Lisa Alvarez grew up in and around Los Angeles. She earned her MFA from UC Irvine and is a professor of English at Irvine Valley College, where she teaches a popular fiction-writing workshop. Her poetry and prose have appeared in Codex Journal, Faultline, Green Mountains Review, Huizache, Truthdig, and Zócalo Public Square. Alvarez co-edited Writer’s Workshop in a Book: The Community of Writers on the Art of Fiction with the late Alan Cheuse, and co-directs the fiction program at the annual Community of Writers summer conference in Squaw Valley, California. She lives in Modjeska Canyon.
Born in Lynwood, California, Andrew Tonkovich studied with poet Peter Carr at CSU Long Beach and with Oakley Hall at UC Irvine, where Tonkovich teaches writing and works with the union representing Librarians and Lecturers. He has published short stories, essays, and reviews in Ecotone, Faultline, OC Weekly, the Orange Coast Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Los Angeles Times and The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and hosts weekly the literary arts program Bibliocracy Radio on Pacifica’s KPFK 90.7 FM. He is the longtime editor of the West Coast literary magazine Santa Monica Review and lives in Modjeska Canyon.