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Karla Cordero is a descendant of the Chichimeca people from Northern Mexico, a Chicana poet, educator, and ARTtivist, raised along the borderlands of Calexico, CA. She is a three-time Pushcart nominee and offered fellowships from VONA, Macondo, CantoMundo, The Loft Literary Center, and Pink Door Retreat.

Karla is the editor of SpitJournal an online literary review for poetry and social justice and founder of Voice 4 Change a reading and workshop series promoting diversity and cultural competency.Karla is also the CFO and Social Justice Equity Coordinator for the non-profit Glassless Minds, an open mic space in Oceanside, CA, serving historically underserved youth.

Her poems have appeared and forthcoming in The Boiler Journal, PANK, ANMLY, Tinderbox, Bettering American Poetry, The Acentos Review, the Bernie Sanders 2020 Campaign Rally, The BreakBeat Poets Volume 4. LatiNext Anthology, among other anthologies and publications.. Karla is the author of the chapbook, Grasshoppers Before Gods (Dancing Girl Press 2016) and her first full length collection titled, How To Pull Apart The Earth (NOT A CULT. 2018) is a 2019 San Diego Book Award winner and awarding-winning finalist for the 2019 International Book Awards. She currently serves as a Professor of Creative Writing and English at MiraCosta and San Diego City College. 

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