Wastoids: An Ongoing Tale of Writerly Underlings

Nicholas Belardes is a writer and illustrator. His essay collection, Ranting Out Loud: My Life, Pop Culture & How We Sometimes Don’t Get Along is forthcoming December 2016 from Mango Publications. He has contributed to Carve MagazinePithead ChapelMemoir Journal, the Nervous Breakdown, the Weeklings, and others. He illustrated the NYT best-selling novel West of Here, and is the author of the first experimental twitterature, Small Places. Oh, and he was once the creative writer/storyboard artist for the very cheesy Fremont Street Experience. He tweets from @nickbelardes. More at nicholasbelardes.com.

Jane Hawley writes from San Luis Obispo, California where she lives and works with Nicholas Belardes, her partner-in-writing-and-crime. She recently received her MFA in Fiction from Texas State University, where she served as the Managing Editor of Front Porch Journal. Her fiction, non-fiction, and graphic narratives have been published by Day OneThe Pinch, and Memoir Journal. She likes spy movies, other people’s pets, national parks, and The Velvet Underground. You can reach her @janenhawley or janenhawley.com

Michael Medrano is a writer, educator, and literary arts radio host in Fresno, California. His first book of poetry, Born in the Cavity of Sunsets, was published in 2009 from Bilingual Press. His poems have appeared in Cortland Review; North American Review; Rattle; Askew; and Bombay Gin. Medrano is currently at work on a young adult novel set in early 1990s Fresno, where he was born and raised. You can catch his radio program, Pakatelas, 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 3pm Pacific at kfcf.org