Participating Interns in The Creative Writing Internship
Adalberto Arévalo is a writer, poet and musician from the San Gabriel Valley in Southern California. He is currently earning his MFA in Creative Writing at California State University San Bernardino and was the winner of the 2011 Felix Guadalupe Valdez Award for Outstanding Achievement in Creative Writing. His work has appeared in The Pacific Review and Badlands Literary Journal. He recently embarked on a musical endeavor with a long time friend for a project known as End of the Echo. He currently resides in Riverside. He hopes to work as an editor in the publishing field.
Angela Thomson-Brenchley will complete an MFA in Poetry in June from California State University San Bernardino. She also holds an MFA in Fiction from University of California Riverside. Originally from Northern Utah, she has made Inland Southern California’s East Valley her home for the past fourteen years. Her work has been published in Fifth Wednesday, Chaffey Review, Sand Canyon Review, Ekphrasis, Semana de la Mujer and other literary journals. Her fiction won second prize in Utah State University’s Scholar’s Day Awards and she was twice awarded fellowships to attend the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. Currently at work on a poetry manuscript titled Imprint Split, she recently co-edited and contributed to the 2011 anthology, Blankets & Other Poems: An Anthology for the People of Japan, a disaster-relief effort spearheaded by Southern California Poets. She leads an autobiographical poetry and prose workshop for Afterworks/Inlandia in Riverside. In addition to being a poet, Angela is a yoga instructor and has taught in the juvenile correctional system. She plans to continue teaching writing at the college level or for non-profit organizations.
Lindsay Cabreros is currently a junior at the University of California Riverside, where she is working towards a Creative Writing degree with a minor in Political Science. Before moving to Riverside to attend college, she lived in the small town of Morgan Hill in Northern California. Writing has been her passion since she was quite young. As an intern for California Congressman, Jerry McNerney, she developed an appreciation for politics. After graduating from college, she hopes to attend law school in California to combine her two passions: politics and analytical writing.
Jordan Fong is in her third-year at the University of California Riverside as a Creative Writing major with an emphasis in fiction. She began writing at the age of eleven. For the past two years, she has worked as a lab assistant at UCLA gathering data and assisting with fieldwork for an environmental impact project. She enjoys backpacking and has also traveled with her family to Australia, French Polynesia, England, and Ireland. She is interested in all forms of storytelling: prose-poetry, short stories, novels, scripts for television and movies, video games, graphic novels, etc. Jordan is drawn to reading and writing stories that involve complex characters with unusual moral codes. She hopes to attend graduate school for a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.
Melisa Garcia is in her fifth year at the University of California Riverside with a double major in Creative Writing and Spanish Literature and a minor in Women’s Studies. Born in East Los Angles, she spent her childhood in Long Beach before moving to Riverside to attend school. Her longstanding interests are writing, literature, art and poetry, which she pursues with a passion. In 2011, she received a scholarship to attend the Idyllwild Arts Poetry Intensive Workshop and currently serves as president of the UCR Living Poets Society, which she founded in 2010. She also serves as assistant editor for the art and literary journal, Mosaic. Fluent in Spanish, she was awarded a scholarship to study in Madrid in last year and is coordinating tutorial sessions in the Spanish Department at UCR. She is also a mentor in the Chicano Student Program and First Year Programs at UCR. After graduation, she plans to remain in Riverside and attend graduate school. She hopes to get her masters degree in Latin American Studies and eventually an MFA in Creative Writing. She plans to teach at the college level and hopes to publish a book of her original poems someday.
Gabriel Martinez Gonzalez
Gabriel Martinez Gonzalez is currently in his third year at UCR as a Creative Writing major. He discovered his love of reading when he was very young and his passion for writing persists. He also enjoys public speaking and journalism. Gonzalez spent four years as editor-in-chief of his high school yearbook, taking on many leadership roles. He hopes UCR can provide the necessary experience so that he may be able to work in book publishing. His goal is to have a career as a successful published novelist.
A sophomore at La Sierra University, Justyne Marin is an English/Writing major with a minor in Graphic Design. Born in Idaho, she spent most of her childhood in the Los Angeles area until she moved to Riverside as a high school student. She loves books, music and art. Her hobbies are reading, drawing and studying Japanese. As a senior in high school she joined the staff of NEUMANIA, an online news site specializing in the Japanese rock music scene. As social vice president of La Sierra’s Japanese Culture Club she continues to develop her interest in Japanese language and culture. IN-PRINT is her first internship and represents the second time her work has been published. In late 2010, her poem "Gypsy" was published in Prairie Margins for its 2011 edition. With her sights focused on the publishing industry, she hopes to gain as much experience with the publishing process as possible before graduating.
Sarah Bay Williams
Sarah Bay Williams is pursuing a master’s degree in the History of Art at the University of California Riverside with a focus on contemporary art, photography and creative writing. Her thesis-in-progress is titled The Language of Rebuilt Reality: The Photography of Robert Cumming in the 1970s. Before attending UCR, Sarah was a fellow in the Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where she assisted with the exhibition, Assembly: Eight Emerging Photographers From Southern California, and New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-altered Landscape. She served as picture editor for LACMA's virtual exhibition and print-on-demand book, Celebrating Urban Light and as Website producer and event coordinator for EATLACMA, LACMA's ten-month collaboration with the artists' collective Fallen Fruit.