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Meet our Spring 2016 Authors


Lourdes Figueroa

was born in Yuba City, California during a trip her parents made from Mexico to the USA when they worked in the campo tilling the soil for tomatoes. Lourdes is a proud 2009 and 2011 VONA alum.  Her work has been published in the SF Poet’s 11 2008 & 2010, in Generations Literary Magazine, Eleven Eleven, Something Worth Revising, and Spooky Actions Books published her first chapbook, yolotl.  She received her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of San Francisco. She works and lives in San Francisco.

Armin Tolentino

received his MFA at Rutgers University in Newark, NJ.  His poetry has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Literary Laundry, Blue Earth Review, and New Millennium Writings.  He was a 2014 Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship recipient and lets the New York Knickerbockers break his heart every year between October and March.

Laura Walker

( is the author of story (Apogee Press, forthcoming), Follow–Haswed (Apogee Press, 2012), bird book (Shearsman Books, 2011), rimertown/ an atlas (UC Press, 2008), and swarm lure (Battery Press, 2004), and the chapbook bird book (Albion Books, 2010). She has taught poetry at San Francisco State University, University of San Francisco, and UC Berkeley Extension. She lives in Berkeley with one spouse, one cat, two sons, five chickens, and 30,000 bees.

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