About Uzz

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Farnaz Fatemi is an Iranian-American writer in Santa Cruz. Her poetry and prose appears or is forthcoming in Grist Journal, Catamaran Literary Reader, Crab Orchard Review, Tahoma Literary Review, phren-z.org, Tupelo Quarterly, and several anthologies (including The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 3: Halal If You Hear Me). She has been awarded residencies from Djerassi, PLAYA, Marble House Project, Vermont Studio Center and I-Park Foundation. Farnaz taught Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz, from 1997-2018. , Tahoma Literary Review, phren-z.org, Tupelo Quarterly, and several anthologies (including The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 3: Halal If You Hear Me). She has been awarded residencies from Djerassi, PLAYA, Marble House Project, Vermont Studio Center and I-Park Foundation. Farnaz taught Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz, from 1997-2018. 

Danusha Laméris is the 2019-2020 Poet Laureate of Santa Cruz and a graduate of UCSC where she studied Studio Art. Her book The Moons of August was the winner of the 2013 Autumn House Press Poetry Prize, and her new book, Bonfire Opera, will be published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2020. Her work has appeared in: Best American Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The New York Times Magazine, New Letters, Ploughshares, The Gettysburg Review, The SUN, and Tin House.

Julie Murphy fell in love with poetry as a child. Her favorites, “The Mitten Song” and “At the Seaside”, sparked open wonder in a post-Sputnik milieu generally void of curious musings. As a “grown-up”, reading and writing poetry carries her from the known into the unknown and keeps her close to the truths of life.  A longtime counseling psychology professor and psychotherapist, Julie developed Embodied Writing™, a somatic approach to creative writing, and teaches poetry, as a volunteer, at Salinas Valley State Prison. Julie is a founding board member for the Right to Write Press. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Massachusetts Review, Written Here: The Community of Writers Poetry Review 2019, CALYX JournalCommon Ground ReviewLouisville ReviewThe Red Wheelbarrow, and The Alembic, among other journals. Julie lives in Santa Cruz, California. She still thinks there is little better than being laid low by a good poem.

Dion O’Reilly has spent most of her life on a small farm in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Dion O’Reilly’s first book, Ghost Dogs ( Terrapin Books, 2020) has won or been shortlisted for a number of prizes including the Catamaran Poetry Prize and The Eric Hoffer Award. Her work appears in American Journal of Poetry, Cincinnati Review, Narrative, The New Ohio Review, The Massachusetts Review, New Letters, Rattle, The Sun, and other literary journals and anthologies. These days, she leads ongoing, private Zoom workshops with small groups of poets from all over the United States and Canada.

Victoria Bañales teaches English at Cabrillo College and is founder and editor of Xinachtli Journal—Journal X. A member of the Writers of Color Collective-Santa Cruz County, her work has appeared in various anthologies and journals, including Translocalities/Translocalidades: Feminist Politics of Translation in the Latin/a Américas, Beyond the Frame: Women of Color and Visual Representations, The Acentos Review, Cloud Women’s Quarterly, North Dakota Quarterly, and more. She is the recipient of a Porter Gulch Review Best Poetry Award and Cabrillo EOPS Instructor of the Year Award. She lives in Watsonville, CA.