The Bloom: Season Five, Reading Two
ABOUT THE HOST
ABOUT THE READERS
SCOTT RUSSELL DUNCAN is a lingerer and a lurker that gets called “Freak-magnet” by friends who don’t understand it means them, too. Scott has seen a president eat enchiladas, escaped being held hostage by nuns, fled Mills College with an MFA, and made his lair in Oakland. Scott’s ancestors are Californio, Hispano, and Texian, so he’s half white guy and Mexican. His novel in progress is The Ramona Diary of SRD, a fictional travel diary reclaiming the mythology of Chicano California, which has much to do with a 19th century book named Ramona. His website is scottrussellduncan.com.
TERRILYNN CANTLON is a scholar, lecturer, researcher, poet and writer with diverse interests in literature, education, social justice, and civic leadership. She is a 2013 Mills MA graduate in English literature. The 2013 Kay Gilliland Fellow, Terrilynn is always an active voice for transgender inclusion in everything she does.
MELISSA LOZANO is a poet and solo performer. Her poetry has been published in Cantos al Sexto Sol: An Anthology of Aztlanahuac Writing (Wings Press 2002). She has a BA in English Literature from Mills College. Currently, she is developing a one woman show based on her experiences as a young Chicana poet navigating the politics of identity, language and coming home to herself.
ERIKA M. MARTÍNEZ is the editor of the forthcoming anthology, Daring to Write: Contemporary Narratives by Dominican Women. Recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and a Hedgebrook Writing Residency, she holds an MFA in English and Creative Writing from Mills College in Oakland, CA where she currently resides. Her writing was adapted for the stage and has been featured in the anthologies, Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education; Homelands: Women’s Journeys Across Race, Place and Time and Second Sense of Place: The Washington State Geospatial Poetry Anthology. Her work has also recently appeared in Muthamagazine.com, Consequence Magazine, and the Afro-Hispanic Review. She has taught creative writing in the Dominican Republic and is the editor of the annual Middle & High School Voices for the National Writing Project in New Hampshire. She is working on a memoir and her first poetry collection, One Day My Hand Will Touch the Ceiling. To find out more about her work visit: www.erikammartinez.com.
ABOUT LISA D GRAY, series curator
If Lisa D. Gray could be any literary figure, it’d Janie from Their Eyes Were Watching God because she inhales life and is a perfect literary imagining. Lisa grew up in New Haven, CT and secretly adores 19th Century Brit literature. Right now she’s really into young adult fiction either by southern writers or that takes place in the south because her novel in progress, One Summer, follows a group of teenage girls in a small Georgia town during the civil rights movement, She earned her MFA in English & Creative Writing from Mills College and possesses a BA in English from Spelman College. She’s done workshops with the Voices of Our Nation’s Foundation and the Fine Arts Wrk Center, and last year lived in VT for a few weeks for a residency at the Vermont Studio Center. Links to her literary musings appear on her blog The Randomness of Me at http://www.randomnessofme.tumblr.com/. Her work will appear in Mission at 10th Literary Journal and the online edition of Generations this spring. Her short fiction, memoir, and poetry have also appeared in the Spelman Spotlight and Yahoo Voices.