Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and the author of Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge (Sundress Publications 2016). A former Steinbeck Fellow, Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange winner, and Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grantee, she’s received residencies from Hedgebrook, Ragdale, National Parks Arts Foundation and Poetry Foundation and is a member of Macondo Writers’ Workshop. Her work is published in Acentos Review, CALYX, crazyhorse, and American Poetry Review among others. A dramatization of her poem "Our Lady of the Water Gallons," directed by Jesús Salvador Treviño, can be viewed at latinopia.com.
Bermejo is a cofounder of Women Who Submit, a literary organization using social media and community events to empower women authors to submit work for publication, and curates the quarterly reading series HITCHED. She received a BA in Theatre Arts from California State University, Long Beach and an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. She facilitates online and in-person workshops in poetry and submission strategies with UCLA Extension, Writing Workshops LA, and inspiration2publication, and she is a workshop coordinator for teen art classes with ArtworxLA.
Workshops offered: Submission Strategies • "Building Up to Emerging" - Strategies for Applying to workshops, residencies, and fellowships • Witness & Social Justice Poetry • Location Poetry • "On Home" - A celebration of personal history and those we call family • Mexican-American Representation in American Culture • Monuments & Memorials
Services offered: 1 hour talks • 1 hour workshops • 3 hour workshops • Multimedia presentations • Poetry readings • Elementary school visits • High school visits • College and Graduate school visits