Background Photo taken by Coco
Alicia Wilson - Assistant Managing Editor
Alicia Wilson is a 22-year-old California native double-majoring in English and Sociology. Aspiring to work for the ACLU as a human rights/mental health advocate she says:
"I started out at an art school in Oakland, CA and quickly found my way back to Southern California, where I've basically lived my entire life. I am double majoring in the hope that I can eventually combine my love of writing with my passion for activism. I have a lot of freckles, have recently started working with ceramics, and I love my cats more than most people."
Her editorial roles consist of managing submissions, reaching out to authors, and working on the website's ease of access.
Likes: poetry, processed sugar, and progress
Dislikes: stubbing her toe, the president, and when her cat drinks out of the toilet
If you want to learn more, you can find her chapbook, poetry, and more at amariewilson007.wixsite.com/writelikethewind.
Coco - Blog Editor, Social Media Editor, Special Projects Managing Editor
Author of Unicorn Psychosis, Spectrum Publishing Historian, Mental Health Advocate, Poet, Writer, Speaker and Performance Artist resides in Pasadena. Recent publications include: Lummox 8, Altadena Poetry Review 2019, Animal Heart Press, and debuts most work with Spectrum Publishing. Born into a life of medical impossibilities, numerous traumas, and abuse writing provided strength and endurance to carry on. Writing has always been a secret passion since childhood. Mother of two boys, which was deemed medically impossible due to the nature of the vast medical conditions sustained throughout life. Given a life expectancy of 18 armed with determination now over 40 and fiercely fighting the day to day traumas of life through verse.
As Managing Editor my main role is to bring out everyone else's inner awesome. Which this staff makes my job easy since they are already super amazing and talented. Supporting the staff with decisions, making suggestions, assisting in all aspects when necessary and the best part reading every submission!!! I LOVE TO READ and that is an understatement!!!
Social Media outreach means keeping on top of all post, keeping the post relevant and relatable. At the same time creating a larger scope of an audience that increases our digital visibility. Capturing events and delivering updates to the public about all the amazing Creative Works that are found within INSCAPE.
"And maddest of all,
to see life as it is and
not as it should be."
- Miguel de Cervantes
Coco's book Unicorn Psychosis is available through Amazon in both print and e-book. Follow the link below:
Karina Diaz - Blog Editor
Karina Diaz started her educational journey summer 2019 at Pasadena City College. Born and raised in Baldwin Park, her creative pursuits started at a very young age and was greatly influenced by her family who have always participated in and supported the arts. Inspiration for her writing is drawn from sources such as, music, art, nature, and food. Karina's writing first and foremost are observations, which she tries to jot down as often as possible. Later, through poetry and short stories she attempts to communicate what feelings or ideas might have manifested themselves after some reflection. "I believe my writing process is ever changing just as myself and the world is continuously changing everyday". Karina believes art is meant to be shared and she recalls how through sharing her art she learned something new or simply appreciated someone else's point of view. Karina is currently working towards transferring from PCC and earning a degree in English.
Kristen Simental - Fiction Editor
Kristen Simental, an emerging LatinX author, has pursued music, photography and literature all her life. Born in East Los Angeles and raised in Oxnard, Kristen tackled her world with curiosity, passion and defiance. At age 18, she left Oxnard for the LA music scene. She started one of the first independent online music sites, Dark Culture Magazine. In 2016, while sidelined with a long illness, Kristen wrote first drafts of four novels, five short stories and two novellas. Her first piece was published in Sheriff Nottingham that year. Her novella, Why Arizona has been awarded the 2020 de Groot Prize. She is currently working towards a degree in English and Journalism.
Sean Ban - Poetry Editor, Assistant Web Editor
Sean is a aspiring poet in his mid-20s. He feels he gained his creative insight through the music he listens to as well as the games he has played. He has a small sense of adventure when it comes to his writing. In late 2018, he graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a Bachelor's in Marketing. Despite earning that degree, he's unsure of what his role in life is, but he's aiming to find that out through writing. He hopes to learn all sorts of forms in order to find his voice and style, whether it's sticking to poetry or writing short stories. Aside from aspiring to be a poet, he also aspires to be proofreader and a document editor.
Perla Vogel - Special Projects Editor, Non-Fiction Editor
I am currently studying Italian language and graphic design at Pasadena City College. I am 30 years old and enjoy many literature, art, and the cultural diversity in Los Angeles. I have had the privilege to work for the Altadena Library through P.C.C. Shatford library technology program. During my studies
I learned to navigate the library shelves, help people find their books, and participated in the magic of youth services by giving the joy of reading.
Literature is very important starting at an early age for a child. I remember being able to read my first book, Winnie the Pooh Bear. It was magical.I kept on reading this beloved book over and over and took joy in being able to memorize the words by heart. I couldn't wait to read Winnie the Pooh to my friends who were also learning how to read. It is like they say each book is a friend waiting to be picked up and discovered.
I learned to read and write in English, even though my native language is Spanish I only spoke it. When I attended elementary is when I was able to read my own language while studying English. I felt like I was part of two worlds. Language helps open up the world with new and exciting opportunities.
I am grateful to California for giving me a life long gift of education that I would probably not have access if I had been in Mexico. There is a great divide by poverty, violence, and sex discrimination for poor Mexican women and their children. One is lucky to even go to school and get an elementary education. I truly appreciate the opportunity to be in California to study the humanities art and language. I am very lucky to have the opportunities that so many undocumented children are currently being detained at immigration centers; dream about having one day.
I believe connecting everyone to their own inner writers and readers is important to understanding ourselves. Encouraging each of our community is key to becoming more stronger and united. Now more than ever, is the time to pick up a pen or a laptop whatever mode of writing it takes and make your story get printed. There is the pure essence of being through writing, each one of us is a unique voice that is waiting to be heard by audiences we would not expect.
Being an undocumented student has been a life journey and am still learning my position in society. It may be a life long sentence; but there are many more undocumented immigrants that live their whole lives in the United States. Our existence of "staying in the shadows" in hiding and in silence is coming to an end. There are many of us, "illegal immigrants" who are warriors and heroes going to the front lines to help run the country by farming hands, cooking services,gardeners, maids, and other essential jobs that have a long historical tradition.
The United States has been my country as long as I have had any consciousness, however being born in Mexico has made me an outsider in both countries. I would like to reach out to all those who are in the same position and offer encouragement on their own journeys of finding identity, home, love, liberty and happiness. Long live our beautiful country, AMERICA!