Raina J. León, PhD, Cave Canem graduate fellow (2006), CantoMundo fellow, Macondo fellow, and member of the Carolina African American Writers' Collective. She has been published in over 50 journals as a writer of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and scholarly work. She is the author of three collections of poetry, Canticle of Idols, Boogeyman Dawn, and sombra: (dis)locate (2016) and the chapbook, profeta without refuge (2016). Her work has been a finalist for the Cave Canem First Book Poetry Prize (2005), a finalist for the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize (2006), and a finalist for the Naomi Long Madgett Prize (2010). She has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. She has received fellowships and residencies with the Montana Artists Refuge, the Macdowell Colony, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, the Tyrone Guthrie Center in Annamaghkerrig, Ireland, and Ragdale. She also is a founding editor of The Acentos Review, an online quarterly, international journal devoted to the promotion and publication of Latinx arts. She is an associate professor of education at Saint Mary’s College of California. Her research interests include high school engagement and the teaching of poetry, critical pedagogy, critical literacy in the high school classroom, and educational technology usage among high school educators.
León received her BA in Journalism from Pennsylvania State University, MA in Teaching of English from Teachers College Columbia University, MA in Educational Leadership from Framingham State University and PhD in Education under the Culture, Curriculum and Change strand at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She recently completed her MFA in Poetry at Saint Mary’s College of California.
Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán
Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán is a writer and multimedia artist. He is the author of Antes y después del Bronx: Lenapehoking and South Bronx Breathing Lessons; and editor of the international queer Indigenous issue of Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought. Bodhrán’s work appears in 190 publications in 21 nations in the Américas, Africa, the Arab world, Asia, Europe, Australia, and the Pacific. He is winner of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs WC&C Scholarship; Bamboo Ridge Editors’ Choice Award; and NYC LGBT Community Center Poetry Contest.
Bodhrán has been awarded residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Paul Artspace, Syzygy, Calumet Artist Residency, Ucross Foundation, James Merrill House, The Corporation of Yaddo, Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, Blue Mountain Center, Vermont Studio Center, Prairie Center of the Arts, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Caldera Arts Center, Escape to Create, The Paden Institute and Retreat for Writers of Color, Soul Mountain, and Wildacres Retreat. He is the recipient of Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation; CantoMundo; Radius of Arab American Writers, Inc.; Macondo Foundation; Lambda Literary Foundation; and Fine Arts Work Center scholarships/fellowships.
Bodhrán is finishing Yerbabuena/Mala yerba, his third book and first multimedia project.
Sarah Rafael García
Sarah Rafael García is a writer, community educator and traveler. Since publishing Las Niñas, she founded Barrio Writers and obtained a M.F.A. in Creative Writing. Her writing has appeared in LATINO Magazine, Contrapuntos III, Outrage: A Protest Anthology For Injustice in a Post 9/11 World, La Tolteca Zine, Lumen Magazine, among others. Sarah Rafael is currently a Macondo Fellow, the Editor for the annual Barrio Writers anthology and Co-editor of pariahs writing from outside the margins anthology.
Most recently, Sarah Rafael’s essay “My MFA Experience” was published in As/Us Journal Issue 6 and she was awarded for Santana's Fairy Tales, which is supported in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, through a grant supporting the Artist-in-Residence initiative at Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, California.
Cave Canem fellow Arisa White received her MFA from UMass, Amherst, and is the author of Black Pearl, Post Pardon, Hurrah’s Nest, and A Penny Saved. She teaches in the low-residency BFA program at Goddard College and is a lecturer at San Francisco State University. Arisa is on the board of directors for Nomadic Press and is a distinguished visiting writer in residence at Saint Mary’s College of California for Spring 2017. You’re the Most Beautiful Thing that Happened is her newest collection from Augury Books. arisawhite.com
A.J. Alana Ka'imi Bryce
A.J. Alana Ka'imi Bryce, QTPOC, is a multimedia artist and designer. Director of Trans-Genre, a transgender artists showcase, and Trans-Genre Press Publisher, he has produced CDs, and published queer/trans people of color-centered books by Ryka Aoki, Kit Yan, Helen Klonaris, and Amir Rabiyah.
TYLER TSAY: PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Tyler Tsay is a sophomore at Williams College. His work, both past and upcoming, has been or will be published in The Offing, The Margins: Asian American Writers Workshop, BOAAT, Sibling Rivalry Press, Vinyl Poetry (YesYes Books), Red Paint Hill, and others. He is the recipient of the Bullock Poetry Prize, awarded by the Academy of American Poets and judged by Camille Rankine. When not doodling, collecting quills, or composing cello pieces, he loves a good view, though he has an atrocious fear of heights. And yes, fezzes are definitely cool.
ALEXANDRA MUCK: ASSISTANT PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Alexandra Muck is a freshman at the University of Notre Dame who is majoring in business and economics. In high school she enjoyed a diverse range of writing-related activities, serving as the Editor-in-Chief of both her high school newspaper and literary magazine and an Executive Editor for Polyphony H.S. In addition to the poetry published in her high school literary magazine, Alexandra’s work can be found in Dialogue Humanities Review and Women’s eNews. In her free time (if such a thing exists), she enjoys reading and playing the piano.
TALIA FLORES: WEB DESIGNER
Talia Flores is an undergraduate at Stanford University. A Pushcart Prize Nominee and recipient of the Texas Book Festival Fiction Prize, her work appears or is forthcoming in Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Gigantic Sequins, Words Dance, Souvenir Lit Journal, and more. In addition to her work at Blueshift, she writes for The Stanford Arts Review.