Poetry & Art Session

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Poetry & Art Session

University Library Room 1808


Presenter Biographies

Michelle Mermilliod is an English instructor in Redlands, CA. Her work has been published in Pomona Valley Review as well as The Socialist including artwork and original poetry.

John Danho is the lead editor and lead art editor of Pomona Valley Review's 12th edition. He's graduated with his MA in English from Cal Poly Pomona this spring and is an avid player of D&D, is one of the hosts of LVL Up, was winner of the 2018 Ted Pugh Poetry Prize for his poem Sending, and has had poetry published both in previous issues of Pomona Valley Review and HyeBred Magazine.

Grant Palmer was published in Pomona Valley Reviews's 11th issue and holds an MA in English Literature from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He teaches English composition at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, California, and is starting the second year of his PhD at the University of California, Riverside, this fall. He writes poetry when not encumbered by the drudgery of academic writing.

Ivan Rios is the lead proofer, events coordinator, and a poetry section editor for Pomona Valley Review's 12th edition. In addition to being an amazing editor, writer, researcher, and comrade, he is a graduate student in the English department with an emphasis in rhetoric and has worked as a TA for the department. Outside of academia, Ivan and his twin brother play in a local band called ZeitGeist And The Mage.

Nicole Embrey received her master's in English with a professional certificate in teaching and writing from California State University, Fullerton, and currently works as an adjunct English instructor at various community colleges. Aspiring to be more than just a teacher, she likes to say she is a "storyteller in training." She longs to finally sit down and pen the many stories bouncing around in her head, ranging from a collection of mythical "creature features" to an intensely personal, yet fictional, story about ghosts and clairvoyance. In her spare time, which happens to be very little, she absorbs anything pop culture, often jumping into new fandoms with reckless abandon.

Max Lizarraga III is a highly freelance concept artist and illustrator that focuses their work around the macabre and speculative nature of life with a style that can be described as Neo-Mythological Naturalism. You can find him on IG at a_xolotl.

Nicholas Walrath is a landscape photographer based in Southern California. His work engages the hauntology of abandoned places (ghost towns, dormant construction sites, completed landfills, strip malls, vacant lots) to excavate and decode foreclosed pasts and futures. He is also an activist and researcher for the Skid Row-based Stop LAPD Spying Coalition and contributor to the Socialist Party USA’s national publication, The Socialist, writing on issues of war, police power, state violence, and (in)security.

Amanda Riggle is the managing editor of Pomona Valley Review's 12th edition, the acting executive editor of The Socialist, and the managing editor of The Poetics Project. This fall Amanda will be starting her PhD program in English at the University of California, Riverside with an emphasis on Marxism, Feminism, and the Early Modern time period in England. She has had multiple poems, short stories, and articles published outside of academia and, in what little free time she has, she engages in community activism.


The 12th Edition of Pomona Valley Review is now available.  Click here for the current issue.

Established in 2002, Pomona Valley Review is an annual, online liberal arts journal published by English graduate students of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, by faculty, and by continuing graduate students from Cal Poly who are now pursuing doctoral work or developing their professional careers. Our staff includes English M.A. students or Ph.D. students whose focus is either rhetoric & composition, literature, or teaching English as a second or subsequent language; therefore, our perspectives capture the interdisciplinary atmosphere of our program and translate the scene to the page. We not only enjoy classic literature, but also edgy, provocative, and groundbreaking literature which attempts to deconstruct the paradigms that have supported the English intelligentsia over the past