LUIS LOPEZ-MALDONADO is a Xican@ poeta choreographer and educator, born and raised in Orange County, CA. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California Riverside, majoring in Creative Writing and Dance. His poetry has been seen in The American Poetry ReviewCloudbankThe Packinghouse ReviewOff Channel, and Spillway, among many others. He also earned a Master of Arts degree in Dance from Florida State University. He is currently a candidate for the Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing at the University of Notre Dame, where he is a poetry editorial assistant for the Notre Dame Review, and founder of the men's writing workshop in the St. Joseph County Juvenile Justice Center; He is also co-founder and editor at The Brillantina Project. www.luislopez-maldonado.com  

Luis marries poetry and dance to create fresh and provocative art dealing with race, displacement, gender, sex, feminism, terrorism, externalism, and masculism, and everything in-between those themes. "Because I am art, my poems are art. Everything is art!"