Short bio

A.E. Santana is a Southern California native who grew up in a farming community surrounded by the Sonoran Desert. A lover of horror and fantasy, her works can be found in Latinx ScreamsDemonic Carnival III, and other horror anthologies. She is the managing editor for Kelp Journal & Books, the moderator for the horror book club, The Thing in the Labyrinth, and the communications manager for Full Circle Players in Riverside, California. A.E. Santana is a member of the Horror Writers Association, the Denver Horror Collective, and has been a moderator for several horror panels, including "No Longer the Scream Queen: Women’s Roles in Horror." She received her MFA in fiction from the University of California, Riverside's low-residency program. Her perfect day consists of a cup of black tea and her cat, Flynn Kermit.

Extended bio

A Southern California native, I was born and raised in the Imperial Valley, adjacent to the U.S.-Mexico border. I am currently the communications editor for a non-profit organization, the managing editor for Kelp Journal & Books and was the true horror/paranormal editor for Kelp JournalI also moderate a monthly horror book club, The Thing in the Labyrinth. I am a member of the Horror Writers Association, the Denver Horror Collective, and am the communications manager for Full Circle Players, a theatre company in Riverside, California. I am also a founding playwright for the East Valley Repertory Theatre in Indio, California. I have been a moderator for several horror panels, including "No Longer the Scream Queen: Women’s Roles in Horror" at LitFest Pasadena.

I am a former editor and curator for The Coachella Review's monthly column on diversity in literature, Voice to Books. I was also the drama editor for The Coachella Review, and a former fiction editor for Badlands, the literary journal published by California State University, San Bernardino, Palm Desert Campus. 

I received my MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California, Riverside. I graduated from California State University, San Bernardino with a bachelor's degree in mass communications and a minor in script writing. My associate's degree in journalism is from Imperial Valley College. 

My perfect day consists of a cup of black tea and my cat, Flynn Kermit.

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