Join The Grief Diaries as we celebrate our third anniversary at Powerhouse Arena on June 30th at 6pm!
Jarrod M. Harrison is a fiction writer from Surry, Virginia. Follow him on Twitter @Jarrod_MH & IG @Jarrod_MH_ to learn which Jay-Z albums, Dilla beats, and cookies he loves.
Michael Juliani is a poet, editor and writer from South Pasadena, California. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in outlets such as Washington Square Review, LA Review of Books, BOMB, Los Angeles Times, and the Adirondack Review.
Originally from Sylmar, California, Nathan Xavier Osorio is the son of Mexican and Nicaraguan immigrants. He has taught classes on the intersections of creative writing, translation, and political activism at Barnard College, the New School, and Columbia University, where he received his MFA in poetry and literary translation. In 2017 and 2018, he was a semifinalist for the Discovery / Boston Review Poetry Contest and his chapbook The Last Town Before the Mojave was a finalist for the 2016 Atlas Review Chapbook Contest. In addition to writing and teaching, Nathan currently works as a community organizer partnering with parent leaders to improve educational experiences of Latino, immigrant, and indigenous families in the South Bronx. His writing and translations can be found at Mexico City Lit, the Offing, and Boston Review's Poems for Political Disaster.
Al Reitz earned their BFA from Emerson College and was a Lambda Literary Fellow for Emerging LGBTQ Voices in 2017. They live in Boston, MA, where they spend most of their time investigating bouts of everyday magic and studying Jewish mysticism. They are the author of the short story collection Middlelands (Wilde Press, 2017), and their their work can be found in Emerson Review and Berkeley Fiction Review.
Nina Sharma is a writer and performer from Edison, New Jersey. Her work has been featured in publications such as Women’s Studies Quarterly, Anomaly, Longreads, The Grief Diaries, and The Margins. She was recently awarded a fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center and a diversity scholarship from The Magnet Improvisation Theater. A 2017 Asian Women Giving Circle grantee, her AWGC-funded workshop, “No-Name Mind: Stories of Mental Health from Asian America” just wrapped at The Asian American Writers’ Workshop.
Andrew Siañez-De La O is a Chicanx playwright and author from El Paso, Texas. He graduated from Emerson College in 2017 with a BFA in Theatre and Performance and was awarded the school’s Betsy Carpenter Playwriting award for his play Sangre Mía. His collection of short stories, Lo Siento Miguel, was also published by Wilde Press, Emerson’s Undergraduate Students for Publishing group. Currently, he is a Young Playwright in Residence at the Echo Theatre Company in Los Angeles, where he will also be attending the 2017 Latino Theatre Commons Convening as a representative of his hometown and border community.
Laura Chiasson is a queer, Cajun poet from southern Louisiana. She works as an artist and an art therapist in New York City. Find her on instagram as @LC.go