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.
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!
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 OneandYear 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 OneandYear 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 Oneand 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.