Kevin Minh Allen, author of Go In Clean, Come Out Dirty, was born Nguyễn Đức Minh on December 5, 1973 near Sài Gòn, Việt Nam to a Vietnamese mother and American father who remain unknown to him. He was adopted by a couple from Rochester, NY and grew up in Webster, NY with his two younger sisters. In 2000 he moved to Seattle, WA, and then in 2017 he moved to Minneapolis, MN. In September 2017 he returned to Webster, NY. Kevin has had his poetry published in numerous print and online publications, such as Aileron, HazMat Literary Review, Chrysanthemum, and Eye to the Telescope. Kevin’s first collection of poetry, My Proud Sacrifice¸ was published by Goldfish Press in July 2014. Go In Clean, Come Out Dirty is his second collection of poetry.
Irene Suico Soriano, author of Primates from an Archipelago, was born in Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines in 1969. At eleven years of age, she and her mother immigrated to Los Angeles, California. Her childhood was spent soaking in the neighborhoods of pre-gentrified Downtown LA, East Hollywood, Rampart/Temple, Melrose, and the Wilshire/Vermont corridor. She obtained a BA in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Poetry and a minor in Playwriting from Loyola Marymount University. A PEN Center USA Emerging Voices fellow, her poems have appeared in Philippines Free Press; Solidarity Journal; LA Times; Flippin’: Filipinos on America (Asian American Writers’ Workshop); Babaylan: An Anthology of Filipina and Filipina American Writers (Aunt Lute); Short Fuse: The Global Anthology of New Fusion Poetry (Rattapallax Press); and Disorient Journalzine, which published, as part of their Emerging Writers Chapbook Series, her first collection of poetry, Safehouses. She founded and coordinated the Southern California reading series, “Wrestling Tigers: Asian Pacific American Writers Speak” at the Japanese American National Museum and was literary curator for the Los Angeles Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture (FPAC). She was featured in the Los Angeles Times for her curatorial participation in the ground-breaking NEA-funded World Beyond Poetry Festival that featured over 100 poets from the diverse communities of LA, and co-produced, as part of the LA Enkanto Art Collective, the CD In Our Blood: Filipina/o American Poetry & Spoken Word from Los Angeles. She is the founder of Bark & Purr Alliance Fund, which makes available resources to aid the rescue of geriatric and terminally ill dogs and cats that enter LA’s city and county shelter system. She participates in local and international anti-vivisection efforts and believes in the fundamental rights of non-human animals to live and be free from harm, pain, exploitation, and captivity. Irene lives in the San Fernando Valley with her two rescued dogs, Papoo and Maxon, and her significant human, Evan. Photo credit: Heidi Samuelson.
Brandy Liên Worrall is author of What Doesn’t Kill Us, a groundbreaking memoir about growing up in the din of her Vietnamese mother and American father’s trauma from the Vietnam War, and how it related to her breast cancer experience as a young adult. She is the owner and editor of Rabbit Fool Press, a small publishing company based in Vancouver that specializes in Asian North American fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and children's literature. Brandy received her MA in Asian American Studies from UCLA in 2002 and her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia in 2012. She is currently working on her second memoir, entitled 17 Days, which details her father's death from Agent Orange exposure and how her family, in particular her mother, who relied on him for survival since coming to the US from Vietnam in 1971, has navigated life after his sudden death.