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.
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.
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.