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.
Ume is working towards an MFA in Fiction and Poetry at San José 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 which is written for and by Muslim American women. She has also been the nonfiction editor and marketing lead at Reed Magazine.
Felipe De La Rosa
Felipe is working on his MFA in Creative Writing at San José State University. His primary genre is poetry. He is a writing associate at California State University, Dominguez Hills where he assists with course curriculum and teaching/mentoring students. He calls Southern California home and it is from there that he is building his portfolio with plumb publication links.
Book Club Manager
Nora is a feminist, sustainability, fashion writer and contributor to The Green Hub’s online magazine. She is also a content creator for her Mexican-based fashion podcast, Recóndito Universo de la Moda, where she shares innovative, inclusive, and sustainable Latinx fashion brands. Nora believes that changing the world starts from home; it can take any form, from helping to shift community mentality to marching for a earth justice.
Community Outreach and Social Media Strategist
Kalena Zamora has held this position for almost two years and she’s done such a great job. We’re excited to see her career blossom and we support her in her next steps. Kalena says although her role is changing with the DPWC, she’ll mentor someone who is willing to take on her duties.
Carmen founded the DPWC and has worked to make it a vibrant student organization that platforms activist thought and writing. She’s finishing a MFA thesis in Creative Writing, at San José State University. And she has worked as a writer in Silicon Valley where she creates written content and media productions for tech: view her portfolio at carmenkennedy.me.
Intracollegiate Alliance Strategist
Denesia is both a San José University junior in Communication Studies and an aspiring author. She is creative and entrepreneurial in her approach to everything from student involvement to community activism. And her work with government entities and philanthropic organizations evidences this.
Sandy is working on her BA in English at San José 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.
Keenan Norris, PhD
Dr. Norris is a novelist, essayist and short story writer: keenannorris.com.
He holds an M.F.A. from Mills College and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside. He was a 2017 Marin Headlands Artist-in-Residence and garnered a Public Voices fellowship (2020), a Callaloo fellowship (2016) and two Yerba Buena Center for the Arts fellowships (2017, 2015).
Dr. Norris teaches American Literature and Creative Writing at San José State University and serves as a guest editor for the Oxford African-American Studies Center.