Our student leadership team is agile with a wide range of cross-disciplinary skills and experience. They are passionate creatives and literary art practitioners working to grow the collective and champion its members.
Sandy Navarro is working on her BA in English at San Jose State University and is involved with the department of World Languages and Literature. She assists the Center for Literary Arts (CLA), an organization affiliated with the university’s English and Comparative Literature Department, and she is also an avid photographer.
Ume Ali is working towards an MFA in Fiction and Poetry at San Jose State University. Her work deals with issues of patriarchy in immigrant families, third culturalism, and displacement. Ali has served as contributing editor for Azizah Magazine, written for and by Muslim American women. She has also been nonfiction editor and marketing lead at Reed Magazine.
Carmen Kennedy founded the DPWC and has worked to make it a vibrant student organization to platform activist writing. She is also finishing thesis work as a Creative Writing, MFA, at at San José State University (SJSU). And she has long worked as a writer in Silicon Valley where she creates written and multimedia content for tech: view her portfolio at carmenkennedy.me.
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Keenan Norris, PhD
Keenan Norris teaches Literature and Creative Writing at San Jose State University. He is a guest editor for Oxford African-American Studies and author of Brother and the Dancer, a James D. Houston Award Winner, 2012, and By the Lemon Tree, a chapbook nominated for the California Book Award.