In memory of our co-founder, Harriet Williams, Literary Women is honored to introduce the Harriet Williams Emerging Writer Program. Just as Harriet was committed to supporting the voice of established women writers, this ongoing legacy will expand her vision to include emerging writers chosen from Long Beach City College, California State University, Long Beach and PEN Center USA with the hope of encouraging them in their journey to becoming published authors.
Idalith Bustos’s poetry explores the boundaries between the natural world and the suburban life of Los Angeles communities. Her poems can be found in Riprap Literary Journal 39, as well as The Santa Ana River Review, where her poem “Chicas de Hoy Siembren” was selected by the United States Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, as the winner of The Santa Ana River Review poetry contest. She received her B.A. in Creative Writing and Literature from California State University, Long Beach, where she is currently pursuing her MFA degree in poetry, and serves as the poetry editor for Riprap.
Amy Valenzuela-Mier is a native Californian who lives in Long Beach with her wife and three children. She enjoys writing work shops at Long Beach City College and is currently working on a collection of poetry. Amy tends neglected turtles, and is active in social justice work with her church, St. Luke’s Episcopal in Long Beach.
Jian Huang’s parents brought her to the United States from Shanghai, China, when she was six years old. She grew up in South Los Angeles and earned her degree in Art History from the University of Southern California. She has worked for several social service organizations, including LA Conservation Corps, Homeboy Industries and Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Her work has appeared in Entropy, Los Angeles Review of Books, Los Angeles Library ALOUD, and Tongue & Groove among others. She is the recipient of a 2016 PEN Emerging Voices fellowship. Jian is currently working on a memoir about the humorous and lonely journey to the American Dream.Visit Jian Huang’s website ›
Rebecca Pincolini is a Los Angeles based fiction writer. Her short stories have appeared in 805 Literary Journal and Thought Catalog. In the second year of the Masters of Fine Art Program at California State University, Long Beach, she is a teaching assistant in the English Department, and teaching an undergraduate fiction class.Visit Rebecca Pincolini’s website ›
Chelsea Sutton is 2016 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow. Her fiction has appeared in Spectrum, Bourbon Penn, The Texas Observer, Tongue & Groove LA, and the Los Angeles Library’s ALOUD series. Her plays have been finalists for the O’Neill Playwrights and PlayPenn Conferences, and the Stanley Drama, Woodward/Newman Drama, and Reva Shiner Comedy awards. She is currently working on a short story collection called Curious Monsters as well as developing new plays with Skylight Theater’s Playlab and Humanitas PlayLA.Visit Chelsea Sutton’s website ›