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. Their stories and poetry have been performed at Red Light Lit (San Francisco, Healdsburg, Guerneville, Seattle, Los Angeles, 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 are currently finishing a novel, a book of poetry, and a horror novelette. They live in Austin again- they are still weird.