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Sesshu Foster has taught composition and literature in East L.A. for 25 years. He’s also taught writing at the University of Iowa, the California Institute for the Arts, the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and the University of California, Santa Cruz. His work has been published in The Oxford Anthology of Modern American Poetry, Language for a New Century: Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond, and State of the Union: 50 Political Poems. Local readings are archived at www.sicklyseason.com. He collaborates with artist Arturo Romo-Santillano and other writers on the website, www.ELAguide.org. His most recent books are the novel Atomik Aztex and the hybrid text World Ball Notebook.
Arturo Ernesto Romo-Santillano was born in Los Angeles, California. His artwork, mostly mixed media and installation work, has been exhibited internationally, most recently in the exhibition Mapping Another L.A.: The Chicano Art Movement at the Fowler Museum at UCLA. His subject matter is influenced by conspiracy theory and doubling agents, junkyards, sprawling urban entheogenics, hilaritas and fatigue. An overarching theme in his work is fluency and its folly; he sees his artwork as a companion multiplier to an already baffling, origamaic world. His art-making is inspired by explorations on the streets of East Los Angeles, which feed into an ongoing series of fake radio shows called The Recent Rupture Radio Hour, created with writer Sesshu Foster.