Photo by Brock Scott
Jennifer Tara Takahashi grew up near the ocean, camping across California and dreaming under chirimoya trees in her grandmother’s wild back yard. This connection with nature is an important part of who she is as a teacher, artist and woman. She is an artist without the ability to commit to one material, since she enjoys the thrill of learning new techniques. Jennifer explores mixed media, watercolor, fiber arts, silk painting as well as creating crochet ocean meditation stones, fine silver jewelry and once-was-a-sweater plush animals. She creates art to convey serenity, love and to remind others of the joy and healing that connecting with nature can bring. With this in mind, Jennifer opened The Grateful Dandelion Atelier, a children’s studio in Pacific Beach, California, which offers classes in yoga, mindfulness, storytelling and the arts. She looks forward to sharing the hand work, creativity and relaxation that her aunts, mother and grandmother passed on to her when they taught her the many crafts she enjoys. When she is not creating, you might find Jennifer dancing, reading, drinking tea, traveling or relaxing in the beach in Baja.
Jennifer has been published in Incandescent Mind: Selfish Work and as the cover and featured artist in Conversations with Gravel.
Chestina Craig lives in Long Beach, CA with her cat. Her work has been published in Black Napkin Press, The Rising Phoenix Review, KINGS ZINE, L’EPHEMERE Review, Femme Fotale (photography), Button Poetry and others. She has presented her work at The President’s Commission on The Status of Women, The Young Women’s Empowerment Conference, The CSUF Social Justice Summit, Glassless Minds Open Mic, The Santa Cruz Word Church, and more. She also has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology, and on occasion pets sharks and hangs out with octopuses. Other talents include winning over the love of cats, eating whole pizzas, and falling in love with the glow of the sunset. She hopes that one day she will only be required to wear gauzy clothing, swim in the ocean’s swell, and get paid to have too many feelings. Chestina has work included in Incandescent Mind: Issue Two and a chapbook, body of water, published by Sadie Girl Press. Order here!
Find out more on chestinacraig.com.
Elmast Kozloyan is a poet trapped in limbo between magic and reality (though seldom chooses the latter). At the age of fifteen won the silver medal for poetry in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and since then has released her debut chapbook, Doe Eyed Venus (available through Sadie Girl Press), co-hosts Moon Pixel Open Mic, and has been published in places such as Cadence Collective, Poetry in Motion, Pacific Review, the East Jasmine Review and Los Angeles Times. Her work has also appeared in Cadence Collective: Year One and Year Two, Like A Girl: The Pre-Show!, and Like a Girl: Perspectives on Feminine Identity.
Ken Oddist Jones is a graphic artist and photographer. He relocated to Long Beach by way of Florida where he studied design and studio art at the Florida School of Art. His work varies from the carefree and whimsical, to the surreal and sometimes haunting. Often he combines his photography with graphic elements and textures to create stunning visual imagery and striking digital collage. His work was recently featured in New Legends, Then & Now: Conversations with Old Friends, and Incandescent Mind: Issue One. He was the featured artist of the month on Cadence Collective, and has shown his digital collage work at WE Labs for their third art show, Metamorphosis. His work is also partnered with Larry Duncan‘s poetry in the chapbook, Drunk on Ophelia. Follow him on Facebook.
Larry Duncan currently lives in Long Beach, CA. In 2012, he received his MFA from California State University, Long Beach. His first chapbook, Crossroads of Stars and White Lightning, is available from Arroyo Seco Press. His second chapbook, Drunk on Ophelia, includes photos and digital art by Ken Oddist Jones and was released by Sadie Girl Press in January 2016. He has work in Cadence Collective Anthology: Year One and Year Two.
J.D. Isip is a Professor of English at Collin College in Plano, Texas and the Editor of the online literary journal, Ishaan Literary Review. His poetry, plays, short fiction, and academic works have appeared in several print and online journals and reviews, including Cadence Collective: Year One and Year Two. His composition book, This is Writing: A Conceptual Guide to College Writing, is available from Fountainhead Press. His first full-length poetry collection, Pocketing Feathers, is now available on Sadie Girl Press. Check out J.D.’s work as an Editor at IshaanLiteraryReview.com. You can follow J.D. on Twitter @ProfJDIsip.
Fernando Gallegos is a Long Beach artist born and raised. He is heavily inspired by the human form and always searching to evoke the feeling of movement and emotion. He loves the power of the brain, to take a simple stroke of color on paper and piece it together to an image with depth and feeling. He has illustrated many projects for Sadie Girl Press including the entire yearbook sections of Cadence Collective Anthology: Year One and Year Two, the cover of The Unnamed Algorithm, the cover and illustrations for bar napkins for beginners and The Language I Was Broken In: a Sadie Girl Press Sampler. He has also contributed art and poetry to our sister press, Lucid Moose Lit, in the anthologies Gutters & Alleyways: Perspectives on Poverty and Struggle, Like A Girl: The Pre-Show! (as cover artist), Like a Girl: Perspectives on Feminine Identity and Then & Now:Conversations with Old Friends. Find more info and keep updated at: facebook\fernando.gallegos.lbc and instagram\@fgraphix.
Terry Ann Wright recently received her master’s degree from Goddard College, a progressive school that emphasizes community activism and democratic education. She has written and published poetry exclusively for the last fifteen years, receiving two nominations for the Pushcart Prize in the process. She spends her days ridding the world of comma splices, and nights planning food-based road trips and sometimes writing. Her poetry has appeared most recently in the journals Carnival, East Jasmine Review, Cadence Collective, and in the anthologies Cadence Collective: Year One and Year Two, Gutters & Alleyways: Perspectives on Poverty and Struggle, Like A Girl: The Pre-Show!, Like a Girl: Perspectives on Feminine Identity, and Then & Now:Conversations with Old Friends. Her first chapbook, Nature Studies, is available from Sadie Girl Press.
Photo by Tatum Christine
Kelsey Bryan-Zwick is a poet, a bookbinder, and an artist from Long Beach, CA. As a child she lived in Spain where she fell in love with the smell of fresh bread, green olives, and learned to speak Spanish. At UCSC she received a B.A. in Literature/Creative Writing-Poetry. Kelsey participated in Write Bloody Publishing’s Dirty Dozen Workshop and is a recent Pushcart Prize nominee. Her poems appear in A Poet Is A Poet, No Matter How Tall: EPISODE II Attack of the Poems, East Jasmine Review, Like a Girl: The Pre-Show! and Like a Girl: Perspectives on Feminine Identity and Development, The Camel Saloon, and both Cadence Collective Anthology: Year One and Year Two, and Then & Now: Conversations with Old Friends. Kelsey’s first chapbook, Watches Synchronized To Awestruck, is hand-bound by the poet. Her second chapbook, Watermarked, is available from Sade Girl Press. Read samples of her work on Cadence Collective.