ABOUT THE AUTHORS

ADELINA ANTHONY is a self-identified Xicana lesbian multi-disciplinary artista. The themes in her works address colonization, feminism, trauma, memory, gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality, in/migration, health, land/environment, and issues generally affecting the lesbian/ gay/ bisexual/ transgender/ two-spirited communities. With 20 years of experience acting, directing, writing and producing for theater, Anthony has garnered numerous nominations, honors and awards.  

 

One of her critically acclaimed solo plays, Bruising for Besos, has taken Anthony in a new and exciting direction, making a full transition as a writer-actor-director-producer for independent film. Forgiving Heart, her first short film as a writer-director is based on the teenage years of Yoli Villamontes, the protagonist of Bruising for Besos. The short film world-premiered at the Outfest Fusion LGBT Queer People of Color Film Festival’s Gala Screening in 2013, and has been turned into its own feature length screenplay. In addition, Anthony’s You’re Dead To Me was written as a participant of Film Independent’s Project Involve, and world-premiered at the L.A. Film Festival the summer of 2013. Because of her participation in Film Independent’s Project Involve program, she was awarded the 2013 Sony Pictures Diversity Fellowship. Working with her current screenwriting mentor, Ruth Atkinson, Anthony is developing the feature screenplay, But Not Buried, which is inspired by the Project Involve short film.

 

Along with Marisa Becerra, Anthony is the co-founder/producer of the independent film company, AdeRisa Productions, based in Ventura, CA. The company is dedicated to producing bold, entertaining, and high caliber queer/trans people of color films—with an emphasis on X/Chicana stories. At the time of publication of this book, AdeRisa Productions is in the process of fundraising for its first feature film, Bruising for Besos. It is her intention to adapt The Beast of Times into an animated feature film in the future.

 

A prolific artist, Anthony has been recognized by her communities and critics as one of the leading solo performers of her generation. She has been featured in Colorlines Magazine, Frontiers Magazine, Adelante Magazine, Lesbian News Magazine, Texas Monthly Magazine, Bitch Magazine, Queer Codex: ROOTED! and other publications.

 

For more information on the artist visit: www.adelinaanthony.com or www.aderisaproductions.com.

 

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DINO FOXX, born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, is a nationally presented actor, singer, dancer, writer, spoken word poet, hip-hop artist, arts educator and activist. He is a founding member of Tragic Bitches, a company member with Jump-Start Performance Co. and an emcee with the band, The Push Pens. Andrés Duque of Blabbeando has described his poetry as following “themes of family unity and disunity, ethnic bonds and divisions, assimilation and displacement as well as sexuality and love.” His poetry has been published in such collections as Mariposas: A Modern Anthology of Queer Latino Poetry (Floricanto Press), the 19th issue of Suspect Thoughts: A Journal of Subversive Writing (2007), and Queer Codex: Chile Love (Evelyn Street Press/allgo). Foxx will also be featured in the upcoming poetry collection Joto: An Anthology of Queer Xicano & Chicano Poetry through Kórima Press.

 

As a member of the artistic company at Jump-Start, Dino Foxx has produced, written for, worked on the technical team of, or performed in over 50 original performances including Epcot el Alamo, all developed with Guillermo Gomez-Peña (2004), Memoirs of a Jot@ - Part 1 (2007), and Last Call for Truth written with Manuel Cros Esquivel and Billy Muñoz.

 

As his fire-eating gender-bending burlesque alter-ego Foxxy Blue Orchid, Foxx produces and performs as a member of the Stars and Garters Burlesque All-Star Cast and is a co-producer and host for the San Antonio Burlesque Festival.

 

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A Queer Xicano writer of Rarámuri descent, LORENZO HERRERA Y LOZANO is the author of Santo de la Pata Alzada: Poems from the Queer/Xicano/Positive Pen (Evelyn Street Press).

 

Along with Adelina Anthony and Dino Foxx, Lorenzo is a co-author of Tragic Bitches: An Experiment in Queer Xicana & Xicano Performance Poetry (Kórima Press), and the editor of Queer Codex: Chile Love (allgo/Evelyn Street Press), and, Queer Codex: Rooted (allgo/Evelyn Street Press).

 

A member of the Macondo Writers community, his work appears in Mariposas: A Modern Anthology of Queer Latino Poetry (Floricanto Press); For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Still Not Enough: Coming of Age, Coming Out, and Coming Home (Magnus Books); Queer in Aztlán: Chicano Male Recollections of Consciousness and Coming Out (Cognella);  as well as the journals, ZYZZYVA: the journal of West Coast writers and artists; and, Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought. Lorenzo is the editor of the forthcoming Joto: An Anthology of Queer Xicano & Chicano Poetry. Lorenzo is the founder of Kórima Press.

 

For more information, visit www.herreraylozano.com