Valisa is a Southern California native. Currently a project manager by profession, she dedicates the remainder of her time developing her artistic career.
Valisa’s art is of a lowbrow style, featuring subjects that are predominantly feminine. Her artistic themes range from macabre, mystical, and sexually metaphorical. She finds her inspiration in a variety of both people (mainly other artists and writers) and locations. However, most of her pieces are self-reflective and are heavily influenced by her mood or state of mind. Currently, Valisa shares her art via social media and has been featured on various curated artist pages. Her illustrations can be seen on the covers of Rania M. Watts’ books Accordions and Moustaches, Summer to Summer Rewind, and Cement Covered Ink Quills and Rarities, as well as, the Horror Anthology, Twisted, published by Manic Raven Press. Her poetry has been featured in multiple issues of Cult Magazine. You can view her art on Instagram @vali_saurus where she is also open for commission-based projects.
Sonja holds a B.A. in Communication with a focus on news/editorial as well as a minor in English from the University of Utah. She is the author of the full-length poetry collection Shift//Motion that encompasses different themes such as: movement, travel, and nature. Her writings and poetry have appeared in PSPOETS, Pyre Publishing, Paper and Ink, Touchstones, Catalyst, and elsewhere. She is of Finnish descent and is a member of the Finlandia Foundation. Sonja loves attending poetry readings and was delighted to take part in the Utah Humanities Book Festival a few years ago. She’s a nature enthusiast, a dog lover, a coffee connoisseur, and she has a strong sense of wanderlust. Outside of her love of poetry and literature, Sonja has always had a passion for dancing and music. She started ballet at the age of 6. Over the years, she has studied many dance techniques including modern and jazz. She has performed with several dance groups. In addition, she pursued piano and voice lessons. Later, she discovered belly dance, mesmerized with using different props consisting of fans, veil, basket, finger cymbals, and double swords. Sonja enjoys learning various belly dance styles such as: Egyptian and Turkish but she is most fond of Tribal Fusion and ATS, both which originated in the United States. Connect with Sonja on IG: @sonjasolstice.
MK is a life-long lover of words and creator of imaginary worlds. She writes poetry, fiction, and essays, exploring themes such as mental health and the human experience. Her debut poetry collection, Stereospace, was published in February 2020 by Pine Peak Press. She has also authored three limited edition chapbooks: Technicolor Mind, Ode, and Jagged People, which was released worldwide in digital form in December 2020. MK lives in New Jersey with her young daughter and their demon corgi.
Liz Lugo is a bilingual poet originally from Puerto Rico. She has two published books: El Pecado de Callar and Ahora Toca Desnudarse, Liz\’s forthcoming book will be published in both Spanish and English, which explores sexual abuse and the effects left on the rape victims. Furthermore, Liz is also a Microbiologist, Editor, Short Story Writer, and Founder of the Smaeralit collection. At present Liz is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree thesis in Professional Screenwriting. Liz is multilingual and fluent in English, Spanish, Italian, and is learning ASL.
She has an extreme fascination for comics/graphic novels. She loves to write Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Psychological Thriller, and Post-apocalyptic stories; as well as Drama, and promoting real and liberal stories that have an impact on today’s society. Liz recently wrote and directed her second horror short film. She also enjoys comedy, documentaries, westerns, foreign films.
Liz is committed to the following causes: sexual harassment/abuse, rape, animal cruelty, human rights, verbal abuse, mental health, among others. When she’s not writing or analyzing films or TV shows, she’s up to a new adventure or just hearing music, dancing, cooking, or exercising.
“Dream the impossible and you’ll get the unexpected.” LL ♥
Artemis Skye McNeil is an author, motivational speaker, and poet. Her platform is bridging the gap between inspirational words and daily affirmations for personal growth and development without anxiety. Ari\’s love of words started at a young age. Growing up in a bilingual home, she enjoyed conversations with her father on the breakdown and etymology of words in both English and Greek. Her love of writing stemmed from the third grade through her schooling years and has been writing professionally since 2013. She enjoys public speaking and book signings. She loves meeting and having great conversations and connections with her audience. She is currently residing in Atlanta with her husband, & birds: Seinfeld McNugget a.k.a. The Nug, Snowball, and Chickpea. She is currently working on her third, fourth, and fifth books. Artemis Skye McNeil is a lifetime member of the Atlanta Writer’s Club; a member of the Georgia Writers Association.
Junior Photographer, Tots Hills will be the most fashionable farmer once she finishes her post academic studies. Tots has overcome adversity at such a tender age; and feels being around animals has been such a comfort through tremendously difficult times. Tots and animals have an extreme symbiotic relationship; cats & alpacas have helped Tots both on mental and spiritual plane. Tots has expressed that although she has encountered difficult times; more positivity has emerged from her experiences. Tots relishes her family, shopping, getting her nails done however, the most comical aspect is that she also enjoys getting her hands dirty – although she is the girly girl in the Hills tribe.