Elsa Valmidiano

Philippine-born and LA-raised, Elsa Valmidiano is a writer and poet who calls Oakland home. For several years, Elsa was a women’s reproductive rights activist and incorporates much of that activism into her writing. Her works have appeared in various literary journals such as TAYO, make/shift, Burner, As/Us, Literature for Life, Bottlecap, and Anti-Heroin Chic, as well as various chapbooks and anthologies such as Field of Mirrors, Walang Hiya, and Circe’s Lament. In 2016, she was a finalist for the Rita Dove Prize in Poetry. In 2017, she was a finalist for the Penelope Niven Prize in Creative Nonfiction. Elsa was awarded to attend the DISQUIET 2017 International Literary Program in Lisbon. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College and has performed readings throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. She serves as Fiction Editor of As/Us seeking stories by underrepresented writers of color. You can find her on Twitter @Evalmidiano.

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Mindy Wong interviews
Elsa Valmidiano


Our nonfiction coeditor Mindy Wong recently had this exchange with Elsa Valmidiano, our Issue #31 featured nonfiction author. Here’s what she had to say about her MFA experience, her literary influences, and her intentions in writing the featured essay “Blighted.”… Read more



By Elsa Valmidiano

Blight: NOUN 1. Any of numerous plant diseases resulting in sudden conspicuous wilting and dying of affected parts, especially young, growing tissues. 2. The condition or causative agent, such as a bacterium, fungus, or virus, that results in blight….
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