Elsa Valmidiano, an Ilocana-American essayist and poet, is the author of We Are No Longer Babaylan, her award-winning debut essay collection from New Rivers Press. Her work appears in Mud Season Review, Cosmonauts Avenue, Anomaly, Cherry Tree, Canthius, Hairstreak Butterfly Review, among many others. Her work is also widely anthologized. She holds a JD from Syracuse Law and an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. While Elsa writes on a variety of topics, her focal points are issues affecting women—from her discussion of worker conditions, fertility, reproductive rights, sexual assault, to just about anything that affects every woman on this planet. For more information, please visit her website at slicingtomatoes.com, where she also curates a directory of Pinay visual artists and their work from the Philippines and Diaspora.
For forty-one years, Anna Villegas happily taught college English in the San Joaquin Valley. Her published work includes many short stories, essays, poems, newspaper columns, and three novels. She lives in Nevada City, California, where five generations of family ghosts inspire her writing.
Sara Weiss' writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Lilith Magazine, Bustle, Brain Child, Literary Mama, Sammiches and Psych Meds, Raw Data: Living in the Fallout from the Coronavirus, Underwater New York, Outbreath, The Hook Magazine, Nyack News and Views, and other places. She was a selected reader for the Artist Residency in Motherhood, an event organized with generous support from the NYC Artist Corps and Poets & Writers. She holds a BA and MAT from Tufts University, and an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. She teaches yoga and creative writing and lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband and two beautiful daughters.
Laura Eliasieh (she/her) is a mother of two based in San Francisco, California. Her writing has been published by ArtAsiaPacific, La Biennale di Venezia, Museum Villa Stuck, the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, Berkeley Art Center, and Unlikely Journal for Creative Arts. She earned a PhD at Stanford University with a dissertation on how the contemporary avant-garde is exploring the creative potential of critical nomadic thought across many different traditions and ideologies. She advocates strongly for midwifery, women witnessing other women, and women becoming more themselves through the power of birth.
Jessica Perez is a born-and-bred Williamsburg/Bushwick Brooklynite with finca girl roots running through her veins. She is a Madre, Mujer, Hermana, Hija y Nieta. She is a dreamer. A writer. An emerging warrior. A blossoming visionary. A passionate Boricua. She is a carrier of legacies, lineage and love. She is a Writing Our Lives workshop and a Roots. Wounds. Words workshop alum.
Lindsey is a freelance writer who has recently worked as a waitress in a pizzeria, a stay-at-home mom, and an advocate and educator for adults and children with developmental disabilities. She lives with her family and their pets in a small town outside Austin, TX.