Meet The Team

Samvel

Aleksanyan

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Armenian born, American writer and artist.

He is a CSUN graduate with a Master's Degree in Creative Writing. His work has been published by Pif MagazineThe Northridge Review, and Canyon Voices. Check out his paintings on Instagram!

Sophia

Apodaca

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Central Coast writer. Lives to be kind. MFA student, M.A. in English Creative Writing. 2019 (SJSU) & 2016 (CSUN) Academy of America Poets Prize Winner (2018 Honorable Mention), 2018 Undocupoets finalist. Published in Chaparral and Poets.org

Annabelle Bonebrake

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Los Angeles poet, born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. She is currently teaching high school English and studying for an M.A. in Creative Writing at CSUN. Her work has appeared in Cathexis Northwest Press and Tiny Seed.

Catherine Cheresh

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Raised on the wonder of Southern California, she holds a B.A. in Honors in English and an M.A. in Creative Writing, drawing on a lifetime of reading, writing, and submerging into fantastical worlds. A former teacher, she has turned her love of world building and character creation into Narrative Design for video games. She aspires to create characters that succeed, not because of their power, but because of their kindness and indomitable spirit.

Marisela

Gomez

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Chicana writer, scholar, and teacher from Los Angeles. Cal State Northridge graduate with an MA in English Creative Writing (2019) and a BA in English Creative Writing and Literature (2017). She aims to create multiple bridges within her fields to help young writers reclaim their agency in their creative writing process. Her other interests include children’s literature, feminist creative writing studies, Chicana(o) writing and education reform.

Joseph

Jaffray

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Currently studying for an M.A. in Literature at CSUN, he is a self-professed lover of all things comics. He has spent the past two and a half years working with incoming freshmen writers at CSUN as a supplemental instructor and writing tutor, and is currently preparing to teach his own Approaches to Univeristy Writing class.

Shayleene MacReynolds

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Currently resides on a small goat farm in Southern California.  With a B.A. in English Language and Literature and an M.A. in English: Creative Writing, most of her writings have circulated around exploring self-discovery, addiction, and human interaction.  She strives at learning how to love better and become better through travel and relationship.  Find out more about Shayleene on her personal blog. 

Frshta

Mangal

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 First generation Afghani Muslim American. 

A writer and filmmaker. M.A. in English from California State University, Northridge where she also received her B.A. in Communications Studies. Was part of Inner City Filmmakers. Her dream is to be apart of a creative world through many different outlets of art. 

Zuleima Ugalde

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M.A. in English Literature. Part of the Waves team at Cal State Northridge where she served as the leader of many clubs and organizations, presented at several conferences, and won various scholarships and awards in academia.

Always looking to be helpful.