Residents of August 2019

  • Julissa Arce

    Julissa Arce

    Fellow

    Julissa Arce is the author of My (Underground) American Dream and Someone Like Me. She was named one of People en Español’s 25 Most Powerful Women of 2017 and 2018’s Woman of the Year by the City of Los Angeles. She immigrated to America from Mexico at the age of 11 and was undocumented for almost 15 years, some of them spent rising to prominence on Wall Street. Julissa co-founded the Ascend Educational Fund (AEF) to help undocumented young people.

  • Rachel Duboff

    Rachel Duboff

    Fellow

    Rachel Duboff is a 2019 Inquiry Fellow at the American Jewish University's Institute for Jewish Creativity, and a recipient of the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies Grant for Research and the Václav Havel Scholarship for the Prague Summer Program for Writers. She was a nominee of the UCLA Extension Writers' Program Allegra Johnson Writing Prize and semi-finalist of the James Kirkwood Literary Prize. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Hobart, Gravel, and The Rumpus.

  • Courtney Kearns

    Courtney Kearns

    Fellow

    Courtney (Clark) Kearns can describe a shoe, thanks to 20 years running marketing and advertising at Kenneth Cole. She partnered with photographer Bruce Curtis as general editor, and writer for sports books including Boxing For Beginners, with NY Golden Gloves winner and Olympic Karate Team member Billy Finegan, and Complete Guide to Cheerleading with competitive cheer coach Christine Farina.Her work has appeared in Vogue and a compilation of military stories, Beyond the Uniform.

  • Garret McKay

    Garret McKay

    Fellow

    Garret McKay hails from New England but has lived in Los Angeles for almost ten years. In 2018, he completed his first short film, THE MOTH, an all-LGBTQI+ production that he wrote and directed. He is presently working on a collection of short stories, set in and around Southern California.

  • Luis Garcia Romero

    Luis Garcia Romero

    Fellow

    Luis Garcia Romero s a writer of fiction and nonfiction, a graphic artist, and the owner of Lunar Media. His fiction was selected and performed as part of The New Short Fiction Series and in season one and two of the television show HitRecord on TV. He is currently working on a book of short stories. that he hopes to complete before he turns to ash.

  • Ana Reyes

    Ana Reyes

    Fellow

    Ana Reyes lives, writes and teaches in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Bodega Magazine, The New Delta Review and elsewhere. She’s been a finalist for The Barthelme Prize for Short Prose, The Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award, and is currently revising her first novel.

  • Rachel Vogel

    Rachel Vogel

    Fellow

    Rachel Vogel’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Short Fiction, Harvard Review,
    Narrative Magazine, Potomac Review, Quarterly West, and other publications. Her short story “Visitors”
    won the 2019 Halifax Fiction Prize judged by novelist Rebecca Makkai. Her creative nonfiction
    short “Cutting” was made into a literary video. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from
    Antioch University in Los Angeles, where she lives. She has practiced law and raised three children.