Fiction Students

Korey Bell


Korey is from Rochester, New York. He enjoys literature, theology, and music.

Daniela Chavez


Daniela was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She spent her undergrad years writing in San Francisco. She then moved to Massachusetts, where she taught for a while, only to move back to sunny California. Some of her favorite things include free parking, cherry coke and new papermate flare pens. She will beat you in useless movie trivia; don't test the validity of that claim. Here she is with a big chair.

Miguel Cid


Miguel A. X. Cid was born and raised in Sacramento and San Diego, California. He is the son of the late artist Armando Cid and social, political and cultural activist Josie Talamantez. He has a brother and two sisters. He writes fiction as well as other genres of literature, including poetry, and creates art through various mediums.

Lee Eisen


Lee is the result of a flawed experiment in which a scientist attempted to create a person who is exactly 50% gym bro, 50% literature geek. He definitely didn't steal that description of himself from his own Tinder bio. In 2016, Lee graduated from the University of Miami (in Florida, not the fake one in Ohio) with a degree in Creative Writing. He has since worked as a production assistant on the ABC television show The Goldbergs, taught for an academic support program at Palos Verdes High School in Los Angeles, and led creative writing workshops for a nonprofit organization called Writopia.

William Eng


William Eng is a Trinidadian Chinese American Brooklynite who was born in Southern California but was raised in New York City and South Florida. He loves traveling as much as his parents and grandparents. He, also, loves horticulture, astronomy and dismantling white supremacy. When he was 18, he got a half-sleeve tattoo and a mohawk and swore he’d never change. lol. He and his partner raise a Shidoodle named Ashby.

Leandro Fefer


Leandro Fefer is from Seattle, Washington. He is highly skeptical of golf and Burning Man. Leandro enjoys rock climbing, Rap Music, and New York Times podcasts. His background is in journalism, addiction, and bar tending and he holds a BA in communications from Whittier college.  Leandro loves you, and hopes you find fulfillment in life.

Hallie Gayle


Hallie grew up in Hurst, Texas. She earned a degree in English from Whittier College and has spent most of her twenties living abroad and writing on really wobbly desks.

Jonathan Gelernter


6'5" Swipe left if you voted Trump.

Jacob Hyatt


Jacob grew up in Mid-Coast Maine, which is about as beautiful and bizarre a place as Stephen King says it is. Since very little ever happens there, he quickly turned to reading and writing as a form of adventuring. He graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where he was Head Tutor of General Operations for the Colby College Farnham Writers' Center and a member of the Film Society. He has been an emergency department registrar and the intern for Writing Workshops in Greece.

Maggie Love


Maggie is from Charlotte, North Carolina. Before moving to Irvine, she lived in New York City for five years and worked, most recently, as a web developer.

Michael Malpass


Michael grew up in Seattle, studied philosophy at the University of Chicago, then moved back to Seattle and worked in a small grocery store for six years. He is working on a novel.

Dan Mazzacane


Born and raised in Riverside, CA, Dan writes toward his roots: the intersections of poverty and queer identity. When he’s not working on literary aspirations, he’s running an unhinged game of D&D, which is very close to the same thing

Derek Moseley


Derek Moseley is from Milan, Tennessee. He has worked as a paralegal and taught college writing courses for many years. His bingo troll rode with him to Irvine.

Allan Nava


is from Stockton and likes to talk shit.

James Yamada


James holds degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Physics and doesn't really know how he ended up here. He enjoys junk food and spends his leisure time screaming at humanities majors about the impending heat death of the universe.