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Short bio

A.E. Santana (she/her) 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 participated in 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.E. Santana (she/her) is a Southern California native born and raised in the Imperial Valley, adjacent to the U.S.-Mexico border. She is 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 Journal. She is the moderator for the monthly virtual horror book club, The Thing in the Labyrinth. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association, the Denver Horror Collective, and is the communications manager for Full Circle Players, a theatre company in Riverside, California. She is also a founding playwright for the East Valley Repertory Theatre in Indio, California. She has participated in several horror panels, including "No Longer the Scream Queen: Women’s Roles in Horror" at LitFest Pasadena, which she organized and moderated.

A.E. Santana is the former editor and curator for The Coachella Review's monthly column on diversity in literature, Voice to Books. She 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. 

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

Her perfect day consists of a cup of black tea and her cat, Flynn Kermit.

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Photo by Danielle Sombati © 2019

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