As Us

A Space for Writers of the World

The Team

About Us:

Casandra Lopez, Co-Founder, Editor-in-Chief
13087202_10206870301656073_4993412334677702458_oCasandra Lopez is a Chicana and California Indian writer and educator who has received fellowships from CantoMundo and Jackstraw. She has been selected for residencies with the SFAI, School of Advanced Research and Hedgebrook. Her chapbook Where Bullet Breaks was published by the Sequoyah National Research Center and her hybrid chapbook, After Bullet, is forthcoming from Yellow Chair Press.

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Tanaya Winder, Co-Founder, Managing Editor

13614982_10102401307587143_2715601180478214266_n.jpgTanaya Winder is a writer, educator, motivational speaker, and spoken word poet from the Southern Ute, Duckwater Shoshone, and Pyramid Lake Paiute Nations. Winder has a BA in English from Stanford University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of New Mexico. Her debut poetry collection “Words Like Love” was published in 2015 by West End Press. Tanaya guest lectures, teaches creative writing workshops, and speaks at high schools, universities, and communities internationally. View her TED talk here: You can follow her on Twitter at @tanayawinder

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Michael Wasson, Poetry Editor

Sepia CropMichael Wasson earned his MFA from Oregon State University and his BA from Lewis-Clark State College. His poems and translations appear in Prairie Schooner, American Poets, DIALOGIST,Waxwing, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and American Indian Culture and Research Journal, among others. He is nimíipuu from the Nez Perce Reservation in Idaho and lives in rural Japan on the Koshiki Islands of Southern Kyūshū.

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Patricia Killelea, Review Editor

Patricia KilleleaPatricia Killelea (mixed heritage Xicana) is the author of the poetry collection Other Suns (Swan Scythe press, 2011), and her second poetry collection, titled Counterglow, is forthcoming from Mango Publications in April 2016. Her recent work appears in Quarterly West, The Common, Waxwing, Spiritus, As/Us: A Space for Women of the World, and many others. Patricia is an Assistant Professor of English at Northern Michigan University and the Poetry Editor for the literary journal Passages North. She holds a Ph.D. in Native American Studies and M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of California, Davis. Patricia is also a musician and works in digital poetics, producing video poems and soundscapes. Find out more at

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Elsa Valmidiano, Fiction Editor

As Us shot copyParañaque-born and LA-raised in the city of Carson, Elsa Valmidiano currently resides in Oakland with her husband. She is a writer, poet, feminist, globe trekker, and women’s freedom fighter. As the daughter of Ilocano immigrants, she writes to find a way home, not only to her Motherland, but other cities and spaces she has inhabited and immersed herself in. Her works have appeared in local literary journals such as Maganda Magazine, Tayo, Make/shift Magazine, Burner Magazine, As/Us, Literature for Life, and others, as well as the anthologies Field of Mirrors, Walang Hiya, Same Difference, and the forthcoming anthology Manifesting the Female Epic. As Fiction Editor of As Us, she seeks those whose stories need to be told, especially in an industry that oftentimes marginalizes and tries to silence stories of “otherness.” Elsa holds a BA from UC San Diego, a JD from Syracuse University, an MFA from Mills College, and is a long-time member of the Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc. where she has performed numerous readings throughout the Bay Area. You can find her on Twitter @Evalmidiano.

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Byron Aspaas, Guest Creative Non-Fiction Editor

When Byron writes, he creates stories using vivid imagery of landscape which is etched with experience upon white space. Byron is Diné. He has earned his BFA and MFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts. His ambition is to incorporate his writing towards teaching and becoming a storyteller. His work is strung through journals and anthologies such as RedInk, The Yellow Medicine Review, 200 New Mexico Poems, Weber: The Contemporary West, As/Us: A Space for Women of the World, Semicolon, and The Denver Quarterly. Byron wants to influence readers along this literary journey. He is of the Red Running into the Water People and born for the Bitter Water People. He resides with his partner, Seth Browder, his three cats and four puppies in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Currently, he is working on a memoir.

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To Be Filled, Outreach and Social Media Coordinator

If interested in this position email

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Lucy Burns, Instructional Liaison

Headshot for AsUsLucy Burns recently received an MFA in Poetry at the University of New Mexico, where she taught Composition and Creative Writing and served as the Associate Editor for Blue Mesa Review. She currently serves as an Associate Editor for Narrative Magazine. When she is not writing she enjoys hiking, backpacking, brunches, yoga, exploring art museums, and cooking vegetarian food. You can follow her on Twitter @lucykburns.

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Tanya Lukin Linklater, Spring 2015 Guest Editor 

Tanya Lukin Linklater headshotTanya Lukin Linklater is Alutiiq with family from the Native Villages of Port Lions and Afognak in southern Alaska. She is an artist whose practice spans experimental choreography, performance, video, and text. Her publications include poetry and essays, and she’s been published in Drunken Boat, Ice Floe, Western Front Gallery, McLaren Art Centre, and fifty3 magazine. She is interested in the interstices between poetry and visual art, women’s stories, indigenous languages, and pedagogy. Tanya studied at University of Alberta (M.Ed.) and Stanford University (A.B. Honours). She was awarded the K.M. Hunter Artist Award in Literature in 2013 and has received generous support from the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts. Tanya lives in northern Ontario, Canada, with her husband and three children.

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Bob Sabatini, Production Editor

bobBob Sabatini is a writer living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He studied creative writing and theater arts at the University of New Mexico until he graduated in 2011. He has been on the staff of a number of literary magazines, either involved in the selection of literature or the visual design of the magazine (or in some cases, both). He is particularly excited by the challenges of helping to build a completely new magazine from scratch. He recently self-published a collection of short plays, A Play a Day Keeps the Grey Away and his super-short story “Root of Evil” has appeared in an e-book anthology Tales of the New Mexico Mythos: Weird Fiction from the Land of Enchantment.

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Previous Guest Editors

Sam Erin Tetangco

Tria Andrews

Diahndra Grill

Carlos Contreras

Ramona Beltran

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