Melinda Luisa de Jesús is Chair and Associate Professor of Diversity Studies at California College of the Arts. She writes and teaches about Asian American cultural production, girl culture, monsters, and race/ethnicity in the United States. She is also a poet, and has published five chapbooks Locofo Chaps/Moria Poetry in 2017: Humpty Drumpfty and Other Poems, Petty Poetry for Scrotus’ Girls, Defying Trumplandia, Adios, Trumplandia!, and James Brown’s Wig and Other Poems. Her poems have appeared in Rat’s Ass Review, Konch Magazine, and Rabbit and Rose. In addition, she edited Pinay Power: Peminist Critical Theory, the first anthology of Filipina/American feminisms (Routledge 2005). She is a mezzo-soprano, a mom, an Aquarian, and admits an obsession with Hello Kitty. More about her poetry is available here.
Jeanne F. Jalandoni is a painter born and raised in New York City where she currently works and resides. Her work explores personally defining what it means to be Filipino-American through documenting childhood memories and utilizing food and flowers. Jeanne began studying Visual Art at Fiorello H. LaGuardia and continued her art practice at New York University, receiving her BFA in Studio Art. Her work has been exhibited in NYC, Paris, and Berlin. See more of Jeanne's work on her website.