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Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo

Antioch University Los Angeles

Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo is the daughter of Mexican immigrants. Her debut poetry collection, Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge (Sundress Publications 2016), is inspired by her family’s immigration stories and her time volunteering with the humanitarian aid organization, No More Deaths. A dramatization of her poem “Our Lady of the Water Gallons,” directed by Jesús Salvador Treviño, can be viewed at latinopia.com.

Most recently, Bermejo was chosen as the first “Poet in the Parks” resident at Gettysburg National Military Park in partnership with the Poetry Foundation and the National Parks Arts Foundation. Locating the Dead, a chapbook inspired by her time at Gettysburg was published by A-B Projects as part of the collaborative art exhibit, “The Stacks.”

A former Steinbeck fellow, Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange poetry winner, Barbara Deming Memorial Fund/Money for Women grantee, and Tucson Festival of Books 3rd place poetry winner, she was once selected by her mentor, Eloise Klein Healy as a Los Angeles Central Library ALOUD newer poet. She has received residencies with Hedgebrook and the Ragdale Foundation and is a member of the Miresa Collective.

Bermejo is co-founder and director of Women Who Submit, a literary organization fighting for gender parity by empowering women and non-binary writers to submit work for publication. She received a BA in Theatre Arts from California State University of Long Beach and an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. She teaches adult writing workshops with UCLA Extension and children’s poetry workshops throughout LA County.

Educational History

MFA, Creative Writing, Antioch University Los Angeles, 2009

BA, Theatre ArtsCalifornia State University, Long Beach, 2003

Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge (Sundress Publications  2016)

Abridged List of Journals 2016-Present:

“Mamita, We’re Going to Go on Ahead,” Dryland Lit, poetry, 2020

“Forget About the Rap Star and Choose Me,” [Pank], CNF, 2020

“A While’ Means January,” Acentos Review, poetry, 2019   

“Invisible No More: How Fade Into You Reflects the L.A. Chicanx Experience,” LA Review of Books, CNF, 2019

“One Sweet Day: A To-Do List for the First Day of Spring,” The Texas Review, poetry, 2018

“Ghost Interview in the Peach Orchard,” Exposition Review, poetry, 2018

“Delicious Things,” Lady/Liberty/Lit, poetry, 2017

“A Corrido for Macondo,” co-written with Joe Jimenez, Lunch Ticket, poetry, 2017   

“The Waters de mi Nombre,” Imaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzaldúan Borderlands Anthology (Aunt Lute), CNF, 2016   

“Meditation for the Lost and Found,” crazyhorse, poetry, 2016  

Community of Writers, Squaw Valley, Macondo Scholar, 2019

National Parks Arts Foundation, Gettysburg National M. Park, Poet in the Parks, 2017

San Jose State University, Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies, Steinbeck Fellow, 2016

Hedgebrook, Women Authoring Change Fellow, 2016

Barbara Deming Fund, nonfiction grantee, 2015

Tucson Festival of Books, Literary Awards, third place poetry winner, 2015

Andres Montoya Poetry Prize, finalist, 2014

Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange, poetry winner, 2013

Los Angeles Central Library’s ALOUD, Newer Poet, 2012

Visiting Faculty,

MFA

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