Kristen Simental, an emerging Latinx author, has pursued literature, music, and photography all her life. Born in East Los Angeles and raised in Oxnard, she moved to LA at 18 attracted by the music scene. She started one of the first independent online music sites, Dark Culture Magazine. In 2016, while sidelined with a long illness, Kristen wrote first drafts of four novels, five short stories and two novellas. She is currently working towards a BA in English and has started Five South, an online literary journal. Her novella Why, Arizona was a finalist in the 2019 de Groot Prize.