Beth Bartels graduated with a BA honors in English from an English university. Before transferring to the English university, her major was Creative Writing. A short story of hers, “The Angels,” was published in an anthology of short stories, “Stories From the Heart.” She has been writing since she was a child and is passionate about passing on her love of words and writing.
Ryan Jones is a writer, student and educator living in Oakland, California. He has been writing his whole life, but only recently discovered creative nonfiction and loved the opportunities the genre provided. He has taught a wide arrange of students, from high school to elementary and loved the experience every time. You can find his most recent creative essay “On Holding Hands and People” in Alchemy Magazine. He will be attending Saint Mary’s MFA program in the fall.
Sneha Gandhi grew up here in the Bay Area. She attended Foothill College before transferring to Loyola Marymount University where she earned her BA in Sociology. At Loyola Marymount was where her love for learning, writing, and counseling were realized. There, she edited an English professor’s writing textbook. She moved back home to work at Foothill College, then moved on to the Boys and Girls Club. As she prepares for her MA of Counseling Psychology, she brings her skills to the team at Lekha Writing Center.
Wileen moved from New York City to California to join AmeriCorps in Salinas, CA. There, she found a love of working students by being their literacy tutor. She really enjoyed teaching her students creative writing where her students found a way to express themselves. After teaching in Salinas, she moved to San Jose where she is currently a science teacher at Rocketship Mosaic. She is looking forward to spending this summer encouraging students to find their inner muse and creativity.