It was a job with the federal government that inspired Derrick’s move to San Diego over ten years ago. When not working for the man, Derrick pursues his interest in creative writing and filmmaking.
Rolf Yngve served thirty-five years active duty in the US Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer. He published short fiction in the 1970’s and 80’s in Quarterly West, The Greensboro Review, Best American Short Stories, 1979, and others. More recent fiction and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in a number of journals including Glimmer Train, Chattahoochee Review, The Journal of War Literature and the Arts, The Common, Kenyon Review and others. His stories and essays have been recognized through a third in a Glimmer Train Family Affairs contest, the 2009 Indiana Review Fiction Prize, and honorable mention in numerous contests. He holds an MFA from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, was a 2012 MacDowell Colony Fellow and a 2014 Bread Loaf Bakeless Camargo Residency Fellow. He recently completed his first novel, Any Watch They Keep.
Lara M. is a writer and media professional living in San Diego, California.
Eliza Jane Schneider is an actor, playwright, songstress, dialectologist, and fiddler. She is most widely known for voicing most of the female characters on Comedy Central’s SOUTH PARK, including Wendy, Shelly, Principal Victoria, Mrs. Marsh, Mrs. Cartman, Mrs. McCormick, Ms. Crabtree, and the Mayor.
Her one-woman, 34-character show, FREEDOM OF SPEECH, directed by Sal Romeo, won the “Best Solo Show” award at the New York International Fringe Festival, then ran Off-Broadway at P.S. 122, and was ultimately moved to Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater. MOXIE Theatre in San Diego produced a run of the show in 2013, directed by Delicia Turner-Sonnenberg, and that production has been nominated for a Craig Noel Award. On camera, Eliza Jane guest starred on UPN’s GIRLFRIENDS as a white girl surprisingly fluent in “Ebonics,” and she was profiled on the International BRAVO! Network’s “Arts & Minds” program for her research. She is also known in over 60 countries as series regular “Liza,” on CBS’ BEAKMAN’S WORLD, and less known as “Sheila” on CBS’s THE AMAZING LIVE SEA MONKEYS with Howie Mandel.
Her gaming fans know her as Rebecca Crane in the ASSASSIN’S CREED game franchise, Elizabeth Swann in PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, and Arwen and Eowyn in the LORD OF THE RINGS games. She has voiced dozens of other characters and creatures for the gaming world, from Scottish trolls to Jamaican dragons. She specializes in voice matching, and recently worked ADR with Oliver Stone on the role of “Ophelia” for his film SAVAGES. For MTV, she voiced animated versions of Oprah Winfrey, Tori Spelling, Beyonce, Giselle Bundchen, Michelle Obama, a Cyborg Brittany Spears, and a Ugandan adoption agent who wouldn’t give Angelina Jolie a baby (among others), on Dave Thomas’s POPZILLA! As a dialect coach, she recently worked with Chinese actor Jim Lau to sound Thai for HANGOVER 3, and regularly helps kid actors sound like real live starving Ethiopians, Cambodians, and Haitians for charity.
After years in the Northwest wetlands Phoenix has returned to the San Diego desert and is studying to be a teacher. She’s believed in the power of stories ever since her grandfather did his Gollum voice when reading The Hobbit, while all the children and all the adults sat mesmerized. When not fiddling about in her journal she can be found somewhere huffing along on her bike on University Ave or trying to cajole her housemates into playing cribbage with her.
Julia Evans is a writer and mother of two young children. Julia’s fiction credits include a short story, “Fiddle de Dee,” in Black Candies: See Through (http://sosayweall.bigcartel.com/product/black-candies-halloween-mega-presale), and a ten-minute play with The Old Globe Theatre’s Community Voices fellowship. Once in a blue moon she posts new flash fiction to http://writejuliawrite.wordpress.com. Her non-fiction work has been featured in a handful of VAMP showcases in 2013. All she does in her free time is write and trail run. She is always writing some sort of novel.
Sunny Katz is a writer, ms paint master and fake journalist. Her armor of choice is Gold Bikini and her alignment is Chaotic Good. Sunny Katz has a published story in SSWA’s “Last Night On Earth”, has a few writer ups on <http://electricliterature.com/category/dish/> Electric Literature’s Dish, and is the official Reviewer of Things for Matt Lewis’s zine “The Radvocate”. Sunny Katz has a level 69 wood elf that she is quite fond of and has been known to get deeply emotionally invested in rpg’s.
Nancy Cary has lived on the West Coast most of her life and refuses to move more than hour’s drive from the ocean. She has written personal essays, poetry, and journalism pieces for books, local weekly publications such San Diego City Beat and San Diego Magazine. Inspiration for her anthology Hunger and Thirst, Food Literature (2008) can be read in her introduction to the work, and other sources of love (and crankiness) can be found on her website and blog at NancyCary.wordpress.com. She is a founding member of San Diego City Works Press. She loves and believes in being part of community, whether it’s where she works, writes, or lives. For now, home is about five blocks from the sea in Ocean Beach. Her motto is borrowed from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air…”
Dallas has been doing things since 1957. An award winning sketch comedian, and multiple nominee (not winner) of the San Diego Comedy Awards for Stand Up, Dallas has enjoyed nominal success. Co-Host of the podcast Everything’s Fine, and an essayist, Dallas makes no money. He has worked with Disney Animation, Nickelodeon, The HUB Network, So Say We All, SeaWorld, and other things that sound almost impressive. Dallas eats burritos.