AJ Urquidi is an ace poet who calls both Monterey and Long Beach home. His writing has appeared in Faultline, DUM DUM Zine, West Trade Review, and Thin Air, among others. AJ’s work has been nominated for Ina Coolbrith and Pushcart Prizes, in addition to receiving the Gerald Locklin Writing Prize. He has led creative writing workshops at CSU Long Beach and Beyond Baroque in Venice Beach. Since receiving degrees in writing and film from UCLA and CSULB, he has been a learning facilitator at various Southern California community colleges and a copyeditor for Los Angeles Review of Books, EMBER, and various other projects.