About Bloom Readers
October 24, 2021

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Victoria Buitron is a writer and translator who hails from Ecuador and resides in Connecticut. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University. She writes nonfiction about the intersection of identity and place, family history, and the moments her hippocampus refuses to forget. She has recently begun writing fiction and one of her first stories was chosen as the runner-up in Litro’s 2021 Nature Flash Fiction Contest. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in SmokeLong en Español, XRAY Lit Mag, Entropy, Bending Genres, and other literary magazines. Her debut memoir-in-essays, A Body Across Two Hemispheres, is the 2021 Fairfield Book Prize winner and will be available in Spring 2022 by Woodhall Press.

Max S. Gordon is a writer and activist. He has been published in the anthologies Inside Separate Worlds: Life Stories of Young Blacks, Jews and Latinos (University of Michigan Press, 1991), Go the Way Your Blood Beats: An Anthology of African-​American Lesbian and Gay Fiction (Henry Holt, 1996). His work has also appeared on openDemocracy, Democratic Underground and Truthout, in Z Magazine, Gay Times, Sapience, and other progressive on-​line and print magazines in the U.S. and internationally. His essays include "A Different World: Why We Owe The Cosby Accusers An Apology", "Faggot as Footnote: On James Baldwin, 'I Am Not Your Negro', 'Can I Get A Witness' and 'Moonlight'", "Family Feud: Jay-Z, Beyoncé and the Desecration of Black Art", and "How We'll Get Over: Going To the Upper Room With Donald Trump".



Ana Maria Spagna is the author of the new chapbook of poetry, Mile Marker Six, from Finishing Line Press. Her previous books include Uplake: Restless Essays of Coming and Going, Reclaimers, stories of elder women reclaiming sacred land and water, and Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus: A Daughter’s Civil Rights Journey, winner of the River Teeth literary nonfiction prize. She currently serves as Viebranz Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at St. Lawrence University. When she leaves the North Country, she’ll return to the North Cascades of Washington State where she lives with her wife, Laurie. You can find her at www.anamariaspagna.com and on Twitter @amspagna



Sarah Van Arsdale is the author of four books of fiction and a single book-length poem, titled The Catamount (Nomadic Press, 2017), illustrated with her watercolors. Her other books are: Toward Amnesia, In Case of Emergency, Break Glass, Grand Isle, and  Blue, winner of the 2002 Peter Taylor Prize for the Novel. Her poetry, fiction, and essays have been published in widely in literary magazines. In addition to teaching in the Antioch/LA low-residency MFA program, she has taught with Art Workshop International in Assisi, Italy, at New York University, and with Bar Ilan University in Tel Aviv. More of her drawings, short films, and writing can be seen at sarahvanarsdale.com. Taken is Sarah Van Arsdale’s first book of poems.  You can order it here.  https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/taken-by-sarah-van-arsdale/


include writers of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. We are committed to never having an all-white slate of readers. 


We would like to have an open-mic for unpublished or under-published writers. Anyone interested in organizing this, please contact us.