie video games, and music theory, with a particular interest in breakage of anything that might be considered “traditional.” A percussionist at heart, he always advocates for the soul-fulfilling properties of playing an instrument. His work is soon-to-be published in Palabras Con Alas, a Latinx creative writing journal. He has also spoken on numerous panels regarding college success and mental health all throughout California, ranging from San Francisco to all around the San Fernando Valley.

André Alviso

André Alviso is currently pursuing a B.A. in Modern Worldwide Comics at California State University, Northridge. He studies elements of poetry, graphic design, and anthropology. André’s interests include, but are not limited to, music production, storytelling, and art in whatever form it manifests. André is the self-published author of the interactive puzzle comic book, Comic Archeology. In the future, he hopes to further break the boundaries of comics design by using more modern, web-based technology. André finds talking about himself in the third person discomforting.

Sam Bowers

Sam Bowers is an aspiring writer and Los Angeles native. Studying in his final semester, he will be graduating from California State University, Northridge with two English degrees in Creative Writing and Honors. He was President of the Northridge Creative Writing Circle for two years, and having previously served as Fiction Editor for the Northridge Review’s Fall 2019 edition, is proud to be promoting student voices once again. Obsessed with stories, he loves every bit of the process that goes into the creation and publication of exciting, powerful, and necessary narratives.

Alberto E Delgado III

Alberto E Delgado III was born and raised in East Los Angeles. In 2010 he moved to San Fernando Valley, where he later attended College of the Canyons for an A.A. in English. He currently is working on his B.A. at California State University, Northridge. He has been a photography editor for College of the Canyons literary magazine Cul-De-Sac; he also has been published in the Santa Clarita Signal new paper: https://signalscv.com/2017/12/alberto-e-delgado-iii-coc-needs-meditation-garden/ 
He is always on the lookout for Strang, beautiful images where he can incorporate text.

Raquel Dubin

Raquel Dubin is a lifelong writer who has written many stories (especially fantasy fiction), which are located in various notebooks and Microsoft Word files. Writing allows her a freedom that she also enjoys from reading and analyzing classic literature. Along with musing over literature for kicks, she loves thinking about the human mind. She is currently finishing her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Creative Writing. New to the publishing world, she has been published in one school anthology so far (Inside My World, Summer 2016).

Tristan Eisenberg

Tristan Eisenberg has lived in Los Angeles since before he was born. His favorite place in the city is the Museum of Jurassic Technology for its devotion to the truth. His hobbies include solving mysteries with Columbo, excavating the making of the Star Wars universe, and acquiring further arcane knowledge. In less serious moments, he studies Creative Writing at California State University, Northridge, and tutors students in English at Los Angeles Pierce College.

Emily Gurrola

Emily Gurrola is California native, but that has yet to deter her from living abroad in the South of France to obtain a minor in French LanguageSome of her passions include learning new languageslistening to music from all corners of the world, and reading until sun shines through her window. Now that she is back homeshe is in her last semester at California State UniversityNorthridge and humbly on the Spring 2021 Northridge Review team.

Israel Muratalla

Israel Muratalla is a queer Mexican writer and aspiring teacher from Ensenada, currently residing in the San Fernando Valley. He works as a tutor for CSUN, where he is completing a B.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing, and a minor in TESL. As a past contributor to the Northridge Review, he is excited to be on the other side of the table as part of a passionate team working to uplift student artists. His interest is in literature by LGBTQ+ and BIPOC writers, striving to create spaces where underrepresented groups can flourish in publishing. In his own writing, he grapples with the complexity of human relationships and the tragedy of their fragile nature, incorporating elements of speculative fiction, ecocriticism, and horror.

Katherine Nabulsi

Katherine Nabulsi is a born and raised Angelino with a penchant for existential musings at ungodly hours. She is completing her B.A from California State University, Northridge later in her life and has almost no experience in the publishing world. Hobbies include, but are not limited to, surfing, rock-climbing, yoga (certified teacher), skateboarding, and guitar. Katherine has a large body of written work stored in a nifty folder on her MacBook Pro and has a voracious appetite for reading. Her tangential, stream-of-consciousness prose is built on the ashes of the beat era. 

Tadeh Kennedy

Tadeh Kennedy is a San Fernando Valley native who has been involved in the Los Angeles underground arts community for nearly a decade. He is the co-founder of LA Valley Art Collective, Sour Grass Records, and is the former director of KZUT FM. When Tadeh is not writing strange horror or working on his cyborg bug comic, he enjoys experimenting with a variety of different music genres. Tadeh serves as a member of the Woodland Hills-Warner Center Neighborhood Council Homelessness Committee and recently co-authored a city ordinance to protect vital documents of unhoused people from city-sponsored sweeps. He has always been curious about a myriad of topics and is currently learning about Armenian folklore and Brutalist architecture.

Asusena Lopez

Asusena Lopez is an Lnative, classical guitarist, music educator, and poet. She is the co-founder of the Saether School of Music, a non-profit organization sharing a love for music one note at a time. Her music taste ranges from Bach to Cocteau Twins. Her poetry derives from the residue of dreams and the current disorder and corruption in our society. It is poetry of the soul and soil. She aspires to amplify the voices of visionaries and rebels from minority cultures who mystify and revolutionize the world through experimental language and form.

Bryant Martinez

Bryant Martinez is a spoken word poet and author whose work centers around the gang and drug infested lives of Los Angeles communities of color. AEnglish Subject Matter and Chicano/a Studies double major at California State University, Northridge, Bryant works to help incoming freshman navigate the rigors of academic writing as a Supplemental Instructor. As a Mellon Funded HISand ESEPP fellow, Bryant works to promote Ethnic Studies as a foundational learning experienceThe true genius shutters at incomplete

Joseph Nixon

Joseph Nixon is a Bay Area native currently working as a community health worker in Northridge. He is pursuing a degree in Social Justice and Social Welfare at CSUN and has a passion for writing fiction. Joseph discovered his love for storytelling at a young age, finding particular joy in fiction genres like fantasy and sci-fi. He draws inspiration from series such as Lord of the Rings and The Wheel of Time. When he’s not reading or writing, Joseph can usually be found going on hikes, binging tv shows, or spending time with friends.

Valerie Quiroga

Valerie Quiroga has lived in the San Fernando Valley all her life and has an appreciation for the diverse communities she has lived with. After transferring from Moorpark College, Valerie is completing her final semester at CSUN and graduating in Spring 2021 with a B.A in English Literature. She has also worked on the editing team of the Moorpark Review and was published twice in that magazine. She developed a love for reading at a young age after finding the works of R.L. Stine and has held a deep admiration for all things horror-related since. When not procrastinating on assignments and eating cereal into the late hours of the night, she spends her time reading fiction, writing poetry, and baking. After graduation she will be pursuing her M.A. in English Literature with the hope of one day becoming a professor.

Katherine Rodriguez

Katherine Rodriguez went to seven elementary schools and was still able to graduate high school with honors. She is a junior and an English Creative Writing major at California State University, Northridge. She is a production assistant and a staff writer for WAVEa short, scripted series that centers around the life and ambitions of a surf rock band and their aspiring front man. It will be featured on Amazon Prime in 2021. She also enjoys maintaining an anime Instagram fan account, where she revels in all things anime especially revolving around two loved characters, Mikaela Hyakuya and Yuuichiro Hyakuya. #mikayuu

Dean Shipp

Dean Shipp is a native-born Angeleno. He holds a B.A. in Psychology and International Relations from Loyola Marymount University, and is currently pursuing an M.A. in English at California State University, Northridge. He is a fervent reader of all genres of literature. His favorite author is Maggie Nelson, whose musings on desire, identity, and the limitations and possibilities of love and language have inspired him to pursue a career in creative writing. An incomplete list of his hobbies would include, hiking, yoga, designing clothes and jewelry, discussing astrology, and attempting to brew the perfect cup of coffee.

Miguel Velasquez

Miguel Velasquez was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles and faced being left out because of his love for writing. Growing up in South Central was challengingbut he found his outlet in writing and drawing to escape from negative influence. He earned an associate degree in Arts and Humanities and English from East Los Angeles College, where he was a part of The Writer’s Society. There he presented his work to professors, students, and freelance poets in Drop the Mic events. He is currently pursuing a creative writing B.A. at California State University, Northridge. His writing reflects his life experiences as a divorced parent and his dedication to his children. He is passionate about writing poetry and short stories with the goal of encouraging future generations to pursue writing and shartheir own experiences through various media.

Alejandro Zizumbo

Alejandro Zizumbo has been a fiction writer since his days in middle school. He earned his Associate’s Degree in Humanities at Ventura Community College, B.A. in Journalism at California State University, Northridge, and he is currently working towards his M.A. in Creative Writing from CSUN. He was a copywriter for the acclaimed CSUN SundialSince 2016he has written four manuscripts, and he is currently working for one to be published. Any education or work he gets is to further his writing career to eventually become a great author. He loves writing lengthy adventure narratives and prides himself in character-driven stories.