Gelare Khoshgozaran is an artist-writer who, in 2009 was transplanted from the streets of Tehran to windowless rooms where she and her cohort discussed aesthetics and politics for two years at the University of Southern California. Born and raised in Tehran and living in Los Angeles, she envisions the city as an imaginary space between asylum as 'the protection granted to a political refugee' and the more dated meaning of the word, 'a mental institution.’ Her essays and interviews on art, politics and culture have been published in The Brooklyn Rail, Parkett, X-TRA, The Enemy, Temporary Art Review, invitations of sorts, Jadaliyya, Ajam Media Collective, and Art Los Angeles Contemporary Reader, among others; with a forthcoming essay in the "Critical Anthologies in Art and Culture" series (ed. Johanna Burton), co-published by the New Museum and MIT Press. Her films, video essays, installations and performances have been presented in solo and group exhibitions at the New Museum and the Queens Museum in New York, the Hammer Museum, LA><ART, Human Resources, LACE and the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery in Los Angeles, Articule (Montreal), and Pori Art Museum (Finland), among others. She was the recipient of a Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant (2015) and an Art Matters Award (2017), and is a co-founding editor of contemptorary.org.
Sameh Khalatbari is a San Francisco-based artist and illustrator, born in Tehran, Iran. She graduated form the University of Tehran with a Masters of Fine Art Magna Cum Laude degree. She has exhibited her work internationally in Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Germany, Italy, and throughout California, including Los Angeles and San Francisco. In 2013 she was granted a genius visa from the United States government and for residence in California. Sameh is a contemporary surrealist painter and reveals her life experience and thoughts through familiar Persian symbols and aesthetically composed conceptually layered artworks. Traditional Islamic symmetrical painting (which she has made and studied extensively) has influenced her art works with symbols both prominently featured and subtlety revealed. Sameh is also a children's book illustrator. She is experienced in a wide variety of illustration styles and she published her first book, The Wisdom of the Yaqui the Bear, in 2015.
Amy Khoshbin is an Iranian-American, Brooklyn-based artist merging performance, video, collage, costume and sound to examine our individual and collective compulsion to create, transform, and sometimes destroy the stories of who we are, who we think we are, and who we think we should be. She produces media and mythologies using humor and a handmade aesthetic to throw a counterpunch at the high-definition, profit-generating codes and signals that American audiences are trained and accustomed to consuming. She has shown her solo and collaborative work at venues such as Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Abrons Arts Center, Mana Contemporary, NURTUREart, National Sawdust, the Invisible Dog Arts Center, Dixon Place, the Stone, and festivals such as River to River, South by Southwest, and MakerFaire. She has received a Rema Hort Mann Artist Community Engagement Grant and is on Creative Capital's On Our Radar for her recent project, The Myth of Layla. Khoshbin has degrees in Film and Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a master's degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University. She has collaborated with Laurie Anderson, Karen Finley, Tina Barney, and poets Anne Carson and Bob Currie, among others.
Pianist and composer Tara Kamangar has performed to capacity audiences in North America, Europe and the Middle East, in venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Hall and Cadogan Hall. Her orchestral engagements have included concertos of Beethoven, Grieg, Saint-Saëns, and Rachmaninoff as well as the American premieres of Aminollah Hossein's piano concertos.
As a composer, Tara's works are featured on the Delos/ Naxos and Evidence Classics/ Harmonia Mundi record labels. She has incorporated Kurdish folk music into her compositions, and composed for documentary.
An avid recording artist, Tara's solo album “East of Melancholy” reached the top twenty of the classical Billboard chart and streamed aboard Virgin America flights. It was reviewed as "an alluring compilation...rendered with passionate, soulful conviction" (New York Times), "exquisite" (NPR), and "intellectually and inspirationally, a captivating recital" (American Record Guide).
Tara is a co-founder of the urban-classical project Triptyq Sessions which debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes classical chart, with videos premiered by Billboard and Yahoo Music. She has also toured extensively as a violinist.
Tara is an honors graduate of Harvard (Social Anthropology) and London’s Royal Academy of Music (Piano Performance).
Amir K has been entertaining audiences for nearly 10 years, performing live across the U.S. and on relevision. His fun, unique approach to storytelling brings audiences together through his improvisational talent, characters, and charisma. Born in Iran and raised in Southern California, Amir offers a unique point of view shaped by his multi-cultural upbringing.
Amir currently stars in the primetime CW reboot of MADtv and has been seen on Comedy Central, NBC's Last Comic Standing and MTV's Jerks with Cameras. Amir is best known for his stand-up comedy, but is also an accomplished actor. He won a SAG award for his role in the Oscar winning film Argo and recently starred in the FOX feature film The Pyramid opposite Denis O'Hare and Ashley Grace.
Amir can be seen live headlining comedy clubs and theaters all over the U.S. as well as internationally.
Pantea Karimi has lived, studied, and worked in Iran, the UK and the US and presently resides in San Jose, California. Her work is an exploration into the pages of medieval and early modern scientific manuscripts, particularly, Persian, Arab and European and the longue durée (long term) exchange of scientific knowledge across these cultures. In particular, she researches visual representations in medieval mathematics, medicinal botany, anatomy, optics and cartography. In her research project, Karimi examines how illustrations in ancient scientific manuscripts played a role in communicating knowledge and how the broader aesthetic considerations of science were closely related to art. Her works collectively highlight the significance of visual elements in early science and invite the viewer to observe science and its history through the process of image-making. Karimi uses installations, works on paper, Virtual Reality and video projections to create a novel and dynamic visual interpretation of the scientific concepts and ideas presented in the manuscripts.
Pantea Karimi has given lectures and artist talks in museums and universities including The LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) series in the San Francisco Bay Area and has exhibited her works in diverse solo, group and traveling exhibitions in Iran, Algeria, Germany, Croatia, Mexico, the UK, and the United States. Her works are in private and public collections and have been featured in several publications in Iran, Italy, Croatia, the UK and the United States.
- Born in Tehran, Iran in 1947.
- Left in 1965 for a 7-year stay in Jerusalem.
- Has lived the USA since 1973, in N. California from 1982 to present.
- Began writing poems in 1989
- Received an Artist Grant from the Peninsula Community Foundation (2001) to publish a collection of her poetry, "Hummingbird Conditions", in a letterpress limited edition, to be used as sample books to teach a series of workshops on poetry and handmade bookmaking to children in the Ecumenical Hunger Project’s summer program in E. Palo Alto.
- Received a grant from the Clay and Glass Arts Foundation (2003) for her project, "Personal Narratives in Poetry and Clay", a series of workshops for children in the Boys and Girls Club in E. Palo Alto.
- US Readings: Numerous venues in the San Francisco Bay Area - Washington DC.
- International Readings: London, England - Penrith, England - St Andrews, Scotland.
PUBLICATIONS BY ESTHER KAMKAR
- Book "Hum of Bees"
2011, published by Ziba Press, printed by Blurb and available here.
- Book "Hummingbird Conditions"
2002, Ziba Press, Peter Koch Letterpress Printing Studios. Also printed by Tollbooth Press, in photocopied form.
- Chapbook "A Leopard in My Pocket" 1998.
Published in many literary journals, Esther Kamkar's poetry has also been anthologized in The Forbidden: Poems from Iran and its Exiles and Let Me Tell You Where I’ve Been: New Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora.
- Bellowing Ark, Shoreline, Washington
- The Monserrat Review, San Jose, California
- The Sandhill Review, Stanford, California
- Present Time, Seattle, Washigton
- Department of Justice, Corrections Academy Curriculum
and many others.
Tara Khozein is a classical singer and theater maker, investigating the kaleidoscopic combinations of music and theater. She holds a BM in classical vocal performance from NMSU; an Artist Diploma in physical theatre from École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France; and has studied singing privately France, Germany, Italy and in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
At Lecoq, Tara studied applied movement, improvisation, acrobatics, and collaborative (devised) creation in styles including mime, melodrama, full and half-mask, tragedy, buffoon, and clown. She also became interested in the vocalese style of jazz singing and made her living as a singer in clubs, bars, and restaurants around the Paris. She also established a vocal studio of over 30 students.
Tara moved to Santa Fe in 2014 to continue her study of classical singing and be part of the high desert's immersive art movement. She now performs and creates new work with a variety of artists and arts organizations including Theater Grottesco, Meow Wolf, and Strangers Collective. She also teaches theater to children and teens at Santa Fe Performing Arts.
Tara aims to raise the level of theater in the classical music world, create opportunities to perform contemporary classical music, devise new works of music-theater, and foster an audience that is diverse in every way. She believes that if a performer infuses their work with a magical combination of humanity and humor, and tempers craftsmanship with exquisite folly, they can touch the hearts of any audience.
Amir Bahador Kharazmi, better known by his stage name Bahador Kharazmi, is an Iranian singer-songwriter and producers who started his career as an underground music producer after the Iranian Revolution (in which music was pronounced Haram and all forms of popular music were banned). In 2003 his single the cover of an old Persian song, Too In Zamoone (Vay Vay), which was unofficially released on his weblog was well-received among the Persian community and became a successful release for him and earned him a record deal with a major label in the United States, Avang Music. The album was internationally published and released in 2004. Since the late 1990s, Bahador has become one of the major contributors to forming the underground music movement in Iran.
Born in Tehran, Iran, Khorramian lives and works in upstate New York. She studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and received her undergraduate degree at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. She earned her MFA at Columbia University in New York. Khorramian has exhibited internationally, participating in shows at MASS MOCA, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Art Basel Statements in Switzerland, Ballroom Marfa in Texas, the Istanbul Museum of Art, the Sundance Film festival, the Midnight Moment in Times Square and the Queensland Art Gallery in Australia. In 2013, she published her first limited edition artist book, Include Amplified Toilet Water.
Soprano "in-excelsis" Delaram Kamareh "has a reputation for being fearless " (Grant Gershon). Her voice was recently described by the Chicago Tribune as having a "blindingly pure timbre" and climbing to "unearthly heights". A true coloratura, "silver throated" and "from somewhere in antiquity" stageandcinema, with "stupendously high notes and long leaps not heard since Yma Sumac," laopus, Delaram has quickly established herself as an outstanding young interpreter of contemporary classical music, with a "purity in her voice that is easy to enjoy, pin-point technique, and a remarkable range" Allisyar. Equally comfortable singing classically as she is combining her multi-cultural influences, this diversity in vocal technique, range and genres allows her to express that syncretic versatility which is much sought after in the contemporary music world.
Delaram has "excelled" latimes, in solo appearances with organizations such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Cornelia in the "triumphant reworking" latimes of Composer Lou Harrison's Young Caesar, and in Esa Pekka Salonen‘s Wing on Wing at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. She has performed works by Vivaldi and Porpora with Interpreti Veneziani, a chamber ensemble specializing in baroque repertoire for the 2017 Venice Biennale, with the Los Angeles Master Chorale in Tan Dun‘s Water Passion after St. Matthew under the baton of Maestro Grant Gershon at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and at Ravinia Festival in Chicago, with Grammy® award winning Southwest Chamber Orchestra where she sang a "veritable minefield of a soprano part" in Oliver Knussen‘s Hums and Songs of Winnie the Pooh at the Huntington Library, and a frequent performer with The Industry, Delaram has starred in the local Emmy award winning and pulitzer prize nominated KCET artbound‘s documentary about the world premiere of the acclaimed operatic adaptation of Italo Calvino‘s novel Invisible Cities, in collaboration with Benjamin Millepied‘s LA Dance project; the first opera of its kind utilizing wireless headphones, and set within the beautiful structure of the Los Angeles Union Station. She returned the following season as the protagonist in Hopscotch, a mobile opera in 24 limousines where she was hailed for her performance by The New Yorker magazine.
Born and raised in Tehran, Delaram was awarded a scholarship from the opera department at UCLA after moving to the United States. In addition to her contemporary music projects she has sung the more traditional roles of Blonde in Die Eintführung aus dem Serail, the title roles in both Lakmé and Doña Francisquita, and was a soloist in Bach‘s St. John Passion. Her voice can be heard on several motion picture soundtracks including Romeo and Juliet and Heaven is for real, in addition to Josh Groban‘s new single, Anthem. No stranger to performing, at age seven she was at ease in front of the camera in the conservative world of Iranian National Television, continuing her childhood career well into her teens. She last starred in a popular comedy directed by celebrated Iranian director, Marzieh Boroumand.
Delaram's upcoming engagements include returning to the Walt Disney Concert Hall the following season to create the role of La Sirena in Yuval Sharon's production of War of the Worlds by Annie Gosfield with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, performing works from the baroque era with Interpreti Veneziani in Venice Italy, debuting with Opera Omaha, and appearing as Hermione in composer Pauline Oliveros' Nubian Word for Flowers at Roulette in Brooklyn, NY.
A voice from the east with beautiful command over a western art form: ―Delaram Kamareh. "Remember that name...one to keep your eyes and ears on in the coming years." Allisyar
Called "...one of the wonders of world trance music" by the Los Angeles Times, Mamak Khadem captivates audiences by blending her roots in the ancient poetry and music of the Persian masters with a bold and revolutionary new sound. By nature, she is a nomad, one who thrives on open spaces. By occupation, she is a bridge, one that connects geography to lore. In music, she is open to cultural influences, but she has chosen the classical Persian style as her base. Formerly of the sensational cross-cultural fusion ensemble Axiom of Choice, Mamak weaves a canopy, both simple and rich, for a stunningly emotional and spiritual musical experience that inspires new listeners to embrace cultural diversity and an awareness and appreciation of Persian arts and culture through a blending of old and new.
The Road, Mamak's newest project, continues a journey started with her celebrated first solo album Jostojoo. Following her passion for new influences, Mamak has crossed borders from various regions in Iran to Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Morocco, and Indonesia. Searching for common threads and powerful traditional melodies remains a driving force behind her music, and she uses elements from her Iranian heritage (such as the poetry of Rumi) to re-imagine a song from other cultures, times, and places. The freedom of her musical expression is intoxicating.
Mamak Khadem was born in Iran at a time when tides were changing. She was part of the Children's Choir for the National Radio and Television of Iran, but it wasn't until after the Iranian Revolution that her passion for singing waxed. Inspired by works of master musicians, she seized every opportunity to further her vocal art, regularly traveling back to Iran to study with some of the finest Persian vocalists and masters. She also benefited from the study of classical Indian singing tradition at the Ali Akbar Khan College of Music in Northern California and fromsinging with the Los Angeles based Balkan choir Nevenka.
Maryam Kashani is an Assistant Professor in Gender and Women’s Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. A filmmaker and anthropologist, her research is concerned with the lived experience of Muslims in the United States through the lenses of epistemology, gender, race, visual culture, and political economy. Her book project is based on ethnographic research and film-making conducted amongst Muslim communities in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and at a Muslim liberal arts college in Berkeley, California. The related film works, Our Look Was As If Two Lovers Or Deadly Enemies and Signs of Remarkable History premiered at the Sharjah Biennial in the United Arab Emirates in March 2015. Her films and videos have been shown at film festivals, universities, and museums internationally and include “things lovely and dangerous still” (2003), Best in the West (2006), and “las callecitas y la cañada” (2009).
K-von is a headlining comedian on the rise. The star of MTV's hit show "Disaster Date," he's also received rave reviews on NBC's "Last Comic Standing," SHOWTIME, CNN's "HLN," Good Morning America, BBC, and NPR to name a few. K-von recently anchored the hip news show "Top 30" on FOX and completed a much-loved TEDtalk which has gone viral online.
K-von's standup comedy career has taken him around the world several times performing in comedy clubs and theaters, as well as for colleges and large non-profit organizations. His style is versatile yet relatable with fun storytelling and high-energy performances about a variety of mainstream topics.
K-von is most excited about the project he recently completed. As writer/director of "NOWRUZ: Lost & Found," he invites you on a comedic Journey into the Persian New Year. In this 90-minute award winning documentary film, he hilariously retraces roots he never knew and discovers the dancing, food, clothing, and traditions involved in the Persian New Year.
Farid Kia was born in Iran and moved to Los Angeles at the age of 12. He earned his degree in the field of Architectural Engineering from the University of Southern California. He currently resides and works in Venice, CA.
Farid Kia's passion for painting developed from a desire to immerse himself in the creative process through an abstract language. Lacking formal training in the fine arts, he began learning the language color by color, stroke by stroke, through extensive experimentation. His early works, primarily small scale portraits, were serendipitous expressions that emerged from thick layers of paint via rapid strokes of a knife. Kia's later art, comprised of larger scale portraits, became more intentional and controlled, more intensely focused on conveying the emotion lurking deep beneath the subject's surface expression.
Arghavan Khosravi was raised in Tehran, Iran. She graduated from Islamic Azad University with a Bachelor of Graphic Design and completed an MFA in illustration at the University of Tehran. After practicing in both fields for nearly a decade, she came to the U.S. to pursue her life-long dream of becoming a painter. She enrolled at Rhode Island School of Design after completing a post-baccalaureate program in studio art at Brandeis University. Khosravi’s vibrant works on paper probe both personal and political experiences by integrating historical Persian motifs from her native Iran with imagery taken from popular culture and contemporary media. As a reaction to the U.S. President’s Muslim travel ban, she began working on a series of paintings that incorporate her Iranian passport as their foundation, replete with situations, objects and characters that demand a narrative only the viewer can provide.
Nazafarin Lotfi is a visual artist based in Chicago. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011 and her BA from the University of Tehran in 2007. Lotfi uses mundane materials and objects that are extracted from daily life to make work that questions the individual’s relationship to objects and places that alternate between familiarity and alterity. Solo exhibitions include Poiesis at Fernwey Gallery (Chicago), White Light at Andrew Rafacz Gallery (Chicago), Love at Last Sight at Brand New Gallery (Milan), and Circles at Tony Wight Gallery (Chicago). Recent group exhibitions include This here at Regards Gallery, the Particular Poetics of Things at Goldfinch Gallery, Resonant Objects at Logan Center Exhibitions, and Pattern Recognition at Ana Cristea Gallery. Lotfi was the Artist in Residence at the University of Chicago’s Arts and Public Life Program during 2015-16.
Flutist Kelariz Keshavarz is an international award-winning musician in classical and contemporary flute playing, performing solo, chamber, and orchestral works.
She has performed as principal and guest principal flute with Tehran Symphony, Tehran National orchestra, Tehran Philharmonic, Parsian Orchestra, Nilper Orchestra, Camerata Orchestra, SouthSide Philharmonic Orchestra with Patrick Clark, and on the Odyssey Chamber Series under the baton of Kirk Trevor, performing around the world in the countries Iran, Austria, Lebanon, and the United States.
Passionate about contemporary music, Kelariz has performed in many festivals including Tehran Contemporary Music Festival (TCMF) in Iran, and Missouri International Composers Festival (MICF) in the United States and has participated in multiple world premieres.
An active soloist, Kelariz performed contemporary flute concerto by Kambiz Roshanravan with the Camerata Orchestra that was the award-winner in 23rd International Fajr Festival in Tehran. She has also performed concertos with the Tehran Flute Choir and Nilper String Orchestra. Kelariz presented solo recitals at Fajr International Festival, Tehran Contemporary Music Festival, and Iran Flute Society.
Kelariz has given clinics at the Iran Flute Society at the University of Tehran and has been the flute instructor at various private music schools. She also serves on the board for the Iran Flute Society. She was the music advisor at Nabat Publishing Company and Saba Animation Company. Her compositions for children’s music were published by Nabat Magazine and she also has recorded her first children's music CD under the Nabat Publishing Company label. Her solo album "Iranian New Waves", which is an anthology of Iranian contemporary music for flute, all newly commissioned pieces, will be released in 2019 under Petrichor Records, and Arqanoon Records.
Honors include Artist Presentation Society Award, the Emerging Artist Award from University of Missouri, Missouri Music Teachers Association Collegiate Division Award, Fajr International Music Festival Award, and the Youth and Music Festival Award in Tehran. Kelariz received her first master’s degrees in Music Performance from University of Tehran where she studied with Dr. Azin Movahed, and her second master's from University of Missouri with Professor Alice K. Dade in Music Performance. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Music Performance at Stony Brook University with legendary flutist Carol Wincenc.
Behnaz Khaleghi is a photographer and multi media artist Originating from Iran, she is currently living in Berkeley, where she pursued her MFA in University of California Berkeley. She studied Physics as an undergraduate at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, and at the same time she followed her interest in a wide range of other fields like philosophy, literature, critical theory, cinema and art. All of that affected her practice in art conceptually and formally too, she practices art through an array of mediums and loves experimenting with all different tools of human creative expression. Behnaz’s work has been acclaimed and chosen among Bay area emerging artist as part of the Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards program and has been exhibited in spaces such as SOMArts and Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.
Baharak Khaleghi is a multimedia artist and feminist who uses her work as a means to promote dialogue about women’s issues. Khaleghi feels that she can make her art about anything, but she wants her work to have impact and meaning; she feels that women are mistreated in our society, something that deeply bothers her, and this inspires her to make art which focuses on women’s issues.
Khaleghi’s work begins with reflection on her own experiences and the challenges faced by other women, which leads to researching other artists who are exploring similar issues. She is open-minded about working in different mediums, choosing a piece’s materials based on what is most appropriate for each individual topic. Her work often includes performance, which she feels is more alive than any other medium. Integrating performance into her work allows Khaleghi to connect with her audience and make them uncomfortable, an example which enhances her pieces’ ideas and message.
Khaleghi’s most recent work has focused on the themes of abortion and reproductive rights. Many would be hesitant to breach these controversial subjects, but Khaleghi has no such reservations. She uses her work to promote constructive dialogue around these topics among her viewers.
Ahmad Kiarostami is the co-founder and CEO of Koantum, a new startup to teach science to elementary school students in the United States. Ahmad serves as a board member at The Roxie, the oldest operational movie theatre in North America. Before Koantum, Ahmad founded Fotomoto where holds two patents on distributed e-commerce, and was acquired in 2012. Before moving to the United States in 2001, he founded three companies in Iran, including Negah, the first multimedia and online production venue in Iran, where he published award-winning multimedia products in cinema and visual arts. Before that, he had a leadership role at Microsoft Middle-East.
Ahmad has also worked with several Iranian directors and has served on the boards of NIAC and San Francisco Cinematheque, the oldest organization in North America promoting experimental cinema and video, and The Roxie, the oldest operating cinema in North America. He makes music videos, which are among the most viewed Iranian music videos on YouTube. In 2014, he started Docunight, an initiative to show Iranian documentaries, with monthly screenings in 20+ cities in North America.
Ahmad has studied Math and Computer Science at Sharif University. In 2007, Ahmad was chosen as a “young leader” at Asia Society’s “Asia 21’s Young Leaders” summit, and in 2016 became fellow at Aspen Institute, an international nonprofit think tank founded in 1950 and based in Washington DC.
Farsad Labbauf is an Iranian artist living and working in the New York area. Best known for his linear figurative paintings, he immigrated to US at thirteen. After enrolling in Rhode Island School of Design in 1982, Labbauf received his Bachelor of Fine Arts, followed by a second degree in Industrial Design. His linear figurative paintings are inspired in part by studies in Quantum physics and a reverence for such ideas as Unity and Monism. The origins of Labbauf's work lie in Figurative Expressionism, a style he practiced for more than two decades, leading to the creation of his linear figurative painting style. His paintings have been featured in more than sixty group shows across the globe, including Saatchi Gallery in London and Ex Aurum Museum in Pescara, Italy, in addition to solo exhibitions in New York, Boston, Amsterdam, Tehran and Esfahan Museum of Contemporary Art. Labbauf's work can be found in numerous public and private collections including The Salsali Museum, Dubai, Saatchi Gallery in London, Carsten de Boer Art Collection, Amsterdam and Museum of Contemporary Art in Esfahan.
Kayti Lahsaiezadeh seeks to resist categorization. She believes in poetry as a form of resistance, prayer, and testimony; her work explores a feminine that is unbridled and out for blood. An alum of the VONA/Voices Workshop and the Tin House Poetry Workshop, she currently volunteers for Black Ocean Press. Her work has appeared in Kweli, The Blueshift Journal, FreezeRay Poetry, and more. Born and raised in San Diego, she now lives and works in Boston.