Mike Padilla is a native Californian and has a Masters in Literature and Writing from Syracuse University. Since an early age he has been a storyteller, and from the start of his career he received the attention of reviews and magazines such as Indiana Review, Sequoia, and Up Front. He was anthologized in Hot Type: Our Most Celebrated Writers Introduce the Next Word in Contemporary Fiction. His first collection, Hard Language, was published by Arte Público Press in 2000 and has received several awards. He lives and writes in Los Angeles.
Sandra María Esteves is a poet and arts administrator who has published six collections of poetry, including Bluestown Mockingbird Mambo (Arte Público Press, 1990), Tropical Rain: A Bilingual Downpour (African Caribbean Poetry Theater, 1984) and Yerba Buena (Greenfield Review Press, 1981). She is one of the founding poets of the Nuyorican poetry movement, as well as one of the first Puerto Rican/Dominican women to publish a volume of poetry in the U.S. She has won numerous awards and recognition for her work, and she continues to write, read, and teach at universities and cultural centers throughout the country.
Sarah Cortez is a proud Houstonian and an officer with the University of Houston Police Department. In the late 1980's she took several courses from the UH Creative Writing department, and several of her short stories were published in literary journals. In 1992 she began writing poetry, some of her work focusing on her life as a police officer. She received the 1999 PEN Texas Literary Award in Poetry and was a Visiting Scholar in the UH Center for Mexican American Studies from 1999 to 2001.