Thelma T. Reyna, Ph.D.
Thelma T. Reyna’s books have collectively won 10 national literary honors. She has written a short story collection, The Heavens Weep for Us and Other Stories; 2 poetry chapbooks, Breath & Bone, and Hearts in Common; plus a full-length poetry collection, Rising, Falling, All of Us. As Poet Laureate in Altadena, 2014-2016, she edited the Altadena Poetry Review Anthology: 2015, as well as the 2016 collection, which was the Winner in 2 national book competitions in 2016. Reyna’s fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have appeared in literary journals, anthologies, textbooks, blogs, newspapers, and other media (print and online) for over 25 years.
She is a 2017 Pushcart Prize for Poetry Nominee, and was selected as a “Top 10 San Gabriel Valley Poet, 2016” by Spectrum Publications. She is the founder and owner of the editing consultancy, The Writing Pros, based in Pasadena, CA. Her new book, Reading Tea Leaves After Trump was officially released in January 2018. Learn more about Dr. Reyna’s work at www.GoldenFoothillsPress.com and her editorial website, www.TheWritingPros.com.
Victor Cass is the author of several books, including the well-received novels Love, Death, and Other War Stories and Telenovela, which was a "Top 10 Best Reviewed Books" on the literary blog, "Living La Vida Latina." His newest novel, Black Widow Bitches, has won 4 national book awards in less than one year. Cass’ short stories, articles, editorials, and essays have appeared in If&When, Arroyo Monthly Magazine, Mexican War Journal, Pasadena Weekly, Pasadena Star-News and other publications.
Cass was born in Kingsville, Texas but was raised in his hometown of Pasadena, California. He grew up in Pasadena's Armenian neighborhood, East Washington Village, and graduated from John Muir High School. He is also an Eagle Scout from Pasadena's historic Troop 4. Victor received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (Awarded with Honors) from Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, and his Master of Arts Degree from American Military University, in Manassas Park, Virginia.
Cass has worked as an advertising art director in New York, and is a decorated, 24-year veteran police officer serving in various capacities within the police force. His first book was a non-fiction history of his department, Pasadena Police Department: A Photohistory, 1877-2000. This was followed by his first novel, Love, Death, and Other War Stories, based, in part, on some of his experiences as a street cop.
Victor's books are available through amazon.com as well as from his website, at www.VictorCass.com