J.A. Dela Cruz-Smith is a bread baker and poet in Seattle, WA. He is pursuing an MFA in the Rainier Writing Workshop. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry and the anthology, Indigenous Literatures from Micronesia, ed. by Evelyn Flores and Emelihter Kihleng.
Indigenous bilingual poet, playwright and creative non-fiction writer Maiah A Merino, shares stories of her mixed culture family, and the pulse of what’s alive in her life currently. A current Writer in the Schools resident through Seattle Arts & Lectures, Maiah teaches prose poetry to youth so they can hear and share their voices within their own communities. Maiah has performed regularly with the Latinx Writer’s Group, Los Nortenos, since 2003. She enjoys collaborative art making across mediums. She recently had three galleried poems featured in an all Latinx Visual Arts show held in Shoreline City Hall from Oct 2017-April 2018. In 2018, Her essay “Bridges and Walls”, appeared in Raven Chronicles Journal, Home. She was also selected 2016/17 and 2017/18 as a Poetry on Buses poet and as a poet on the Seattle Poetic Grid project, hosted by former Seattle Poet Laureate: Claudia Castro. Maiah is a mom to a five-year old son who together enjoy watching the natural world inform their everyday living.