112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Creative Writing: Poetic Voices of Inlandia

Session Chair: 
Juan Delgado, California State University, San Bernardino
Session 4: Friday 3:45-5:15pm
RCC Meeting Room 7


  1. Maurisa Thompson, University of California, Riverside
    Maurisa Thompson is an MFA student and Gluck Fellowship recipient at UC Riverside, and a proud alum of June Jordan's Poetry for the People at UC Berkeley. She frequently works or volunteers in community-based literary arts projects, and her poems can be found online in La Bloga and Pedestal Magazine, The Black Scholar, the award-winning San Francisco children's anthology A Feather Floating on the Water, and featured in The Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal, for which she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
  2. Nikki Harlin, California State University, San Bernardino
    Andrea “Nikki” Harlin is an MFA poetry student at California State University, San Bernardino. She writes about the service industry, working class life in San Bernardino, the unnoticed horrors that gradually creep from the imagination and into the margins of modern existence, and more. You can find her writing and editing work in CSUSB's Pacific Review.
  3. Alex Avila, Author and Community Activist
    Alex Avila is from the Bronx, New York City. He is a Black Latino Honduran American. Alex has published four books. Mr. Avila is a social justice advocate for marginalized communities. Alex is an editor for The Pacific Review and Ghost Town National Magazine, and he is currently a teacher/tech assistant for S.C.I.P.P. (Students and Coyotes: Instruction in Poetry and Prose).
  4. Julie Sophia Paegle, California State University, San Bernardino
    Julie Sophia Paegle is the author of torch song tango choir and Twelve Clocks. Her poetry has been widely published and anthologized, and her books have won recognition in the International Latino Book Awards (Best Poetry in English) and in Poets & Writers (for one of the best debuts of 2010). She is the Director of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at CSUSB and lives in the San Bernardino mountains with her husband, sons, and dog-team.
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