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, Weird Ales Vol. II, and other horror anthologies. She is the managing editor for Kelp books, the paranormal/true horror editor for Kelp Journal, and the co-editor for The Coachella Review's monthly column, Voice to Books. A.E. Santana is a member of the Horror Writers Association and a founding playwright for East Valley Repertory Theatre in Indio, California. She 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 Books, the true horror/paranormal editor for Kelp Journal, and the co-editor for The Coachella Review's monthly column, Voice to Books. I am a member of the Horror Writers Association, San Diego and 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 drama editor for The Coachella Review, the online literary journal published by the University of California, Riverside's low-residency MFA program, 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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