Mateo Lara is currently pursuing a degree in English Literature and Language at Cal State Bakersfield. He has recently published his first collection of poems, entitled “Keta-Miha and Other Poems.” He is of Mexican-American heritage and endeavors to incorporate his ethnic identity into his writing. He also draws inspiration from his “real life experiences filled with pain, color, and everything in between.” From Mateo: “Reality meets fantasy in my world.”
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Flash Fiction Contest
On May 1st, we announced the winners of our Flash Fiction Contest: Thomas Garcia (1st), Rick Krizman (2nd), and Rios de la Luz (3rd). Read more.
The James Baldwin Literature Prize
It is with great pleasure that we announce the winner of The James Baldwin Literature Prize of $1,000 to Hafsa Musa. Read more.