Soomin Lee is an aspiring writer and enthusiastic reader in the 8th grade. She enjoys reading and writing science fiction and realistic fiction novels and short stories. She is currently in the process of writing a YA novel, and hoping to finish the first manuscript sometime next year.

Ella Nathanael Alkiewicz is a Labrador Inuk writer of Western Mass. Ella’s published in The Auburn Avenue and Dawnland Voices 2.0. She’s an active member of Straw Dog Writers Guild and the Boston Writers of Color group (supported by GrubStreet).

Lisa Braxton is an essayist and fiction writer. She is also a former newspaper reporter and television reporter and news anchor. Her debut novel, The Talking Drum, is being published by Inanna Publications in the fall of 2019. Visit Lisa’s website at

Anita Pham is a writer and digital marketing specialist working in Boston. She spends most of her free time reading, attending concerts, supporting sports teams from the DMV, and trying new foods. Anita earned her BA in public relations from Penn State and is a native of Maryland.

Dharani Persaud is a writer and access advocate. She mostly writes creative nonfiction and poetry, but has been known to dabble in fantasy. Most of their writing ends up including some amount of Indo-Caribbean, diasporic, and queer themes.

Marilse Rodríguez-García was raised in Puerto Rico and earned a BA in Hispanic Studies from the University of Puerto Rico before relocating to the Boston area. She worked as a teacher, translator, reporter, editor, and an administrator in public K-12 education.

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