Spit Journal exists to celebrate the culture of poetry, performance, and community. We feature news articles, interviews, book reviews, and critical scholarship centered on the world of poetry and social justice. Our goal is to provide a space for poets and poetry lovers alike, exposing not only the brilliant words but the brilliant minds behind them.
Karla Cordero – Editor-in-Chief
Karla Cordero is the 2015 recipient of The Loft Literary Spoken Word Immersion Fellow (Minnesota, Minneapolis). She teaches English to college freshman and is a contributing writer for Poetry International. Karla curates “Voice for Change” a reading series geared toward diversity and social justice throughout Southern California. In 2013 Karla helped the San Diego Poetry Slam Team (Elevated) make final stage at the National Poetry Slam. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the following publications Word Riot, The Accents Review, Nailed Magazine, Toe Good Poetry and elsewhere. Her first chapbook, Grasshoppers Before Gods, was just published by Dancing Girl Press.
Mario DeMatteo – Editor + Art Director
Mario DeMatteo received his MA in Literature and Writing at California State University of San Marcos. He’s an avid collector of comic books, vinyl, obscure garage sale trinkets, and edible plants. His wiener dog Rambo enjoys listening to old school punk and/or Nas’ Illmatic. In 2013, Mario was an intern for Write Bloody Press. Mario is currently applying to Ph.D. school and one day hopes to be a professional urban farmer and write a graphic novel or three.
Anthony Blacksher – Editor
Anthony Blacksher is a Ph.D. student and adjunct professor of sociology with appointments at Long Beach State, MiraCosta College, and Santiago CanyonCollege. A husband, father, and vinyl record collector, Ant began writing poetry after numerous failed attempts in hand-modeling. He is a five-time member of the San Diego Poetry Slam team and the facilitator of the website SocioPoetix.org.
Gill Sotu – Staff Writer
Gill is a poet, a musician, a writer, a DJ and a host. He has opened for Grammy-nominated legend Sheila E, partnered and performed with the San Diego Symphony, has been commissioned to create numerous poetry pieces for the United Way of San Diego, and performed for TEDx San Diego in December 2013. In 2008 he was a Semi-Finalist at the National Poetry Slam. Gill also conducts poetry workshops in schools across California and has facilitated poetry workshops within San Diego County’s juvenile detention center for over 2 years. http://gillsotu.com
Sherwin Ginez – Staff Writer
Sherwin Ginez is a Culinary Arts/Culinary Management major at San Diego Mesa College. He’s been performing poetry since 2009. In 2013 and 2014 he was a San Diego Grand Slam Finalist and the 2013 San Diego City College Poetry Slam Champion. Sherwin helps manage the Glassless Minds Open Mic. He likes Ethiopian food, playing racquetball, the guitar, and the number 3.
Rolland Tizuela – Staff Writer
Rolland attended his first poetry open mic in San Diego, CA in 2010 and found what he called “the most difficult yet rewarding instrument to master yet,” his own voice. In late 2010, Rolland started the spoken word collective Glassless Minds in Oceanside, Ca. Initially a biweekly open mic, the organization has since expanded to incorporate visual arts as well hold poetry workshops in high schools, colleges, camps, and coffee shops. Glassless Minds is currently striving to attain 501(c)3 non-profit status. https://www.facebook.com/glasslessminds
Garrett Cullen – Web Developer
Garrett is a graphic designer/web developer and has helped create spitjournal.com. He enjoys surfing, hip hop, and getting creative. Garrett is a San Diego State graduate and resides in sunny San Diego, CA. Contact Garrett if you are in need of a website. firstname.lastname@example.org.