JOHN OLIVARES ESPINOZA is the author of, The Date Fruit Elegies, the inaugural collection in Canto Cosas, a new poetry book series at Bilingual Press. In 2009, The Date Fruit Elegies was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award in poetry. Espinoza was born and raised in Indio, California to Mexican parents. He holds degrees in creative writing from the University of California, Riverside (B.A.) and Arizona State University (M.F.A.), where he spent time writing about his experience working as a gardener with his brother and father in nearby resorts. John and his wife live in San Jose, California, where he teaches at the National Hispanic University.
NAOMI AYALA’s book, Wild Animals on the Moon (Curbstone Press, 1997) was selected by the New York City Public Library as a Best Book for the Teen Age. Her newest book of poems, This Side of Early, was released by Curbstone in March, 2009. A Native of Puerto Rico, Ayala resides in Washington, DC, where she serves as the Executive Director of the Capitol Letters Writing Center. Until recently, she was Senior Writer and Editor for a communications company that specializes in public health education. Ayala also teaches at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD and is the recipient of numerous awards for her work. Her third book of poems is slated for publication by Bilingual Press.