Kat Fajardo is an award-winning comic artist who loves making playful art about self-acceptance and Latine culture for young readers. Kat is known for their self-published autobiographical zines such as Gringa! and Bandida.
J.M. Miro lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest.
David Bowles is a Mexican American author and translator from south Texas, where he teaches at the University of Texas Río Grande Valley. He has written over two dozen award-winning titles, most notably They Call Me Güero and My Two Border Towns.
Mirelle Ortega is a Mexican illustrator and writer for kidlit and Animation based in Los Angeles, CA.
Luivette Resto attended Cornell University, where she earned her BA in English Literature and a minor in U.S. Latinx history.
Claudia Castro Luna served as Washington’s State Poet Laureate (2018 – 2021), is an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow, and Seattle’s inaugural Civic Poet (2015-2017).
Daniel A. Olivas is the author of ten books, including How to Date a Flying Mexican: New and Collected Stories (University of Nevada Press), and Crossing the Border: Collected Poems (Pact Press).
A former reporter and editor, Liz Michalski now crafts articles on human interest, living, and health as a freelance writer.
Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo is author of Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge (Sundress Publications 2016). A former Steinbeck Fellow and Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange winner, most recently, her poem, “Battlegrounds” was featured at Poets.org and On Being’s Poetry Unbound.
Donna Barba Higuera grew up in a tiny desert town in central California surrounded by agricultural and oil fields. Rather than wrangling dust devils, she’d spend recess squirreled away in the janitor’s closet with a good book.