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2013 Fiction/Nonfiction

Eric Layer was born in San Francisco and has resided more or less in Los Angeles for more than a decade. He was a 2011 Emerging Voices Fellow and has received residency fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation, Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain, and Foundation Obras in Portugal. His stories have been featured in The Rattling Wall, Palehouse, and The Medulla Review. He is working on his first collection of stories, tentatively titled Adults Only.

Natali Petricic was born in Long Beach, New York, shortly after her parents emigrated from Croatia. She received a BA from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. Natali was a 2004 Emerging Voices Fellow. Her short stories have been published in Santa Monica Review, Rosebud, and Red Wheelbarrow. She is currently working on Leaf Boats, a linked short story collection. Natali lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.


Marissa Tinloy, a 2009 Emerging Voices Fellow, is from Alameda, California. She holds a BA in English and world arts and culture from UCLA. She has just completed her masters in English from UC Davis. Her fiction has been a semi-finalist in the Katherine Anne Porter Contest by Nimrod International Journal. Tinloy was a finalist in the Wordstock Ten Competition. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by The Rattling Wall and was the winner of the Elliot Gilbert Prize in Fiction. Marissa lives on a hill beside the ocean in Ventura with her husband. She is at work on her first novel, Look Away.

2012 Fiction/Nonfiction

Monica Carter, a Milwaukee native, currently resides in Los Angeles and was a 2010 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow and a 2010 Lambda Literary Foundation Emerging GLBT Voice. Her fiction has appeared in Strange Cargo: An Emerging Voices Anthology, Black Clock, The Rattling Wall, and in the forthcoming issue of Bloom. She is currently working on her novel, The Affair of 1936. She also curates Salonica, a website dedicated to world literature.



Shanna Mahin is a high school dropout who rallied late and has become optimistic about a strong finish, due in no small part to a 2008 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, a Norman Mailer Colony Fellowship, and a few summer residencies. She's currently working on completing her memoir, tentatively titled The Concerns of the Bourgeoisie. She asks that you make note of the word “tentatively.”



Carl Peel was born in Santa Monica, California, and currently lives in Los Angeles. He received a BA from UCLA in English literature and was a 1999 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow. His fiction has appeared in BeWhich Magazine, Newport Review, and in the anthologies Wild Things: Domestic and Otherwise and Experienced: Rock Music Tales of Fact & Fiction. He is currently working on a novel, Lions & Ghosts, an early draft of which was shortlisted for the James Jones First Novel Award and was a semifinalist for the Virginia Center for the Book’s Great American Book Award

2011 Fiction/Nonfiction

Marytza K. Rubio is a writer from Santa Ana, CA. Her writing has been featured in Slice MagazineLos Angeles Times, and The Rattling Wall. She is a 2008 PEN Emerging Voices Fellow, the 2010 Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Scholar in fiction, and a 2012 VONA alum. Her story, Brujeria for Beginners, was a finalist for the 2012 Orlando Prize in Short Fiction. She is writing a novel, The Chicano Consulate.


Avi Lall is a writer living in Long Beach, CA. In 2007 he was a PEN Emerging Voices Fellow. His work has appeared in The Asian-American Writers Workshop and Porcupine Literary Journal.



Eduardo Santiago was born Cuba and grew up in Los Angeles and Miami. He holds a BFA in film and television from California Institute of the Arts and was a 2004 PEN Emerging Voices Fellow. He lives in Los Angeles with his dog, Lyon.



2011 Poetry

Mehnaz Turner was born in Pakistan and raised in Southern California. She holds degrees from the University of Arizona, The University of Texas at Austin, and UC Santa Barbara. She is a 2009 Emerging Voices Fellow in Poetry. Her short story, "The Alphabet Workbook," appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in publications such as The Journal of Pakistan Studies, The Pedestal Magazine, and An Anthology of California Poets. An English teacher, she lives in Southern California.



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