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Jeremy Kaplan co-owns READ Books, a used bookstore in Los Angeles, with his wife. He is a reformed LAUSD special education teacher, and taught martial arts to minors for almost two decades. Many of his articles have been published in NELAart News.


A bilingual in Russian and English, Natalya also speaks Spanish, French, and Portuguese. Natalya has a PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard University. She is Assistant Professor at the College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Zayed University. Her first book "Parachute" was published by Aldrich Press of Kelsay Books. "A Stranger Home" was published by Moon Pie Press in 2020. Two of Natalya's poems had been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. You can find out more about her work on


Hannah Benros is a visual artist and illustrator originally from Morocco. She is passionate about comics, manga, martial arts and the fantasy world as a whole. She draws a lot of inspiration from other cultures and traditions throughout the world. In her free time, Hannah writes and illustrates her own stories for teens and young adults. So far, she has published a short story based on the children's book "The Secret Garden" and is now working on a new children's book. Her belief is that art is the ultimate form of universal communication, and self-exploration. Follow her on Instagram @hannah_illustrate

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