The Final Reading
The Final Reading featuring our 2018 Emerging Voices Fellows Jubi Arriola-Headley, Ron L. Dowell, Natalie Mislang Mann, Angela M. Sanchez, and Francisco Uribe introduced by mentors Douglas Manuel, Tananarive Due, Angela Morales, Lilliam Rivera, and Michael Jaime-Becerra.
Jubi Arriola-Headley is a first-generation American born to Bajan (Barbadian) parents in Boston, Massachusetts, where he was also raised. A VONA/Voices and Lambda Literary alumnus, Jubi lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he works as a freelance writer and nonprofit consultant. He is working on his first collection of poems, tentatively titled Demons, in which he aims to navigate the political and emotional landscape between rage and joy.
Ron L. Dowell is a lifelong resident of the Watts and Compton areas of Los Angeles. Employed for 38 years with Los Angeles County, Ron has a unique perspective on local urban communities that, in turn, inform many of his stories. He holds two master’s degrees from California State University, Long Beach, in criminal justice and emergency services administration. Ron is working on a collection of short stories.
Natalie Mislang Mann is an educator who holds a master of arts in humanities from San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in Angel City Review, The Rattling Wall, and the anthology Only Light Can do That. Natalie is currently working on a memoir based on her experiences growing up in a multi-ethnic family in the San Fernando Valley.
Angela M. Sanchez is a Los Angeles native and UCLA alumna. Working at the nexus of higher education, policy, and the nonprofit sector, Angela focuses on narratives that have been typically underrepresented in children’s literature. She has written and self-published a children’s book, Scruffy and the Egg, about single parenthood and homelessness. She is currently working on her first young adult novel.
Francisco Uribe is a writer from Long Beach, California. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and English from UCLA. His fiction has been published in Crab Orchard Review, Zona de Carga/Loading Zone, Verdad Magazine, and Westwind. Francisco works for a nonprofit organization where he mentors at-risk youth, and is currently working on a collection of short stories.