Contributor Bios

MOHAMED ALGARMI is a first-year graduate student in the English MA program at CSUEB, with an emphasis in creative writing. He hopes to enroll in an MFA program after graduating. He is currently a full-time English teacher at Centerville Junior High in Fremont. Mohamed was born and raised in Oakland, but currently resides in Hayward with his lovely wife and beautiful two-year-old son.

MARYAM BARGZIE is a first-generation Afghan-American, currently pursuing her BA in Liberal Arts. She comes from a big family, and is the youngest of six girls. She is a self-proclaimed foodie who loves to spend time with her family, play soccer, read and write poetry and creative nonfiction in her free time.

MATT BIUNDO is an English major with a focus in creative writing at CSUEB, and will graduate later this year.

BRIAN BOSEN graduated from CSUEB with his BA in English and continued with his MA in English, TESOL. He studies linguistics and several languages, travels, writes and performs music, works with nonprofits, and is an avid reader. He has also been published in the pop culture magazine Acid Logic.

CHASE BURKETT is a senior finishing his last quarter at CSUEB as an English major with an emphasis in creative writing. He is a Bay Area native who enjoys writing short stories and plans to continue his education, with the goal of one day teaching English.

BRANDI CARROLL is a student-athlete at CSUEB, majoring in English with a Creative Writing focus, and competing on the women’s water polo team. She was born and raised in Southern California, but enjoys living in the beautiful Bay Area. In her free time, she enjoys music, writing, painting, and exploring the outdoors.

DANIELA CHAVEZ is an English major with a focus in creative writing. She’s from Orange County, California.

LORRAINE GOMEZ is originally from Stockton. A second-year student at CSUEB, she’s currently pursuing a BS degree in Psychology and is excited that this is her first publication. Along with poetry, she is passionate about photography and music. She can also binge watch Netflix shows like no other.

DEBORAH PURETZ GROVE is a fine artist with limited-edition prints in several museums and corporate collections. An avid explorer, she travels to meet unfamiliar cultures and landscapes. She writes about the people she has met or observed in her travels to more than forty countries. She completed her MA in English in Winter 2017.

ALLEN JANG majors in English, the least Asian of all subjects. The design and web editor for Arroyo Literary Review, he currently resides in Hayward, where he spends much of his time drawing, listening to music, and thinking about writing.

EVAN LINDEMANN is a student at CSUEB working on a BA in English and a minor in music. He is from sunny Southern California.

SALLY RUBY LUNA is a student at CSUEB and a Hayward native. She is majoring in English with an emphasis in creative writing.

KEZIA MARSHALL grew up in the East Bay and now lives with her husband, daughter and cat in Hayward.

WENDY MEDINA graduated Fall 2016 from CSUEB with a BA in English in just three years. Originally a SoCal native, she fell in love with the culture and people of the Bay Area and now lives in Hayward. She loves to write, mostly about serial killers or fictionalized snippets of her life.

KAMILLAH MENDOZA transferred to CSUEB in Winter 2017 as an English creative writing major. After she graduates, she wants to see the world with her fluffy companion friend, Mochi!

VICTORIA QUISTGAARD is an English creative writing major, graduating this year, with plans to attend an MFA program for creative writing and teaching after a yearlong break. She has lived in California for five years, and constantly complains about the traffic.

CYNIA SAPP is a senior majoring in English with an option in creative writing. She has a passion for writing, language, learning, and drawing. Originally from Morgan Hill, California, she dedicates her achievements to her family, friends, teachers, and acquaintances.

JACQUELYN SPENCE is a recent graduate from the UC Berkeley English department, currently pursuing her MA in English from CSUEB. She enjoys writing both poetry and prose, and hopes to eventually become an English educator at some level.

BRIANNA ROSE VERDUGO is currently in her first year of the graduate program at CSUEB.

EMILIE WHITE is a second-year MA student at CSUEB. Originally from small town Greenfield, California, she loves writing prose, poetry, and plays, and has had work featured in The Bohemian at Notre Dame de Namur University, Occam’s Razor, and New Playwrights Festival at Santa Clara University, where she got her BA in English and Spanish. She is also the co-editor-in-chief of CSUEB’s Arroyo Literary Review.