Krista Nave, ’20: her poem “Justice Favors Fortune” was published in issue 4 of The Exposition Review, and she read at their launch party at Skylight Books (pictured left).
Gabriela Ramos, ’19: her literary essay “Healthcare” not only won the 2018 ULV undergraduate creative writing contest (chosen by judge Abby Chew) and was published in Prism Review #20 … and was a finalist for the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research (Creative Expression), it also garnered her a scholarship to the Juniper Summer Writing Institute … and it was one of two runners-up in the national AWP Kurt Brown Prize for Creative Non-Fiction. Judge Elizabeth Silver wrote, “This was an innovative look into family remedies in medicinal settings as a means of telling the narrator’s story. A strong entryway into memoir/essay. The voice is at once tactile and entertaining and leaps off the page.”
Cheyenne Avila, ’19 (pictured left, reading at La Plaze de Cultura y Artes) had her first book, I Will Forget These Poems but Never the Way They Healed Me, published in 2019. While at ULV, she competed at the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational (2016, 2017), the Southern Fried Poetry Slam (17, 18), and won the 2017 undergraduate creative writing contest for her essay “The House on Ellburg Street,” judged by Kevin Riel. In 2018, her poems “Ekphrasis for ‘Gathering of Women’ by Tamara Adams” (Bird’s Thumb) and “Brujeria and Bonnets: A Brown Girl’s Guide to Decolonization and Self-Actualization” (Crack the Spine Literary Magazine) were accepted for publication, and she won Cultural Weekly‘s Jack Grapes Poetry Prize, as chosen by judge Rocío Carlos.
Guadalupe Robles, ’17 (pictured left), is enrolled in the MFA in Creative Writing (poetry) program at Antioch University Los Angeles. In 2018, her translation (from Spanish to English) of Gabriel Chávez Casazola’s Persistencia de los tatuajes was published by Valparaiso USA; in 2019, she translated Cheyenne Avila’s poems (English to Spanish) for the bilingual edition of I Will Forget These Poms but Never the Way They Healed Me. In 2017, her senior project was a finalist for the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research (Creative Expression), and in 2016 she won the ULV undergraduate creative writing contest (judged by Michelle Detorie).
Tabitha Lawrence, ’17, is attending the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University, and has had her work published in Los Angeles Review and elsewhere.
John Abbasi, ’16, completed his MFA in fiction at the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University; in 2016, he won the ULV undergraduate creative writing contest for his story “Darling Young Boy” (judged by Corinna Vallianatos) and the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research (Creative Expression).
Kendra Craighead, ’18, has poems published or forthcoming in in Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Sagebrush Review, Barking Sycamores, and Sucarnochee Review, and has contributed numerous articles to Inland Empire Magazine.
On May 1, student authors Alyssa Godina, Cassidy Adams, and Sierra DeBinion, (pictured in order) read their original fictions and spoke about their inspirations and writing processes to a packed house.