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James Weaver is poet who has been published in two issues of Penumbra (2012 and 2015) and Collision: The Intersection of Poetry and Photography (2015). Some of his performances include performing at SlaM on RyE, Berkeley’s Poetry Slam and the Queen Bean of Modesto. He was also a judge at InkSlam in Los Angeles. He is currently working on his first chapbook.

Gillian Bagwell is the author of three acclaimed historical novels: “The Darling Strumpet,” based on the life of Nell Gwynn, seventeenth-century actress and mistress of Charles II; “The September Queen,” the story of Jane Lane, who risked her life to help the young Charles II escape after the Battle of Worcester; and “Venus in Winter,” which covers the first forty years of the life of the formidable four-times widowed Tudor dynast Bess of Hardwick. Gillian lives in Berkeley, California, and…

Amy Rogers, MD, PhD, is a Harvard-educated scientist, professor, author, and critic who switched from teaching university biology classes to reviewing, writing, and publishing science-themed thrillers. Her novels Petroplague (2011) and Reversion (2014) use real science and medicine to create plausible, frightening scenarios in the style of Michael Crichton.

Melissa Carson, a resident of Northern California has two young adult children: a son, Michael, a United States Army Veteran and a daughter, Cori, who has cerebral palsy. Melissa is a published poet and an active member of the National Transportation Defense Association, San Joaquin Valley Chapter. She is also a former member of the American Society of Military Comptrollers. She loves to travel on weekend getaways to the Ocean, advocating for children and young adults with special needs.

Matthew Berlin is a seventeen-year old independent author who enjoys writing Action/Adventure and Fantasy novels. He began writing Embark, the first book in the Legends of Lustria series at 14, and self-published the completed novel at 16. Matt has just completed Prevalence, which is the second book in the series, and hopes to have it released by Christmas 2015. Matthew is also co-writing a book with a friend and fellow author.

Stacey Gustafson is an author, humor columnist, and blogger who has experienced the horrors of being trapped inside a pair of SPANX. Her blog, Are You Kidding Me? is based on her suburban family and everyday life. Her short stories have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul and seven books in the Not Your Mother’s Book series. Her work appears in Midlife Boulevard, Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, Pleasanton Patch, Lost in Suburbia, Better After 50, and on her daughter’s bulletin board.

Paku was born and raised in a small town in central valley California. She is first generation Hmong American, and the eighth child of ten. Paku graduated from California State University, Stanislaus with a B.A. in Kinesiology. Although she highly enjoys fitness and nutrition, she also has a fondness for fashion design and storytelling. She often recites lines from her favorite books to anyone who’s willing to listen and is simply inspired by everything she encounters.

Patricia Wentzel has been writing poetry and prose for a year now. She has been published in Consumnes River Review, Neutrons Protons, The Light Ekphrastic, Petite Hound Press, Brevities, Poetry Now and Medusa’s Kitchen. She lives in Sacramento with her wife and teenaged twins, two cats and a dog. She is grateful to members of the Sacramento Poetry Center and the Women’s Wisdom Art poetry circle for their enthusiastic support.

Cristina Sandoval is from Modesto, CA, where she has lived most her life, at times despondent, but always happy to have Mr. T’s Donuts right around the corner. Her passion for writing began at the age of 11, however her discovery of poetry, just one short year ago, is what ignited a renewal in that passion. She has been published in Penumbra, and The Snail Mail Review. She won first place for poetry in Modesto Junior College’s Celebration of the Humanities in 2015.

Sage Curtis is currently an MFA candidate in poetry at University of San Francisco. Her work has been published in literary journals such as burntdistrict, 34th Parallel, Perceptions Magazine, Caesura, Garbanzo Literary Journal, Deep Water Journal and others. She spends her days as a content writer and her nights writing poetry (or living experiences to write about). Keep up with her work at