Marta Vivanco González is a first gen Spanish-American who has made DC her home after graduating with a degree in Gender Studies & Politics from Smith College. She works in the start-up world, enjoys 1970s Italian movies, sipping overpriced Kombucha, testing out new cooking recipes, and exploring with her girlfriend & pup Xazu in Baltimore.
Dena Rod is a writer born in the Bay Area to parents displaced from Iran. Dena and their wife lived in San Francisco until recently displaced across the bay. Dena enjoys long city walks in search of street art, community connections, and dogs to pet. A graduate of San Francisco State University, they have a Master’s Degree in English Literature. They are currently the managing editor at Argot Literary Magazine. You can find more of their work in CCSF’s Forum Literary Magazine and the upcoming anthology Iran Musings and Endangered Species of San Francisco.
Helena Bonde has been writing her whole life, from a journaling pre-teen to her current work on her second Masters in children's literarute. She's worked as an editor for numerous online and print publications, and has edited more papers than you'd care to know.
Claudia Rojas has a Bachelor's in English from George Mason University. Claudia has previously served as poetry & prose reader and editorial intern for Stillhouse Press in Virginia. At Stillhouse, she played a reviewer role in the production of Carmen Gillespie's The Ghosts of Monticello. Claudia is also a teaching artist, bringing social empowerment to youth through poetry.
Nino Porter-Lupu is not from there, but they probably speak the language. An immigrant and long-time professional foreigner, they have edited, translated, and written in countries around the world - everything from surrealist poetry to medical records and witness statements.
Soph Bonde is a native Washingtonian (DC) who lives in the city. She is also freelance photo editor and photographer. Soph previously worked in development at the Smithsonian Institution where she learned the basics of fundraising and non-profit work. She enjoys macaroni and cheese and lives her life dedicated between Argot and her 100lbs Alaskan Malamute.