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?

Anthony Headshot (2)Anthony Salvador Jauregui III is a writer from Bakersfield, California. Anthony enjoys and studies improvisation, sketch comedy, stand up, and anything that may make people laugh. Anthony is a produced playwright and was an opinions writer for CSU Bakersfield’s student newspaper: The Runner. Currently, Anthony is a staff writer for a startup production company: Kraken Eats Pineapple. When not honking at people in traffic, he writes legal documents from 9-5pm.


Mateo LaraMateo Lara is working toward a degree in English Literature from California State University, Bakersfield. He is proud to be Mexican-American, learning to embrace and find who he is inside its history, language, and culture. His collections of poetry, La Futura Tuga and X, Marks the Spot, are available on Amazon, and his poems have been featured in The New Engagement and Orpheus.

Chyna Parker

Chyna Parker is a current graduate student at CSU, Bakersfield. She hopes to use her degree in psychology and her passion for writing in her future career as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has been published in Bakersfield’s local art magazine Project OH!, as well as Hinchas De Poesia and the poetry anthologies Writing the Drought and Writing Work.

dinoShelby Pinkham is currently taking a swing and a miss at the post-graduate program at CSUB. She doesn’t whittle, but thinks that’s a damn fine hobby. Sometimes she plays music she doesn’t like when she is home alone with her two dogs because they all have different tastes and that’s okay with her because she has an open mind and is totally chill about sharing her Spotify account with two small dogs . . . She has been published twice and suspects that you can find both easily enough through a basic Google search.

Matthew Woodman

When he isn’t saving hummingbirds that have gotten stuck in the skylight, Matthew Woodman teaches writing at California State University, Bakersfield.  His stories and poems appear or are forthcoming in Sonora Review, Sierra Nevada Review, The Tishman Review, The Meadow, and The Moth.  More of his writing can be found at http://www.matthewwoodman.com.