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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.

Rhony Bhopla was born in London, and raised in Northern California. She is a writer, educator, and activist. Her poetry has been published in the Bay Area’s Tea Party Magazine, Medusa’s Kitchen, Tule Review, Poetry Now, Tiger’s Eye, Brevities, as well as Sacramento Voices 2015. Her recent feature includes a collaborative reading hosted by Davis Poet Laureate Andy Jones at the John Natsoulas Gallery, Sacramento Poetry Center, and the Nello Olivo Wine Cellar Poetry Series in Placerville.

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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

Elizabeth Sousa was born and raised in the Bay Area, but since 2008 has made a home in the Central Valley. She is an insurance agent by trade, a poet at heart, a Type One Diabetes advocate, and the mother of a 10-year-old super hero in the making. In 2010 she was humbled to compete in Modesto’s coveted annual poetry slam invitational.