Loria Mendoza (she/they) is a queer Chicanx writer, curator, musician, and performance artist. They hail from Austin, Texas, where they learned to keep it weird. Seeking the constancy of the bizarre, they attended Swarthmore College where they Honored in English Literature and eventually found themselves across the country in San Francisco where they earned their MFA in the Creative Writing program at SFSU. Their work has been published or is forthcoming in Vassar Review, great weather for Media, Orca, The Acentos Review, Mobius, Subprimal, Fourteen Hills Magazine, Red Light Lit, The Walrus Literary Journal, and was an Honorable Mention for the Leo Litwak Award from Transfer Magazine. Their book, Life’s Too Short (Fourteen Hills Press, 2017) won the Michael Rubin Book Award, and they are currently finishing a novel, a book of poetry, and a horror novelette. Their stories and poetry have been performed at Red Light Lit (San Francisco, Healdsburg, Guerneville, Seattle, Los Angeles, Joshua Tree, Austin), The Austin Poetry Brothel, Bay Area Generations, Voz Sin Tinta, MFA Mixer 2.0, Velro, Oakland’s Beast Crawl, and San Francisco’s Litquake. They live in Austin again with their two dogs and a rabbit that thinks he’s a dog. They are the curator and host of Red Light Lit Austin, co-founder and co-artistic director of POV Studio ATX, gallery co-curator of LLC, and yes, they are still weird.