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Melissa R. Sipin

Melissa is a writer from Carson, California. She won First Place in the Glimmer Train's Fiction Open and the Washington Square Review's Flash Fiction Prize. Her writing is published in Glimmer Train Stories, Guernica Magazine, SQU, Eleven Eleven Journal, and PANK Magazine, among others. Cofounder of TAYO Literary Magazine, she was the Community Engagement Fellow at Mills College and the Tennessee Williams Scholar at the 2013 Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She co-edited Kuwento: Lost Things, an anthology on new Philippine myths from Carayan Press. Her short fiction received the Amanda Davis Fiction Thesis Prize, the 2013 Ardella Mills Prize, the 2011 Miguel G. Flores Prize Fund, and, in 2012 and 2013, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Kartika Review and Kweli Journal. As a VONA/Voices Fellow, Kundiman Fiction Fellow, and U.S. Navy wife, she teaches at Old Dominion University. (

Managing Editor

Bel Poblador

Bel is a Los Angeles native, writer, and editor who lives, loves, and creates in San Francisco. She received her MFA in Writing from CalArts in 2013, where she was an editor for the student-run newspaper The Eye, an associate editor for Black Clock literary magazine, and an editor and curator for the Next Words 2013 publication and reading series. She is also an editor of the anthology Best of Trop, Volume I: Watching the Cash Roll in Since 2012, which is available at Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in {m}aganda magazine, Next Words 2013, the Black Clock blog, and Best of Trop, Volume I. She loves handmade books (reading them as well as making them), writing about the concept of home, and old dogs. Bel is a rock that holds the ocean. (

Associate EDITOR

Janice Sapigao

Janice Sapigao is a Pinay writer and educator from San Jose, CA. Her work has been published in Quaint Magazine, the anthology Empire of Funk: Hip Hop and Representation in Filipina/o America, and, among others. She earned her M.F.A. in Critical Studies/Writing at CalArts. She co-founded an open mic in Los Angeles called the Sunday Jump. She lives in the Bay Area and teaches at Skyline College and San Jose City College. (

Readers and volunteers

  • Rachelle Cruz (Poetry) is from Hayward, California. She is the author of the chapbook, Self-Portrait as Rumor and Blood (Dancing Girl Press, 2012). Her work is forthcoming or has appeared in New California Writing 2013 (Heyday Books), the Los Angeles Review of BooksThe Collagist, Bone Bouquet, PANK Magazine, Muzzle Magazine, among others. She hosts The Blood-Jet Writing Hour on Blog Talk Radio, and is the Podcast Editor at The Collagist. 
  • Bonne Marie Bautista (Fiction) was born in Daly City, raised in Quezon City, Philippines and grew up in San Francisco. She earned a BA in English Literature from Mills College in Oakland, where she also served as editor in chief of The Campanil. She is an alum of the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA/Voices) Workshops.
  • Anton Dela Cruz (Nonfiction) is a writer living in South Carolina, by way of New York. His favorite things include essays, kare-kare, and dogs sized like ponies. He can be found on the Internet at, where he blogs on occasion.
  • Kristine Co (Volunteer Copyeditor) is the cofounder of TAYO Literary Magazine. She is studying for her MBA at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.