If the world knows anything about California’s southern San Joaquin Valley, it probably involves agriculture, oil production, or air pollution, not its literary journals. Rabid Oak likes to go against the grain.
Who are we?
Mateo Perez Lara is a queer, non-binary, Latinx poet from California. They received their M.F.A. in Poetry as part of the first cohort to graduate from Randolph College’s Creative Writing Program. They have a chapbook, Glitter Gods, published with Thirty West Publishing House. As a queer, latinx person, they hope to elevate not only their voice but the voice/s of the communities in which they are from and hold solidarity for.
Shelby Pinkham is a queer, Chicanx poet who has called three Central Valley cities her home: Bakersfield, Stockton, and now Fresno. She has served as an assistant editor for The Normal School literary magazine and as an editorial assistant for the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry book contest. She currently studies poetry as a second-year MFA student at Fresno State. Her work can be found in the first issue of bee house journal and is forthcoming in [Pank].
When he isn’t saving hummingbirds that have gotten stuck in the skylight, Matthew Woodman teaches writing at California State University, Bakersfield. His poetry collection This Is Not Your Moon was published in 2020, and more of his writing can be found at http://www.matthewwoodman.com.