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Kristen Simental is a Mexican-American author and the founder and publisher of Five South. She’s had several pieces published in Friday Flash Fiction, The Los Angeles Press, Sheriff Nottingham, and The Los Angeles Review of Books PubLab. She is a twice Kenyon Writer’s Workshop Fellow, and a Los Angeles Review of Books Publishing Workshop Fellow. Her novella, “Why, Arizona” was one of two finalists for the 2019/20 deGroot Prize at the Miami Book Fair. 

Video: Interview with Becky Tuch about our editorial process at Five South.


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A Few Words is a podcast about getting to the nuts and bolts of writing and discovering what makes writers tick.


May 2020 - May 2022


Editor-in-Chief, Five South


Managing editor, editor-in-chief, web design, podcast engineering, marketing, and wearer of many hats and manages a staff of seventeen readers and editors.


May 2022 - Present


Currently serving as founder, CFO, publisher, social media and marketing manager, human resources.  

Education & Classes


  • American Graphics Institute - Adobe InDesign

  • The Wharton School - Marketing

  • Southern New Hampshire University - English

  • UC San Diego - Copyediting I and II 




  • Second City Sketch Writing Workshop

  • Robert McKee - Romance Screen Writing

  • Robert McKee - Action Screen Writing

  • Jerry B. Jenkins - Novel Writing

2019 & 2021


Kenyon Writer's Workshop

Kristen has been accepted to the Kenyon Writer's Workshop two years in a row. 



Summer 2020

Los Angeles Review of Books Publishing Workshop Fellow

Attended the 6-week publishing workshop hosted by LARB.



Issue Editor, Fiction Editor Inscape

Curated, edited and designed the fall 2020 issue. Prose editor for the spring 2021 issue. 

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