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About Us

Alebrijes Review is a multilingual literary magazine devoted to celebrating Latino arts and culture. Founded in August 2021, Alebrijes was named after Pedro Linares' cartonería creations because our magazine is a home for the whimsical, the colorful, and the monstrous—and because we love work that represents the hybridity and complexity of our many cultures and experiences.

 

Since we are staffed 100% by volunteers, and we always want to keep our magazine free to read and to submit, reader/community donations are crucial to our organization. Ko-Fi donations will be spent exclusively on maintaining our magazine website and publication costs. Tips to individual staff members will go directly to them.

Editor in Chief; Graphic Designer; Outreach Manager
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Staff Writers
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Melissa Nunez is an avid reader, writer and homeschooling mother of three. She lives in the Rio Grande Valley region of South Texas—a predominantly Latin@ community. She writes both essays and poetry inspired by observation of the natural world, the dynamics of relationships, and the question of belonging. Her work has been featured in FOLIO, Yellow Arrow Journal, and others.

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Christiane Williams-Vigil has a degree in English and American Literature from the University of Texas at El Paso. Her work has been featured in BorderSenses’ anthology ‘Life in the Times’ and in Marshall University’s ‘Movable: Narratives of Recovery Project.’

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Originally from Mexico, Selene Lacayo is a writer and translator living with her husband and three children in The Greater Philadelphia Area. She holds a master's degree in English from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, where she focused in creative writing. She was the 2018 Judge's Choice Runner-Up for the Write Michigan Short Story Contest. Her essays have been published by InCulture Magazine, Americans Resisting Overseas, the COVID-19 Community Stories of the Grand Rapids Public Museum and Alebrijes Review. Her short story Amalgam forms part of The Best Short Stories of Philadelphia of 2021. She is currently working on a memoir centered around the themes of belonging, identity and motherhood. 

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Christopher Soriano is a Mexican-American writer born and raised in Watsonville, CA. He graduated with an MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco. He worked briefly as the fiction editor for Watermelanin Mag and is a current contributor for Reclamation Magazine. He is now living in Los Angeles, CA. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram as @ChSoriPalma. 

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Viviana Mendoza is a high-school English teacher & a person who writes poetry. She's been published in Motif, The Sagebrush Review, and The Acentos Review. Her words always find their way to paper right before bed...when she should most definitely be asleep.

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Based in Los Angeles, Cecilia Caballero is an Afro-Chicana single mother, poet, creative nonfiction writer, and teaching artist. She has received fellowships from Macondo, Tin House, VONA and the Women's National Book Association and she is coeditor of the bestselling book, The Chicana M (other) work Anthology: Porque Sin Madres No Hay Revolución (The University of Arizona Press 2019). As a teaching artist, Cecilia has been invited to teach poetry workshops at the University of Arizona, Parenting for Liberation, East Los Angeles College, CSU Humboldt, and more. Her creative work has been published in Dryland, Epiphany, The Nasiona, Gathering: A Women Who Submit Anthology, Raising Mothers, The Acentos Review, and elsewhere. Cecilia also recently received a 2021 Pushcart nomination for her poem, "The Revenge of Henrietta Lacks." She is currently working on her first book of creative nonfiction/memoir and starting her second and more experimental book of hybrid poetry and prose about the intersections of BIPOC sci fi and social justice.

Viviana Mendoza is a high-school English teacher & a person who writes poetry. She's been published in Motif, The Sagebrush Review, and The Acentos Review. Her words always find their way to paper right before bed...when she should most definitely be asleep.

Melissa Nunez is an avid reader, writer and homeschooling mother of three. She lives in the Rio Grande Valley region of South Texas—a predominantly Latin@ community. She writes both essays and poetry inspired by observation of the natural world, the dynamics of relationships, and the question of belonging. Her work has been featured in FOLIO, Yellow Arrow Journal, and others.

Lissette Camacho is an award winning screenwriter based in Hotlanta with an MFA in Screenwriting degree. Her Latinx background gives spice to projects that have been selected in various film festivals. She aspired to become a medical doctor until writing for TV and film became her ultimate passion from wanting to see herself represented on screen. She strives to break stereotypes and showcase the realities of being a minority in society. She enjoys writing drama and comedy for TV and film for underrepresented communities. She also enjoys the collaborative process, from developing a story idea to bringing it to the screen and stepping in wherever help is needed. She wants to explore writing poetry and short stories more within the Latinx community to seek out how far we have come and to express the growth from the past to the present.

Stephanie Sorady is a poet, writer, and mental health professional born and raised in Los Angeles. As a result of her own experiences with anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress, she is passionate about de-stigmatizing mental health topics and empowering readers through her work. Her writing also proudly incorporates her Mexican-American culture and explores themes such as mindfulness, grief/loss, self-love, feminism and spirituality. Stephanie received her Bachelor’s in Social Sciences with an emphasis in Psychology from the University of Southern California and her Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University. Stephanie loves making people laugh, traveling to hear the stories of others, re-watching her favorite T.V. shows, and learning to set boundaries like a badass. She lives with her husband, Andrew, her dog, Stella, and parakeet, Delta. You can find her first mental health poetry collection "Kiss From God" available now.

M. David Lopez teaches English at a local elementary school in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles. His taco orders consist of asada, but have lately evolved to al pastor and vampiros (cheese and chicken on a toasty tortilla). He hates writing about himself in the third person, but thus is the constraint of the bio genre. He hopes to share more of his poems and expand to such topics as desserts, breakfasts and pan dulce.

Christopher Soriano is a Mexican-American writer born and raised in Watsonville, CA. He graduated with an MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco. He worked briefly as the fiction editor for Watermelanin Mag and is a current contributor for Reclamation Magazine. He is now living in Los Angeles, CA. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram as @ChSoriPalma. 

TAK Erzinger is an American/Swiss poet and artist with a Colombian background. Her poetry has been featured in Bien Acompañada from Cornell University, The Muse from McMaster University, River and South Review, The Welter and more.  Her debut chapbook entitled, “Found: Between the Trees” was published by Grey Border Books, Canada 2019. Erzinger’s most recent poetry collection “At the Foot of the Mountain,” Floricanto Press, California 2021, has been announced by the University of Indianapolis, Etchings Press as the Whirling Prize winner for 2021 for best nature poetry book.  Her first audio drama Stella’s Constellation was produced by Alt.Stories and Fake Realities Podcasts, out of the UK. She lives in a Swiss valley with her husband and cats.

Based in Los Angeles, Cecilia Caballero is an Afro-Chicana single mother, poet, creative nonfiction writer, and teaching artist. She has received fellowships from Macondo, Tin House, VONA and the Women's National Book Association and she is coeditor of the bestselling book, The Chicana M (other) work Anthology: Porque Sin Madres No Hay Revolución (The University of Arizona Press 2019). As a teaching artist, Cecilia has been invited to teach poetry workshops at the University of Arizona, Parenting for Liberation, East Los Angeles College, CSU Humboldt, and more. Her creative work has been published in Dryland, Epiphany, The Nasiona, Gathering: A Women Who Submit Anthology, Raising Mothers, The Acentos Review, and elsewhere. Cecilia also recently received a 2021 Pushcart nomination for her poem, "The Revenge of Henrietta Lacks." She is currently working on her first book of creative nonfiction/memoir and starting her second and more experimental book of hybrid poetry and prose about the intersections of BIPOC sci fi and social justice.

Originally from Mexico, Selene Lacayo is a writer and translator living with her husband and three children in The Greater Philadelphia Area. She holds a master's degree in English from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, where she focused in creative writing. She was the 2018 Judge's Choice Runner-Up for the Write Michigan Short Story Contest. Her essays have been published by InCulture Magazine, Americans Resisting Overseas, the COVID-19 Community Stories of the Grand Rapids Public Museum and Alebrijes Review. Her short story Amalgam forms part of The Best Short Stories of Philadelphia of 2021. She is currently working on a memoir centered around the themes of belonging, identity and motherhood. 

Morgan Flodman is a writer from Cherry Valley, Massachusetts. Her work has appeared in Alebrijes Review, The Augment Review, and love letters magazine among others. A half-Puerto Rican raised in white suburban culture, she explores her Hispanic heritage through art and literature. She enjoys reading the memoirs of Esmeralda Santiago, craving pasteles, and defending her guilty pleasure, West Side Story. Morgan tweets @morganfwrites

Aimee Campos is a writer of the strange and sentimental. She has been published in Mosaic Art & Literary Journal, The Acentos Review, and Cauldron Anthology. She dedicates all writing to her family.

David Goffnian is a Mexican writer, filmmaker and actor. A fiction narrative enthusiast, they’ve been creating stories all their life, with themes relating to death, super powers and social inequality. They are currently an undergraduate student of Communications at the Tecnológico de Monterrey.

María Fernanda Erives Estrada is a writer and journalist born in Chihuahua, Mexico. She grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she first gained interest in storytelling. She is currently based in New York City where she is a student at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. María Fernanda has written about international cinema, Jackson Heights in Queens and immigration.

Christiane Williams-Vigil has a degree in English and American Literature from the University of Texas at El Paso. Her work has been featured in BorderSenses’ anthology ‘Life in the Times’ and in Marshall University’s ‘Movable: Narratives of Recovery Project.’

Rose Heredia is Afro-Dominican from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. She currently lives in Los Angeles where she helps lawyers save the Earth. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Writing. She is a VONA and Las Dos Brujas alumna. She is a Culture writer and editor for Epifania Magazine, Assistant Non-fiction Editor for VIDA Review and has been published by the Dominican Writers Association and HeadFake.

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