Dina Klarisse (she/her) is a writer and poet living in the Bay Area. She uses words to explore/try to make sense of her experience as a queer Filipina American immigrant and recovering Catholic, as well as her interest in the intersections of history, language, culture, and identity. Her work has been published in ASU’s Canyon Voices, The Daily Drunk Mag, Chopsticks Alley, Kalopsia Literary Journal, and Emerging Arts Professionals SFBA. More of her writing can be found on her Instagram @hella_going and blog www.hellagoing.com.
Hal Saga (they/them) is currently a student at California State University, Fullerton getting their bachelor’s degrees in ethnic studies and cinema & television arts. Being Filipinx themselves, Saga dedicates their time to learning more about their heritage and history to pass onto future generations through art and film. Alongside being an art editor for Marías, they are a social media manager for Kissing Dynamite Poetry, a breaking news reporter for TV Wasteland, was a nominee in film editing for OC Register Artist of the Year 2020, and is a flying bison (Go Appa!) connoisseur. If you wish to use prefixes, please use Mx.
Kathy Mak (she/her) is the Poetry Editor for Marías at Sampaguitas. She is an emerging writer based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her poetry and creative nonfiction have appeared/are forthcoming in The /tƐmz/Review, Marías at Sampaguitas, and Kissing Dynamite. She writes to reflect on her experiences, and to explore the unbounded. She was previously a reader for Marías at Sampaguitas. If you wish to use prefixes, please use Mx. or Ms.
Keana Aguila Labra (they/she) is a 2019 & 2020 Best of Net nominated Cebuana-Tagalog Filipinx poet & advocate for Filipinxao voices in the literary arts residing on stolen Ohlone Tamien land. They hope to foster a creative safe space for Pilipino/a/x, underresourced, & underrepresented communities with their online magazine, Marías at Sampaguitas. Outside of Marías, they're a columnist for Headcanon Magazine and aims to join The Walang Hiya Collective as an Interviews Assistant. They write reviews of literature & media through a womanist lens on their Medium @Cebuana & (attempt at a) Bookstagram account at @Santonilyo. They taught a Q&A poetry workshop with Teen Belle Magazine & hope to host virtual book club sessions in the near future. Their micro-chapbook Natalie was published with Nightingale & Sparrow, & their chapbook, No Saints, with Lazy Adventurer Publishing. Their mini-chapbook (I am) Still was briefly published with Violet & the Bird, a now defunct press. Kanunay is forthcoming in 2021. You can reach them via email, keanaaguilalabra [at] gmail [dot] com, or at their Discord ID, KAL#5911. If you wish to use prefixes, please use Mx. or Ms.
Kelly Ritter (she/her) is a reader, writer, & crafter currently living life in Muncie, Indiana. She recently graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English & a minor in Creative Writing. She is one of the social media editors at Brave Voices Magazine. When she’s not reading or tweeting, she’s outside practicing yoga or cuddling her kitties. She is the Head Social Media Editor for Marías at Sampaguitas. If you wish to use prefixes, please use Mx. or Ms.
Maria Bolaños (she/her) is the General Editor for Marías at Sampaguitas. She is a Filipina-American poet and book reviewer and is committed to building spaces to nurture and showcase Filipinxao literature as well as Black, Indigenous, and POC literature. Her most recent poetry focuses on Fil-Am diaspora culture, and on retelling Philippine myths. Her writing has been featured in Touchstone, Antigone, Chopsticks Alley, and the International Examiner, among others. Outside of her work with this magazine, she has also recently begun working with a labor rights nonprofit organization. Maria lives on the stolen Gabrielino/Tongva land, Tovaangar. You can follow her poetry, essays, and book reviews on her Instagram, @mariabeewrites. If you wish to use prefixes, please use Ms.
Morgan Russell (she/they) is the Creative Writing Editor for Marías at Sampaguitas. When she’s not waxing lyrical about the importance of storytelling, she writes poetry that can be found in Rabid Oak, Empty House Press, Apricity Press,The Rush, and mutiny! She is on twitter @conniptionns. If you wish to use prefixes, please use Mx. or Ms.